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!

Rosslyn Castle

Rosslyn Castle, partially occupied ruins of C14 castle of the Sinclairs extended to C16, damaged during C17

  • Closest To: Roslin
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT275628

Rosyth Castle

Rosyth Castle, ruined C15 tower of the Stewarts and later courtyard, sacked C17 by English and never repaired. Limited opening

  • Closest To: Rosyth,Inverkeithing,Dunfermline,Dalgety Bay,North Queensferry
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NT109821

Rothes Castle

Rothes Castle, ruins of C13 castle of Pollocks and Leslies largely demolished C17 following Leslies' move to Fife

  • Closest To: Rothes
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NJ276489

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