Highlands & Islands

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Highlands and Islands is a loose term for the most enormous swathe of Scottish countryside as varied as it is vast! It covers all ground from Inverness to the North and then west out towards the rugged but spectacular coastline, then beyond to Skye. Our selection of the best places to stay in the Highlands and Islands echoes this variety with choices as diverse as Greshornish House, a remote but luxurious property situated on its very own peninsula on the northern shores of Skye or the Rocpool Reserve a chi-chi offering in the centre of Inverness overlooking the river with Chez Roux restaurant (for those wanting a holiday cottage, we recommend our online partner, Booking.com).

Best places to stay in the Highlands and Islands

For foodies

For foodies this part of Scotland is simply the place to be. Although remote, it can boast a wide range of excellent eateries many of which serve produce that has been sourced from either the nearby land or sea. The best places to stay in the Highlands and Islands where you can expect to be fed well include:

  • The Albannach, a Michelin starred establishment perched above Lochinver Bay or
  • Kinloch Lodge on Skye, owned by food writer Clare MacDonald and her clan chief husband Godfrey, which also boasts Michelin starred dining plus residential cookery courses, roaring fires and a very homely feel.

For luxury

If you're looking for a spot a luxury in this beautiful landscape then our favourites in the selection of the best places to stay in the Highlands and Islands would have to be:

  • The Torridon, a country escape on the shores of Upper Loch Torridon where opulence is twinned with contemporary designs and 3 AA Rosette standard cuisine in its fine restaurant.
  • The Pool House in Poolewe is a romantic retreat stuffed with antiques and curios from around the world and is owned and managed by the Harrison family whose attention to detail is exemplary.

For a house party

Some of the best places to stay in the Highlands and Islands are also ideal party properties. if you're looking for somewhere for that special anniversary or birthday do then check out

  • Arisaig House on the Road to the Isles. This fine Victorian mansion is now run as a relaxed B&B, but also offers a great solution for larger groups. Book in advance and they can provide picnics to take to the beach plus set three course dinners.
  • Loch Ness Lodge is a brilliant party property too. It has seven sumptuous rooms plus a highly skilled chef who provides creative and contemporary "Franco-Scottish" cuisine. On top of all this it has a top notch spa and great views over Loch Ness.

For a holiday cottage

  • Sometimes the best option is a self catering property, especially if you are travelling with a group or friends or family. We recommend the selection with our online partner, booking.com.

Check out our full list of the best places to stay in the Highlands and Islands and start to plan your trip. Nothing here of interest, then peruse our Ultimate guide to the best hotels in Scotland.

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  • Holland House

    Orkney, Highlands & Islands

    A charming B&B on Orkney. Just three elegant bedrooms, cosy sitting room with fireplace and DVDs, lovely garden, and plenty of activities around. An excellent choice for bird watchers, nature enthusiasts, and those on a budget.

    3 rooms from $67
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Kirkwall and Stromness are nearby, Skara Brae - a Neolithic Village offering a glimpse into Neolithic life.
    Fishing  -  The Harray Loch - one of the UK’s leading brown trout fishing waters.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • The Lime Tree

    Fort William

    This stylish hotel is situated in the heart of the North West Highlands. Being the 'outdoor capital of the UK' there are a plethora of activities on offer. The in-house gallery has contemporary art on show and the award winning restaurant serves seasonal, locally sourced food. A great country escape

    9 rooms from $90
    Kayaking  -  The coast offers a number of paddling areas to get up close to nature
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • Smiddy House

    Fort William

    Set in the quiet village of Spean Bridge just 11 miles from Fort William and close to Loch Lochy. The four rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated in a Scottish highland style. The restaurant serves up locally produced fare and the garden room offers the perfect spot for a quiet drink.

    4 rooms from $96
    Great walks  -  Fort William is at the base of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis and is also the gateway to walks in the picturesque Glen Nevis
    Fishing  -  The surrounding areas offer excellent wild brown trout, northern pike lochs and wild Atlantic salmon rivers
  • Forss House


    A charming 1810 country house hotel set in 20 acres of Scottish woodland. The perfect launchpad for all outdoor pursuits particularly walking, shooting and fishing. Spend the evenings with a choice whisky in hand by the fireplace. A great country escape.

    14 rooms from $127
    Back to Nature  -  A rugged coastline on one side and the inland forests and mountains on the other gives plenty of outdoor space to explore
    Great walks  -  The local coastline and hills make for some excellent walking for both the ambler and the serious walker
    Fishing  -  Both rivers and coastal fishing are accessible from the hotel
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Toravaig House

    Isle of Skye

    A peaceful contemporary hotel set overlooking the Atlantic waters. Log fires and a choice selection of whiskies can be enjoyed after a day pursuing one of the many outdoor activities on offer. A restaurant serving freshly caught seafood perfectly rounds off this award winning gem of a hotel.

    9 rooms from $135
    Fishing  -  The Hotel is perfecly located to indulge in salmon and trout river fishing as well as trout and arctic char in nearby Lochs
    Great walks  -  Wild coastal scenery, deep fjords and secluded windswept bays and a wealth of history make for excellent walks
    Sailing  -  The owners offer a day excursion around Skye on their luxury yacht Solus
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Arisaig House

    nr Mallaig, Highlands & Islands

    Victorian country house turned luxury b+b set amid 19 acres on the Road to the Isles

    10 rooms from $154
    Exclusive offer  -  Up to 15% off for group bookings
    Great walks  -  Walks to suit all from gentle strolls to strenuous hill climbs
    Views  -  Great views over to the Small Isles.
    House party feel  -  Great for parties!
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • The Grange

    Fort William

    Victorian townhouse turned luxury guesthouse on the western edge of Fort William. Stunning views over Loch Linnhe to the Ardgour Mountains and more activities in the area than you can possibly imagine. Traditional yet stylish bedrooms with sumptuous bathrooms and views to die for.

    3 rooms from $167
    Views  -  Stunning views over Loch Linnhe to the Ardgour Hills
    Great walks  -  Plenty of Munros around or even attempt Ben Nevis
    Sights nearby  -  Just outside Fort William in the heart of Glencoe
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only establishment
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Highland Cottage

    Tobermory, Mull

    This 'cottage' (owners David and Jo do not call themselves a hotel) is located in the centre of Tobermory. Rooms are Edwardian in style with billowing, satin fabrics, ornate lamps and many with four poster beds. There's a cosy living room and dining room serving delicious locally sourced cuisine.

    6 rooms from $173
    Great walks  -  With one roundabout and not a single traffic light you could say the island of Mull is almost made for walkers!
    Birdwatching  -  Puffins, egrets and much more can be spotted on the nearby coastline.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat to nearby Iona or Staffa for the day.
    Restrictions on children  -  Above the age of ten only.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Dower House

    Ross Shire, Ross-shire

    A charming scottish country home nestled between the Conon and the Beauly rivers. Three en-suite bedrooms and one suite come with outstanding views of the mature gardens. The self-taught owner/chef Robyn produces award winning scottish fair. The ideal place to get away from it all.

    4 rooms from $180
    Fishing  -  The hotel is perfectly positioned between two of the world’s best salmon rivers, the Conon and the Beauly
    Great walks  -  Explore the beauty of the highlands on walks of varying lengths from the guesthouse
    Hideaway  -  A cosy getaway in the heart of the Scottish wilderness
    Outstanding location
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Spoons

    Isle of Skye

    A newly built 5 Star luxury B&B on the coast of the Isle of Skye. Stunning bedrooms in creams, whites and silvers with all the mod cons including DVD players. Fantastic breakfasts using organic produce. Romantic, gourmet, sumptuous. Plenty of nature and outdoor activities too.

    3 rooms from $180
    Foodies  -  Fabulous breakfasts.
    Country Escape
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Mackays Rooms

    Durness, Highlands & Islands

    A remote Scottish hideout with stunning coastal views and surroundings. Owner managed, this boutique B&B features seven individually designed bedrooms with merino blankets and hand crafted furniture. Locally sourced produce and hearty Scottish breakfasts. Bring walking boots!

    7 rooms from $191
    Great walks  -  Walk roads with relatively little traffic whilst enjoying some of the most epic scenery Europe has to offer
    Outstanding location  -  Mackay's rooms are located in one of the most scenic spots in the UK
    Sights nearby  -  Smoo Cave
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Summer Isles Hotel

    Achiltibuie, Highlands & Islands

    A charming hotel, situated in beautiful scenery with stunning sea views over Badentarbet Bay and the Hebrides, and restaurant specialising in local seafood. Bright, white, airy rooms with sea or garden views. Separate cottage sleeps six. Breathtaking landscape & lots of outdoor activities on offer.

    12 rooms from $218
    Great walks  -  The area is great for walking with stunning routes for all abilities.
    Fishing  -  The hotel has its own boats for sea fishing. Loch fishing available.
    Outstanding location  -  Situated in the most glorious position in North West Scotland
    Views  -  Stunning views out to sea and over the Hebrides
  • Tiroran House

    Argyll and Bute, Mull

    Stunning views, 17 acres of unspoiled Scottish countryside and luxurious classic country rooms; it comes as no surprise that Tiroran was voted 'Best Country House Hotel in Scotland' two years running. Treat yourself to hearty, locally sourced meals - the great outdoors can build quite an appetite!

    10 rooms from $225
    Sailing  -  Take a boat trip along the Loch na Keel or to Tobermory for whale watching.
    Great walks  -  Along the bracing coastline of the Ardmeanach Peninsula.
    Birdwatching  -  Eagles, puffins and much more can be spotted.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
  • Scarista House

    Isle of Harris, Highlands & Islands

    Old Georgian manse on the Isle of Harris, now run as a charming hotel. Fabulous views over the stunning coastline. Rooms are cosy and comforting and the food is delicious: the freshest seafood imaginable. Perfect for a romantic escape away from it all.

    6 rooms from $270
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
  • The Torridon

    Highlands & Islands

    Country escape on the shores of Upper Loch Torridon. 53 acres of park and woodland provide many outdoor activities. Scottish country house opulence twinned with contemporary designs. Seriously good restaurant and whisky bar.

    18 rooms from $283
    Restaurant  -  3 AA Rosettes
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays, Michelin Travel
  • Boath House


    This Georgian house once found itself on the "endangered' list. Now restored to its former glory by current owners, rooms decorated with original artworks, antiques and four poster beds. There is a Spa, manicured gardens and a very popular restaurant. Activities are arranged on guest preferences.

    22 rooms from $334
    Sailing  -  Keen sailors might wish to visit Ness and Moray Yacht Charters
    Sights nearby  -  The Inverness Harbour is well worth a visit
    Restrictions on children  -  This hotel does not accommodate children
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Glencoe House

    Fort William

    Once the home of Lord Strathcona, this handsome country house is set in ravishing Highlands scenery overlooking Loch Leven. Family and dog friendly, comfortable, spacious suites, some with open fires and superb in-suite dining. There is plenty to entertain the hearty from fly fishing to walking.

    7 rooms from $437
    Suites  -  The elegant suites with high celings and stunning views have separate sitting rooms and free standing baths
    Private dining room  -  Exquisite meals are served in the comfort of the guests suites, including afternoon tea
    Views  -  Wonderful views over the stunning countryside and lochs
    Back to Nature
  • The Albannach Hotel

    Highlands & Islands

    A charming country property in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands. Five rooms have been simply yet stylishly renovated with soft hues and modern bathrooms. Plays host to a fabulous Michelin-Starred restaurant (Scotland's most northern). Stunning rugged countryside to be explored. Magical.

    5 rooms from $495
    Foodies  -  Enjoy a 5 course dinner in the Michelin-Starred restaurant overlooking the surrounding mountains.
    Great walks  -  Testing hill climbs or less strenuous exploring around the coastal paths.
    Sailing  -  Boat trips to surrounding islands can be locally arranged.
    Views  -  Over the sea loch to the mountains beyond.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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