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A visit to a castle — whether you stumble over one during a hike outdoors or walk your way around the grounds with a guide — is always something special, and you’ve got 20 beautiful castles to choose from in Scotland. Just browse our list to find your top castle , and add some history to your next adventure!

The top 20 castles in Scotland

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    Inverness Castle

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    Inverness Castle overlooks the River Ness from a sandstone cliff and affords fine views over the ancient and picturesque city of Inverness. The castle’s position, bridging the mouth of the …

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    Balloch Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Balloch Castle Country Park affords wonderful views over Loch Lomond. The park comprises 200 acres of semi-rural ornamental woodland, parks, gardens, meadows, and shoreline. The castle itself is closed but still a fine building to admire.

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    Castle Rock

    Hiking Highlight

    Castle Rock is a volcanic plug in the middle of Edinburgh that was formed 350 million years ago. On top of the rock is Edinburgh Castle, which dates to the …

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    Urquhart Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Absolute, albeit overpriced highlight on Loch Ness. The complex is well maintained and a deep eye-catcher in low-hanging clouds. It is easy to imagine what it was like at the time of the building and the Middle Ages. class

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    Dunstaffnage Castle was built around the year 1220 by Duncan Dubhgall, son of Earl Somerled, on a large rock face overlooking the Firth of Lorne in the Argyll …

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    Stirling Castle

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    Stirling Castle is one of Scotland's most historically important sites and was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle.
    Knights, …

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    Mugdock Castle

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    Mugdock Castle stands on a rocky promontory which rises gently on its eastern and southern approaches but falls steeply away to the north and west. Protection to the east, north …

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    Kilchurn Castle

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    Quaint castle ruins on the northeastern shore of the beautiful Loch Awe, which can be visited for free. The upper observation deck was closed during our visit in May 2018. …

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    Edinburgh Castle

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    You cannot miss Edinburgh Castle when you arrive in the city. Perched atop Castle Rock, the historic fortress dates as far back as the Iron Age and has played an …

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    St Andrews Cathedral

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    The Cathedral of St Andrew (often referred to as St Andrews Cathedral) is a ruined Roman Catholic cathedral in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It was built in 1158 and became …

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    Blackness Castle

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    Blackness Castle is perched right on the shore of the Firth of Forth.

    Just like many other historical buildings in this part of Scotland, it has featured in the popular …

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    Dunvegan Castle

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    Cracking little castle, plenty of rooms to look around with a gift shop at the end. The gardens in spring are wonderful, especially the walled garden.

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    Broughty Castle

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    Towering above the River Tay, Broughty Castle has been a prominent landmark in Dundee since its construction in the 15th century. The castle has witnessed many battles throughout history, such …

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    Inverlochy Castle

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    Inverlochy Castle was founded in the 13th century on the site of an earlier fort. The castle, which played a part in Scottish and English history during the civil wars …

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    MacDuff's Castle

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    MacDuff's Castle was originally built in the 11th Century. However, nothing survives from this period and the ruins you see today are from the 14th and 15th centuries. You can …

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    Inveraray Castle

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    A very nice castle which is worth exploring. The castle is the seat of the Dukes of Argyll, which lives upstairs. Very beautiful are the Highland cattle grazing in front …

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    Linlithgow Palace

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    Linlithgow Palace was built from 1424 and is best known as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots (8 December 1542 - 8 February 1587). The palace fell into decline …

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    Brodick Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    Brodick Castle is an imposing island fortress surrounded by mountains. The castle you see today dates to 1844. However, a fortress has existed on the site, which occupies a strategic …

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    Castle Campbell

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    Castle Campbell is a medieval castle situated above the town of Dollar, Clackmannanshire, in central Scotland. It was the lowland seat of the earls and dukes of Argyll, chiefs of …

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    Newark Castle

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    A castle has existed on this site since the 13th century. However, the remains that you see today date to around the 15th century. Whilst there is not much left …

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