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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. Cray

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Glenshee

    Cray is an absolute delight, tucked away within its own secluded grounds and yet with spectacular views down Glenshee "The Glen of the Fairies".

  2. Balinakill Country House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Tarbert

    Set amidst the magical hills of the Kintyre Peninsula and within close walking distance of a beautiful, secluded sandy beach, this impressive country house is a wonderful gathering place for fr...

  3. Eastwood House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dunkeld

    An enchanting house on the banks of the beautiful River Tay, Eastwood is the magical spot where Beatrix Potter wrote the famed picture letter that would become the Tales of Peter Rabbit.

  4. Winton House - East Lothian

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    Tranent

    Winton House, a castle just outside Edinburgh in East Lothian, has comfortable, historic bedrooms which provide luxury accommodation for parties of 2-16 guests. Where better for an utterly unforgettable holiday with dinner, bed & breakfast?

  5. Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Forfar

    Here at Kinnettles Castle, our luxurious 5 star accommodation is available for Exclusive Use only, perfect for weddings, celebrations and corporate events.

  6. Lunga House

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    Craobh Haven

    Welcome to Lunga House

  7. Mercure Barony Castle Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Peebles

    This imposing 16th century Castle has evolved into an outstanding and welcoming Hotel, Conference & Wedding Venue. Located just 35 minutes (17 miles) south of Edinburgh on the edge of the Scottish Borders.

  8. 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...

  9. Bute - Self Catering Suite

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dunoon

    A luxurious 350 sq.ft. suite for 2 with views to the Argyll hills in the distance on the 1st floor. Can be configured as a SKing size bed or Twin beds upon request. Private sitting room with a fully equipped kitchen; Ensuite; Welcome pack

  10. Duchray Castle

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Aberfoyle

    Nestled deep in the Queen Elizabeth Forest lies Duchray Castle, a 500 year old tower house with links to Rob Roy. Now newly renovated it offers luxury accommodation and a warm welcome in a stunning secluded location.

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