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!

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle, an impressive C12-C18 royal castle and royal palace overlooking the Forth Valley including C15 Great Hall.

  • Closest To: Stirling
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NS790940

Strathaven Castle

Strathaven Castle aka Avandale, ruined C15 tower of Douglases with C16 additions of the Stewarts; abandoned by Hamiltons mid C18

  • Closest To: Strathaven,Hamilton,East Kilbride
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NS703444

Struthers Castle

Struthers Castle, ruined C16 tower house of the Lindsays altered C18 but in ruins by 1840 when it was held by the Boyles

  • Closest To: Craigrothie,Ceres,Cupar,Ladybank,Freuchie
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO377097

Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle, a promontory fortified C14 by Douglases with massive wall and towers. Destroyed C17 and abandoned.

  • Closest To: North Berwick, Haddington, Dunbar
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NT596850

Taymouth Castle

Taymouth Castle, a C19 mansion of the Campbells replacing earlier Balloch Castle, a C16 tower house of the same family.

  • Closest To: Aberfeldy, Kenmore
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NN784465

Thirlestane Castle

Thirlestane Castle, a much-extended C16 tower house of the Maitlands replacing ruined C13 tower 2 miles to the east.

  • Closest To: Lauder
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT534479

Threave Castle

Threave Castle, a C14 tower and courtyard of the Douglases on an island altered C15 with early artillery defences ruined C19.

  • Closest To: Castle Douglas
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NX739623

Thurso Castle

Thurso Castle, alleged site of Orkney Earls' castle destroyed C12; also of vanished C15 castle of Sinclairs. Later C19 mansion elsewhere.

  • Closest To: Thurso
  • n/a
  • Grid Reference: ND112681

Tolquhon Castle

Tolquhoun Castle, a ruined C15 tower and later courtyard castle of the Prestons and Forbeses, abandoned C18.

  • Closest To: Oldmeldrum, Ellon
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NJ873286

Tom Pitlac

Tom Pitlac, earthwork mound and ditch on river cliff probably remains of C12/13 ringwork of Lords of Glencarnie destroyed early C14

  • Closest To: Boat of Garten,Carrbridge,Nethy Bridge,Aviemore
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NH947196