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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. Gradings

    • 5 Hostel
    5 Hostel

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Five star budget accommodation in the city centre, ideal for experiencing Scotland's capital - history, culture, food and drink, sport, shopping, comedy...all on your doorstep.

  2. Kirkconnel Hall Hotel

    Type

    Small Hotel

    Gradings

    Gretna Green

    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.

  3. Jolly's Hotel

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    Broughty Ferry

    Welcome to Jolly's Hotel

  4. Port an Eilean

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Spectacular lochside location, stunning interiors, all weather tennis court and jetty with boat – if this sounds good - then Port an Eilean is for you!

  5. Comlongon Castle

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    Clarencefield

  6. Ferniehirst Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Jedburgh

    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.

  7. Scatwell House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Muir of Ord

    Scatwell House and Gardens offer a superior location for a memorable holiday, special celebration or productive corporate event. There is an abundance of activities close by, so you don’t hav...

  8. Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Edinburgh

    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.

  9. Broomhall Castle

    Type

    Guest Accommodation

    Gradings

    • 3 Guest Accommodation
    3 Guest Accommodation

    Menstrie

    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.

  10. Scott House

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    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.

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