You can expect:
- A grand and lavish interior - think spiral staircases, clawfoot baths, huge roaring fires, palatial bedrooms with canopy four-poster beds - all protected against rival clans (and the Scottish weather) by 4-foot-thick walls.
- On-site activities fit for a king or queen - from luxury spa facilities and falconry displays, to traditional country pursuits such as salmon fishing and horse riding through the castle grounds.
- Fine dining restaurants and cosy whisky bars. Some castle hotels in Scotland even have dining rooms in the castle's dungeon, meaning you can dine surrounded by suits of armour for an authentic evening.
- A fascinating history - Scotland's castles always have a quirky tale or two to discover - from royal visits to clan connections - and maybe even a ghost or two!
HOW TO STAY IN A CASTLE IN SCOTLAND
There are lots of different types of castle accommodation in Scotland to fit all budgets and needs:
Scottish castle hotels - many of Scotland's grandest castles have been converted into luxury hotels. With classical, Baronial or medieval interiors, castle hotels in Scotland offer a taste of the past with modern and luxurious facilities.
Private rooms and B&B in a castle - whether you choose a castle B&B or a private apartment, book a room in a castle to feel like one of the family and explore behind the scenes of some of Scotland's grandest homes.
Self-catering and group accommodation in a castle - looking for lots of space indoors and out? Castles and stately homes are perfect large get-togethers. With grand dining halls, ballrooms and catering facilities, castles are the perfect place to host your celebration.
WHERE CAN I STAY IN A CASTLE IN SCOTLAND?
Looking for inspiration for castles to stay in Scotland? Our castles can be found in some of the country's most beautiful landscapes - from the dramatic Scottish Highlands to the picturesque islands, and even in the heart of bustling Scottish cities.
- Stay in the oldest inhabited house in Scotland - a fortified mansion in the Scottish Borders. Visited by 27 kings and queens, including Mary Queen of Scots, Traquair House now offers three luxury bedrooms and even has its own brewery!
- Wildlife spotting on the Sound of Mull - Mingary Castle has four unique suites (sleeping up to ten) and offers stunning beaches, wildlife spotting opportunities and access to the Isle of Mull from the nearby ferry terminal.
- Check in next door to Balmoral - with its own private 14,000-acre estate and Balmoral Castle a stone's throw away, Scotts Castle has views over the River Dee and can be booked on a self-catering basis for groups of up to 20 people.
- Stay in a castle near Edinburgh - Dalhousie Castle has a spa, falconry centre, a restaurant in the dungeon and plenty of ghost stories to tell. It's also close to Rosslyn Chapel and just 10 miles from the city centre.