We believe that everyone deserves to be treated like royalty from time to time. That’s why here in Scotland, if visiting our ancient castles isn’t enough for you, why not stay overnight in some of them too?
Whether you are looking for an extravagant adventure, or you just want to immerse yourself in Scotland’s history, we’ve got a castle stay that you’ll be talking about for years to come. There are even chances to camp in the grounds of some castles, if you’re looking for a more affordable option. Many castles offer great backdrops for life’s memorable moments, with parties, weddings and special events held in their grounds – always check their websites for specific details.
Here’s a snapshot of just a few castles you can stay in:
This graceful 5-star luxury hotel comprises 17 extravagant bedrooms complete with Baronial architecture, an award-winning restaurant serving delicious Scottish produce and afternoon tea, and a picturesque location that overlooks the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig. The property is also suitable for weddings and exclusive use events.
Tasteful décor, inspiring legends and hundreds of years of history combine to bring you a unforgettable stay in the north Highlands. Dornoch Castle is directly opposite the 12th century Dornoch Cathedral, and offers guests a decadent Highlands experience, complete with whisky tastings and the nearby Dornoch Golf Club, which celebrates 400 years of golf in 2016.
If you can’t stay in the castle, you can always stay next door to it! Hoddom Castle is an uninhabited tower, which today offers a delightful backdrop for glampers and campers with ‘chill pods’. Or you can always pitch your tent or park your caravan in amongst the surrounding lush woodlands. There’s plenty to do with mountain biking trails and fishing nearby in the River Annan.
Scone Palace has lived through some pivotal moments in Scotland’s history. Nowadays, you can stay over in this beautiful self-catering apartment, which sleeps up to six people, and enjoys views over the palace’s grounds, the crowning place of generations of Scottish kings and queens.
What about staying in a magnificent, fortified 16th century tower? Fenton Tower is located just 20 miles east of Edinburgh between Gullane and North Berwick. It has been lovingly restored to provide luxury accommodation for up to 12 people, with country sports and golf on offer to guests.
Perched blissfully on the edge of Mull, the striking grounds of Glengorm Castle offers guests many unique accommodation options, including bed and breakfast rooms with stunning views, a night in the castle’s turrets, or a self-catering flat which sleeps six. With its cosy family feel, you’ll feel right at home.
Looming over the northern coastline, Ackergill Tower is a far-flung gem of the Highlands. Enjoy roaring fires, beach wanders and perhaps some paddles in the ocean, before settling down for an amazing night’s sleep.
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