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!

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

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