Renovated 13th century castle to start £1,200 a night accommodation


A STUNNING 13th century Scottish castle which is said to have inspired one of Charles Rennie Macintosh’s best known buildings has been resurrected to become an Airbnb.

Old Rowallan Castle, in Ayrshire has been renovated to accommodate guests at the medieval building for £1,200 per night.

The castle boasts luxury accommodation and a golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie on the country club grounds.

It is the first time in 70 years the property has been fully open to the public after it was removed from state guardianship from Historic Scotland three years ago.

Old Rowallan Castle is on Airbnb at £1200 per night

The price tag includes access to the entire building and four double bedrooms, a luxury bathroom and a fully functioning kitchen with enough space for eight people.

The building was restored by Niall Campbell and his family as the castle went under private ownership.

Old Rowallan Castle is the ancestral home of the Mure and Campbell families.

The castle dates back to the 13th century

The castle near Kilmarnock is believed to date back to 1263, and was the birthplace of Elizabeth Mure, the spouse of a future king of Scotland Robert Stewart in 1371.

The castle features four large bedrooms, three with superking beds and one double bed. Two of the bedrooms are ensuite, whilst two share a spacious bathroom.

There is a well equipped kitchen with a large table and chairs, additionally there is a grand dining room for more formal occasions.

The castle was under extensive renovation

The dining room is surrounded by traditional features including a chandelier that hangs above the table.

The kitchen has a mix of new and old, with an island providing a modern twist to a rustic kitchen table set.

The 13th century castle also keeps some of its original features with an uneven staircase leading up to the bedrooms.

It encompasses a blend of original and modern features

Each bedroom is decorated with a granduer you would expect from a medieval stately home.

Niall Campbell and his family worked tirelessly to bring Old Rowallan Castle back to life.

Niall Campbell said: “To say it’s been a real labour of love is an understatement.

“We’ve been working closely with Historic Scotland to refurbish this historic castle in as true-to-form a way as possible for nearly 30 years, so we’re incredibly excited to finally be able to open our doors to the public.

Niall Campbell (upper right) and his family worked hard to bring the castle back to life

“We could not have managed this mammoth undertaking without the support of Historic Environment Scotland and the local council, so we extend our gratitude to each and every person who has been involved.

“We can’t wait to welcome our first visitors”.

Old Rowallan Castle is the latest Scottish castle to become an airbnb property.

12 century Dairsie Castle in Fife was restored by its owners 25 years ago. Kilmartin Castle in Argyll and Bute dates back to the 16th century and was owned by Clan Campbell.