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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

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Stranraer

    The Chauffeur's Apartment, is a newly refurbished, 3 bedroom self-catering apartment and is located in the picturesque Victorian Stable Courtyard at Lochinch Castle, the private home of the Earl and Countess of Stair.

  2. Edradynate House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Aberfeldy

    A simply beautiful Scottish Country house set high up above the River Tay and looking across Strathtay - one of Perthshire's most lovely glens.

  3. 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.

  4. Carberry Tower nr Edinburgh

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 4 Exclusive Use Venue
    4 Exclusive Use Venue

    Musselburgh

    Carberry Tower sits majestically in 35 acres of manicured lawns and landscaped grounds; an oasis of calm and tranquillity that provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

  5. Meall Mor Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Alness

    Meall Mor Lodge is an outstanding large holiday house set within the 19,000 acre Kildermorie Estate.

  6. Lawburn House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Auchterarder

    This is a truly wonderful country house with a simply sensational luxurious feel to it. From the outside its attractive “cottage” appeal belies the sumptuous interior and the gorgeous garde...

  7. Balker Lodge, Lochinch Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Stranraer

    Balker Lodge, Lochinch Castle, is a newly restored, luxury one bedroom self-catering historic gate house lodge, located within the magnificent grounds of Lochinch Castle, the private home of the Earl and Countess of Stair.

  8. Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Wick

    Ackergill Tower, one of the most sought after hotels in the world. Purposely low profile and totally private, this stunning 15th century Scottish Castle is truly an idyllic backdrop for all of the most important and memorable of life’s events.

  9. Kellas House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Elgin

    A stay at Kellas House will replenish your energy and intoxicate the senses. No pets

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Doune

    "Choose the quality of a traditional 18th century stone-built house by historical Doune Castle.

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