Glenapp Castle- One of the best castles to stay in Scotland

7 Best Castles to Stay in Scotland

The castles in your bedtime fairytale stories come to life in the charming country of Scotland. Walk into the abode of the royalty, and let your eyes have a feast of their own as they take in the splendid architecture and decor of Scottish Castles. Let’s take you on a virtual tour through the top 7 castles to stay in Scotland.

1. Glenapp Castle

Hidden among the majestic woodlands near Ballantrae, Ayrshire, the beautiful Glenapp Castle was home to the Earl of Inchcape and his family. Today, the luxurious accommodation amidst 36 acres of gardens is a palatial 5-star castle hotel in Scotland, with 17 grand bedrooms. 

This castle is famous for its elegant Baronial style of architecture and overlooks several lovely islands: Ailsa Craig, Arran, and Mull of Kintyre.

A complimentary breakfast is served to all guests, and you can also order lunch, dinner and enjoy them in the castle’s award-winning dining room. You can enjoy the tennis court and play croquet. Also, you can witness falconry shows, take a trip of the 150-foot Victorian glasshouse, fish for salmon, and trout in the rivers around the estate.

The heavenly interiors of the castle rooms are the perfect blend of the old and the modern- antique furnishings accompany present-day conveniences like TVs, DVD players, and Wi-Fi. 

Glenapp Castle
Glenapp Castle”, by Tom Parnell, is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

2. Crossbasket Castle

With over 500 years of Scottish heritage hidden in every corner, the 17th-century Scottish castle has undergone numerous renovations and now stands proudly as one of Scotland’s coveted event venues. 

Crossbasket Castle flaunts nine stunning en-suite rooms, each embellished in a period style and named out of appreciation for the custodian of this magnificent palace. Each room has a ravishing period window and comfortable oversized beds.  They are also decorated with unique antique furnishings, adding to the historical splendour of the place. 

3. Kilmartin Castle

A castle of your own for a day!! 

Located amidst prehistoric monuments and historical sites, in the heart of the picturesque village of Argyll and Bute, Kilmartin Castle is the perfect blend of a customary Scottish feel with loads of unique modern addition by the current owners, Simon and Stef. 

There truly is no other palace in Scotland like this 500-year-old castle! There are four extravagant en-suite rooms, each independently planned. After a tour around the Scottish countryside, you won’t have any desire to escape the specially designed copper bath. 

Kilmartin Castle
Kilmartin Castle”, by Patrick Mackie, is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

4. Neidpath Castle

Join the guestlist that contains Mary, the legendary Queen of Scots, the celebrated poet William Wordsworth and, Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott at Neidpath Castle

This Scottish castle hotel is perfect for a romantic trip for two or a fulfilling family getaway. With a celebrated history tracing all the way back to the 1100s, Neidpath Castle is an incredibly safeguarded Medieval fortification with numerous accounts to tell.

Neidpath Castle
Neidpath Castle”, by marsupium photography, is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

5. Dalhousie Castle Hotel

Does a slightly haunted castle sound exciting? Dalhousie Castle Hotel is haunted by Lady Catherine (“the grey lady”) and Paranormal Pup Petra. 

Apart from the ghostly business, this castle hotel has hosted numerous prestigious guests, including Queen Victoria and Sir Walter Scott.

It is home to an award-winning Dungeon Restaurant decorated with real period stuff. You can enjoy a book beside the log fire in the library, have evening tea in the Orangery, and tour the beautiful castle.

The surrounding grounds are home to local wildlife, making for fascinating nature strolls. 

Dalhousie Castle
Dalhousie Castle”, by RHaworth, is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

6. Aldourie Castle Estate

Welcome to the only castle estate on the shores of the Loch-ness!!

Visitors can rent this 17th century, 15-bedroom Aldourie Castle that comes with its very own staff and feels like royalty. Guests can take a walk around the perfectly organized land of nurseries and spot neighbourhood wildlife. They are free to participate in palace exercises, for example, bows and arrows, falconry shows, mud pigeon shooting, and Segway riding. You can also enjoy boat rides and water sports in the castle’s private marina.

7. Dornoch Castle Hotel

The 500-year-old converted Scottish castle is set in the centre of Dornoch, opposite a 13th-century cathedral. 

Crowned as one of Scotland’s most luxurious castle hotels, Dornoch Castle Hotel has 22 rooms, each exclusively designed to suit the property’s rich historical background. 

The lodging additionally houses the Dornoch Distillery organization, which produces natural gin. The interesting blend of a Scottish castle hotel with an on-location refinery makes it an interesting place to explore. 

Dornoch Castle”, by Tom Pennington, is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

From majestic medieval castles to the splendid landscape, Scotland is definitely a dream come true. Rich in history, remote wilderness, and ravishing natural beauty, Scotland offers plenty of unique experiences.

It is a dream come true for history buffs and lovers of scenic beauty. The Scottish castle hotels, filled with history in each of their corridors, have awed many visitors around the world since time immemorial.

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