Stay in a Castle

How often have you visited a National Trust for Scotland property and wished you could stay for longer? We are delighted to offer a number of apartments within some of the Trust's beautifully preserved castles or cosy cottages within the grounds. Steeped in history, these properties provide the perfect base for a family holiday.
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Cormack Lodge, Brodie Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
This romantic rural cottage is tucked away down a narrow road, a short walk from Brodie Castle. Wander round the 16th century castle grounds then while away evenings in front of the wood-burning stove.
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The dining room has views of the Brodie estate, and the cottage has its own private garden, perfect for alfresco breakfasts and impromptu picnics.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey - a step leads down to the bedroom and bathroom


  • Sleeps 2/4 - 1 double, 1 sofa bed


  • Bathroom with bath and hand-held shower attachment


  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove


  • Dining room


  • Kitchen


  • Private garden


  • Oil-fired central heating (also heats water)


  • Parking available beside the cottage


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: E54






Larger groups can also book South Lodge, a single-storey cottage just a short stroll from Brodie Castle, sleeping 2/4.



About Brodie Castle

The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.



Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.



About the area

Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.



Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.



Things to do



  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. Try Cullen Bay for dolphin watching or Findhorn for its laid back atmosphere.


  • Visit the Sueno Stone on the north-eastern edge of Forres. The 21ft high stone is Scotland's largest and most intricate piece of Pictish carving.


  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.






Getting there

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South Lodge, Brodie Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
South Lodge is sunny, secluded and perfect for families with children. The lodge lies close to magnificent 16th century Brodie castle, set in grounds that offer hours of woodland and beachside walks.
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A large garden for impromptu picnics and playful dogs, and a warm wood-burning stove in the sitting room make this a great retreat at any time of year.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin


  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove


  • Kitchen with dining area


  • Bathroom with bath and shower


  • Night storage heaters


  • Immersion water heating


  • Parking available beside the cottage


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: G20






Larger groups can also book Cormack Lodge, a single-storey cottage just a short stroll from Brodie Castle, sleeping 2/4.



About Brodie Castle

The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.



Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.



About the area

Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.



Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.



Things to do



  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. Try Cullen Bay for dolphin watching or Findhorn for its laid back atmosphere.


  • Visit the Sueno Stone on the north-eastern edge of Forres. The 21ft high stone is Scotland's largest and most intricate piece of Pictish carving.


  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.






Getting there

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The Laird's Wing, Brodie Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 14
  • 7
  • Dogs allowed
Fine art, antique furniture and centuries of history make this huge apartment a splendid place to celebrate family occasions or spoil your visiting guests. The Late Ninian Brodie lived here until 2003, and it has all the comfort of a luxury modern home, while being spread across three floors of magnificent turreted castle.
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14 guests can stay in the apartment, and when not enjoying the grand dining room or games room, can play croquet in the castle grounds or wander through acres of nature trails, spotting swans, ducks and red squirrels. There is no better place to experience the life of a contemporary Laird.



Accommodation details



  • 3 floors - Ground to 2nd


  • Sleeps 14 - 4 twins, 3 doubles


  • Sitting room


  • Grand dining room with space for 14


  • Kitchen with dining area


  • Cocktail kitchen


  • Study/games room


  • 3 bathrooms with WC


  • 1 shower room with WC


  • 1 additional WC


  • Parking for 5 cars


  • EPC Rating: F35






Choose from three levels of accommodation

Fully catered - includes all meals and housekeeping

B&B - a caterer will provide breakfast and housekeepers will make beds and clean daily

Self-catering



Prices quoted on the website and in the Holiday Accommodation Brochure are for self catering. If you wish to include breakfast and/or evening meals during your stay, please contact Brodie Castle directly on 01309 641 371 to receive a list of our recommended caterers.



About Brodie Castle

The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.



Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.



About the area

Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.



Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.



Things to do



  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. There are 12 dolphin and wildlife watching boats operating all around the area, the closest being at Findhorn. Chanonry Point, near Fortrose; the dolphin watching centres at Kessock Bridge and Spey Bay, are all worthwhile days out.


  • There is no shortage of golf courses in the area, with at least 19 courses within an hours drive from Forres. Forrres's own course, Muiryshade has in the past hosted the Scottish Professional Championship, the Northern Open and the Scottish Young Professional Championship.


  • For those looking for something a bit different, Brodie staff are delighted to help you arrange sailing, shooting or fishing.


  • Follow the world famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside which includes 7 working distilleries, a cooperage and a historic distillery. Forres is home to two of these Distilleries, the Benromach and the Dallas Dhu.


  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.






Getting there

Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4 miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness.



Short breaks (Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday) and full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) available. Discounted prices available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0131 458 0305 for details.

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North Mains, Craigievar Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Wake up to views of Craigievar Castle's winding pink spires in this 18th century estate cottage. Care has been taken to furnish the semi-detatched house in antique country style, as it would have stood when it accommodated the workers who kept the castle looking splendid.
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Fire up the wood burning stove to warm up after a walk in the parkland around the castle.

For larger groups guests may be interested in booking the adjacent South Mains and Steading Cottage.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storeys


  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins


  • L-shaped sitting room with dining area and wood-burning stove


  • Kitchen


  • Compact bathroom with shower over bath


  • Central heating - wet system with steel panel radiators fired by electric boiler


  • Parking available beside the cottage


  • EPC Rating: F31




About Craigievar Castle

This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower still looks just as it did when completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture.



Waymarked walks lead through the surrounding 90 acres of parkland. Look out for swallows, fieldfares and redwings.



About the area

Craigievar Castle lies between the rivers Dee and Don, a 40-minute drive from the city of Aberdeen. Alford is the nearest town with a butchers, a bakers, pubs and restaurants. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen, and ospreys can even sometimes be seen fishing in the nearby rivers.



Things to do



  • The Alford Heritage centre pays tribute to the workers of the area. Set in the old auction mart it contains displays on village and farm life from the past.


  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.


  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.




Getting there

Craigievar Castle is 6 miles S of Alford, 15 miles N of Banchory and 26 miles W of Aberdeen.



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Steading, Craigievar Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Every fairytale castle needs a grounds cottage with roses climbing the walls, and this picture perfect house is Craigievar's. The cottage originally accommodated the castle's estate workers and is built around a cobbled courtyard, overlooking Craigievar's famous pink turrets.
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Being single storey, Steading Cottage is ideal for those who are less mobile. Gentle walks can be found round the castle's kitchen garden, or venture further into the waymarked woodland paths. An open fire will be ready and waiting to be lit when you get back.



For larger groups guests may be interested in booking the adjacent North & South Mains.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin


  • Sitting/dining room - 3 steps down from hall, with open fire


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath


  • Immersion water heater


  • Electric storage and panel heaters


  • Parking available at the side of the cottage


  • EPC Rating: F21




About Craigievar Castle

This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower still looks just as it did when completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture.



Waymarked walks lead through the surrounding 90 acres of parkland. Look out for swallows, fieldfares and redwings.



About the area

Craigievar Castle lies between the rivers Dee and Don, a 40-minute drive from the city of Aberdeen. Alford is the nearest town with a butchers, a bakers, pubs and restaurants. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen, and ospreys can even sometimes be seen fishing in the nearby rivers.



Things to do



  • The Alford Heritage centre pays tribute to the workers of the area. Set in the old auction mart it contains displays on village and farm life from the past.


  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.


  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.




Getting there

Craigievar Castle is 6 miles S of Alford, 15 miles N of Banchory and 26 miles W of Aberdeen.



This holiday accommodation is available for winter and festive breaks. However, the access road to the castle may become impassable in heavy snow. Although this happens infrequently, in the event of this curtailing your holiday we will refund any days of the holiday that were not used.

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South Mains, Craigievar Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
Situated next to North Mains and adjacent to Steading Cottage, our three properties would make an ideal booking for a larger group booking.
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Accommodation details



  • 2 storeys


  • Sleeps 7 - 1 double and 2 twin bedrooms (first floor) and 1 single bedroom (ground floor)


  • Sitting room


  • Farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area


  • Bathroom with shower over bath (ground floor)


  • Private garden


  • Parking available beside the cottage


  • EPC Rating: E49




About Craigievar Castle

This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower still looks just as it did when completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture.



Waymarked walks lead through the surrounding 90 acres of parkland. Look out for swallows, fieldfares and redwings.



About the area

Craigievar Castle lies between the rivers Dee and Don, a 40-minute drive from the city of Aberdeen. Alford is the nearest town with a butchers, a bakers, pubs and restaurants. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen, and ospreys can even sometimes be seen fishing in the nearby rivers.



Things to do



  • The Alford Heritage centre pays tribute to the workers of the area. Set in the old auction mart it contains displays on village and farm life from the past.


  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.


  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.




Getting there

Craigievar Castle is 6 miles S of Alford, 15 miles N of Banchory and 26 miles W of Aberdeen.

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Ardlochan Lodge, Culzean Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Situated just a stones throw from the golden beach at Maidens on the Culzean coast in Ayrshire is this pretty little lodge house - the last remaining gate house on the Culzean Castle & Country Park estate.
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Recently modernised and renovated to a high standard, Ardlochan Lodge will open April 2016.



Accommodation details



  • Single storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double and 1 twin bedroom (can be converted to double if required)


  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove


  • Under floor heating


  • Open plan kitchen, with patio doors leading to patio area and spacious garden


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Parking adjacent to cottage


  • EPC Rating: E50






About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.



228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.



About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.



Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.



Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




Getting there

Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.

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Brewhouse Flat, Culzean Castle & Country Park

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
Perched on an Ayrshire clifftop, Culzean Castle is second to none for grandeur. This circular former brewhouse lies in the castle's West Wing and supplied the estate workers with their staple drink of beer until Victorian times.
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The brewery was added to Culzean in the 1780s. 100 years later however the 3rd Marquess of Ailsa decided to make way for his preferred tipple and changed it into a wine cellar.



Dine alfresco in the private garden, enjoy spectacular sunsets over the bay and let the crash of the waves lull you to sleep.



Accommodation details



  • One storey basement flat - 23 steps down to the flat which we regret is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double (can be converted to twin), 1 twin


  • Sitting/dining room


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Electric night storage heating


  • Immersion water heating


  • Private garden


  • Children will require supervision when playing outside the flat, due to the cliff edge


  • Private parking for 2 cars


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: E54






About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.



228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.



About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.



Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.



Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




Getting there

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North Segganwell, Culzean Castle & Country Park

  • Dates Available
  • 2 Star Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
Tucked beneath the castle cliffs and opening out onto the beach, Culzean's two Segganwell Cottages make great seashore hideaways for families with children.
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Simple and comfortable, these estate cottages are a reminder of the number of people it took to keep the castle and grounds in splendour throughout the year. William Kirkland, a Shepherd lived here with his wife and four children, two of whom were gardeners.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey - reached by a steep stairway of over 100 steps and not suitable for less mobile people


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, with additional bunk beds in recess


  • Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove


  • Kitchen


  • Shower room with WC


  • Laundry facilities in an outbuilding


  • Night storage heating


  • Immersion water heating


  • Parking for 2 cars at top of steps


  • EPC Rating: F24




Please bring a torch for night time

Additional apartments are available at Culzean. An interlinking door leads to South Segganwell Cottage which can be unlocked if both cottages are booked.



About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.



228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.



About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.



Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.



Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




Getting there

Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.

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Royal Artillery Cottage, Culzean Castle & Country Park

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Set at the heart of Culzean Castle's sandstone stable block, this cottage would originally have served as living quarters for the numerous grooms, coachmen and stable-boys in charge of the Marquess's horses.
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Its clifftop aspect gives it fine sea views across to Arran. Wheelchair users and less able-bodied guests will find the flat particularly comfortable. All on one level, it has sliding doors, and a ramped entrance. The cottage was endowed by the Royal Artillery after WWII for the use of disabled ex-servicemen.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double (can be converted to twin on request), 1 twin


  • Sitting/dining room


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with bath and wheel-in shower


  • Gas fired under floor central heating and hot water


  • Car parking for 2 cars opposite cottage.


  • EPC Rating: E41




Additional apartments are available at Culzean.



About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.



228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.



About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.



Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.



Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




Getting there

Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.

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South Segganwell, Culzean Castle & Country Park

  • Dates Available
  • 2 Star Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
Like it's counterpart, North Segganwell, this cottage lies directly beneath the castle cliffs, opening onto the beach. Thomas Davidson, the house carter, once lived at South Segganwell with his wife and 6 children.
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Simple and comfortable, these estate cottages are a reminder of the number of people it took to keep the castle and grounds in splendour throughout the year.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey - reached by a steep stairway of over 100 steps and not suitable for less mobile people


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, with additional bunk beds in recess


  • Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove


  • Kitchen


  • Shower room with WC


  • Laundry facilities in an outbuilding


  • Night storage heating


  • Immersion water heating


  • Parking for 2 cars at top of steps


  • EPC Rating: F24




Please bring a torch for night time

Additional apartments are available at Culzean. An interlinking door leads to South Segganwell Cottage which can be unlocked if both cottages are booked.



About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.



228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.



About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.



Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.



Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




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Courtyard Cottage, Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
Only 10 miles from the heart of Aberdeen, this charming 16th century apartment at Drum Castle is an intimate one bedroom apartment that is surprisingly spacious.
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With log burning stove and central heating throughout, the historic residence is warm and cosy.

Located in the ancient courtyard of the NTS's oldest 14th Century castle, which was given by Robert the Bruce, this little gem makes an idea starting point for a visit to Royal Deeside. The exquisitely beautiful Estate of Drum, with its 16th century Chapel, Garden of Historic Roses and Scene of Special Scientific Interest Woodland, makes a perfect romantic getaway for 2.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey - accessed by staircase


  • Sleeps 2 - 1 double


  • Open-plan Living room with wood-burning stove and Kitchen


  • Bathroom with shower over bath and under-floor heating


  • Electric ‘intel’ heaters


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: D58




About Drum Castle

Drum is one of Royal Deeside’s top historic attractions, just 10 miles from Aberdeen. It is one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses and is set beside an ancient oak woodland and a walled garden that contains a fine collection of historic roses which perfume the air.



William de Irwyn was gifted the Royal Forest of Drum and the Tower of Drum by King Robert the Bruce in 1323. The tower has benefitted from various improvements over the centuries, including a Jacobean mansion house extension in 1619 and Victorian adaptations, such as the impressive library converted from the lower hall.



About the area

There is an exquisite 17th century chapel in the grounds of the castle, along with the newly-opened Old Laundry, the award-winning Wildlife Garden and the Garden of Historic Roses, which has over 200 varieties, representing rose cultivation from the 17th to the 20th centuries.



On the Drum Castle Estate are 3 trails, each 1.5km long, including the Wood of Drum, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to oak trees dating from 1740, as well as red squirrels, red kites, roe deer and badgers.



Things to do



  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.


  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.




Getting there

Drum Castle is 3 miles W of Peterculter, 10 miles W of Aberdeen and 8 miles E of Banchory.

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The Preston Tower Apartment, Fyvie Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 16
  • 8
  • Not allowed
The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. This impressive apartment is one of the Trust's most prestigious holiday properties and stretches across the castle's Preston and Seton Towers.
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Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird.



Accommodation details



  • 4 storeys - accessed by a spiral staircase


  • Sleeps 16 - 4 double and 4 twin bedrooms


  • Dining room


  • Kitchen


  • Drawing room


  • 1 bathroom with original roll top bath


  • 3 showers rooms with WCs


  • 3 additional WCs


  • Electric storage heaters


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: G12




About Fyvie Castle

Fyvie is about as fairytale as castles come. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle's succession of owners.



Over 800 years of history are built into Fyvie's walls. King William the Lion stayed on the site in 1214 when touring Scotland. Over time, each generation of new owners has expanded the castle to its monumental size. Fyvie's towers are all named after one of the five families who succeeded the estate in turn.



The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. Where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence, a visit to Fyvie is unforgettable.



Things to do



  • Try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found.


  • A stay at the Preston Tower leaves you perfectly situated to explore the area's other castles. Craigievar is an hour and a half's drive away but the rewards will hit you as soon as you lay eyes on its magical pink-harled turrets.


  • Pitmedden Garden is closer by. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out.




Getting there

Fyvie Castle is just off the A947, 26 miles north of Aberdeen and 21 miles from Aberdeen International Airport (Dyce).



Available for short breaks throughout the year (Monday to Friday and Friday to Monday). Full weeks run Saturday to Saturday.



Planning a wedding? The Preston Tower Apartment is also available for events like wedding receptions. Such additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and this will incur an additional charge.



Discounted prices are available for smaller groups within 1 month of departure. Please contact the Holidays Department on 0844 493 2108 for further details.



Please note that guests will be asked to provide credit/debit card details as a good housekeeping deposit to cover any damages/ breakages which may occur. The deposit is 500 and will only be processed in the event of any damage to the property and its contents. < Hide

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Garden Cottage, Towie Barclay Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This charming cottage is set next to the courtyard of 16th century Towie Barclay Castle. Its restoration won the Civic Trust Award, in honour of its beautifully preserved period features such as the stone-flagged floors and timber ceilings.
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In summertime relax in the cottage's private, enclosed garden and make use of the barbeque, or drive off into the wooded countryside to explore this historic part of the north.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storey


  • Sleeps 4-6 - 2 doubles plus double sofa bed in study off master bedroom


  • Sitting room with open fire


  • Dining Kitchen


  • Shower room


  • Utility room


  • Master bedroom has en suite bathroom with sauna


  • Private garden with patio and barbeque


  • WiFi


  • Electric Dimplex heating




...Our guests said...

"..we felt at home the moment we stepped in the door..."



"..full of charm and character. The tour of the castle and coffee was very much appreciated and a highlight of our stay".



About Towie Barclay Castle

Towie Barclay Castle, some 4 miles south of the market town of Turriff in Aberdeenshire, was built in the 16th century by the Barclay family. The castle lay in ruins until 1971 when an award-winning programme of restoration was carried out by the present owners. It is now privately owned.



About the area

In the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, close to Royal Deeside, whisky distilleries, museums, over 50 golf courses, historical sites and the cliffs of the Moray coast, Towie Barclay is an ideal base from which to discover the many lesser-known jewels in Scotland's crown.



Things to do



  • A visit to the area would not be complete without taking in breathtaking Fyvie Castle, a few miles away. A little further afield, (approx 1.5 hours drive) Craigievar Castle is another fabulous example of turretted Scottish Baronial architecture.


  • Crovie village, perched on a ledge between cliff and sea and too narrow to even allow cars, is approximately 20 miles away. Take a walk along the pebble beach and keep an eye out for bottlenosed dolphins.




Getting there

The cottage is situated just off the A947, 4 miles from Turriff. Aberdeen is 27 miles away.



Public transport accessible. Short breaks are not available at this property, it is restricted to full weeks only (Saturday to Saturday). Please note that the entry time to this property is from 5pm onwards on day of arrival. < Hide

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