The 11 Best Castle Hotels in Ireland
Jul 27, 2019
We've spent hours researching blogs and glossy magazines for the best hotel recommendations. These are our top picks of castle hotels in Scotland. Bon voyage!
Updated Jul 30, 2019
“A little haven of comfort in the highlands. The friendliness of the staff who made us feel very welcome and relaxed. Nothing was too much trouble and they were all so very cheerful. The food overall was excellent.”
Just 20 minutes from Inverness, Kincraig Castle Hotel is a period property with magnificent views, and boasts a central location for exploring the north of Scotland.
Kincraig Castle Hotel is set in an elevated position within its own extensive grounds, offering views towards the Cromarty Firth. Originally built in 1800, the bedrooms, guest lounge, traditional bar and dining room all retain most of their original features.
Kincraig Castle’s 2 Red Rosette restaurants serve fine food, and local Dalmore malts can be tasted in the lounge, which boasts an exceptional Adam fireplace.
Easy day trips can be made to Ullapool, Aviemore, Wick, Inverewe Gardens and Kyle of Lochalsh. Kincraig Castle is centrally located for access to the nearby beaches and golf courses.
“All members of the staff team were very friendly and helpful. Fabulous location with stunning views. All of our food was freshly prepared and delicious. Would highly recommend a stay here as a treat and to relax.”
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.
“Wonderful stay at a beautiful place. Breakfast was so delicious. Room was very spacious and decor is superb. Very comfortable bed. Staff very courteous and friendly.”
This Victorian mansion with pool, spa and gym is set in quiet countryside 5 miles from Aberdeen. It has 2 bars, 2 restaurants and is 3 miles from the Castle Trail.
The 4-star Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel & Spa was built in the 19th century and features original staircases, fireplaces and wooden panelling. Free parking is available on site.
There is a tennis court, beauty salon and treatment rooms at Mercure Ardoe House. Near the pool you will find a hot tub, sauna and steam room.
Blair's restaurant serves fine cuisine made with fresh, local produce. Food and drink is also available in the bars, and the cosy Drawing Room with its grand fireplace.
“Absolutely wonderful and charming! This beautiful 12th century castle, surrounded by tranquil grounds was the perfect choice for our anniversary trip. Dinner in the dungeon was a unique experience, and the pre-dinner drinks in the library made us feel like temporary aristocrats.”
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.
“Gorgeous, historic estate. Our tower room was comfortable and magical. Wonderful meals and friendly and professional staff. Would highly recommend this place to anyone.”
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.
“Enjoyable stay in unique property. The room was amazingly spacious with extremely high ceilings and had everything you could need including a glass of sherry. Furnishings were luxurious and tasteful.”
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.
“Absolutely magnificent 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!”
Situated in Tobermory, Glengorm Castle offers accommodation with free WiFi and flat-screen TV, as well as a garden and a shared lounge.
Some units also have a kitchen equipped with a dishwasher and an oven.
If you would like to discover the area, fishing is possible in the surroundings.
“The most amazing property we have ever stayed in! The Castle was immaculate. Spotless, peaceful, relaxed and comfortable. Also, the food was exceptionally tasty.”
Featuring a garden and a terrace, Crossbasket Castle is set in High Blantyre. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. The accommodation features free WiFi.
At the hotel, rooms are equipped with a desk and a flat-screen TV. Crossbasket Castle offers certain rooms that have a safety deposit box, and each room includes a private bathroom and a wardrobe.
A continental breakfast is served each morning at the property.
Glasgow is 17 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Glasgow Airport, 26 km from Crossbasket Castle.
“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.
“Intimate, luxurious, and indulgent. Was like staying at Hogwarts! Champagne each night and the basket breakfast each morning made our stay romantic, and dinner in both the Secret Garden and Original Dining Room are not to be missed.”
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.
“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.”
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 WiFi. 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.
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 Jul 30, 2019