'Sales of properties over £1 million to £2 million, the conventional cost range for castles, were down 75 per cent in Scotland until November, ' states Jamie Macnab, of Savills estate agents in Edinburgh. 'Subsequently, the top-end market has actually boomed.'
With affluent English purchasers keen purchasing in Scotland, vendors formerly unsure about perhaps the time ended up being to sell are coming on marketplace.
Take Emma Mackenzie, 57, which together with her company manager husband, Philip is selling Baledmund in the lower mountains associated with the Grampian Hills near Pitlochry.
'the marketplace was therefore dead last year once we had it on for £1.7 million we decided to provide the palace as a let at £25, 000 annually instead, ' says Mrs Mackenzie.
'But when the marketplace perked up, we place the residence straight back on. We'll consider any provides over £1.25 million.'
Jamie Macnab claims buyers of Scottish castles are eccentric.
'They have to be slightly unusual, ' he says. 'Why else would they get such wildly impractical homes?'
The Mackenzies bought Baledmund in 1989.
'the sole places on the market had been crofts or a palace. I did not wish a croft, therefore I bought a castle, ' claims Mrs Mackenzie.
Baledmund was built around 1800, whenever Scottish castles were utilized more as deluxe domiciles than defences.
Set-in 15 acres of pastures and woodland, it is in marvellous hillwalking country.
In, there was a large drawing-room with an open fire, a contemporary kitchen and breakfast space, and a broad pine staircase before the 20 rooms.
'It ended up being owned by a lovely old shipping heiress and hadn't been enhanced for 60 many years. The walls had been filled with priceless paintings by Turner.'
It took the Mackenzies a-year to modernise it, investing in five restrooms and re-positioning your kitchen in the center of the house.
It is as a family household that Emma will bear in mind Baledmund best. 'My girl Lucy got hitched here, ' she claims.
While Baledmund is a house of baronial splendour, Barcaldine Castle, near Benderloch in Argyll, is designed for the grizzly business of warfare.
This 16th-century castle was built by Sir Duncan Campbell, 7th Knight of Glenorchy - better-known as Ebony Duncan.
Among the not many Scottish medieval castles however habitable, it provides pistol holes when you look at the wall space, an impressive primary staircase, the truly amazing Tumbrel and a bottle cell - a stinking gap, shaped like a container, making escape impossible.
Barcaldine, which sits in about two-and-a-half acres, was bought by David Whitehead, 44, a textile businessman from Yorkshire, last November for £1.265 million.
He's got put in managers whom run it for him as a bed and break fast. It really is a manageable size, with just three main reception rooms - the fantastic hallway, dining area and laird's parlour - and Whitehead's plans tend to be moderate. He is probably let five rooms, in the place of two, and he would like to put-on afternoon teas.
He admits he is never ever probably make their fortune at Barcaldine.
The reason why, then performed he get it? 'i just love period properties, ' he says. 'This castle is completely separated and contains a great, timeless feel.'
Midmar Castle, the first regarding the five great castles of Marr, Aberdeenshire, plus the one in private ownership, is best known as the previous residence of Ric Wharton which, with company lover Malcolm Williams, owned the scuba diving business that pulled off the salvage operation of the 20th century - wresting £50 million of Russian gold through the wartime wreck of HMS Edinburgh in 1981.
Wharton today lives on Guernsey. He offered Midmar to his children as well as today wish sell it.
An enormous residential property, Midmar is based around three towers - one square as well as 2 circular. It survived the Victorian era unscathed, only recently undergoing an extensive renovation, supervised by historical Scotland.
Set in five miles of parkland, the primary residence has ten bedrooms, three bathrooms and five reception spaces. All of those other property consists of a two-bedroom farm and 140 acres of arable land.
Final February, it had been for sale at £5 million. Now the proprietors have slice the price to £3.5million.
The fact that other castles have sold recently - like the huge Ackergill Tower at Wick, Caithness, originally priced at £5 million - must give sellers hope.
With affluent purchasers loosening their bag strings, maybe Midmar is the after that castle to alter arms.