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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. Airth Castle Hotel & Spa Resort

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Airth

    A traditional yet modern castle hotel within easy reach of Edinburgh and Stirling.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. Gradings

    • 3-4 Self Catering
    3-4 Self Catering

    Aberfeldy

    In Beautiful Highland Perthshire we have 5 superb stone-built cottages situated separately on an arable farm close to Castle Menzies, and only 2 miles from Aberfeldy in the Tay Valley.

  6. Kincraig Castle Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Country House Hotel
    3 Country House Hotel

    Invergordon

  7. Dunalastair Estate Cottages

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Kinloch Rannoch

    Welcome to Dunalastair Estate Holiday Cottages. Secluded holiday homes with views of lochs, river and highland hills; perfect cottage hideaways where you can leave stress behind and unwind in comfort and surrounded by beauty.

  8. Balinakill Country House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Tarbert

    Set amidst the magical hills of the Kintyre Peninsula and within close walking distance of a beautiful, secluded sandy beach, this impressive country house is a wonderful gathering place for fr...

  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. Kyllachy House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Tomatin

    Kyllachy House is a spectacularly beautiful Victorian Sporting Lodge standing above the River Findhorn and with glorious south facing views across the valley.

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