There is an alphabetical list with links to the castles covered on the website. New material added most days.
Large and magnicient ruined buildings, most of which can be visited.
Castles which are especially scenic or are in a picturesque spot.
Impressive castles, usually still roofed and many also furnished.
Grand, sometimes sumptuous houses, most furnished.
Some places we liked or found of interest.
Some new castles or old houses which were not in the fifth edition.
A miscellaneous selection of castles and other sites.
Maps locating the castles, towers, mansions and other sites, also see below.
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The map has all places which can be visited, stayed at or viewed from nearby. This includes (or will eventually) all the places in the following sections: Magnificent Ruins, Scenic Castles, Grand Castles, Stately Homes and Feature Articles, and such places in New Sites and Other Articles which fall into this category.
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Being compiled and still many more to add…when complete will be less than 15% of entries in the book.
Fine historic church near site of a castle of the Douglases.
Baronial mansion of Sir Walter Scott with fine interior in picturesque grounds.
Old townhouse, by the impressive abbey church and palace ruin.
Picturesque partly-ruinous castle of the Douglases with orchards and garden.
Large and imposing castle, home to the Gordons (private).
Impressive tower of the Keiths by the sea, hotel and wedding vernue.
Mansion in a scenic spot of the Ogilvys of Airle (private)
Fine old castle and mansion of the Bruces, now a hotel.
Impressive large tower with fine interior of the Erskines of Mar.
Gardens of the handsome tower and house, formerly of the Charteris family.
Sites of towers (Nether Ancrum).
Site of mansion and tower (Over Ancrum), held by the Kerrs and Scotts.
Handsome house in splendid gardens, home to the Arbuthnotts for 800 years.
Fine mansion offering accommodation, cafe in walled garden.
Good gardens and atmospheric priory ruins in a peaceful spot by Loch Etive.
Mansion and former castle of the Lamonts, holiday cottages.
Fine old mansion, accommodation and wedding venue, and walled garden.
Fabulous walled garden and grounds of the scenic old house.
Museum and gardens of the ruined mansion of the MacDonalds of Sleat.
Fascinating mansion with period interior of the Dundas family.
Picturesque but crumbling ruinous castle on a headland in the Sound of Mull.
Lonely ruin in a wild and scenic spot.
Baronial mansion with impressive woodland garden nearby.
Fine old town house in the historic burgh.
Large ruinous castle and mansion.
Former tower house, large baronial mansion (Castle Toward).
Site of castle of the Mures.
Romantic ruinof the Gordons in a prominent spot.
Shattered but scenic ruin above the fabulous beach of Seacliff.
Little remains of the haunted castle, once of the Dunbars.
Maginifcent classical mansion of the Balfours, hotel and country park.
Mansion, formerly of the Grant-Sutties, self-catering accommodation.
Impressive partially restored castle and courtyard, tours and weddings.
Ruinous and overgrown old stronghold of the Leslies.
Grand but homely castle and gardens of the Macpherson-Grants.
In fine grounds, the baronial mansion of the royal family.
Imposing ruinous tower of the Kennedys.
In an elevated pretty spot stands the impressive castle of the Murrays.
Imposing castle and curtain wall in a peaceful and scenic spot.
Attractive orange-washed house, one home to Colonel Gardiner.
Handsome old tower house of the Campbells, now a guest house.
Fine house with lovely gardens.
Restored old castle of the MacCullochs.
Ruin of the castle on the bird-whitened island in the Firth of Forth.
Gardens of the impressive old castle and mansion of the Haigs.
Fine old house, long held by the Hamilton Lords Belhaven.
Grim and intriguing old fortress and prison by the sea.
Grand castle of the Dukes of Atholl with an imposing interior.
Fine old pile in scenic grounds, now wedding and events venue.
Attractive classical mansion, now a convalescent home, events venue.
Site of once important castle of the MacLellans.
Stark tower and later mansion of the Irvines, wedding venue.
Massively impressive tower house, now a hotel.
Magnificent old stone castle in a lovely spot above the Clyde.
Grand, sprawling mansion with lavish interior in great grounds.
In a picturesque area is the interesting tower of the Farquharsons.
Fine old castle of the Scotts of the Bucceluch.
Handsome old castle and newer mansion in a breath-taking location.
Gardens of the imposing home of the Ramsay Earls of Dalhousie.
Old castle and later mansion and gardens of the Dukes of Hamilton.
Fine castle and mansion with a period interior in lovely policies.
Impressive tower by the harbour, now housing a museum.
Attractive classical mansion, formerly of the Kerrs, now wedding venue.
Site of castle or old house of the Kennedys.
Site of an old castle of the Scotts of Buccleuch.
Site of old house or tower of the Rutherfords, then the Gordons.
Fine formal gardens of the classical mansion.
Interesting ruinous castle of the Balfours by the roadside.
Much reduced ruin of a once strong castle in a wooded spot.
Grand and romantic triangular ruin with a wet moat.
Grand castle and seat of the Frasers of Philorth.
Ruinous and crumbling old castle in a wild and pretty spot.
Ruinous castle on wooded isle in the beautiful and peaceful Loch Avich.
Fragments of Cally Castle, replaced by Cally Palace Hotel.
Large, imposing but slightly sinister house in lovely public park.
Stark ruin of a once comfortable tower house of the MacCullochs.
Brooding and interesting castle in scenic Kilmartin Glen.
Fine gardens of the impressive mansion, long held by the Homes.
Striking tower in a pretty spot on the banks of Loch Goil.
Very ruinous castle and house of the Dalrymples.
Compact but interesting ruin of a tower.
Tower and mansion, formerly of the Kennedy Marquises of Ailsa.
Large and imposing building, seat of the Frasers, in fine grounds.
Site of castle on mound in the attractive park by the beach.
Large ruinous scenic castle in picturesque gardens.
Great castle in a fine location, held by the Mackenzies.
Large and atmospheric tower house with many rooms to explore.
With fine gardens, the castle and former home of the Queen Mother.
Scenic and much photographed tower of the Stewarts on an island.
Large and impressive tower house, formerly of the Stuart Earls of Moray.
Impressive ruin on the banks on Loch Sween.
On the banks of Loch Fyne is this stark but imposing ruin.
Impressive large castle with beautiful gardens and grounds.
Strong and grim old ruinous castle of the Kerrs.
Substantial old castle and former seat of the Campbells.
In a prominent spot stands the imposing tower of the Bruces.
Well-preserved and interesting castle.
Ruinous old castle in a farm, formerly of the Cunninghams.
Dour but impressive mansion of the Caddells in beautiful gardens.
Attractive church, remodelled from chancel of priory, in scenic village.
Old ruin in the grounds of Merchiston Castle School.
Impressive tower with later mansion of the Murrays, now wedding venue.
Site of castle of the Congalton family.
In a lonely spot is the old castle, later remodelled as a barracks.
Grounds of the impressive old castle and mansion of the Ogilvys of Airlie.
Fine old building and gardens in the historic burgh.
Well-preserved old tower of the Innes family,
Attractive old castle in fine grounds, built by the Adamsons.
Elegant classical mansion incorporating tower, long held by the Fergussons.
Fine old mansion in the grounds of former hospital, then university.
Shattered and overgrown ruinous castle, held by the Wallaces.
Fine classical mansion in parkland, once held by the Wallaces.
Exceptional tower with many original features, held by the Forbes family.
Fascinating substantial edifice with many chambers to explore.
Once strong artilley castle of the Hamiltons in a scenic wooded position.
Site of castle of the MacCombies.
Massive tower with painted ceilings and fabulous walled garden.
Large and impressive ruinous but once sumptuous mansion.
Palatial ruinous castle in an atmospheric spot above River Tyne.
Plain old house, which replaced Crichton Castle.
Unusual ruinous castle, besieged by Mons Meg.
Two fortified towers among the substantial ruins of the abbey.
In a picturesque spot, fine old castle of the Galbraiths, now a hotel.
In fine grounds, the attractive mansion of the Forbes family, now a hotel.
In the historic burgh is the palace with original painted interiors.
Clifftop castle of the Kennedys with sumptuous interior in fine grounds.
Large and impressive castle, wedding venue and cottages.
Ruinous church and tower in interesting old burial ground in pretty spot.
Grand castle and mansion of the Ramsays, now a hotel.
Scenic park around the magnificent mansion of the Dukes of Buccleuch,
Elegant house with many interesting rooms of the Earls of Rosebery.
Large rambling mansion of the Mackintoshes, now a hotel.
Ruinous castle and derelict large later mansion of the Kennedys.
Impressive mansion with old hall from castle of the Earls of Moray.
Fine old tower house, long a property of the Heiton family.
Grand old restored castle of the Boyds of Kilmarnock in a public park.
Interesting old stronghold of the Hays with some good interiors.
The best castle to visit and explore. Has everything except a dragon.
Doocot all the survives from all old castle and house.
Only wings survive from a mansion of the Earls of Moray.
Imposing castle of the Bishops of Caithness, now a hotel.
Only fragments survive of original castle and later mansion of the Douglases.
Substantial and imposing castle of the Duke of Albany in a fine spot.
Unusual castle, built by James Douglas, Regent Morton.
Stark tower and later large mansion of the Irvine clan.
Handsome mansion and grounds of the Dukes of Bucceluch in a lovely spot.
The beautiful formal gardens of the imposing castle.
Well-preserved tower of the Maxwells among farm buildings.
Standing in a pleasant spot is the gaunt old tower of the Scotts.
Atmospheric castle of the Macleans in an impressive location.
Grand early Adam mansion of Duff family, now art gallery.
Interesting motte bailey castle with ruinous tower of the Sutherland family.
Impressive double hill site with some remains of castle and later fortifications.
Elegant house with sumptuous interior of the Marquesses of Bute.
Interesting island stronghold with causeways across loch.
Crumbling remains of once important castle by the harbour of the burgh.
Impressive castle on clifftop above sea, gardens, cottages, weddings.
Attractive rambling tower and later mansion, now a wedding venue.
Imposing and interesting ruin in a prominent position.
Ruined palace and abbey buildings with royal connections.
Fine collegiate church near the site of a castle and mansion.
Site of castle and mansion and the fine associated gardens.
Impressive baronial mansion in fine grounds and gardens.
Spectacular location and impressive entrance of the Keith Earls Marischal.
Grim old tower on headland above sea of the MacDougalls, museum.
Little remains but a mound in the pretty gardens by the sea.
Fabulous fairytale castle with fine gardens of the Dukes of Sutherland.
Crumbling but impressive ruin on cliffs, once held by the Adairs.
Gaunt ruin and atmospheric chapel in pretty wooded spot of the Campbells.
Site of old castle, once held by the Hepburns.
Large and impressive castle, now being restored,
Garden and estate of the scenic old castle of the Malcolms of Poltalloch.
Much reduced ruin on dizzying sea-girt cliffs, held by the MacDonalds.
Gaunt old ruin of the Kennedys by the sea.
In a pretty spot, impresive castle and seat of the clan MacLeod.
Beautiful gardens of the fine castle, formerly of the Bruces.
Renovated old tower house of the Gordons.
On a rock above the capital,the large, imposing stronghold with many treasures.
Interesting ruin with formal walled garden and summerhouse.
Some walls remain of this once important house of the Montgomerys.
Scenic and much-photographed castle in a beautiful spot.
Great castle, fortified yet once sumptuous residence, held by the Wemyss family.
Little remains of a substantial tower of the Elphinstone family.
Substantial, impressive and well-preserved tower of the Chisholm clan.
Grand palace, once home of monarchs, in lovely grounds with real tennis court.
Prominent and substantial castle with great views.
Impressive mansion in fine grounds of the Gladstones, exclusive use.
Scenic restored castle on hill, used in Balamory, offers accommodation.
Site of tower or old house.
In wooded grounds, the large old tower house, now a hotel with treehouse.
Old stronghold of the Kerrs in a pleasant spot.
Fine old castle of the Thriepland family in lovely gardens and grounds.
Reduced ruins on islands of the seat of the MacDonald Lords of the Isles.
Overgrown and scenic ruin in pretty wooded setting.
Country park around the baronial mansion, now of the MacMillans.
Massive imposing mansion of the Dukes of Roxburghe with lavish interior.
Restored tower house, formerly of the Ogilvies, accommodation/weddings.
Attractive castle and mansion, held by the Crichtons for many years.
Site of mansion and bastle, unusual 'tithe barn' survives.
Splendid massive castle with grand interiors and a Green Lady.
Ruined castle in a pretty spot, once home of Lord Byron's family.
Ruin on cliffs of a once palatial stronghold of the Sinclair Earls of Caithness.
Grand massive tower and castle of the Lyon family with fabulous interior.
Fine ruin of Z-plan tower house of the Gordons.
Site of a once large castle, near to the cathedral.
Impressive baronial mansion in a lovely spot, cafe and holiday accommodation.
Ruinous old tower house of the Scotts.
Walled garden of the reduced but impressive mansion of the Dukes of Gordon.
Site of tower of the Elliots, then the Scotts, holiday accommodation
Palatial mansion in lovely pleasure grounds of the Earls of Wemyss and March.
Site of imposing old town house, scene of the infamous Gowrie Conspiracy.
Impressive castle, held by the Stewarts, and nearby church with painted ceiling.
Attractive ruinous tower with impressive old trees.
Imposing but compact mansion by John Adam, associated with smuggling.
Lovely old tower and later mansion in fine grounds, weddings / accomodation.
By the Firth of Lorn is this elegant compact tower of the MacDougalls.
Impressive mansion with period interior of the Gordon Earls of Aberdeen.
Scenic sprawling ruin on a rock above the River Tyne.
Fine old house of the Hamiltons in Prestonpans.
Site of the magnificent mansion of the Dukes of Hamilton.
Country house incorporating an old tower of the Scotts.
Old mansion of the Hamiltons, then the Fowlers, semi-derelict.
Site of old castle, location of an infamous case of poisoning.
Oppressive old haunted fortress in a somewhat bleak location.
Lovely house with fine interior in beautiful grounds.
In scenic grounds is the large and impressive seat of the Earls of Hopetoun.
Imposing baronial mansion, now arts centre.
Compact and elegent house of the Erskines in lovely surroundings.
Gardens of the old rambling house of the Countess of Sutherland.
Old castle replaced by a mansion, held by the Lawsons and Hepburns.
Remodelled ruin of a once strong castle, long held by the Homes.
Grand ruinous castle and palace of the Gordons of Huntly.
Fine townhouse of the Gordons of Huntly, now Museum of Edinburgh.
Solid and impressive castle with some original decoration.
Well-preserved abbey ruins on fascinating island in Firth of Forth.
Attractive ruinous old stronghold in a wooded valley.
Old houses in the pretty and peaceful village of Inveresk.
Muscular mansion and lovely gardens of the Campbell Dukes of Argyll.
Scenic ruined castle of the MacDonalds in grounds of Glengarry Castle Hotel.
Picturesque and well preserved old castle in a scenic spot.
Site of royal castle, now occupied by Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum.
Old tower house of the Baillies, later Earls of Haddington.
Fine gardens of the demolished mansion.
Picturesque and romantic ruinous castle of the Sinclairs on cliffs above the sea.
Fine castle in scenic grounds of the Boyle Earls of Glasgow.
Attractive castle with fine interior and beautiful gardens.
Shattered ruin of the abbey church, once part of a rich monastery.
Large impressive ruin of a castle and mansion of the Gordons.
Large, ruinous tower built by the Cunningham Earls of Glencairn.
Picturesque and much-photographed ruinous castle by Loch Awe.
Demolished townhouse of the Boyd Earls of Kilmarnock, garden.
Restored tower house in the pleasant village. AirB&B.
Old tower and house of the Cunninghams of Glencairn.
Tower, church and mausoleum of the Dukes of Argyll in interesting cemetery.
Impressive castle of the Rose family in a scenic spot, bunkhouse, weddings.
Virtually nothing remains of the castle by the attractive church in Aberlady.
Not much more than foundations of the old castle in Braemar.
Imposing baronial mansion in the site of an old castle of the Charteris family.
Site of old castle of the Lyon Earls of Kinghorne.
Scenic white-washed tower of the Frasers, part of lighthouse museum.
Gutted building but retains some of the best painted rooms in Scotland.
Fabulous late 17th-century mansion in fine grounds, available for exclusive use.
Earthworks remain from the royal castle of Kirkcudbright.
Scenic castle of the MacNeils on island off Castlebay in Barra.
Gloomy but impressive old church near the site of the mansion.
Site of castle of the Montgomerys, replaced by elegant mansion.
Standing in a fine park, castle and mansion with Edwardian interior.
Handsome mansion in fine grounds of the Leith family.
Fine old castle and mansion, now owned by the Dukes of Hamilton.
Baronial mansion in extensive parkland, museum and holiday accommodation.
Magnificent ruinous royal palace in pretty park with pond.
Ruinous castle of an island in the loch in a beautiful spot.
Unusual 11-sided castle, moved from island, associated with Robert the Bruce.
Ruinous castle of an island in the loch in a beautiful spot.
Remains of castle on an island of the Gordons.
Tower and courtyard of the Douglases on a lovely sylvan island in loch.
Very ruinous castle in a wooded spot by Castle Loch nature reserve.
Large house, damaged after a fire, of the Campbells, then the Cochranes.
Fine ruinous castle between the sea and the mountains of Arran.
Stark ruin of a tower of the Lindsay Tiger Earl of Crawford.
Ruinous but impressive ruin of a once palatial building of the Campbells.
Fine old castle and mansion, built by the Hepburns, near Friary remains.
Once comfortable but still impressive edifice of the MacLellans.
In Caird Park, the impressive tower and courtyard of the Grahams.
Little remains of a large tower, may have been built by Malcolm Canmore.
Fine gardens of the attractive old house.
Site of residence of the Bishops of Glasgow in Ancrum.
Elegant house with lavish interior and silver staircase in fine grounds.
Very ruinous tower, once stronghold of the Armstrongs.
Ruined renaissance mansion near Stirling Castle of Earls of Mar.
Old tower house in garden, visitor centre associated with Mary Queen of Scots.
Imposing but gloomy castle of the Kennedys in the pleasant burgh.
Attractive old house in fine grounds, formerly of the Cunninghams of Glencairn.
Handsome old castle in lovely location, formerly held by the Menzies family.
Large restored castle, built by Cardinal David Beaton.
Fantastic house with spectacular Adam interior in lovely gardens and grounds.
Impressive mansion of the Dundas Lord Melville, now a hotel.
Castle in the village, now a museum.
Old tower of the Napiers, engulfed by Napier University.
Gardens of the old house and later mansion, now of the Duke of Sutherland.
Handsome old tower house, interior derelict, exterior accessible.
Site of tower, replaced by the fine mansion, in a pretty spot.
Fabulous gardens by the Teviot of the sprawling mansion of the Kerrs.
Impressive mansion with old tower in a lovely wooded location.
In a pretty spot by a loch stands the old castle of Regent Morton.
In beautiful grounds is the awe-inspiring house of the Marquesses of Bute.
Stark old tower of the MacLaines in a beautiful spot by the sea and mountains.
Impressive tower house by the sea, long held by the Burnetts.
Old house in a pleasant wooded spot by the banks of the Tay.
Most northerly castle in Britain, ruinous Z-plan tower of the Bruces.
Handsome old tower house in lovely gardens, weddings and luxury B&B.
Impressive castle, long held by the Hays, above the Tweed.
Large and impressive ruinous tower, scene of a massacre.
Atmospheroc stronghold of the Maxwells with some original interiors.
Magnificent mansion of the Kerr Marquises of Lothian, now a college.
Castellated mansion in pleasant grounds, estate long held by the Bairds.
In wide parkland, gloomy old house with fabulous atmospheric interior.
Fine Adam mansion in scenic grounds.
Site of a castle, held at one time by the Wallaces of Craigie.
Large impressive old house, demolished and replaced by a housing estate.
Restored and imposing tower of the Setons.
Grim, impressive ruinous castle of the Balfours with a profusion of shotholes.
Large and atmospheric old house in a pleasant spot in Prestonpans.
Old tower and mansion of the Pringles and Scotts, now museum and gallery.
Old house, formerly a property of the Campbells, holiday accommodation.
Ruinous tower of the Maitlands, predecessor of Thirlestane Castle, Lauder.
Unique tower house, round in plan, held by the Maxwells.
Fabulous royal palace with excellent interior, still used by the present monarch.
Elegant house of the Homes with fine interior by the River Tweed.
The earthworks of a castle, formerly with a wet moat, associated with Macbeth.
Fine old house, held by thePrestons then later the Gilmours.
Large and rambling attractive old house, formerly held by the Pringles.
Impressive tower house and mansion, now part of Loretto School.
Beautiful gardens of the elegant house, held by the Guthries and Ogilvies.
Interesting house in the lovely and popular park.
Grand house with colourful garden and parkland of the Maxwells of Pollok.
Large ruinous mansion, built by the Malcolms, now of Duntrune.
Fine old castle, held by the Boyds, in a pretty spot by the sea.
Brooding and dark tall tower of the Hamiltons in a pleasant park.
Handsome old baronial house of the Grant-Sutties, now clubhouse of golf club.
Interesting old house and garden near the fabulous but gloomy cathedral.
Site of castle of the Chacellor family, replaced by Shieldhill.
Unusual hallhouse and ghost-haunted castle.
Ruined artillery castle of the Sinclairs in park.
In a prominent spot, the shattered but impressive ruinous castle.
Large and imposing tower with courtyard of the Hamiltons.
Impressive entrance, ruinous but still magnificent, of the Sinclairs.
Unusual round castle and gatehouse with wet moat and royal connections.
Grand castle of the Mure family, now a wedding venue and golf resort.
Extensive ruin of barracks on old castle earthworks.
Shattered ruin of the bishops by the sea in the attractive university town.
Much reduced ruin of a once large and lordly castle of the Crichtons.
Unusual ruinous and overgrown courtyard castle of the Livingstones.
Interesting old tower of the Shaws.
Ruinous castle of the wicked Patrick Stewart, Earl of Orkney.
In fine grounds is the imposing and sumptuous mansion of the Murrays.
Small but beautifully formed tower of Scott of Scotstarvit in wooded spot.
Beautiful beach by the impressive ruin of the house.
Ruined castle in the burgh of Irvine.
Atmospheric church by the Adam mansion, formerly seat of the Setons.
Grand castle and mansion of the Chancellor family, now a hotel.
Fine tower and walled courtyard in scenic position, held by the Campbells.
Sprawling ruin on cliffs of a magnificent residence of the Hays of Errol.
Gloomy tower of the Pringles in an impressive windswept location.
Garden centre and grounds of the demolished mansion.
Impressive old castle and house in fine grounds.
In a pretty spot, the strong castle of the Bishops of Moray, now ruinous.
Magnificent castle on rock, one of the foremost strongholds of Scotland.
Large castellated mansion with later extensions, now a hotel and spa.
Impressive baronial mansion in sylvan grounds, now a hotel.
Old tower in the town, now housing a museum.
Once strong but now quite ruinous castle in the town.
Shattered but spectacular ruin on cliffs, fortress of the Douglas Earls of Angus.
Ruined tower with earthworks above the attractive village.
Huge and impressive castle and mansion, formerly of the Earls of Breadalbane.
Overlooking the Forth is the grand house of the Dalziels of The Binns.
Park and tearoom in the grounds of The Hirsel, held by the Home family.
Gardens and public park by the white-washed sprawling old house.
Massive, impressive building of the Maitlands with some fine interiors.
Grim old castle on an island in a river, fortress of the Black Douglases.
In a beautiful spot the well-preserved ruin of a massive broch.
Great ruinous castles of Forbeses with much to explore.
Atmospheric ruin of the Lamonts in a now peaceful location.
Derelict tower, attractive church and old doocot in Tranent.
Impressive seat of Maxwell-Stewarts with atmospheric rooms in lovely grounds.
Old chapel near the site of a strong castle of the Murrays.
Gardens and grounds of the pink, muscular mansion of the Earls of Haddington.
Fine old tower house of the Udny family.
Strong but now ruinous castle in a beautiful spot on banks of Loch Ness.
Fine gardens and grounds of the attractive mansion.
Fine gardens of the old castle and mansion of the Wemyss family.
Fine old church and graveyard near the restored old tower.
Grand house with interesting rooms of the Ogilvy Earls of Winton.
Shattered ruin of the Hays in a pretty spot with the famous Goblin Ha'.
Handsome Adam mansion, built by the Hay Marquises of Tweedale.
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