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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. Isle Of Eriska Hotel, Spa And Island

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 5 Country House Hotel
    5 Country House Hotel

    Benderloch

    The Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island, only 10 minutes from Oban and 2 hours drive from Glasgow, is situated on the West Coast of Scotland connected to the mainland by a small bridge.

  2. Tarmangie

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dollar

    Welcome to Tarmangie

  3. Burgie House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Forres

    A large, classically beautiful country side set amidst 1500 acres, Burgie House is a welcoming and family friendly holiday house that is perfect for a large group.

  4. Tour House

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Kilmaurs

    Tour House is a contemporary, boutique B&B set in a stunning Tudor Gothic country house surrounded by 15 acres of woodland, just 5 minutes off the M77.

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  7. Gradings

    • 3-4 Self Catering
    3-4 Self Catering

    Aberfeldy

    In Beautiful Highland Perthshire we have 5 superb stone-built cottages situated separately on an arable farm close to Castle Menzies, and only 2 miles from Aberfeldy in the Tay Valley.

  8. Dell House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Loch Ness

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

  9. Duns Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 4 Exclusive Use Venue
    4 Exclusive Use Venue

    Duns

    Magnificent Duns Castle Outdoor activities can be arranged upon request such as Clay Pigeon Shooting, Fishing,Archery, Falconery,Off road driving, Croquet and tennis.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Tobermory & North Mull

    Situated on the Northern tip of Mull near Tobermory, Glengorm overlooks the Atlantic and has views over 60 miles out to the Hebrides.

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