Top 10 Medieval Castles in Scotland


Interested in visiting a medieval castle in Scotland? Here is our picks for the 10 best Scottish castles that date from the Middle Ages. These castles have largely remained the same since they were built in the Middle Ages. We have left out castles that are now in ruins, such Kildrummy Castle, and ones that have been substantially altered over the centuries.

See also our page on Top 10 Medieval Castles in England.




Visitor information for these Scottish Castles

Eilean Donan – owned by the Conchra Charitable Trust

Edinburgh Castle – is operated by Historic Scotland

Stirling Castle - is operated by Historic Scotland

Castle Stalker – is privately owned and is open to tourists only a few weeks each year

Castle Campbell - is operated by Historic Scotland

Blackness Castle - is operated by Historic Scotland

Doune Castle - is operated by Historic Scotland

Dunvegan Castle – is still owned by the Clan MacLeod

Broughty Castle – is now operated by Dundee City Counci

Smailholm Tower - is operated by Historic Scotland

top 10 medieval castles of Scotland - Eilean Donan

Videos of Scottish Castles