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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. Broomhall Castle

    Type

    Guest Accommodation

    Gradings

    • 3 Guest Accommodation
    3 Guest Accommodation

    Menstrie

    Broomhall Castle sits in a fine position on the slopes of the Ochil Hills overlooking Menstrie Village in Clackmannnshire. The views to the South East and West are extensive as far as the Firth of Forth, Stirling and Beyond.

  2. Gairnshiel Lodge

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Ballater

    Parts of this wonderful lodge date back to the 1750’s and the royal connections include Queen Victoria and even the late Queen Mother whose signature is still there in the Visitors Book.

  3. Port an Eilean

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Spectacular lochside location, stunning interiors, all weather tennis court and jetty with boat – if this sounds good - then Port an Eilean is for you!

  4. Dell House

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Loch Ness

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

  5. Newark Castleview

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    • 3 Self Catering
    3 Self Catering

    St Monans

    A thoughtfully designed, spacious 3 bedroom house situated along the Fife Coastal path between St.Monans and Elie with wonderful views of Newark Castle and the coast. Private, peaceful, extremely well equipped and environmentally friendly!

  6. Gradings

    Banchory

    Only 10 miles from the heart of Aberdeen, this charming 16th century apartment at Drum Castle is an intimate one bedroom apartment that is surprisingly spacious. With log burning stove and central heating throughout, the historic residence is warm

  7. Castle Lachlan

    Type

    Self Catering

    Gradings

    Cairndow

    The seat of the Clan MacLachlan on the peaceful shores of Loch Fyne.

  8. Culcreuch Castle Hotel

    Type

    Small Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 AA Hotel
    3 AA Hotel

    Fintry

    Elegant, comfortable en-suite accommodation in a genuine Scottish Castle Hotel in a quiet country setting, yet near to Stirling and Glasgow.

  9. Mercure Barony Castle Hotel

    Type

    Country House Hotel

    Gradings

    • 3 Hotel
    3 Hotel

    Peebles

    This imposing 16th century Castle has evolved into an outstanding and welcoming Hotel, Conference & Wedding Venue. Located just 35 minutes (17 miles) south of Edinburgh on the edge of the Scottish Borders.

  10. Fasque House Estate

    Type

    Exclusive Use

    Gradings

    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue

    Fettercairn

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