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!

Loch Doon Castle

Loch Doon Castle, a ruined C13 island castle burned out C16 - but dismantled and relocated in C20 when reservoir was created.

  • Closest To:
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NX488948

Loch of Clunie

Loch of Clunie, ruins of C15/16 tower house on island site built by Bishops of Dunkeld restored C18 and destroyed by fire

  • Closest To: Dunkeld,Meikleour,Blairgowrie,Rattray
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NO113440

Lochaneilean Castle

Lochaneilean, ruined multiphase island castle C14-18, with hall-house, tower, courtyard. ? last used as Jacobite refuge

  • Closest To: Aviemore
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NH898079

Lochleven Castle

Lochleven Castle, a C14/15 tower and courtyard on island fortified since at least C13, used as royal prison; ruined by C18.

  • Closest To: Kinross
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NO137018

Lochmaben Castle

Lochmaben Castle, a ruined C13 courtyard castle of Edward I built near the C12 earthwork castle of the Bruces. Abandoned C17.

  • Closest To: Lochmaben, Lockerbie
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NY088812

Lochranza Castle

Lochranza Castle, a ruined C16 tower house of the Royal Stewarts on site of a C13 castle of the MacSweens. Abandoned C18.

  • Closest To: Lochranza
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NR933507

Lordscairnie Castle

Lordscairnie Castle, C15 ruined tower of the Lindsays with later wing and courtyard on former island site within drained loch

  • Closest To: Cupar,Balmullo,Leuchars,Newburgh,Collessie
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO348178

Loudoun Castle

Loudoun Castle, a ruined C19 castellated mansion burned down C20. Within ruins are remains of C15 tower and C16 extension.

  • Closest To: Galston, Kilmarnock
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NS507378

MacDuffs Castle

MacDuffs Castle, ruined C14 castle of the Wemyss family on site of earlier castle of the Earls of Fife. Fell into disuse C17

  • Closest To: East Wemyss
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT344972

MacLellans Castle

MacLellans Castle, a large ruined C16 tower house of the MacLellans. Never completed and ruined by mid C18.

  • Closest To: Kirkcudbright
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NX682511