A guide to Scotland’s historic stately homes and castles

By Tempus | 25 Aug 2020 | Travel

These astounding historic houses near Glasgow will delight and inspire

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* Hopetoun House

Have you booked a visit to Scotland? Should you be planning a stay in or around Glasgow and you long to take a tour of some stately homes and historic castles, then you’re in luck. There are several stunning options available that are all near to your base in the city. 

So, if you’re set to explore the places close to your suite or serviced apartments in Glasgow, then read on to get our roundup of some of the most extravagant historic houses close by.   

Hopetoun House

Driving time from Glasgow centre: 1 hour

It’s possible to get from your Glasgow base to Hopetoun House in an hour and it’s absolutely worth the journey. Known as ‘Scotland’s Finest Stately Home’, this is a spectacular 17th century house that has been the residence of the Hope family for over 400 years. 

During your visit, you can take a tour of the house, which was designed by Sir William Bruce, one of the country’s most prestigious architects. Take in the collections on offer before going for a stroll around the grounds. Events are also held here, with a stunning outdoor event planned for the autumn. 

Inveraray Castle and Gardens

Driving time from Glasgow centre: 90 minutes

The truly breathtaking Inveraray Castle stands proud beside Loch Fyne. This has been the site of a castle since the 15thcentury, however the castle that’s present today was orchestrated by Vanbrugh, the architect who created Blenheim Palace and the majestic Castle Howard.   

The result of Vanbrugh’s initial vision is a castle from the fairytales, with turrets and spires, and built in a combination of baroque, Palladian and Gothic styles.

You can take a tour of the ground and first floors, as well as the basement. Key features include the impressive Armoury Hall, Gallery, and the historic Clan Room. There are plenty of activities to indulge in too, from shooting to country walks. 

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* Inveraray Castle and Gardens

Kinross House Estate

Driving time from Glasgow centre: 1 hour

Kinross House seamlessly blends the old with the new. This mansion house and surrounding estate on the banks of Loch Leven has a captivating history, while there are plenty of modern facilities to enjoy, including the onsite spa. 

For those who are taking the trip to enjoy a journey back in time, you’ll find Loch Leven Castle Island to be the part of the estate for you. The castle itself dates to 1300 and is now ruined. Its most significant moment of historical importance is when Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned here for a year from 1567 to 1568 before she managed to escape. 

Traquair House

Driving time from Glasgow centre: 90 minutes

This is another stately home with links to Mary, Queen of Scots, and is also Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, having been built in 1107. It was a hunting lodge to begin with, however over the centuries, 27 Scottish kings and queens have stayed at Traquair, with the Stuart family living at the house from 1491 right up to today. 

The house itself is filled with collections, items, and garments belonging to those who lived there previously, while the onsite brewery adds to its charm. 

So, where will you go while during your stay in Scotland?