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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. Kinnettles Castle

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Forfar

    Here at Kinnettles Castle, our luxurious 5 star accommodation is elegant, chic and contemporary with classic rooms and suites to family rooms and even self catering accommodation in The Gate Lodge

  2. 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

  3. Ledgowan Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Achnasheen

    Ledgowan Lodge is a house transformed from what was a traditional sporting lodge into a very desirable highland house, beautifully brought into the 21st century with all en suite bedrooms, beau...

  4. 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.

  5. Gradings

    • 3 Self Catering
    3 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to Royal Artillery Cottage - Culzean Castle

  6. Rahoy Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Strontian

    With the sea in front and magnificent hills rising behind, Rahoy Lodge is a paradise for those who want to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful part of the west coast of Scotland.

  7. Isle Of Eriska Hotel, Spa And Island

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 5 Country House Hotel
    5 Country House Hotel

    Benderloch

    The Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island, only 10 minutes from Oban and 2 hours drive from Glasgow, is situated on the West Coast of Scotland connected to the mainland by a small bridge.

  8. Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Dornoch

    Steeped in Scottish history and fascinating legends, the 15th century Dornoch Castle Hotel firmly stands its ground opposite the inspiring 12th century Dornoch Cathedral.

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Guest House
    4 Guest House

    Oban

    Argyll's only ancient castle offering bed and breakfast accommodation. Built in 1609 and restored 1897. Stunning location on south shore of Loch Creran 9 miles north of Oban. Licenced for small intimate weddings.

  10. 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.

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