One of the best things about Scotland is that wherever you are, a castle is always close by. Along with the wonderful scenery, lochs and mountains, the castles throughout Scotland form a vital part of our heritage and there’s nowhere in the world with a finer selection. At one time, there was up to 3,000 castles in Scotland and amazingly there are still over 1,200 in existence. Many are ruins but a huge number are still inhabited and some by the original families who built them centuries ago. Overlooking Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh Castle is probably Scotland’s most famous and important castle. The different buildings throughout the castle house the Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, Mons Meg and there is still a garrison of soldiers stationed within its walls.
Queen Victoria did a lot to revive interest in Scotland’s castles when she purchased Balmoral and after Prince Albert’s death went on to spend a long period of mourning in Deeside. A lot of other noble families built or purchased local estates and many fine old castles were restored. This period followed the age of enlightenment when the likes of Robert Adam, Scotland’s most famous architect, built many fine homes for genteel living rather than as a fortification. His Culzean Castle is a clever mix of the two. Other wonderful examples of his work like Mellerstain heralded the end of the aristocracy wanting to build traditional castles, until the Victorians, a century later brought the tower house back into vogue, restoring the likes of 16th Century Crathes Castle and 13th Century Fyvie Castle back to their former glory.
The white-washed Blair Castle overlooking the River Garry, is a great example of an ancient Ducal seat belonging to the Dukes of Atholl and also the home of Europe’s last private army, the Atholl Highlanders. On the west of Scotland, the grand exterior of Inveraray Castle, home of the Dukes of Argyll, works well with its very grand interiors which embody the best of 18th-century neoclassical elegance. Other Dukes built castles embracing a different style, like Floors Castle, the home of the Duke of Roxburghe which was built by Vanburgh, who is most famous for designing Blenheim Palace, the home of the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Churchill.
Cawdor Castle is among Scotland’s most romantic castles. Famous for its fairy-tale exteriors, its dramatic history and stunning gardens which are over 300 years old, this is a wonderful castle to visit when exploring the highlands. Meanwhile, further to the west, Eilean Donan is probably the most photographed castle in the world, with a perfect setting on an island at the start of Loch Duich. This castle is full of Jacobite history including a sword used at the battle of Culloden. In Angus sits the magnificent Glamis Castle, home to the Earls of Strathmore, the childhood home of the late HM The Queen Mother and the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Approached down a long drive way, Glamis has a wonderful baronial splendour and plenty of ghosts!
Castle rental in Scotland has increased in popularity over the last decade or two with the number of Scottish castles for rent increasing to match demand. Castle owners, both families who have owned them for centuries and new owners, have decided to open their doors to guests who would like to experience staying in grand, historical surroundings and live life in splendour if only for a week or two. These castle owners have completely modernised and refurbished the castles to the very highest of standards ensuring that guests can enjoy supreme comfort when they rent a Scottish castle. At LTR, we only work with the very best Scottish castles and ensure that we meet the needs of our clients with the perfect place to stay. We know each and every castle we work with extremely well and therefore have the confidence to guarantee a stay that meets and hopefully exceeds expectations. If you are looking to rent a castle in Scotland we have a selection of the very best castles in Scotland, and can ensure we arrange for you to stay in the castle that best suits your needs.
If you would like to stay in a castle in Scotland, we would be delighted to help you find the perfect castle rental in Scotland so please call or email us.
For those who have a passion for castles and would like to read more about them, why not take a read of our Ultimate Guide to Castles? If you would love to visit Scotland and are wondering what there is to see and do, please take a look at some of our blog posts. It is very difficult to decide when the best time to visit Scotland is, as every season has it’s magic. There are so many incredible things to see and do in Scotland, but no trip would be complete without visiting a distillery. Here, we run through our favourite 15 whisky distilleries in all of Scotland. Scotland isn’t only famous for its castles, but also for its golf, fishing and sights.