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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. Stobo Castle Health Spa

    Type

    Spa Hotel

    Gradings

    Stobo

    The magnificent Scottish Castle is set deep within the Scottish Borders countryside in private grounds and surrounded by vast pine forests, a tranquil lake and Japanese Water Gardens.

  2. Gradings

    • 4 AA Hotel
    4 AA Hotel

    Tarbert

    Set in 60 acres of woodland gardens, romantic Stonefield Castle is an example of Scottish Baronial architecture and still retains much of the original furnishings, wood paneling, ornate ceilings and marble fireplaces.

  3. Eastwood House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dunkeld

    An enchanting house on the banks of the beautiful River Tay, Eastwood is the magical spot where Beatrix Potter wrote the famed picture letter that would become the Tales of Peter Rabbit.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Doune

    "Choose the quality of a traditional 18th century stone-built house by historical Doune Castle.

  8. Myres Castle

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    Auchtermuchty

    This spectacular historic castle is a comfortable country house offering luxurious accommodation in ten beautifully appointed bedrooms, each with their own distinct bathroom. It is also available for exclusive use stays.

  9. 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.

  10. Gradings

    • 3 Country House Hotel
    3 Country House Hotel

    Banchory

    "From the moment you step into the immaculate vestibule, it's plain to all the senses that things are done well here - Neil Rae is a grand host and the hotel strives for quality in all" Scottish Hotel Awards' Guide 2013

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