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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. 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.

  2. Gradings

    • 3 Country House Hotel
    3 Country House Hotel

    Banchory

    "From the moment you step into the immaculate vestibule, it's plain to all the senses that things are done well here - Neil Rae is a grand host and the hotel strives for quality in all" Scottish Hotel Awards' Guide 2013

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Eastwood House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dunkeld

    An enchanting house on the banks of the beautiful River Tay, Eastwood is the magical spot where Beatrix Potter wrote the famed picture letter that would become the Tales of Peter Rabbit.

  6. Gradings

    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to North Segganwell - Culzean Castle

  7. Balinakill Country House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Tarbert

    Set amidst the magical hills of the Kintyre Peninsula and within close walking distance of a beautiful, secluded sandy beach, this impressive country house is a wonderful gathering place for fr...

  8. Barn Cottage

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Dalbeattie

    Welcome to Barn Cottage. Our beautiful cottage has two bedrooms and sleeps four. The woodburning stove in the upstairs living room will ensure you are warm and cosy in the chillier evenings. Free Wi fi is available in the cottage.

  9. Bunchrew House Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Inverness

    Bunchrew House is a superb 17th Century Baronial Mansion sitting by the sea on the Beauly Firth.

  10. Duntrune House

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Dundee City

    Duntrune House offers superior bed and breakfast accommodation in an early nineteenth century Scottish country house

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