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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. Port an Eilean

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Spectacular lochside location, stunning interiors, all weather tennis court and jetty with boat – if this sounds good - then Port an Eilean is for you!

  2. Dundas Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    South Queensferry

    Dundas Castle is one of Scotland's most beautiful and historic castles. Now an officially recognised 5 Star Exclusive Use venue, the Castle is the stately home of Sir Jack Stewart-Clark and his wife Lady Lydia .

  3. Kilbryde Castle

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    Dunblane

    Kilbryde Castle, in Central Scotland, has been home to the Campbell family since 1659. RYDER CUP - Availability for this period on both self catering and serviced accommodation basis.

  4. Cringletie House Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Peebles

    Cringletie House is a luxurious Country House Hotel, set in 28 stunning acres, just outside Peebles, South of Edinburgh. With 4 Red Stars, Cringletie Hotel is the only AA Top Hotel (Inspector's choice) in the Scottish Borders.

  5. Cambo House

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    St Andrews

    A Family Home There is a unique quality about Cambo, home of the Erskine family since 1688, that entices guests back year after year.

  6. Gradings

    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to North Segganwell - Culzean Castle

  7. Balfour Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Shapinsay

    Welcome to Balfour Castle

  8. Assynt House

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    North Highlands

    Assynt House is a beautiful family home nestled in the Ross-shire countryside, an ideal base to explore the Highlands of Scotland, conveniently located only 20 miles north of Inverness.

  9. Plane Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Airth

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

  10. 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

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