Scotland has lots of castles!

The rugged and wild landscapes of Scotland are resplendent with the sights of imposing and majestic Scottish Castles. From sprawling castellated mansions, to romantic ruins, these castles tell of a unique history belonging to the Scots. And you too can stay in a castle in Scotland – come with us to find out how and where.

Many were built by, and are indeed still owned by the Scottish clans. Their purpose for construction included elegant homes, defensive fortifications, and watch towers. Some were built for royalty, others for the army, but whatever their design, the range of spectacular architecture is breathtaking.

Imposing Baronial Castle in Argyllshire

Imposing Baronial Castle in Argyllshire

Famous Castles, Public Castles & Private Castles

It is easy to see why so many visitors are drawn to stay in a castle every year. Some like to step back in time and capture a slice of Scottish history. Others to marvel at the feats of engineering that were used to construct these magnificent architectural masterpieces.

Some of the most famous castles in the UK are located in Scotland. Balmoral Castle, the summer holiday residence of the royal family is located in Royal Deeside and Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland’s top attractions perches on an outcrop overlooking the capital. But more interesting perhaps than the famous castles, or the castles open to the public, are the privately owned castles. These homes are available to rent for a unique and special Scottish holiday. What better way is there to experience one of these magnificent buildings than to stay in one for your holiday!

Romantic Scottish Castle in Aberdeenshire

Romantic Scottish Castle in Aberdeenshire

Scottish Castles open to the public

Many of the Scottish castle sites date back hundreds of years, where original structures may have been demolished and rebuild, or just extended and upgraded over the course of time. As a result, most castles can boast of long and varied histories. Scotland is home to an impressive range of castellated styles and architecture. This is demonstrated in the romantic tall towers and turrets of the elegant Glamis Castle, birthplace of the Queen, and setting of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Juxtapose this against the loch side setting of the angular and castellated battlements of Dunvegan Castle, stronghold of the MacLeod clan. Compare this with the sprawling Blair Castle, dating back to the 13th Century, and evolving from its medieval beginnings into a Georgian mansion, before settling as a Baronial styled Victorian Castle. Then there’s the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most recognised castles in Scotland. Strategically located on its own little island, its setting is truly breath-taking. Investigate castles in Scotland further, and reveal Peel Towers, Keeps and Fortresses.

Castles from the 12th to the 20th centuries, ruined castles and restored castles, rustic, stone clad and Gothic to elegant, romantic and fairytale castles. Whatever your fancy, make sure you visit a castle or two when you holiday in Scotland! Or better still, holiday in one!

The Iconic Eilean Doonan Castle by Kyle of Lochaish

The Iconic Eilean Doonan Castle by Kyle of Lochaish

Stay in a castle in Scotland

Scotts Castle Holidays has a portfolio of big houses for big occasions to rent. Perhaps our most unusual and unique properties are the castles and towers. Nothing will take you back in time for a traditional Scottish holiday like renting your very own castle. Here you can enjoy being the Laird and Lady of the estate. Our castles vary greatly in size and style, something for all group numbers. We have castle apartments to sleep 4, medieval towers that can sleep a dozen guests and baronial castles to accommodate much larger groups. We can offer loving restored Gothic and traditional castles, with suits of armour and ghost stories. Or we can offer modernised castles, with carefully refurbished period features, but finished to a more contemporary standard. Whatever the criteria for your holiday, we hope to find a Scottish holiday castle for you.

Castles for smaller parties – Castle Apartments

Should your group comprise of a smaller number of guests, we have a number of castle apartments that may suit you, where you can enjoy the magnificence of holidaying in a castle but without the expense of a bigger home! All our castle apartments have their own private entrances so you will not be disturbed by the owners or other residents during your holiday, and are fully functional self catered venues. We can offer castle apartments traditionally furnished with the antiques and finery expected of the period setting, and we can offer apartments refurbished to a sleek modern and luxurious standard.

This imposing castle has two apartments

This imposing castle has two apartments

Big Castles for Big Groups

We have a fantastic range of castles suitable for groups of from 10 to 44 guests. These include tower houses, fortresses, and medieval keeps, and here some of the more traditional castle features come into their own. Choose a stone clad castellated keep for your holiday, with stone turnpike stairs leading you into vaulted ceilings and flagstone floored kitchen. Where the bedrooms are furnished with four posters, panelled walls and oak beamed ceilings, you will feel like you have stepped back in time! Alternatively, if you desire the traditional features, with a more modern luxurious feel, stay in a fortified peel tower, completely refurbished to cater for the needs of today within the confines of a 16th century castle.

Restored Fortified Castle near St Andrews

Restored Fortified Castle near St Andrews

‘Wow’ Factor

Do you have a large party to accommodate, and want a bit of that Scottish ‘wow’ factor? We can offer you something spectacular in our range of large holiday castles. How about a stay in a Highland castle dating back to the 13th century? Sitting in its own private estate, complete with stag heads over the fireplace and tartan carpets, you’ll feel very ‘Monarch of the Glen’ staying here!

Fabulous example of an Inglenook fireplace, great hall and hanging tapestry

Fabulous example of an Inglenook fireplace, great hall and hanging tapestry

We have Scottish holiday castles with fairy tale turrets with interested round rooms within. Castles with great halls, and inglenook fireplaces. Castles with suits of armour, and tapestries hanging from the walls, with four poster beds and roll top baths! Whatever your  holiday desires, you will not be short of character, atmosphere and charm when staying in a castle.

Outdoor Space & Fabulous Views

Many of our Castles also have the added advantage of being situated on their own estate. As such they benefit from having outdoor space for your group do enjoy when on holiday. This can range from tens or hundreds  of acres of varied space, including manicured gardens. In most instances you will find plenty of Scottish countryside on your door step to enjoy. Some of our larger castles provide activities on the estate for your group to enjoy whilst on holiday. As many castles were built with fortified defences in mind they tend to have been constructed on higher ground. As a result many enjoy magnificent aspects overlooking the Scottish countryside and benefit from fantastic views.

Luxury Baronial Castle with manicured lawns

Luxury Baronial Castle with manicured lawns

Scottish Castles you can visit

If you are enjoying your castle setting, whilst on your holiday, be sure to visit one or two of the many magnificent castles open to the public, that scatter the countryside. The National Trust for Scotland owns nearly 130 historic properties in Scotland, and a number of these are fantastic castles and grounds for you to visit. Historic Scotland also owns a large number of historic sites of interest in Scotland, and a number of these are magnificent castles and romantic and dramatic castle ruins available for you to visit.

Should your visit to Scotland take you to Aberdeenshire, be sure to investigate the renowned Castle Trail. The Visit Scotland tourist information website can provide you with the details of the route that takes in 17 of the most fantastic castles in the region, some NTS, some Historic Scotland and some privately owned. The Castle Trail reaches from Spynie Palace in Elgin across to Duff House in Banff in the north, down to Dunnottar Castle on the coast at Stonehaven, on the east coast, and across to Braemar Castle in the Cairngorms National Park taking in all the fabulous castles in between.

Dunnottar Castle is a medieval fortress in Aberdeenshire

Dunnottar Castle is a medieval fortress in Aberdeenshire

If you are at the start of your search for a Scottish Castle to rent for your holiday, and are not quite sure yet what you are looking for, then just give Scotts Castle Holidays a call. Our experienced team will help you with your search. We hope that within our range of self-catered castles we can help you find the perfect property for your stay in Scotland.

Have a look at all our amazing Scottish castles you can stay in.