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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. Castle Lachlan

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Cairndow

    The seat of the Clan MacLachlan on the peaceful shores of Loch Fyne.

  2. Avenue Cottage

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 5 Self Catering
    5 Self Catering

    Laurencekirk

    Avenue Cottage is a charming and beautifully appointed holiday property located on the grounds of the stunning Fasque House Estate.

  3. The Retreat Castle

    Type

    Small Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Guest House
    3 Guest House

    Bonnyrigg

    Unique Castle with a warm Welcome! Set in the ideal location near to the city by-pass and Edinburgh. Family owned with 5 ensuite rooms with character and comfort. All rooms have free wi-fi, Sky and tea/coffee making facilities.

  4. 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.

  5. Galloway Farm Holidays

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Dalbeattie

    Welcome to our Galloway Farm Holidays. Our beautiful cottages have two bedrooms and sleeps four. The woodburning stove in Barn Cottage living room will ensure you are warm and cosy in the chillier evenings. Pets are welcome in Mill cottage

  6. 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.

  7. Skene House Whitehall

    Type

    Serviced Apartment

    Gradings

    • 4 Serviced Apartments
    4 Serviced Apartments

    Aberdeen

    A "home away from home" located in the heart of Aberdeen, Skene House provides a range of 1 - 3 bedroom suites individually furnished and decorated offering comfort and space with independence.

  8. Kilbryde Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    Dunblane

    Kilbryde Castle, in Central Scotland, has been home to the Campbell family since 1659. We offer a range of facilities which our clients use in their own particular way, assisted by us and is available as a venue for weddings for up to 180 guests.

  9. Balfour Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Shapinsay

    Welcome to Balfour Castle

  10. Fasque House Estate

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Fettercairn

    Welcome to Fasque House Estate

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