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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. Dell House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Loch Ness

    A uniquely beautiful 18th century Georgian House, elegantly and traditionally furnished.

  2. Carberry Tower

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    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.

  3. Cauldhame House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Stirling

    Sleeps 21: Cauldhame House 13 plus 2 cottages both sleeping 4.Situated in an elevated position in the hills above Dunblane, Cauldhame House has one of the most extensive and uninterrupted view...

  4. Dunalastair Estate Cottages

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Kinloch Rannoch

    Welcome to Dunalastair Estate Holiday Cottages - Nine separate cottages with views of lochs, river and highland hills, what better place to base yourselves for an activity filled holiday in an area renowned for having so much to do and see.

  5. Ledgowan Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Achnasheen

    Ledgowan Lodge is a house transformed from what was a traditional sporting lodge into a very desirable highland house, beautifully brought into the 21st century with all en suite bedrooms, beau...

  6. High Wards

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Gartocharn

    A magnificent property in an outstanding location and with its own indoor swimming pool. Wards is set in 98 acres with access to Loch Lomond shores and adjacent to the newly established RSPB w...

  7. The Retreat Castle

    Type

    Small Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Guest House
    3 Guest House

    Bonnyrigg

    Unique Castle with a warm Welcome! Set in the ideal location near to the city by-pass and Edinburgh. Family owned with 5 ensuite rooms with character and comfort. All rooms have free wi-fi, Sky and tea/coffee making facilities.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Hotel
    4 Hotel

    Stranraer

    Offering guests the chance to relax and unwind in picturesque Stranraer, the North West Castle Hotel is unique for being the former home of an arctic explorer and for being the only hotel in the world to have its own curling rink.

  9. Ardgour House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Fort William

    This magnificent Georgian building is located in more than 6 acres of wonderful parkland and with mountains and sea very close by it offers you all you need for a great holiday or celebration.

  10. Mercure Barony Castle Hotel & Spa

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Peebles

    Welcome to Mercure Barony Castle Hotel & Spa

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