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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. Kilbryde Castle

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Dunblane

    Last Minute Ryder Cup Availability - enjoy a historic perfect stay - Here is an opportunity to holiday in a little bit of history! Kilbryde Castle, centrally situated near Dunblane in Perthshire, has been in the same family since 1659!

  2. Torrisdale Castle Estate

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 2-4 Self Catering
    2-4 Self Catering

    Carradale

    Torrisdale Castle Estate is situated in a stunning location on the Kintyre peninsula overlooking the island of Arran. With an excellent range of accommodation, the estate has lots to offer for all visitors.

  3. Glenapp Castle

    Type

    Hotel

    Gradings

    • 5 Hotel
    5 Hotel

    Ballantrae

    Glenapp Castle is a Scottish Baronial castle set in 36 acres of stunning gardens and woodland, offering true exclusivity. It is ideal for a relaxing break or to hire on an exclusive use basis for a wedding, family gathering or corporate event.

  4. Balinakill Country House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Tarbert

    Set amidst the magical hills of the Kintyre Peninsula and within close walking distance of a beautiful, secluded sandy beach, this impressive country house is a wonderful gathering place for fr...

  5. Gradings

    • 3-4 Self Catering
    3-4 Self Catering

    Aberfeldy

    In Beautiful Highland Perthshire we have 5 superb stone-built cottages situated separately on an arable farm close to Castle Menzies, and only 2 miles from Aberfeldy in the Tay Valley.

  6. 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.

  7. Cairness Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 3 Self Catering
    3 Self Catering

    Fraserburgh

    Two-bedroom holiday cottage in a quiet rural location.

  8. Isle Of Eriska Hotel, Spa And Island

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 5 Country House Hotel
    5 Country House Hotel

    Benderloch

    The Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island, only 10 minutes from Oban and 2 hours drive from Glasgow, is situated on the West Coast of Scotland connected to the mainland by a small bridge.

  9. Glenwood at The Highland Club

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Fort Augustus

    2 night minimum stay. 1 bedroom apartment (plus sofa bed) within The Highland Club, on the southern tip of Loch Ness, Scotland. Set in more than 20 acres of private grounds, The Highland Club offers apartment guests extensive amenities.

  10. Jordanstone House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Alyth

    Jordanstone is an exceptional country house - beautifully presented and full of style and character it is a much loved family house.

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