The Castle Guide – a selection of Scottish castles

There are now over 300 castles in this guide, sorted alphabetically. Please use the search box below to look a castle name, a clan or family name , or a town to see what’s within a few miles. Just type in your search term, select what you are searching by, and away you go!

Abercorn Castle

Abercorn Castle, a now vanished castle of the Douglases on a promontory overlooking the Forth, destroyed by the Crown 1455

  • Closest To: Edinburgh, Queensferry, Bo'Ness, Linlithgow
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT083793

Aberdour Castle

Aberdour Castle, a ruined C15 tower and courtyard of the Douglases on site of ?C13 hall house of the Mortimers; abandoned C17.

  • Closest To: Dunfermline, Dalgety Bay, Burntisland
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NT192855

Abergeldie Castle

Abergeldie Castle, a privately owned and occupied C16 tower of the Gordons overlooking the River Dee

  • Closest To: Crathie,Braemar,Ballater
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO287952

Abertarff Castle

Abertarff Castle, site of C12 earthwork castle of the Thirlestanes destroyed in MacWilliam rebellion 1228

  • Closest To: Fort Augustus
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NH3808

Aboyne Castle

Aboyne Castle, a C17 tower house of the Gordons much extended C18-19 and abandoned to be restored in the 1980s.

  • Closest To: Aboyne
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO526996

Alloa Tower

Alloa Tower, a large C14 tower house of the Erskine Earls of Mar; later extensions now demolished. National Trust for Scotland.

  • Closest To: Alloa
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NS889925

Altyre Castle

Altyre Castle, C13 motte of the Comyns abandoned C15, adjacent to ruined C12/13 chapel; ?site of later tower house

  • Closest To: Forres
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NJ035553

Annan Castle

Annan Castle, remains of a C12 earthwork castle of the Bruce Lords of Annandale eroded by river and destroyed C16

  • Closest To: Annan
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NY192668

Ardblair Castle

Ardblair Castle, a privately occupied tower house and courtyard of the Blairs dating to the 16th century

  • Closest To: Blairgowrie
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO163445

Ardclach Bell Tower

Ardclach Bell Tower, a small defensive C17 belfry on a hilltop for calling people to church or an alarm about raiders

  • Closest To: Nairn, Forres, Ferness
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NH953453