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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. Myres Castle

    Type

    B&B

    Gradings

    Auchtermuchty

    This spectacular historic castle is a comfortable country house offering luxurious accommodation in ten beautifully appointed bedrooms, each with their own distinct bathroom. It is also available for exclusive use stays.

  2. 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.

  3. Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Lauder

    A fantastic opportunity to stay in a magnificent 16th century castle in a stunning parkland setting. One of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland and family home of the Duke of Lauderdale. Just a half hour drive to Edinburgh. One bedroom.

  4. Blairquhan Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    Maybole

    Set in over 200 acres of private woodland and beautiful gardens, Blairquhan Castle is truly private and exclusive. It is the ideal venue for weddings, corporate events, house parties, and golf holidays.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 .

  7. Melville Castle

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    Dalkeith

    Welcome to Melville Castle

  8. Stobo Castle Health Spa

    Type

    Spa Hotel

    Gradings

    Stobo

    The magnificent Scottish Castle is set deep within the Scottish Borders countryside in private grounds and surrounded by vast pine forests, a tranquil lake and Japanese Water Gardens.

  9. Glencoe House

    Type

    Luxury Hotel

    Gradings

    Glencoe

    Welcome to Glencoe House

  10. Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Forfar

    Here at Kinnettles Castle, our luxurious 5 star accommodation is elegant, chic and contemporary with classic rooms and suites to family rooms and even self catering accommodation in The Gate Lodge

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