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With over 2000 castles to visit in Scotland alone, one can be hard-pressed to narrow them down to a reasonable list under the best of circumstances! For convenience's sake, we focus on the wild and remote area of Scotland's Hebrides. The castles on this list range from romantic ruins to full-scale lodgings that may help you indulge your fantasy of being laird of the realm.
The very epitome of a gloomy and remote Scottish castle, the Moy Castle is not easily accessible these days and is in a great state of disrepair, but worth a visit if you can manage it!
If you want to string together a walking tour through Mull, here's another great Mull castle for you.
Duart Castle is perhaps the best known and most popular of the Mull area castles; located on a dramatic perch on a rocky cliff, it is the ancestral home of the clan Maclean.
One of the Hebrides Islands' best known castles. The McLeod clan family seat is here, although whether you'll find Gavin McLeod (aka Captain Stubing of the Love Boat) here is anyone's guess.
This castle functions as the visitor center for the clan Donald. Aside from the castle ruins, there are beautiful gardens, a multimedia history exhibit, and a well-rated restaurant.
Here, on the Isle of Harris, is a castle you can actually stay at--although it only has limited space for guests, it does have a library, gourmet meals, and lots of opportunities for walking and exploring the grounds.
If you really want to get away from it all, the tiny Isle of Barra is a good place to go. In addition to a beach, it also has this very lovely, lonely, and remote castle
A stronghold and family seat of the clan MacNeil, this medieval castle is entirely surrounded by water; the locals, however, have a service that will quite happily guide you across and back.
As far as castles go, this one is pretty young: It was built in 1897 at the behest of a wealthy industrialist. Nonetheless, it's a great place to build a walking and sailing tour around.
Another historic castle that provides luxurious accomodations for its guests. Its riverside location makes it an ideal--and gorgeous--location for a fishing trip.