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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. Wedderburn Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    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.

  2. Dollarbeg Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dollar

    Welcome to Dollarbeg Castle

  3. Gradings

    Dunoon

    Located on the ground floor of the main House. Own front door. Level access to all rooms. Ideal for 2 adults; SKing bed; separate large wet room with bath; log fire(first basket free) ;fully equipped kitchen; garden views; welcome hamper

  4. Lawburn House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Auchterarder

    This is a truly wonderful country house with a simply sensational luxurious feel to it. From the outside its attractive “cottage” appeal belies the sumptuous interior and the gorgeous garde...

  5. Gradings

    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to North Segganwell - Culzean Castle

  6. 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.

  7. House of Glennie

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Huntly

    With its long, beech tree driveway and stunning setting and gardens, the House of Glennie is beautiful and welcoming and is perfectly positioned in a secluded location on the banks of the River Dev...

  8. Gradings

    • 3 Self Catering
    3 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to Royal Artillery Cottage - Culzean Castle

  9. Balker Lodge, Lochinch Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Stranraer

    Balker Lodge, Lochinch Castle, is a newly restored, luxury one bedroom self-catering historic gate house lodge, located within the magnificent grounds of Lochinch Castle, the private home of the Earl and Countess of Stair.

  10. Gradings

    • 3 Self Catering
    3 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to Brewhouse Flat - Culzean Castle

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