Live like royalty in one of these beautiful Scottish castles, which are currently on the market
Rothes Glen House, Highlands
Located to the north of Elgin in the heart of the magnificent Spey Valley, this 11 bedroom castle dates back to the late 19th century and was designed in the distinctive Scots baronial style in line with numerous other castles and stately homes from this era.
The castle is on the market with Savills for offers over is £1.1 million, which works out at around £74 per square foot – bargain.
Craigcrook Castle, Edinburgh
South Range, Fetteresso Castle, Stonehaven
Fiona Gormley from sellers Savills describes this property as: “South Range at Fetteresso Castle has been brilliantly conceived and sympathetically converted, and the present owners have done a superb job in presenting the property with real panache and yet with great respect for the historic origins of the building.”
The part of the castle which is now South Range, was the grand ballroom, which boasts southern views of the countryside, Carron water and woodland valley.
There’s also a 15th century doocot and ice house within the grounds, which can also be seen from the property.
New owners can live within the castle for a surprising price as South Range is on the market for offers over £475,000.
Inside, the property has been decorated to a high standard and includes features such as high ceilings, large windows and panelled doors.
The accommodation comprises four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two reception rooms and would be ideal for a couple of growing family.
Baltersan Castle, Ayrshire
If you don’t think you have the budget to invest in a castle then think again as Baltersan Castle is on the market for a surprisingly low price.
For offers over £150,000, the semi ruined property definitely need some TLC.
Situated near Maybole in Aryshire, the castle was built in 1575.
The current owner bought the castle in 1992 but his hopes to turn Baltersan into a private residence club, with five bedchambers and a grand banqueting hall, never materialised.
More information on the castle and the sale can be found here.
Earlshall Castle, Fife
The saying ‘if you have to ask the price, you probably can’t afford it’ very much applies to this well kept, 16th Century castle.
Restored by Robert Lorimer, the Castle, which comprises eight reception rooms, 10 bedrooms, two dressing rooms and six bathrooms, is home to a famous walled garden.
On site there are also three cottages, outbuildings and a five car garage.
The price is on application, but sellers Savills describe the castle’s rich history and location.
“Earlshall is believed to have taken its name from the site of the hunting lodge of ‘The Erlishall’ owned by the ancient Earls of Fife, relatives of Robert de Bruce, King of Scotland.
“The first recorded mention of Earlshall was in 1495 when Sir Alexander Bruce was granted the lands and barony.
“His successor Sir William Bruce – a counsellor to successive Scottish Monarchs – was granted additional lands and revenue. With this revenue he began the building of the castle in 1546.
Tradition has it that Sir William Bruce received Mary Queen of Scots at Earlshall in 1561 when she was a young girl of 19.
Later James VI of Scotland who became James I of England also visited. Both monarchs would have ridden out from the royal palace of Falkland to enjoy the hunting on the lands of Earlshall.
Earlshall is set in 34 acres of its own parkland and policy woodland near the village of Leuchars in north east Fife. It is also not far from the famous town of St Andrews.
Glenborrodale Castle, Highlands
Dating from 1902, Glenborrodale Castle is a five storey, 16 bedroom property set on the southern shore of the idyllic Ardnamurchan Peninsula in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
The castle is set in a vast 133 acres of land and the sale includes the Isle of Risga and Eilean an Feidh – meaning the new owner can take a boat trip to these uninhabited islands.
The palatial property also boasts a beautiful feature staircase with marble steps, three expansive public rooms and a turret with panoramic views of Loch Sunart and the Isles of Carna and Oronsay.
The castle has many beautiful original features including marble fireplaces, cornicing and sandstone arches.
To add to the whole attractive package, there’s also an adjoining tennis court, gym and sauna, games room, a boat house complete with jetty and staff accommodation.
Glenborrodale Castle is on the market with Bell Ingram for offers over £3.75 million.
Ethie Castle, Angus
Ethie Castle dates back to the 14th century, but has been carefully restored over the years making it a grand and imposing home, if you’ve the budget to spare.
On the market for offers over £1.7 million, sellers Savills describe the ten-bedroom property and its history: “Ethie Castle has evolved over the centuries from its ancient beginnings and, with its wings and towers, forms a magnificent residence of great character.
“Its association with Cardinal Beaton is still evident as the castle includes a small chapel and the Cardinal’s Sitting Room, with its secret staircase to the Great Hall above.
“Architecturally the castle contains many fine features including four turnpike staircases, a balustraded tower, turrets and crow stepped gables.
“The barrel vaulted rooms, together with panelled rooms, decorative plaster work, fireplaces and window shutters all provide an insight into the history associated with the castle.
“The principal rooms at Ethie provide grandeur and elegance, whilst the everyday living quarters are comfortable and manageable. The accommodation is arranged over three principal floors.”
Within the last 12 years considerable improvements have been made, both within the castle and outside.
The kitchen – one of two – was refurbished in 2011 along with two bathrooms in the last eight years. The windows have been refurbished and the roof has been insulated and the house has been redecorated and carpeted.
Outside there is a lovely walled garden and greenhouse, which have been restored to their former glory.
There’s also a pond, paddocks and woodland as well as a shared private driveway.