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Magnificent castle in the beautiful upper Clyde Valley

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Dating back to 1199, Shieldhill Castle offers great character and history. Conveniently located 50 miles from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, at Shieldhill you'll feel a million miles from both.   Individually designed rooms, fine dining, and quirky charm all combine in these elegant surroundings.  

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Luxury Castle Break

From £73.29 pppn for a 7 night stay, to £74.50 pppn for a 1 night stay

Stay in a Superior room and receive:

  • A complimentary welcome drink each in the bar on arrival (house wine, local beer, soft drink, tea / coffee)
  • 3 course dinner for two each evening (value £29.99)
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • 1 pm late check out
  • Stay 3 nights+ and receive one full afternoon tea for two on one day.

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  • Individually styled bedrooms
  • Locally sourced fresh ingredients
  • Perfectly placed between Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • Historic building with character and charm
  • Independently owned and run

25 Bedrooms 25 Bedrooms
fishing Fishing
four poster bed Four Poster Bed
children welcome Children Welcome
wheelchair access Wheelchair Access
Golf course nearby Golf Course Nearby
Internet Connection in rooms Internet Connection in Rooms
Dogs may be accepted by prior arrangement Dogs May Be Accepted by Prior Arrangement

How to find Shieldhill Castle

Shieldhill Castle
Shieldhill Rd
Biggar ML12 6NA

ML12 6NA

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Good to know

Hotel check-in time:

3:00 PM

Hotel check-out time:

11:00 AM

Parking Facilities

Free onsite parking

Disabled Access

There are ground floor rooms with wet rooms to assist those who require disabled access.

Child Policy

All children are welcome.

All children under 2 years stay free of charge for children's cots/cribs. Children aged between 2 and 12 years are charged £20 per child per night when using existing beds.  Older children are charged £40 per person per night for extra beds.

The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.

The maximum number of children's cots/cribs in a room is 1.

History of the hotel

Prior to becoming a hotel in 1959, Shieldhill Castle was the seat of the Chancellor family for over 750 years. The Chancellors are recorded as one of the oldest families in the area, having come from France at the time of the Norman Conquests, along with the Somervilles of Carnwath, with whom there are long standing connections.


The old tower, originally built in 1199, now forms the core of the present building. The original form of the tower is said to have been square, with access by the round tower on the north side, most probably added by the Chancellors in the late sixteenth century. This remained as the entrance until the major alterations of 1820, when the tower was altered and extended to form the more classical styling that can be seen today.

During the nineteenth century Shieldhill was further added to and modernised. The original door has however been preserved – entire with its stone and lock, removed from its original position to one of the faces of the old tower, where it is set in a later simple rectangular moulding. Above the door is an engraved stone with shields, letters and a pinnacle shaped carving, reputedly part of the carved work of an altar which had been found behind the panelling of the first floor Library, which had originally been the family chapel.
The letters I.H.S. and M.A. The shield on the left is fifteenth century and bears the crest of the Chancellor family. The shield on the right is unknown. The vane which surmounts the old engraving belongs to the late seventeenth century and the initials are of James Chancellor and Margaret Levingston.

Dogs Policy

Dogs are permitted on request, charges may apply.

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