Knock Old Castle

Largs, Ayrshire

With magical views of the Firth of Clyde, a fairytale castle for a party of 8, oozing comfort, luxury and baronial chic


7 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


Revel in the sea views from the ‘crow’s nest’ in the tower; be soothed by the sauna in the turret. This 14th-century castle, derelict for years, has been resurrected with imagination and skill. You sleep in the Keep, and make merry in the extension, with its big, new, colourful sitting room, and its dining table made from yew blown down in a storm. There’s even a sedum roof.

Bruce, whose home is 200 yards up the drive, greets you warmly and shows you around. The castle stands secluded on his 75-acre estate overlooking the sea. Walk your dogs in the deer-filled woods, enjoy crumpets by the fire and watch sunsets from the terrace.

Largs’ pretty seafront is two miles down the road. Head for ice cream sundaes at Nardini’s, and fish and chips at The Viking. Then skip across the water to Cumbrae (ten minutes), where palm trees grow on the promenade and everyone cycles – it’s not called the Bicycle Isle for nothing.

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We think you'll love

  • The pleasure of staying in a castle with a history
  • The quirky interiors touched with whimsy
  • Who would not love the stunning sea views?
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You should know

  • The open stairs and numerous steps are a challenge for the elderly and small children
  • There isn’t a lot of wardrobe space in bedrooms
  • The bedrooms are all on different floors


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights at weekends.
Pubs/restaurants 2 miles.


Nightly price
from £280
Weekly price
from £1972
1 Castle for 8
From £2807 beds4 bedrooms


I loved Knock Old Castle and the charming owner greatly added to the visit. A unique fairytale castle complete with baronial turrets but with a nod to Scottish chic. Rooms are so comfortable and relaxing with a stylish mix of chairs with antler horns as arms, soft furnishings with funky Highland Cows and fun tartan Scottie dogs! The high quality of the modern renovation of Knock Old Castle is matched by the glorious setting and views over the Clyde coast. It was a truly enjoyable and memorable visit to this secluded and private property with acres of parkland to explore.

Edna, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Largs is a Scottish seaside town loved by sailors and families, and is a paradise for golfers: Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry are close. You can eat well at Brisbane House Hotel, and brilliantly at Braidwoods, near Dalry (12 miles). Largs is a great base from which to explore the Clyde coastline and its islands: Cumbrae, Bute and Arran. For 18th-century opulence, the castle and estate of Culzean (44 miles) makes a great day out.

Local points of interest from Bruce Walker

  • Rock pooling, buckets and spades, swimming and paddling, enjoy a traditional seaside holiday!
  • Take a tour of Robert Burns' Country, Auld Ayr and Alloway are minutes away.
  • Culzean Castle is just down the coast - Magical!
  • How about a day on the nearby golf courses or a day at Ayr Races?
  • Relax, enjoy the view watching the sun go down, after a day's bracing walk.


Bruce Walker

Owner Bruce, who lives with his family on site at Knock Old Castle, is a musician, golfer, budding artist and enthusiastic property restorer. He is a charming and entertaining meeter and host at Knock Old Castle, and encourages guests to explore every nook and cranny of the castle and its grounds. Hands-on housekeeper at Bentfield, Lorraine, who lives in the gatehouse, has a long association with the family and is a font of local knowledge.