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Castles in the Highlands

List of Castles and historic houses located in the Highlands of Scotland


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.

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!

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...

Ballone Castle

Category A listed castle on south shore of Black Isle in striking position. Once ruined and now restored as family home. 

Balnakeil House

Grade 1 Listed house near Balnakeil that was a Mackay mansion and occupies a startlingly beautiful position. Now rented out as lucury self-catering!

Brough Lodge

19th Century estate and house on Fetlar that could soon become a centre for Shetland culture and artistic creativity.

Dornoch Castle

Bishop's palace consisting of 14th century keep and tower, later destroyed and rebuilt and now a hotel.

Dunbeath Castle

Originally a seat of Sinclair Clan and now inhabited. 19th century extensions to 17th century original. 

Balnagown Castle

Original castle was built in the late 15th century and it was dilapidated in the 1970s until the then owner of Harrods purchased the estate and conducted a painstaking renewal of the property. It is his private residence now.

Brodie Castle

16th century castle incorporating early work and including much later work. Now in care of NTS and open to public

Caisteal Bharraich Castle Varrich

Dramatic ruin visible from Tongue in the Far North. You can walk across and back for a drink in a local bar. The castle is located on a prominent rise overlooking the Kyle of Tongue,

Drumin Castle

Massive 14th century castle near Glenlivet. It was owned by the Stewarts until it was forfeit after the 45. Ruined but some recent work has been completed to stabilise the structure

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