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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. Duchray Castle, Self Catering

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Aberfoyle

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

  2. Ardgour House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Fort William

    This magnificent Georgian building is located in more than 6 acres of wonderful parkland and with mountains and sea very close by it offers you all you need for a great holiday or celebration.

  3. Castleton House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Lochgilphead

    Set in a truly spectacular position overlooking the beautiful shores of Loch Fyne, Castleton House is full of period charm with rich oak panelling, magnificent painted ceilings, gilded cornices...

  4. 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.

  5. Prestonfield

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    • 5 Hotel
    5 Hotel

    Edinburgh

    Built as the grand baroque home for Edinburgh's Lord Provost in 1687, Prestonfield is the city's most individual hotel, as you would expect from its owner - James Thomson the creator of the famed Witchery by the Castle.

  6. Woodville

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Glenlivet

    Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Speyside Valley, Woodville is in a very peaceful, woodland setting, conveniently positioned just 400 metres off the A95. There are several red squirrels to be seen at breakfast time!

  7. Kilbryde Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dunblane

    Enjoy a historic perfect stay - Here is an opportunity to holiday in a little bit of history! Kilbryde Castle, centrally situated near Dunblane in Perthshire, has been in the same family since 1659!

  8. Gradings

    • 5 Hotel
    5 Hotel

    Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire

    Fonab Castle Hotel, a truly special, luxury Scottish experience. The remarkable vision of the Clark family has created the ideal resort for that escape that everyone is looking for.

  9. Gradings

    Teviothead

    EXCLUSIVE GARDEN CAMPING 9 PLOTS ONLY 4 EVER USED We are Dave & Jessie, Our objective is to make your holiday as pleasant as possible and to that end we will not compromise. Bus, Car, Walk, or Cycle. You will get a warm welcome at Mosspaul.

  10. Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Newtongrange

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