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!

Rothesay Castle

Rothesay Castle, a ruined C13 courtyard castle of the Stewarts with C16 tower house acting as gatehouse, abandoned C17.

  • Closest To: Rothesay
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NS088646

Rowallan Castle

Rowallan Castle, an occupied C16-C17 mansion on site of ?C13 castle of the Mures, some ruins of earlier buildings survive.

  • Closest To: Kilmarnock, Stewarton
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NS435424

Roxburgh Castle

Roxburgh Castle, scant ruins and massive earthworks of a large multi-phase C12-15 royal castle, and English fort destroyed in C16.

  • Closest To: Kelso
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT713337

Rusko Castle

Rusko Castle, private occupied C15 tower of Acarsanes and later wing of the Gordons restored C20 after becoming derelict

  • Closest To: Gatehouse of Fleet
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NX584604

Ruthven Barracks

Ruthven, site of vanished C13 castle of the Comyns and C15 tower of the Gordons. Mound now occupied by C18 barracks

  • Closest To: Kingussie, Newtonmore
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NN764997

Sanquhar Castle

Sanquhar Castle, ruined C13 courtyard castle of Rosses with later towers added by Crichtons abandoned C17. Ruins are dangerous

  • Closest To: Sanquhar
  • n/a
  • Grid Reference: NS785092

Scalloway Castle

Scalloway Castle, a ruined C17 tower house of the Stewart Earl of Orkney and later of the Bishop, semi-derelict by C18.

  • Closest To: Scalloway
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: HU404392

Scotstarvit Castle

Scotstarvit Tower, an unoccupied C16 tower house of the Inglis family rebuilt by the Scotts occupied by the Wemyss family to C20.

  • Closest To: Cupar, Ladybank
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NO370113

Selkirk Castle

Selkirk Castle, earthworks of substantial C12 royal castle, demolished and rebuilt repeatedly C14 before abandonment

  • Closest To: Selkirk
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT470281

Skelbo Castle

Skelbo Castle, ruins of an impressive courtyard castle of the de Moravia Sutherlands dating to the C14 and abandoned C18.

  • Closest To: Skelbo,Dornoch
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NH792951