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!

Taymouth Castle

Taymouth Castle, a C19 mansion of the Campbells replacing earlier Balloch Castle, a C16 tower house of the same family.

  • Closest To: Aberfeldy, Kenmore
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NN784465

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

Thurso Castle

Thurso Castle, alleged site of Orkney Earls' castle destroyed C12; also of vanished C15 castle of Sinclairs. Later C19 mansion elsewhere.

  • Closest To: Thurso
  • n/a
  • Grid Reference: ND112681

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

Tom Pitlac

Tom Pitlac, earthwork mound and ditch on river cliff probably remains of C12/13 ringwork of Lords of Glencarnie destroyed early C14

  • Closest To: Boat of Garten,Carrbridge,Nethy Bridge,Aviemore
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NH947196

Torcastle, Fort William

Tor Castle, ruined C14 tower house of the Mackintoshes with legendary links to C11. Rebuilt C16 by Camerons, abandoned C18

  • Closest To: Fort William
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NN133786

Torosay Castle

Torosay Castle, a C19 mansion built for Campbell of Possil, now occupied by the chief of the Guthrie family.

  • Closest To: Oban, Craignure
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NM729353

Traquair House

Traquair House, occupied and much extended C15 tower house built on site of earlier royal castle, parts alleged to date to C12

  • Closest To: Innerleithen
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT331355

Troup Castle

Troup Castle, scant remains of C12/13 castle in Iron Age promontory fort ?destroyed C14 and later tower house of unknown dates

  • Closest To: Gardenstown,New Aberdour
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NJ837662