Central Southern Scotland


Blackness Castle

Built in the 1440s, and massively strengthened  in the 16th century as an artillery fortress, Blackness became an ammunition  depot in the 1870s.

Bothwell Castle

The largest and finest 13th-century stone  castle in Scotland, much fought over during the Wars of Independence.

Brodick Castle

The site of this ancient seat of the Dukes of  Hamilton was a fortress even in Viking times.

Caerlaverock Castle

This is one of the finest castles in Scotland.  Its most remarkable features are the twin-towered gatehouse and the Nithsdale  Lodging, a splendid Renaissance range dating from 1638.

Cardoness Castle

The well-preserved ruin of a tower house of  15th-century date, the ancient home of the McCullochs.

Castle Campbell

Formerly known as the ‘Castle of Gloom’, this  castle is beautifully sited.

Craignethan Castle

In a picturesque setting overlooking the River  Nethan.

Crichton Castle

A large and sophisticated castle, of which the  most spectacular part is the range erected by the Earl of Bothwell between 1581  and 1591.

Edinburgh Castle

This most famous of Scottish castles has a  complex building history.

Kelburn Castle & Country Centre

History, Beauty, Mystery, Adventure! The home  and estate of the Earls of Glasgow. Have you explored The Secret Forest  yet?

Kilchurn Castle

A square tower, built by Sir Colin Campbell of  Glenorchy c1550. Much enlarged in 1693 it incorporates the first purpose built  barracks in Scotland.

Lochranza Castle

A fine tower house, probably a 16th-century  reconstruction of an earlier building.

MacLellan's Castle

A castellated town house, complete except for  its roof, built by the then provost of Kirkcudbright, Thomas MacLellan of  Bombie, in the 1570s but probably never finished.

Neidpath Castle

An authentic 14th century castle converted to  a tower house (17th century), the erstwhile home of Fraser, Hay and Douglas  families, set in a wooded gorge of the River Tweed.

Rothesay Castle

A remarkable 13th-century castle, circular in  plan, with a 16th-century forework.

Smailholm Tower

Sited high on a rocky outcrop, Smailholm is a  small rectangular tower set within a stone barmkin wall.

St Andrews Castle

The ruins of the castle of the Archbishops of  St Andrews, dating in part from the 13th century.

Stirling Castle

Without doubt one of the grandest of all  Scottish castles, both in its situation on a commanding rock outcrop and in its  architecture.

Tantallonstle Castle

A remarkable fortification built by the Red  Douglasses, on a promontory, with earthwork defences and a massive 14th-century  curtain wall with towers.

Thirlestane Castle

Set in the Scottish Borders at Lauder,  Thirlestane Castle has its origins in the 13th century.

Threave Castle

A massive tower built in the late 14th century  by Archibald the Grim, Lord of Galloway.