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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. Dalcross Castle


    Self Catering


    Inverness Airport

    Unashamed luxury within a fascinating historic Castle, privately set in a large garden and surrounded by grounds of 850 acres

  2. Rahoy House


    Self Catering



    With the sea in front and magnificent hills rising behind, Rahoy Lodge is a paradise for those who want to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful part of the west coast of Scotland....

  3. Gradings

    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading


    Tower Suite is a peaceful oasis nestling on the 1st floor beneath the castellated tower of Knockdow. Supreme comfort for 4 adults in 2 double bedrooms with 2 en-suites. Own sitting room with fully equipped kitchen.Complimentary Welcome pack

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering


    The Chauffeur's Apartment, is a newly refurbished, 3 bedroom self-catering apartment and is located in the picturesque Victorian Stable Courtyard at Lochinch Castle, the private home of the Earl and Countess of Stair.

  5. Scatwell House


    Self Catering


    Muir of Ord

    Scatwell House and Gardens offer a superior location for a memorable holiday, special celebration or productive corporate event. There is an abundance of activities close by, so you don’t hav...

  6. Rowallan Castle


    Exclusive Use


    • 5 Exclusive Use Venue
    5 Exclusive Use Venue


    Availability For 2014 Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games 2014 - Helicopter Landing Pad - Executive Transport Can Be Arranged

  7. Lunga House


    Exclusive Use


    Craobh Haven

    Lunga House - a Scottish Seaside Castle. A beautiful venue for Weddings and Special Parties.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Hotel
    4 Hotel

    Glasgow South Side

    The Sherbrooke Castle Hotel has undergone extensive refurbishment to elevate this house to the heights that it warrants.

  9. Gradings

    • 3 Self Catering
    3 Self Catering


    Welcome to Brewhouse Flat - Culzean Castle

  10. Dalwhinnie Cottage


    Self Catering


    • 4 Self Catering
    4 Self Catering

    Fort Augustus

    The Highland Club is situated within 2 minutes walk from the centre of Fort Augustus. Amenities include a number of local pubs/restaurants, local supermarket and a variety of gift shops.


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