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!

Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle, the C19 shooting lodge of the Royal Family built to replace earlier tower house of the Farquharsons.

  • Closest To: Ballater, Crathie, Braemar
  • Limited opening
  • Grid Reference: NO255950

Balnagown Castle

Balnagown Castle, occupied multiphase mansion containing C14 tower; extended C17,18,19 by the Ross family

  • Closest To: Alness
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NH763752

Balquhain Castle

Balquhain Castle, ruined C15 tower and scant remains of courtyard buildings of the Leslies burned out in 1746

  • Closest To: Inverurie
  • tbc
  • Grid Reference: NJ732236

Balvaird Castle

Balvaird Castle, a C16 tower house of the Murrays ? On site of earlier castle. Largely abandoned C20 now open occasionally.

  • Closest To: Kinross, Auchternuchty
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NO170115

Balvenie Castle

Balvenie Castle, ruined C13 courtyard castle of the Comyns with C16 ruined palace of Earls of Atholl later used by the Inneses.

  • Closest To: Dufftown
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NJ325408

Banff Castle

Banff Castle, earthworks of C12 castle destroyed C14; remains of later courtyard wall and occupied C18 house on the site

  • Closest To: Banff
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NJ689642

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