What could be more romantic than staying in a castle in the highlands? Some recommendations for staying in castles in Scotland .
Airth Castle -
The Airth Castle Hotel was built some time after 1488. Airth Castle & Hotel Stirlingshire lies within easy reach of the historic city of Stirling, and the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh. The Hotel has a fully equipped health center, which includes a gymnasium, sauna, steam room, solarium and indoor swimming pool.
Barony Castle - south of Edinburgh (Peebles) Originally built for the Murrays of Blackbarony, and steeped in history, this imposing 16th century tower house has evolved into the modern, welcoming hotel we see today. Escape to 25 acres of idyllic countryside, refreshing body and mind then relax in the Thermal Experience pool before enjoying the hospitality of the bar and sampling a local dish.
Borthwick Castle -near Edinburgh
Only twelve miles from Edinburgh in a pastoral valley, this romantic castle stands on the summit of a knoll on the periphery of the romantic Borders immortalized by Sir Walter Scott. Borthwick Castle built in 1430 was once the refuge of Mary Queen of Scots and the Earl of Bothwell. All the bedchambers, tastefully furnished in period style. Guests will wonder at the miracle of the stone mason's art embodied in the spiral staircases, the fourteen foot thickness of the walls and the magnificent twin towers which stand 100 feet high from the dungeons to the battlements. Borthwick boasts 12 Bedchambers in total. All bedchambers and suites, tastefully furnished in period style, have showers and toilets en-suite. Many of the bedchambers have four poster beds.
Dornoch Castle - Northern Highlands
Dornoch Castle in the northwest of Scotland was built in the 5th century. Due to the layout of this historic castle, every room has its own special theme and ambience, each bringing out a piece of history. Many rooms which overlook the formal walled gardens and have wonderful views of the Dornoch Firth and to the hills beyond. The famous Royal Dornoch Championship Golf Course is only a stone’s throw away from the Castle. The Whisky Bar’s vast selection of rare and unique vintage malts to entice all whisky fans. Dornoch Distillery is situated in the old “Fire House” which was built in 1881, situated in the rear of the Castle’s garden. Although the building is a micro-distillery it has plenty of room for the boys to create their own handcrafted ‘old style’ whisky and one shot ‘Thompson Brothers Organic Gin’.
Dalhousie Castle near Edinburgh
The castle has 29 stylishly appointed standard castle rooms, all with private bathrooms. All Castle rooms are non-smoking. Aqueous at Dalhousie offers an excellent range of Spa treatments.
Themed rooms at Dalhousie Castle are available.
Fernie Castle - close to St. Andrews
Fernie Castle is in a superb location for anyone visiting Scotland. This 450 year old castle can offer all the character of the past with comforts today's visitor expects from a hotel with such high recommendations and awards. Situated in 17 acres of woodlands with it's own loch, there is ample parking space and places to stroll, or just relax. The aura of the castle is first glimpsed through the wooded drive as one approaches. Once inside, you will be greeted with a cheery open fire and a warm welcome. The Keep Bar and The Wallace Lounge are each directly off the reception hall.
Fonab Castle - 5 star near Pitlochry. Lovingly restored, it draws inspiration from its historic past and breath-taking surroundings whilst adding the odd contemporary twist.
Glenapp Castle -South West Scotland, was built in 1870 by the celebrated architect David Bryce for James Hunter, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire. The castle and its lands were purchased in 1917 by James Lyle Mackay, subsequently the first Earl of Inchcape. Within the castle there are graceful lounges and elegant dining rooms as well as 17 individually furnished and decorated bedrooms and suites and seemingly endless oak panelled hallways and corridors. All are handsomely furnished with personally chosen antiques and fine oil paintings, and individually decorated to the highest standard in traditional style.
Inverlochy Castle near Ft. William
Inverlochy Castle is one of the world's most luxurious castle hotels, and regularly plays host to a myriad of international stars and royalty. Its breathtaking charm has been enjoyed by the likes of Mel Gibson and Liam Neeson, and is even featured in the diaries of Queen Victoria who wrote "I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot". Built in 1863, the castle is uniquely situated between two of Scotland's most famous landmarks - Ben Nevis and Loch Ness, and stands proudly within some of the most magnificent scenery in the Highlands. With just 17 palatial bedrooms, this "hidden gem" is wonderfully discreet, and is surrounded by 500 acres of fabulous landscaped gardens, leading down to its own private loch.
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Mansfield Castle - Tain, Invernesshire set in 3.5 acres of picturesque countryside, with award winning cuisine and magnificent oak panelling throughout. Mansfield is a refined castle dating from the 1800s, a traditional country hotel is 8 minutes' walk from the Tain Through Time museum and 1.7 miles from Tain Golf Club.
Stonefield Castle west coast of Scotland, north of Glasgow
Stonefield Castle Hotel is an outstanding example of Scottish baronial architecture. Built in 1837, the Castle stands high on the famous Kintyre peninsula commanding quite spectacular panoramic views over Loch Fyne. Guests can relax in the traditional elegance of wood paneled lounges with fine corniced ceilings, unwind on leisurely walks through the 60 acres of woodland grounds.
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