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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. Traquair

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Innerleithen

    Three luxurious rooms in Scotland's oldest inhabited house.

  2. 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.

  3. Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Doune

    "Choose the quality of a traditional 18th century stone-built house by historical Doune Castle.

  4. Castle of Park

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Glenluce

    This fine building appears outwardly plain, but inside is another matter and gives an insight into the life of a Jacobean laird. The hall is 30 feet long, with a fine fireplace and from it the laird's private stair leads to the bedrooms.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  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. West Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Brodick

    West Lodge is one of two newly renovated luxury holiday cottages. The cottages originally formed part of the former Dukes of Hamilton's head gamekeepers residence, accommodating the estate dogs and horses. The lodge sleeps 2.

  9. Tomatin House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Tomatin

    Tomatin House, dating from approximately 1640, enjoys a glorious private setting, surrounded by wonderful mixed woodland and extensive lawns.

  10. Kyllachy House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Tomatin

    Kyllachy House is a spectacularly beautiful Victorian Sporting Lodge standing above the River Findhorn and with glorious south facing views across the valley.

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