$836 per night for the entire castle
With roots dating back to the 12th century, Dairsie Castle was in ruins until its current owner bought and restored the place in 1992. Located near St. Andrew’s and about an hour from Edinburgh, the historic site has served as the location of secret Scottish parliaments and military sieges, and as a safe haven for escaped monarchs including James VI.
You’ll have access to six bedrooms spread throughout the castle, including “The Dungeon” — boasting impressive vaulted ceilings — and “The Spottiswoode (Upper Tower Room)”, named after a long-term resident of the castle, the 17th-century Archbishop of St. Andrews. The Family Bedroom is a massive master with three four-poster beds.
Besides the bedrooms, the Great Hall lies at the hub of the castle, with a dining table that seats 12 and a Minstrel’s Gallery, a balcony overlooking the space where musicians once performed. There’s also a large kitchen, laundry room, living room, gallery and toy room for younger guests.
Outside, Dairsie boasts six acres of grounds with an herb garden, an orchard and a charming woodland walk down to the River Eden.