Let’s talk holidays.
Will you be taking a trip this year? If so, why not spend your hard earned money at home? This country is full of incredible coastlines, beaches, mountains and forests that are just waiting to be explored. Plus there’s incredible luxury Scottish hotels along the way to stay in so you can indulge and unwind. These accommodations are unlike any other – you may not want to leave!
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Luxury Scottish Hotels
The Dunstane Houses
Spread over two Victorian townhouses in the Scottish capital just a road apart from each other, 35 luxury rooms and suites are on offer at this 5 star boutique hotel. Choose to stay in either Dunstane House or Hampton House, both of which have been recently refurbished to an high standard, making it feel like a home from home.
The Dunstane Houses bar and lounge Ba’ Bar is home to one of the widest selections of rare whiskies in Edinburgh. Or if a dram doesn’t take your fancy, there are specialist cocktails and a large selection of artisan gins too, along with an all day dining menu showcasing the best modern Scottish cuisine.
Top tip: Book the Dunstane Suite or the Scapa Suite to enjoy a beautiful roll top copper bath in your room.
Rates start from £174 on a B&B, double occupancy basis. Book here.
Skeabost House Hotel
Just 10 minutes from Skye’s main town of Portree, Skeabost House Hotel is ideally placed for exploring Scotland’s most magical island. With spectacular views over Loch Snizort, the former hunting lodge which dates back to 1871 is the the perfect island escape and the only hotel on Skye to have its own golf course. Kanye West even stayed here while filming a music video on the island.
Choose the hotels’ MacDonald Suite and you’ll be treated to a four poster bed and roll top bath. If a more contemporary style of room takes your fancy, book a superior garden room which has its own entrance and deck area overlooking the loch.
Top tip: enjoy a pre dinner drink in the hotel’s cosy cocktail bar which has the island’s best gin selection and a roaring open fire.
Rooms from £269 including breakfast. Book here.
We couldn’t talk about luxury Scottish hotels and not include Gleneagles. With nine restaurants and bars, three championship golf courses, a spa and a whole host of leisure facilities, it’s more than just a hotel… it’s a destination.
By day, enjoy falconry, horse riding or a good old fashioned walk around the sprawling 850 acre estate where there is so much to see and do. In the evening treat yourself to dinner at the only restaurant in Scotland to hold 2 Michelin stars – Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, followed by a cocktail in the chic 1920’s inspired American Bar. Gladrags are a must.
Top tip: breakfast at Gleneagles is legendary. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time not just to eat, but to take in the ambiance of The Strathearn where it is served.
Rooms from £395 including breakfast.
The five star Torridon is located in rugged Wester Ross in north west Highlands. Each of the 18 rooms are beautifully individually decorated, blending inspiration from the Scottish landscape with the buildings Victorian features. Some come with a free-standing bath too.
For fine dining, head to 1887 where Head Chef Paul Green creates seasonal menus using fresh ingredients from The Torridon Farm and Kitchen Garden along with local hunters, fishermen and farmers. The impressive gin and whisky bar has 365 malts and 120 gins so there’s lots to choose from when deciding on a night cap. The hotel even has its own brand of gin – Acturus Gin. And where better to enjoy it than with a view of Loch Torridon.
Top tip: Make the most of The Torridon’s dark skies and go stargazing to enjoy spectacular views of the Milky Way like you’ve never seen it before. If you’d like expert knowledge of what to look for, the hotel can organise a bespoke stargazing tour with with astronomer Stephen Mackintosh.
Rooms from £295, including breakfast. Book here.
The Fife Arms
This former Victorian coaching inn in Braemar has been completely transformed by its art dealer owners Iwan and Manuela Wirth after a multimillion pound restoration project. With 46 rooms and suites, each individually decorated and inspired by the areas history, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Choose from their cosiest rooms – the Croft rooms – complete with hand painted cabin bed, or explore the luxe Royal Suites furnished with antiques, artworks and even a freestanding copper bath.
Art is at the centre of the hotel and over 14,000 pieces adorn every corner – from a stags head sketched by Queen Victoria which hangs in the reception area, to the specially commissioned painted ceiling by Zhang Enli in the drawing room.
It’s both child and dog friendly so you can take the whole family for a few days of fresh air, foraging and laid back luxury.
Top tip: take afternoon tea in the drawing room underneath an original Picasso painting for an experience that you won’t forget.
Prices from £250 for a double room, including breakfast. Book here.