We take a look at the finest country houses, castles and estates for sale in Scotland.
Fancy having an award-winning cafe within your home? Built in 1827 by Archibald Simpson, Regency House falls somewhere between castle and estate — and really belongs in a category of its own.
Having been run as a boutique guest house and residential estate for the past 25 years, the beautiful Grade A listed house comes with an award-winning cafe — The Kale Yard Cafe — which won ‘Best Eatery’ at the Highland and Islands Food and Drink Award 2019.
Set on the Moray Firth Coast, the property could easily continue to run as a thriving business, or as a private residence.
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.
Scottish Baronial Mansion and Art Deco style come together to form this unique property in Heriot. With ample accommodation, plus three self contained apartments, the property could be used as private accommodation or run as a guesthouse business.
With fishing rights on Heriot Water – known for its Trout fishing, plus three paddocks and just under 12 acres of land, this is the perfect place for those partial to a spot of countryside pursuits.
However, if that isn’t your style — then the cinema/games room, gym, hot tub and sauna may peak your interests.
With spectacular views over the Firth of Tay and Mugdrum Island is Mugdrum House — a beautifully remote coastal property that comes complete with 77 acres, a Lodge House, Coach House and Garden Cottage.
Adding to the idyllic setup is a mature walled garden, an eight acre pond, plus numerous grazing fields and woodland.
The perfect place to escape with friends and family for plenty of fresh air, with the sprawling countryside on your doorstep as a playground.
This really rather remarkable (and grand) mansion, built in an English Tudor style, is thought to date circa 1908 and is set amongst 25 acres of Galloway hills and countryside.
The sprawling property, made from polygonal dressed rubble walls, ashlar dressing and a rosemary tiled roof, is composed of four self contained properties — all of which feature an abundance of period features and charm.
Also within the grounds is a four hole pitch and putt course, a tennis court and a croquet lawn.
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…
This handsome Georgian house is nestled amongst 63 acres of woodlands and parkland near Denny, with an adjoining refurbished cottaged.
Inside, a sweeping feature staircase frames the decorative entrance hall and leads to the six bedrooms.
As well as the main house is also a stables courtyard — accessed via a separate drive — which comes complete with two further cottages, a tractor store, plus numerous workshops, stables and store rooms.
Believed to date from circa 1560, Stevenson House is a stunning residential estate just set back from the River Tyne, in East Lothian.
The historic country home has been spectacularly and sympathetically refurbished in recent years, with a further three properties within the grounds — made up of a two bed lodge house, three bed ‘Little Stevenson’ house and a four bed coach house.
There is also 22 acres of garden and parkland surrounding the estate, with full paddock and stabling facilities and access to a riverside walk.
Named ‘one of the finest houses in Dumfries and Galloway’ is this handsome category A listed house.
It comes with a gate lodge, a guest cottage, further cottages and outbuildings, two miles of single-bank salmon fishing on the Dee and a proper nine-hole golf course.
With grand interiors — including the unique Georgian kitchen that looks like a set from Downton Abbey — and beautiful gardens and grounds that amount to 46 acres, Argrennan House is a truly sublime Scottish estate.
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.
Castleton Estate is a slice of Scottish paradise — with its own private island, 230 yards of foreshore and a boathouse.
Nature lovers will rejoice as the wildlife within and surrounding the estate is world class, with whales and dolphins regularly sighted during the summer months, and beavers in nearby Knapdale forest.
Whether you run, walk, kayak, cycle, sail, horse ride or play golf, there is something on offer for everyone in the 68 acre estate.
With views over Loch Rannoch and the peaks of Glen Lyon in the distance, Camusericht Lodge — a sporting lodge set within 66.2 acres — is the epitome is rural Scottish living.
Towards the front of the property are formal gardens, a croquet lawn, and a helipad — for those wishing to arrive at the lodge by air. Built in 1856, the lodge and grounds form part of the Ben Alder Estate.
The property is currently run as a guest lodge and offers the option to fish in the Loch — from which 1,495 meters of foreshore belong to the estate, shoot and stalk.
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.
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.
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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