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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. Esplanade Hotel

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Dunoon

    From the moment you arrive, you will feel the warm and friendly atmosphere created in this long established family hotel.

  2. Aikwood Tower

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 5 Self Catering
    5 Self Catering

    Selkirk

    Five-star style and luxury, unrivalled peace and privacy and stunning country surroundings offer a unique Scottish castle experience

  3. Tarmangie, Dollarbeg Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dollar

    Stunning new Castle Apartment in award winning Dollarbeg Castle in Central Scotland. Castle located on beautifully landscaped grounds and country setting. Luxurious furnishings and fittings. Very convenient central location for visiting Braveheart co

  4. Torrisdale Castle Estate

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 2-4 Self Catering
    2-4 Self Catering

    Carradale

    Torrisdale Castle Estate is situated in a stunning location on the Kintyre peninsula overlooking the island of Arran. With an excellent range of accommodation, the estate has lots to offer for all visitors.

  5. Glenwood at The Highland Club

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Fort Augustus

    2 night minimum stay. 1 bedroom apartment (plus sofa bed) within The Highland Club, on the southern tip of Loch Ness, Scotland. Set in more than 20 acres of private grounds, The Highland Club offers apartment guests extensive amenities.

  6. Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Forfar

    Here at Kinnettles Castle, our luxurious 5 star accommodation is elegant, chic and contemporary with classic rooms and suites to family rooms and even self catering accommodation in The Gate Lodge

  7. Gradings

    Dingwall Area

    This proud 12th Century Castle sits high, over looking the town. The castle is full of character, with its own resident friendly ghosts and fine cuisine, it's definitely a place to visit on your travels round the Highlands.

  8. Duntrune House

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Dundee City

    Duntrune House offers superior bed and breakfast accommodation in an early nineteenth century Scottish country house

  9. Brewlands Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Blairgowrie

    A fine Scottish Home, on a Highland Estate dating from 1226, within the Cairngorms National Park with a wild flower reserve nearby.

  10. Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Stranraer

    Offering guests the chance to relax and unwind in picturesque Stranraer, the North West Castle Hotel is unique for being the former home of an arctic explorer and for being the only hotel in the world to have its own curling rink.

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