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!

Ayr Castle

Ayr Castle, site of C12 royal castle rebuilt C14 and destroyed C17 with construction of Citadel fort, now vanished

  • Closest To: Ayr
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NS335222

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

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