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.

Magnificent Castle near Glasgow

one of the best Scottish castles to rent near Loch Lomond

This beautiful six-storey castle stands in four acres of private grounds and is less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow airport so it’s easy to get to. The views over Loch Long are second to none and there is plenty to do in the nearby pretty little Victorian town of Helensburgh, including the seafront and a range of quirky independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

Sleeps: 16+4
AGA: No
Wifi: Yes
Four-poster: Five
Dogs allowed: No
County: Dunbartonshire

16th Century Castle in the Scottish Highlands

Scottish castle to rent near Grantown

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.

Sleeps: 6+2
AGA: No
Wifi: yes
Four-poster: One
Dogs allowed: Yes (max 2)
County: Morayshire

Scottish Castle apartment near Aberdeen

Scottish castle apartment near Brechin

Immerse yourself in Scottish history with a stay in this authentic castle, built over 200 years ago and comprising 1,300 acres of superb landscaped grounds. It doesn’t have to cost the earth either, as you’ll only be renting a small apartment in the West wing where there’s plenty of space for up to four people, but you’ll have to flip a coin to decide who gets the luxury four-poster bed with en-suite…

Sleeps: 4
AGA: No
Wifi: No
Four-poster: One
Dogs: Yes (max 2)
County: Angus

Luxury Castle Tower near Edinburgh

Luxury castle tower for rent 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.

Sleeps: 13+1
AGA: No
Wifi: No (but internet access available)
Four-poster: One
Dogs: No
County: East Lothian

Restored Fortified Castle in Fife

Self-catering castle near St Andrews

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.

Sleeps: 12+2
AGA: yes
Wifi: Yes
Four-poster: One
Dogs: No
Area: Kingdon of Fife

Historic Medieval Castle near Glasgow

Scottish castle to rent near Largs

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.

Sleeps: 12+2
AGA: Yes
Wifi: Yes
Four-poster: Five
Dogs: No
Area: Ayrshire

Luxury Scottish Castle near Dundee

16th Century Scottish Highlands Castle

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.

Sleeps: 12
AGA: No
Wifi: No (but internet access available)
Four-poster: Four
Dogs: Yes (3 max)
Area: Highlands & Islands

Historic Castle near Glasgow

luxury castle to rent 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.

Sleeps: 12+4
AGA: No
Wifi: Yes
Four-poster: One
Dogs: Yes (2 max)
Area: Ayrshire

Dollarbeg Castle apartment near Edinburgh

dollarbeg castle apartment

Rent a luxurious and spacious apartment in this, the beautifully refurbished Dollarbeg Castle. Set within three acres of immaculate communal grounds, this 19th Century Baronial style property offers outstanding views across to the Ochil Hills (and won’t break the bank!). This area is popular with walkers and is well-located for day trips to the cities of Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Sleeps: 2+2
AGA: No
Wifi: Yes
Four-poster: No
Dogs: No
Area: Clackmannanshire

15th Century Castle in Aberdeen

Luxury scottish castle to rent

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.” will be the cries from the windows of this 15th Century castle near Aberdeen as you discover its fairytale rooms and halls. Be transported back in time as you explore its three storeys, drawing room with large open fire, wood-panelled dining room and eclectic bedrooms. There are also over 30 acres of grounds, formal gardens and woodlands to explore nearby, so bring walking shoes and a compass…

Sleeps: 14
AGA: Yes
Wifi: Yes
Four-poster: One
Dogs: Yes (3 max)
County: Aberdeenshire

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.