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  • Ackergill Tower at sunset
    Ackergill Tower at sunset
  • Looking across parkland to Brodie Castle in the sunshine
    Brodie Castle
  • 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 exquisite 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

    Selkirk

    Described as a tower house, it is as you would expect a Scottish castle to be - full of character, authenticity and brimming with history. Is this the one you are looking for?

  2. 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.

  3. Broomhall Castle

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Guest Accommodation
    3 Guest Accommodation

    Menstrie

    Broomhall Castle sits in a fine position on the slopes of the Ochil Hills overlooking Menstrie Village in Clackmannnshire. The views to the South East and West are extensive as far as the Firth of Forth, Stirling and Beyond.

  4. Hayston House (174)

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    St Andrews

    A fabulous 5 star luxury farmhouse in Fife, ideal for a family holiday or for the golfer, with St Andrews and the \'Home of Golf\' only a few minutes away.

  5. Luxury Castle Tower (185)

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    North Berwick

    Relax, unwind and enjoy the five star luxury accommodation on offer at this magnificent 16th century Scottish castle, which is a short distance from Edinburgh.

  6. Stobo Castle Health Spa

    Type

    Spa Hotel

    Gradings

    Stobo

    The magnificent Scottish Castle is set deep within the Scottish Borders countryside in private grounds and surrounded by vast pine forests, a tranquil lake and Japanese Water Gardens.

  7. Mardon Guest House

    Type

    Guesthouse

    Gradings

    Inverness

    A small friendly family run city centre guest house, perfect for exploring Inverness, Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

  8. Gradings

    • 3 Bed and Breakfast
    3 Bed and Breakfast

    St Andrews

    Close to st andrews lots of walks, nature and burn

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Guest House
    4 Guest House

    Oban

    Argyll's only ancient castle offering bed and breakfast accommodation. Built in 1609 and restored 1897. Stunning location on south shore of Loch Creran 9 miles north of Oban. Licenced for small intimate weddings.

  10. Duchray Castle

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Aberfoyle

    Nestled deep in the Queen Elizabeth Forest lies Duchray Castle, a 500 year old tower house with links to Rob Roy. Now newly renovated it offers luxury accommodation and a warm welcome in a stunning secluded location.

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