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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. Pear Tree House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Stirling

    Just 2 minutes walk from Stirling city centre yet located on a quiet residential street in the Kings Park area, Pear Tree House offers luxury accommodation for 4 people over the first and second floors of a Victorian sandstone villa.

  2. Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Stranraer

    The Chauffeur's Apartment, is a newly refurbished, 3 bedroom self-catering apartment and is located in the picturesque Victorian Stable Courtyard at Lochinch Castle, the private home of the Earl and Countess of Stair.

  3. 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.

  4. Newark Castleview

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 3 Self Catering
    3 Self Catering

    St Monans

    A thoughtfully designed, spacious 3 bedroom house situated along the Fife Coastal path between St.Monans and Elie with wonderful views of Newark Castle and the coast. Private, peaceful, extremely well equipped and environmentally friendly!

  5. Brewlands Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Blairgowrie

    A fine Scottish Home, on a Highland Estate dating from 1226, within the Cairngorms National Park with a wild flower reserve nearby.

  6. Cranshaws Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Duns

    A unique opportunity to experience a memorable stay in captivating surroundings. A perfect luxury retreat for sporting lets, special celebrations, family gatherings and corporate entertaining.

  7. Melville Castle

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    Dalkeith

    Welcome to Melville Castle

  8. Mercure Barony Castle Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Peebles

    This imposing 16th century Castle has evolved into an outstanding and welcoming Hotel, Conference & Wedding Venue. Located just 35 minutes (17 miles) south of Edinburgh on the edge of the Scottish Borders.

  9. 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.

  10. Dalmunzie Castle

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Country House Hotel
    3 Country House Hotel

    Glenshee

    We look forward to welcoming you to Dalmunzie, a special place that projects many of the emotions Scotland has to offer....

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