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!

Balgonie Castle

Balgonie Castle; C14 tower and courtyard of the Sibbalds and Lundies, abandoned C19.

  • Closest To: Glenrothes, Buckhaven
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NO313007

Ballinbreich Castle

Ballinbreich Castle, a ruined C14-C16 tower and courtyard of the Leslies overlooking the River Tay.

  • Closest To: Newburgh, Cupar
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO272205

Ballindalloch Castle

Ballindalloch Castle, unusual triple-towered 16th century tower house of the Grants greatly extended and enhanced C17-C19.

  • Closest To: Cromdale, Aberlour, Tomintoul
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NJ178365

Ballinshoe Tower

Ballinshoe Tower, a small ruined C16 tower and walled garden of the Lindsays and Ogilvies abandoned C18

  • Closest To: Kirriemuir,Forfar
  • tbc
  • Grid Reference: NO417532

Balloch Castle

Balloch Castle, an abandoned C19 mansion, now under repair, near earthworks of C13 castle of the Lennoxes.

  • Closest To: Alexandria, Renton, Dumbarton, Helensburgh, Cardross
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NS388826

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle, the C19 shooting lodge of the Royal Family built to replace earlier tower house of the Farquharsons.

  • Closest To: Ballater, Crathie, Braemar
  • Limited opening
  • Grid Reference: NO255950

Balquhain Castle

Balquhain Castle, ruined C15 tower and scant remains of courtyard buildings of the Leslies burned out in 1746

  • Closest To: Inverurie
  • tbc
  • Grid Reference: NJ732236

Balvaird Castle

Balvaird Castle, a C16 tower house of the Murrays ? On site of earlier castle. Largely abandoned C20 now open occasionally.

  • Closest To: Kinross, Auchternuchty
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NO170115

Balvenie Castle

Balvenie Castle, ruined C13 courtyard castle of the Comyns with C16 ruined palace of Earls of Atholl later used by the Inneses.

  • Closest To: Dufftown
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NJ325408

Banff Castle

Banff Castle, earthworks of C12 castle destroyed C14; remains of later courtyard wall and occupied C18 house on the site

  • Closest To: Banff
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NJ689642