Wherever you are in Scotland, you are never far away from one of our magnificent historic castle or ruin. Castles began to be built in Scotland around 1200AD and some of the great Scottish castles were constructed over the next 200 years. There are far too many to mention but here is our pick of the best in Scotland.

Stirling Castle

25 miles away

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most historically important sites and was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle.

Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to Stirling Castle to revel in its grandeur with its superb sculptures and beautiful gardens. It was a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations from christenings to coronations.

Edinburgh Castle

62 miles away

Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.

It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction.

Balloch Castle

11 miles away

Loch Lomond’s only country park commands impressive views over its waters, spanning 200 acres which include walled gardens, nature trails and guided walks.

First recognised as a country park in 1980, it was originally developed in the early 19th century. Both the park and Balloch Castle were built by John Buchanan, a partner in the Glasgow Ship Bank.

Dumbarton Castle

18 miles away

Dumbarton Castle is located in the ancient capital of Scotland and is spectacularly sited on a volcanic rock overlooking the River Clyde.

Conquer more than 500 steps to stand atop one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds. The iconic Rock of the Clyde has heritage as breathtaking as its views over the Clyde, Loch Lomond and Argyll.

Eilean Castle

161 miles away

Built on land that was inhabited as early as the 6th century, Eilean Castle marks the joining of three salt water lochs. The castle was first constructed in he 13th Century and since then at least four different versions of the castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded.

Visitors can explore virtually every part of the Castle and is one of Scotland’s most visited attractions.

Dunnottar Castle

126 miles away

Dunnottar Castle probably offers the best ‘wow factor’ of all our castles. The ruined cliff top castle sits high above the North Sea on a rocky outcrop that is almost detached from the mainland.

It can be easily accessed by a short hike along the footpath from the castle car park on the mainland. However, the more adventurous can approach the castle from Stonehaven Harbour and enjoy a 1.5-2 hour walk through the fields and along the coastal paths taking in some breathtaking seascapes along the way.

Inveraray Castle

52 miles away

A favourite among kids, Inveraray Castle is a must do family trip. Sitting on the shores of Loch Fyne, the castle we see today was inspired by Blenheim Palace, Oxford, which one day became the childhood home of Winston Churchill. The extensive weaponry collection will fascinate children whilst adults can enjoy a bight to eat at the castle tearoom or the famous and original Loch Fyne Oyster Bar.

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