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Sleeps 12 adults
+ 4 children
Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms 6 Pets 2 Welcome Region Ayrshire Town/village Kilmarnock
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Castle With History, near Kilmarnock (155)

Set in beautiful Ayrshire countryside, this authentic castle has many tales to tell with over 350 years of history, and is conveniently situated only 35 minutes from Glasgow

This impressive Scottish castle with central tower and welcoming blue door has remained in the same family for over 600 years.  You can rent the whole of the original tower and a section of the castle exclusively for special occasions and family holidays on a self-catered basis or serviced according to your requirements. The other section has been cleverly partitioned and is occupied by the original descendents of the family who built the tower. A guided history tour can be arranged as a part of your stay and would be well worth arranging. The tour is conducted by the owners themselves and feedback from past guests has been excellent. 

This is one of the most family friendly, pet friendly holiday properties in Scotland. The estate provides a wealth of activities for all ages and pedigrees!  Families with young children will enjoy the outdoor play areas that are constantly being designed and improved. Groups with dogs will enjoy abundant walks and rivers in which their four legged friends can romp.  Corporate groups can fill their days with fishing, farming and outdoor adventure and sporting activities. Weddings are also popular and hosted by an experienced team.  

The owners are also very keen to push the green credentials as much as they can in a building of this age and fortitude.  They've invested in a biomass boiler to heat the castle keeping it toasy warm all year round.  Hot water is also heated by the boiler and solar panels have been discreetly placed on the roof to supplement the electricity supply to the castle. 

All in all, if you're looking for a unique experience in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere you're not going to go far wrong booking your next holiday here.  

The impressive large drawing room is located on the first floorThe kitchen and dining room can be found at ground levelThe kitchen is next door to the dining roomThe main flight of stairs to the first floor

Living Space

Reception rooms

With a vaulted entrance hall and impressive stairs, the large drawing room is located on the first floor. This is an expansive room with three large wall-to-ceiling windows which bring in lots of light into the room. With an open fire with three large sofas around it, it is a wonderful room to relax in with friends.

Going back down the stairs there is a little space down at the entrance hall, with a table football table. This area is a good place for the children to entertain themselves.

Kitchen / Dining

The kitchen and dining room are at ground floor level, set within the old 15th century tower section of the building, so a little more confined for space. The kitchen is square in shape with a table in the middle of the room for more informal seating. For cooking there is an electric cooker, with four hobs and two ovens, as well as a microwave.

The dining room is next door and is a more formal space with ancestral portraits on the wall and arched windows. Dining capacity is comfortable for 12 people, but can accommodate 16 at a push. There is a utility area just off the vaulted entrance hall.

Don't want to cook on your holiday? 

The owners have recently built a superb fully licensed restaurant overlooking a loch on the Estate, walking distance from the castle. It's open daily for breakfast through to a la carte evening meals, using seasonal produce with menus that change regularly.  

  • 4 Stars, Rated by Visit Scotland
  • Bed, Four Poster
  • Board Games
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Fishing
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Fridge, extra
  • Heating, Central
  • High chair
  • Internet Access
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Oven, double, hob, electric
  • Parking, 5 cars
  • Play area, outdoor, childrens
  • Table Football Table
  • TV
  • TV, Freeview channels
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wooded area
  • PS3, assorted games
'King James' bedroom, between ground and first floor'Wallace' bedroom on the first floor, with bed at mezanine level'Queen Mary' bedroom on the first floor'Queen Mary' bedroom en-suite shower room'Knight's' bedroom, between first and second floorsThe 'Garret' Bedroom with flexible sleeping arrangements

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 12 + 4

Accommodation is provided for a group of 12 adults and 4 children in 6 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms and 2 shower room, as follows:

The main feature bedroom, set on a raised platform above the room, centrally positioned in the castle with views through the stained glass windows, is an unforgettable experience. The rest of the bedrooms and bathrooms are on this level or on the two floors above. 

Between Ground floor and First floor

‘King James’ room, with super king double zip-and-link bed, with feature bath in the room and wash hand basin.

First floor

‘Wallace’ Suite, master bedroom, with two sofa beds and an en-suite bathroom on this level, with bath with shower over, bidet, w,c and wash hand basin and spiral iron stairs to level above with super king size double bed with gallery;

‘Queen Mary’ room, with four poster double bed, with en-suite shower room, with shower cabinet, w.c and wash hand basin;

‘Bard’s’ room, with zip-and-link bed, which can be a double or twin room, with en-suite bathroom, with bath with shower over, w.c and wash hand basin.

Between First floor and Second floor

‘Knights’ room, with zip-and-link bed, which can be a double or twin room, with wash hand basin in room and shower cabinet in recess.

Second floor – ‘Garret’ room, is a family room with two single beds and a daybed.

(+4 children are the two sofa-beds in the Wallace suite and the double day bed in the Garret room).

  • 2 Double Or Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Bathroom
  • 1 Double Or Twin Bedroom/s With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 1 Four Poster Double Bedroom With Ensuite Shower Room
  • 1 Family Room With Four Single Beds With Shared Bathroom
  • 1 Master Double Bedroom Suite With Ensuite Bathroom
Scotts Castle HolidaysThe drive takes you up to the front of the castleThe 'stones' on the driveway

Grounds & Surrounds

With parking available at the front and a designated area of lawn allocated to residents, there is access to the rest of the estate, which also includes a stocked fish pond, where permits can be sought to fish for trout. 

Business activities on the estate include Fisheries, Farming, Corporate Events, Weddings and Outdoor Sporting activities. 

On the Estate is a fully licensed restaurant, built in response to increased visitors and tourists to the estate in recent years. With that in mind, its informal dining environment welcomes everyone – couples, families, young children, fussy eaters and muddy adventurers.  The children’s menu has been developed to offer good quality food that kids will love, and parents will be happy to order.   Even dogs are welcome, and can dine in their own special area while their owners enjoy a rest. Menus change according to the season, for guideline prices please ask the office for details. 

The property is situated 20 minutes south from Glasgow and 30 minutes from the Ayrshire coast and 5 minutes off the M77.  Located 1 mile from Kilmarnock, with its major supermarkets, shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. 

A private walkway has been created by the owners of the castle to allow guests to walk to the nearby pub (The Kings Arms) which is roughly a 40 minute walk (1.7 miles). 

Ayrshire is famed for its golf and on offer is a choice of championship courses including Royal Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry. The Robert Burns Visitor Centre is in Ayr, with historic buildings to visit in the area including Culzean Castle and Dumfries House. Heads of Ayr Farm Park is a family day out with animals and activities for the children.


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 2 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 and oil central heating included within the rental. An initial supply of logs for the open fire is provided.

Notes & Warnings


Are welcomed on the ground floor of this property only.

At the request of the owner, following some past negative experience we regret to advise the following groups may not book this particular property:

•    Stag parties
•    Hen Parties
•    Non-family groups under the age of 30

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. The owner reserves the right to cancel your holiday or refuse entry to the property or evict you if the holiday has commenced with no refund. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

All wedding enquiries must be discussed and brought to the attention of the owner prior to booking, and the owner retains the right to cancel the booking if they have not been informed that a wedding is taking place at the castle. The prices are different due to the additional wear and tear on the property and also more time is spent dealing with requests from service providers such as photographers and caterers.


Nestled in the heart of the Ayrshire, about 10 miles inland from the west coast, is Kilmarnock. The bustling town has a beautiful historic centre, and a great mix of retail and eating establishments. The beautiful Kay Park is home to the Burns Monument Centre, and the largest Burns monument in Scotland. Nearby Dean Castle Country Park is a splendid day out. The fantastic 14th Century Castle is home to numerous historic collections. Take the kids to meet the residents of the Urban Farm, or for a run around in the Adventure Playground, and enjoya  walk through the 200 acre woodland. The town’s Palace Theatre and Grand Hall are not only architectural masterpieces, but offer a diverse programme of events well worth investigating. Don’t leave the town without visiting The Dick Institute, home to some fantastic collections and exhibitions in the museum and gallery. The town has two golf courses to offer, Caprington to the south of the town, and Annanhill on the outskirts. 


Located on the west coast, Ayrshire offers a diversity of landscapes for the discerning traveller. The shores of the Firth of Clyde offer beaches and a range of watersports, and the rolling Galloway Hills to the south offer a haven for nature lovers and walkers. Ayrshire is historically a diverse industrial county, and most famous for its production of the worldwide favourite Scotch Whisky, Johnnie Walker, in the town of Kilmarnock. The namesake town of Ayr is a bustling seaside resort. With its long esplanade and sandy beach it is a popular tourist town. Further north along the coastline the town of Irvine is home to the main site of the Scottish Maritime Museum. Other places of interest in the county include the Ayr suburb of Alloway, birthplace of Scotland’s poet Robert Burns. Ayr Racecourse, which hosts the Scottish Grand National is a great day out. Turnberry Castle claims to be the possible birthplace of Robert the Bruce, and is an interesting historical attraction. Just a ferry trip across the Firth is the Isle of Arran. Boasting geologically diverse High and Lowlands the island has been inhabited since Neolithic times and has a range of attractions with mountain ranges, rolling countryside and sandy beaches, there is a range of things to do here. If you are a golfer, the area offers over 42 courses including three Open Championship links courses at Royal Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry.

Southern Scotland

Stretching across the border with England, and reaching up to the central belt from Glasgow to Edinburgh, the Southern Scotland region is a popular location for short break holidays. Although you may not find the monumental mountain ranges of the Highlands, don’t think that this region lacks the traditional Scottish landscapes. The famous 7Stanes mountain biking routes can be found across the Border counties and Dumfries and Galloway, as there is an abundance of hills, glens and forests to challenge even experienced bikers. The region has plenty of fishing opportunities too, most popular perhaps is the River Tweed, well known for its salmon, and miles of coastline, ideal for walking and bird spotting. Golf can be found in abundance in this area too. For gentler activities, visit the Four Borders Abbeys, magnificent tributes to the religious history of the area, at Kelso, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Melrose.   

Area Ayrshire Type of location Countryside Nearest shop 1 mile miles Nearest supermarket 1 mile miles Nearest pub 1 mile miles
Nearest Airport
Prestwick 15 miles
Glasgow 22 miles
Nearest Train Station
Kilmarnock 1 miles
There is fishing available locallyCulzean Castle is always worth visitingVisit one of the many bays and beaches in Ayrshire


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.

17th March 2018 Excellent 

The castle had plenty of room for our large group. We enjoyed touring the grounds on our own and were delighted by the historical tour by Addity. Our hosts had the rooms configured especially as we needed. We enjoyed meals in the large dining room and evenings in the sitting room surrounded by portraits and history. Having a holiday castle really is as wonderful as it sounds!

Glad to hear you had a great time. We'll be sure to pass on your lovely comments to Addity.  If you plan to visit Scotland again, do look us up.  We'd love to help with your next holiday. 

24th August 2017 Excellent 

This property actually deserves more than 5 stars. The photos underestimate the actual property. The caste is warm inside and every room has its own great features. We stayed in the master suite which has the bed on the mezzanine level with a spiral staircase leading to the sitting room below. In the morning the sun streams through the stained glass windows - what a way to wake up! Each of our adult children loved their rooms, too. Our daughter enjoyed baths in the claw foot tub in her bedroom each morning! The drawing room was a comfortable place to relax and sit by the fire. The grounds were spectacular for running and walking. Loved the little café by the lake (fly fishing). Best of all Simon, Adity, and their daughters were the perfect hosts. They are accommodating and helpful but never intrusive. The warmth of their family led us to feel that we were friends invited for a stay at their home. I had read the story by Sir Walter Scott about the farmer who saved the king disguised as a nobleman who had been attacked by highway men. I had no idea that the farmer was one of their ancestors when we booked the castle property. History comes alive through their stories! We thought of this visit as a once-in-a-lifetime trip but now we are eager to return.

Service rating : Thank you for your review, I’m glad we could help find you the perfect property.

Product : Wow, thank you so much, your review is truly wonderful to read. I am delighted you had a great time while at this stunning Castle. I will pass your comments on the owners, I’m sure they will be thrilled. We would be more than happy to welcome you back in the future. A loyalty discount is available to our Scotts guests. T&Cs apply. Thank you once again for your kind words.

15th June 2016 Excellent 

Wonderful. Kind and efficient, considerate hosts. Loved every minute.

Service rating : Thanks so much, great that you found our team pleasant to speak with and the booking process straightforward. We would be delighted to hear from you again in the future. 

Product : Many thanks for the excellent feedback, we will pass on your lovely comments to the owners of the castle. I'm sure it was nice for your group to have a friendly welcome upon arrival!

4th December 2015 Excellent 

Great place to stay for a large group. Lots of space and very well equipped. Comfortable beds and good quality linens etc. Stewarton station was easier to find (and park) than Kilmarnock station - and equally handy for a train to Glasgow for the day. There are plenty of walks around the grounds of Craufurdland and the tour and history of the castle is very interesting. Adity and Simon are very welcoming. Would go back and would recommend.

Service rating : Brilliant to hear that you found our service excellent and helpful throughout, we look forward to hearing from you again in the future.
Product : Perfect to hear that you found the beds comfortable and castle apartment very well equipped for your party size. Glad you found the owners onsite helpful and enjoyed a tour of the castle, what a nice bonus! We look forward to hearing from you again and don't forget we offer a loyalty discount which you can redeem against your next reservation.

4th December 2014 Excellent 

Well provided for, excellent kitchen, delightfully different

Thank you for your feedback. So pleased you had an excellent time at this delightful castle apartment!

We hope to be of help again in the future, by all means please get in touch if you would like to re book.

Naomi Ashwell
Scotts Castle Holidays

25th September 2014 Excellent 

Facilities were excellent. We were made to feel very welcome and we could ask any questions at any point and did not feel we were a nuisance. Had a fantastic holiday and would recommend it to friends.

Many thanks for your lovely comments and glad to hear you enjoyed your stay in this beautiful castle. We would be delighted to welcome you back again in the future!

Scotts Castle Holidays

5th August 2014 Excellent 

Excellent in every respect.

Many thanks for your feedback, great to hear you had an excellent holiday.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us again in the future if you would like any further help with holiday plans.

23rd June 2014 Excellent 

The castle was amazing and both Adity and Simon were such gracious hosts. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting a memorable experience.

Thank you for your comments, we are pleased that you found our service helpful and professional.

We will certainly pass your comments on to the owner, great to hear that you all had an amazing time! Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you wish to re book again in the future.

3rd March 2014 Great 

lovely place to stay

Many thanks for your lovely feedback, following your family holiday at the castle. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if we can help with any future trips to Scotland, we would also be happy to apply your Loyalty Discount to your next booking with us.

Scotts Castle Holidays

23rd January 2014 Excellent 

Craufurdland Castle ideally suited our party's needs. I would definitely return.

Many thanks for your comments. We are glad that you found our team helpful!

It's always nice hearing happy holiday stories! Should you like to re book Craufurdland Castle again with us, don't forget to claim your Scotts Castle Holidays loyalty discount next time.(T&C's apply)

Scotts Castle Holidays

11th December 2013 Excellent 

welcoming, comfortable and interesting.

Many thanks for your feedback. We are so pleased you found our service helpful and informative. Also great to hear you enjoyed your time at Craufurdland Castle!

We would love to help with any future plans you have and don't forget we now offer a loyalty discount for returning guests too! (T & C's apply)

Scotts Castle Holidays

1st October 2013 Great 

Only complaint was the owners dog was always on the prowl, he was going into our rubbish bags and scattering food, also ate birthday cake from kitchen table.

Thank you for your feedback. We have passed your comments onto the owner regarding your stay.

Pleased to hear that you found our service to be helpful and if you would like to book through us again, don't forget to claim your loyalty discount next time! (T & C's apply)

Scotts Castle Holidays

4th September 2013 Excellent 

The Castle was very much as expected, it was exactly what it was supposed to be. What was not expected was the friendly and very helpful way in which we were met by the owners. Such nice people who couldn't do enough to help us during our stay. BRilliant and highly recommended.

Thank you for feedback, always happy to help! Great you had a nice time, the owners will be delighted with your comments.

Don't forget we offer a Loyalty discount for returning clients should you wish to re book!

Scotts Castle Holidays

28th August 2013 Excellent 

Wonderful accommodation. Easily absorbing all 10 of our family. Photos actually did justice to the accommodation - was as good as they prtrayed.

Just for future reference we do also accept debit cards for holding the GHD which would prevent any need to pay a credit card surcharge. But thank you for your feedback it helps us continually review the service we offer.

I’m glad you enjoyed your holiday and hope we can help you as easily next time. Dont forget about our Loyalty Discount that is available.

Scotts Castle Holidays

21st August 2013 Excellent 

Ecellent holiday,Craufurdland Castle was an amazing place to stay for our weeks holiday.The accomadation was very good,bedrooms were stunning and the kitchen had every possible utensil that you would ever need.Simon and Adity were wonderful hosts and Simon gave us a very informative and interesting tour of the whole castle.

Thank you for your comments its always a pleasure hearing happy holiday stories! The owners will be delighted to hear your feedback.

We now offer a Loyalty discount for returning guests so do let us know if you wish to return again!

Scotts Castle Holidays

7th August 2013 Excellent 

Everything about the castle was excellent. The location, friendliness, cleanliness, etc. I will definatley recommend it to people, and already have!

Thank you for your great feedback, so pleased you had a fantastic time, we shall pass your comments onto the owner.

Would love to help with any future plans, don't forget to claim your Loyalty Discount next time!

Scotts Castle Holidays

21st May 2013 Excellent 

It was a fantastic stay. The castle accommodation was amazing and Simon and Adity have worked really hard to think of everything we might have needed. They even found some toys for our babies and toddler, above and beyond the norm for a self catering establishment.

Thank you for your positive feedback, we are very pleased that you found our booking process to be easy and helpful.

Brilliant to hear that you had a lovely time at Craufurdland Castle and I will certainly pass you kind comments onto the owners.

Should you wish to re book through Scotts Castle Holidays in the future, don't forget to claim your Loyalty Discount! (T&C's apply)

Kind Regards,


Scotts Castle Holidays

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