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

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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

Barcaldine Castle

Barcaldine Castle, a C17 tower house of the Campbells abandoned C19. Now restored and operating as a luxury hotel.

  • Closest To: Oban, Benderloch, Barcaldine
  • Hotel
  • Grid Reference: NM908406

Bass of Inverurie

Bass of Inverurie, C12 earthwork castle of Earl David of Garioch & Huntingdon in use until early C14 altered by later landscaping

  • Closest To: Inverurie
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NJ781206

Belmont Castle

Belmont castle, a large C18 mansion modified C19 and incorporating a C16 tower of the Bishops of Dunkeld. Private.

  • Closest To: Meigle,Alyth,Blairgowrie,Coupar Angus,Rattray
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO286439

Berwick Castle

Berwick Castle, ruins of C12-15 royal castle in strong position over River Tweed, in English hands since 1482

  • Closest To: Berwick on Tweed
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT994534