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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. Glenborrodale Castle

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    Glenborrodale

    Welcome to Glenborrodale Castle

  2. Avenue Cottage

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    Self Catering

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    • 5 Self Catering
    5 Self Catering

    Laurencekirk

    Avenue Cottage is a charming and beautifully appointed holiday property located on the grounds of the stunning Fasque House Estate.

  3. Wedderburn Castle

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    Self Catering

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    Duns

    This exceptional private castle, built in 1770 provides the perfect exclusive-use venue for house parties, memorable private celebrations, weddings & corporate events. Twelve bedroom. Set in 80 acres of beautiful gardens & parklands.

  4. Fenton Tower

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    Exclusive Use

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    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    North Berwick

    Fenton Tower is a magnificent, fortified 16th Century tower located just 20 miles east of Edinburgh between Gullane and North Berwick, which has been meticulously restored to provide luxury accommodation for up to 12 people.

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    • 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.

  6. Winton House

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    Exclusive Use

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    Tranent

    Welcome to Winton House

  7. Culcreuch Castle Hotel

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    Small Hotel

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    • 3 AA Hotel
    3 AA Hotel

    Fintry

    Elegant, comfortable en-suite accommodation in a genuine Scottish Castle Hotel in a quiet country setting, yet near to Stirling and Glasgow.

  8. 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.

  9. Ferniehirst Castle

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    Self Catering

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    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.

  10. Plane Castle

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    Self Catering

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    Airth

    Welcome to Plane Castle a 15th century medieval castle available for self catering holidays, weddings, vow renewals, celebrations, parties and more.

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