Best Castle Stays in Scotland

17 Best Castle Stays in Scotland for a Royal Experience

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Scotland is the land with the most castles in the United Kingdom. We all deserve the best of everything, and Scotland offers it in these castles. From horse rides, spa baths, clay pigeon shooting, some nice food, and more. In sceneries, the views overlooking the lochs increased my yearning to spot the legendary loch Ness monster but simultaneously gave me the best relaxed time of my life.

Here are the best castle stays in Scotland that will give you something akin to a royal experience.

Best Castle Hotels in Scotland

1) Kinross House Estate and Coach House Spa

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Built: 1685

Kinross House Estate, Countryside, Mansions

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If Scotland has the best castles in the world, then Kinross is the crème of it all. I have seen many castles, but none come close to Kinross House Estate. We are talking over 100 acres of magnificence. Lush gardens and woods create a picturesque backdrop for architectural wonder. Talking of architecture, it is the finest you will come across in a long time.

Before we get inside the hotel, take a moment to soak in the fact that the castle sits at the banks of Loch Leven. You are not getting a view like this anywhere else in the world.

The Kinross castle hotel is an estate of class with multiple receptions and 24 bedrooms, with the Kinross house having 14. All rooms are equipped to give you everything you need and are all en suite. Look at the charm below to get a feel of the ambience evident in the rest of the rooms.

Kinross house reception

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Kinross house

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Kinross house

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Kinross house

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Kinross house

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Kinross house

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Much as the castle is enough to relax your mind and body, there is an intimate boutique day spa to get you into your royal feels. In addition, Kinross is a perfect venue for events and balls, with a dining room sufficient for 34 guests. You will also find the Grand Salon, where you can host a banquet of 100 people.

Kinross is the house to be whenever you want a taste of the grand!

2) Inverlochy Castle Hotel

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Built: 1280

Luxury Castle Hotel and Restaurant Scotland - Inverlochy Castle

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A castle from the 19th century sounds like one I would love to take in, especially since the castles were the tallest buildings in the world at the time. Scottish castles have a lot in common. However, the Inverlochy castle hotel stands out because of the setting: the estate is awe-inspiring. The castle is right between a mountain backdrop and water. Just look at the photo above and see what I am talking about.

Apart from being the most romantic spot you will see in a long while, the castle has much more to offer than just beautiful views. Look at these examples of a typical stay in the hotel. Plus, you need to make a booking for any as it only adds to the exclusivity we all love).

  • Afternoon tea.
  • Lounge meal
  • A Mary Shaw table for a shared lounge experience.
  • Book a table at the ‘Seasgair’ restaurant
  • Gift vouchers
  • Stay at the

This Scottish countryside castle offers many more for any festive season. The castle hotel is near fort William, making it very strategic.

Inverlochy Castle Hotel Luxury Accommodation Scotland

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During your stay, you will stay in mind-blowing rooms with great service. In addition, you can charter a yacht in partnership with the castle to make your time worth every while. The best part is that this was the castle Queen Victoria loved most.

3) Dalhousie Castle Hotel

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Built: the 13th century

Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Edinburgh

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The Dalhousie Castle Hotel gives you an experience the royal family gets. Talk about blissful seclusion. This epic location is the oldest of Scotland’s inhabited castles, and you can feel the old soul in every corner of it. You can enjoy activities of old, including archery and falconry. I went for falconry first because I was not about to miss out on that chance.

Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Aqueous Spa

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There are spa facilities to enjoy in the castle, and your relaxation is taken to another level. Things get better from interacting with the environment and the hotel service. You will love them.

Apart from amazing stay opportunities, you can book the venue for meetings or events. You can have a tea afternoon and make the best out of the memorable stay.

4) Tulloch Castle Hotel

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Built: the 15th century

Tulloch Castle Hotel 'A Bespoke Hotel'-Dingwall

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Tulloch is a castle from the 12th century that still stands today. However, there are improvements made as far as 250 years ago, and the accommodation is as regal as it used to be back then. For this reason, Tulloch Castle Hotel is Dingwall’s most prolific royal spot.

The hotel retains its originality by keeping most initial structures and features intact. For example, the ceilings and the fireplaces are the original ones installed at the castle when it was built. These structures have influenced modern architecture but are still here to stay.

What’s better? The castle is pet friendly. You can bring your furry or feathery friends. The food is out of this world, and the service is everything that spells royal.

5) Glenapp Castle

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Built: 1870

Glenapp Castle

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The Glenapp Castle stands out in service excellence and fantasy-esque sceneries. The five-star hotel deserves the whole milky way because of its attention to detail to the Glenapp castle grounds, the service, the furnishings, and more. The forest and seascapes nearby only add to the breathtaking moments you will get once you set foot in this castle. The Glenapp castle hotel is truly inspiring.

  Glenapp Castle interior

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6) Glengorm Castle

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Built: 1860

Glengorm Castle

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Nothing is more beautiful than having an option to experience a space however you want to. For this reason, the Glengorm castle is one of my favourite castle hotels in Scotland. They give you options. Glengorm castle marries old architecture with modern interiors and designs. Once you have an exceptionally beautiful interior, you can choose how to experience it.

The Great Staircase Glengorm Castle

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You can opt for the bed and breakfast accommodation in the castle and experience good food in its real definition. However, the option I enjoyed most was the self-serviced apartments. I enjoyed trying out the local recipes all by myself, and it was a good time. Furthermore, if you have friends, such a space creates an opportunity for bonding and catching up. For this one reason, Glengorm will be the place I will always take my friends.

7) Mingary Castle

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Built: around the 13th or 14th century

Scotland's Mingary castle

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The Mingary castle is more than 700 years old. Now that is long ago. Plus, it has survived numerous skirmishes over the centuries. From the Vikings to some recent kings, the castle has borne witness to plenty of power struggles.

While the history is great, the hotel’s food would make the power contenders sit at the same table and talk about their differences. The service is great and world-class. The staff is amazing, and the experience here will stay with you for a while.

8) Fonab Castle Hotel

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Built: 1892

Fonab Castle Hotel, Pitlochry

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Fonab Castle & Spa

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The Fonab Castle hotel has an all-rounded list of things to do, and all you have to do is choose what memory you want to make there. You can have a wedding here, dining, afternoon tea, and private dining, and you can also make reservations. There is a lot of wellness and a spa to help with that. A honeymoon in a castle is one of the things I have to do, and I know exactly where. Fonab.

9) Edinburgh Castle

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Built: the 11th century

Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle has more to offer than its rich history and tradition. First, the castle was initially used as a military fortress during its service to the state. Moreover, the Scottish castle was simultaneously a prison of war and a royal residence. Truly versatile, I would say.

Edinburgh Castle

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You will experience this castle in many ways, and you can imagine what it must have been like for a prisoner and a king to be in the same castle but have a different experiences. It should be good to know that you will have the best experience compared to the king at that time. The service is spectacular, and you will have the time of your life.

10) Crossbasket Castle Hotel

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Built: the 16th century

Crossbasket Castle

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This scene is what I call breathtaking. The Crossbasket castle offers luxury at its best for events or visits. The amenities are at their finest, and the castle has the best rooms I am yet to see in any other castle. While the dining is contemporary, the mood is royal. You will enjoy staying at the Crossbasket castle.

Crossbasket Castle

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One of the things I enjoyed most was the Lindsay tower suite, the original tower in the castle that was transformed into this amazing place. This makes Crossbasket one of the best castle hotels in Scotland.

11) Sherbrooke Castle Hotel

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Built: 1896

SHERBROOKE CASTLE HOTEL

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This castle looks like the perfect picture when you think of the word castle. It is located on a hill with well-tended and beautifully landscaped grounds leading up to the castle. Scotland’s castles were built for practical reasons such as security and oversight of what was happening on the land. However, the builders of this particular castle had elegance in mind.

The Sherbrooke Castle Hotel

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The Baronial mansion has an allure that is hard to beat and is one of the things that make Sherbrooke castle hotel stand out at first glance.

12) Atholl Palace Hotel

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Built: 1878

THE ATHOLL PALACE HOTEL

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The Atholl palace hotel is classic Scottish baronial architecture at its finest. There is a lot that I love about the hotel. One of the things that stand out is the extra large bedroom size. People downplay or are unaware of a large bedroom’s effect until they wake up in one.

The castle overlooks lush woodlands and the small town around the hills. You can have dinner or lunch, or book a room in this magnificent hotel with the best surrounding you can find anywhere in the world.

13) Barcaldine Castle

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Built: 1601-1609

BARCALDINE CASTLE

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This castle is historically known as the ‘black castle’ and is one of the few ancient castle hotels open to guests in Scotland. The castle has a great view of Mt. Glencoe and is set on the shores of loch Creran. This setting gives you the chance to go out and be.

Black Watch Castle

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Barcaldine castle hotel has a fine dining restaurant where you can have a romantic dinner with your partner. More activities are offered at the Barcaldine castle, and you will find them engaging, relaxing, and refreshing.

14) Glengarry Castle

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Built: 1660-1665

Glengarry Castle

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I have so much to say about the beauty of this castle, and it was truly breathtaking to me. I had saved up for a long time to do a castle hotels tour, and the Glengarry castle is one of my fondest yet. Apart from the elegant rooms with period furnishings and a beautifully tended landscape, the castle has an unbeatable setting.

 Luxurious Glengarry Castle

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With breathtaking views, Glengarry is set right between loch Ness and loch Lochy. Being at the shores of loch Oich adds to the royal nature of this castle. Your stay at Glengarry is one that you will yearn for every day.

15) Dornoch Castle Hotels

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Built: 1500

Dornoch Castle Hotel-Dornoch

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Scottish highlands; are the best place to hunt for castle hotels and take in the beautiful scenes. One particular castle that will catch your eye is the Dornoch castle. The castle has a warm vibe; everything points towards having a great time. You can have candle-lit dinners against a neatly kept backdrop.

The Old Courtroom Deluxe Room | Dornoch Castle Hotel

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Dornoch is not only a romantic getaway but an award-winning distillery. Once you taste the dram, it will be your new favourite drink. Any castle with self-catering is the best for me because I can try out different traditional Scottish cuisine with my twist.

The restaurant is newly refurbished, and you will enjoy it.

16) Invergarry Castle

Built: 1610-1640

Invergarry castle

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This castle is not for you to stay in but to look at and marvel at how far the Scottish had come. Unfortunately, this castle is in ruins and can not be used by anyone. However, you can view the castle from Glengarry grounds, making Glengarry the place to be and enjoying the beauty of two castles.

The Invergarry castle was built back in the 1600s and is about 400 years old, and has a huge place in Scottish history. The castle is one of the oldest within Scottish borders. You can take scenic walks towards the castle. However, you are not allowed to get inside the castle building.

17) Buittle Castle

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Built: the 12th century

Buittle Castle

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The Buittle castle is unlike the other castles you know or have heard of. Not by how it looks or by where it is located. The castle is a humble structure with the best behind its walls. There is a lot you can do at Buittle castle, including a stay in the peaceful and relaxing environment. The interior of the building is breathtaking, and everything adds up once you get the full experience.

Buittle Castle – Scotland

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The food and the antique furnishings come together to form an experience like the one you will not experience elsewhere. Most of the furniture used is original, and the castle is ageing well.

Final Thoughts

There could be different reasons why you could be looking for a castle hotel. However, even though you are looking for a mansion house, private grounds, spa bath, a wedding venue or formal gardens where you can hold weddings, you will find all the answers in Scotland. There are many hidden treasures in Western Scotland and the Scottish mainland, and you must visit that region.

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Snow-capped mountains surrounding castle hotels with baronial style inspiring the architecture are very hard to come by. But, when you do, there is no looking back.

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