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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. Blair Estate

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Dalry

    Blair with its magnificent history, sits within 250 acres of woodland, park and gardens. 20mins from Glasgow Airport, this luxurious home is the perfect place for a family gathering, corporate retreat, golf holiday or a special celebration.

  2. Gradings

    • 4 Hotel
    4 Hotel

    Glasgow South Side

    The Sherbrooke Castle Hotel has undergone extensive refurbishment to elevate this house to the heights that it warrants.

  3. 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.

  4. Dallas Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Forres

    A much loved, warm and welcoming family home on the Dallas Estate in Moray

  5. Gradings

    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to North Segganwell - Culzean Castle

  6. Fasque House Estate

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Fettercairn

  7. Gradings

    Banchory

    Only 10 miles from the heart of Aberdeen, this charming 16th century apartment at Drum Castle is an intimate one bedroom apartment that is surprisingly spacious. With log burning stove and central heating throughout, the historic residence is warm

  8. 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.

  9. Haddington Place

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Centrally located, stunning main door flat in the East End of the New Town of Edinburgh near Elm Row, the Playhouse and John Lewis and within walking distance of all major attractions in Edinburgh

  10. Gradings

    Dollar

    This fabulous castle apartment is perfect for a holiday and is in the ideal setting geographically being close to Gleneagles, Perth, Stirling and Edinburgh.

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