We take a look at the finest country houses, castles and estates for sale in Scotland, starting from just £725,000.
Brae Lodge has all the ingredients to make a fine estate: a remote highland location with spectacular scenery, loch frontage with its own slipway for launching a boat, a vast 17-bed lodge that is crying out to be redeveloped, and just under eight acres of land — which by local standards probably equates to a small garden.
Also for sale through separate negotiation are three, two-bed wooden chalets — a reminder that Brae Lodge was, up until recently, run as a residential facility offering outdoor excursions and expeditions to students.
Alongside the chalets are two, six-bed houses, which, if bought altogether, form the strong foundations for a total redevelopment of the site which could see the current buildings transformed into a fantastic private residence or updated and run as a rural highlands retreat.
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.
Standing in a generous 125 acres near the banks of the River Doon, Skeldon House is a private, 18th century Georgian estate, surrounded by luscious lawned gardens and natural woodland.
The property offers a substantial 9,000sq ft of fantastic interiors, featuring large, bright rooms, exquisite design details, open fireplaces and the most outstanding conservatory with a black and white chequered floor to match that of the entrance hall.
The gardens are sublime, and within them are two additional properties also included in the sale. The Coach House is an 18th century U-shaped courtyard which houses the estate offices, garages and former stables and Castle Cottage is a charming, two-bed stone cottage.
This glorious country estate is a haven for riders are anglers alike, with fantastic equestrian facilities on site and fishing rights on nearby Kirtle Water.
‘Strikingly beautiful,’ the period mansion was built in 1769 and is a Category A Listed building. Its external façade is constructed of Dumfriesshire sandstone where fantastic attention has been given to the overall symmetry and design of the property.
There are nine bedrooms within the three-storey home, offering flexible accommodation space and 42 acres of sweeping countryside outside, including extensive formal gardens, grazing fields, stabling and woodlands.
Glenmarkie Lodge is a substantial late Victorian shooting lodge set in about 130 acres of grounds that lies at the head of a Glen with the Cairngorms National Park located behind. Built in 1900, it’s thought to be the last Victorian lodge of its kind built in Scotland.
The views are truly breath-taking looking out over the private lochan (stocked with Trout), southwards towards the Glens beyond. Inside, the rooms are elegant and spacious — ideal for both entertaining and family living.
There are a total of 10 bedrooms, nine bathrooms, an indoor pool plus a one-bedroom annexe within the property, whilst outside are a number of outbuildings, stabling, paddocks, pasture and the small loch.
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.
Really leaning into the ‘castle’ part of this roundup is Orchardton Castle — a classic Scottish Baronial style castle, set on the Solway coast.
With over 40 rooms and 30 working fireplaces, the property also benefits from fast broadband — which, for a property of this magnitude, in this location — is pretty impressive.
If all that doesn’t impress, then the footpath access leading down to a private beach surely will…
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
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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