Rustic bliss with exposed stone walls,
extravagant fabrics and copper tub
Our 4-night stay at Kilmartin Castle was the highlight of our trip to Scotland. I did a lot of research on castle hotels in the country. Basically all of the other options are castle facades with a completely modern Marriott style interior. Kilmartin Castle is the real deal, by contrast. Stone walls and floors, uneven and creaky floor boards, towers with arrow slits, two stone spiral staircases (one scary, one less scary), no TV or Internet. It is the right compromise between 15th century everything and modern comforts (running water, lots of bathrooms, comfy beds, functional kitchen, etc.). If you want the real castle experience in Scotland this is where you MUST stay. And since you have your own castle for a few days, you should arrange for Chef Ali to cook for you. We did, and the experience of being served royal meals in the candlelit dining room was incomparable.
Kilmartin castle has all the feels! It was extraordinary to stay in such a unique and beautiful place! It’s been restored brilliantly, and has maintained all the original charm. We got married on the castle grounds and the day couldn’t have been more perfect! Thank you so much Simon + Stef!!
We had a fantastic time at the castle and we wish we could have stayed longer! Karen, the manager, was so welcoming and helpful. The main room is beautiful with a roaring fire, comfy furniture, good music and lots of games to share. The kitchen is great and the bedrooms were nice. We also had dinner cooked for us by Ali and it was delicious! She is very talented.
I have traveled to almost every corner of Scotland and Kilmartin Castle has to be one of the best castle stays you will ever find. From having the entire, handsome building to yourself to the authentic castle feel mixed with the quirky, modern stylings in the interior, you’ve got a really special place on your hands. That it stands in the incredibly ancient Kilmartin Glen is icing on the cake. One of the unexpected highlights for me was the crate of incredible records! Get the fire roaring and throw on some vinyl. You’ll never forget it.
Magical, it’s a castle!! A unique spot in the Highlands and a good base to see sites in the Argyll & Bute area, lots of tips provide by the hosts. Comfortable beds and furnishings, and great touches like whisky and vinyl albums to play while sitting before a fire in the cast iron stove. The cafe across the street has good food for lunch. If you self-cater I’d suggest stopping in Lochgilphead at The Co-Op supermarket. Highly recommended!!!
Truly amazing. A once in a lifetime experience I would recommend to anyone!
The castle is a once in lifetime fabulous experience. The location is so rich with history and staying there made it so real. The castle is amazing and such fun to stay in. Our kids totally enjoyed their time in the castle and in Kilmartin.
Wow doesn’t begin to cover Kilmartin Castle. It’s an incredibly special place and one which the owners have really worked hard to make even better. Karen the castle manager is so thoughtful and provides such a warm welcome for us. We had chef Ali come and cook for us and it was by far the best mean we had on vacation. There is so much to see and do in this area. I hope one day we can come back but until then Kilmartin will always be in our hearts!
THIS PLACE IS AMAZING. So are Stef and Simon. We were a party of 9 with 2 young kids, broad cross-section of needs and everyone loved it. From the amazing interior design, to the LP player in the living area, to all the mod cons (awesome cooker and underfloor heating), the recommendation of Ali the cook who treated us with the best seafood platter we’ve experienced, the BBQ outside and the pointers for where to explore in the surrounding area. It’s a very special castle, run by to very special people in a wonderful part of the world.
Absolutely stunning, staying in this castle was one of the coolest experiences I have had. The area around Kilmartin is also amazing so much history to learn about. I highly recommend staying here it was perfect.
There is a present-day beauty in Argyle that is tied to the region’s deep history. From stone carvings made 6,000 years ago, to sheep herders who track lost sheep with drones, Kilmartin Glen offers a comprehensive snapshot of a timeless Scotland. Our stay at Kilmartin Castle was a wonderful venture into a time and culture of such enduring strength that its remnants, its ruins and its monoliths blend into its everyday life.
Quality, quirky but cosy castle! Our four generations from 87 year old great grandma to 10 month old great grandson loved it all. It offers something for everyone from the luxurious bedrooms, windy stairs, big comfortable living room with a wee snug to escape for some peace and quiet. A great family kitchen with enough cooking power for any budding chef. This is a real treat you won’t regret it!
The castle is breathtaking, and the designer’s eye is impeccable. Karen, the castle’s liaison, is so warm and thoughtful. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and exceeded every expectation.