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!

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

Blairfindy Castle

Blairfindy Castle, a ruined C16 tower house of the Gordons burned out 1746 and fenced off for safety reasons

  • Closest To: Ballindalloch, Tomintoul
  • Private
  • Grid Reference: NJ198286

Boddam Castle

Boddam Castle, ruinous courtyard castle of the Keiths on promontory site probably abandoned C18

  • Closest To: Boddam,Peterhead,Cruden Bay
  • Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NK132418

Borthwick Castle

Borthwick Castle, a substantial C15 U-shaped tower and courtyard built by the Borthwick family. Now a hotel.

  • Closest To: Gorebridge, North Middleton, Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith
  • Hotel
  • Grid Reference: NT770544

Bothwell Castle

Bothwell Castle, an impressive ruined C13 courtyard castle of the de Moravias and Douglases abandoned late C17.

  • Closest To: Bothwell, Glasgow, Hamilton, Motherwell, Coatbridge, Uddingston, East Kilbride
  • Historic Scotland
  • Grid Reference: NS688593