This Scottish Castle Is the Luxury Friendcation of Your Dreams

Think falconry, whisky, and epic dinner parties in royal style.

If you’re a Ladies of London fan with an eye for luxury travel, you’ve likely been curious to know more about Dundas Castle, which hosted the crew over two episodes this season. At the beautiful and historic Scotland estate, the ladies enjoyed a true Scottish dinner with all the trimmings, and the castle lit the skies with a huge firework display. The ladies also played party games in the billiard room into the wee hours of the morning, and explored the castle grounds in their wellies, even enjoying a falconry lesson.

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Well, good news for Europhile jet setters: Turns out the castle is available for non-celeb travelers, too — and it would make for a pretty stunning Europe trip.

Dundas Castle sits in the peaceful countryside of its own 400-acre estate, less than a half hour’s drive from Edinburgh — or 15 minutes by chauffeured towncar from the airport. It was built in 1818 and is now the stately home of Sir Jack and Lady Stewart-Clark. It’s also available for visitors, with 17 bedrooms as well as luxe lodgings like a Glampotel, fancy canvas cottages on the shores of the private estate loch (about £159 or $200 a night), and the secluded boathouse (£235, or about $300) which looks over the water.

The spot is also available — and commonly booked — for weddings and events. Hello, epic dinner party.

The manicured lawns also include a 4-by-4 course, quad biking track, outdoor tennis court, indoor squash court, and mapped walks throughout the estate. Oh, and there’s a nine-hole golf course to boot.

Here’s another brilliant vacation idea for a group: The castle can split your squad into clans for a "Highland Games" activity for up to 200 people, with options such as whisky tasting, highland dancing, and falconry. 

And now, for Ladies of London superfans, the castle is offering a new “Ladies of Luxury” package, with options including a whisky masterclass, a firework display, a mini Highland Games, and a champagne reception on the roof of the 12th-century Auld Keep (the 600-year-old space that served as a home in peace time and fortress in times of war).

Another highlight of the package? An etiquette lesson with expert Jackie Lee, which provides guidance as to how to behave in a Scottish castle. You’ll never botch your curtsey again.

Booking starts at £21,000 — or about $26,000 — but consider that’s for 10 people in 10 rooms over three nights. 

Because of its nearness to Scotland’s capital, there’s tons to do around Dundas: Check out Edinburgh’s restaurants, bars, and attractions. Nearby South Queensferry offers cafes and restaurants and stunning views over the Firth of Forth. Or take a walk over the Forth Road Bridge, with views of the neighboring and iconic Forth Bridge, into the scenic Kingdom of Fife.

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