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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. 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.

  2. 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...

  3. Kilbryde Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dunblane

    Last Minute Ryder Cup Availability - enjoy a historic perfect stay - Here is an opportunity to holiday in a little bit of history! Kilbryde Castle, centrally situated near Dunblane in Perthshire, has been in the same family since 1659!

  4. Gradings

    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to North Segganwell - Culzean Castle

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Hotel
    4 Hotel

    Stranraer

    Offering guests the chance to relax and unwind in picturesque Stranraer, the North West Castle Hotel is unique for being the former home of an arctic explorer and for being the only hotel in the world to have its own curling rink.

  6. Kincraig Castle Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Country House Hotel
    3 Country House Hotel

    Invergordon

  7. 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.

  8. The Retreat Castle

    Type

    Small Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Guest House
    3 Guest House

    Bonnyrigg

    Unique Castle with a warm Welcome! Set in the ideal location near to the city by-pass and Edinburgh. Family owned with 5 ensuite rooms with character and comfort. All rooms have free wi-fi, Sky and tea/coffee making facilities.

  9. Melville Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    Dalkeith

    Welcome to Melville Castle

  10. Galloway Farm Holidays

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Dalbeattie

    Welcome to our Galloway Farm Holidays. Our beautiful cottages have two bedrooms and sleeps four. The woodburning stove in Barn Cottage living room will ensure you are warm and cosy in the chillier evenings. Pets are welcome in Mill cottage

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