Scottish castles

Somehow a Scottish castle doesn’t strike me as the underpinnings of today’s overdone mcmansions.  They allow my imagination to drift to the times of clans and fifedoms, not always so magical as the necessity to build a castle implies that someone else wants what you have and therefore it needs to be properly fortified.  But I like to think of the community that castle life fostered.  I have visions of living in a small cottage on an estate, but a castle would do without the gallows and the like.

One of the most photographed, Eilean Donan Castle sits majestically at the entrance to the major roadway into the Isle of Skye.

I was lost while driving and just glanced off to see this castle tucked into the countryside.

So medieval looking- I imagine a damsel in a tower there.