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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. Esplanade Hotel

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Dunoon

    From the moment you arrive, you will feel the warm and friendly atmosphere created in this long established family hotel.

  2. Port an Eilean

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Spectacular lochside location, stunning interiors, all weather tennis court and jetty with boat – if this sounds good - then Port an Eilean is for you!

  3. 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...

  4. Muckrach Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Dulnain Bridge

    A fully restored sixteenth century castle, circa 1598 Built by the Second Son of John Grant of Freuchie Fully furnished and beautifully appointed accommodation for 10 in 4 bedrooms.

  5. Gradings

    Perth

    Situated 2 miles north of the City of Perth and set within the Scone Palace, this unique apartment is designed to accommodate up to six guests on a self catering basis.

  6. Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Lauder

    A fantastic opportunity to stay in a magnificent 16th century castle in a stunning parkland setting. One of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland and family home of the Duke of Lauderdale. Just a half hour drive to Edinburgh. One bedroom.

  7. Cornhill House Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Biggar

    A charming castle hotel resting on the banks of the River Clyde offering comfortable accommodation, tranquil surroundings and good food. Please see the Offers tab for our "Special Couples Offer", contact us directly for more information.

  8. Castle Hotel - Huntly

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Huntly

    Magnificent 18th Century country house, once home to the Dukes of Gordon.

  9. Glenwood at The Highland Club

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Fort Augustus

    2 night minimum stay. 1 bedroom apartment (plus sofa bed) within The Highland Club, on the southern tip of Loch Ness, Scotland. Set in more than 20 acres of private grounds, The Highland Club offers apartment guests extensive amenities.

  10. Burgie House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Forres

    A large, classically beautiful country side set amidst 1500 acres, Burgie House is a welcoming and family friendly holiday house that is perfect for a large group.

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