The Witchery by the Castle
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The Witchery by the Castle  
Hotel in Edinburgh  
Excellent 9.4
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The Witchery was established by James Thomson, one of the most famous restaurant owners in Scotland, at a historic building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle. It takes its name from the hundreds of women burned at the stake as witches on Castlehill during the 16th and 17th centuries. The Witchery occupies a substantial 16th century building, Boswell’s Court, named after a former resident, James Boswell. With its antique-filled suites secreted within dreamy 16th-century building, guests are swept into an opulent, Gothic fantasy.
 
Fonab Castle Hotel
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Fonab Castle Hotel  
Hotel in Pitlochry  
Excellent 9.4
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Idyllically located at the shores of Loch Faskally, Fonab Castle is a grand historic landmark of the area. It was initially built in 1892 in order to be used by port and sherry merchants. Later on it was used by the Scottish Hydro Power company, until it was purchased by the Clark family in 2002, who turned the castle into a lavish and beautifully restored luxury hotel. Today, Fonab Castle is renowned for its exquisite accommodation and spa facilities and offers nothing short of a royal stay to every guest.
 
Dalhousie Castle Hotel
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Dalhousie Castle Hotel  
Hotel in Bonnyrigg  
Very Good 8.5
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Located just minutes outside Edinburgh, Dalhousie Castle was built in the 13th century and belonged to the Ramsay clan for centuries. After a rather turbulent past and many renovations, the castle was turned into the award-winning hotel that it is today, providing guests with excellent service and a magical atmosphere that will make them feel like they have travelled through time.
 
Shieldhill Castle Hotel
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Shieldhill Castle Hotel  
Country House in Biggar  
Good 7.8
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The castle was initially built in the 12th century and is considered as a historic property of great importance for the Scottish heritage. After a turbulent history and many renovations, the castle was turned into a luxury hotel in 1959, offering guests the most idyllic scenery to spend the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation in the Scottish countryside.
 
Inverlochy Castle Hotel
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Inverlochy Castle Hotel  
Country House in Fort William  
Excellent 9.3
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Inverlochy Hotel is a 19th century mansion, steeped in history and surrounded by the beautiful Scottish greenery. It is located near Fort William, close to the ruins of the Inverlochy Castle that was built in the 13th century, from which it also acquired it name. The castle hotel has even been lauded for its lovely and romantic atmosphere by Queen Victoria herself, since it offers the most lavish and royal-like accommodation experience to all its guests.
 
Glengarry Castle Hotel
Glengarry Castle Hotel  
Country House in Invergarry  
Excellent 9.3
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Initially built during the first half of the 17th century as Invergarry Castle, it used to be the seat of the MacDonell family. The castle had been destroyed, burned down and rebuilt countless times during the days of clan warfare. In the 1860s, the castle was rebuilt and repurposed by the famous Scottish architect David Bryce and has accommodated various noble tenants over the years, before becoming the luxurious hotel that it is today.
 
Sherbrooke Castle Hotel
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Sherbrooke Castle Hotel  
Hotel in Glasgow  
Excellent 9.1
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Sherbrooke Castle was built in 1896 by a well-known contractor of the time, John Morrison, who wanted to create a baronial mansion for himself. Built in impressive red sandstone just outside Glasgow, Sherbrooke Castle boasts many of the architectural and stylistic characteristics of the late Victorian period. It became a hotel just before WWII broke out, during which it was used by the Royal Navy as a training ground for its officers. In 1945, it became a hotel again, offering lavish accommodation and excellent services to all its guests.
 
Knock Castle Hotel & Spa
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Knock Castle Hotel & Spa  
Hotel in Crieff  
Very Good 8.7
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Initially built around 1870s and perfectly situated on the Knock of Crieff, the castle has been used as a renowned health spa before being turned to the hotel that it is today. Offering lavish suites, excellent hospitality and unparalleled panoramic views over the lush Scottish landscapes, this castle hotel is nothing short of ideal for those travellers who want to take a trip in space and time and be pampered like true royalty.
 
Barony Castle Hotel
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Barony Castle Hotel  
Hotel in Peebles  
Very Good 8.1
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Dating as far back as the 15th century, the castle was initially known as Darnhall and featured fortifications and towers that helped fend off the attacks of any invading armies. In the early 18th century, the castle's facade was revamped in a Jacobean style, so as to resemble a French chateau more closely and become more modern and closer to the architectural standards of the time. Although the castle has been renovated before being turned into a hotel, it still maintains some of its historic elements, such as the remains of a vaulted cellar that can still be seen from the hotel's entrance.
 
Stonefield Castle Hotel ‘A Bespoke Hotel’
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Stonefield Castle Hotel ‘A Bespoke Hotel’  
Country House in Stonefield  
Very Good 8.5
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Originally built in 1837 and known by the name of Barmore, this baronial manor house was initially made by the MacAlister family. It has been rebuilt ever since by various well-established Scottish architects and designers, and it also boasts an extensive garden and botanical collection. It was eventually sold and opened as a hotel in 1950, offering comfortable and luxurious accommodation, as well as a spectacular setting where guests can admire the lush Scottish greenery and the outstanding landscapes.
 
Mansfield Castle Hotel
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Mansfield Castle Hotel  
Country House in Tain  
Very Good 8.2
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The castle and its surrounding land date back to the 18th century. The property changed hands many times before been purchased by George Murray in the early 19th century, who renamed the castle as Mansfield. The turbulent history and change of owners did not cease then, though, since the castle was sold time and again, until the Fowler family came to its possession and refurbished it extensively at the beginning of the 20th century. During WWII, the castle was used by the military and after the war it was turned into a hotel, while still changing various owners throughout the years.
 
Glenapp Castle
Glenapp Castle  
Hotel in Ballantrae  
Excellent 9.6
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Initially belonging to the Earl of Orkney, the Glenapp Estate was acquired by James Hunter at around 1870, who hired the renowned Edinburgh architect David Bryce to redesign the castle. Thus, the castle was decorated in the Scottish Baronial style, elegantly combining elements of the Gothic and Renaissance design to create the grandeur and fairytale appearance it has until today. Surrounded by lush landscaped gardens, boasting turrets and towers and an unrivaled atmosphere that transports guests back in time, this castle hotel is one of the most lavish Scottish destinations.
 
Kincraig Castle Hotel
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Kincraig Castle Hotel  
Country House in Invergordon  
Excellent 8.9
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Kincraig Castle is an 18th century castle nestled in an idyllic location in the Scottish highlands. It is right outside Inverness and it belonged to the Mackenzie clan. Today, it is a 4-star hotel that offers luxurious accommodation in a historic and beautiful natural setting, as well as excellent services and 10 acres of gardens and green spaces for all guests to enjoy.
 
Melville Castle
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Melville Castle  
Hotel in Dalkeith  
Excellent 8.8
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The very first written records of Melville Castle date as far back as the 12th century, when it was used as the personal estate of the Governor of Edinburgh Castle. During the 16th century, Mary Stuart, also known as Queen of Scots, was a frequent visitor to the Melville Castle when she returned to Scotland after becoming a widow in France. In the 19th century, Queen Victoria was also a guest in Melville Castle, an estate which mesmerised her. The famous writer Sir Walter Scott was also inspired by the majestic estate to write a story. After the death of its then owners, the castle fell into disarray until the 1990s when it was restored to its former glory and opened as a hotel.
 
Airth Castle Hotel
Airth Castle Hotel  
Country House in Airth  
Good 7.2
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Located in the Falkirk area of Scotland and overlooking the River of Firth, Airth Castle is said to date as far back as the 13th century. William Wallace, the 'Braveheart' of Scotland, is said to have attacked the castle in order to rescue his uncle. Parts of the castle were destroyed in the 15th century, and in the 16th century an extension was added to the building. The ruins of a parish church of Airth can also be found inside the castle's walls, while it is considered as a historic building of grave importance even until today.
 
Tulloch Castle Hotel ‘A Bespoke Hotel’
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Tulloch Castle Hotel ‘A Bespoke Hotel’  
Hotel in Dingwall  
Very Good 8.3
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Originally built in the 12th century, the castle belonged to the Bains and the Davidson clan soon after. The name Tulloch was given to the castle at the beginning of the 16th century and has remained as such ever since, despite having changed ownership countless times. In the 1940s, after the evacuation of Dunkirk, the castle was used as a hospital and later on as a hostel for females only. In 1996, the castle was sold again and remade into the hotel and conference centre that it is today.
 
Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate
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Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate  
Country House in Musselburgh  
Excellent 9.1
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Carberry Tower dates back to the 15th century and is surrounded by an idyllic lake and many acres of scenic woodland. In the 19th century, the tower was extended and turned into a lavish mansion, being home to many royal and noble families over the centuries. It has been called by many as 'Edinburgh's castle in the country', thus showcasing its grandeur and importance. Today, the mansion is used as a luxury hotel and famous wedding venue, maintaining its historic atmosphere and offering the most royal treatment to all its guests.
 
Dornoch Castle Hotel
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Dornoch Castle Hotel  
Hotel in Dornoch  
Very Good 8.1
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Set in the heart of Dornoch, the castle boasts a 500-year-old history. Although the exact date of its construction is not known, it is said to be around since the 16th century. The castle was rebuilt during the 18th century, and it was used as a prison, a school and many other things before becoming the lavish historic hotel that it is today. Maintaining as much of its original atmosphere and period grandeur, the castle is bound to offer an unforgettable experience to every guest who stays there.
 
Faside Estate
Faside Estate  
Bed & Breakfast in Musselburgh  
Excellent 9.7
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Boasting a strategic location in East Lothian, Scotland, Faside Castle was initially constructed in the 15th century as a keep and castle to fend off attacks by the English army. It has been known by various spellings throughout the years and it has come under the ownership of many noble families. Before being turned into the hotel that it is today, the castle had been extensively restored, since the damages it has undergone through the centuries were immense.
 
Lews Castle
Lews Castle  
Apartments in Stornoway  
Excellent 9.4
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Lews Castle is a wonderful Victorian era building that was first constructed in the 19th century. During WWII, the castle was used by the army forces, while after the war it was used as accommodation facilities for students of the Lews Castle College. The castle was abandoned for many years after the closing of the accommodation, until it was acquired by the local council that turned it into a museum, cultural centre and cafe, while in recent years some of its top rooms are being rented to guests.
 
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