There’s nothing like opening the large heavy front door to your very own Scottish castle for the first time, letting the sights, sounds and smells of history excite your senses as you explore every room, snug, secret passageway and staircase.
Scotland has some of the oldest and most famous castles in the world, so it’s no surprise that it offers a great choice of self-catering accommodation for large groups looking for something just a little bit different.
Browse some of the best Scottish castles to rent right now.
The splendour of this Aberdeenshire home that has remained in the same family since 1607 is what makes it one of the best castles to rent Scotland. Regally and traditionally decorated, the reception rooms and bedrooms ooze grandeur. There’s an inherent stateliness to its fortress structure beginning with its 5-storey central tower. Internally, its ordered layout calls you to entertain flamboyantly while the kitchen is reserved for the vaulted basement below and two dining rooms await. Outside, the croquet lawn and sprawling 200 acre grounds complement the mood more than sufficiently.
Dogs allowed: 2
16th Century Castle in the Scottish Highlands
If fairytale castle is what you’re after, this property has it in spades. Not only can you glide gracefully down the central spiral stone staircase, you can also take in the far-reaching views from the tower windows before settling down in front of an open fire with a glass of local whisky and a good book. You’ll sleep like royalty in the grand four-poster bed – true magic.
Dogs allowed: Yes (max 2)
Unique Luxury Castle in Berwickshire
One of the best castles to rent in Scotland dates back to the mid 14th-century. This Peel Tower swoons into the modern day having been fabulously restored and finished to an exceptional standard. Sleeping 8, the accommodation is spread over 4 floors all accessed by the original turnpike staircase. Modern comforts and ancient means have been combined to create a remarkable country home. Outside, a sufficiently ample 2 acres starts with a private area that was once a walled vegetable garden.
Sleeps: 8 adults + 2 children
Luxury Castle Tower near Edinburgh
High on a hill, less than an hour’s drive from the bustling streets and excitement of Edinburgh city centre, is this 400 year-old 5-star castle. Every room tells a story, from the double-height ceiling, hung tapestries and crossed pikes hung on the walls in the great hall to the vaulted dining hall with its suit of armour and fine oak dining table. Bring your finest attire and dine in style at the formal dining table or play knights and dragons in more informal style on the nearby sandy beaches.
County: East Lothian
Restored Fortified Castle in Fife
First sited in the 12th Century, this medieval castle has hosted secret Scottish parliaments and helped conceal runaway British monarchs during its rich history. The fully restored property now offers six bedrooms, modern kitchen with AGA and six acres of grounds to explore, including a herb garden, an orchard and a woodland walk leading down to a small river.
Area: Kingdon of Fife
Historic Medieval Castle near Glasgow
You’ll struggle to find a Scottish castle more authentic than this one. It was built in the 1400s and restored at the turn of the 21st Century by the current owners, who lovingly recreated its original charm with plenty of original features including stone flagon floors, turnpike stairs and stone walls. This one is rather reminiscent of Game of Thrones territory, with its great hall, king size four-poster beds and sweeping grounds.
Luxury Scottish Castle near Dundee
With its rich history, stunning views and breath-taking contemporary interiors, this self-catering castle will give you a holiday you’ll never forget. Tour the 16th Century Great Hall, climb the steep stone stairs in the heart of the castle to retire to the one of the luxurious four-poster bedrooms. And fill your days with adventure, exploring the Highlands, playing a round on one of the nearby golf courses or taking a whisky-tasting tour nearby.
Dogs: Yes (3 max)
Area: Highlands & Islands
Historic Castle near Glasgow
This is one of the oldest castles in Scotland, dating back to the mid 13th Century. Stay in the Tower section of the castle, which sleeps up to 16 people. Popular features include the stained-glass windows, antique furniture and original oil paintings on display, but the real thrill comes from exploring the secret passages hidden within the property.
Dogs: Yes (2 max)
Wonderful Heritage Castle in Aberdeenshire
This outstanding “Outlander” style castle sits in 250 acres of beautiful parklands in the heart of Aberdeenshire. Of 17th century origin with a 12th century core and later additions in 1801 and 1851, the owners of this stunning castle have cleverly managed to retain its amazing heritage and authenticity whilst giving guests comfortable, modern facilities. The substantial grounds make a great space to relax in. The castle is south facing which means it gets a lot of light at the front which lends itself to al fresco entertainment in the summer months.
Dogs: Yes (2 max)
Historic Highland Castle in Inverness-shire
Fairytale turrets, a white-washed exterior and ornate window detailing make for a seriously impressive exterior. History has spent time well here, with parts of the castle dating back to the 13th-century with more elaborative and generous proportions following later. But space comes in swathes and grandeur pops up all around the place, starting on the first floor. Here wood panelling and traditionally dressed reception rooms set the tone of your surroundings. Eight bedrooms grace the remainder of the first floor and up into the second. Take a moment to look out and you’ll find lawns waiting for you and views of a Highland glen beyond.
Sleeps: 12 adults + 2 children
If you’d like to take a look at more unusual self-catering castles available to rent in Scotland, check out this amazing collection or give the experts at Scotts Castles a call on 01208 821 341.