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Sleeps 16 adults
+ 4 children
Bedrooms 8 Bathrooms 5 Pets Not accepted Region Dunbartonshire Town/village Helensburgh
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Monumental Castle, in Helensburgh (004)

Looking for a castle on the west coast of Scotland with views overlooking the sea, which can take up to 20 people and within one hour of Glasgow airport? Look no further!

This is a large Victorian Baronial castle situated on a high promontory with stunning views overlooking Loch Long and the Firth of Clyde. Set within four acres of private grounds, the castle dates back to 1852 and was designed by the renowned architect, Alexander “Greek” Thompson. An imposing six storey structure built into the rockface with a central tower, with ground, first and second floors are available on this basis for 16 adults and 4 children. The lower three floors form one apartment, which is available as extra. City life can be located in Glasgow, which is 36 miles away, or head further west to see more hills and lochs. With good reception rooms and a large selection of bedrooms, this is ideal for larger gatherings looking for a big old castle to have fun in.

Property Manager Note: the castle is vulnerable to strong westerly winds and heavy rain, and after heavy downpours, the loch facing single pane sash windows (and stone facings), which by law cannot be replaced with modern windows, can let in a little water. Speaking to the guests afterwards this has not detracted from the enjoyment of the stay as a whole. In summary this is an old castle with a "fading grandeur" air, with the odd draught, which forms part of the charm, rather than a modern hotel version of a castle.

The main drawing room has plenty of space to entertain your guestsSeating here, there and everywhereThe second sitting room offers a more traditional and cosy spaceThe large formal dining room, with its rustic chairs, seats 22The formal dining room is situated next to the kitchen and seats up to 22 peopleThe kitchen is well equipped with all you need to prepare food for everyoneThis extra sitting room has a television and is ideal to entertain childrenThe entrance hall with stairs to the accommododation above

Living Space

Reception rooms

Decorated with a mixture of period and modern furniture, the castle offers quirky accommodation. Entering at ground level, there is the large L-shaped drawing room with open fire, which is ideal for hosting larger gatherings as it is 800 square foot in size. Known as the Music Room, with Greek pillars, with white walls and gold banding, it is a bright space which feels modern, which includes a piano (which is decorative only). Next door is a secondary sitting room, which is completely different in style. This room has traditional dark wood panelled walls with red sofas, red wallpaper and motifs above the doors. With an open fire it is a warm cosy room. Additionally, there is a less formal room, a TV room, with comfortable seating, which is ideal for children.

Kitchen / Dining

The kitchen and the dining room can be found next to each other at the rear of the castle. The kitchen is a small to medium size room which is adequately equipped. The cooking apparatus is a commercial stainless steel range with 7 hobs and 2 double ovens, which is ideal for cooking for up to 20 + people. There is adequate wall and drawer storage and the kitchen table that can seat 4/6 people. The dining room has a robust table and feature chairs which allows for a maximum of 22 people to be dined in this room.

  • Accommodation, Additional
  • Additional fridge/freezer
  • Bath, Slipper
  • BBQ
  • Bed, Four Poster
  • Catering quotes available on request
  • CD Player
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Dressing Gowns
  • DVD Player
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Garden Furniture
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Jacuzzi bath
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Open Fires
  • Piano, Grand
  • Seaviews
  • TV
  • Washer Dryer
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Oven, hob, double, gas, 6 ring
'Master' bedroom, with ensuite bathroom. All castles should have lots of four poster beds.Unusual ensuite bathroom for the master bedroom'Yellow' bedroom is another of the many four poster bedrooms'Pink' twin room on the first floor with an ensuite bathroom 'Pink' bedroom's ensuite bathroom'Cream' bedroom with double four poster bed on the first floor'Cream' bedroom - another view'Grey' double room with four poster bed on the first floorShared bathroom on the first floor'Blue' twin bedroom on the first floor

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 16 + 4

Accommodation is provided for a group of 16 adults and 4 children in 8 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms and 2 shower rooms, as follows:

First floor -'Master' double room, with four poster double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin; 'Yellow' double room, with four poster double bed; shower-room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; shower-room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; 'Grey' double room, with four poster double bed; 'Pink' twin room, with 2 queen size double beds, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w.c and wash hand basin; 'Blue' twin room, with two single beds; 'Green' twin room with two double beds; double room 'Cream' double room, with four poster double bed.

Second floor - 'Tower' double room, with four poster queen size double bed, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower attachment, w,c and wash hand basin, with a dressing room area.

(The + 4 children are allocated to the ‘Pink. and ‘Green’ bedrooms, with two double beds in each, which 2 children can share one bed in each bedroom).

  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 3 Four Poster Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 2 Four Poster Double Bedroom/s Ensuite
  • 1 Twin Bedroom/s With 2 Double Beds Ensuite
  • 1 Twin Bedroom With Two Double Beds With Shared Bathroom
Situated on the Rosneath peninsula within one hour of GlasgowThis is the view of the castle and Loch Long on arrivalA holiday house with a difference in ScotlandA fine view of this monumental castle on the west coast of ScotlandThis statue enjoys the views all the timeTake the time to enjoy these long views of Loch Long

Grounds & Surrounds

Situated on the Rosneath peninsula, the castle is to be found in 4 acres of private grounds above the shore road, overlooking the Firth of Clyde. Once through the entrance gates there is a gravel drive which is surrounded by a sloped lawn, mixed woodland and a drop down to the paddock which sits below the castle, and is predominantly a wild area ideal for wildlife. There is adequate parking for 10 cars. With the Firth of Clyde and Loch Lomond on your doorstep, this is a great area for water based activities or a trip to Glasgow which is only 40 miles away.

Gas BBQ provided (5-6 burner) between Spring and Autumn. 


Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 5:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen & towels; electricity; and an initial supply of logs for the open fires. Unlimited Broadband is provided, with best coverage at the front of the castle.

Notes & Warnings

Please note that time of arrival is at the later time of 5pm, whilst time of departure remains at 10am.

Please note there are restrictions on the use of external caterers in relation to hosting special occasions and the owner supplies a list of sample menus and guideline tariffs, provided by a chef/catering firm familiar with the kitchen at the castle.

Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair, please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting these items so these are put one out for you on arrival.

Please note that fuel for the central heating is NOT included within the rental, and is charged at cost directly on departure.

Please note that Stag and Hen groups are accepted and notification must be made at time of booking, with an increase in the returnable good housekeeping deposit due of £1250.

Please be aware that the piano at the property is unused and not tuned on a regular basis, and is more a decorative item than a functional playing piano. Guests are welcome to play the piano, but for those wishing to arrange a musical event, then the provision of a professional keyboard may be more appropriate.

For those wishing to visit the castle prior to booking or after, please be aware that there is a cost implication for this to ensure the castle is at a client-ready stage.

Please note that weddings or events (ie parties) above the capacity of the house are prohibited.


Built as a holiday resort in the late 18th Century by the local Sir James Colquhoun and named after his wife Helen, Helensburgh became the favoured residence of tycoons and merchants, and at one point, was home to one quarter of Britain’s millionaires! The pleasant Victorian town has a number of attractive parks and gardens to enjoy, and is a tranquil and peaceful setting. The seafront is edged with a long esplanade, and offers a range of shopping and dining facilities. The art deco Hill House, sitting high above the river Clyde and enjoying commanding views is run by the National Trust for Scotland and is cited by many as one of the finest works of the Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The formal gardens at Hermitage Park are worth viewing, and the woodland gardens at Glenarn are home to an extensive collection of rare rhododendrons. 


Found to the west of the central belt, the unusually shaped Dunbartonshire is mostly surrounded by water, with the great river Clyde to the south, Loch Long running the west edge, and Loch Lomond bordering a long stretch of the north-east.  The south east of the county meets Greater Glasgow, and the cultural city is always worth a daytrip if staying in the area. Dunbartonshire has many interesting places to offer. The town of Helensburgh is a custom built holiday town, and boasts the NTS’s Hill House; an iconic Charles Rennie Mackintosh architectural masterpiece. Its location on the banks of the river Clyde has made the county town of Dunbarton a popular destination, and the town claims fascinating historical connections, being a seat of great power in Britain until the Viking invasion. The town of Clydebank skirts Greater Glasgow, and is home to the Titan Crane, a 150 foot high cantilever crane which is almost as old as the town itself.  After falling in to disrepair in the 1980’s the crane was refurbished as one of the most unusual tourist attractions in Scotland. 

Central Scotland

Incorporating the two largest Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Central Scotland is a hive of activities and attractions for visitors, and there will be plenty to entertain you on your trip. For a family outing try Edinburgh Castle, for a day at the beach try the Firth of Forth coastline, for shopping you can’t beat either city centre, or if you just want soaking up some Scottish landscapes try Perthshire’s rolling southern lowlands, and wilderness of its highland. Whatever takes your fancy, the central counties can offer it all. Airports at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Prestwick offer great transportation links for those coming from afar.  

Area Dunbartonshire Type of location Coastal Nearest shop 1.5 miles Nearest supermarket 16 miles Nearest pub 1.5 miles
Nearest Airport
Glasgow 36 miles
Nearest Train Station
Balloch 24 miles
Loch Lomond is also closeby offering great access onto the waterTake a cruise on Loch LomondEider ducks can be seen on the waterBeautiful Argyll coastline near Helensburgh


Feefo is an independent feedback service used by Scotts Castle Holidays to give you an opportunity to see how other guests feel about this property.

9th July 2018 Great 

Nice view. Terrific design of the castle. No complaints on the beds or baths. When the grandkids explored the lower grounds they found poison ivy. Fortunately, they aren't very allergic and it cleared up quickly.

Service rating : Yes large transactions, particularly from overseas accounts, are subject to additional verification processes, just to ensure account safety. Happily it doesn’t delay things too much!
Product : Sounds like you had a super time, look forward to welcoming you back to a Scott property in the future

18th August 2017 Great 

we did really love the castle although it is let down by the maintenance and cleaning team - I emailed the owner about this matter and I do hope for further visitiors he addresses my concerns as it should be a lot better for the kind of money you are paying

Service rating : Thank you for you feedback - Great to hear you found the booking process easy and straightforward.

Product : I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the castle, thank you once again for your comments and further communication with our property manager, who as you are aware has now re-scheduled a visit to the property, we look forward to welcoming you back to a Scotts property in the future.

20th June 2017 Bad 

We thought the castle was beautiful and enjoyed being there. Not having contact with anyone upon checkin and not having the essentials needed and expected upon arrival put a damper on things though and it was cold in the castle with no heat.

Service rating : Thanks so much for a great review, I'm thrilled you found the service friendly and helpful and hope to help again with any future plans you may have. 

Product : Many thanks for your comments, we're pleased you enjoyed being at the castle and we can confirm that the check in details have been updated to ensure a smoother handover. 

Additionally we've also requested some more information with regard to the heating system, thanks again for your comments.

27th October 2016 Great 

Craigrownie Castle is a great location for a big family get together in an amazing setting. All ages from 2 to 85 loved every minute.

Service rating : Thanks so much, glad to hear you found our team helpful & swift with responding to your queries. We would be delighted to assist with any future plans you may have for another get together!

Product : Many thanks for the lovely feedback, we agree this seaside castle is perfect for a large get together. Sounds like it was perfect for your family and we hope you have lots of happy memories from the stay. 

14th October 2016 Bad 

Craigrownie castle great location needs some work as we told mr. Antony Sherlock of Scottish castles.

Thank you for your initial comments and for the additional detail that I requested. With “real” guest feedback, it is easier for us to advise on any specific improvements that is required - which is now on-going. Three stars out of five is close to the mark for this property and if we can help with your travel plans in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you again.

10th April 2016 Excellent 

The castle was excellent. Plenty of space so no-one got under anyone's feet but also plenty of room to all get together as a group. The whole atmosphere of the castle was fantastic. Homely but also grand. Lots of rooms and corridors with nooks and crannies perfect for hide and seek. Eating in the big dining room was the perfect way to be in each other's company. Lots of candles and log fires added to the experience. Plus every room was warm and cosy the whole time thanks to some excellent central heating. I would thoroughly recommend it and definitely would go back again.

Service rating : Great to hear that you would recommend our team for help with holidays! It was a pleasure assisting  with your plans and we hope to hear again in the future.

Product : Sounds like an excellent time was had by all at this magical castle! Totally agree there is lots of room for everyone to spread out here, with plenty to see and do in every corner of the castle. Sounds like some lovely times were spent around the dining table and in front of the open fires - we look forward to hearing from you again in the future when you wish to return!

18th September 2015 Excellent 

Amazing place to stay and the owner was lovely to deal with and very helpful. Such a beautiful spot and quite close to both the airport and major cities. Best part of our holiday...thank you so much!

Service rating : Thank you very much for your lovely comments, glad to hear you found our service helpful.
Product : Great to hear you enjoyed your castle holiday, hope the trip to Scotland was all you hoped for and we would be delighted to welcome you back again in the future!

6th July 2015 Excellent 

More than I could have dreamed of. We were thrilled with the castle, the views, the town and townspeople. It was a fabulous vacation with privacy and space for everyone, and wonderful gathering spaces for all of us. The kitchen was beautifully outfitted as were the rooms and bathrooms, and the owner was easy to reach and very helpful. We had a few small issues with power and appliances, but nothing very troublesome or out of the ordinary for a rental. I couldn't be more pleased!

Service rating : Thanks so much for your comments, we do try and be as helpful and prompt as possible when helping with bookings so this is great to hear!
Product : Sounds like you have some happy holiday stories to share now your home! Excellent to hear the castle exceeded expectations and you had a fabulous time! Glad that the owner was available to assist with a few glitches and you enjoyed your stay. We hope we may be able to help again in the future should you wish to re book.

19th June 2015 Excellent 

We had a wonderful time at this venue, The views were wonderful, the castle itself was clean, homely and we were welcomed by the housekeeper who we could call upon at any time if we needed to.
The castle is set high overlooking Loch Long, it is in easy reach of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
There were 16 people in our party and we booked the Hotel for a week, Self Catering. The facilities were wonderful and the Dinning hall majestic.
I can only rate our stay the property, facilities as wonderful. Thoroughly recommend the property and Scotts Castle Holiday.
The owner although not readily available, kept in touch either by phone, text or the housekeeper to ensure our stay was good. Which it was.

Service rating : Thanks so much for your excellent feedback, we are pleased you found our service helpful and its a pleasure to hear you would recommend us to friends! Don't forget to claim your loyalty discount should you ever wish to re book with us again!
Product : Sounds like you have some lovely holiday memories to take home with you! Great to hear you had a wonderful time and found the housekeeper and owners helpful throughout your holiday! We do hope we may be able to help again in the future, if you ever wish to re book this magnificent castle.

21st May 2015 Excellent 

Very nice castle. Location was good and the interiors were clean and fresh.

Service rating : So pleased we could of helped with your plans and we hope to help again sometime. Don't forget a loyalty discount awaits your group should you ever like to re book with us!
Product : Lovely to hear you found the castle clean and fresh, it sounds like you all enjoyed your stay!

30th January 2015 Excellent 

Fabulous space; a terrific place to spend a special weekend.

Thanks for your great comments and its lovely to hear what a fantastic stay your group had in this beautiful castle. We would be delighted to assist with planning your next holiday!

22nd October 2014 Excellent 

Excellent venue, had an amazing stay.

Great to hear you found our service helpful, and we hope your group enjoyed the stay in this beautiful castle. Please don’t hesitate to get back in touch if we can help with any future holiday plans.

Scotts Castle Holidays

14th May 2014 Excellent 

The accommodation was phenomenal. We had such an amazing weekend and I can't think of anywhere i would have rather spent my 30th. The views were spectacular and the castle was outstanding. The website actually doesn't do it justice. I would recommend it to everyone.

Many thanks for your lovely feedback, and so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in this beautiful castle! If we can help with any future holiday plans, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Scotts Castle Holidays

7th May 2014 Excellent 

Great time had by all

Many thanks for your feedback. Great to hear everyone had a nice time! We would love to help with any future plans you may have so please don't hesitate to get in touch with us again.

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