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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  


Dumfries House

Originally a Palladian Country House, the ‘Dumfries House’ is quoted to be one among Britain’s beautiful, stately homes.

Dun Athad

Originally an Iron Age Dun, now ruined. Also called Dunaidh Castle. Much ruined, but amazing location.

Dunans Castle

Fire damaged castle that is being restored and is surrounded by wonderful gardens and landscape on Cowal Peninsula

Duncraig Castle

Spectacular castle near Plockton that is being refurbished until 2013

Dunfermline Palace

It is One of the most venerable buildings in Scotland. The old abbey is still magnificent. The palace much ruined by fire and being unroofed in 1708.

Duns Castle

Massive norman and victorian Border Pele or Peel that dates back to 1320 with later C19 baronial additions by Graham. Still inhabited by the same family since C17 and not open to public.

Dunstaffnage Castle

three miles north of Oban, standing on its own peninsula into the Firth of Lorn with a massive curtein wall. Ancient Campbell and MacDougall castle now in care oif Historic Scotland. Open to Public

Duntrune Castle

The oldest continuously occupied castle in Scotland. Now occupied by the chieftain of Clan Malcolm

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.

Edinample Castle

Striking Z-plan house overlooking Loch Earn near Lochearnhead. It fell into ruin but has been restored and is now used as a private home and is not open to the public.

Eilean Donan Castle

One of the world's quintessential castles: Eilean Donan is familiar from films and stunning in its romantic location. Open daily.

Floors Castle

Still inhabited home to the Duke of Roxburghe with ten rooms to view including collection of funiture and modern art.

Fort George

Visitor guide to Fort George in Ardersier in the Scottish Highlands.  Includes descriptions, directions and timings to make a visit.

Frendraught Castle

Site of 13th century castle, which was torched in 1630. The present house dates from 1656, was remodelled in 1753, extended to 1790, and incorporates a small part of the old castle.

Gargunnock House

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