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  • 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 Michelin-starred 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. 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.

  2. Isle Of Eriska Hotel, Spa And Island

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 5 Country House Hotel
    5 Country House Hotel

    Benderloch

    The Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island, only 10 minutes from Oban and 2 hours drive from Glasgow, is situated on the West Coast of Scotland connected to the mainland by a small bridge.

  3. Dunalastair Estate Cottages

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Kinloch Rannoch

    Welcome to Dunalastair Estate Holiday Cottages. With views of lochs, river and highland hills; perfect for peace and quiet or action packed holidays. Go to our website for availability for the nine cottages.

  4. Castle Hotel - Huntly

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Huntly

    Magnificent 18th Century country house, once home to the Dukes of Gordon.

  5. Kincraig Castle Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Country House Hotel
    3 Country House Hotel

    Invergordon

  6. 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.

  7. Wedderburn Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Duns

    This exceptional private castle, built in 1770 to a design by renowned Scottish architect Robert Adam, provides the perfect venue for exclusive house parties, memorable private celebrations, weddings and corporate events.

  8. 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!

  9. Cray

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Blairgowrie

    Cray is an absolute delight, tucked away within its own secluded grounds and yet with spectacular views down Glenshee "The Glen of the Fairies".

  10. 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.

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