We take a look at the finest country houses, castles and estates for sale in Scotland, from an amazing renovation project in Perthshire to an astonishing place with its own loch.
Keillour Castle represents an incredible opportunity to buy not just the castle itself, but a series of other buildings within 43 acres of glorious countryside near Perth.
The main house itself is a six-bedroom house with a separate staff flat — but in need of some pretty extensive renovation.
That said, the castle is in fairly good condition to the other included buildings: the gardener’s cottage isn’t too bad, but Keillour Farmhouse and Keillour Lodge Cottage are in dire straits. For the brave, however, this is an amazing project waiting to happen.
Why buy a three-bedroom apartment in central London when you could buy a spectacular 19-bed Scottish castle with its own private loch, instead?
Built between 1905 and 1917 for the Duchess of Sutherland, it also became the safe refuge spot for King Haakon VII of Norway and Crown Prince Olav during the Nazi occupation of Norway in WW2.
Overlooking the Oykel and Shin rivers, this dramatic 20th Century castle also comes with its own loch.
The phrase ‘never judge a book by its cover’ has never rung more true when looking at The Gart, a 13 bed house in Perthshire.
This former Scots baronial home dates from 1835 and is set in 12 acres of land. It’s traditional stone built exterior highly juxtaposes its contemporary, art-gallery inspired interior.
Sleeping 26 and featuring a 100ft long reception room, The Gart is the perfect location for entertaining.
Set in 18.2 acres, with views over the highlights and its own private jetty and access to the sea, the location of Arisaig House is hard to beat.
Saying that, its interiors also pack a punch, with a combined total of 38 bedrooms across the main house and the rest of the properties on the estate.
This stunning house also boasts magnificent walled gardens, an all weather tennis court and a clock tower.
It’s easy to see why Bargany House, a Category A listed mansion, was dubbed one of the finest residential properties in the west of Scotland.
Set within eight acres of private estate, the spectacular 15 bed house is large — certainly — but homely.
The surrounding countryside offers numerous outdoor sports and activities, with exceptional Salmon and Trout fishing available on the nearby Girvan Water, a number of golf courses in the area — including the famed links at Turnberry — plus plenty of country walks.
A stunning Georgian hunting lodge set within 50 acres of unparalleled countryside on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond, with view of the loch and the surrounding national park.
The property boasts nine en-suite bedrooms, a photographic studio and darkroom plus a three bed cottage within the grounds.
With many period features apparent throughout, this property would be a fantastic project for someone wishing to update the existing interior and lift it to its full potential.
Located within the heart of Elgin and overlooking Cooper park, this 16th Century, B- listed house is the least-remote in terms of locatin in this lineup.
Set within an ample 1.7 acres with a stone wall providing both privacy and security, North College House is comprised of the main house, with an integral cottage which is rented out, known as The Wing.
This stunning property provides plenty of family living space, with the option to rent or integrate the adjoining cottage as part of the main living quarters.
This superb former shooting lodge is set within 18 acres of meadow, woodland and loch edge, which, for the past 18 years, has been running as a successful, award winning hotel.
Believed to date back to the 1700’s and thought to be one of the oldest stone houses in Scotland, Killcamb lodge has been renovated to an excellent standard, whilst still retaining many of its period features, including open fire places and timber clad walls and ceilings.
The beautifully situated property provides numerous options for the buyer, either as a private house or as potential income.
One of the finest fortified houses in the south of Scotland’ say agents Savills of this imposing edifice near Girvan, a castle dating to 1338 and that was in the ownership of the Cathcart family until 1954.
While it has a slightly forbidding aspect from outside, the inside could scarcely be more spectacular thanks to a huge transformation and restoration project five years ago which brought it back to its full glory.
The castle comes with 166 acres of land as well as a gatehouse and two cottages for extra accommodation — but it’s those spectacular interiors which will be the biggest draw here.
There’s a confident design vision at work in the Straloch House Estate, 244 acres of land with a Georgian house at its heart which is graceful and grand.
Built in 1780, the main front elevation of this beautiful home looks like it’s escaped from a Jane Austen adaptation, and the front door opening onto lawns and a lake only adds to the effect
If you’re leaning towards the ‘estate’ side of the ‘castles and estates’ brief of this article, then Cairnty looks perfect: there are 586 acres of land included with this residential and sporting estate, which enjoys a spectacular setting in the lower Spey valley.
That’s not to say anything against the main house itself — far from it. This Georgian-style home was completed just eight years ago, and is a beautiful, modern family home described by the owners as ‘the house built without compromise that keeps on giving’. The main house has eight bedrooms, high-speed broadband and ground-source heating.
There’s a mix of farmland, woodland and meadows — and if you feel the need to take on a project, then a ruined cottage within the estate could be truly beautiful.
Originally commissioned by Robert Bruce in the 17th century as Lairds House, Auchenbowie House was substantially remodelled in 1768 and again in the 1900s and occupies a scenic parkland setting surrounded by 11 acres of formal gardens and paddocks.
The façade of this magnificent residence is a particular feature and it is studded with large windows allowing light to flood the spacious rooms including nine bedrooms, many with fine fireplaces. Staff accommodation is provided at the rear of the property.
Should you need to venture from this glorious property there are motorway connections, rail links and both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are within easy reach.
A true 14th century landmark rising proudly from surrounding farmland, the magnificent Fa’side Castle commands spectacular views over the Forth Estuary and the Lothians. Despite its historic origins, it is well designed for modern life with practical kitchen, magnificent hall and five bedrooms in addition to unique B&B accommodation in a tower and two cottages.
For those with a head for heights, it features a glass walkway atop an old dungeon and a foof top walkway to take in the panoramic views, as well as many classic features of the era.
Excellent transport links mean Edinburgh is an easy commute. Excellent local schools are within easy reach and the locality boasts the oldest golf course in the world — Musselborough — in addition to famous walking and cycling trails and wonderful beaches.
The lovely Earlshall Castle is a dream find for lovers of history or golf: it’s just a few miles from St Andrews, was built by the descendants of Robert the Bruce, and once hosted Mary Queen of Scots.
The castle, as it stands today, is a 10-bedroom building with a great hall, dining room, gun room, library, study and 10 bedrooms, among other things.
Without doubt the most eye-catching of the interior spaces is the Long Gallery, whose painted ceiling is justly famous for its intricacy. It dates back to the 17th century, and is a phenomenal and unusual work.
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