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Sleeps 14 adults
+ 2 children
Bedrooms 7 Bathrooms 3 Pets 3 Welcome Region Perthshire Town/village Alyth
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Luxury Scottish Castle, near Alyth (196)

Enjoy a Scottish holiday of a lifetime at this luxury castle which could be from the whimsical Brigadoon or the romantic Outlander

Standing proud at the head of a majestic glen in a Highland setting, this is what you imagine a castle should look like in Scotland. As a fortified tower house, it was built in 1560 to an L-plan design as a strong defensive property to withstand attack and protect its occupants. However in 1640, the Duke of Argyll destroyed the castle after a long-standing dispute and it was not until 1990 when it was restored to its former glory, and then some. On opening the wooden studded door you feel as though you are being transported back in time to the 16th century, with its stone walls, vaulted rooms, turnpike stairs and Great Hall, but with today’s modern comforts. Refurbished and redecorated with immaculate style and taste, the castle feels like a family home and that you are being invited to stay by the family. The Great Hall is the “wow” room, with its impressive painted ceiling and large inglenook fireplace, but there are so many delights wherever you look. Even the walls are clad in tweed which looks amazing and retains the heat as well.

With seven individually designed bedrooms from the second floor upwards, this self-catering castle is ideal for up to 14 adults and 2 children. Access to these floors is by stone turnpike stairs which may not be suitable for elderly or those with young children. Additionally there is a chapel and intimate weddings can take place here or at a local church. Whatever the reason for visiting Scotland, this is a castle that has no comparison, and will make it into your 'Top 10 Best Ever Holidays'!

 The Great Hall on the first floor is an impressive spaceThe detail on the painted ceiling is stunningThis is a great room to entertain your whole group The kitchen and breakfast room are on the ground floorThe vaulted breakfast room seats eight The vaulted chapel seats up to 16 Small weddings can take place at this historic castle

Living Space

Reception rooms

As with many tower houses in Scotland, the reception rooms are to be found on the first floor and this is where the sumptuous Great Hall is situated. Spanning the length of the castle this spacious room covers the whole floor, and is part living space and part dining area. The living area is in front of the large open fireplace with wonderful comfortable sofas and armchairs to relax into after a day out on the Angus glens. This room also has under-floor heating, so unlike in olden days, this is a warm room. Above is a magnificent painted ceiling, which took Jenny Merredew 6 months to create, tells the tale of the history of the castle in pictorial form. Elsewhere the Great Hall is decorated in traditional furniture, family portraits and crossed claymores. Throughout you get a feel of being invited into a family home and being part of the family.

At ground level, there is a small chapel, which can seat a maximum of 16 people and is ideal for a small wedding, with humanist ceremonies the most popular these days.

Kitchen / Dining

The kitchen and breakfast room are both located at ground level, next door to one another, with the main dining being held in the Great Hall on the floor above. The kitchen is fully equipped with a large cooking range with 8 hobs and 2 ovens, with plenty of working space. Please note that due to the low arch at the cooking area there is head room for about a 5ft 9 inch person, whilst the rest of the room has plenty of clearance. If you prefer to book a cook during your stay, then a list of nominated local chefs is available on request. Next door, there is a breakfast room, which is a stone-clad vaulted room with a fine oak table that can seat up to 8 people.

Upstairs in the Great Hall, in the dining section, there is a long refectory table with padded tartan seats which can seat 14/16 people. With a painted ceiling, chandeliers, family portraits and an open fire, this is a room that bursts into life when filled with people. To the side of the room is a small pantry, with a hot plate and additional storage, which services this room for catering for meals efficiently.

  • BBQ
  • Bed, Four Poster
  • Catering quotes available on request
  • CD Player
  • Coffee maker
  • Complimentaries, Beverages Tray in Bedrooms
  • Cot
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Garden Furniture
  • Garden, enclosed
  • Heating, underfloor
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Turret areas
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Castle, stunning
  • Bikes available
  • Chapel, private
  • TV, for DVD use only
The 'Lairds' room sweeps across the entire breadth of the castleNo need to go downstairs for a cup of teaThe walk-in bathroom area for the 'Lairds' room 'Roberts' room is found at the top of its own private staircase 'Julians' bedroom features an en-suite shower roomBeautiful attention to detail throughoutLuxury extras are provided to add to the comfort of your stay Top floor shared bathroom 'Sebastian' is a bright bedroom with a luxury four poster 'Katharines' room is glamorous enough for royalty

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 14 + 2

Accommodation is provided for a group of 14 adults and 2 children in 7 bedrooms, with 3 bathrooms, as follows:

Second Floor - “Laird’s room”, with four poster double bed, with screened-off area, which houses a free standing roll top bath with shower attachment, separate luxury shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; private stairs from the Great Hall, accesses; “Robert’s room”, with a four poster double bed.

Third Floor - “Julian’s” room, with double bed with en-suite shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; Katharine’s” room, with four poster double bed; bathroom, with roll top bath, luxury shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin; “Sebastian’s” room, with four poster double bed.

Fourth Floor - “Samantha’s” room, with four poster double bed; additional stairs to attic quarters; “Garret room”, with four single beds.

A tray with complimentary beverages is provided in all bedrooms. The bedrooms are all accessed via steep stone stairs which may not be suitable for the infirm or unsupervised children.

  • 1 Double Room With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 1 Four Poster Double Bedroom With Bathroom Suite
  • 1 Family Room With Four Single Beds With Shared Bathroom
  • 4 Four Poster Double Bedroom With Shared Bathroom
Welcome to this majestic castleStep inside this Scottish castle near Alyth This amazing castle in Scotland could be your next self catering holidayThe tower is surrounded by stunning hills and scenery

Grounds & Surrounds

Set in an acre of enclosed private grounds at the head of a glen, surrounded by fields and hills, this is a very scenic spot all year round. There is a patio laid out to the front with garden furniture for the summer months overlooking the lawn and the surrounding scenery. With a short gravel drive, there is parking for up to 6 cars. For special occasions, the castle can be floodlit on request.

Activities are numerous in this area, with sight-seeing and walking being top of the list. Glamis Castle and Balmoral Castle are both nearby, with the Angus Glens and the Cateran Trail being ideal for walking trips. For those with an interest in golf, then the course of Rosemount is nearby, as well as numerous local courses at Alyth and beyond. In the winter months, nearby Glenshee provides a perfect base for skiing and winter sports. The nearest shops are in Alyth, whilst Blairgowrie has the nearest supermarkets. Both Dundee and Perth are nearby for city trips


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 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 3 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels, electricity, heating and an initial supply of logs.

Notes & Warnings

It is important to note the stone stairs *may not be suitable* for the infirm or unsupervised children.

Due to the proximity to the farm, livestock and damage to the surrounding areas landing helicopters or setting off fireworks & chinese lanterns are strictly not permitted. 

Please note if check in/check out is outside of the defined days, i.e. Friday or Monday, then a surcharge is applicable of £125 per day. If both entry and departure days are different the total extra cost would be £250. Different check in/check out days would need to be confirmed prior to a booking.

Whilst this property can supply a cot & highchair. Please make sure you submit a note on your booking form to the bookings team requesting this item so the owner knows to put one out for you on arrival. 

The owners of this particular property reserve the right to withhold the Good Housekeeping Deposit (GHD) for up to 3 weeks following the date of your departure.  This is a variation to the standard 7 day GHD terms. The condition of booking has been expressely stipulated by the owner and cannot be revoked by any representative of Scotts Castle Holidays.

Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

Sleeps 12 occupancy can be offered with prior owner agreement, please contact us for more information.

Mobile reception poor due to hills and stone walls. Connection is fine halfway up a field. 

A maximum of 3 dogs are allowed with prior permission from the owner at the time of booking.  Guests are respectfully asked to ensure their pets are restricted to the ground floor only and adhere to the pet policy.


Alyth is a small historic town with a square as its central point, just off the A926 road from Blairgowrie to Kirriemuir, on the south side of the Hill of Alyth.  Located in the eastern section of Perthshire close to the Angus boundary, this area is well known for soft fruit growing, with an abundance of strawberries and raspberries available in the summer months. The Strathmore golf centre on the edge of the town offers two courses to choose from, whilst at Blairgowrie, the more well-known Rosemount is very popular. Within the town can be found some local shops and hotels, with a larger supermarket available in nearby Blairgowrie. For walkers, the Den of Alyth provides woodland walks with the addition of the Cateran Trail, which offers many longer walks.


Perthshire is a natural choice for visitors as geographically it is in the very heart of Scotland. Its popularity is no wonder; with the lush lowland pastures of the south meeting the rugged grandeur of the Highlands, this county is beautifully rich in scenery and magnificent landscapes. The old county of Kinross-shire is now generally considered to be part of this region, and the local council area is now called Perth and Kinross. Kinross sits beside the beautiful Loch Leven, with Lochleven Castle nearby. The central point is the city of Perth, the fair city bustles with life, with the river Tay running through it. The impressive Scone Palace is nearby, which was the crowning place for Scottish Kings. Perthshire is also home to the world famous Gleneagles Hotel and leisure complex. This is also Big Tree Country, with the world's highest hedge at Meikleour, Europe's oldest tree, the widest conifer in Britain, the sole survivor from Shakespeare's Birnam Wood and many more fascinating trees. Why not visit Glenshee and take part in some skiing, or try mountain biking through the many hills and glens. Blair Castle is an impressive site, and with expansive grounds and an adventure playground, will entertain the whole family. 

Highlands and Islands

This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found. 


Area Perthshire Type of location Countryside Nearest shop 12 miles Nearest supermarket 15 miles Nearest pub 2 miles
Nearest Airport
Dundee 35 miles
Edinburgh 72 miles
Nearest Train Station
Pitlochry 20 miles
 There are great walks locally including the Cateran TrailLooking into the glen below with the castle in the distance There are plenty of outdoor activities at Glenshee in summer A trip across to Royal Deeside for more beautiful scenery


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18th August 2017 Excellent 

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Service rating : Thank you so much for your review, and I’m glad to hear you felt the response time was quick.

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28th February 2016 Great 

The location and decor of Forter castle were excellent and we had a marvellous stay. My friends did however complain that the bedrooms were very cold and Margaret the housekeeper confirmed that the storage radiators appeared not to be working very well. I think for the money that this should have been better.
The service by Scotts castles was good and communication excellent

Thank you for your feedback. The owners took on board your comments and during the spring and summer months of 2016 installed a brand new heating system and insulated every room in the castle. We do apologise that the rooms were cold during your visit and should you return the owners, Dan and Katherine, have given a personal guarantee that this would no longer be the case.

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