Cliff-top caravans not your thing? Bored with log cabins and hot tubs? All shopped-out with city breaks? Try something completely different for that weekend escape and share the cost with family or friends...book a Celtic Castle!

MUCKRACH CASTLE

Four floors of stone walls, wood panelling, spiral staircases and a log fire, all enhanced with modern amenities and a beautiful conservatory overlooking an enclosed lawned area.

Why stay here? - Amazing views of the Cairngorms, skiing and winter sports, woodland walks, bird watching - osprey reserve close by at Loch Garten Osprey Reserve.

Location - North Cairngorms National Park, only 12 miles from Aviemore in rural Speyside.
Sleeps - 8 adults and 2 children in 5 bedrooms.
Tariff - 3 nights from £679.

Forter Castle

Built as a fortress in 1560, this castle oozes Scottish history, but offers the warmth of a family home - 5 floors of turrets, spiral staircases but complemented with a fabulous, comfortable and luxurious interior.

Why stay here? - Stunning views, mountain biking, walking, horse-riding, and wildlife galore. Winter sports - skiing and snowboarding.

Location - South Cairngorms National Park, Glenisla, Perthshire.
Sleeps - up to 12 guests in 6 bedrooms.
Tariff - 3 nights from £2750 (£3300 in 2018).

Castle Law

Grade-listed castle dating back to the 15th century, with five floors topped with a viewing parapet with sights of the Isle of Arran on a clear day. Vaulted ceilings and a great hall complete with log fire, plus cleverly integrated modern amenities for your comfort.

Why stay here? - Superb shorelines to explore, golf, walking, fishing and cycling and country houses to visit.

Location - 40 kms from Glasgow, West Kilbride.
Sleeps - up to 14 guests in 7 bedrooms.
Tariff - 3 nights from £2250.

Ballyportry Castle

15th century fully restored Gaelic tower house.

Why stay here? - Complete rest and recuperation in 5 acres of land. Cliffs of Moher nearby and Liscannor Bay for surfing and boat trips, walking, golf and exploring the Burren, the famous geological area of Ireland. A great place for both socialising and recharging your batteries - a truly rustic castle experience!

Location - close to the' Burren' area of County Clare in the south-west of Ireland and only 40 minutes from Shannon airport.
Sleeps - 8 guests in 6 bedrooms.
Tariff - 3 nights from €1800.

Turin Castle

Why stay here? - Restored 15th-century Gaelic tower house, five floors of authentic stone walls and spiral staircases, leading up to views from the battlements. Modern amenities in a comfortable interior. Views of the mountains, Lake Connemara, archaeological sites to visit, fishing, walking and a round of golf perhaps at the famous Westport Golf Course in County Mayo.

Location - the village of Kilmaine, the town of Balinrobe with shops and pubs, are only 8 kms away. 20 kms from Galway City.
Sleeps - 12 guests in 5 bedrooms.
Tariff - 2 nights from €1700.

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