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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. Melville Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    Dalkeith

    Welcome to Melville Castle

  2. Castle of Park

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    Banff

    A romantic 16th century pink castle, hidden away in a tree lined park, close to the beautiful Banffshire Coast, home of the Campbell Wilson family with 40 acres of grounds and interiors furnished with Art and Antiquities and all modern facilities.

  3. Glenskirlie House & Castle

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    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. Aikwood Tower

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 5 Self Catering
    5 Self Catering

    Selkirk

    Set in the heart of the Ettrick Forest - the ancient hunting ground of Scottish royalty up to the reign of Mary Queen of Scots - Aikwood Tower's authentic history and understated luxury provide the amiable surroundings for a magical stay.

  5. 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!

  6. Woodville

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    Glenlivet

    Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Speyside Valley, Woodville is in a very peaceful, woodland setting, conveniently positioned just 400 metres off the A95. There are several red squirrels to be seen at breakfast time!

  7. Gradings

    • 4 Guest House
    4 Guest House

    Oban

    Argyll's only ancient castle offering bed and breakfast accommodation. Built in 1609 and restored 1897. Stunning location on south shore of Loch Creran 9 miles north of Oban. Licenced for small intimate weddings.

  8. 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.

  9. Duchray Castle, Self Catering

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Aberfoyle

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

  10. Castleton House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Lochgilphead

    Set in a truly spectacular position overlooking the beautiful shores of Loch Fyne, Castleton House is full of period charm with rich oak panelling, magnificent painted ceilings, gilded cornices...

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