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Scotland, pictures of castles we visited

There are many, very many castles in Scotland; from the old fortifications of the Picts to castles from the Victorian age. On most locations where castles or ruins stand, there already had been a castle or settlement before.
And for the castles still standing today, one must revel in the immaculate and awe inspiring structural designs. Walking through the lavish beauty that is found inside, one can truly get lost thinking back to all the wonders that took place inside those very same castle walls, or perhaps you might think on a more practical level, just how many people would a commercial cleaning business need to employ to have one of these castles cleaned.
Below some pictures of castles we visited and if we could find it, a link to a website with more information concerning that castle. At the bottom of this page we put a few links to other websites which provide more information and pictures. We hope to extend our list with visited castles in the future. Information about the history can be found on our history page.
The castles are ordered alphabetically. For a listing of more than 300 castles, look here.
List of castles, an alphabetic list of quite a lot of castles in Scotland with links to websites with more information and pictures concerning that castle *** more than 300 castles listed now ***
House of Aigas, a small castle near Beauly
A hidden country house, south of Inverness, at Loch Ness
Standing on the shore of Loch Laggan, now used in a Scottish tv-series
Build by the MacLeods of Assynt in the 16th century, now a ruin
Clan centre of the MacDonalds of Sleat, Skye
19th century castle on the east coast, in the Borders
A castle in very bad shape near Balintore in the Grampians
Totally renovated castle on the east coast of the Highlands, near Tarbat
A limestone-white castle near Pitlochry
19th century castle along Loch Tummel
A small, but beautiful castle, build in 1628
16th century castle surrounded bylarge gardens
A unique triangular castle in Dumfries, in the south of of Scotland
A haunted castle, now one of the most luxury youth hostels
The fairy tale-like 'MacBeth'-castle, near Inverness
Popular castle with a mixture of turrets and spires
15th century castle, now a hotel
Combination of a 13th century castle and a 17th century country house
15th century castle in Pertshire, south of Crieff
Castle on a magnificent location, on a cliff, 50 meters above the sea
Very large and beautiful castle, for the greater part build in the 19th century
Ruin from the 16th century, clan MacDonalds, Skye
Strategically situated castle near Oban
Ruin from the 15th century, property of the MacDonalds since the 17th c., Skye
Home of the chiefs of clan MacLeod, Skye
Small but beautiful castle along Loch Earn
An imposing castle, towering above the old town of Edinburgh
Magnificent castle on a beautiful spot; don't miss it
Not so old castle, with all rooms decorated and furnished as authentically as possible
Castle with 5 turrets, symbolizing the 5 families who lived here
A notable example of a Scottish tower-house of the late 16th century
Castle near Grantown-on-Spey
A ruin, also called the Peel of Strathbogie
Well preserved 18th century castle
13th century ruin near Fort William
Castle of sandstone, on a cliff overlooking river Ness
Castle ruin on an islet in Loch Awe
Ruins of a MacDonalds castle on Skye
A compact and modest castle
Castle where Mary, Queen of Scots was born
Ruin on an islet in Lochindorb
Towerhouse castle at Maybole, Ayrshire
Robust castle near Aberfeldy
Before called Barrogill Castle, bought by Elizabeth I, the queen-mother
Ruin on the peninsula Ardnamurchan
Ruin of an old Norman castle, Kyleakin, Skye
Now a winery, between Beauly and Inverness
Ruin of a 13th century fort
Ruins of the 18th century buildings where a castle used to stand for centuries
Castle on an islet in Loch Laich, Argyll
Castle in Stirling, centrally situated in Scotland
Ruin on the Applecros peninsula, Wester Ross
Castle near Inverness, now a splendid hotel
Castle at the mouth of Loch Tay
Castle ruin near Thurso in the northern Highlands
Castle ruin on an islet in Loch Moidart
Nice ruin on the shore of Loch Ness
Some pictures of a few other castles
Several interesting websites about Scottish castles

Overige castles

Allean House in the Tummel vallei Allean House in the Tummel valleiAllean House in the Tummel valley. Allean House became the Strathtummel Youth Hostel, but no longer functions as a YH.

Onbekend kasteel Onbekend kasteelThe castle to the left is now in use as hotel and we saw it when we drove from the Maiden Stone to Easter Aquhurthies. The castle to the right is somewhere near Huntly.

An Tigh Mhor, TrossachsThis nice castle is not really a castle. It was build as a hotel and is now owned by a holiday timeshare company as their "highland" home and called An Tigh Mhor. Since it is in the Trossachs it is quite a bit away from the Highlands, though. (thanks Alastair, for giving us this information)

Gate Lodge van Glenborrodale CastleNear the gate lodge of Glenborrodale Castle was a big sign that said trespassing was at your own risk. So we didn't enter the premisis. More photographs on this website. We read somewhere that it is possible to sleep in the castle, so we don't quite understand the no-trespassing sign.

Landhuis bij CoveWest of Helensburgh lies a peninsula where we saw this castle / country house on the west coast (10 km. north of Cove) along Loch Long. A nice place to live!

Landhuis bij CoveIn Helensburgh (northwest of Glasgow) we saw many country houses and castle-like buildings. This is one of them .

Fairburn House Oak Hall, BallaterTo the left Fairburn House, a nursery home on a nice location. A castle-like country house, near Beauly. To the right Oak Hall in Ballater, another castle-like country house.

Links to other websites about castlesn

You can find a lot about Soccitsh castles on the internet, here a few websites that are interesting.

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