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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

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Doune

    "Choose the quality of a traditional 18th century stone-built house by historical Doune Castle.

  2. Gradings

    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to North Segganwell - Culzean Castle

  3. Tower of Hallbar

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Lanark

    Welcome to the Tower of Hallbar, once a defensive tower and now an unusual and intriguing holiday let for 7 persons. The tower is available year round for week long stays and short breaks.

  4. Castleton House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Lochgilphead

    Set in a truly spectacular position overlooking the beautiful shores of Loch Fyne, Castleton House is full of period charm with rich oak panelling, magnificent painted ceilings, gilded cornices...

  5. Stobo Castle Health Spa

    Type

    Spa Hotel

    Gradings

    Stobo

    The magnificent Scottish Castle is set deep within the Scottish Borders countryside in private grounds and surrounded by vast pine forests, a tranquil lake and Japanese Water Gardens.

  6. Gradings

    • 5 Self Catering
    5 Self Catering

    Perth

    Situated 2 miles north of the City of Perth and set within the Scone Palace, this unique apartment is designed to accommodate up to six guests on a self catering basis.

  7. Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading

    Edinburgh

    The Dene Guest House is a charming Georgian town-house in the New Town of Edinburgh. We welcome all our guests in relaxed and informal atmosphere. Rooms of all shapes & sizes with en-suite or shared facilities and a hearty breakfast each morning.

  8. Port an Eilean

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Spectacular lochside location, stunning interiors, all weather tennis court and jetty with boat – if this sounds good - then Port an Eilean is for you!

  9. Gairnshiel Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Ballater

    Parts of this wonderful lodge date back to the 1750’s and the royal connections include Queen Victoria and even the late Queen Mother whose signature is still there in the Visitors Book.

  10. 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.

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