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!

Old Slains Castle

Old Slains Castle, ruined C15 tower of Hays and scant remains of C13 courtyard castle of Comyns, destroyed C17 by King James VI

  • Closest To: Collieston,Newburgh,Ellon
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NK053300

Orchardton Tower

Orchardton Tower, a ruined C15 tower house of the Cairn family - the only round tower house in Scotland, abandoned C18.

  • Closest To: Dalbeattie, Castle Douglas
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NX817551

Panmure Castle

Panmure Castle, site of C12 castle of Maules restored C15, replaced by large mansion C17 and again C19, demolished 1955

  • Closest To: Carnoustie,Monikie,Kirkbuddo,Monifieth
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO545377

Peebles Castle

Peebles Castle, earthworks of C12 castle probably abandoned in C14 now the site of the parish church.

  • Closest To: Peebles
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NT250404

Peel of Lumphanan

Peel of Lumphanan, substantial earthwork remains of C13 castle of the Durward family, possibly in use as early as 1057.

  • Closest To: Aboyne, Banchory, Alford
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NJ576037

Perth Castle

Perth Castle, site of C12 royal castle which was destroyed in a flood in 1209. The site is completely built over.

  • Closest To: Perth
  • n/a
  • Grid Reference: NO118237

Petty Castle (Halhill)

Petty Castle, Halhill, earthworks of ?C13 castle of the Mackintoshes sacked by the Dunbars and Mackintoshes C16

  • Closest To: Inverness, Nairn
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NH753503

Pitfour Castle

Pitfour Castle, a privately owned C18 mansion converted into flats, also a lost C16 tower house of the Cochranes

  • Closest To: Perth,St Madoes,Erroll
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO199208

Pitmedden Castle

Pitmedden House, an altered C17 house next to ?site of tower house, with restored C17 gardens. National Trust for Scotland.

  • Closest To: Pitmedden, Ellon
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NJ884281

Pitsligo Castle

Pitsligo Castle, impressive ruined C15 tower house and towered courtyard of the Forbeses sacked C18 and recently consolidated

  • Closest To: Rosehearty,Fraserburgh,
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NJ937669