Castles / Ruins

Here are articles of some of the most beautiful castles in Scotland. We hope it will help you on your upcoming holiday to this breathtaking country.
The Scots have always been proud of their heritage, and many Scottish families still live in castles that they've occupied for generations. The history of these places is fascinating, and a walk through the grounds can really give you a sense for how life was lived centuries ago. These days, many people visit these castles as hotels or museums, but there's nothing quite like staying the night!  The next time you're planning a trip to Scotland—or even if you're just daydreaming about one—consider including one or more of these incredible buildings on your itinerary! You won't regret it.
Balquhain Castle in Aberdeenshire

Learn about the fascinating history of the 14th century Balquhain Castle near Inverurie. Home of Clan Leslie.

Dunnideer Castle: Medieval Ruins & Panoramic Views

Discover Dunnideer Castle, a historic medieval tower house on Scotland's Hill of Dunnideer near Insch.

Leith Hall, a lovely mansion house in Aberdeenshire.

Delve into the storied past of Leith Hall, from its 17th-century beginnings to its significance during wartime.

Explore the Rich History of Huntly Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Huntly Castle, from its 12th-century origins as the Peel of Strathbogie to its transformation into a grand Jacobean palace.

Spynie Palace: Scotland's Largest Medieval Bishop's House

Discover the history of Spynie Palace in Moray, the grand residence of bishops for over 500 years.

The Highland Clearances: What Happened, When, and Why?

Find out more about one of the most shocking times in Scottish History - families were forcibly removed from their homes.

Gight Castle in Aberdeenshire: A Visitor's Guide

Venture into Gight Castle, Aberdeenshire, the ancestral home of Lord Byron. Explore its rich history, ghostly tales, and the beautiful walk.

Fyvie Castle: A Historical Jewel in North East Scotland

Learn about its 13th-century origins, architectural wonders, and intriguing legends as you journey through this Scottish gem.

Rait Castle, a lesser known castle just south of Nairn

My wife and I visit the ruin of Rait Castle, the site of an infamous massacre in 1442 between Clan Cumming and Mackintosh.

Brodie Castle: Scotland's Historical Jewel in Moray

Explore Brodie Castle in Moray, Scotland. Discover its rich history, architectural splendor, and legacy of Clan Brodie.

Our visit to Culzean Castle: History, Tips & Highlights

Explore Culzean Castle with our comprehensive guide. Uncover hidden gems, and get expert tips for a memorable visit.

Greenan Castle: Visiting this Historic Site in Ayrshire

This guide offers practical tips for visiting, and suggestions for capturing the perfect photograph. A hidden gem.

Dunure Castle: From Ancient Ruins to Outlander Fame

A visit to Dunure Castle, an ancient Scottish ruin with connections to the Kennedys of Carrick and the Outlander TV series.

Scotland's Cawdor Castle: A Journey into History and Myth

Explore Cawdor Castle's rich history, unique architecture, and mythical connection to Shakespeare's Macbeth.

What is the oldest castle in Scotland?

An overview of the very oldest castles in Scotland, from lesser-known Castle Sween to the famous Edinburgh Castle.

Fort George near Inverness: A Tourist's Guide

Explore Fort George's rich history, architectural marvels, and the Highlanders' Museum at this 18th-century fortress.

The ruin of Rothes Castle, overlooking Rothes in Moray

There isn't much left to see of Rothes Castle, but it's a nice place to visit in Rothes in central Moray while travelling the A941.

The ruin of Bernera Barracks, near Glenelg.

The Bernera Barracks serve as a reminder of the government's efforts to assert control after the 1715 Jacobite uprising.

Guisachan House near Tomich and Glen Affric

Guisachan House, a fine mansion built in mid 1800s by Lord Tweedmouth. Famous as the birthplace of the golden retriever dog breed.

Castle Roy near Nethy Bridge in the Scottish Highlands

A visit with my family to Castle Roy, just north of Nethy Bridge. Built by the powerful Comyn family around 1200!

Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness

We visit one of Scotland's most popular castles on the west side of Loch Ness, near Drumnadrochit.

My favourite castle in Scotland - Duffus Castle

A magical ancient motte and bailey style castle ruin, jutting out of the Moray landscape near Lossiemouth.

A guide to the best castles to visit in Moray, northeast Scotland

A short guide to the best castles in Moray, tower houses, motte and bailey keeps and the traditional baronial style, Moray has them all!

A short guide to Stirling in <br>central Scotland

Stirling is a wonderful city in central Scotland, steeped in history there is so much you can see and do. Let's find out more!

Carn Liath Iron Age Broch near Golspie, Sutherland.

An ancient broch not far from Golspie and Dunrobin Castle. Carn Liath is around 2000 years old and is a fascinating place to visit.

Old Inverlochy Castle in Fort William near the River Lochy

A quick visit to the fantastic ruin of Old Inverlochy Castle, a 13th-century ruin built by the powerful Comyn family.

Drumin Castle ruin within the Glenlivet Estate

A little hidden gem of a castle once owned by the Wolf of Badenoch, a worthy detour from the A95 main road.

Ballindalloch Castle and Gardens in south Moray

A family-owned 16th-century castle on a large estate with golf, shooting, stalking and fishing. Fantastic gardens and self guided tour.

Lochindorb Castle, a focal point in history in the east Highlands.

Once home to Edward Longshanks and the Wolf of Badenoch, Lochindorb Castle is steeped in medieval history!

A visit to the ruin of Auchindoun Castle near Dufftown in Moray

A 600 year old castle on a hilly prominence near Dufftown in Moray. Lets look at the car park and directions to this amazing castle.

The ruin of Elgin Cathedral, in Elgin, Moray

A short article about Elgin Cathedral, one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical architecture in north Scotland.

Beauly Priory, ruin in the highlands of Scotland

The ruin of Beauly Priory, once home to Valliscaulian monastic monks from France. A great tourist attraction west of Inverness.

Redcastle ruin near Inverness<br>and Beauly

The ruin of Redcastle, situated on the Beauly Firth it is a wonderful castle and gardens to visit in The Black Isle.

Dunrobin Castle, one of Scotland's great houses

Held by the Sutherland clan for over 700 years, Dunrobin Castle is steeped in history and has a beautiful Victorian garden.

Skelbo Castle, overlooking Loch Fleet in Sutherland

A charming ruin of a Scottish Castle located near Dornoch in the north of Scotland. Currently owned by a Russian billionaire!

Balvenie Castle, a ruined castle near Dufftown in Moray.

An article about the ruin of Balvenie Castle near Dufftown and Glenfiddich Distillery in the county of Moray.

Boyne Castle, a dangerous ruin but a true hidden gem

Exploring the extremely ruinous Boyne Castle, reclaimed by nature, near Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

Ruthven Barracks near Kingussie in the great Spey Valley.

The ruins of Ruthven Barracks - go back in time to the Jacobite rebellion and learn about a focal point in Scottish history.

Outlander Filming Locations around Scotland

Just a few of the fantastic filming locations I have visited in Scotland from the hit TV show Outlander.

Visit to the Kinloss Abbey Ruins & Cemetery in Moray

Ruins of Kinloss Abbey dating from the 13th century, one of Scotland's largest and wealthiest religious houses in Scotland.

A budget conscious collection of free things to do in Edinburgh

A visit to Edinburgh need not be expensive, here are some free activities you can do on your visit.

Findlater Castle on the Moray Firth Coast, near Banff

A crumbling ruin of castle situated on the Moray coast near Cullen with a fascinating history and link to Mary Queen of Scots.