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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

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Lauder

    A unique 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.

  4. 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...

  5. Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Dornoch

    Steeped in Scottish history and fascinating legends, the 15th century Dornoch Castle Hotel firmly stands its ground opposite the inspiring 12th century Dornoch Cathedral.

  6. Cringletie House Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Peebles

    Cringletie House is a luxurious Country House Hotel, set in 28 stunning acres, just outside Peebles, South of Edinburgh. With 4 Red Stars, Cringletie Hotel is the only AA Top Hotel (Inspector's choice) in the Scottish Borders.

  7. Gradings

    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to South Seganwell - Culzean Castle

  8. Castle Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Brodick

    This luxury property is set in its own grounds, within the exclusive policies of Brodick Castle. The former residence of the Dukes of Hamilton’s head gamekeeper is within a short walk of the Castle and its renowned gardens.

  9. Dalcross Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Inverness Airport

    Unashamed luxury within a fascinating historic Castle, privately set in a large garden and surrounded by grounds of 850 acres

  10. Culcreuch Castle Hotel

    Type

    Small Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 AA Hotel
    3 AA Hotel

    Fintry

    Elegant, comfortable en-suite accommodation in a genuine Scottish Castle Hotel in a quiet country setting, yet near to Stirling and Glasgow.

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