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  • Ackergill Tower at sunset
    Ackergill Tower at sunset
  • Looking across parkland to Brodie Castle in the sunshine
    Brodie Castle
  • 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 exquisite 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. Glenskirlie House & Castle

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    Exclusive Use

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    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.

  2. Duns Castle

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    Exclusive Use

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    • 4 Exclusive Use Venue
    4 Exclusive Use Venue

    Duns

    Magnificent Duns Castle Outdoor activities can be arranged upon request such as Clay Pigeon Shooting, Fishing,Archery, Falconery,Off road driving, Croquet and tennis.

  3. Castle of Park

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    Self Catering

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    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.

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    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Newtongrange

  5. Ferniehirst Castle

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    Self Catering

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    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.

  6. 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.

  7. Gradings

    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to South Seganwell - Culzean Castle

  8. Blair Estate

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    Exclusive Use

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    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Dalry

    Blair with its magnificent history, sits within 250 acres of woodland, park and gardens. 20mins from Glasgow Airport, this luxurious home is the perfect place for a family gathering, corporate retreat, golf holiday or a special celebration.

  9. Balker Lodge, Lochinch Castle

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    Self Catering

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    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Stranraer

    Balker Lodge, Lochinch Castle, is a newly restored, luxury one bedroom self-catering historic gate house lodge, located within the magnificent grounds of Lochinch Castle, the private home of the Earl and Countess of Stair.

  10. Dell House

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    Self Catering

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    Loch Ness

    A uniquely beautiful 18th century Georgian House, elegantly and traditionally furnished.

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