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!

Abbots Tower

Abbots Tower, privately occupied C16 tower of the Browns, abandoned C17 and restored C20

  • Closest To: New Abbey, Dumfries
  • No Access
  • Grid Reference: NX973666

Abercorn Castle

Abercorn Castle, a now vanished castle of the Douglases on a promontory overlooking the Forth, destroyed by the Crown 1455

  • Closest To: Edinburgh, Queensferry, Bo'Ness, Linlithgow
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT083793

Aberdeen Castle

Aberdeen Castle, site of a vanished C13 royal castle destroyed 1308, and mid C17 fort now occupied by blocks of flats

  • Closest To: Aberdeen
  • n/a
  • Grid Reference: NJ946064

Aberdour Castle

Aberdour Castle, a ruined C15 tower and courtyard of the Douglases on site of ?C13 hall house of the Mortimers; abandoned C17.

  • Closest To: Dunfermline, Dalgety Bay, Burntisland
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NT192855

Abergeldie Castle

Abergeldie Castle, a privately owned and occupied C16 tower of the Gordons overlooking the River Dee

  • Closest To: Crathie,Braemar,Ballater
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO287952

Abertarff Castle

Abertarff Castle, site of C12 earthwork castle of the Thirlestanes destroyed in MacWilliam rebellion 1228

  • Closest To: Fort Augustus
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NH3808

Aboyne Castle

Aboyne Castle, a C17 tower house of the Gordons much extended C18-19 and abandoned to be restored in the 1980s.

  • Closest To: Aboyne
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO526996

Alloa Tower

Alloa Tower, a large C14 tower house of the Erskine Earls of Mar; later extensions now demolished. National Trust for Scotland.

  • Closest To: Alloa
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NS889925

Altyre Castle

Altyre Castle, C13 motte of the Comyns abandoned C15, adjacent to ruined C12/13 chapel; ?site of later tower house

  • Closest To: Forres
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NJ035553

Annan Castle

Annan Castle, remains of a C12 earthwork castle of the Bruce Lords of Annandale eroded by river and destroyed C16

  • Closest To: Annan
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NY192668