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!

Barcaldine Castle

Barcaldine Castle, a C17 tower house of the Campbells abandoned C19. Now restored and operating as a luxury hotel.

  • Closest To: Oban, Benderloch, Barcaldine
  • Hotel
  • Grid Reference: NM908406

Barnes Castle

Barnes Castle, unusual C16 courtyard castle of rectangular plan started by the Setons and never completed

  • Closest To: East Linton,Dirleton,Gullane,Aberlady,Longniddry,Haddington
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT529766

Bass of Inverurie

Bass of Inverurie, C12 earthwork castle of Earl David of Garioch & Huntingdon in use until early C14 altered by later landscaping

  • Closest To: Inverurie
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NJ781206

Belmont Castle

Belmont castle, a large C18 mansion modified C19 and incorporating a C16 tower of the Bishops of Dunkeld. Private.

  • Closest To: Meigle,Alyth,Blairgowrie,Coupar Angus,Rattray
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NO286439

Berriedale Castle

Berriedale Castle, much ruined C15 tower and courtyard of the Sutherlands/Oliphants and later Sinclairs occupying coastal promontory

  • Closest To: Helmsdale,Berriedale,Dunbeath
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: ND121224

Berwick Castle

Berwick Castle, ruins of C12-15 royal castle in strong position over River Tweed, in English hands since 1482

  • Closest To: Berwick on Tweed
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT994534

Biggar Castle

Biggar Castle, earthworks of substantial C12 castle of Flemings abandoned C14; now occupied by private residence

  • Closest To: Biggar
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT039377

Bishops Palace Kirkwall

The Bishop's Palace, Kirkwall, a large ruined ?C12 hall extended C16 with drum tower giving appearance of tower house.

  • Closest To: Kirkwall
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: HY449108

Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle, a C15 tower and courtyard of the Crichtons, later altered by the Crown. In use until 2nd World War.

  • Closest To: Bo'Ness, Linlithgow, South Queensferry, Kirkliston, Broxburn
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NT055803

Blair Castle

Blair Castle, the extended castle/palace of the Dukes of Atholl built around C13 tower of the Comyns. Open to the public.

  • Closest To: Blair Atholl
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NN866662