Stunning views, rich history and plenty of relaxation. If these factors guide your holiday-planning, then consider booking a stay at one of Scotland’s incredible castle hotels.
With their unspoiled natural settings, historical intrigue and luxurious accommodations, these six castle retreats have all the makings of an unforgettable escape.
Barcaldine Castle, Oban
Built in the 17th century, Barcaldine Castle, otherwise known as The Black Castle, has a bloody and intriguing history – rumour has it that the original owner’s ghost still haunts the premises.
Set on the shores of Loch Creran, the hotel now welcomes visitors who seek an oasis of serenity and relaxation in the West Highlands.
Five different rooms offer magnificent views of the Loch and the open countryside, and all come equipped with king-size beds and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Tulloch Castle, Dingwall
With a long and lively history, Tulloch Castle dates back to the 12th century, when it served as a home for the Bain family and, centuries later, the Clan Davidson.
It’s believed that a ghost known as The Green Lady, (thought to be the former Lady Elizabeth Davidson), still haunts the castle.
Aside from the historical mystery, the hotel has 20 luxurious en suite bedrooms, ideal for those seeking a retreat in the heart of the Highlands.
Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch
Built on the site of the original Bishop’s Palace of St Gilbert, Dornoch Castle Hotel makes for an atmospheric Highland retreat.
Retaining its original features, the castle has undergone extensive refurbishments, creating a lovely intermingling old and new.
Choose from rooms in the modern Garden wing, or spend your days in the 15th and 18th century sections of the castle.
The Old Courtroom suite, with its four-poster bed and log fire, offers an especially authentic glimpse into the past.
Glengarry Castle Hotel, Invergarry
Situated on the shores of Loch Oich, which lies between Loch Lochy and the world-famous Loch Ness, Glengarry Castle has experienced a tumultuous past – the building was burned down in 1654 and partially destroyed again in 1745.
The renovated hotel now offers a variety of luxurious rooms and a restaurant with a daily-changing menu, serving up traditional recipes (roast loin of lamb, baked sea bass) and locally sourced products.
Glengorm Castle, Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Five cosy B&B rooms, a welcoming owner and a selection of individual cottages make Glengorm one of Scotland’s top family-owned castle hotels.
Located on the remote Isle of Mull, the region is known for its rugged beauty and rich natural offerings.
Make sure to spot the white-tailed eagles and seals from your window, and when a wee dram is required, note that complimentary whisky is available in the library.
Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie
Located on the remote island of Eilean Donan in Loch Duich, Eilean Donan Castle offers visitors phenomenal beauty and more than 800 years of history.
One of the most photographed monuments in the country, the construction is nothing short of a Scottish icon.
The castle is open to visitors, while an on-site cottage with a wood-burning fire makes for cosy accommodation.
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