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  • 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 Michelin-starred 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

    • 3 Self Catering
    3 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to Royal Artillery Cottage - Culzean Castle

  2. Gradings

    Teviothead

    EXCLUSIVE GARDEN CAMPING 9 PLOTS ONLY 4 EVER USED We are Dave & Jessie, Our objective is to make your holiday as pleasant as possible and to that end we will not compromise. Bus, Car, Walk, or Cycle. You will get a warm welcome at Mosspaul.

  3. Gradings

    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to North Segganwell - Culzean Castle

  4. Gradings

    • 3 Country House Hotel
    3 Country House Hotel

    Banchory

    "From the moment you step into the immaculate vestibule, it's plain to all the senses that things are done well here - Neil Rae is a grand host and the hotel strives for quality in all" Scottish Hotel Awards' Guide 2013

  5. 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.

  6. Duns Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 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.

  7. Wedderburn Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Duns

    This exceptional private castle, built in 1770 to a design by renowned Scottish architect Robert Adam, provides the perfect venue for exclusive house parties, memorable private celebrations, weddings and corporate events.

  8. Isle Of Eriska Hotel, Spa And Island

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 5 Country House Hotel
    5 Country House Hotel

    Benderloch

    The Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island, only 10 minutes from Oban and 2 hours drive from Glasgow, is situated on the West Coast of Scotland connected to the mainland by a small bridge.

  9. Gradings

    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to South Seganwell - Culzean Castle

  10. Myres Castle

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    Auchtermuchty

    This spectacular historic castle is a comfortable country house offering luxurious accommodation in ten beautifully appointed bedrooms, each with their own distinct bathroom. It is also available for exclusive use stays.

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