My Current project is to photographically document Scottish Castles in a refreshing and dramatic style. It's going to be a lot of work - here's a list of some of the main ones!
Aberdour Castle, Fife - near the 12th century St Fillans chapel
Abernethy Round Tower, Angus - King Malcolm III met William the Conqueror here in 1072
Ackergill Tower, Caithness - stronghold of the Keiths
Airth Castle, Stirling - 14th century origins; now a hotel
Airthrey Castle, Stirling - now part of Stirling University
Alloa Tower, Stirling - recently restored
Almond Castle, West Lothian - Originally Haining Castle
Ardincaple Castle, Helensburgh - overlooks the Firth of Clyde
Armadale Castle, Skye - home of The Macdonalds of Sleat
Arnot Tower, Kinross - Arnots were recorded here in 1105.
Balgonie Castle, Fife - privately owned
Balhousie Castle, Perth - now the museum of the Black Watch.
Ballinbreich Castle, Fife - on the south bank of the river Tay.
Balloch Castle, East Dunbartonshire - by Loch Lomond
Balnagown Castle, Ross and Cromarty - once the home of the Ross clan chief.
Baltersan Castle, South Ayrshire This 16th century ruin may be renovated as a time-share property.
Balvaird Castle, Perthshire Home of the branch of the Murray family that became Earls of Mansfield.
Bardowie Castle, East Dunbartonshire - owned by the Galbraith chieftain in the 13th century
Barr Castle, Renfrewshire a well-preserved 15th century keep
Beaufort Castle, Beauly - Occupied by the Frasers of Lovat from 13th century to 1990s
Birkhill Castle, Fife - home of the Earl and Countess of Dundee.
Blackness Castle, Stirlingshire - shaped like a ship
Blair Castle, Perthshire - home of the Duke of Atholl
Blairquhan Castle, Ayrshire - pronounced "Blairwhan"
Borthwick Castle, Lothians - now a hotel
Bothwell Castle, Lanarkshire - overlooks the river Clyde
Braco Castle, Perthshire - another castle owned by the Graham family.
Brechin Round Tower - part of the south-west corner of Brechin Cathedral
Brodie Castle, Moray - home of the Brodies for at least 35 generations
Broughty Castle - now a museum of whaling, fishing, arms and armour
Buchanan Castle, Stirlingshire - built by Duke of Montrose
Burleigh Castle, Fife - oddly shaped
Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries - captured by King Edward I
Caldwell Tower, East Renfrewshire - all that remains of Caldwell Castle, probably built in the 16th century.
Cardoness Castle, Dumfries and Galloway - first mentioned in the records in 1220.
Carsluith Castle, Dumfries and Galloway - Owner Gilbert Brown served as the last abbot of Sweetheart Abbey
Carnasserie Castle, Argyll - built by a Bishop of the Isles
Castle Campbell - used to be called Castle Gloom
Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire - built between 1575 and 1635
Castle Grant, Badenoch and Strathspey Originally called Castle Freuchie.
Castle Kennedy, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway Home of Earl of Stair, who authorised the Glencoe massacre.
Castle Menzies - Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed in the castle in 1746
Castle of Park, Galloway - Built by Thomas Hay in 1590.
Castle of St John, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway Used by "Bonnie Dundee" to suppress the Covenanters.
Castle Stalker, Argyll - set on a small island
Castle Stuart, Inverness - restored and reoccupied
Castle Sween, Argyll - possibly named after a Dane named Sueno.
Cawdor Castle, Nairn - Owned by the Thanes of Cawdor - but not Macbeth.
Clackmannan Tower - remained in the hands of the Bruce family until 1796.
Claypotts Castle, Dundee - an oddly shaped building
Corgarff Castle, Aberdeenshire - surrounded by star-shaped outer defences
Craigend Castle, Stirlingshire - held by the Buchanans
Craigievar Castle, Aberdeenshire - Built and owned by the Forbes family from 1610.
Craignethan Castle, Lanarkshire - a Black Douglas castle
Cramond Tower in a suburb of Edinburgh
Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire - with magnificent walled gardens
Craufurdland Castle - early records of Craufurds here go back to 12th cerntury.
Crichton Castle, Lothians - unusual stonework inside
Crookston Castle, Glasgow - one of the few castles surviving in Glasgow
Culcreuch Castle, Stirlingshire - now a hotel, it also houses the largest UK colony of bats
Culzean Castle, Ayrshire - overlooking the sea
Dean Castle, Kilmarnock - well preserved
Delgatie Castle, Turriff, Aberdeenshire largely owned by the Hay family for 650 years.
Dirleton Castle, Lothians - amid a flower garden
Doune Castle, Stirlingshire - Monty Python film shot here
Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire - Home of the Irvine family since 1324.
Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfriesshire - Originally built in the 14th century by Sir James Douglas.
Drummond Castle, Perthshire - magnificent gardens
Dumbarton Castle - ancient stronghold of Strathclyde
Dunbar Castle, East Lothian - a ruin perched on the edge of the sea
Dunbeath Castle, Caithness occupied by the Sinclair family for 320 years.
Dundonald Castle, Ayrshire - a Stewart stronghold
Dunollie Castle, Argyll - fortress of the kings of Dalriada
Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire - high on a rocky outcrop, surrounded by the sea.
Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland - occupied by the earls and dukes of Sutherland since 13th century
Dunstaffnage Castle, Argyll - built by the MacDougalls
Dunure Castle, Ayrshire - ancient seat of the Kennedys of Carrick
Dunvegan Castle, Skye - occupied by MacLeods since 1270
Edinburgh Castle - the most visited castle in Scotland
Edzell Castle, Angus - with its unique walled garden
Eilean Donan Castle, Lochalsh, Western Highlands - one of the most photogenic castles in Scotland.
Elcho Castle, Perthshire - overlooks the river Tay
Fast Castle, Scottish Borders - a ruin, perched on a cliff overlooking the North Sea
Finlaystone House, Renfrewshire - home of the MacMillan chief
Fort George, Inverness - the largest artillery fortification in Britain
Foulis Castle, Ross and Cromarty - home of the Munros since the 11th century
Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire - one of the most impressive frontages of the many in Aberdeenshire
Glamis Castle, Angus - reputed to be one of the most haunted
Glencairn Castle, Dumfries & Galloway - once the home of Annie Laurie, immortalised in song
Glengorm Castle, Mull - dramatic and impressive
Hailes Castle, Lothians - sits high above a river
Hermitage Castle, Scottish Borders - strategically placed near the English border.
Huntingtower Castle, Perthshire - earlier called Ruthven Castle
Inveraray Castle, Argyll - Campbell Earls of Argyll
Inverkip Castle, Ayrshire - privately owned
Inverness Castle - now the Sheriff Court and Police Department
Kelburn Castle, Ayrshire - in a country park
Kellie Castle, Fife - with a walled garden
Kilbryde Castle, Stirlingshire a 16th century L-plan tower house
Kilconquhar Castle, Fife - now a time share development
Kildrummy Castle, Aberdeenshire - once one of the largest and most powerful castles in Scotland.
Kilravock Castle, Nairn - on land owned by the Rose family since 1290 to the present day.
Lauriston Castle, Cramond, Edinburgh - a 13th century stronghold of the Napiers of Merchiston
Levan Castle, Inverclyde - overlooks the Firth of Clyde
Lochinch Castle, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway replaced Castle Kennedy
Loch Leven Castle, Fife - on an island on Loch Leven
Lochmaben Castle, Dumfries - built by Edward I of England
Lochore Castle, Fife - also known as Inchgall or the Isle of the Strangers
MacDuff's Castle, Fife - overlooks the sea
Maclellan's Castle, Kirkcudbright - built by the local Provost
Mains Castle, Dundee - has an unusually high stair turret
Mains Castle, East Kilbride - a 15th century tower house
Maybole Castle, Ayrshire - a town house of the Kennedy earls of Cassilis
Mearns Castle, Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire - now serving a useful function - as part of a church
Megginch Castle, Perthshire - occupied by Drummonds since 1664
Menstrie Castle, Stirlingshire - owned by the founder of Nova Scotia
Morton Castle, Dumfries and Galloway - above a loch with the Lowther Hills behind
Mugdock Castle, Dunbartonshire - in a country park
Neidpath Castle, Peebles - overlooking the river Tweed
Newark Castle, Inverclyde - now next door to a shipyard
Newmilns Tower -erected around 1525 by Sir Hugh Campbell, Earl of Loudoun.
Provan Hall, Glasgow - possibly the oldest building in Glasgow.
Ravenscraig Castle, Fife - 70 feet above the beach at Kirkcaldy
Rosslyn Castle, Lothians - overshadowed by Rosslyn
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