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Mazes make for great entertainment for adults and children alike, and are exciting and fun. Two of our fantastic castles have on-site mazes, and another has one very nearby. So, if you're looking for an a-maze-ing castle experience (I apologise), then read on...

Traquair Maze

The Traquair Maze was planted in 1981 and is one of the largest hedged mazes in Scotland, covering over half an acre and is a quarter of a mile to reach the centre. With the terrace walls close-by to provide the parents with an excellent vantage, they can try and direct their children out of the maze. Every year on Easter Sunday, over 6,000 mini eggs are planted in the maze for the little ones to search for; a very popular day out!

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Aldourie Castle, overlooking the stunning Loch Ness, boasts a collection of delightful self-catering (vacation-rental) holiday cottages. These cottages can be snapped up for a fantastic price between 1 November 2014 through to 28 February 2015, with a great 20% reduction in the usual tariff!

The quaint holiday cottages each sleep between 4 – 6 guests and enjoy all the benefits of the private Aldourie extensive grounds. Enjoy woodland walks, bike through the local area or take a boat across the loch...then return to your very own cosy cottage for a peaceful stay. 

Dates are subject to availability and exclude Christmas and New Year stays.

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Marc, one of our Castle Experts, shares with us his favourite castle, and why...

Aikwood Tower is a five-bedroom tower house in the heart of Selkirk that's perfect for both weekend getaways and week-long stays! 

Since joining the Celtic Castles team in October 2013, I have always been drawn towards Aikwood Tower for what is, in my opinion, a perfect mixture of both old and new; the exterior is that of an authentic tower castle in the Scottish borders, and yet its interior would not look out of place in a modern design house.

Not only was I intrigued by just how beautiful a property Aikwood was, but the fact that it is located only about thirty minutes away from Glentress Forest was a big plus-point too; the number-one trail centre in the UK is must-visit for all mountain-bike enthusiasts out there! I think it's safe to say that waking up in the luxury that is Aikwood Tower and going for a spin around Glentress would be my idea of the ideal holiday, and it's certainly something I plan to do in the future!

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Carberry Tower is an award winning venue, just 7 miles from Edinburgh.

The tower dates back to the mid 15th century and was visited by Mary Queen of Scots prior to the battle of Carberry Hill, which ultimately resulted in her surrender to the rebel Lords who objected to her rule. More recently it was the home to Lady Mary Bowes-Lyon, sister of the late Queen Mother.

Carberry Tower currently has rooms available for both Christmas and New Year.  

Rooms can be booked individually at the following prices:

- 2 night Christmas package £299 per person
- 3 night New Year package £499 per person

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Walton Castle, in Clevedon, near Bristol, in south-west England, provides a perfect retreat for family gatherings.

Having spent a week at the castle for my 'special' birthday, with friends and family, I wasn't disappointed!

The castle itself is rented on a self-catering (vacation rental) basis, though there's the option of bringing in outside caterers if you're looking to arrange a celebratory meal (or two!) during your stay.

The castle sleeps up to 20 guests in 8 individual bedrooms (with the option of 4 additional fold-away beds). The great news for us was that all guests were able to sit together around the HUGE circular kitchen table. Many an evening we gathered in the kitchen (after enjoying gin and tonics on the top floor outside terrace!) and never moved any further all night...such was the convivial atmosphere.

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Are you struggling for ideas this Christmas for those loved ones? Have you already bought them hundreds of pairs of socks or woolly knitted jumpers over the years?

Here's the solution - buy them a memory.

Here at Celtic Castle not only do we help you source the perfect castle stays, but we help create memories that last a lifetime! It's our job and we love it!

Celtic Castles Gift Vouchers start from £50 and are a great present that I'm sure any friend or family member would love. 

See below and buy your presents in one go and let your present stand out above all the rest!

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Enjoy Christmas in a 5 star 15th century Scottish castle, overlooking the sea at the far north of the country. Available from just £599 per person, including meals!

Ackergill Tower is a magnificent, luxury castle, just five minutes from Wick Airport and 15 minutes from John O’ Groats, a village famous for its position at the far north east of mainland Britain. It’s certainly the ideal location for those looking to “get away from it”.

Ackergill’s 3 night package includes a traditional four course Christmas lunch, along with meals throughout your stay. All this is available for just of £599 per person, for 3 nights!

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Here at Celtic Castles, we all understand the importance of keeping children happy and occupied during a break away, whether that be a week in a self-catering or luxury castle hotel. Hence we are pleased to announce the launch of our new fun-packed children's activity book!

As a free added extra, the activity book is packed with quizzes, games and just about everything to keep your children engrossed in their castle stay. We have even included a recipe for children that fancy cooking up a treat while they are being the King or Queen of their very own castle!

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Spend Christmas surrounded by the picturesque mountains of the southern Scottish Highlands, with superb value transfers from Edinburgh, arranged on your behalf.

Dalmunzie Castle is a 16th century, turreted, Scottish Baronial style building, within its own 6500 acre estate, located amongst the mountains of Highland Perthshire.

They are offering a 3 night Christmas package from the 24 December 2014. The prices below are based on 2 guests sharing, featuring a traditional Christmas dinner and all other meals, along with activities, including a falconry display.

Dalmunzie Double Room - £900 per room for 3 nights.
Four Poster Room - £1100 per room for 3 nights.
Tower Suites - £1250 per room for 3 nights.

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Roaring fires, stone walls, suites of armour and a Christmas tree or two - can you think of anything more magical than Christmas in a castle? Spending Christmas away from home is always an unforgettable experience, but Christmas in a castle would be something else. Why not get some loved ones together and get away from it all the Christmas fuss in one of our self-catering castles?

Fully equipped for all your turkey-cooking needs, our self-catering castle kitchens have everything even the most experienced cook would need to prepare a Christmas feast. All of our castles have comfortable lounges in which to enjoy a mince pie or two, and there's nowhere better to hang a stocking than over a historical fireplace.

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