Scotland offers an enchanting landscape of rugged coastline, brooding peaks, amber-coloured rivers, isolated lochs and windswept beaches, and this is the sort of scenery you can expect to find surrounding our Guru’s picks of the 10 Best Scottish Country Hotels.
Our idea of the best Scottish country hotels are set in remote countryside, or by the sea, are all perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of city life. Walking, fishing and golf are likely to be on your doorstep, and more vigorous activities, such as climbing, skiing and canoeing could be within a short drive. You might also find an abundance of wildlife for nature-lovers to enjoy.
Take your pick from converted castles, mansion houses, hunting lodges, and estates, these are our top 10 best Scottish country hotels.
Inverlochy Castle is an elegantly converted castle offering excellent service and a Michelin starred restaurant at the foot of Ben Nevis. Also with a Michelin starred restaurant, and cooking school, Kinloch Lodge, on the Isle of Skye, is surrounded by stunning scenery and is just a short drive from Skye Bridge.
The Albannach Hotel also has a Michelin star, but this time its restaurant is attached to just a five room hotel, the epitome of style and luxury, in the middle of nowhere. Or try Arisaig House, a Victorian country house turned B&B amid 19 acres of beautiful grounds and Highland views, or Pool House a perfectly remotely located, seven room guesthouse with expansive Highland views.
The Cavens Hotel offers sweeping views of the Solway Firth and a down-to-earth atmosphere that’s more home than hotel - if your home was surrounded by 20 acres of beautiful woodland grounds. Or you might consider Rufflets, which is a 24 room sanctuary of nice food and homely comforts just a few minutes from St. Andrews.
Knockinaam Lodge was once a hunting lodge grand enough to play host to Churchill and Eisenhower, with pristine views of the coastline, exceptional fishing opportunities, 38 acres of private land, a Michelin starred restaurant and just nine bedrooms.
Quarter, Stirlingshire is a stunning Georgian house set amidst 60 acres of parkland, with just three ensuite B&B rooms but a very, very warm welcome and lovely, personalised service. Or, for something a bit grander, try Glencoe House, a handsome country house with seven rooms, set amongst ravishing Highland scenery overlooking Loch Leven, with open fires, elegant suites and plenty to do!
by Dumfries, Borders
An impressive country house set in a stunning location. Traditional homely rooms feature large sash windows and chintz fabrics. Stunning Scottish cuisine with award winning service. Plenty of country pursuits in the surrounding area. An ideal country escape.
Elegance, romance and old-school service in sublime surroundings at the foot of Ben Nevis. Imposing rooms with heavy curtains, chintz wallpaper, antique paintings and four poster beds. The bathrooms are the height of modernity. A multi award winning restaurant. The perfect country getaway.
A historic property set within ten acres of pretty gardens in St Andrews. Individually styled light and contemporary rooms and an award winning restaurant, using only local seasonal produce much of which comes from the garden. Stunning property for events or simply a country escape.
Isle of Skye
Stunning scenery, dazzling food and plenty of peace and quiet just a short drive from the Skye Bridge. The elegant and traditional rooms are filled with natural light. A cosy sitting room with an open fireplace is the ideal spot to unwind with a whisky. Exceptional Michelin Star cuisine.
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.
Beautifully located B&B. Country guest house in the Highlands of Scotland. Romantic escape with great views from the restaurant.
Dumfries and Galloway, Borders
Steeped in history, this former hunting lodge has hosted Churchill and Eisenhower. Enjoy unspoilt views of the Scottish coastline from your cosy, warm palleted room, many of which have tiled fireplaces. There are 38 acres to explore and a Michelin star restaurant. Haute cuisine in the highlands!
nr Mallaig, Highlands & Islands
Victorian country house turned luxury b+b set amid 19 acres on the Road to the Isles
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.