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St Andrew's Day is celebrated each year on 30 November and is Scotland's national day.

St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland (as well as several other countries, including Greece, Romania, Russia and Ukraine) and was one of the Twelve Apostles (disciples of Jesus) and brother of Simon Peter (Saint Peter). He was a fisherman by trade, who lived in Galilee (in present-day Israel).

The Scottish flag, the Saltire, is based on the X-shaped cross on which St Andrew was crucified on 30 November, 60 AD. An ancient story tells that a St Andrew's Cross was seen in the sky on the morning of a crucial battle in 832 AD between the Picts and the Angles. The Picts were inspired by the symbol and were victorious in the battle.

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Dalhousie Castle is a fascinating 13th-century castle, just 8 miles outside Edinburgh. The castle is steeped in history and there are fascinating reminders of its rich and often turbulent past – from the 15th century Well, which still yields drinkable water, and the forbidding Bottle Dungeon, a ten-foot square windowless chamber, into which prisoners had to be lowered by rope - making Dalhousie the perfect castle to celebrate Scotland’s favourite son and poet. 

Dalhousie Castle's famous Jacobean Banquets are back, offering guests the opportunity to dine like Lords and Ladies of the castle! On 24 January 2014, the Keeper of the Keys welcomes you to a special celebration to pay tribute to the life and poetry of Robert Burns.

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Welcome to Cringletie, a luxurious, romantic and comfortable small country house hotel and restaurant, in the Scottish Borders, just south of Edinburgh, Scotland.

With just two rooms remaining for the 3 night Christmas Package you will need to move fast to secure your Traditional Christmas stay...

We are pleased to announce Cringletie's 2014 luxury 3 night Christmas Package, highlights include:

  • Christmas Eve Champagne Reception & Welcome Dinner
  • Transport to Midnight Mass (optional)
  • Hearty Breakfast on Christmas Morning followed by a Guided Walk in Black Barony
  • Traditional Cringletie Christmas Day Feast
  • Boxing Day Treasure Hunt in the Estate Grounds
  • Whisky Tasting & Cookery Demonstration
  • Farewell Supper & Quiz
  • Plus, 3 nights in a luxurious bedroom or suite
  • And much more…

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Earlier this year, I was pleased to launch Celtic Castles' very own Self-Catering Cook Book. Guests who book a self-catering stay through Celtic Castles automatically receive the cook book free of charge. 

For those who haven't yet booked their stay, here is a taster of what the book offers. Below, I have included a recipe to one of my favourite soup recipes - I even use this as a starter on Christmas Day. Not only is it going to warm you up as winter approaches, but it really is a scummy soup!

Winter Stilton and Vegetable Soup

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Comlongon Castle, recently nominated as one of the best 24 locations within the UK to marry, is offering the opportunity to enjoy a New Year's Eve wedding for two, for an inclusive price of just £3150.

The price includes:

  • Luxury Honeymoon Suite 
  • Welcome Buffet
  • Champagne Reception
  • Witnesses
  • 6-course Dinner with Wine
  • Photography Package

Additional guests can be invited, if required, from £120 per person, or £270 per person with accommodation in a luxury four poster suite.

This package includes nearly everything you could wish for for a last-minute luxurious wedding package at Comlongon Castle.

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Aikwood Tower, the five-star exclusive-use castle, situated in the Scottish Borders, has just a few weeks still available for 2014 and is offering these at discounted rates! The tower is the perfect place for magical family breaks with a difference, or for a get-together with friends, recharging your batteries in absolute luxury. The tower sleeps up to eleven guests.


  • Monday 10 November to Friday 21 November
  • Monday 24 November to Friday 5 December
  • Monday 8 December to Friday 19 December


Weekends reduced from £2,100 to £1,850 (3 nights, equal to less than £62 per person, per night).

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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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