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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. 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.

  2. Gradings

    • 3 Bed and Breakfast
    3 Bed and Breakfast

    Gourock

    Welcome to Castle Levan B&B

  3. The Mansion House of Kirkhill

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Gorebridge

    Welcome to The Mansion House of Kirkhill. A fabulous grand manor house just 9 miles from the centre of Edinburgh! Nestled amid 30 acres of lush gardens and farmlands, the stunning Mansion offers a haven of peace. All groups welcome!

  4. 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.

  5. Aikwood Tower

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 5 Self Catering
    5 Self Catering

    Selkirk

    Set in the heart of the Ettrick Forest - the ancient hunting ground of Scottish royalty up to the reign of Mary Queen of Scots - Aikwood Tower's authentic history and understated luxury provide the amiable surroundings for a magical stay.

  6. Balinakill Country House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Tarbert

    Set amidst the magical hills of the Kintyre Peninsula and within close walking distance of a beautiful, secluded sandy beach, this impressive country house is a wonderful gathering place for fr...

  7. Plane Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Airth

    Welcome to Plane Castle a 15th century medieval castle available for self catering holidays, weddings, vow renewals, celebrations, parties and more.

  8. Persie House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Blairgowrie

    Persie House is the perfect rural idyll, a wonderful house engulfed in peaceful tranquillity and surrounded by the beautiful Perthshire countryside.

  9. Dundas Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    South Queensferry

    Dundas Castle is one of Scotland's most beautiful and historic castles. Now an officially recognised 5 Star Exclusive Use venue, the Castle is the stately home of Sir Jack Stewart-Clark and his wife Lady Lydia .

  10. Blair Estate

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Dalry

    Blair with its magnificent 900 yr old history, sits within 250 acres of garden and parkland. Just 20mins from Glasgow Airport and recently renovated, it is the perfect location for a house party, wedding, corporate retreat or golf holiday.

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