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Live like royalty when you stay in a castle in Scotland

Kate W 26 August 2022

Ever wondered what it’s like to stay in a castle? Why not indulge in that fairy-tale dream with a retreat to Scotland, renowned for its many ancient castles and forts that tower over the unspoilt scenery?

Plan an unforgettable event or special holiday and rent a castle in Scotland. Whether you're arranging an elegant wedding or getting together for a birthday soiree, when searching for the perfect venue, there’s simply no comparison to your own private castle. Guests can stroll through idyllic grounds, hide out in libraries or games rooms, and dance the night away in the majestic halls of the castles to rent in Scotland below. 

Kilochan Castle | Turnberry, Ayrshire | Sleeps 18

Killochan Castle

From £177 per person, per night for a 7-night stay 

Step through the door, and you’ll feel its grandeur and history at every turn. If you’re looking for a decadent venue to host a sophisticated soiree, Kilochan Castle will certainly oblige. 

At its very heart, you’ll find the Great Hall with a 2-metre-long chandelier and mural created by an Italian artist. Take the steps from here to the Dining Hall with a grand banquet table adorned with the finest antique silverware sourced from London silver traders!  

This castle stay in Scotland promises extravagance, but it can also be tranquil and intimate for smaller groups. It offers a home cinema for everyone to gather for a film before finally heading upstairs, where luxury bathrooms and sumptuous beds welcome exhausted but happy guests.

What makes this castle stay in Scotland so special?

Hire a private chef via prior arrangement and throw the ultimate celebration in the Great Hall and Dining Hall. Additional features in this fabulous Scotland castle to hire include 15 complimentary bikes and helmets, 14 acres of grounds with fishing rights on the River Girvan, Highland games and archery, and helicopter landing.

Discover more rural retreats with our full collection of stunning country houses you can stay in. 

Castle Wing | Kilmarnock, Ayrshire | Sleeps 16 + 2 dogs

Castle Wing

From £22 per person, per night for a 7-night stay

An elegant castle stay in Scotland that’s been owned by the same family for over 700 years and is waiting to welcome you and your favourite people. 

With an impressive façade reminiscent of fairy-tale castles, this Ayrshire escape is just the place for a big family reunion or a big getaway with friends. You’ll enjoy a wing of this magnificent castle for your break, with three floors full of history, paintings, and a stained-glass window making up part of the unique décor.

Outside, there are 600 acres for you to roam on this grand estate and the Scottish coastline is just 10 miles from this elegant large holiday retreat.

What makes this castle stay in Scotland so special?

With open fires to warm you, a games den with a multi-purpose games table to entertain the whole tribe and impressive outdoor space, this is the ideal castle to rent for your next fantastic break in Scotland. 

Uncover even more unique places to stay in the UK and peruse our quirky cottages portfolio. 

The Pink Castle | Largs, Ayrshire | Sleeps 8 + 2 dogs

The Pink Castle

From £44 per person, per night for a 7-night stay

Wander up the winding driveway to this unforgettable pink castle to discover sea views and a host of wondrous features including a hot tub and sauna in a turret. 

Rustic elements, combined with modern charm and contemporary luxury, ensure you’ll have everything you need during a stay in this exquisite castle you can rent in Scotland. Invite the whole family for a once-in-a-lifetime getaway to this pretty holiday home for big groups with its crooked doors, exposed walls and bespoke handmade furnishings.

From this quirky Scotland castle to stay in, head out on coastal walks or drive over to Scotland’s largest regional park, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, which is just 5 miles away, for walking, cycling and other adventures. 

What makes this castle stay in Scotland so special?

Besides the exquisite décor, there’s a tranquil private garden with a stream running through and a hot tub where you can unwind, a tennis court for the most competitive guests, and a crenellated walkway to your own private sauna.

Stay close to the beach or near beautiful coastal walks with one of our large coastal cottages

Airlie Castle | Airlie, Angus | Sleeps 18

Airlie Castle

From £45 per person, per night for a 7-night stay

If you’re planning a formal celebration, this castle to rent in Scotland offers an air of sophistication and grandeur, sure to impress all your guests and make your trip extra special.

Dating back to the 18th century, this gem encompasses a large private formal garden and an incredible 30,000-acre estate that you’re welcome to explore during your stay.

Back at this exquisite castle, soak up the relaxed vibe brought about by a neutral colour scheme and elegant décor which creates a perfectly polished aesthetic. Gather for brunch in the light and bright kitchen before taking a trip to one of the famous golf courses in Carnoustie and St Andrews for a day on the green.

What makes this castle stay in Scotland so special?

There’s lots to keep everyone entertained on this beautiful and expansive estate – get together in the snooker room or the games and music room for evening fun, stroll through manicured gardens, and play a round of tennis or croquet on the lawn.

Do you like the idea of staying in a large house with a tennis court? Discover even more among our collections. 

Persie House | Bridge of Cally, Perth and Kinross | Sleeps 21

Persie House

From £27 per person, per night for a 7-night stay

Retreat to Perthshire for a getaway with a big group of friends or family to this majestic castle which provides a wonderful setting for special celebrations, including weddings. 

Tall Edwardian windows, a magnificent hallway skylight and a conservatory space ensure this beautiful Scottish castle is flooded with light and offers wonderful views across its own 1,500-acre, wooded estate.

A vast hallway with an impressive staircase sets the tone for this magnificent space. Get the whole gang together for cosy evenings around the open fire in the sitting room, where a table tennis set allows children and the young at heart to play a few rounds, or enjoy a celebratory dinner in the exquisite dining room.

What makes this castle stay in Scotland so special?

Why not arrange to go clay pigeon shooting and salmon fishing on the estate during your stay in this castle? Additional entertainment includes the multi-use games/function room great for a round of table tennis or an evening of partying, and the private tennis court in the garden. To ensure a relaxing break, extra domestic help and catering can be arranged.

Planning your perfect wedding? Then take a look at these wedding venues to inspire your big day. 

Grants of Freuchie Castle | Dulnain Bridge | Sleeps 10

Grants of Freuchie Castle

From £20 per person, per night for a 7-night stay

A breathtaking destination with far-reaching countryside views, fairy-tale turrets and spiral staircases, this is the perfect castle to stay in to get away from it all. 

This unique 16th-century castle within the Cairngorms National Park is brimming with history and Scottish charm. Perfect for an intimate family gathering you will always remember, you’ll feel truly special exploring the spiral staircases and studying the fascinating 16th-century transcriptions on the walls. 

On sunny evenings there’s nowhere better to relax with a glass of wine and admire the view than from the modern conservatory. On winter days, get cosy in front of the roaring fire in the living room. This intriguing castle is in an ideal location for skiing at nearby Aviemore or a round of golf in Speyside.

What makes this castle stay in Scotland so special?

It’s truly unique! With walls that quite literally hold secrets of bygone times, magical turrets and charming spiral staircases, a stay in this Scottish castle will be like no other holiday you’ve ever been on. And if that’s not enough to woo you, have you seen its location? 

Planning a holiday for a small group? See our collection of houses sleeping 10 people to see places to stay that are big, but not too big. 

Blair Ochil House | Dunblane, Stirling and Clackmannanshire | Sleeps 13 + 2 dogs

Blair Ochil House

From £25 per person, per night for a 7-night stay

For a more rural retreat, this turreted getaway for big groups is a tranquil base for your next special occasion.

Head to Dunblane and unwind in this elegant castle, a blend of traditional and contemporary with exquisite paintings lining the walls and a modern kitchen great for anything from brunching to cocktails. Guests will spill out into the conservatory which offers fantastic views of the Scottish landscape.

It’s a great escape for a large family or group of friends, and if your guest list is a bit longer, there are two additional properties on-site that you may wish to book as well for a big group trip to the heart of Scotland.

What makes this castle stay in Scotland so special?

The crackling of coals in the wood burner will ensure your castle has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, while the games room with snooker table and table football, and the private garden with garden furniture and BBQ offer wonderful areas for entertaining.

Looking for more places to stay that are perfect for holidays with the family? Check out our full collection of large family-friendly houses

Downie Park House | Cortachy, Angus | Sleeps 18 + 2 dogs

Downie Park House

From £38 per person, per night for a 7-night stay

With a classic, refined interior decorated with precision and an impressive silhouette against the unspoilt rural landscape, it’s a beautiful choice for your big group celebration. 

Share stories in the sitting room where arched windows frame a picturesque view and clever furniture and furnishings provide an elegant space for socialising. The dining room is equally chic, offering another scenic room in which the group can unwind.

The stone-flagged hallway with two Corinthian pillars makes a grand entrance while the luxurious feel of this Scottish castle extends all the way to the pretty bedrooms where sumptuous beds provide a restful night’s sleep.

What makes this castle stay in Scotland so special?

Besides the impressively stylish interior, this castle to stay in has fun and games to keep the whole gang amused. Beat off the competition at table tennis and table football or dance the night away in the spacious entrance hall. Musically gifted guests can show off their talents in the piano room while catering, fishing and shooting are all available by arrangement.

Do you have a reason to celebrate? See more of our fabulous party houses to start planning an occasion to remember. 

Rent a castle in Scotland

Have you been blown away by these incredible castle holidays and country houses in Scotland? Our splendid collection of castles to hire provides a truly memorable group holiday destination whether you're planning an extravagant celebration or a more intimate family get-together. Book one of the castle stays above or continue browsing our full collection of incredible castles you can rent in Scotland for even more options! 

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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