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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. Kincraig Castle Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Country House Hotel
    3 Country House Hotel

    Invergordon

  2. Winton House - East Lothian

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    Tranent

    Winton House, a castle just outside Edinburgh in East Lothian, has comfortable, historic bedrooms which provide luxury accommodation for parties of 2-16 guests. Where better for an utterly unforgettable holiday with dinner, bed & breakfast?

  3. Muckrach Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Dulnain Bridge

    A fully restored sixteenth century castle, circa 1598 Built by the Second Son of John Grant of Freuchie Fully furnished and beautifully appointed accommodation for 10 in 4 bedrooms.

  4. Gradings

    Dingwall Area

    This proud 12th Century Castle sits high, over looking the town. The castle is full of character, with its own resident friendly ghosts and fine cuisine, it's definitely a place to visit on your travels round the Highlands.

  5. 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.

  6. Gradings

    Teviothead

    EXCLUSIVE GARDEN CAMPING 9 PLOTS ONLY 4 EVER USED We are Dave & Jessie, Our objective is to make your holiday as pleasant as possible and to that end we will not compromise. Bus, Car, Walk, or Cycle. You will get a warm welcome at Mosspaul.

  7. Traquair

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Innerleithen

    Three luxurious rooms in Scotland's oldest inhabited house.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Alford

    With passion and experience while respecting tradition, Claude, Elise and Fiona will make you feel at home.

  9. Glenwood at The Highland Club

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Fort Augustus

    2 night minimum stay. 1 bedroom apartment (plus sofa bed) within The Highland Club, on the southern tip of Loch Ness, Scotland. Set in more than 20 acres of private grounds, The Highland Club offers apartment guests extensive amenities.

  10. Carberry Tower nr Edinburgh

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 4 Exclusive Use Venue
    4 Exclusive Use Venue

    Musselburgh

    Carberry Tower sits majestically in 35 acres of manicured lawns and landscaped grounds; an oasis of calm and tranquillity that provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

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