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!

Ardclach Bell Tower

Ardclach Bell Tower, a small defensive C17 belfry on a hilltop for calling people to church or an alarm about raiders

  • Closest To: Nairn, Forres, Ferness
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NH953453

Ardvreck Castle

Ardvreck Castle, a ruined C16 MacLeod tower house on Loch Assynt destroyed in C18. Danger of falling masonry.

  • Closest To: Inchnadamph,Assynt,Lochinver
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NC239236

Auchindoun Castle

Auchindoun, ruins of large square C15 tower within later courtyard and earthworks of much earlier multivallate hillfort

  • Closest To: Dufftown
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NJ348374

Auchterhouse Castle

Auchterhouse Castle, privately occupied and much altered multi-phase house incorporating parts of a C16 tower of the Stewarts

  • Closest To: Auchterhouse,Newtyle,Dundee
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO331373

Auldearn Castle

Auldearn Castle, C12 motte erected by King William the Lion with traces of ditch at the base and later perimeter wall

  • Closest To: Auldearn
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NH917556

Auldton Mote

Auldton Motte, a large earthwork castle of the Moffat family probably destroyed during the Wars of Independence

  • Closest To: Moffat
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT094058

Avoch Castle

Avoch Castle, scant remains of substantial C12-14 castle of Murrays extended by Douglases before destruction c1455

  • Closest To: Avoch
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NH696536

Ayton Castle

Ayton Castle, a privately occupied C19 mansion built near or on the site of at least three earlier castles dating back to C12

  • Closest To: Ayton,Eyemouth,Coldingham,Burnmouth
  • tbc
  • Grid Reference: NT929614

Balcarres House

Balcarres House, mansion containing parts of C16 tower house of Lindsays, much altered and extended C19 by Lindsays

  • Closest To: Elie, Largoward, St Monans
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO474044

Balfour Castle Kirriemuir

Balfour Castle, Kirriemuir, a single tower survives intact from mostly demolished ?C15 Ogilvie castle

  • Closest To: Kingoldrum,Kirriemuir
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO337546