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  • Croy Shore with Culzean Castle behind, South Ayrshire
    Croy Shore with Culzean Castle behind, South Ayrshire
  • The whitewashed exteriors and grounds of Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh.
    Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh
  • Front facade of Traquair House, south of Innerleithen
    Traquair House, south of Innerleithen

From 5-star luxury hotels to self-catering options, the historic former homes of Scotland’s lairds and nobles now open their doors to overnight visitors. Retaining all their charm and character from bygone days when they were formidable strongholds, you’ll enjoy a unique experience staying at one of Scotland’s castles or stately homes.

Constructed in strategic locations on islands, beside lochs or in glens, they were built centuries ago by our ancestors to defend against both marauding invaders and wily foes. While many now poignantly lie in ruins following ferocious sieges and battles, or simply neglected and fallen into repair over many hundreds of years, there are some of Scotland's great castles that have stood the test of time.

Startling examples of evolving styles of architecture, these magnificent buildings are part of the fabric of Scottish history and now that their former medieval defenders are long since departed, they're there for the taking.

Get comfortable with a good book and sit in an armchair next to a roaring fireplace in large halls or reception rooms once graced by royalty and the nobles of Scotland. Or why not stay the night in a bedchamber in which a monarch such as Mary, Queen of Scots may well have rested her head?

Many castles and former stately homes have been transformed into 4 or 5-star hotels which offer a luxury experience fit for the aristocracy. Dine like a king at Michelin-starred castle restaurants and then work off your meal with a leisurely stroll around the sculpted gardens or the fringes of a nearby loch. Or why not simply relax with a pampering spa treatment?

Browse the listings to plan your castle break.

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  1. Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Lauder

    A fantastic opportunity to stay in a magnificent 16th century castle in a stunning parkland setting. One of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland and family home of the Duke of Lauderdale. Just a half hour drive to Edinburgh. One bedroom.

  2. Wedderburn Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Duns

    This exceptional private castle, built in 1770 to a design by renowned Scottish architect Robert Adam, provides the perfect venue for exclusive house parties, memorable private celebrations, weddings and corporate events.

  3. Gradings

    • 3 Self Catering
    3 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to Royal Artillery Cottage - Culzean Castle

  4. Ledgowan Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Achnasheen

    Ledgowan Lodge is a house transformed from what was a traditional sporting lodge into a very desirable highland house, beautifully brought into the 21st century with all en suite bedrooms, beau...

  5. Plane Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Airth

    Welcome to Plane Castle a 15th century medieval castle available for self catering holidays, weddings, vow renewals, celebrations, parties and more.

  6. Cray

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Blairgowrie

    Cray is an absolute delight, tucked away within its own secluded grounds and yet with spectacular views down Glenshee "The Glen of the Fairies".

  7. Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Tranent

    Faside Castle overlooks the Firth of Forth and is approximately ten miles east of Edinburgh city centre. The Tower is a barrel vaulted room situated at the top of the 14c keep offering complete privacy and ideal for a romantic break.

  8. Gradings

    • 3 Bed and Breakfast
    3 Bed and Breakfast

    St Andrews

    Set in 30 acres of parkland . close to st andrews lots of walks, nature and burn

  9. Burgie House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Forres

    A large, classically beautiful country side set amidst 1500 acres, Burgie House is a welcoming and family friendly holiday house that is perfect for a large group.

  10. Ardgour House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Fort William

    This magnificent Georgian building is located in more than 6 acres of wonderful parkland and with mountains and sea very close by it offers you all you need for a great holiday or celebration.

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