Whether you are visiting as a couple or as a whole group, Edinburgh is an obvious destination for most first-time (and many returning!) visitors to Scotland. There are good road and rail links and the international airport is only a short drive from the city centre, which is perfect for anyone looking to hire a castle exclusively. Here are our suggestions for those looking to hire an entire castle to themselves...

BORTHWICK CASTLE

Once the refuge of Mary Queen of Scots and the Earl of Bothwell, Borthwick Castle is bursting with history. Just 12 miles away from Edinburgh, it is the perfect location to host gatherings of any description, including celebrity events, religious celebrations and festivals, or even your own royal wedding!

FENTON TOWER

Fenton Tower is a fortified 16th-century tower, restored from a ruin into a luxury five-star property. The tower, which sits 20 miles east of Edinburgh, is available for you to hire exclusively, for between six and twelve adults, or you can book individual rooms on a bed and breakfast basis each Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night.

CARLOWRIE CASTLE

Located just eight miles west of Scotland’s capital city, Carlowrie Castle gives a contemporary modern feel within a traditional setting. Built in the 18th century, it contains spacious bathrooms and underfloor heating, plus this castle offers a comfortable and relaxing stay with your own discreet, private butler to accommodate all your needs!

AIKWOOD TOWER

Just 40 miles south of Edinburgh, Aikwood Tower offers a fantastic option for self-catering accommodation in an authentic, relaxing and comfortable surrounding. This 16th-century Scottish castle has been renovated to accommodate up to ten overnight guests and is set in the heart of the beautiful Ettrick Forest. The local area offers some of the finest shooting and fishing in Scotland!

Castles available to book through Celtic Castles