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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  


Garth Castle

Daringly located and inacessible castle built by the fearsome Wolf of Badenoch in the 14th century. Not open.

Glendevon Castle

15th-century Z-plan tower house, that belonged to William Douglas, 8th Earl of Douglas. The castle passed first to the Crawford Family, and then the Rutherfords.  It was extensively rebuilt at differnt times and was even used as a pub or something similar, It is now privately owned but its status is unknown.

Holyroodhouse Palace

Official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, Holyrood Palace stands at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Holyrood Palace is the setting for state ceremonies and official entertaining.

Hopetoun House

Two miles west of South Queensferry is Hopetoun House, which thoroughly deserves its reputation as 'Scotland's finest stately home'.

Innerwick Castle

Old ruined 14th century castle that was destroyed in 1548. Open to public

Kilchrist Castle

Early 19th century castle with striking indoor stone staircase and early indoor thunderbolt privy. Now used as self catering.

Lochnaw Castle

16th century tower house that is home to Agnew clan and after restoration is now again a private residence. near Stranraer.

Lordscairnie Castle

Ruined single tower in the middle of field that was once loch. 4 storeys remain. Walk up and visit.

Luffness House

Altered 16th C tower house with earlier buildings incorporated. Now owned by Earls of Hopetoun. Privately owned

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.

Manderston House

Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland; the swan-song of its era.

Mellerstain House

Astonishingly beautiful Georgian house designed by William Adam & his son Robert

Midhope Castle

16th century unoccupied house near hopetoun house with farmyard behind. Can be walked around  and is worth a visit.