We take a look at the finest castles, country houses and estates for sale in Scotland, from under £700,000 to over £7,000,000.
Described by agents as ‘one of Scotland’s most impressive and historically significant homes’, this is an bedroom masterpiece on the shores of a loch in East Dunbartonshire.
Bardowie Castle is a category ‘A’ listed castle set in seven acres of grounds, with the oldest parts dating back to the 16th century.
It’s also — unlike many castles of a similar vintage — entirely liveable, having been beautifully refurbished throughout, a place where barrel-vaulted cellars and delightful garden rooms go hand in hand.
A mansion for the price of a decent Edinburgh flat? That’s what is on offer at Powfoulis Manor, a fine house near Falkirk.
It’s a 19th century manor house with walled gardens, a paddock and a string of outbuildings, from stables to workshop.
It’s been run as a country house hotel, with a six-bedroom owners apartment and guest accommodation that comprises 16 en-suite bedrooms, as well as communal areas that are exactly as grand as you’d hope to see in a building of this type.
If you’re looking for a castle or estate, you’ll likely be looking for space — and this place has a huge amount of that, with a 10,500sq ft main house and several other buildings, all set in 34 acres near Castle Douglas, a little to the south-west of Dumfries.
Spottes House dates back to 1790, though it was significantly extended in the late 19th century, and has been extensively refurbished in just the last few years.
Above all else, though, this sounds like a place where you could have the ultimate weekend parties: there’s a billiards room, cinema room, fishing rights on the river, a bowling green and tennis court, a sauna, a loch with boathouse… the list goes on.
There’s a touch of French chateau about Glenmayne, a beautiful Victorian creation in the heart of the Borders, 38 miles from Edinburgh.
And those who are after the romance and whimsy of a castle will be just as delighted by what lies within as they are by the turrets and castellations of the exterior: it’s nothing short of stunning, as these images show.
There are eight bedrooms in the main house and a string of outbuildings in the surrounding 30 acres, including a chauffeur’s flat (with parking for three cars), kennels and full equestrian facilities, including an all-weather manege.
The castles that makes this list quite often have remote locations — sometimes that’s part of the appeal, of course, but other buyers need to be closer to the main hubs of Scotland. Those buyers will be excited by Brankstone Grange Castle in Clackmannanshire, which is easily accessible to both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
It’s a beautiful estate designed by David Bryce of Edinburgh around 1864, with later additions by Sir R R Anderson leaving it as it is today: a handsome stone-built baronial mansion with a castellated tower.
Don’t expect the full suits-of-armour-in-the-hallway vibe here, however: it’s been well kept by the present owners in a very pleasant and liveable style that mixes modern looks with the 150-year-old architecture.
Not the most dramatic castle on this list when seen from the outside, but don’t be deceived for Borthwick Hall has all the grandeur and period detail you’d hope to see within, from four-poster beds to stags heads on the wall.
The jewel in the crown of the interior of this 10 bedroom house set in 13 acres is the magnificent drawing room, with a glorious plasterwork ceiling, windows leading out to the lawns and ample space for a grand piano in the corner.
There are plenty of more modern touches, too, from the sauna and snooker room to an electric vehicle charging point — ideal for juicing up your car before the short drive to Edinburgh, just a few miles north. Not that you’d have to go in unless you wanted: there is 900Mb broadband to the house, making it a perfect WFH property.
Probably the prettiest property on this list, it’s also the closest to Edinburgh: the village is just a few miles beyond the ring road, not far off the A70.
Pentland is a 6,600 sq ft home with a two-bedroom cottage set within beautiful grounds filled with ancient trees and formal planting areas, as well as two greenhouses.
Inside there are endless little treasures added by architect Walter Crum Watson, with stone carving, hidden doorways and a tiled feature above the main door. There’s also a showstopping drawing room, barrel-vaulted and wood-panelled, that spans the full length of the house.
It’d be all too easy to get excited and jump straight on the phone about Knockderry Castle, an A-listed baronial castle designed by one of Scotland’s greatest ever architects, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thompson. The buidling, the location, the views; this is perfection.
Inside, the astonishing original features — in particular the wood panelling — are just as eye-catching as the exteriors. There are fireplaces, a minstrels gallery, stained glass… it’s quite incredible.
You heard it coming though, we’d imagine? There is a big ‘but’: a great deal of work now needs doing to the place, and quickly. But it’ll be worth it for whoever takes the plunge, for this wonderful castle near much-loved Helensburgh can surely be great again.
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.
Named ‘one of the finest residential positions in the West of Scotland,’ Bargany House is a superb category A Listed mansion built in the late 17th century that has undergone meticulous refurbishment in recent years.
There are 15 bedrooms within its four storeys, as well as 11 bathrooms, a gym, cinema room, expansive wine cellar, elegant reception rooms, games room and billiard room. There’s also a separate annexe in the south wing.
The highly detailed plasterwork is of the highest quality and a fantastic, original feature in many of the rooms. Outside, the seven acre grounds consist of formal gardens and woodland which lie near to the beautiful Girvan Waters.
With spiralling turrets like the ones depicted on a Disney castle, Ascog Hall has all the characteristics of a fairy-tale dwelling and all the trimmings of a mid 19th century Scots Baronial home.
The breath-taking property is set back just metres from Ascog Bay, with the interiors offering a distinctively decorative canvas — beautiful ornate ceiling plasters with crests and plaques and intricately carved stone fireplaces to match its embellished façade.
Perhaps most enchanting of all though (besides the price) is the Fernery — a Victorian style greenhouse situated in the garden.
The sunken structure is fed by natural spring waters and is home to multiple ferns — including a 1,000 year old species, according to the house’s website. It is an other-worldly, award-winning space which will captivate all ages.
Brechin Castle is known as one of Scotland’s most ‘significant and historic castles’. Sitting on the banks of the River Esk, it comes complete with 40 acres, two gate lodges plus several other estate houses and cottages.
The castle was built on the site of an old fortress, once belonging to Scottish Kings, however the current property was constructed in the early 1700’s over existing parts of the castle which date back to the early 13th century.
Keen anglers will rejoice at the Salmon and Sea Trout fishing on offer in the river, caught in the castle pool.
Dornoch Castle dates from the 15th century and is currently run as a 22-bed hotel set within spacious walled gardens.
Great care has been taken to preserve the castles historic character — with original 15th century stonework decorating the walls of the bar area and many of the bedrooms featuring open fires.
The castles launch onto the market provides a wonderful opportunity to run a fantastic lifestyle business that is already well-established and well-renowned.
Technically neither an estate, nor castle (although it certainly has all the characteristics of one) is Balgonie House — a breathtakingly beautiful period property that has been renovated to an exceptionally high level.
The B listed, 8,500 sq ft property is currently configured as 16 apartments — each as magnificent as the next, with original fireplaces, timber wall panelling and show-stopping staircases.
The house is nestled in Paisley — a sought after town with excellent transport links into Glasgow and beyond and is set in two acres of grounds, which includes a stone-built garden room with an integrated fireplace.
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
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