Croy Shore with Culzean Castle behind, South Ayrshire
Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh
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?
Kirkconnel Hall Hotel has a highly visable location adjacent to junction 19 of the A74M on the edge of the country village of Ecclecfechan. It is only 8 miles north of Gretna and is well located to explore Southern Scotland.
Lying in a picturesque setting two miles south of the historic town of Jedburgh, Ferniehirst Castle is the ancient seat of Clan Kerr, believed to have arrived in Britain with William the Conqueror in 1066. Unique, romantic & characterful.
The Dene Guest House is a charming Georgian town-house in the New Town of Edinburgh. We welcome all our guests in relaxed and informal atmosphere. Rooms of all shapes & sizes with en-suite or shared facilities and a hearty breakfast each morning.
Broomhall Castle sits in a fine position on the slopes of the Ochil Hills overlooking Menstrie Village in Clackmannnshire. The views to the South East and West are extensive as far as the Firth of Forth, Stirling and Beyond.
Period B&B in Central Edinburgh with four guest room all with large bathroom and offering Scottish breakfast each morning. A family owned and run establishment, the house has an interesting history with many original features retained.