With its charming traditional fishing villages, striking coastline and vertiginous peaks, Scotland is almost as well known for its beautiful countryside as it is for its rich past and colourful history, dating back to the time of the ancient Celts.
There are numerous testaments to this past to be found in the Scottish countryside, from landmark stone ruins to imposing medieval castles, and Stately Escapes specialises in providing luxury holiday homes in Scotland to rent for those seeking to explore all that the country has to offer. Here is a brief overview of some of Stately Escapes’ most intriguing historic properties for inspiration…
1. Trachair House (Sleeps 6)
Equidistant from Edinburgh and Glasgow, Trachair House (pictured below) was constructed in 1107. Originally used as a royal hunting lodge, the estate and its 100 acre grounds are now a popular choice to rent for corporate retreats and family celebrations. Featuring a maze, library, vaulted cellars, a chapel and even a brewery, guests at Trachair House will have lots to keep them entertained.
2. Fenton Tower (Sleeps 12)
Dating back – in its current form – to the 16th Century, Fenton Tower (pictured below) is thought to be built on grounds scoped out during the 11th Century. James VI was one of the Tower’s many notable guests over the centuries, and it remains a slice of living history, with genuine antique furnishings, a beautiful vaulted dining room, an authentic suit of armour and roaring log fires.
3. C14th Castle Estate (Sleeps 50)
This south-facing castle (pictured below) is nestled in the Scottish countryside close to the border, surrounded by 1200 acres of private grounds. Woodland, a beautiful lake and enough space for plenty of outdoor activities comprise the picturesque surroundings, whilst the castle itself is tastefully fitted with furniture dating back to the 17th Century.
4. Gunn Castle (Sleeps 54)
Less than three miles from John O’Groats, Gunn Castle (pictured below) is a 15th Century hub of highland activity. From whale watching and fishing to golfing and museum trips, there’s plenty to see and do. Located right on the coast, this castle promises spectacular views as well as beautiful interiors, furnished with genuine antiques as well as tasteful modern additions.
5. East Lothian Castle (Sleeps 57)
East Lothian Castle (pictured below) and its 35-acre private parkland estate once played host to none other than the current Queen. Located close to Edinburgh as well as the beach, the castle boasts luxurious refurbished suites incorporating stunning period details, such as original wooden panelling, stained glass windows, ornate carvings and period fireplaces – guaranteed to beguile any history buff.