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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

    • 3-4 Self Catering
    3-4 Self Catering

    Aberfeldy

    In Beautiful Highland Perthshire we have 5 superb stone-built cottages situated separately on an arable farm close to Castle Menzies, and only 2 miles from Aberfeldy in the Tay Valley.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Prestonfield

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    • 5 Hotel
    5 Hotel

    Edinburgh

    Built as the grand baroque home for Edinburgh's Lord Provost in 1687, Prestonfield is the city's most individual hotel, as you would expect from its owner - James Thomson the creator of the famed Witchery by the Castle.

  6. 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.

  7. 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...

  8. Gradings

    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to South Seganwell - Culzean Castle

  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. Torrisdale Castle Estate

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 2-4 Self Catering
    2-4 Self Catering

    Carradale

    Torrisdale Castle Estate is situated in a stunning location on the Kintyre peninsula overlooking the island of Arran. With an excellent range of accommodation, the estate has lots to offer for all visitors.

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