exclusive use Scottish Castles



Scotland’s manor houses and castles.

Why Visitors Love Scotland's Castle Hotels & Mansions

Linda Jackson discovers...

No rules, guaranteed privacy, total pampering, being completely spoiled... all in a fully-staffed luxurious and welcoming environment. It’s all about exclusivity. And it’s in demand. From medieval manors and elegant country houses, to ancient castles and grand baroque homes designed to impress and delight, demand is on the up for these “exclusive use” properties be it for a day or two, a week or a month.

The demand for ‘exclusive use Scottish castles and mansions ’ is growing rapidly and no more so than in Scotland - blessed with its magnificent scenery and a plethora of historic castles, private havens, opulent hideaways, and cosy country house hotels. These unique venues offer some of the finest cuisine, facilities and hospitality that can be found in the country – all under one very exclusive roof. And these venues can be hired for however long the client desires to be Lady of the Manor or King of the Castle.


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Castle Hotels in Scotland


Just imagine having the exclusive use of a unique property where, for the duration, the client can enjoy undivided attention, 5 star service and only the company of those people invited to join in their personal house party.

This is home from home on a grand scale. What better way to impress one’s guests than having exclusive use of a large country house or castle; imagine how very special a family get-together, a particular celebration, or a private party with friends could be in such a location.

Whether it is personal or business - an annual conference or board meeting, a corporate hospitality day, a sales or marketing drive, a team building event or a morale boosting company incentive - having exclusive use of a property is by far the best way to ensure unrivalled flexibility, privacy and a memorable occasion..

As evidenced by the success of the annual International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) held in Cannes in the South of France, the last few years have seen the worldwide exclusive use market take off, with more exclusive use properties and castle hotesl exhibiting at travel market markets than ever before. Total privacy in fully-serviced luxury environment is, it seem , on the “must have” list of many affluent travellers.


Scottish castle hotels, luxury accommodation in historic Scottish castles, exclusive use mansion houses and Scottish coutnry houses and all in demand.

     Castle Hotels in Scotland

Outside the officialdom of Scotland’s tourism bodies there are factions are already in play in this elite market. Some within the niche markets of castle residences and shooting lodges report feedback from clients which shows over 95% of their clients consider exclusive use properties good value for money, and are likely to repeat their experience. With stringent membership requisites of their own, these players are already making a name for themselves by successfully raising their own profiles via the internet as well as through collective marketing and precisely targeted PR campaigns. One such company is Luxury Scotland and the Luxury Scotland collection of properties.

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Exclusive use promises a memorable experience … and what an experience that can be , especially in Scotland with its assortment of venues. The larger Scottish hotels such as Gleneagles and Turnberry have always been available for exclusive use, usually the domain of large multinationals, mega software companies and global car manufacturers... who have the resources and the need to take over such a property.

But let’s take a moment to focus on what is available for smaller groups or intimate family gatherings. Giving clients the total freedom of a property as if it were their own, the small to mid-range exclusive use properties in Scotland offer a wide range of truly distinctive venues: from a remote hotel renowned for its seafood and superb sailing waters on the shores of a picturesque loch to a flamboyantly-decorated baroque home just outside Edinburgh; from a Royal country house on wheels to a floating ‘country house’ complete with brick-build fireplaces and favoured by the Queen of England; and from a Lutyens-designed country house located on the edge of a famous championship golf course to the luxury boutique Hotel du Vin & Bistro set in a tree-lined Victorian terrace in fashionable Glasgow.


Gourmands and golfers can also relish the exclusive use potential of a splendid Georgian mansion that has been awarded four AA rosettes and three red stars, located within easy driving distance of innumerable golf courses; or enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the glens and outstanding food in a very small, personally run country house right in the middle of golf country. Other options include: a remote lodge perched on the water’s edge in John Buchan country; a romantic castle reputed to be one of Queen Victoria favoured residences, which boasts a string of accolades to its name - located amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands; or a Perthshire Castle which proffers elaborate bedrooms and plush bathrooms, aperitifs presented on a silver salver, and dinner served at a baronial table creaking with crystal and silverware.


Perfect for sailing enthusiasts and sitting at the end of the Crinan Canal, where Loch Fyne meets the Atlantic Ocean, is Crinan Hotel, an unpretentious twenty-room inn renowned for its outstanding cuisine and ultra-fresh seafood direct from the quayside just paces away. Sailing charters, speedboat “seafari” adventures, and motor yacht trips round the isles can be arranged, and there is good walking and horse riding in the vicinity.


Kilted pipers are two-a-penny in Scotland, but none as special as the piper welcoming passengers aboard the Royal Scotsman train, a prestigious country house hotel on wheels that weaves alongside lochs and stretches of coast, and through sweeping glens and towering peaks. This private sanctuary for 36 passengers is considered to have one of the finest restaurants (formal) in Britain, and standing on the last carriage’s wrought-iron veranda is an experience of a lifetime. Visits are made each day to a castle or stately home on a liveried motor coach that travels with the train.

Exclusive enough for Queen Elizabeth to charter for her 80th birthday for a cruise around the Western Isles of Scotland, MV Hebridean Princess presents its passengers with a different view of the highlands and islands each day.


Carrying 49 guests and 38 crew members, this small floating country house hotel has thirty elegant cabins and can reach remote lochs and ports impossible for bigger ships to get to.


There are not many places that have beautiful Gertrude Jekyll-designed gardens and the legendary Muirfield golf course on their doorstep. But Greywalls does. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901 this tranquil 23-bedroom venue is incredibly cosy. It offers roaring log fires and an elegant East Lothian hideaway in which to chill out.

Explore the Grampian Highlands and Aberdeenshire from eight-bedroom Boath House (near Nairn) passionately run by the owners.

Enjoy this golfing hotspot, stunning views, and one of the driest areas in Scotland. Food at Boath House is as good as it gets. The restaurant has been voted one of the top ten restaurants in Scotland and awarded 4 AA Rosettes.


Steeped in history, Dumfries & Galloway is famed for its beautiful beaches, numerous castles, superb fishing, deer stalking opportunities, its seascapes and stunning landscapes of rolling hills and forests. This is where Knockinaam Lodge is located, a nine-bedroom Victorian manor house (near Portpatrick) where Churchill and Eisenhower had secret meetings during the Second World War.


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Awarded ‘Best Value for Money 2007’ Number 1 in Europe, and voted the highest ranking hotel in Europe in the ‘Top 500 Best Hotels in the World 2007’ by Travel and Leisure are just two of many accolades awarded to Inverlochy Castle with its seventeen elaborately decorated bedrooms, a Michelin Star, 3 AA red Rosettes, and a chauffeured Rolls Royce sitting at the front door.

It’s a dream of a castle sitting in the foothills of Ben Nevis in the stunning Highlands of Scotland, and where Queen Victoria stayed in 1873 declaring “I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot”.

With the promise of romantic locations, exquisite venues, luscious banquets, unique entertainment, country pursuits of the highest calibre and activities steeped in culture, all set against one of Europe’s most dramatic backdrops, it is little wonder that visitors are taking over Scotland’s castles, manor houses and country house hotels for their exclusive use.

When everything can be just the way you want… in an exclusive location of your choice… complete with privacy and perfect service, then you are either living the dream or enjoying the world of exclusive use in one of Scotland's Mansion Houses or Scottish Castle Hotel.

Luxury Scotland
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