1) Kincraig Castle Hotel, Tomich
Kincraig Castle located in the remote northern Highlands of Scotland, is a hidden gem of a place. Overlooking the Cromarty Firth, the castle was once the family home of the Clan Mackenzie, and is now a a 4 star luxury hotel. Surrounded by unspoilt wilderness, Kincraig is also conveniently located close to Inverness, considered by many to be the ‘Capital of the Highlands.’ The local area is ideal for fishing, golf, hillwalking, and exploring local whisky distilleries and historic castles.
2) Sherbrooke Castle, Glasgow
Located on the south side of Scotland’s largest city, Sherbrooke is the ideal hotel base for exploring the city of Glasgow. The hotel offers it’s guests 4 star luxury in a quiet neighbourhood that is literally only 10 minutes from the city centre by taxi. The Sherbrooke built in 1896 was actually once a family home, and was commissioned by the military during World War 2. It is built in the Victorian Baronial style, and many other fine mansion houses can be spotted during a stroll of the surrounding area.
3) Dornoch Castle, Dornoch
Situated opposite a 12th Century cathedral in the northerly town of Dornoch, this 500 year old castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a sheep thief who was hung in the vicinity of the building. Thanfully these days nobody is hung in front of the castle, and guests are given a warm welcome to this modern hotel. If you are a whisky fan, then this is the hotel for you, as it was awarded the accolade of ‘Whisky Bar of the Year 2014.’
4) Castle Venlaw, Near Peebles
Castle Venlaw has 14th Century origins, but the original building was destroyed and replaced by the present one around 1782. The hotel is set in 12 acres of pleasant Scottish Borders countryside, and makes the ideal location for a relaxing break. Venlaw is only 22 miles from the capital city of Edinburgh, making it just perfect for day trips to one of Europe’s most picturesque cities. Rooms at the castle are traditional in style with some featuring 4 poster beds, though at the same time this is a modern hotel offering free WIFI, flat screen TV’s and DVD players in each room.
5) Melville Castle Hotel, Near Dalkeith
Melville Castle Hotel describes itself as a ‘Country House hotel with a contemporary twist.’ Located near the town of Dalkeith which is close to Edinburgh, Melville Castle is just perfect for those wanting to explore Scotland’s capital city. The castle was built in 1791, and designed by famous architect William Henry Playfair who was responsible for many of Edinburgh’s most well known landmark buildings. Today the 4 star Melville combines 18th Century elegance with modern comfort.
6) Cringletie House, Peebles
Cringletie House is situated in the pleasant Borders town of Peebles approximately 20 miles from the capital city of Edinburgh. Cringletie was built in 1861, and won the AA’s ‘Scottish Hotel of the Year Award 2013/2014,’ earning it the reputation as one of Scotland’s finest country house hotels. The hotel is surrounded by 28 acres of grounds and walled gardens, ideal for a relaxing stroll. Luxurious suites, free WIFI, in room spa treatments, and gourmet dining ensure that guests to Cringletie are guaranteed a break to remember.
7) Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae
Glenapp Castle situated close to the pleasant South Ayrshire village of Ballantrae is a luxury 5 star hotel set in 36 acres of woodland and gardens. Built in 1870 in the ‘Scottish Baronial’ style, the castle was extensively renovated in 1994 and restored to it’s former glory. Today the hotel offers all the luxuries you would expect from a five star hotel, and can be easily reached from Prestwick Airport, around 1 hour’s drive away. Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, is conveniently located 1 hour 40 minutes away by car.
8) Shieldhill Castle, Biggar
Shieldhill Castle is located near Biggar, a quiet market town which is only 30 minutes drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow. Shieldhill was seat of the Chancellor family for over 700 years; it was believed that the Chancellors arrived in the British Isles from France after the Norman conquest of 1066. Despite it’s ancient heritage, Shieldhill is very much a modern 4 star hotel, offering fine ‘AA Rosette’ dining, free WIFI,
9) Tulloch Castle, Dingwall
Tulloch Castle located in the northern town of Dingwall, probably dates from the 16th Century and was originally home to the Bain family during that era. Like many mansion houses, the castle was commissioned by the military during World War 2, and used as a hospital after the evacuation of Dunkirk. The castle is within easy roughly 20 minutes drive from Inverness, the ‘Capital of the Highlands.’
10) Dalmunzie Castle, Glenshee
Located in a secluded Perthshire glen close to the wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park, Dalmunzie is ideal for those seeking a peaceful retreat. With 17 individually styled rooms offering views of the surrounding mountains, Dalmunzie is a small yet grand hotel. Despite having a history stretching back over 500 years, Dalmunzie is modern hotel offering high quality dining, WIFI, flat screen TV in rooms, en-suite, and tennis court.