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5 Self-catering Castles for Weekend Get-a-ways

Cliff-top caravans not your thing?
Bored with log cabins and hot tubs?
All shopped-out with city breaks?

Try something completely different for that weekend escape and share the cost with family or friends...book a Celtic Castle!


Walking, winter sports, wildlife watching or just catching up on conversation by the log fire - we have the locations!

Muckrach Castle

Location - North Cairngorms National Park, only 12 miles from Aviemore in rural Speyside.
Sleeps - 8 adults and 2 children in 5 bedrooms.
Tariff - 3 nights from £679.


Four floors of stone walls, wood panelling, spiral staircases and a log fire, all enhanced with modern amenities and a beautiful conservatory overlooking an enclosed lawned area.
Why stay here? - Amazing views of the Cairngorms, skiing and winter sports, woodland walks, bird watching - osprey reserve close by at Loch Garten Osprey Reserve.

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£250 Off July Self-Catering Breaks at Craufurdland Castle

The castle dates from 1245, one of the oldest in Ayrshire and is situated within a small country estate with scenic views, yet just 35 minutes from Glasgow. Original oil paintings, antique furniture, log fires and warm colours make this a cosy, peaceful retreat for a weekend break or longer. Bedrooms at the castle are certain to impress with the largest bedroom actually being the castle’s original dining hall with a vaulted ceiling. Woodland walks, bicycle trails and an abundance of wildlife will delight the visitor.


Craufurdland Castle, located within the Craufurd family estate in Ayrshire, is now offering a £250 per week discount on a 7 night self-catering castle rental, for up to 16 guests, for weekly stays commencing 30 June 2017 and 7 July 2017.

NOW £2,490 - REDUCED from £2,740.

That's less than £22.50 per person per night, based on 16 guests sharing the property.

BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

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Top 3 Castles to Rent for a Party...

You may have a special birthday or family event looming. You're keen to get all of the 'gang' together, but concerned perhaps about finding a suitable space. You don't particularly want the rigidity of strict hotel schedules and prefer a more relaxed set-up. The solution? Book a castle on an exclusive self-catering (vacation-rental) basis, giving you complete freedom to organise your group and spend the time just as you wish...without breaking the bank!

Choosing the top three party castles across England, Scotland and Ireland is a difficult one, but my personal favourites are...

Castle Law



Castle Law lies at the foot of Law Hill in West Kilbride, just inland from the Ayrshire coast, in Scotland. It sleeps up to 14 people in 7 rooms and is equipped with all the modern amenities of today’s world, yet offers a true castle experience. It can be rented on a self-catering basis for weekly stays or short breaks for 3 or more nights and is perfect for families or a group of friends. I was lucky enough to celebrate my 40th birthday at this castle, which you can read about here.

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Traquair Medieval Fayre in the Scottish Borders



Traquair Medieval Fayre in the Scottish Borders
27 and 28 May 2017

The Traquair Medieval Fayre is back once again with a marvellous line-up of Medieval merriment for all ages in the grounds of Traquair, Scotland’s Oldest Inhabited House.

The old Walled Garden will be transformed into a Medieval market, with live history displays of everything from making chain mail armour to medicinal remedies. You can have a go at longbow archery, try out the stocks or see how Medieval torture instruments were used!

Traders and demonstrators will include willow working, Medieval forge, bodging and spoon-making as well as merchants selling costumes, jewellery, children’s costumes, pottery and other crafts.

Lot of activities for children, Medieval music and food.

All tickets are available on the day.

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Top 5 Castles by the Sea

There is no shortage of incredible properties here at  Celtic Castles, but I think it's safe to say location plays a big part in just how desirable a stay in a castle is. Very few properties can say they're within touching distance of these breathtaking bodies of water, and that's exactly why we're going to highlight a few of those that can.



Amhuinnsuidhe Castle

This castle hotel, located on The Isle of Harris, is well and truly remote, but well worth a visit, given the opportunity. Often seen as an escape from the pressures of the modern world, and renowned for its salmon and trout fishing, the Amhuinnsuidhe Estate sits on one of the most north-westerly points in Scotland and is accessible only via sea or air.

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7 Nights for the Price of 6 in Perthshire, Scotland.

Scone Palace has an exciting and colourful history as one of Scotland's most important stately homes. In the intervening centuries, it has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce. The Palace houses an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artefacts and the grounds are renowned throughout the world, making the stately home one of the most popular attractions in Scotland.


Enjoy a colorful and exciting self-catering stay in this historic Scottish castle, once the crowning seat of Scotland's Kings.

Available to hire for up to 6 guests, the Balvaird Wing offers 5-star luxurious accommodation for just £500 per night. If you book the castle for the full 7 nights, this is offered at £3,000! That's just £72 per person per night, based on 6 adults sharing the castle wing on an exclusive basis.

Relax and enjoy the magnificent views over the parks to the River Tay or take a tour of the palace and explore the grounds, just don't get lost in the magnificent Murray Star Maze!

''What a find! I couldn't have asked for more - to stay at Scone Palace was an extra special treat on my recent 'milestone' birthday.''

So, go on, treat yourself…. 

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How to Choose a Castle Wedding Photographer (3 Key Areas)

With all the images we now see across our social channels and 4K screens, photographs have never played such a big part in our lives and the mood these images captures is even more important on your wedding day; they become very personal.

I was speaking with Ryan Browne, a multi-award-winning MPA Photographer based in Yorkshire, and asked him what he thought a bride and groom should think about when choosing a wedding photographer.



“Make sure you have looked through the photographer's galleries properly. This way you will have an idea of the photographer's style and you will see if it fits the vision of your day.”

I do think the most important question you need to ask yourself is what style of wedding photography you prefer. The days of just posed shots are long gone. One of the most popular styles I tend to see is the reportage/journalistic style of wedding photography. Taking candid photographs of people is great for creating a story of the day; this also captures the emotion of the wedding day, picking up real smiles and laughter and even tears! These are images you may not see on the day, but they bring it alive and keep it alive when you look back at them 10 years down the line.
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Celebrate New Year 2017 at Fasque Castle

Fasque Castle is an award-winning exclusive use castle, situated at the heart of a stunning country estate in rural Aberdeenshire. Sumptuous rooms, delightful touches and splendid surroundings...Fasque Castle knows how to make you feel truly welcome and comfortable with its range of superb accommodation. With 19 bedrooms in the castle and cottages scattered around the estate, there is plenty of room for parties of all sizes!

Fasque Castle - an exquisite country estate with a beautiful Baronial mansion at its heart, is offered for exclusive use, located in the Scottish Highlands.

The castle offers 19 superb bedrooms, sleeping a maximum of 38 adults, with the option of additional guest accommodation in cottages on the castle's estate.

The castle is currently available for a minimum 2 night stay priced at £9000 per night for bed and breakfast accommodation.

Additional meals and activities can be organised and would be priced separately.

This works out at less than £240* per person per night for this five-star luxury property.  
*(Based on 38 guests)

More festive exclusive use castle options...

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Celebrate Christmas at Carlowrie Castle 2017

Offering modern luxury in a traditional setting, and located just outside Edinburgh, Carlowrie Castle can accommodate up to 18 guests for exclusive hire. Full housekeeping is provided and upon request, the discreet private butler will ensure no detail is overlooked, making your stay truly luxurious. Spend the night in one of nine luxurious bedrooms, individually styled, spacious and with breathtaking views of the 32 acre grounds. The ensuite bathrooms feature hand made, roll top baths, marble tiles, underfloor heating and walk in showers.

  • Carlowrie Castle was built by a family, for their family. For nearly two centuries only two families have had the privilege of celebrating this special time of year here.

    The castle's Butler, Chef and Housekeeper will oversee every detail of your stay. The team will make it as relaxed and informal or as formal and grand as you like.

    Spending Christmas at Carlowrie Castle will not fail to satisfy the inner-child in all guests as they experience the magic and wonderment of the season's celebrations.

    The castle will be lighting the entrance with twinkling candles and enhancing the elegant rooms with breath-taking decorations, created to enhance sparkling flutes of Champagne and exquisite dinners.

    Lasting memories will be made at Carlowrie this year.

    Three-night stays can be extended to make the most of the holidays, visit attractions in Edinburgh or plan an extended activity programme to blow the cobwebs away and work off the excesses of Chef's delicious festive fayre.

    *Please note: Extended stays are subject to availability and quoted upon request.

    Basic Package
    Exclusive use - 3 nights - £18,000, inclusive of VAT, on a bed and continental breakfast basis, for up to 18 guests sharing the 9 castle bedrooms.

    Activities at the castle, as agreed, to suit your party.

    Inclusive Package
    Christmas - 24 - 27 December 2017 (sample itinerary which will be tailored to the parties requirements):

    Christmas Eve
    Arrival from 2pm. Boozy mince pies and Dundee cake on arrival.
    Pre-dinner Champagne & canapes around the tree to carols. Christmas songs played through the castles sound system. Christmas Eve Dinner - 3 courses.

    Christmas Day
    Gift from Carlowrie; each guest will receive a ˜Carlowrie Stocking" outside their bedroom door on Christmas morning (adult version and child's version).
    Christmas morning - full Scottish breakfast with Poinsettia Fizz.
    Carlowrie Castle Christmas Lunch a “ 7 courses including canapes, traditional turkey with all the trimmings, tea and coffee with macaroons to finish.
    Christmas Eve Buffet “ includes delicious lobster, crab, fillet of beef 'Carlowrie style' for grazing all evening.

    Boxing Day
    Full Scottish breakfast with Bloody Mary or Virgin Mary and Carlowrie Crush for the children.
    Morning at leisure.
    Light lunch.
    Carlowrie Haggis Hunt in the grounds.
    The hunting party will be met with hot toddies/hot chocolate on the estate at the end of the hunt¦ the burrow of the Carlowrie Haggis.
    Hearty Boxing Day supper.

    Wednesday 27 December 2017
    Full Scottish breakfast.
    Morning at leisure or guests' choice of activities.
    Departure at noon.

    * Transport & lunch away from Carlowrie Castle at own expense.

    The 3-night Carlowrie Christmas 2017 stay is priced at £25,190, however, Celtic Castles is able to extend the special rate of £23,860, inclusive of VAT. To be included, with compliments: full Scottish breakfast each day and the welcome afternoon boozy mince pies and Dundee cake.

    This includes:
    Accommodation for up to 18 guests sharing the 9 castle bedrooms.
    All specified meals from cake and mince pies on arrival on 24 December through to breakfast before departure on 27 December 2017.
    Activities at the castle, as agreed, to suit your party.
    Please note: depending on the selection, some activities may incur additional costs. Costs will be estimated on request and must be confirmed and booked in advance.

    Wines and Beverages
    Unlimited tea and coffee are included throughout the stay
    Wines and soft drinks will be selected from a set wine list and bar tariff and charged on consumption.
    The castle's Executive Chef will be delighted to pair your Champagne and wines to complement the menus for your stay. 
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Celebrate Christmas at Blairquhan Castle 2017

The castle is enviably located in the heart of a 2000 acre estate of woodlands, countryside and an idyllic park of about 500 acres laid out from 1800 onwards, and is an exceptional place for a diverse range of groups to enjoy themselves. The castle can be yours exclusively for a variety of functions including private house parties, weddings, conferences and garden tours.

The perfect way to spend Christmas, surrounded by family and friends!

Blairquhan is one of the finest regency castles in Scotland. The castle has been discreetly modernised to provide very comfortable facilities and a unique location for visitors, guests and special events, with its spacious and elegant rooms and its extensive secluded grounds

House parties for a minimum of 20 and maximum of 26 guests offer the run of the castle at this very special time of year. Eat, drink and be merry!

Blairquhan is located 50 miles south of Glasgow and Glasgow International Airport. Edinburgh and Edinburgh Airport are less than 100 miles away, therefore the castle offers easy access for guests travelling from further afield.

Whether you are planning a full-scale shindig or a quiet, private experience for close family and friends, Blairquhan Castle can accommodate your every wish.

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