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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. Uig Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Uig - Lewis

    Set in one of the most spectacular positions in Britain, the lodge has breathtaking views over the perfect white sands of Uig Bay to the west and the dramatic hills of Harris to the south.

  2. Cray

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Blairgowrie

    Cray is an absolute delight, tucked away within its own secluded grounds and yet with spectacular views down Glenshee "The Glen of the Fairies".

  3. High Wards

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Gartocharn

    A magnificent property in an outstanding location and with its own indoor swimming pool. Wards is set in 98 acres with access to Loch Lomond shores and adjacent to the newly established RSPB w...

  4. West Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Brodick

    West Lodge is one of two newly renovated luxury holiday cottages. The cottages originally formed part of the former Dukes of Hamilton's head gamekeepers residence, accommodating the estate dogs and horses. The lodge sleeps 2.

  5. Kyllachy House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Tomatin

    Kyllachy House is a spectacularly beautiful Victorian Sporting Lodge standing above the River Findhorn and with glorious south facing views across the valley.

  6. Edradynate House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Aberfeldy

    A simply beautiful Scottish Country house set high up above the River Tay and looking across Strathtay - one of Perthshire's most lovely glens.

  7. Balfour Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Shapinsay

    Welcome to Balfour Castle

  8. Cauldhame House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Stirling

    Sleeps 21: Cauldhame House 13 plus 2 cottages both sleeping 4.Situated in an elevated position in the hills above Dunblane, Cauldhame House has one of the most extensive and uninterrupted view...

  9. Carberry Tower nr Edinburgh

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 4 Exclusive Use Venue
    4 Exclusive Use Venue

    Musselburgh

    Carberry Tower sits majestically in 35 acres of manicured lawns and landscaped grounds; an oasis of calm and tranquillity that provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

  10. Cambo House

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    St Andrews

    A Family Home There is a unique quality about Cambo, home of the Erskine family since 1688, that entices guests back year after year.

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