The Castle Guide – a selection of Scotland’s finest castles

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Slains Castle

Slains Castle, remains of C16 tower and courtyard of the Hays within derelict C19 mansion, also of the Hays.

  • Closest To: Cruden Bay, Peterhead
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NK101361

Smailholm Tower

Smailhom Tower, a C15 tower house and courtyard of the Pringles abandoned C18. Restored C20 and now a museum.

  • Closest To: Kelso, Melrose
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NT638347

Spynie Palace

Spynie Palace, ruined massive C15 tower of the Bishops of Moray on site of and incorporating parts of C12-C14 courtyard castle.

  • Closest To: Elgin, Lossiemouth
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NJ230658

St Andrews Castle

St Andrews Castle, ruined C15 castle of the Bishops of St Andrews on site of earlier castles. Abandoned and ruined by C17.

  • Closest To: St Andrews
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NO513169

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle, an impressive C12-C18 royal castle and royal palace overlooking the Forth Valley including C15 Great Hall.

  • Closest To: Stirling
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NS790940

Strathaven Castle

Strathaven Castle aka Avandale, ruined C15 tower of Douglases with C16 additions of the Stewarts; abandoned by Hamiltons mid C18

  • Closest To: Strathaven,Hamilton,East Kilbride
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NS703444

Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle, a promontory fortified C14 by Douglases with massive wall and towers. Destroyed C17 and abandoned.

  • Closest To: North Berwick, Haddington, Dunbar
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NT596850

Thirlestane Castle

Thirlestane Castle, a much-extended C16 tower house of the Maitlands replacing ruined C13 tower 2 miles to the east.

  • Closest To: Lauder
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT534479

Threave Castle

Threave Castle, a C14 tower and courtyard of the Douglases on an island altered C15 with early artillery defences ruined C19.

  • Closest To: Castle Douglas
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NX739623

Tolquhon Castle

Tolquhoun Castle, a ruined C15 tower and later courtyard castle of the Prestons and Forbeses, abandoned C18.

  • Closest To: Oldmeldrum, Ellon
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NJ873286