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Scotland’s 12 Most Amazing Castles

Castles in Scotland are steeped in history and romance. That’s why many who travel to the wild, windswept highlands of Scotland do so for the impressive castles. Whether built by royalty, invaders, or Scottish clans, many the country’s castles, with their medieval architecture, battlefields, and ramparts still stand the test of time, and await the modern day explorer.

Here are Scotland’s twelve most amazing castles…

Balnagown Castle1. Balnagown Castle

Perched amid dense forest, windswept wooded valleys, and met by the swift current of the Balnagown River, Balnagown Castle, is located in the Invergordon area of the Highlands, in the Parish of Kilmuir Easter. This castle was once the stronghold of the Chiefs of Clan Ross.  Built in the early 14th Century, the castle lay in dilapidation from 1942 until 1972 when it was purchased by Mohamed Al-Fayed, an Egyptian business magnate, who restored the house and grounds to their former glory.


  • Rev. Margaret Stenhouse

    Scotland’s 12 most Amazing Castles No.9 Skibo :
    The picture is Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street Gardens

  • Rev. Margaret Stenhouse

    No. 12 Scotland’s Glamis Castle is the seat of the Lords of Strathmore & the ancestral home of Elizabeth the Queen Mother

  • Rev. Margaret Stenhouse

    Scotland’s Castle No.1 – this picture is Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich – view from the other side of No.10 – on the road to Kyle of Lochalsh

  • Sparts

    “Sir William Drummond built Balmoral Castle on the River Dee in 1390 as
    Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s private royal residence. ”

    pity Victoria ruled in the 19th century….

  • Lori Christian Renfro

    You really need to pull this article from this site. It is full of so many incorrect pictures and information. Along with the other errors listed by others, No. 4 is not Stuart Castle. No. 7 is a different view or Urquhart Castle, not Inverness Castle. No.10 Eilean Donan was first built in the 6th century and fortified in the 13th. It was not destroyed by the Spanish in 1719, but by the Jacobites, during the first Jacobite uprising.