The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
The Castles of Scotland
The Castles of Scotland 

Magnificent Ruins

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Dirleton Castle, a magnificent medieval ruined castle, near North Berwick in East Lothian Dirleton Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Dunnottar Castle, a spectacular cliff top fortress of the Keith Earls Marishcal, near the town of Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. Dunnottar Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Gatehouse, Caerlaverock Castle, an impressive and romantic old ruinous castle of the Maxwell family, near Dumfries. Caerlaverock Castle: gatehouse (© Martin Coventry)
Craigmillar Castle, a grand but ruinous castle with a large tower and two courtyards, held by the Prestons and the Gilmours, and associated with Mary Queen of Scots, in the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh. Craigmillar Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Castle Campbell, a handsome ruinous castle,  with many rooms to explore and superb views and gardens, of the great Campbell clan of Argyll in a lovely location up through the sylvan Dollar Glen. Castle Campbell (© Martin Coventry)
Elcho Castle, a well-preserved large castle in a pretty spot, the hall is a particularly fine chamber, long held by the Wemyss family, near Bridge of Earn and Perth. Elcho Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Tantallon Castle, a spectacular ruinous castle of the Douglas Earls of Angus, located in a pretty cliff top location near the East Lothian seaside town of North Berwick. Tantallon Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Threave Castle, a grim but scenic old tower and castle, built by the Black Douglases, on an island in River Dee, near Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway. Threave Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Huntingtower Castle is a handsome and atmospheric old castle and mansion near Perth in central Scotland, once home to the Ruthven Earls of Gowrie, but the earl and his brother were slain by James VI and the castle and earldom seized, eventually going to t Huntingtower Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Courtyard and fountain of Linlithgow Palace, a large, ruinous and impressive royal residence of the monarchs of Scotland and birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, in a scenic location in a park with a pond in the historic burgh of Linlithgow. Linlithgow Palace: courtyard and fountain (© Martin Coventry)
Courtyard with a diamond-decorated facade of Crichton Castle, a fabulous ruined medieval castle in a pretty spot above the River Tyne, held by the Crichtons, Hepburn and Stewart Earls of Bothwell, near to Pathhead and Edinburgh Crichton Castle: diamond-faced facade and loggia in inner courtyard (© Martin Coventry)
Huntly Castle, the ruin of a once magnificent and ornate palace and stronghold with a long and violent history, long held by the powerful Gordons of Huntly, near the Aberdeenshire burgh of Huntly in north-east Scotland. Huntly Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Edzell Castle, a substantial ruinous old stronghold of the Lindsay family with a fabulous walled garden, in a pretty peaceful spot neat the village of Edzell north of Brechin in Angus in Scotland. Edzell Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Craignethan Castle, a substantial artillery castle built the influential Hamilton family, now ruinous but with an impressive tower, fortifications and a ditch with a unique caponier, standing in a pleasant wooded location, near Lanark in central Scotland Craignethan Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Balvenie Castle is a large ruinous courtyard castle with ranges of buildings enclosed by a strong curtain wall and ditch, in a pleasant and peaceful spot near Dufftown in Moray in northern Scotland. Balvenie Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Bothwell Castle, a fantastic, large but ruinous early stone castle in a great spot above the Clyde, held by the Murrays, Hepburns and Douglases, near Uddingston in Lanarkshire. Bothwell Castle (© Gordon Mason)
Kildrummy Castle, a ruinous but impressive early stone stronghold of the Earls of Mar in a pretty spot with gardens nearby, near the town of Strathdon in Aberdeenshire in the northeast of Scotland. Kildrummy Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Tolquhon Castle is a substantial ruinous courtyard castle with a large tower and some fantastic stone carving on the gatehouse, held by the Preston family and then by the Forbeses, in a quiet spot near Tarves (Tarves Tomb) in Aberdeenshire in northeast Sc Tolquhon Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Spynie Palace, a castle despite its name, has one of the most impressive towers in Scotland, and was held by the Bishops of Moray who had their cathedral at Elgin in Moray in northeast Scotland. Spynie Palace (© Martin Coventry)
Hermitage Castle, a large, ruinous and brooding castle in a lonely and windswept spot, held by the Soulis family, the Douglases and then the Hepburns, near Newcastleon in the Borders near England. Hermitage Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Roslin Castle, an impressive, partly ruinous old stronghold on a rock above the River Esk, long held by the Sinlcairs and near the beautiful and intricately carved Rosslyn Chapel Roslin Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Aberdour Castle, a scenic old stronghold castle with gardens and orchard of the Douglas Earls of Morton, in the pretty village of Aberdour in Fife. Aberdour Castle (© Martin Coventry)
Cardoness Castle, a plain but impressive tower house, long held by the turbulent MacCullochs, in a prominent spot with a once comfortable interior, near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway. Cardoness Castle (© Martin Coventry)

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