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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. Brewlands Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Blairgowrie

    A fine Scottish Home, on a Highland Estate dating from 1226, within the Cairngorms National Park with a wild flower reserve nearby.

  2. Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Stranraer

    Offering guests the chance to relax and unwind in picturesque Stranraer, the North West Castle Hotel is unique for being the former home of an arctic explorer and for being the only hotel in the world to have its own curling rink.

  3. 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.

  4. Dell House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Loch Ness

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

  5. Limegrove Cottage

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Just a 5 minute walk from Stirling city centre yet located on a quiet residential street of grand Victorian villas, Limegrove Cottage offers newly refurbished and furnished quality accommodation for 4 people. Limegrove cottage has its o

  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. Gradings

    Strathpeffer

    Welcome to Holly Lodge B&B. Holly Lodge is just over the hill from Loch Ness, close to the city of Inverness, and right in the heart of the Castle and Whisky Trails.

  8. Cringletie House Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Peebles

  9. Gradings

    Dingwall Area

    This proud 12th Century Castle sits high, over looking the town. The castle is full of character, with its own resident friendly ghosts and fine cuisine, it's definitely a place to visit on your travels round the Highlands.

  10. Newhouse

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Stirling

    Newhouse is a bright, cosy, beautifully presented 2 bedroom apartment, situated on the ground floor of an original Victorian tenement. Only a short 5 minute walk from the city centre, the apartment, built in 1880, still retains its orig

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