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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. Gairnshiel Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Ballater

    Parts of this wonderful lodge date back to the 1750’s and the royal connections include Queen Victoria and even the late Queen Mother whose signature is still there in the Visitors Book.

  2. Duchray Castle

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Aberfoyle

    Nestled deep in the Queen Elizabeth Forest lies Duchray Castle, a 500 year old tower house with links to Rob Roy. Now newly renovated it offers luxury accommodation and a warm welcome in a stunning secluded location.

  3. Tarmangie, Dollarbeg Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dollar

    Stunning new Castle Apartment in award winning Dollarbeg Castle in Central Scotland. Castle located on beautifully landscaped grounds and country setting. Luxurious furnishings and fittings. Very convenient central location for visiting Braveheart co

  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. Castle Hotel - Huntly

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Huntly

    Magnificent 18th Century country house, once home to the Dukes of Gordon.

  6. Ferniehirst Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Jedburgh

    Lying in a picturesque setting two miles south of the historic town of Jedburgh, the impressive Ferniehirst Castle is the ancient seat of the Clan Kerr, believed to have arrived in Britain with William the Conqueror in 1066.

  7. Fasque House Estate

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Fettercairn

    Welcome to Fasque House Estate

  8. 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

  9. Edradynate House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Aberfeldy

    A simply beautiful Scottish Country house set high up above the River Tay and looking across Strathtay - one of Perthshire's most lovely glens.

  10. Blairquhan Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    Maybole

    Set in over 200 acres of private woodland and beautiful gardens, Blairquhan Castle is truly private and exclusive. It is the ideal venue for weddings, corporate events, house parties, and golf holidays.

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