Castles to stay in Scotland for holiday rentals

Who would like to stay in a Scottish castle? Well, you’re in luck. There are some amazing castles to stay in Scotland for a holiday to remember. Some of the castles to rent give you exclusive use of the accommodation. Some are more suitable for smaller groups as you can rent just a wing of a property. Here’s our pick of castles in Scotland available for holiday rentals.

Strathdon Castle, Cairngorms

Strathdon Castle Cairngorms Scotland Exterior - castles to stay in Scotland

Strathdon Castle is a stunning 17th century mansion once owned by Billy Connolly. Looking for a luxurious base to explore the Cairngorms National Park and the wider Scottish Highlands? This could be your perfect Scottish castle to stay in with family and friends.

Strathdon Castle Cairngorms Scotland lounge

You have eighteen acres of grounds ensuring privacy and peace. The grounds include a private woodland and manicured lawns, plus a Victorian walled garden. There’s even a private lochan which is fed by the River Don. In the summer, you can make the most of the barbecue and outdoor dining facilities. Your children will love the play area.

With the major towns of Aberdeen and Inverness just an hour away, this castle is easy to get to.

For more info and photos or to book visit the website.

Gallanach Castle Garden Wing, Oban, Argyll & The Isles

Gallanach Castle exterior and grounds

If you want to stay in a Scottish castle but don’t want to have a holiday with 20 other people, a castle wing will give you that castle holiday experience on a smaller scale. This historic holiday cottage on the Gallanach Estate is in a private wing of the castle with beautiful views towards the coast and countryside. You will be able to make full use of the grounds which include private beaches. The castle’s garden wing has a cosy lounge with an open fire and a country-style kitchen and dining area. Upstairs the bedrooms have views over the coast or countryside.

The castle is in a spectacular location on a hillside overlooking the bay which makes it great for wildlife. You may be lucky enough to see otters, seals, white-tailed sea eagles and, if you’re really lucky, dolphins. This haven of peace and tranquility is only three miles from Oban and it’s ferry port so is a great base for exploring the islands and the stunning west coast of Scotland.

For more info and photos and to book, visit the website

The Fortalice, Perthshire

The Fortalice Perthshire Scotland exterior gates

The original house was built in 1560 and was partially destroyed in 1640 by the Duke of Argyll. The current owner has rebuilt and removated Fortalice to create a historical home with modern comforts including underfloor heating. Set over five floors, this property has 7 bedrooms, sleeping 16 comfortably and boasting luxurious comfort without compromising original character.

The Fortalice Perthshire Scotland bedroom

If you’re looking for a Scottish castle to celebrate a birthday or for a special intimate wedding venue, The Great Hall should fit the bill with it’s huge log fire and exquisite hand-painted ceiling. There’s also a unique chapel.

From every window, you can enjoy a wonderful view over the surrounding fields and hills which are great for walkers and runners.

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Cairns House, near  Inverness

Cairns House Inverness aerial view

Cairns House is a stunning mansion which has recently been refurbished. The house has retained all it’s original architectural features but also has modern luxuries such as a home cinema and a sauna. Sleeping 55 people in its 24 individually designed bedrooms it’s perfect for large family get-togethers, holidays and weddings.

Cairns House bedroom bath

If you’re looking for castle accommodation in Scotland to host a big celebration to remember, Cairns House has it all. You can dance the night away in the wonderful grand ballroom. Outside you have 15 acres of grounds with a river, woodlands and ancient trees.

Many pieces of furniture are from London’s Savoy hotel, where they adorned some of the most luxurious accommodation in the capital.

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The Laird’s Wing in Brodie, near Forres

The Laird's Wing Forres exterior

Brodie Castle is a 16th-century tower house set in 175 acres of parkland. This wing of the beautiful castle is a truly unique holiday property set over three floors and furnished with antiques. Stay here and you’ll have access to the extensive grounds. You can explore woodland walks keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife including red squirrel, roe deer, pine marten, hare and badgers. Bird watchers will like the bird hides located by the pond.

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Scone Palace, near Perth, Perthshire

Scone Palace Perthshire Scotland exterior

If you’re looking for a historic place to stay in Scotland, Scone Palace has been the seat of parliaments, while the Kings of Scots, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce, have been crowned here. The palace houses a marvellous collection of antiques, paintings and unique artefacts for you to enjoy. Outside you have 100 acres of parkland to explore.

Scone Palace Perth Scotland lounge

Perched above the River Tay, Scone Palace is just a short distance from the village of Scone and the city of Perth.

Scone Palace can comfortably accommodate up to twenty-seven guests across thirteen double occupancy and one single beautifully-appointed bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. The bedrooms are set across three parts of the palace.

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We hope you like our suggestions for Scottish castle holidays. Please share any other castles to stay in within the Scottish Highlands and Islands in the comments below.

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