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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Ferniehirst Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Jedburgh

    Lying in a picturesque setting two miles south of the historic town of Jedburgh, the impressive Ferniehirst Castle is the ancient seat of the Clan Kerr, believed to have arrived in Britain with William the Conqueror in 1066.

  4. Glenapp Castle

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    • 5 Hotel
    5 Hotel

    Ballantrae

    Glenapp Castle is a Scottish Baronial castle set in 36 acres of stunning gardens and woodland, offering true exclusivity. It is ideal for a relaxing break or to hire on an exclusive use basis for a wedding, family gathering or corporate event.

  5. Glenskirlie House & Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    Bonnybridge

    Welcome to Glenskirlie we are a family owned and managed business offering the very best in Scottish hospitality. We provide excellent surroundings and service mixed with expertly prepared food from Scotlands larder.

  6. Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Alford

    With passion and experience while respecting tradition, Claude, Elise and Fiona will make you feel at home.

  7. Feorag House and Cottage

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Not only is Feorag a beautiful house with lovely gardens and woods, it is perfectly located amidst the best of Perthshire views with tall pines and the River Tay to enjoy. The stunning gardens...

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Lauder

    A unique 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.

  9. 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...

  10. Duchray Castle

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Aberfoyle

    Nestled deep in the Queen Elizabeth Forest lies Duchray Castle, a 500 year old tower house with links to Rob Roy. Now newly renovated it offers luxury accommodation and a warm welcome in a stunning secluded location.

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