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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. 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.

  2. Scatwell House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Muir of Ord

    Scatwell House and Gardens offer a superior location for a memorable holiday, special celebration or productive corporate event. There is an abundance of activities close by, so you don’t hav...

  3. Gradings

    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to South Seganwell - Culzean Castle

  4. Assynt House

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    North Highlands

    Assynt House is a beautiful family home nestled in the Ross-shire countryside, an ideal base to explore the Highlands of Scotland, conveniently located only 20 miles north of Inverness.

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    Ardfern

    Escape the stresses of modern life and get back to nature on an island where time stands still. Imagine a holiday with no cars, no telephones, no roads, just an abundance of wildlife and a beautiful Hebridean backdrop.

  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. Kincraig Castle Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Country House Hotel
    3 Country House Hotel

    Invergordon

  8. Dalcross Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Inverness Airport

    Unashamed luxury within a fascinating historic Castle, privately set in a large garden and surrounded by grounds of 850 acres

  9. Mercure Barony Castle Hotel & Spa

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Peebles

    Welcome to Mercure Barony Castle Hotel & Spa

  10. 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.

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