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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 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.

  2. Dalcross Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Inverness Airport

    Unashamed luxury within a fascinating historic Castle, privately set in a large garden and surrounded by grounds of 850 acres

  3. Uig Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Uig - Lewis

    Set in one of the most spectacular positions in Britain, the lodge has breathtaking views over the perfect white sands of Uig Bay to the west and the dramatic hills of Harris to the south.

  4. Port an Eilean

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Spectacular lochside location, stunning interiors, all weather tennis court and jetty with boat – if this sounds good - then Port an Eilean is for you!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Muckrach Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Dulnain Bridge

    A fully restored sixteenth century castle, circa 1598 Built by the Second Son of John Grant of Freuchie Fully furnished and beautifully appointed accommodation for 10 in 4 bedrooms.

  8. Glenborrodale Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    Glenborrodale

    Welcome to Glenborrodale Castle

  9. Gradings

    • 3 Bed and Breakfast
    3 Bed and Breakfast

    St Andrews

    Close to st andrews lots of walks, nature and burn

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Edinburgh

    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.

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