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 below.

What about catering?

All of these castles are available for self-catering hire, however, caterers can be brought in for an additional charge to provide a special meal for a particular party or celebration, depending on your individual requirements.

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.

Brackenhill tower

Set in the once debated lands, with Scotland and England battling for control over the centuries, this Scottish peel tower now stands on English soil, ideally located for visits to the Border towns of Scotland and England, which are teaming with historical tales and folklore. Hadrian's Wall attracts many visitors as does Gretna Green....fancy tying the knot over the Blacksmiths Anvil? 

Wilton Castle

If the Emerald Isle is your country of choice, 13th century Wilton Castle, located in County Wexford, South-East Ireland, with its soaring chimney stacks and turreted towers, has opened its doors once again to visitors from all over the world. The castle has been lovingly restored from ruin by its present owner and can now be enjoyed as a private self-catering or bed & breakfast venue for up to 14 guests; ideal for holidays, weddings and those special occasions.

New to Celtic Castles' portfolio, I've yet to host a family gathering at this gem of a castle, however, based on the exceptional feedback we have been receiving from guests about both the property and its owner, it is certainly at the top of my list for the future!

Memories of a lifetime. Thank you so much for this wonderful time spent at Wilton Castle. An absolutely amazing place and customer service that is out of this world. Thank you to Roger for helping in the location, and Sean the owner. He and his family were an absolute joy to work with and be around.

Martin Nealon

The rooms and grounds at Wilton Castle were just beautiful!! We had the place to ourselves and really enjoyed how comfortable we were there! Sean was a wonderful and helpful host and I surely hope that we have the opportunity to go back someday!! It's a memorable experience!

Mary Ellen Purtell

We have not stopped talking about this castle since we left! We cannot wait to come back within a few years with our families and stay for longer, so incredibly peaceful and beautiful. The owner was an absolute delight as well. So grateful to have found this place!!!

Ashley Deub