My favorite place in Scotland. My best friend and I booked here for our first trip to Scotland, and it was absolutely our favorite stay. The location is awesome- plenty of things within walking distance to go and explore. The food and wine were fantastic. Stef and Simo were wonderful hosts and I loved the restoration they did! The perfect marriage of modern amenities while still feeling authentic. Every detail was so thoughtful and much appreciated.
Zoe - September 2022
A magical experience we’ll never forget. We hired the whole castle for a very special family occasion, with a couple of kids and a couple of dogs along too. From start to finish, the whole experience was just amazing. The renovation of the castle is ridiculously impressive – there’s no way a 16th century castle should feel so snug and warm at every turn. The interiors of each room are brilliant, designed to feel like their own spaces yet really work together as a whole. The facilities, from the bathrooms and showers to the kitchenware, are absolutely top notch – I’m a bit particularly about coffee, and was really pleased to see they had the same bean grinder we use at home. The new garden, with fire pit, wood burning stove and wild swimming pool, just added another brilliant dimension to our stay. Terrific job, Stef & Simo. We booked Chef Ali for our final night’s meal together, and she certainly did not disappoint – scallops, followed by amazingly tender slow-cooked lamb, finished off with a brilliant (requested) Tarte Tatin. For any special celebration together, we can throughly recommend booking the castle out as a self catering, but would love to stop by again with our kids just for the B&B experience too.
Will S H - August 2021
Absolutely superb! We stayed at Kilmartin Castle as a surprise 50th birthday celebration for my husband and it was absolutely fabulous! It is the most beautifully restored castle with the most amazing attention to detail. The rooms are so tastefully decorated and it was the most memorable holiday. The outdoor space is incredible and it was an absolute joy to stay here.
Tidders - October 2022
Don’t miss it! Can’t say enough good things about this place. One of the most unique and enjoyable vacation experiences ever!! We stayed in “The Speel” up the secret stairs and just loved it. Stef and Simo are great hosts, so welcoming and helpful and fun to visit with. The decor and amenities here are exquisite, the bed and linens very comfy. Copper tub, sheepskin rugs, beautiful lighting, exposed original castle walls, delicious food in the medieval breakfast room, all contributed to the coziest and most delightful (too few) days at this gorgeous location in the heart of historic Scotland. So glad we came and hope to visit again soon.
Donna S - May 2022
Best Place to stay in Scotland. This was our second trip to Kilmartin Castle. We had friends visiting from the States for the first time and we made them back track to be able to spend the night at the Castle. As with our first stay, everything at Kilmartin Castle is absolutely perfect. Their chef, Ali, gave us an amazing welcome and showed us the entire castle. Stef and Simo were their friendly and warm selves, literally there could not be better hosts. Breakfast is not your ordinary “Scottish Breakfast” and is a step above anything you would get elsewhere. I cannot say enough about how much we love this place. We’ve stayed in alot of high end properties in Scotland and Kilmartin Castle is easily my favored place to stay in Scotland. Stay here, you will not be disappointed.
P K MacLeod - September 2022
We just got home from the most magical, beautiful stay at Kilmartin Castle. We rented it exclusively for 8 nights to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. When we arrived, we just knew it was going to be epic! From the beautiful wild landscaping, to the two al fresco eating areas, the gorgeous swimming pond, and the outdoor fire pit, we didn’t know how we were ever going to want to leave!! Stef and Simo have created this magical oasis that is so welcoming and beautiful yet feels like the most luxurious five star hotel. Once inside, we were blown away by all the small touches throughout the castle that really make it feel like home. Plush bathrobes, thick towels in beautiful colours, soft sheets, the best quickest blow dryers and hand held steamers in all the bedrooms. We loved hanging out in the Great Hall, listening to music on the ipad that they provide full of awesome playlists, with a cozy fire in the stove. It couldn’t really get any better! Except it did… Ali is a local chef, who along with Jo, cooked us some fabulous dinners that we enjoyed in the barrel vault dining room. They really went out of their way to make our anniversary dinner so special. We cannot say enough about those two ladies, and how awesome and sweet they were. It honestly was the most wonderful place, and if you are looking for somewhere to stay on the West cost, this is it! We will definitely be going back in the future with our kids and their mates. Thank you Stef and Simo!!
Aimee C - August 2022
Dream Intimate Wedding Venue! I don’t think there’s much more we can say about Kilmartin Castle except that it’s ABSOLUTLEY INCREDIBLE! Every single detail of the castle is incredibly well thought out, and everything just works. It feels cosy, warm and familiar and also interesting and stimulating. Stef and Simo were incredible hosts with and a fun, relaxed style of communication.
The castle worked as a great base for our wedding, and if very small and intimate is what you’re looking for, then Kilmartin Castle more than fits the bill. For the wedding we worked with their recommended florist, chef and celebrant to create our perfect wedding day. We also hired their old Land Rover, Bruce, to drive around the Glen in which was a great touch.
We enjoyed all parts of the castle including a long soak in their deep copper baths; BBQing outside on warm (mostly midge free!) summer evenings under their festoon lit pagoda; a dip in their swimming pond; grinding fresh coffee beans for long brunches and a whiskey and records next to the fire in the grand hall.
Stef and Simo are currently doing incredible things to their garden and we can’t wait to come back and experience it all again! We would definitely recommend a stay here and having seen all of the bedrooms, any one of them would be a total treat to stay in. Check out this place!