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Getting Romantic and Historic with Scottish Castle Hotels

A stately home, a grandiose castle, an elaborate interior and majestic landscape – what is there not to like about castle hotels in Scotland? If you’re looking for the most luxurious and royal reception for your vacation, Scotland has them all. Scottish castle hotels offer that eerie atmosphere of centuries-old legend, gallantry and romance.

These almost impenetrable towers and fortresses, which have long been home to Scottish nobility, gallantry, and royalty – are now open to the public and accommodate holidaymakers who wish to experience castle-life.


Luxurious, Exclusive-Use Castle Hotels

Most castle hotels in Scotland have become converted estates, offering a full-service, and luxury accommodation with five star ratings. This type of accommodation provides staff, catering and room service, as well as house party style of entertainment. Rent them exclusively for holding large events like weddings, seminars and concerts.

Examples of these hotels include:

Ackergill Tower near Wick; Birkhill Castle in Fife; Craufurdland Castle in Ayrshire; Dundas Castle near Edinburgh; The Boathouse cottage; Hafton Castle in Dunoon, Argyll, Invercauld Castle in Braemar, Aberdeenshire; Kincardine Castle in Aberdeenshire; Kinnettles House near Dundee; Myres Castle in Auchtermuchty, Fife; and Wedderburn near Duns, Berwickshire.


Castles with Self-Catering Accommodation

Some castle hotels provide self-catering accommodation, allowing guests to recreate their own homes in Scottish royal lands. Guests can prepare and cook their own meals, making use of the local produce and what’s available in the nearby shops and groceries.

Some of the Scottish castles the offer self-catering accommodations are:

Calgary Castle in Isle of Mull; Dalcross Castle near Inverness; Delgatie Castle in Aberdeenshire; Erchless Castle near Beauly, Inverness; Fordyce Castle; Fyvie Castle; Hafton Castle in Dunoon, Argyll; Kilconquhar Castle in Elie, Fife; Castle Lachlan near Inveraray; Liberton Tower in Edinburgh; St. Conan’s Tower; Sundrum Castle near Ayr; and Torrisdale Castle in Argyll.


Castle Estates Offering Self-Catering or B&B Cottages for Rent

A much pocket-friendlier option would be to stay at self-catering cottages within the castle estate. Here, guests have the choice of staying at cottages within the castle grounds, suites in the castle towers or boathouse cottages overlooking a private loch.

Choose from any one of these:

Aldourie Castle in Loch Ness; Ardverikie Castle; Armadale Castle; Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire; Ballindalloch Castle in Banffshire; Blair Castle in Perthshire; Blairquhan Castle in Ayrshire; Cloncaird Castle; Duntrune Castle; Dundas Castle near Edinburgh; Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire; Faside Castle near Edinburgh; Fingask Castle in Perthshire; Gordon Castle near Fochabers; Invercauld Castle; Kames Castle in Isle of Bute; Kilconquhar Castle; and Kilravock Castle.

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Photos by: Antonio CinottiBernard BlancDavid Jones and Albert de Bruijn

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