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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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Glenskirlie House & Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    Bonnybridge

    Welcome to Glenskirlie we are a family owned and managed business offering the very best in Scottish hospitality. We provide excellent surroundings and service mixed with expertly prepared food from Scotlands larder.

  4. Esplanade Hotel

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Dunoon

    From the moment you arrive, you will feel the warm and friendly atmosphere created in this long established family hotel.

  5. Gradings

    • 3 Self Catering
    3 Self Catering

    Maybole

    Welcome to Royal Artillery Cottage - Culzean Castle

  6. Traquair

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Innerleithen

    Three luxurious rooms in Scotland's oldest inhabited house.

  7. House of Glennie

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Huntly

    With its long, beech tree driveway and stunning setting and gardens, the House of Glennie is beautiful and welcoming and is perfectly positioned in a secluded location on the banks of the River Dev...

  8. Gradings

    • 3 Bed and Breakfast
    3 Bed and Breakfast

    Gourock

    Welcome to Castle Levan B&B

  9. Dundas Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    South Queensferry

    Dundas Castle is one of Scotland's most beautiful and historic castles. Now an officially recognised 5 Star Exclusive Use venue, the Castle is the stately home of Sir Jack Stewart-Clark and his wife Lady Lydia .

  10. Culcreuch Castle Hotel

    Type

    Small Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 AA Hotel
    3 AA Hotel

    Fintry

    Elegant, comfortable en-suite accommodation in a genuine Scottish Castle Hotel in a quiet country setting, yet near to Stirling and Glasgow.

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