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Castles & Historic Houses of Scotland

Scotland Castles

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.

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Rent a Castle

You can also rent out cottages in Scotland for corporate and wedding venues or just for a holiday, live like a Scottish Laird. Rent a castle for a holiday this link will take you to our comprehensive self catering section of the guide.

You can of course visit many Scottish Castles, below is a list of some the best Castles in Scotland, you can also visit Historic Scotland website for events.

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Ayton Castle

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

Beldorney Castle

Large C16th Z Plan tower with many later extensions which fell into disrepair before beig restored in 1980s and is now private. This may be the oldest surviving Z Plan house apart from Huntly Castle.

Doune Castle

Built for the Regent Albany, Doune Castle is a magnificent late 14th century courtyard castle that is familiar to film buffs for its role in Monty Python's Life of Brian.

Gargunnock House

Georgian house built on core of tower house. Now restored and rented out by Landmark Trust as super lovely self catering

Ardlamont House

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

Craigcaffie Tower

16 century tower that was bequested by Robert Bruce to illegitimate son, Neil and occupied by Neilsons and then Dalrymple of Stair. Now occupied again. Can be viewed in exterior.

Easter Coates House

1615 L plan lairds house beside cathedral in central Edinburgh. Once laird's house and now part of St Mary's Music School. rare example of a wealthy city burger's residence.

Mains of Mayen

L Plan tower dating from end of C17. Now a private house. Grade B Listed. Was dilapidated and restored in 1960s. Private.

Preston Tower

Large and somewhat foreboding tower near Prestonpans. In care of council and can be viewed from its gardens. Said to be haunted.

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