The Best Of The Best Scottish Castles

Scotland once had thousands of castles dotted from the highlands to the lowlands, and now while only a few hundred are said to remain, there are many castles that are so worth the visit! Some are in ruins, some have been fully refurbished and restored and some now stand as stately homes. Here we list what we deem to be the best of the best.

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Must do!

These are the castles that you cannot leave Scotland without seeing! It is their history, their views and their foundations which make them so special!

Edinburgh Castle

Stirling Castle

Tantallon Castle

Urquhart Castle

Craigmillar Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Culzean Castle

For gardens!

These are the castles with the most gorgeous gardens, from cultivated and manicured to multiple species of plants and flowers to working gardens- growing vegetables and bee- keeping!

Culzean Castle

Dirleton Castle

Balmoral Castle

For dramatic ruins!

Theses are the most dramatic ruins, the ones where you can actually picture how the castle once stood in all its glory!

Urquhart Castle