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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. Gradings

    Dunoon

    Tower Suite is a peaceful oasis nestling on the 1st floor beneath the castellated tower of Knockdow. Supreme comfort for 4 adults in 2 double bedrooms with 2 en-suites. Own sitting room with fully equipped kitchen.Complimentary Welcome pack

  2. Gradings

    • 4 AA Hotel
    4 AA Hotel

    Tarbert

    Set in 60 acres of woodland gardens, romantic Stonefield Castle is an example of Scottish Baronial architecture and still retains much of the original furnishings, wood paneling, ornate ceilings and marble fireplaces.

  3. Glencoe House

    Type

    Luxury Hotel

    Gradings

    Glencoe

    Welcome to Glencoe House

  4. Burgie House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Forres

    A large, classically beautiful country side set amidst 1500 acres, Burgie House is a welcoming and family friendly holiday house that is perfect for a large group.

  5. Dunalastair Estate Cottages

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Kinloch Rannoch

    Welcome to Dunalastair Estate Holiday Cottages. Secluded holiday homes with views of lochs, river and highland hills; perfect cottage hideaways where you can leave stress behind and unwind in comfort and surrounded by beauty.

  6. Rahoy House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Acharacle

    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. Cambo House

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    St Andrews

    A Family Home There is a unique quality about Cambo, home of the Erskine family since 1688, that entices guests back year after year.

  8. Fasque House Estate

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Fettercairn

  9. Kincraig Castle Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Country House Hotel
    3 Country House Hotel

    Invergordon

  10. Edradynate House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Aberfeldy

    A simply beautiful Scottish Country house set high up above the River Tay and looking across Strathtay - one of Perthshire's most lovely glens.

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