Live like royalty when you stay in a castle in Scotland holiday cottages


Live like royalty when you stay in a castle in Scotland

Kate W 01 November 2020

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 with a castle hire in the breathtaking landscape of 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 Scottish castles below.

If you have yet to decide on a castle rental and would like to get more inspiration, discover our full collection of castles to hire throughout Europe. 

These splendid properties provide a truly memorable space that will leave your guests in awe. Read on to uncover a few of our favourite castles to rent in Scotland and pick out your own idyllic getaway.

Edgehill House | Gullane, Edinburgh and Lothians | sleeps 14

?? From £86 per person, per night for a 7-night stay

Open up the door to this stylish castle and you’ll be welcomed by contemporary furnishings backed by tall windows framing views of green golfing lawns next door. 

You may choose to rest and recuperate in the exquisite lounge area or get changed into your bathing suit immediately and head down to the indoor private pool for a few laps where sunlight floods through glass walls and reflects off the pool.

When night descends, a home cinema is just the place for everyone to gather together for a film before finally heading upstairs, where marbled bathrooms and sumptuous beds welcome exhausted but happy guests.

What makes this Scottish castle so special? 

Take early morning or moonlit dips in the first-floor indoor private swimming pool before spending your time indulging in the sauna and steam room. Additional features in this Scotland castle to hire include a ground-floor gym, 12-seater cinema, private chef by arrangement, BBQ and firepit and beach within half a mile.

Discover more impressive big houses in Scotland by heading over to our blog post revealing 5 large holiday homes in Scotland with the wow factor.

Letterewe Lodge | Letterewe, The Highlands | sleeps 19

?? From £39 per person, per night for a 7-night stay

Wake up each morning to views of the beautiful Loch Maree which stretches out beside this endearing lodge and private estate. 

This charming Scotland castle to stay in is set in quite an extraordinary location providing a unique place for a group holiday or special weekend celebration with friends and family.

It’s wonderfully secluded and private, with no road access, meaning the only way to reach this property is by boat – what an entrance! The estate itself covers miles of land so you can go exploring or stay in and catch-up with friends in the sitting room with views out over the loch.

What makes this Scottish castle so special? 

Arrive by boat for a memorable retreat at this Scottish castle where there’s a peaceful library for book lovers, a magnificent four-oven oil-fired AGA for keen chefs and miles upon miles of private estate to roam.

Castle Wing | Kilmarnock, Ayrshire | sleeps 16 and 2 dogs

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

An elegant Scottish castle 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 with 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 Scottish castle 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. 

The Pink Castle | Largs, Ayrshire | sleeps 8 and 2 dogs

?? 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 Scottish castle. 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 Scottish castle 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, tennis court for the most competitive guests, and a crenellated walkway to your own private sauna.

If you are looking forward to a trip to Scotland with family and friends but have yet to find the ideal big property, find more inspiration in our full collection of large houses in Scotland.

Airlie Castle | Airlie, Angus | sleeps 18

?? 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 Scottish castle 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.

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

?? 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 conservatory space ensure this beautiful Scottish castle is flooded with light and offers wonderful views across its own 1500-acre, wooded estate.

A magnificent hallway with 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 Scottish castle 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.

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Uig Lodge | Stornoway, Outer Hebrides | sleeps 15

?? From £99 per person, per night for a 7-night stay

A breathtaking destination with far-reaching views across the white sand beach of Uig Bay and the sea beyond, this is the perfect castle to get away from it all. 

Hidden in the Outer Hebrides, right by the coastline, this Scotland castle to stay in offers a remarkable setting that’s ideal for making an occasion that little bit extra special. Enjoy a birthday get-together or an anniversary dinner by the sea and leave your guests with a holiday experience they’ll be talking about for years to come.

Go roaming the mountains of the Hebrides before resting up in the sitting room, sharing a meal in the contemporary kitchen or pretty dining room, or enjoying the sunset during a beach soiree.

What makes this Scottish castle so special?

An open fire, private garden and simple yet stylish interior gives this coastal castle a cosy ambience, however, the extraordinary location is the real star of the show.

If you cannot resist a holiday lodge with a breathtaking ocean panorama, discover our 10 most impressive sea view cottages.

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

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 which you may wish to book as well for a big group trip to the heart of Scotland.

What makes this Scottish castle 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 offers wonderful areas for entertaining.

Downie Park House | Cortachy, Angus | sleeps 18 and 2 dogs

?? 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 get-together. 

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 Scottish castle 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.

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Castle On The Loch | Hunters Quay, Argyll and Bute | sleeps 42

?? From £24 per person, per night for a 7-night stay

This impressive estate beside the Firth of Clyde boasts ancient woodlands, walking trails, children’s playground and an indoor swimming pool for a memorable break at any time of year. 

The Castle on the Loch is one of our largest and most spectacular castles to stay in with a host of amenities and stunning scenery all around for guests to enjoy during a big group weekend to Scotland. From weddings to anniversaries, birthday parties to family reunions, this magnificent Scottish castle for hire is just the place for your next event.

It’s a 19th-century masterpiece with an intricately decorated ceiling towering over the hallway, giving everyone a majestic entrance. Plush bedrooms, dining room overlooking the Firth of Clyde, and serene outdoor areas offer plenty of delightful spaces to socialise or unwind.

What makes this Scottish castle so special?

Dive into the indoor swimming pool each morning to freshen up before spending time exploring the expansive grounds and woodlands. Children can make the most of the playground, while big kids can compete in the games room. Wood burners and resplendent architecture set the scene for a big group break.

Continue browsing our full collection across beautiful Europe and stay in a castle during your next idyllic group break.

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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