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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. Castle Lachlan

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Cairndow

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

  2. Woodville

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Glenlivet

    Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Speyside Valley, Woodville is in a very peaceful, woodland setting, conveniently positioned just 400 metres off the A95. There are several red squirrels to be seen at breakfast time!

  3. Tower of Hallbar

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Lanark

    Welcome to the Tower of Hallbar, once a defensive tower and now an unusual and intriguing holiday let for 7 persons. The tower is available year round for week long stays and short breaks.

  4. Castle of Park

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Glenluce

    This fine building appears outwardly plain, but inside is another matter and gives an insight into the life of a Jacobean laird. The hall is 30 feet long, with a fine fireplace and from it the laird's private stair leads to the bedrooms.

  5. Gradings

    Perth

    Situated 2 miles north of the City of Perth and set within the Scone Palace, this unique apartment is designed to accommodate up to six guests on a self catering basis.

  6. Aldourie Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Loch Ness

    Aldourie Castle is a unique and inspiring place to relax, indulge and enjoy good times with family and friends. Set within a private estate guests take exclusive hire of the 13-bed castle as their own home for a holiday, short break or special event

  7. Mercure Barony Castle Hotel & Spa

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Peebles

    Welcome to Mercure Barony Castle Hotel & Spa

  8. 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.

  9. Carlogie House

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 3 Exclusive Use Venue
    3 Exclusive Use Venue

    Carnoustie

    Welcome to Carlogie House

  10. Glenwood at The Highland Club

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Fort Augustus

    2 night minimum stay. 1 bedroom apartment (plus sofa bed) within The Highland Club, on the southern tip of Loch Ness, Scotland. Set in more than 20 acres of private grounds, The Highland Club offers apartment guests extensive amenities.

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