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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.

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Monkredding House

Privately owned house near Kilwinning previously associated with abbey of Kilwinning

Poltalloch House

Ruined house built in Victorian era that must have been fabulous judging by old photographs...

Portencross Castle

Ancient castle in picturesque spot on Firth of Clyde that is well worth a visit and a picnic afterwards on the forshore. Open most of the summer and can be viewed and enjoyed any time of year.

Preston Tower

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

Randolphstoun/Randerston Castle

Nothing remains now of a possible fort except for crop circles that suggest previous fortifications. Its position must have been spectacular!

Roseburn House

Built by city treasurer in C16 and extended at different times. Barely visible from the road.

Roslin Castle

Magical hidden castle beside the chapel that is a must visit. Barely known and hidden away... open to public

Seacliff House

1750s house with varied history largely destroyed by fire at beginning of 1905 behind Seacliff Beach. Fun to visit.

Seacliff Tower

Ruined probably C16 tower house in exposed position on cliff. Walkable from east end of Seacliff beach.

St Andrews Castle

The main residences of the bishops of St Andrews. Now a dramatic ruin on the headland

Stobcross House

2 miles west of Glasgow but now disappeared. C17th house and held by Andersons until 1730s. Demolished C19

Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle sits three miles east of North Berwick, off the A198. The mid-14th-century ruins perch dramatically on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock.

Tongue House / House of Tongue

Built in 1678, it is the Scottish home of the Countess of Sutherland. Formerly the seat of the Clan Mackay, the house sits on the site of the clan's previous home. It is said to have been burned by Cromwell's army in 1656, while pursuing the Chief of Mackay. It was rebuilt by the Mackays several years later. But in 1829, Tongue House and the majority of the Mackay Estate had to be sold to pay off debts owing to the Sutherland family.

Torthorwald Castle

Ruined 14th century castle sacked in 1544 and occupied until about 1715