Castles in Scotland
There are thought to have been over 3000 castles, towers and fortified houses in Scotland – some have been restored, some are in ruins, some have been incorporated into later buildings, and some don’t exist at all any more.
There are currently 2573 castles in the Stravaiging around Scotland castles database, but the plan is to eventually add all of the castles over time.
You can see the distribution of castles on the map below, and you can zoom in to find particular castles.
Clicking on a marker will reveal the name of the castle and a link to a page about it.
What could be more Scottish than staying in a castle? Some of Scotland’s many castles have been converted into hotels or contain self-catering apartments, while others offer bed and breakfast rooms or can be rented for exclusive use.
Many of the earliest castles in Scotland were built on mottes, raised earthen mounds designed to elevate the castle for defence and increased visibility. See the distribution of mottes across Scotland and explore what remains of these early castle sites.
There are many specialist and obscure words used to describe castles and their constituent parts.
To help you negotiate your way through castle descriptions we’ve put together a glossary of terms with explanations for each.
We have visited 331 out of 2573 castles in the Stravaiging around Scotland castles database, so we still have 2242 castles to visit!
Join us on our journey around Scotland and see what we’ve visited.