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The Most Beautiful Castles in Scotland 

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Updated October 13, 2018 1.5k votes 173 voters 10.4k views 37 items

List of the most beautiful castles in Scotland, as ranked by castle enthusiasts. Scotland’s history is filled with important clans and bloody battles that made the existence of castles necessary. In the early days,Scotland was packed with brochs, duns, and hill forts that were used as defensive buildings. In the 11th century, the first of Scotland’s castles began to pop up in these same spots. Throughout the years the castles became sturdier, replacing the wooden structures with stone and architecture that included moats and high towers that were optimal for defense. From minor battles to the Wars of Scotland, many of these castles were pivotal in the major Scottish conflicts.

Scotland has been home to over 2000 castles throughout the years. While many of these castles are currently in ruins (many of which can still be visited), there are still quite a few standing castles that are in great shape. Some of these castles have stood for hundreds of years in their original state. Others were rebuilt with more modern tastes.

What are the most beautiful castles in Scotland? Which are your favorite Scottish castles? This list includes the most striking castles that are still standing in Scotland’s borders.

Eilean Donan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Beautiful Castles in Scotland
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Eilean Donan was original built in the 13th century to be used to defend against the Vikings.

Located In: Scotland

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Edinburgh Castle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Beautiful Castles in Scotland
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Edinburgh Castle has seen centuries of conflict, including the Jacobite Rising and Wars of Scottish Independence. 

Located In: Edinburgh

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Balmoral Castle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Beautiful Castles in Scotland
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Balmoral Castle was home to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. 

Located In: United Kingdom

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Stirling Castle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Beautiful Castles in Scotland
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Stirling Castle is located on top of a volcanic rock called Castle Hill.

Located In: Stirling

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