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  • Ackergill Tower at sunset
    Ackergill Tower at sunset
  • Looking across parkland to Brodie Castle in the sunshine
    Brodie Castle
  • 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 exquisite 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. Airth Castle Hotel & Spa Resort

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Country House Hotel
    3 Country House Hotel

    Airth

    A traditional yet modern castle hotel within easy reach of Edinburgh and Stirling.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Balker Lodge, Lochinch Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Stranraer

    Balker Lodge, Lochinch Castle, is a newly restored, luxury one bedroom self-catering historic gate house lodge, located within the magnificent grounds of Lochinch Castle, the private home of the Earl and Countess of Stair.

  5. Cringletie House Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Peebles

  6. Myres Castle

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    Auchtermuchty

    This spectacular historic castle is a comfortable country house offering luxurious accommodation in ten beautifully appointed bedrooms, each with their own distinct bathroom. It is also available for exclusive use stays.

  7. 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.

  8. Mercure Barony Castle Hotel & Spa

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Peebles

    Welcome to Mercure Barony Castle Hotel & Spa

  9. Haddington Place

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Centrally located, stunning main door flat in the East End of the New Town of Edinburgh near Elm Row, the Playhouse and John Lewis and within walking distance of all major attractions in Edinburgh

  10. Liberton Tower

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Welcome to Liberton Tower, an unspoilt fifteenth century tower house which provides unique, high quality accommodation for 4 persons. All bookings include a luxury food & wine welcome hamper.

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