Sixteen Lovely Castle Hotels in Ireland
Nov 2, 2017
We've spent hours researching blogs and magazines for the best hotel recommendations. These are our top picks of lovely castle hotels in Scotland. Bon voyage!
Updated Nov 2, 2017
Rated 9.4 in 51 reviews From 245 GBP per night
“Fantastic in every way! We loved everything about our stay! The staff were all very friendly and helpful, but never intrusive. The food was fantastic from start to finish.”
Between Stranraer and Girvan, Glenapp Castle in Ballantrae offers luxurious accommodation in 36 acres of gardens and woodland. Dating back to 1870, this 5-star South Ayrshire hotel includes an award-winning restaurant and provides free on-site parking and Wi-Fi.
All rooms and suites at Glenapp Castle include a flat-screen TV with DVD player, trouser press, desk, alarm clock, safe, seating area and tea and coffee facilities. Each has an en suite bathroom with bath, shower, hairdryer, bathrobe and complimentary toiletries. Rooms have views of the sea or gardens.
The restaurant offers gourmet 6-course dining, and indulgent afternoon tea is also served. An extensive list of wines and champagne is offered.
Glenapp Castle is around 35 minutes’ drive from Galloway Forest Park. Ayr, Troon and Prestwick Airport are all around 1 hour’s drive north of Ballantrae.
Rated 9.6 in 260 reviews From 165 GBP per night
“Absolutely magnific location. Sitting with an enchanting host at night having whiskey and sharing stories about the dripping sailor's ghost haunting the castle with spectacular view from the library to the sea. A must! We'll be back!”
Providing free WiFi, Glengorm Castle is situated in Tobermory. The property boasts a garden, as well as a shared lounge. Certain units at the property have a terrace with a sea view.
The units in the bed and breakfast are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Glengorm Castle offers some rooms that feature garden views, and rooms are equipped with a private bathroom with a bath. Guest rooms include a desk.
A Full English/Irish breakfast is served every morning at the property.
Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Tobermory, like fishing.
Rated 9.6 in 29 reviews From 148 GBP per night
“The most amazing property we have ever stayed in. Every single member of staff ws outstanding -so attentive and friendly. The Castle was immaculate! Spotless, peaceful, relaxed and comfortable. Food was exceptionally tasty. Dream stay. We'll hopefully get there again.”
Set in High Blantyre, Crossbasket Castle boasts a garden and terrace. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. The accommodation features free WiFi.
At the hotel, all rooms include a desk and a flat-screen TV. Crossbasket Castle offers certain rooms that have a safety deposit box, and rooms come with a private bathroom with a shower and bathrobes. All guest rooms include a wardrobe.
Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a Vegetarian breakfast.
Glasgow is 12 km from Crossbasket Castle. The nearest airport is Glasgow Airport, 21 km from the hotel.
Rated 9.4 in 154 reviews From 295 GBP per night
“A luxurious property with everything one could need and the setting is stunning.”
Set amongst the beautiful Scottish West Highlands scenery, 19th-century Inverlochy is an award-winning luxury hotel and restaurant. Fort William town centre is just 6.4 km away.
The Menu features modern British cuisine which is internationally recognised by all major guides. We have been awarded AA 3 Red Rosettes.
All of the individually designed rooms have sumptuous decor, with a TV, CD player and a private bathroom. A DVD player and Play Station 2 are available on request. Striking mountainside views may be enjoyed.
Leisure activities at Inverlochy include tennis, fishing and clay pigeon shooting. Free WiFi internet access and free parking are available.
Rated 9.3 in 445 reviews From 190 GBP per night
“Fantastic hotel in a great location. Room and view were perfect! Probably won't stay in a nicer room.”
Nestled in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, Fonab Castle, refurbished and opened in 2013, boasts luxurious rooms, scenic views, mature gardens, free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants.
Each individually designed room has been decorated sympathetically to blend a contemporary style with the original room features. The elegant en suite bathroom has a spacious walk-in power shower, bathrobes, slippers, and Thierry Mugler toiletries. Luxury Egyptian cotton, a flat-screen smart TV with Revo entertainment system, a Nespresso coffee maker, tea making facilities, fresh fruit and mineral water are also included. Some rooms offer views of the Loch Faskally or of the Highlands’ landscape.
Fonab Castle Hotel has 2 on-site restaurants; the Fonab Brasserie offering lighter meals and the Sandemans Fine Dining Restaurant for a sophisticated dining experience. On warmer days, diners may enjoy an al fresco dinner on the terrace overlooking the loch. The cellars boast a great selection of wines, whiskies and gins.
Pitlochry Golf is only a 5-minute drive away, and the world-famous historic Gleneagles is a 40 miles from Fonab Castle Hotel.
Rated 9.1 in 543 reviews From 99 GBP per night
“Luxury stay in a castle! Staying at this property, you get to not only stay in a castle, the staff invite you to explore it! We could've spent a day here exploring the castle and soaking up the atmosphere alone. Loved our room - well decorated. Breakfast amazing.”
Ackergill Tower is a striking 15th-century castle just 17 miles from John O’ Groats. This 5-star hotel provides traditional and elegant rooms set in 32 acres of grounds with free parking and a private beach.
Each en suite room is individually styled and has access to free Wi-Fi. The rooms show original features and all boast stunning views over either Sinclair’s Bay, the croquet lawn or the Heart of Caithness. The hotel also has several cottages which can house up to 10 guests.
Guests will be delighted in the spectacular wood-panelled dining hall by a decadent seasonal menu. The grounds and public rooms provide an elegant setting for any relaxed getaway to the Highlands.
Golf and fishing is available at a 10-minute drive, and on-site activities are also possible such as clay pigeon shooting and cookery demonstrations.
Wick Airport is under 10 minutes away by car, and Inverness is just under 4 hours’ drive away.
Rated 8.4 in 469 reviews From 58 GBP per night
“Absolutely wonderful and charming! This beautiful 12th century castle, surrounded by tranquil grounds was the perfect choice for our anniversary trip. We only had one night to spend there, but would have loved to have stayed longer. We enjoyed our walks about the castle grounds and exploring the castle inside. Dinner in the dungeon was a unique experience, and the pre-dinner drinks in the library made us feel like temporary aristocrats. The food prepared by the chef was all delicious.”
Set within acres of wooded parkland, this fascinating 13th century fortress is on the banks of the River Esk. The Dalhousie Castle Hotel offers luxurious accommodation, award-winning fine dining, and spa and leisure facilities.
Guests can descend an ancient stairway towards the atmospheric Dungeon Restaurant and enjoy 2 AA Rosette dining. Alternatively, the Orangery offers a more informal experience with sweeping views over the River Esk.
The spa provides a range of treatments, along with hydro facilities such as a massaging jet pool, sauna, and steam pool. There are also opportunities for guests to enjoy archery, clay pigeon shooting, and falconry within the grounds.
Dalhousie Castle Hotel is just a short distance from the A7 and Edinburgh is only 20 minutes' drive. It takes just 10 minutes to reach Rosslyn and Roslin Chapel, which is a possible resting place of the Holy Grail.
Rated 8.6 in 780 reviews From 65 GBP per night
“Fabulous stay in the quintessential Scottish Castle! Wonderful friendly staff, beautiful location, elegant rooms, excellent food for dinner and breakfast.”
Built in 1837 and boasting many of the original period features, Stonefield Castle is an example of Scottish baronial architecture. Standing high on the famous Kintyre peninsula, the castle offers far-reaching, panoramic views over Loch Fyne.
All rooms have an en suite bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities, and a TV. Many rooms overlook the Loch Fyne. Guests can also relax in the traditional, wood-panelled lounges or unwind on leisurely walks through the 60 acres of woodland grounds.
The award-winning restaurant at Stonefield Castle has stunning views of the Loch and offers traditional Scottish specialities. Ingredients are sourced locally and there is also an extensive selection of fine wines to compliment the menu.
Situated above the picturesque fishing village of Tarbert, the castle has undergone substantial refurbishment. It is now a 32-bedroom hotel offering free Wi-Fi, and free parking.
Rated 9.5 in 203 reviews From 305 GBP per night
The Witchery by the Castle offers a range of opulent suites in Edinburgh, each one unique with its own special features.
Lavishly furnished suites display gothic touches, with large oak beds and 4-posters, velvet-lined walls and flamboyant red and gold décor indicative of the style. There are separate seating areas and large bathrooms with free-standing silver baths.
Each of The Witchery’s 9 suites is different, but walk-in dressing rooms, love seats and tapestries set the tone. Some rooms overlook Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, looking down towards Princes Street, or across to the old town.
The Witchery’s seductive glamour has caught the attention of The Times, The Telegraph and Condé Nast Traveller, and many celebrity fans have enjoyed its suites. The impressive restaurant also showcases fine Scottish dishes in similarly decadent surroundings.
Rated 9.0 in 147 reviews From 85 GBP per night
Castle Hotel provides accommodation in Huntly. This 4-star hotel offers free bikes. The accommodation offers a concierge service, room service and organising tours for guests.
At the hotel, all rooms are fitted with a desk. The private bathroom is equipped with a bath and free toiletries. All guest rooms have a wardrobe.
A Full English/Irish breakfast can be enjoyed in the breakfast area.
An array of activities are offered in the area, such as skiing and hiking.
Elgin is 38 km from Castle Hotel, while Dyce is 46 km away. The nearest airport is Aberdeen Airport, 45 km from the accommodation.
Rated 9.1 in 247 reviews From 76 GBP per night
This magnificent, baronial building offers luxury bedrooms, a bar, restaurant and conference facilities that cater for up to 200 people.
Sherbrooke Castle Hotel is situated on the south side of Glasgow in the stunning surroundings of Pollokshields. It is an ideal location for both business and leisure guests and as a wedding venue.
The Morrison restaurant offers an à la carte menu for lunch and dinner.
The hotel is just a 10-minute drive from Glasgow city centre and 15 minutes from Glasgow International Airport.
Rated 8.8 in 638 reviews From 59 GBP per night
Nestled amid the rolling hills of the Strathearn Valley, this luxurious hotel and spa is set within a 19th century former Baronial home in Crieff, with panoramic views across the beautiful Perthshire countryside.
Each room is individually designed, and offers an en suite bathroom. Most rooms are located in the castle, while some rooms are located in the lodge, 250 metres from the main building.
An oasis of peace and tranquillity, Knock Castle Hotel & Spa boasts 3.5 acres of woodlands which you can stroll through at your leisure. It also offers a range of health and beauty treatments, designed to rejuvenate and refresh, alongside a comprehensive gymnasium, swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
To complete your day of pure relaxation and indulgence, head to the Rooftop lounge where you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink whilst overlooking the spectacular surroundings. Dinner is served in the hotel’s Rooftop Restaurant.
This list is manually curated and based on hotel recommendations from blogs and magazines. Please let me know if you think a hotel should be added to the list.
Updated Nov 2, 2017