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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. Meall Mor Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Alness

    Meall Mor Lodge is an outstanding large holiday house set within the 19,000 acre Kildermorie Estate.

  2. Carlogie House

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 3 Exclusive Use Venue
    3 Exclusive Use Venue

    Carnoustie

    Welcome to Carlogie House

  3. Gradings

    • 5 Hotel
    5 Hotel

    Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire

    Fonab Castle Hotel, a truly special, luxury Scottish experience. The remarkable vision of the Clark family has created the ideal resort for that escape that everyone is looking for.

  4. Dell House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Loch Ness

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

  5. Glenapp Castle

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    • 5 Hotel
    5 Hotel

    Ballantrae

    Glenapp Castle is a Scottish Baronial castle set in 36 acres of stunning gardens and woodland, offering true exclusivity. It is ideal for a relaxing break or to hire on an exclusive use basis for a wedding, family gathering or corporate event.

  6. Tower of Hallbar

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Lanark

    Welcome to the Tower of Hallbar, once a defensive tower and now an unusual and intriguing holiday let for 7 persons. The tower is available year round for week long stays and short breaks.

  7. Persie House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Blairgowrie

    Persie House is the perfect rural idyll, a wonderful house engulfed in peaceful tranquillity and surrounded by the beautiful Perthshire countryside.

  8. Blair Estate

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Dalry

    Blair with its magnificent 900 year old history, sits within 250 acres of garden and parkland. Just 20mins from Glasgow Airport and recently renovated, it is the perfect location for a house party, wedding, corporate retreat or golf holiday.

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Guest House
    4 Guest House

    Oban

    Argyll's only ancient castle offering bed and breakfast accommodation. Built in 1609 and restored 1897. Stunning location on south shore of Loch Creran 9 miles north of Oban. Licenced for small intimate weddings.

  10. Kingie Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Invergarry

    Built in 1994 by its present owners, a stay at Kingie Lodge combines modern comforts with the traditional country pursuits of stalking and fishing.

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