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!

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

Skipness Castle

Skipness Castle, a ruined C13 courtyard castle of the MacSweens altered C15-C16 by the Campbells, and abandoned C17.

  • Closest To: Skipness
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NR908578

Slains Castle

Slains Castle, remains of C16 tower and courtyard of the Hays within derelict C19 mansion, also of the Hays.

  • Closest To: Cruden Bay, Peterhead
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NK101361

Smailholm Tower

Smailhom Tower, a C15 tower house and courtyard of the Pringles abandoned C18. Restored C20 and now a museum.

  • Closest To: Kelso, Melrose
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NT638347

Spynie Palace

Spynie Palace, ruined massive C15 tower of the Bishops of Moray on site of and incorporating parts of C12-C14 courtyard castle.

  • Closest To: Elgin, Lossiemouth
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NJ230658

St Andrews Castle

St Andrews Castle, ruined C15 castle of the Bishops of St Andrews on site of earlier castles. Abandoned and ruined by C17.

  • Closest To: St Andrews
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NO513169


Stanecastle, small C16 square tower house of the Montgomeries converted to a folly C18

  • Closest To: Irvine
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NS338400

Stapleton Tower

Stapleton Tower, ruined C16 tower house of the Irvines and mostly demolished C19 mansion abandoned mid C20

  • Closest To: Annan, Gretna, Eastriggs
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NY235689