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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. Mardon Guest House

    Type

    Guesthouse

    Gradings

    Inverness

    A small friendly family run city centre guest house, perfect for exploring Inverness, Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

  2. 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?

  3. Prestonfield

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    • 5 Hotel
    5 Hotel

    Edinburgh

    Built as the grand baroque home for Edinburgh's Lord Provost in 1687, Prestonfield is the city's most individual hotel, as you would expect from its owner - James Thomson the creator of the famed Witchery by the Castle.

  4. 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.

  5. Gradings

    • 2 Self Catering
    2 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to South Seganwell - Culzean Castle

  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 Estate

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 3-4 Self Catering
    3-4 Self Catering

    St Andrews

    Cambo House, a Victorian country house, built in 1881, lies at the heart of a 1200 acre country estate and a stone's throw from the sea. Cambo is the perfect place to relax and unwind. We also have 25 golf courses within 25 miles!

  8. Gradings

    • 5 Self Catering
    5 Self Catering

    Melrose

    Abbotsford, the home that Sir Walter Scott built in his beloved Scottish Borders in the early 19th century, is the enduring legacy of one of the world’s greatest writers. On the banks of the River Tweed.

  9. 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...

  10. Lawburn House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Auchterarder

    This is a truly wonderful country house with a simply sensational luxurious feel to it. From the outside its attractive “cottage” appeal belies the sumptuous interior and the gorgeous garde...

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