November 5, 2019

Ruins Of Scotland

Scotland is famous for its castles. Many are preserved, but loads decayed over the time. This is a photo collection of the fallen (not just) castles I saw around here.


Loch An Eilein Castle

In alphabetical order, the first on this list is the An Eilein (14th century). Placed on a small island in a remote loch in the Cairngorms, it creates a nice setting for a picnic.

Ardvreck (16th century). Another island castle, bigger and more impressive than the previous one. Situated in Sutherland, it is a bit out of reach - but well worth a visit.

Buchanan. The newest castle from the list, dating from the 19th century. As a result, it is relatively in good shape. Combine that with overgrowing vegetation, and you get an immensely atmospheric set. While it isn't very famous, it is one of my favorites.

Dunnottar: The red cliffs of the east coast would be neat themselves, but near Stonehaven, they are topped by this complex of cool ruins from the 15-16th century. Yes please.

Dunscaith (14th century) - one of Skye's secrets. Most people visit the island to see its mountains and waterfalls without even knowing that there are any ruins. They might not be as impressive as elsewhere, but as nobody visits them, experiencing them on your own or with a friend feel quite special.

Inverlochy (13th century). Just north of Fort William, this is an interesting and convenient stop on the way to the northwest.

Girnigoe (15th century). Probably the most scenic of the list, this is another of my favorites.

Knock (15th century), another of Skye's castles. Just like Dunscaith, there's not a whole lot left. Still, if you have a way around, stop by.

Newark (15th century), a ruin on the Fife's east Neuk.

St Andrews (13th century).

Urquhart (13-16th century): Perhaps the most touristy ruin of the bunch. Placed on the shores of the Loch Ness, this is always crowded.


Arbroath again

Beauly Priory (13th century)

Balmerino Abbey


Ruthven Barracks from 1719.


Brochs are Iron Age drystone hollow-walled roundhouses. This is one of the better preserved, Dun Carloway on Lewis.

Not much left of this one, yet, it is still impressive sight considering its age. It is another of ruins on Skye.


Airlie Monument (1901). It could serve as an observation tower; unfortunately, it's been falling apart for decades now.

Kinnoull. Constructed in the 19th century as a decoration.

Tower of Lady Janet of Anstruther from the 18th century. Built as a changing room for the lady when she went swimming in the sea.


Carrbridge - remains of the oldest stone bridge in Scotland (1717).

Bunavoneader, Harris (~1910) reportedly the most preserved whaling base on the northern hemisphere. It's beautiful.

The Luibeilt house. I don't know any history of the structure; however, I am certain that this is the most remote of the list, as the closest paved road is 7.5 miles away - And that's pretty cool. If you know some details about this place, please, let me know.

EDIT, 2020: I made a road trip exploring more of local castles, you can read it here.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also my other posts from Scotland, or other ruins like:


Tour de Ruins


Winter has Come

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Published by: Jakub Stepanovic in Collections

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