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A Castle Stay for Father's Day

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Is your father into history, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, archery? 

Then why not buy him a castle stay for Fathers Day?

We all appreciate the things our fathers do - for example, mine is fantastic at DIY, so I have my own handyman on tap. Although we love them just as much as our mothers, they can be harder to buy for (with most options being socks or slippers!) However there are only so many pairs of socks and slippers one man can own!

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This year I am buying my dad a Celtic Castles Bed & Breakfast Gift Voucher, which is valid at a selection of our castle properties. They include a one-night stay in a Castle Room for bed and breakfast, with an upgrade offered subject to availability and a free gift in your room on arrival, all for £150!

My dad will love this and even though he can choose his castle out of the selection which is most suitable for him.

Buy your Celtic Castles Vouchers now for your father this Fathers Day and make his day!

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Self-catering available for Summer 2016!

Self-catering castle stays are a great way for families to get together during the summer. By choosing the self-catering option this helps to keep down the cost of the holiday, as the total cost can be split between the group and a castle can be all yours!


Self-catering allows you the flexibility to arrange your day to your own agendas – no set times for breakfast or dinner, and you have full control over the menu. You can share the cooking (and the washing up) between the group, so everyone feels that they have played their part. We will even help with some menu suggestions with a complementary copy of our own cook book!

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Father's Day 2016

This Father's day, rather than giving your old man the usual gadget or just simply taking the whole family out for a meal, why not offer him the opportunity to experience something he will never forget; a fantastic stay in a castle

Celtic Castles would be able to help with such a task by assisting you in finding the right venue.


There are quite a few options, from a romantic stay for both your Mother and Father, to a family stay in which you can rent an entire castle. We have quite a few self-catered castles that are family friendly and offer activities for all ages.

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Dinner On Us In June, You Can Have A Chef For FREE!

Surrounded by stunning scenery in Glenisla, Forter Castle was built in 1560 and enjoys a history as rich as the countryside in which it sits. All who come to stay at Forter quickly learn to use the castle as their own, and greatly enjoy the warmth of a charming home and the magnificent outdoors that surround it.

If you book at stay at Forter Castle we will add the highly rated chef, John Ramsey. We can offer this for certain dates in June FREE of CHARGE. This offer is available to anyone who books a week or weekend stay for up to 12 people and includes a three-course meal with wine for one night.

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Struggling to Find Accommodation for the Open Golf Championship 2016?

In July 2016 Royal Troon, Scotland, will host The 145th Open. Situated on the rugged coastline of the West of Scotland, it provides a striking destination for golf's oldest championship.

For golf enthusiasts, Celtic Castles is delighted to offer exclusive use accommodation for The Open at Troon, in Craufurdland Castle, sleeping up to 16 guests.


This majestic castle if offered on a self-catered basis from 9 or 16 July 2016 at £3995 for a 7 night stay for 16 guests. If you are looking to enhance your castle experience, we can recommend local chefs and suppliers to cater for and look after your party.

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Stunning Wedding Venue - Just 12 Miles From Edinburgh

Enjoy a beautiful wedding at the stunning Borthwick Castle, located just 12 miles from Edinburgh. 


This 15th century castle has just undergone a superb restoration, offering a real 'WOW' factor for those wedding couples looking for somewhere super special for their 'big day'. 


The interior of the castle contains luxurious furnishings with warm and enticing colours and obvious opulence. It provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding by creating a magical ambience. 


The expert team at Borthwick can cater for any request to create a truly bespoke and memorable experience. 

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Lisheen Castle Summer 2016 Availability


Lisheen Castle is a self-catered castle located near the town of Thurles, Co. Tipperary in the south of Ireland. After falling into disrepair, Lisheen was restored in the late 90's by Michael and Joan Edward, whose family have lived in the area since the early 18th century.

Today, Lisheen Castle accommodates up to 16 people in 9 luxurious bedrooms (6 doubles, 1 twin and 2 singles), a particular highlight being the Master Suite, complete with a stunning four poster bed.

If you’re planning a break this summer, Lisheen Castle currently has availability for week long stays between 4 and 10 June 2016, or 13 and 19 August 2016. The cost of hiring the castle at this time would be €6980 per week. This is based on 14 people for self-catered accommodation. That's less than €72 per person per night!

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Rent an Entire Castle this 2016!

When you're considering your options for your big summer break-away, then an exclusive use castle stay should definitely be on your 'To Do' list. For your next family (and/or friends!) holiday, hiring out a castle for the sole use of your party is a really special way to spend time together. What can an exclusive-use stay offer you that's different from staying in a hotel and sharing facilities with other guests?


Firstly there's having your own privacy; the freedom to use a venue as your very own. There's a more relaxed feel to a stay when you are 'King and Queen' of your very own castle. Secondly, you can create a bespoke event, tailored to your exact needs. Taking exclusive use of one of our stunning venues will transform any type of event and take it to the next level; whether you are looking for a luxury property to enjoy a romantic castle for your wedding or a large house for a family party. We also have castles in which you can plot your corporate strategy in a private and secure environment. This way you can incentivise the team on your own estate, with bespoke activities. 

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20% off Self-Catering stays for June

This exceptional sixteenth century Scottish Castle has been lovingly renovated to accommodate up to ten overnight guests in authentic, relaxing and comfortable surroundings. Aikwood Tower, the former home of Lord Steele, is located just 40 miles south of Edinburgh. It is in the heart of the beautiful Ettrick Forest - the ancient hunting ground of Scottish royalty up to the days of Mary Queen of Scots. The stunning local landscape around Aikwood Tower offers some of the finest shooting and fishing in Scotland, among many other leisure activities.


Are you looking for a great value self-catering June break this year? Perhaps we can help...

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Bucket List Castle Stays

Working at Celtic Castles we are very privileged to be able to stay at lots of castle properties across the UK, Ireland and France. In fact, if ever you call the Celtic Castles office, you'll more than likely get through to someone who has visited the properties you may be interested in. As a result, we are able to give you first-hand information about the type of experience you can expect to receive, to help you make a more informed decision about the most suitable venue for your particular stay in a castle.


One question we are often asked is, 'what is your favourite castle?' This is really difficult to answer as I love so many of them for very different reasons.

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