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!


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Abbots Tower

Abbots Tower, privately occupied C16 tower of the Browns, abandoned C17 and restored C20

  • Closest To: New Abbey, Dumfries
  • Access: No Access
  • Grid Reference: NX973666

Aber Castle

Abergwyngregyn Castle, motte and ?site of medieval llys of Princes of Gwynedd

  • Closest To: Abergwyngregyn
  • Access: No Access
  • Grid Reference: SH656727

Aberafan Castle

Aberafan Castle, site of quadrangular moated enclosure which may have had a central tower. Built over.

  • Closest To: Aberafan
  • Access: No Access
  • Grid Reference: SS762901

Abercairny Castle

Abercairny House or Castle, occupied C20 mansion of the Murrays built near site of earlier buildings, available as a venue

  • Closest To: Crieff, Muthill, Fowlis Wester
  • Access: Occasional Access
  • Grid Reference: NN912224

Abercorn Castle

Abercorn Castle, a now vanished castle of the Douglases on a promontory overlooking the Forth, destroyed by the Crown 1455

  • Closest To: Edinburgh, Queensferry, Bo'Ness, Linlithgow
  • Access: Chargeable Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT083793

Aberdalgie Castle

Aberdalgie Castle, site of a C14 castle of the Oliphants later held by the Hays, and now occupied by a C19 mansion of the Dewar family

  • Closest To: Perth
  • Access: No Access
  • Grid Reference: NO081203

Aberdeen Castle

Aberdeen Castle, site of a vanished C13 royal castle destroyed 1308, and mid C17 fort now occupied by blocks of flats

  • Closest To: Aberdeen
  • Access: Free Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NJ946064

Aberdour Castle

Aberdour Castle, a ruined C15 tower and courtyard of the Douglases on site of ?C13 hall house of the Mortimers; abandoned C17.

  • Closest To: Dunfermline, Dalgety Bay, Burntisland
  • Access: Chargeable Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NT192855

Aberedw Castle

Aberedw Castle, scant remains of C12-C13 castle of Princes of Powys + Gwynedd

  • Closest To: Aberedw
  • Access: No Access
  • Grid Reference: SO077474

Aberedw Motte

Aberedw Motte, footings of round tower of Princes of Gwynedd on top of prominent motte

  • Closest To: Aberedw
  • Access: No Access
  • Grid Reference: SO078472

Aberffraw Motte

Aberffraw Motte, lost site of llys and presumed motte of the princes of Gwynedd abandoned C14

  • Closest To: Aberffraw
  • Access: No Access
  • Grid Reference: SH355689

Abergavenny Castle

Abergavenny Castle, ruins of C12-C14 castle of the Braoses and others destroyed C17

  • Closest To: Abergavenny
  • Access: Chargeable Public Access
  • Grid Reference: SO300139

Abergeldie Castle

Abergeldie Castle, a privately owned and occupied C16 tower of the Gordons overlooking the River Dee

  • Closest To: Crathie,Braemar,Ballater
  • Access: No Access
  • Grid Reference: NO287952

Aberlleiniog Castle

Aberlleiniog Castle, e/w of C11 ditched motte & ?bailey, later stone fort erected on summit

  • Closest To: Beaumaris, Llanfaes, Llangoed
  • Access: Free Public Access
  • Grid Reference: SH616794

Aberllynfi Castle

Aberllynfi Castle, e/w of small motte & low bailey on natural bluff overlooking river valley

  • Closest To: Three Cocks
  • Access: No Access
  • Grid Reference: SO171380

Abertarff Castle

Abertarff Castle, site of C12 earthwork castle of the Thirlestanes destroyed in MacWilliam rebellion 1228

  • Closest To: Fort Augustus
  • Access: Free Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NH3808

Aberuchill Castle

Aberuchill Castle, privately occupied C17 tower house of the Campbells & Drummonds, extended C19

  • Closest To: Comrie
  • Access: No Access
  • Grid Reference: NN745212

Aberyscir Castle

Aberyscir Castle, e/w of ditched motte on riverside promontory site, footings of wall on summit

  • Closest To: Aberyscir
  • Access: No Access
  • Grid Reference: SO000296

Aberystwyth Castle

Aberystwyth Castle, ruins of large C13 castle of Edward I destroyed C17

  • Closest To: Aberystwyth
  • Access: Free Public Access
  • Grid Reference: SN580815

Abington Motte

Abington Motte, earthworks of small ?C12 motte and bailey ?of the Crawfords of Crawfordjohn on riverside site

  • Closest To: Abington
  • Access: S.O.A.C. Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NS932250

Aboyne Castle

Aboyne Castle, a C17 tower house of the Gordons much extended C18-19 and abandoned to be restored in the 1980s.

  • Closest To: Aboyne
  • Access: No Access
  • Grid Reference: NO526996

Achadun Castle

Achadun Castle, ruins of a C13 courtyard castle of the MacDougalls later held by the Bishops of Argyll, before moving to Saddell Castle

  • Closest To: Achnacroish
  • Access: S.O.A.C. Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NM804393

Achadunan Motte

Achadunan, mound and flat bottomed marshy ditch of motte on riverside site

  • Closest To: Cairndow, Inveraray
  • Access: S.O.A.C. Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NN200135

Achallader Castle

Achallader Castle, ruins of C16/17 tower house of the Campbells associated with the Massacre of Glencoe and damaged repeatedly before eventual abandonment c1700

  • Closest To: Bridge of Orchy
  • Access: S.O.A.C. Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NN322442

Achanelid

Achanelid, rectangular motte with bank ?enclosing bailey area on riverside site and surrounding ditch

  • Closest To: Clachan of Glendaruel
  • Access: S.O.A.C. Public Access
  • Grid Reference: NS006873