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

Craigmillar Castle

Dirleton Castle

For movies!

Scotland itself has featured in many big blockbusters and TV series, immerse yourself with not only Kings and Queens of the past but with Hollywood Royalty!

Doune Castle

(Doune Castle has featured in scenes in Outlaw King, as Castle Leoch in Outlander, in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and as Game of Thrones Winterfell in the pilot episode)

Blackness Castle

(Blackness Castle has featured in Outlander, Outlaw King and Mary Queen of Scots)

Craigmillar Castle

(Craigmillar Castle has featured in Outlander and Outlaw King)

For Instagram!

Doing it for the gram! These castles are the most picturesque and the camera loves them!

Eilean Donan Castle

Kilchurn Castle

Dunnottar Castle

Castle Stalker

For Views!

While the castle is the main attraction, it can also be the views from the castle that are stunning too, from lochs and mountains to cityscapes!

Dumbarton Castle