Scotland boasts fantasy-like scenery with dramatic landscapes such as heather-covered mountains, white sandy beaches edged by turquoise waters and countless castles. While that’s more than enough to call many travelers to visit, some of those castles are even available for booking on Airbnb. Staying in one is the ultimate ingredient when it comes to creating a trip you’ll never forget.
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Ideal for a romantic retreat, at ancient Neidpath Castle you can sleep where Mary Queen of Scots herself stayed in the summer of 1563 with her husband Lord Darnley. You’ll have the whole castle to explore to yourself and a comfortable, luxurious room to spend the night, complete with an antique four-poster bed, an open fire and a deep roll top bath. An elegant table will be set for breakfast and you’ll have a small kitchenette with refrigerator, kettle and provisions to put together your own continental morning meal. Dinner can be served by prior arrangement, and you’ll find a number of restaurants and an award-winning chocolatier in the nearby town of Peebles, just 10 minutes away.
This two-bedroom Airbnb that sleeps up to four is located in the 16th-century Scottish tower wing of this family castle residence. The castle itself dates back to the 13th-century and has retained many of its original features. In the main bedroom, located on the second floor, guests enjoy a peaceful night’s rest in a super-king bed and views that overlook the parkland. There are coffee and tea making facilities, a refrigerator and a billiard room with a full-size billiard/snooker table along with a selection of board games. A full breakfast is included, served in the dining room.
Welcoming guests for 160 years, Balintore Castle is nestled in a remote Angus Glen. The kitchen wing accommodation has kept the Victorian character of the building while restored to provide modern amenities with three bedrooms sleeping up to six. Guests enjoy direct access to hill walking, mountain biking, bird-watching and shooting, with professional catering available for both breakfast and evening meals. As the castle is in the process of being fully restored, there isn’t access to other areas. You will, however, be helping to contribute to its magnificent restoration.
Cats Castle was built in 1888, set across two acres bringing picturesque views down the Firth of Clyde near the coast. It has five bedrooms, including a turret bedroom on the top floor, accommodating up to 12 guests, making it ideal for a family getaway, reunion or celebratory occasion. There are three reception rooms, all of which boast working fireplaces, a family kitchen, pantry, formal dining room, living room and a laundry room. The property has a beautiful lawn that surrounds most of it too, perfect for the kids to play.
Looking like something out of a storybook, this 16th-century Scottish castle is surrounded by the scenic, ancient landscape of Kilmartin Glen, which has an 8,000-year history. Enjoy an unforgettable stay and exploring everything from ancient rock carvings and forts to burial tombs and standing stones as the area hosts one of the richest concentrations of archaeological sites in Scotland. Fully restored, the castle will be open to guests through October 2020 as a luxury bed and breakfast, with the five en-suite bedrooms rented out individually. Renting the entire place exclusively is possible too. It offers a mix of rustic with historic features along with modern living comforts like wood-burning stoves, extravagant walk-in showers, roll-top baths and luxurious bedding.
This beautiful Airbnb is a self-contained ground floor apartment that sits within a romantic Scottish castle providing access to a garden as well as miles and miles of trails for walks through the hills and forest. The apartment sleeps up to four in two bedrooms and has a kitchen, living room, its own garden area and a shared utility room. The floors have radiant heat for extra comfort on chilly days. You’ll be about an hour away from world-renowned golf in St. Andrews and close to historical sites of interests along with a wide array of dining and shopping options.
This self-contained apartment sits inside an Edwardian historic castle. Dunskey has been impeccably maintained and comes complete with fine period furnishings and baronial features, sleeping up to eight guests in four bedrooms. It has a wealth of gorgeous original details like the beautiful art deco spiral staircase, classic windowpanes and blonde wood floor while adding modern features like a Smart TV, fast Wi-Fi and biomass heating. Guests enjoy 2,000 acres of glen walks, beaches where dolphins and seals are often spotted, forests, lochs, waterfalls and gardens, along with a huge lawn for games and a courtyard for grilling.
Invergare is a fairytale-like castle built in Scots Baronial style in 1855. Facing the Clyde Estuary in the conservation village of Rhu, it has lots of magnificent period features, including marble fireplaces in the drawing room. There’s a snooker table, a kitchen and everything you need for cooking, along with a fabulous hot tub. The castle makes an ideal base for enjoying Loch Lomond as well as a number of excellent golf courses nearby and lots of outstanding eateries. As your host notes, you’ll find “literally hundreds of walks within this area,” along with both the Highway Way and John Muir Way, with all details provided so you can enjoy them.
This four-bedroom apartment that sleeps up to eight occupies the entire top floor of historic Craster Tower which has been owned by the same family for 850 years. A beautifully preserved country house, it dates from the 15th-century and was built around a 14th-century Pele Tower. Enjoy spectacular views from nearly every vantage point and some of the best coastal and hill walks in Scotland nearby. It includes extra-spacious rooms, many of which have retained original features like the ornate stone fireplaces and a Venetian chandelier in the drawing room. Guests also enjoy access to a large garden area with a patio, garden furniture, barbecue and large trampoline as well as a tennis court.
Located in the west wing of a private home that was built in 1780 and purchased by the current family a century later, this castle enjoys a lovely rural setting and views that stretch as far as the Lake District on one side and the Criffle on the other. There are four bedrooms, all refurbished with their own bathrooms, sleeping up to eight guests, and loads of books for guests who want to just relax with a good read in comfortable beds. Breakfast is included, served in the original ‘Servant’s Hall,’ and you’ll find lots of beautiful paths for walking and biking nearby.
Built on the foundations of a 12th-century Viking settlement, Freswick Castle features everything from medieval to 18th-century architecture, overlooking a bay that provides a haven for wildlife. The beach is just steps away and guests can also enjoy relaxing in the hall or lounge, which has a baby grand piano. It sleeps up to six in three bedrooms also offers access to a large shared kitchen/dining room area with stunning views.
Tucked within the heart of Queen Elizabeth Forest, Duchray Castle is a 500-year-old tower house providing cozy accommodation for up to eight in four bedrooms, complete with a renewable biomass heating system. It sits on 80 acres of secluded parkland while serving as an ideal base for enjoying Loch Lomond, Stirling and The Trossachs, a designated National Scenic Area with magnificent lochs, forests, hills and glens. Wildlife watching is stellar, with golden eagles, peregrine falcons, red deer, foxes, wild cat and more.