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Castles & Historic Houses of Scotland

A comprehensive list of castles, historic houses and monuments across Scotland from the grand and famous to the small and barely noticed including those fascinating sites that are now little more than scratches on the ground. 

We will be mashing this data up with a number of different sources  and trying to find connections between historical incident, clans and families of Scotland and local lore and chronicles.

Any information, errors or omissions are always gratefully received at  


Abbotsford House

Popular tourist attraction that is undergoing sensitive restoration. The long time home of Sir Walter Scott

Aberdour Castle

Built by the Douglas family, this 13th century fortified house was later extended in the 15th, 16th & 17th centuries. The finished result provides accommodation with a gallery and fine painted ceiling. There is also a walled garden with beehive-shaped doocot.

Abergairn Castle

A small tower-house, erected in 1614, comprising a rectangular main building surviving to 4ft maximum height, with a round tower at its NW angle, 10ft maximum height. The small size of the structure suggests that it was a hunting lodge of three or four storeys with garret.  

Abertarff House

The oldest secular house in Inverness. Originally the town house for the Frasers of Lovat and now headquarters for National Trust of Scotland.

Achnacloich Castle

Site of castles with no visible remains except for possible dungeon stones (1886)

Ackergill Tower

15th Century tower in an absurdly remarkable position overlooking the sea near Wick. Now super chic boutique accommodation and castle hotel. You can stay or just have tea!

Affleck Castle

Impressive L Plan Tower of 4 storeys and with attic. Access is difficult. Also known as  Auchinleck Castle

Airthrey Castle

Historic home of the Graham family which is now at the centre of the University of Stirling

Ardlamont House

Georgian Mansion dating 1820, Category B listed and now rented out as posh self-catering or weddings. Lovely views over sea.

Ardvreck Castle

Ruined castle that stands on its own promontory overlooking Loch Assynt. Not as old as you might expect but with its wonderful position such a romantic castle...

Armadale Castle

Now home to Clan Donald centre and Museum of the Isles with various walking trails. 

Ayton Castle

Privately owned Victorian Gothic castle near Eyemouth in the Scottish borders with "scandalous" recent history

Balbegno Castle

16th Century tower house that has recently become a very smart rental home owned by descendant of Prime Minister Glasdstone.

Balfluig Castle

L Plan Tower house that was derelict for a time before being rebuilt. Now occupied again.