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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. Castle Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Brodick

    This luxury property is set in its own grounds, within the exclusive policies of Brodick Castle. The former residence of the Dukes of Hamilton’s head gamekeeper is within a short walk of the Castle and its renowned gardens.

  2. Meall Mor Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Alness

    Meall Mor Lodge is an outstanding large holiday house set within the 19,000 acre Kildermorie Estate.

  3. 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.

  4. Dell House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Loch Ness

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

  5. Carberry Tower nr Edinburgh

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 4 Exclusive Use Venue
    4 Exclusive Use Venue

    Musselburgh

    Carberry Tower sits majestically in 35 acres of manicured lawns and landscaped grounds; an oasis of calm and tranquillity that provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

  6. Dallas Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Forres

    A much loved, warm and welcoming family home on the Dallas Estate in Moray

  7. Tarmangie, Dollarbeg Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dollar

    Stunning new Castle Apartment in award winning Dollarbeg Castle in Central Scotland. Castle located on beautifully landscaped grounds and country setting. Luxurious furnishings and fittings. Very convenient central location for visiting Braveheart co

  8. 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

  9. Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Newtongrange

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Hotel
    4 Hotel

    Glasgow South Side

    The Sherbrooke Castle Hotel has undergone extensive refurbishment to elevate this house to the heights that it warrants.

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