Shieldhill Castle Hotel
Quothquan, Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6NA (view map)
Welcome to Shieldhill Castle in the pretty Upper Clyde Valley, just 40 minutes by car from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
This 12th century grand Scottish mansion was the seat of the Chancellor family for over 750 years. Over the following centuries, the Chancellors enlarged their estates and moved their main residence from Shieldhill to another of their properties, Quothquan, in the 1500s.
In 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle where she had been imprisoned after abdicating the throne of Scotland in favour of James VI, her infant son. William Chancellor joined Mary’s forces at the subsequent Battle of Langside against Mary’s Protestant half-brother the Earl of Moray, who had been appointed Regent on behalf of his nephew. Mary was defeated and she fled to England. As a result of backing the losing side, Chancellor’s main residence at Quothquan was razed to the ground, forcing the family to return to Shieldhill.
The old tower, built in 1199, was completely renovated in the 16th century and now forms the core of the present building. Converted into a hotel in 1959, the castle retains many original features including the impressive main door with its elaborate engraved stonework.
Shieldhill Castle contains 26 stylish bedrooms, decorated to a high standard. Each room is equipped with private facilities, television and telephone. A full room service is available. Each room is named after a Scottish battle or whisky.
The 2 AA Rosette Chancellor’s Restaurant specialises in Scottish cuisine, prepared from the finest locally sourced ingredients. The Gun Room Bar and the Oak Room Lounge offer guests more informal dining options. Free Wi-Fi.