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Plane Castle

UK Scotland Central Scotland Stirlingshire

07706 122 034   By Airth Stirlingshire FK2 8SF

A fabulous Scottish castle, steeped in history – perfect for large groups and celebrations.

Historic Plane Castle oozes character. It’s divided into two parts, the Tower and the Manor, that can be rented separately, or you can combine the two and sleep up to 18 people (22 if you also take their nearby cottage) for a truly memorable wedding or party venue. Featuring winding spiral staircases, painted beamed ceilings, stone-vaulted rooms, tapestries, thick walls and splendid dining halls, the castle manages to combine atmosphere and history with comfort. At night there’s a roaring wood fire to sit around, while the bedrooms and bathrooms are warm and welcoming. Mary Queen of Scots is said to have visited the castle often, and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Royal Guard was quartered here in 1746; there’s even a secret passage, which kids love to explore.

The Manor is the larger section of the castle, sprawling over three levels and sleeping up to ten people in four bedrooms. The vaulted ground floor contains the kitchen and dining rooms; the first floor is entirely given over to the Great Hall, with its vast fireplace; while on the second floor are the bedrooms, one with four-poster bed and en-suite bath, plus two further bathrooms. If you’re entertaining, the Great Hall can comfortably accommodate up to 40 people.

The Tower – self-explanatory really – sleeps up to eight people over four floors connected by narrow spiral stairs. Accommodation is on the second floor, where there are two stone bedrooms with medieval alcoves, and at the top of the tower in the Edwardian Crown Room, added in 1908 onto the original battlements. Twenty-one windows boast stunning views in every direction and four people can sleep up here, in one double and two single sofa-beds. Downstairs there’s another mini banqueting hall.

Outside, three acres of gardens offer plenty of room to explore, with ponds, statues and even a hobbit hole. Heading out, there’s plenty to see and do nearby, including a visit to the brilliantly re-imagined Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre (01786 812 664), with its immersive 3D battle experience. Arguably Scotland's most impressive castle at Stirling (01786 450 000) is just 20 minutes away, as is the magnificent National Wallace Monument (01786 472 140). Plane Castle is also a great base for exploring Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park (01389 722600) and the Highlands beyond. For those with families in tow Blair Drummond Safari Park is also nearby. Edinburgh Airport meanwhile is a 30-minute drive and Glasgow Airport around 40 minutes. Plane Castle is an official Scottish wedding venue, and they offer various wedding and hen- and stag-do packages; there’s also a private chef available if you don’t fancy cooking for yourselves.

Details

Open

Available all year.

Pricing

The Manor (sleeps 10) costs £400–£525 a night, £2,300–£2,800 per week. The Tower (sleeps 8) costs £300–£425 a night, £1,200–£1,700 per week. Manor & Tower (sleeps 18) costs £700–£900 a night, £3,500–£4,500 per week. Minimum stay 2-3 nights depending on season.

Location

Contact Website  07706 122 034  Plane Castle, By Airth Stirlingshire FK2 8SF

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Getting There

From Edinburgh/Edinburgh Airport follow the A8 west to the M9. Continue west on the M9, M876 and A9 to Plane Castle. From Glasgow Airport follow the M8, M876 and A9 north-east to the castle. Stirling train station is 15 minutes away by taxi.

Facilities

  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Groups welcome
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dog-friendly
  • Family-Friendly

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Reviews

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Rated ★★☆☆☆ over 2 reviews

★★☆☆☆

Bride in tears

We had a wedding at the castle which was ok... until it was nearly time to leave. The 'owner' made my daughter, the bride, cry on the first day of her married life. This is unforgivable and my advice to you is don't take the chance, go elsewhere.
Aug 20, 2021 by gordon king
★★☆☆☆

The owner screamed at me

The castle is beautiful but the owner screamed at me for contract breaches the day after a wedding. I was a bridesmaid and therefore had nothing to do with any contract. When I screamed back, we were accused of being the worst guests out of 3000 and the owner demanded we left which we were trying to do. The issues Sonja the owner said she had were: 1) we were meant to be out of our rooms by 10. I was told 11 so that's what I was going on but tried to pack quickly when informed I was incorrect. I did argue we were told 11 at which point I was called a liar, as were the bride, groom and parents. 2) We brought in takeaway food which was against our contract. Again, I was a BRIDEMAID so had nothing to do with contracts. I tried to say that I thought there was a misunderstanding and was again called a liar. Sonja truly believed we wronged her and I feel those are valid feelings. However, I had nothing to do with the contract, nor the time people were leaving and actively said to Sonja, if you just get out I can pack and leave. She screamed at me, was hostile from the start and aired her grievances in an aggressive manor from the beginning. I did not de-escalate the situation, I screamed back. I do not like someone directing their anger to me when I had no part in the issues that she had. The 2 stars are because the castle is beautiful and because Sonja's daughter brought us prosecco in the morning and a loaf of white bread for the bride; would highly recommend if Sonja was not in charge.
Aug 20, 2021 by lly2000

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