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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. 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...

  2. Limegrove Cottage

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Stirling

    Just a 5 minute walk from Stirling city centre yet located on a quiet residential street of grand Victorian villas, Limegrove Cottage offers newly refurbished and furnished quality accommodation for 4 people.

  3. 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

  4. Blair Estate

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Dalry

    Blair with its magnificent history, sits within 250 acres of woodland, park and gardens. 20mins from Glasgow Airport, this luxurious home is the perfect place for a family gathering, corporate retreat, golf holiday or a special celebration.

  5. Glencoe House

    Type

    Luxury Hotel

    Gradings

    Glencoe

    Welcome to Glencoe House

  6. Rahoy Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Strontian

    With the sea in front and magnificent hills rising behind, Rahoy Lodge is a paradise for those who want to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful part of the west coast of Scotland.

  7. Gradings

    • 3 Self Catering
    3 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to Royal Artillery Cottage - Culzean Castle

  8. Lunga House

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    Craobh Haven

    Welcome to Lunga House

  9. Cornhill House Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Biggar

    A charming castle hotel resting on the banks of the River Clyde offering comfortable accommodation, tranquil surroundings and good food. Please see the Offers tab for our "Special Couples Offer", contact us directly for more information.

  10. Ferniehirst Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Jedburgh

    Lying in a picturesque setting two miles south of the historic town of Jedburgh, Ferniehirst Castle is the ancient seat of Clan Kerr, believed to have arrived in Britain with William the Conqueror in 1066. Unique, romantic & characterful.

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