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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. Old Newton House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Doune

    With accommodation for 12 you can experience the rich history of this 16th Century castle accommodation, exuding character and charm. You will not get bored of this fantastic traditional self catering castle accommodation.

  2. Fasque House Estate

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Fettercairn

    Welcome to Fasque House Estate

  3. Blair Estate

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Dalry

    Blair with its magnificent 900 year old history, sits within 250 acres of garden and parkland. Just 20mins from Glasgow Airport and recently renovated, it is the perfect location for a house party, wedding, corporate retreat or golf holiday.

  4. 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.

  5. Chesthill House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Aberfeldy

    Chesthill House lies in one of Perthshire's most beautiful and quiet glens, yet is only 20 minutes drive from the attractive, busy little town of Aberfeldy.

  6. Rahoy Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Strontian

    With the sea in front and magnificent hills rising behind, Rahoy Lodge is a paradise for those who want to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful part of the west coast of Scotland.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Gradings

    • 3 Bed and Breakfast
    3 Bed and Breakfast

    Gourock

    Welcome to Castle Levan B&B

  10. Cambo Estate

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 3-4 Self Catering
    3-4 Self Catering

    St Andrews

    Cambo House, a Victorian country house, built in 1881, lies at the heart of a 1200 acre country estate and a stone's throw from the sea. Cambo is the perfect place to relax and unwind. We also have 25 golf courses within 25 miles!

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