Incredible Castles In Scotland You Can Actually Buy

16th Century Earlshall Castle, Leuchars, near St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
16th Century Earlshall Castle, Leuchars, near St Andrews, Fife, Scotland | © Trevor Smith / Alamy Stock Photo
Tori Chalmers

Touring the likes of Edinburgh Castle or Stirling Castle certainly sparks any Culture Tripper’s curiosity. However, rubble, ruins and the joys of official tour guides aside, let us be honest — we would all love a good nose inside the whispering walls of the impressive array of residential Scottish castles. Discover a different world (and price tag) by entering into a real life fairy tale to have a gander at some of the most splendiferous castles currently up for grabs in Scotland.

Orchil Castle

Offers: Over £1, 475,000

A delightful country retreat near Gleneagles in Perthshire, Orchil Castle is a picture-perfect residence. With four principal reception rooms, 21 acres of parkland and a personal loch, this beauty is the full works. Big bay windows and classic furnishings add that extra castle-like touch, leaving those who gaze at it in awe. Although valued at a pretty penny, this Baronial castle is currently under offer. Orchil Castle was built by renowned architect Andrew Heiton Junior and is widely recognized as one of his greatest country houses.

Orchil Castle

Duchray Castle

Offers: Over £1,650,000

Duchray Castle, situated within The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, is graced with timeless beauty and euphoric surroundings. This 16th century home comes with 80 acres worth of grounds and a great hall. From fishing spots and a tennis court to a barrel vaulted dining room, reception rooms and Victorian gardens, it is no surprise that it comes in at a cool £1.65 million.

Duchray Catle

Earlshall Castle

Offers: Priced On Application

Earlshall Castle near Leuchars and St Andrews is undeniably one of the most enchanting country homes in Scotland. Restored by Sir Robert Lorimer, this 16th century property looks like something only the imagination (or Lewis Carroll) could conjure up. From the world famous walled garden and eight impressive reception rooms to the traditional furnishings, it is hard not to admire its beauty. Earshall Castle also boasts an extensively rich history and has ties to the likes of Mary Queen Of Scots, James VI of Scotland and Sir William Bruce.

Earlshall Castle

Tower Of Lethendy

Offers: Over £4,700,000

Like something out of a film, Tower Of Lethendy near Perth is impressive, to say the least. Listed at approximately £4.7 million, this red sandstone tower house comes with its own private golf course, two tennis courts and a heated outdoor swimming pool. Naturally, it also boasts impressive sweeping staircases, formal gardens, accompanying lodges and a myriad of rooms.

Tower Of Lethendy

Cassillis Estate

Offers: Over £3,900,000

Cinderella shall go to the ball — and it will be at Cassillis Estate in Ayrshire. Graced with unwavering elegance and in tip-top shape, this grand abode is the perfect party place. Yes, it has its own ballroom and three other reception rooms. The library and home cinema are an undeniable cherry on top, too. Perfectly restored and listed at £3.9 million, this castle also comes with 1.8 miles of fishing on the River Doon.

Cassillis Estate

Castle Gogar

Offers: Over £2,500,000

Looking for a cheeky wee Edinburgh pad? Conveniently located just six miles from the city center of Scotland’s capital, Castle Gogar dates back to around 1625 and hosts traditional Scots baronial facades. Listed at offers over £2.5 million, Gogar is a steal. The list of appealing features is infinite, from the home gym and game room to the Clive Christian kitchen, stables and five reception rooms. The perfect fusion of old and new, this property has been immaculately restored; however, multiple original features have been kept, from the vaulted crypt to the turrets and turnpike staircases.

Castle Gogar

Ethie Castle

Offers: Over £1,650,000

Ethie Castle, a 14th century property near Arbroath, exudes a true fairy tale essence. Listed at £1.65 million, this stunner sports eight receptions rooms, ten bedrooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a greenhouse and a tennis court. Steeped in history and clothed in majesty, amidst the many wings and towers sits a small chapel. Those with a soft spot for fireplaces and decorative plasterwork will be on cloud nine in this castle.

Ethie Castle

The Craig

Offers: Over £1,570,000

The Craig, or Craig Castle, is listed at £1.57 million and happens to be one of Scotland’s oldest properties, with records that date back to the 13th century. Situated near Montrose Basin and Nature Reserve, this castellated house has seven reception rooms, six bedrooms and mesmerizing walled gardens. They say that Sir James Douglas stayed at The Craig while guarding the heart of Robert Bruce before transporting it to the Holy Land; Mary Queen of Scots and King James V have also stayed within these very walls.

The Craig

Cats Castle

Offers: Just Sold!

Cats Castle, an impressive baronial property, is located on the periphery of Dumbarton. Shining features include the two bedroom self-contained wing and stunning views of the Firth of Clyde. Built for a Dumbarton Sheriff Clerk and lawyer named Robert Craig around 1888, the name ‘Cats’ literally derives from Craig’s fondness for the furry felines; the cat sculptures on the exterior of the building reconfirm this bemusing fact. From the tower room and drawing room to the curved stone stairs, cat lovers will be purring to know that it was listed at a modest price of £675,000.

Cats Castle

Keith Marischal House & Tower

Offers: Just Sold!

Distinctively Scots Baronial, Keith Marischal House & Tower is bursting with character. Situated in Humbie in the heart of East Lothian near Edinburgh, this turreted country home was listed at £1.4 million and just sold. Home to four reception rooms, seven bedrooms, five bathrooms and stunningly breathtaking mature grounds, consider Keith Marischal the ultimate hide and seek haven — start counting to ten!

Keith Marischal House & Tower

Not looking to buy but after a castle hotel stay? Read our guide to castle hostels in Scotland that you can stay in, and book your stay now on Culture Trip.

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