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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. Skene House Whitehall

    Type

    Serviced Apartment

    Gradings

    • 4 Serviced Apartments
    4 Serviced Apartments

    Aberdeen

    A "home away from home" located in the heart of Aberdeen, Skene House provides a range of 1 - 3 bedroom suites individually furnished and decorated offering comfort and space with independence.

  2. Haddington Place

    Type

    Serviced Apartment

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Centrally located, stunning main door flat in the East End of the New Town of Edinburgh near Elm Row, the Playhouse and John Lewis and within walking distance of all major attractions in Edinburgh

  3. Uig Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Uig - Lewis

    Set in one of the most spectacular positions in Britain, the lodge has breathtaking views over the perfect white sands of Uig Bay to the west and the dramatic hills of Harris to the south.

  4. Gradings

    Perth

    Situated 2 miles north of the City of Perth and set within the Scone Palace, this unique apartment is designed to accommodate up to six guests on a self catering basis.

  5. 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...

  6. Muckrach Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Dulnain Bridge

    A fully restored sixteenth century castle, circa 1598 Built by the Second Son of John Grant of Freuchie Fully furnished and beautifully appointed accommodation for 10 in 4 bedrooms.

  7. Bunchrew House Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 4 Country House Hotel
    4 Country House Hotel

    Inverness

    Bunchrew House is a superb 17th Century Baronial Mansion sitting by the sea on the Beauly Firth.

  8. Carlogie House

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 3 Exclusive Use Venue
    3 Exclusive Use Venue

    Carnoustie

    Welcome to Carlogie House

  9. Cambo House

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    • 4 Bed and Breakfast
    4 Bed and Breakfast

    St Andrews

    A Family Home There is a unique quality about Cambo, home of the Erskine family since 1688, that entices guests back year after year.

  10. 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.

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