Castles Tickets & Tours

Nothing says Scotland more than a good old-fashioned crumbling castle. From the mighty Edinburgh Castle to the lesser-known gems like Dunvegan, hundreds of castles dot Scotland’s cities and countryside, some dating all the way back to the 11th century. Unlike more flamboyant palaces, Scotland’s castles were built from necessity, with protection against outside threats their key purpose. Weathering sieges, political turmoil and countless battles, Scotland’s castles have seen it all. Share in their exciting history during your time in one of the world’s most rugged, unforgiving, and awe-inspiring of countries.

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Our tips for Castles

  • Stay and play. Perhaps our favourite development in Scotland’s tourism industry in recent years, many of the country’s castles now cater for overnight guests. Among our favourite Scotland castle tours with accommodation are the Aldourie Castle on Loch Ness, the Fonab Castle and the luxurious Balegno Castle.
  • Watch it. The key filming locations for Monty Python, the famous TV drama, Outlander, and Game of Thrones, Doune Castle is definitely a site for Netflix addicts to put on their bucket lists. Thankfully, plenty of Edinburgh castle tours include Doune Castle, so this is a relatively easy castle to visit.
  • Take the high road. Head to the Highlands for the ultimate Scotland castle tours. The home of the Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and countless castles, the Scottish Highlands is one of the UK’s most magnificent and captivating regions, and is well worth exploring.

Good to know

Best time to visit
Scotland is not known for its weather. Plan your visit to castles between the months of May to September for the most pleasant climate. July and August are peak tourist times though, so be sure to plan your accommodation and experiences well in advance to avoid missing out.
Getting there
Bus tours take visitors to and from most of Scotland’s castles. Check out our Edinburgh castle tours, most of which include comfortable coach transfers and an experienced tour guide to accompany your journey. Those adventurous souls with looser purse strings should consider road tripping around Scotland; it’s a great way to see the castles in your own time.
Money saving tips
Depending on what specific sites you’re looking to visit, seeing Scotland’s castles won’t set you back too much. Many of our isango! tours offer cheap package deals that include entry fees and travel costs.
Did you know?
Impress your fellow travellers with these interesting titbits about the Scottish Castles...
  • Scotland’s history is known to be bloody, and the country’s castles have had a particularly gruesome past. During the 15th and 16th centuries, more than 300 women accused of witchcraft were burnt at the stake at Edinburgh Castle. Today, a small well on Edinburgh Castle’s esplanade commemorates the site.
  • The late 14th-century tower, Loch Leven Castle, was the infamous site where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567. After spending a year in the castle as a prisoner, the Queen was forced to abdicate her throne before escaping from the tower.
  • Spending many years as an army fortress, Edinburgh Castle was home to many prisoners of war, including American prisoners during the War of Independence.

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