Special Interest: Ancient Castles


  • Argyll

    Argyll is a great area for finding interesting ancient castles, some still functioning dwellings and others ruined from some ancient and barely remembered clan feud. However ancient castle sites are nearly always in interesting locations and many of the ruined ones can be visited for free. In additi...view more

  • Benderloch and Appin

    There are two great ancient castles in the Benderloch and Appin area: Dunstaffnage Castle and Castle Stalker. The later requires you to book on a tour as you have to be taken over a short stretch of water by boat....view more

  • Donside

    There are three ancient castles within the Donside area that Private House Stays recommends for your consideration: Craigievar Castle, Corgarff Castle and Kildrummy Castle which is more famous for its Gardens....view more

  • Dunfermline Area

    There are three significant Ancient castles in the Dunfermline area with links below....view more

  • Lanarkshire

    Private House Stays has identified four Ancient castles within the Lanarkshire area that are worth visiting. It is worth noting that even the ruined castles are often in very atmospheric locations and are often free to visit. In addition to those linked below, there is Crawford Castle and Strathaven...view more

  • North East Scotland

    In addition to the attractions linked below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Pitsligo Castle (ruins) and Slains Castle (ruins)....view more

  • Moray

    Private House Stays recommends the following Ancient Castles within the Moray area with links below and also Gight Castle within the Gight Wood reserve....view more

  • Aberfeldy and Loch Tay

    There is only one Ancient castle around Aberfeldy that is particularly recommended to visit:...view more

  • Mull and Iona

    There are two spectacular castles on Mull. Duart in particular does evoke lasting memories if you remember to be out on deck just before getting in to dock at Craignure and Torosay has fantastic gardens and a narrow guage railway that children generally love....view more

  • Nairnshire

    There are 4 Ancient Castles within the Nairnshire area that we recommend, the most spectacular of which is Fort George. This is quite some place and greatly recommended. It is linked below along with Castle Stuart and Cawdor Castle, and there is also the ruined Lochindorb Castle....view more

  • Rothesay and Cowal

    Both Mount Stuart and Rothesay Castle are both attractions worthy of a visit. The former is enormous and significantly over-the-top but full of all sorts of interesting treasures....view more

  • Ayrshire

    Ayrshire is a great area for finding interesting ancient castles, some still functioning dwellings and others ruined from some ancient and barely remembered clan feud. However ancient castle sites are nearly always in interesting locations and many of the ruined ones can be visited for free. In addi...view more

  • Speyside

    There are two decent Ancient castles within the Speyside area: Auchindoun Castle and Balvenie Castle...view more

  • Dumfriesshire

    Dumfriesshire is a great area for finding interesting ancient castles, some still functioning dwellings and others ruined from begone wars against the English or between clans. However ancient castle sites are nearly always in interesting locations and many of the ruined ones can be visited for free...view more

  • Edinburgh and Lothians

    There are a couple of decent ancient castles in the Lothian area, the most significant of these being Linlithgow Palace which acts as an excellent museum and gives plenty of insight in to the times when a Scottish Royal court was in residence....view more

  • Central and Stirling

    There are a couple of ancient castles in the Stirlingshire area all with the history you would expect from an area littered with ancient battlefield sites. In addition to those linked below, we also recommend Finlarig Castle and Clackmannan Tower. Stirling Castle identifies all the battlefield sites...view more

  • Scottish Borders

    The Borders is a great area for finding interesting ancient castles, some still functioning dwellings and others ruined from begone wars against the English. However ancient castle sites are nearly always in interesting locations and many of the ruined ones can be visited for free. In addition to th...view more

  • Plockton and Kyle

    Private House Stays gives Ancient Castles around Plockton and Kyle special prominence because of the wonderful Eilean Donan Castle. This is perhaps the most iconic image used about Scotland across the world and in the summer is generally mobbed by tourists. There are also two other castles in the ar...view more

  • East Sutherland

    The outstanding Ancient castle of this area that ranks as grand a baronial palace as can be found anywhere in Scotland is Dunrobin Castle. The ground are quite fabulous and the interiors and architecture as wonderful as any mansion house. The other ancient castles worth looking at are Skelbo castle ...view more

  • Fife

    Fife is a great area for finding interesting ancient castles, some still functioning dwellings and others ruined from neglect. However ancient castle sites are nearly always in interesting locations and many of the ruined ones can be visited for free. In particular the fantastic Falkland Palace has ...view more

  • Arran

    There are two Ancient castles worth having a look at, The significant (and still habitable) Brodick Castle, which has attractive grounds and can be taken in as part of the terrific walk up Goatfell (the most impressive of the mountains on Arran) and the ruined Lochranza castle....view more

  • Edinburgh City Centre

    The obvious Ancient castle in Edinburgh is Edinburgh castle which dominates the rocky crag above Princes Street. It is worth visiting just for the view over the city from the battlements, but it can be quite tourist congested, a little expensive and not especially well laid out in the museum exhibit...view more

  • Caithness

    There are two brilliant Ancient Castles to visit in Caithness. The Castle of Mey was restored by Queen Elizabeth, the Queens mother, and also has pleasant gardens, the other is the spectacular ruined castle of Sinclair Girnigoe....view more

  • Ardnamurchan

    There are two ruined castles around Ardnamurchan which we principally recommend visiting on Summer evenings to experience the spectacular atmospheric locations at sunset. Tioram has a link below, the other is Mingary Castle....view more

  • East Lothian

    There are three good Ancient Castles within East Lothian. The most spectacular is Tantallon Castle, where the massive curtain wall is still sufficiently intact after bombardment by Oliver Cromwell to still have the spiral staircases that lead to the top and a creepy dungeon. Dirleton castle is older...view more

  • Galloway

    Ancient castle sites are nearly always in interesting locations and many of the ruined ones can be visited for free. In addition to the Castle of St John with a link below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Carsluith Castle and Dunskey Castle...view more

  • Outer Hebrides

    There are a couple of ancient castles worth visiting, the best of which is Lewis Castle that has lovely gardens, the ruined Ormacleit Castle and Scolpaig Tower. Other places to visit include Trinity Temple, The Church of St. Moluag, The Old South Uist Church of Scotland and St Clement&am...view more

  • Angus

    There are two significant Ancient castles recommended by Private House Stays in the Angus region: Glamis Castle and Edzell Castle. They both have significantly beautiful gardens and Glamis also has beautiful interiors open to the public and many extra events organised to make for a full day out....view more