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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. Kilbryde Castle

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    Dunblane

    Kilbryde Castle, in Central Scotland, has been home to the Campbell family since 1659. RYDER CUP - Availability for this period on both self catering and serviced accommodation basis.

  2. Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Wick

    Ackergill Tower, one of the most sought after hotels in the world. Purposely low profile and totally private, this stunning 15th century Scottish Castle is truly an idyllic backdrop for all of the most important and memorable of life’s events.

  3. Traquair

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Innerleithen

    Three luxurious rooms in Scotland's oldest inhabited house.

  4. Skene House Whitehall

    Type

    Serviced Apartment

    Gradings

    • 4 Serviced Apartments
    4 Serviced Apartments

    Aberdeen

    A "home away from home" located in the heart of Aberdeen, Skene House provides a range of 1 - 3 bedroom suites individually furnished and decorated offering comfort and space with independence.

  5. Lawburn House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Auchterarder

    This is a truly wonderful country house with a simply sensational luxurious feel to it. From the outside its attractive “cottage” appeal belies the sumptuous interior and the gorgeous garde...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. Duchray Castle

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Aberfoyle

    Nestled deep in the Queen Elizabeth Forest lies Duchray Castle, a 500 year old tower house with links to Rob Roy. Now newly renovated it offers luxury accommodation and a warm welcome in a stunning secluded location.

  10. Wedderburn Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Duns

    This exceptional private castle, built in 1770 to a design by renowned Scottish architect Robert Adam, provides the perfect venue for exclusive house parties, memorable private celebrations, weddings and corporate events.

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