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Below is a list of Scotland Castles that can be visited. With each Scotland Castles listing is relevant information, telephone number, postcode, image, and links to websites, maps, and reviews.

Edinburgh and Stirling Castles were the only Scottish Castles built to withstand attacks from English armies. All other castles in Scotland were built only to withstand attacks by neighbouring Clans. Disputes between Scottish Clans could last for hundreds of years, leading to tit for tat murders of many prominent Clan members. Sometimes, marriage was used to end disputes, and by the 1700s, murdering a neighbour could lead to you being hauled through the courts and sentenced to a gruesome death.

The Union between Scotland and England in 1707, made Scotland a safer place, and the last battle on the Scottish mainland was the Battle of Cullodon Moor 16th April 1746. From this time, Scotland Castles were replaced by Mansions, or had mansions built onto the side of the castles. Some mansions were built to look like castles, but had little defence.

Most Scottish Castles charge between £8 & £16 per adult to visit. Some offer entry to the gardens only at reduced cost.

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Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is situated in the centre of Edinburgh overlooking Princess Street and Gardens. This is the most visited tourist attraction in Scotland. Tel: 0131 225 9846. Postcode: EH1 2NG.
www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/edinburgh/edinburghcastle
Edinburgh Area Info & Accommodation

Edinburgh Castle
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Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle is situated in the centre of Stirling with views over the town. A number of Scottish Kings and Queens have been baptised, or crowned, or died within or near Stirling Castle. At least one King was murdered nearby: while another committed murder within its walls. Tel: 01786 450 000. Postcode: FK8 1EJ.
www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/stirling/stirlingcastle

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Stirling Castle
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The National Wallace Monument, by Stirling
Open all year, The National Wallace Monument is packed with fascinating exhibits and displays - so come and visit one of the country's most magnificent sights, and meet Scotland's national hero - William Wallace. Tel: 01786 472 140. Postcode: FK9 5LF.
www.nationalwallacemonument.com
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/stirling/wallace
Stirling Area Info & Accommodation

National Wallace Monument
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Balmoral Castle, by Aberdeen
The foundation stone for Balmoral Castle was laid by Queen Victoria September 28th 1853. Balmoral is situated in a secluded location on the south bank of the River Dee, mid way between Ballater and Braemar approximately 50 miles west of Aberdeen. Tel: 01339 742 534. Postcode: AB35 5TB.
www.balmoralcastle.com
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Balmoral Castle
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Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Perthshire
Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. The castle enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. Situated 35 miles north of Perth, 7 miles north of Pitlochry. Tel: 01796 481 207. Postcode: PH18 5TL.
www.blair-castle.co.uk
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Blair Castle
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Brodick Castle, Island of Arran
The castle is situated on a shelf above the north side of Brodick Bay and under the shadow of Goatfell, which rises behind it. Impressive castle and grounds. Tel: 0844 493 2152. Postcode: KA27 8HY.
www.nts.org.uk/Property/13/
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/arran/brodickcastle
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Brodick Castle
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Castle of Mey, by John O'Groats
Having acquired the most northerly castle on the British mainland, The Queen Mother renovated and restored it and created the beautiful gardens you see today. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers. Situated 6 miles west of John O'Groats. Tel: 01847 851 473. Postcode: KW14 8XH.
www.castleofmey.org.uk
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Castle of Mey
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Culzean Castle, by Maidens/Ayrshire
The National Trust for Scotland's top visitor attraction. The Castle, Gardens, Visitor Centre, Shops and Restaurants are open daily from Friday 30 March until Wednesday 31 October, inclusive. Tel: 01655 884 400. Postcode: KA19 8LE.
www.nts.org.uk/Property/97/
www.ayrshirescotland.com/culzean-castle
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Culzean Castle
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Dean Castle, Kilmarnock/ Ayrshire
Robert the Bruce awarded these lands to the Boyds who married into royalty when the sister of James III wed a Boyd. The local authaurities now maintain the estate and castle, free tours available most days. Tel: 01563 522 702. Postcode: KA3 1XB.
www.deancastle.com

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Dean Castle
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Dumbarton Castle, situated on the south side of Dumbarton Town
Dumbarton Castle is thought to have the longest recorded history of any fortress on the British Isles. The castle was built on volcanic basalt known as Dumbarton Rock, 240 feet in height. Tel: 01389 732 167. Postcode: G82 1JJ.
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?PropID=PL_100
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/dumbarton/dumbartoncastle/
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Dumbarton Castle
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Dunrobin Castle, situated about 52 miles north of Inverness
Dunrobin Castle has been called home to the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland since the 13th century and was first mentioned as a stronghold of the family in 1401. The castle can be visited 1st April to 15th October, entry price about £8.50 per adult. Tel: 01408 633 177. Postcode: KW10 6SF.
www.dunrobincastle.co.uk

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Dunrobin Castle
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Drumlanrig Castle, by Thornhill/Dumfriesshire
Drumlanrig Castle is an historic Scottish castle steeped in history and filled with treasures. The Estate and Gardens is one of the principal visitor attractions in South Scotland. Situated about 17 miles north of Dumfries. Tel: 01848 331 555. Postcode: DG3 4AQ.
www.drumlanrig.com

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Drumlanrig Castle
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Dundonald Castle, Dundonald by Troon/ Ayrshire
Dundonald Castle is a fortified tower house built for Robert II on his accession to the throne of Scotland in 1371. The castle was used as a royal residence by the early Stewart kings for the next 150 years. Tel: 01563 851 489. Postcode: KA2 9HD.
www.dundonaldcastle.org.uk
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/troon/dundonaldcastle

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Dundonald Castle
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Dunnottar Castle, by Stonehaven/Aberdeenshire
Dunnottar Castle is a dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress in a truly stunning setting. Situated about 1 mile south of Stonehaven, 15 miles south of Aberdeen. Tel: 01563 851 489. Postcode: AB39 2TL.
www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/stonehaven/dunnottarcastle

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Dunnottar Castle
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Eilean Donan Castle, West Highlands on the road to the Isle of Skye
Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most iconic images of Scotland recognised around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder the castle is now one of the most visited attractions in the Scottish highlands. Tel: 01599 555 202. Postcode: IV40 8DX. Photo by Guillaume Piolle.
www.eileandonancastle.com

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Eilean Donan Castle
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Falkland Palace, in the town of Falkland 40 miles north of Edinburgh
Falkland Palace is a former royal palace of the Scottish Stewart Kings. Falkland Palace is where James V died in 1542, aged 30. At the time of his death, his wife Marie de Guise was giving birth to their daughter Mary (Queen of Scots) at Linlithgow Palace. Mary stayed at Falkland in 1563 and 1565. Tel: 0844 493 2186. Postcode: KY15 7BU.
www.nts.org.uk/Property/Falkland-Palace-Garden/

www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/falkland/falklandpalace/
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Falkland Palace
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Floors Castle, by Kelso/Borders
The impressive Floors Castle was built by William Adam for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721. Situated 1 mile west of Kelso. Tel: 01573 223 333. Postcode: TD5 7SF.
www.roxburghe.net/floorscastle

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Floors Castle
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Glamis Castle, by Dundee
Glamis was the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (Queen Mother), birthplace of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret and legendary setting for Shakespeare's famous play 'Macbeth'. Glamis Castle is situated about 12 miles north of Dundee. Tel: 01307 840 393. Postcode: DD8 1RJ.
www.strathmore-estates.co.uk

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Glamis Castle
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Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow by Edinburgh
The magnificent, roofless remains of Linlithgow Palace occupy the top of a slight hill between the centre of Linlithgow and Linlithgow Loch. Birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Situated in the centre of Linlithgow 18 miles west of Edinburgh. Tel: 01506 842 896. Postcode: EH49 7AL.
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyoverview
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/linlithgow/linlithgowpalace
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Linlithgow Palace
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Rothesay Castle, on the Isle of Bute in the ferry town of Rothesay
The historic castle dates back to the beginning of the 13th century with an unusual circular plan. The castle was built by the Stewart's, survived Norse attacks, and became a royal residence. Tel: 01700 502 691. Postcode: PA20 0DA.
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/places/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?PropID=PL_238
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/bute/rothesaycastle/index.html
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Rothesay Castle
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Scone Palace, situated about 3 miles north of Perth centre
Once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in the history of Scotland. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated Stone of Scone - also known as the Stone of Destiny. Tel: 01738 552 300. Postcode: PH2 6BD.
www.scone-palace.co.uk
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/perth/sconepalace/index.html
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Scone Palace
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Urquhart Castle, by Inverness
Urquhart Castle is one of the most visited castles in Scotland as it is situated next to the Loch Ness Monster Visitor Centre and boat trips at the Village of Drumnadrochit. An impressive ruin with interesting history. Situated 16 miles southwest of Inverness. Tel: 01456 450 551. Postcode: IV63 6XJ.
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/drumnadrochit/urquhart/

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Urquhart Castle
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