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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. Duntrune House

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Dundee City

    Duntrune House offers superior bed and breakfast accommodation in an early nineteenth century Scottish country house

  2. Kilbryde Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dunblane

    Enjoy a historic perfect stay - Here is an opportunity to holiday in a little bit of history! Kilbryde Castle, centrally situated near Dunblane in Perthshire, has been in the same family since 1659!

  3. 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.

  4. Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Newtongrange

  5. Gradings

    • 3 Bed and Breakfast
    3 Bed and Breakfast

    St Andrews

    Close to st andrews lots of walks, nature and burn

  6. Tomatin House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Tomatin

    Tomatin House, dating from approximately 1640, enjoys a glorious private setting, surrounded by wonderful mixed woodland and extensive lawns.

  7. Eastwood House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dunkeld

    An enchanting house on the banks of the beautiful River Tay, Eastwood is the magical spot where Beatrix Potter wrote the famed picture letter that would become the Tales of Peter Rabbit.

  8. Newhouse

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Stirling

    Newhouse is a bright, cosy, beautifully presented 2 bedroom apartment retaining original features. Situated on the ground floor of an original Victorian tenement it is only a short 5 minute walk from the city centre.

  9. 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.

  10. Castleton House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Lochgilphead

    Set in a truly spectacular position overlooking the beautiful shores of Loch Fyne, Castleton House is full of period charm with rich oak panelling, magnificent painted ceilings, gilded cornices...

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