20 of Scotland's most stunning castles and palaces

From clan seats to royal residencies Scotland has no shortage of stunning and romantic castles.

Kilchurn Castle is one of the many remarkable castles which punctuates Scotland's wild landscape
Kilchurn Castle is one of the many remarkable castles which punctuates Scotland's wild landscape

Travel back in time with our gallery of the country's most picturesque castles and palaces

A familiar sight to users of the A828, Castle Stalker has passed between the hands of the McDougall, Stewart and Campbell clans. In recent times it featured in legendary comedy Monty Python and The Holy Grail
Located above the banks of Loch Fyne, Inveraray Castle serves as the seat of Dukes of Argyll, the chiefs of Clan Campbell.
This Argyll castle served as the seat of the Campbells of Glenorchy until it was abandoned and ruined in the 18th Century
Situated at the confluence of three lochs, Eilean Donan is magnificently situated. The castle was once a stronghold of clans Mackenzie and MacRae.
Precariously perched above the roaring North Sea its hard to imagine what life would have been like during the 15th and 16th centuries. The castle was the hiding place of Scotland's crown jewels during Oliver Cromwell's invasion of the country.
Famed for its location above Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle is steeped in Scottish history. The castle was partially destroyed in 1692 in order to prevent Jacobite forces from utilising its strategic position.
Brodick Castle was built in the 16th century and has previously served as the seat for the Duke of Hamilton. Hikers who climb Goat Fell begin by hiking through the castle's striking gardens.
Located in the farthest reaches of Scotland's mainland, Castle of Mey serves as a fine vantage point for the Orkney Islands.
This Angus residence served as the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The castle is claimed to be one of the most haunted locations in the UK.
Falkland Palace has served as a residence for the kings of Scotland. In the early 16th century it was transformed from a clan castle to a stunning palace by kings James IV and James V.
Work on this ancient castle was said to have been started by Robert the Bruce's great rival John Comyn. The castle was occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlie during the Jacobite rebellion.
Situated in the heart of Aberdeenshite, Fyvie Castle was the childhood home of King Chalres I.
Castle Fraser is one of the most famous examples of a Z-plan castle in Great Britain. A z-plan castle features a strong rectangular tower and smaller towers at diagonally opposite sides.
Perched impossibly on the Caithness coast Dunbeath Castle has stood since the 15th century.
Located in Nairn-shire, Cawdor Castle is possibly best known for its link to William Shakespeare's Macbeth. In the Scottish Play Macbeth becomes the "Thane of Cawdor".
Located on the Isle of Skye, Dunvegan Castle served as the seat of Clan McLeod.
Overlooking the Firth of Clyde, CUlzean Castle features on the reverse side of a Scottish 5 note.
Protected by a moat, Threave Castle was built by Archibald the Grim in the 14th century and served as a stronghold for the Black Douglases
Stirling Castle has played a formative role in Scotland's history due to its tactical position. The castle has been the sight of eight sieges.
The jewel in Edinburgh's crown, this castle has been the centre of Edinburgh life since the 12th century