Last Updated on October 4, 2023

Have you ever stayed in a castle? This has to be every child’s fairytale dream come true.

The idea of sleeping in a Scottish castle rentals delights the inner princess, prince or knight in all of us!

Our team has gathered some breathtaking castle vacation rental properties throughout Scotland that will make your lifelong dream a magical reality. 

Whether you choose to experience your palace or chateau with someone special, a group of friends, or together as a family or a reunion, we’ve got you covered.

What is it about staying in a castle that’s so special? Unlike hotels, castles offer a journey into the past, historic authenticity, privacy, luxury, and the opportunity to feel like royalty – that’s just hard to beat.

Dollarbeg Castle, Dollar, Scotland

This luxury 3-bedroom, 2-bath apartment that can sleep six guests is located at the very top of the Dollarbeg Castle tower. The apartment features turreted corners, a private roof top terrace with stunning panoramic views and even a cinema room.

A bottle of Champagne and a welcome basket are provided upon arrival. The castle location makes it easy to navigate the local sights, including nearby Edinburgh.

Historic Fairytale Lickleyhead Castle – Insch

The East Wing of Lickleyhead Castle contains a luxury two-bedroom, two-bath that can accommodate up to six guests. Each of the castle’s bedrooms have been styled to reflect the period of its former owners which includes the ‘Bartholf’ medieval styled room.

Built in the 16th century, the castle is situated on 11 picturesque acres boasting two streams with swing ropes adding to the fun. Its location on the lower slopes of Bennachie offers even more outdoor hiking and outdoor adventure opportunities.

Dunskey Castle – Ayrshire

One of the opulent living room areas of Dunskey Castle vacation rental in Scotland.
One of the opulent living room areas of Dunskey Castle vacation rental in Scotland. Photo courtesy of VRBO

This is the absolute perfect place for a family reunion! Your very own fairytale castle.

The historic manor by the sea is situated on a 2000-acre wooded estate and can sleep up to 50 guests. The stunning property overlooking rolling meadows offers 21 bedrooms and 17.5 baths and is completely unrivaled in its architecture and magnificent opulent rooms and furnishings.

You have to see it to believe it!

Castle Douglas – Balmaclellan

Built in the mid-17th century, this countryside property is situated within Barscobe Estate, a privately owned 800-acre estate located about one mile from the village of Balmaclellan, and 17 miles from the market town of Castle Douglas.

Furnished in a traditionally rustic country style, the Castle can accommodate up to nine guests with its five bedrooms and three baths.

This is in an ideal retreat location for those who love the outdoors, offering its own wild trout fishing on picturesque Barscobe Loch, along with hills, ancient woodlands, river and waterfalls, and other adventures within only five to ten-minutes of the castle.

Medieval Colliston Castle – Arbroath

Medieval Colliston Castle vacation rental in Scotland.
Medieval Colliston Castle vacation rental in Scotland. Photo courtesy of VRBO

How does a stay in a medieval castle sound? If that’s your cup of tea, we have the perfect one to share.

This medieval fortress on 10 acres of verdant grounds and woodlands is complete with turrets, a priest hole, a great hall and magnificent fireplaces.

Seven large bedrooms and four reception rooms provide all the comfort for an extended family and friends’ stay, which can accommodate up to 16 guests. The castle is located very close to the sea and golf courses, including picturesque Carnoustie.

Craigston Castle – Turriff

Craigston Castle vacation rental in Scotland.
Craigston Castle vacation rental in Scotland. Photo courtesy of VRBO

This magnificent castle has remained in the same family since it was built in 1604. It includes five bedrooms, five baths and can sleep 10 guests.

The estate is located on 750 acres of parkland and farm fields with walking and biking trails, and 18th century stone bridges that cross estate burns and babbling brooks. Nature lovers will enjoy sightings of roe deer, foxes, badgers, red squirrels, pine martens, hares, woodcock, owls, buzzards, sparrow hawks and ospreys.

Craigston Castle is only five miles from one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world with quaint, picturesque fishing villages and beautiful beaches. The nearest village of Turriff (just five miles away) has a good selection of shops, grocers, pubs and restaurants.

Duchray Castle – Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond

Nestled in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Forest just 2.5 miles from Aberfoyle, this 500-year-old tower house is also within the local area of Loch Lomond and Stirlingshire.

Offering four spacious bedrooms and four baths, the castle can accommodate eight guests. Eighty acres of private woodlands invite travelers to walk along the river, traverse a bubbling stream and enjoy going through the woods. Duchray Castle’s hedge garden is a botanical paradise with stunning seasonal flowers. The woods are full of blueberries and mushrooms for those who like to forage and the castle is ideal for dark-sky stargazing opportunities.

Old Newton of Doune – Doune

This charming fortalice offers a beautiful walled garden and fabulous views of Doune Castle (just a six-minute stroll away). It’s ideal for family and friend gatherings as the six-bedroom, three-bath property can sleep up to 12. Its period décor and furnishings are incredibly impressive.

The castle is one of the oldest in Scotland with records dating back to 1435. It’s also seen its share of famous visitors including Walter Scott, David Hume and the cast and crew of the “Outlander” series.

The charming village of Doune is within easy walking distance. 

Fenton Tower – North Berwick

Dreaming of a stay in your very own Scottish castle? You can do just that with this property as well.

The fortified 16th century tower is located 18 miles east of Edinburgh near the coastal town of North Berwick. Turning the clock back to the 11th century, the location was chosen because of its 360-degree panoramic views. 

Distinguished guests of the castle included James VI of Scotland (son of Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley) who took refuge there as he fled from the rebel army in Fife across the Firth of Forth.

The nine-bedroom, 4.5-bath Scottish castle rental can easily accommodate up to 13 guests on its rolling countryside grounds surrounded by many of the worlds’ most famous golf courses (Muirfield, Gullane, and North Berwick).

Aside from golf, other sporting activities include fly fishing, horseback riding, archery and more.

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