SCOTTISH CASTLE STAYS
Not only can you visit amazing castles here in Scotland, but many of the castles and stately homes offer accommodation for you to stay overnight. Discover 5-star luxury Scottish castle hotels, impressive exclusive use venues or bed and breakfast rooms.
Why not stay in a 12th-century fortress built for defense against warring clans, a tower house with Jacobite connections, or relax in the surroundings of a luxuriously grand Baronial mansion and feel like the Monarch of the Glen?
Whether you want to experience Scotland like your ancestors, are looking for the ultimate romantic place to stay, or for a spacious house for all the family to stay together – why not stay overnight in a Scottish castle and really bring your dreams to life.
OUR TOP 10 SCOTTISH CASTLE STAYS
3* Hotel in Sutherland
Steeped in Scottish history and fascinating legends, the 15th century Dornoch Castle Hotel firmly stands its ground opposite the inspiring 12th century Dornoch Cathedral.
Set in privately and beautifully manicured gardens, this Scottish Castle still bears an air of magnificence and grace, and is the perfect venue for your Scottish Highland luxury Castle hotel break or as one of the most stunning wedding venues in the UK.
All 22 en-suite bedrooms are tastefully decorated with a strong emphasis on comfort and tranquillity but still having the Baronial home atmosphere. There are a variety of room styles from Deluxe Castle Rooms, Superior Rooms and Garden Standard Rooms, which are situated in the modern extension in the easterly wing of the Castle. The hotel has undergone some major refurbishment recently and there are many rooms of individual character.
The Castle’s restaurant has maintained a one AA Rosette standard for the exceptional work of the team of chefs who work extremely hard every year continue their high standards and creativity, and making sure to incorporate all that the North of Scotland has to offer from local seafood to Highland venison. The award winning whisky bar is host to a vast selection of unique and rare whiskies to satisfy and intrigue all tastes, they have even crafted a whisky and wine list to compliment their dinner menu.
Golf in the Highlands
The renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club is the world’s 3rd oldest golf course, and proves both challenging and exhilarating to all players. The course is situated along the shoreline with views of the stunning beach, and all within a 10 mins walking distance from the Castle.
Coming Soon – Dornoch Distillery Company which stands on the grounds of the Dornoch Castle Hotel was dreamt up by Phil & Simon Thompson who are well known for running the Whisky Bar in the Dornoch Castle, they decided to put the knowledge and experience they have gained in the whisky industry into action and with a little help from crowdfunders all over the world they will now be creating an ‘old style’ whisky and organic gin, both from scratch.
5* Hotel & Spa in Pitlochry,Perthshire
Since opening in 2013, Fonab has become a popular destination to enjoy friendly, attentive service, breath taking views, exquisite food and luxurious accommodation.
Located on the banks of Loch Faskally, Fonab Castle Hotel is only a short walk from the heart of the historic town of Pitlochry, allowing guests access to all of the local amenities the town has to offer. Our team will be on hand to help advise guests on the must see attractions throughout their stay.
Fonab Castle Hotel, a truly special, luxury Scottish experience. Whether you are looking to join us for an overnight stay accompanied by our 7 course tasting menu in Sandemans fine dining or you would prefer to visit for afternoon tea in our informal lounge, Fonab has something for everybody.
5* Exclusive Use in Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire
Fasque House is a Baronial Mansion House situated in the heat of rural Aberdeenshire former family residence of Prime Minister Gladstone and the Gladstone Family.
A 5* exclusive use wedding Venue. Sumptuous rooms, delightful touches and splendid surroundings: Fasque Castle knows how to make you feel truly welcome and comfortable with its range of superb accommodation – 19 bedrooms and cottages around the Estate
4* Self Catering in Fort Augustus Inverness-Shire
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.
Caladh (meaning ‘Haven’ in Gaelic) is a very large apartment and is the epitome of luxury. A stunning living room with views down Loch Ness and the quality and comfort of its furnishings with their traditional Scottish influences, make this is a retreat within a retreat. Don’t be misled by the description ‘one-bedroom’ … this is an exceptionally spacious property. The flat’s large entrance hall is accessed from the old cloisters and has a heated ‘boot -room’ area (for those wet days that can happen in Scotland) and toilet/shower room. As you enter the body of the flat from this entrance hall there is a well-equipped open-plan kitchen on your left (including a Nespresso coffee machine for coffee-heads) and, on your right, steps lead to a raised double-height living room where two large Gothic-style windows allow spectacular views of Loch Ness beyond manicured lawns and mature trees. The immediate sensation is stillness and silence. (You just know that you can write that book in this place)
SCONE PALACE BALVAIRD
5* Self Catering Apartment in Perth, Perthshire
Situated 2 miles north of the City of Perth and set within the Scone Palace, this unique apartment is designed to accommodate up to six guests on a self catering basis.
Stay in Scotland’s most historic site: the crownng place of Scottish kings: and the ancient home of the Stone of Scone. Ideally located just outside the City of Perth, with stunning views over the parklands and majestic river Tay, the Balvaird apartment at Scone Palace offers the opportunity to experience a luxurious stay in the three, en-suite bedroom accommodation, the restoration of which was personally overseen by Lady Stormont.
Situated 1 hours drive from Edinburgh and 1.5 hours from Glasgow, Scone Palace is centrally located for accessing 90% of Scotland within a 90 minute drive.
Guest staying in the Balvaird apartment will recieve complimentary admission to Scone Palace where they will also have access to our Servants’ Hall Coffee Shop, Gift Shop and Food & Whisky Shop.
5* Hotel in Edinburgh, Midlothian
Built as the grand baroque home for Edinburgh’s Lord Provost in 1687, Prestonfield is the city’s most individual hotel, owned by James Thomson the creator of the famed Witchery by the Castle.
Since its lavish restoration by renowned restaurateur/hotelier, James Thomson Prestonfield has been named as Hotel of the Year, Scotland’s Most Romantic Hotel and as one of the top 101 Hotels in the World by Tatler/Abercrombie & Kent. Prestonfield is currently Scotland’s highest-rated hotel with 5 red stars from the AA & 5 gold stars from VisitScotland. It is the only Scottish hotel to feature in the top 25 hotels in Europe in the 2012 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards
Totally sumptuous and indulgent in every way, Prestonfield has just 22 individually-decorated rooms and suites as well as romantic gardens, stunning public rooms, bars, salons, terraces, private dining rooms and Rhubarb, its destination restaurant.
Each of Prestonfield’s rooms and suites is individually furnished with antiques and exceptional decor, all in Prestonfield’s trademark opulent and indulgent style and every room features views over the landscaped gardens, parkland or the adjacent golf course.
“So extravagant its like walking onto the set of some flamboyant costume drama” Conde Nast Traveller
“….fabulous” ~ Joan Collins
Triple A-rated spoil me factor ~ Tatlor
Guests will find every modern facility incorporated into the sumptuously decorated rooms including air-conditioning, mood adjustable lighting, wi-fi, DVD & CD players, a safe for charging your laptop, Minibar and hospitality tray.
Rhubarb is the hotel’s destination restaurant from Witchery by the Castle creator James Thomson. It is his most opulent restaurant to date and creates a magical dining experience that showcases the best of Scotland’s produce in its pair of twin Regency rooms. Alongside Rhubarb there are a magical collection of historic private dining rooms including the historic panelled Italian Room and the tiny Salon Privee for just two!
Guest facilities include helipad, complimentary bike hire, running routes, furnished gardens packed full of topiary and old-fashioned roses and terraces
Prestonfield rates include the full breakfast menu served in our Rhubarb restaurant as well as complimentary newspaper, internet access, mineral water and a welcome bottle of Champagne served in dark chocolate pots in your room on check in.
4* Hotel in Glasgow
The Sherbrooke Castle Hotel has undergone extensive refurbishment to elevate this house to the heights that it warrants.
In the most prestigious of residential areas, and set in its own grounds, the hotel is 5 minutes from the City Centre and 10 minutes from Glasgow airport.
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre is just 10 minutes away, and there is easy access to the M8 and M77 Motorways. This baronial castle style hotel is the conference venue favourite of many blue chip companies.
3* Self Catering Royal Artillery Cottage in Maybole, Ayrshire
Set at the heart of Culzean Castle’s sandstone stable block, this cottage would originally have served as living quarters for the numerous grooms, coachmen and stable-boys in charge of the Marquess’s horses.
The 565 acres of country park surrounding the castle offer a stimulating variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks, a delightful Swan Pond, and many fascinating small buildings contemporary with the castle, such s the Gas House and the Ice House. Children, especially, will enjoy the adventure playground, the Deer Park and the rock pools on the shore.
A Visitor Centre and ranger service will enhance your experience of the castle and park, and there are two restaurants on site. Shops are 5 miles away in Maybole or in Ayr, 13 miles away.
The Royal Artillery Cottage was endowed by the Royal Artillery after the Second World War for the use of disabled ex-servicemen, and then for a while was used only by the Erskine Memorial Hospital for ex-servicemen.
Situated in the Clock Tower Courtyard next to the castle, the cottage was originally part of the Coach House and Stables complex. These cottages provided living quarters for the coachmen, grooms and stable-boys and also for the footmen and other male domestic servants in the castle. Its position on the cliff top gives fine sea views from every room.
This charming sandstone cottage now provides comfortable holiday accommodation suitable for both accompanied wheelchair users and able-bodied guests. The cottage is all on one level and has wide doorways with sliding doors, an adapted bathroom and ramped entrance.
Sleeps 4. One double bedroom (with 6ft bed, which can also be a twin room on request) and one twin bedroom, sitting/dining room, kitchen and bathroom with bath and wheel-in shower.
Car parking is available for two cars opposite the cottage. Guests have access to the country park grounds.
4* Hotel in Loch Fyne, Argyll
Set in 60 acres of woodland gardens, romantic Stonefield Castle is an example of Scottish Baronial architecture and still retains much of the original furnishings, wood paneling, ornate ceilings and marble fireplaces.
Stonefield Castle on Loch Fyne is the ideal escape from every day life.
4* Self Catering Chauffeur’s Apartment in Stranraer, Galloway
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.
Sympathetically renovated, and newly refurbished to a very high standard, the building maintains many original features alongside modern conveniences, and overlooks the Victorian Stable Courtyard, turreted Castle and two idyllic and unspoiled freshwater Lochs.
With three large airy bedrooms, an open-plan living area with log fires, central heating, a well equipped kitchen with laundry facilities, bathroom/shower room and additional cloakroom, wi –fi and private car parking, this is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Lochinch Castle is part of Stair Estates. Situated at one end of Castle Kennedy Gardens (open to the public), the Castle is set between two large natural lochs which are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest for breeding wader and wintering wildfowl, and surrounded by 75 acres of beautiful sculptured terraces, avenues and gardens.
Guests can enjoy free access to explore the gardens which offer a varied programme of regular events from children’s activities, to open air theatre, guided garden walks and annual festivals. Our apartment guests can also enjoy special discounts in our Gift Shop and Tea Room. Fishing permits for both Lochs can also be arranged as can a number of seasonal activities within the Estate including: salmon and sea-trout fishing, Red deer stalking, duck flighting , pheasant shooting, private Estate Landrover Tours, walking and cycling.
The surrounding area is full of scenic treasures, including deserted sandy beaches, exotic gardens, rolling hillsides and open estuaries. The Southern Upland Way is located close by as is the River Luce which offers excellent fly fishing. Stranraer town is just three miles away with a wide range of pubs, restaurants, shops and activities including cinema, swimming and a museum. Other local attractions include a whisky distillery, Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Wigtown Book Town and the picturesque sea-side village of Port Patrick where guests can enjoy excellent seafood restaurants, village stores and pubs.
For those who are interested in exploring further, there are numerous castles and historic attractions; book, music, food and art festivals as well as museums, visitor centres, and adventure playgrounds.
We have recently renewed our beddings – Deluxe Dream Mattresses and White Company for all bed and bath linen.
- Sleeps – 6
- Bedrooms – 3 (super-king or twin beds)