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The Best Scottish Country Hotels

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.

The Most Romantic Scottish Country Hotels

The Fife Arms

The Fife Arms is a stunning renovation of a Victorian pile in the centre of Braemar, Aberdeenshire. Inside this property is simply breathtaking. Its 46 rooms are individually themed and each as opulent and decadent as the next. The walls are hung with glorious original artworks from Picasso to Prince Charles and the food does not disappoint either! A must for a romantic getaway!

Inverlochy Castle is an elegantly converted castle offering excellent service and a Michelin starred restaurant at the foot of Ben Nevis.

Also with superb food, 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 Best Scottish Country Hotels if you want to Relax

Cavens House

The Cavens House 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.

The Best Scottish Country Hotels for Outdoor Types

Knockinaam Lodge

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.

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    • The Fife Arms Braemar, Aberdeenshire 46 rooms from £320

      Other Activities  -  Stalking and shooting all available by arrangement
      Artworks  -  Picasso, Freud, Bruegel to name just a few
      Opulent  -  Check out the Royal Suites
      Fishing  -  Fishing on the Dee
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      High Victoriana meets modern luxury at the miraculously reinvented Fife Arms in Braemar. A destination as much as a place to stay, come here to celebrate and relax, or to walk, stalk or fish. Hotel of the Year, The Sunday Times. See More

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    • Cavens House by Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway 8 rooms from £180

      Country Escape  -  A charming country house set in 20 acres of woodland and lawns, with excellent walking and warm fires to great your return.
      Romantic Break  -  A cosy hideaway for two in this enchanting part of the country, with charming suites and romantic dining.
      Birdwatching  -  Pack the binoculars as there are two nearby reserves RSPB Mersehead and WWT Caerlaverock.
      Sights nearby  -  Explore the 17th century Drumlanrig Castle and the 13th century Sweetheart Abbey.
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide

      An impressive country house set in a stunning location. Traditional rooms feature large sash windows and tastefully upholstered furniture. Good Scottish cuisine with award winning service. Plenty of country pursuits in the surrounding area. An ideal country escape with all the comforts of home. See More

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    • Inverlochy Castle Fort William 17 rooms from £335

      Families  -  Plenty of kit for the kids indoors including games rooms, DVDs, playstation plus endless outdoor activities.
      Foodies  -  This fantastic restaurant has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes- utterly delicious!
      Fishing  -  Fishing in Loch Na Marag in the Castle grounds or salmon and trout fishing further afield.
      Great walks  -  Stunning scenery to be explored starting straight from the property.
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      Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

      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. See More

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    • Kinloch Lodge, Skye Isle of Skye 15 rooms from £280

      Foodies  -  Foodies won't be able to resist the stunning Michelin Star restaurant- check out the taster menu with excellent wine pairings.
      Romantic Break  -  A picturesque south Skype romantic retreat offering excellent food, roaring fires, chic suites and long country walks.
      Great walks  -  Venture on a Wild Walk with resident naturalist Mitchell Partridge, packed lunches are provided on request.
      Fishing  -  The area won't dissapoint, keen anglers can fish for salmon, brown trout and rainbow trout.
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      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 and the restaurant serves exceptional food. See More

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    • Knockinaam Lodge Dumfries and Galloway 9 rooms from £285

      Great walks  -  Very close to the hotel begins the coastal Southern Upland Way. Galloway Hills & Glenkens also have excellent walking routes.
      Fishing  -  The hotel has its own fishing equipment. You can catch everything from cod, salmon to dogfish!
      Local markets  -  Art fans will enjoy a visit to Kirkcudbright, otherwise know as the 'Artists Town'.
      Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      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! See More

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    • Glencoe House Glencoe 7 rooms from £340

      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
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      Once the home of Lord Strathcona, this handsome country house is set in ravishing Highlands scenery overlooking Loch Linnhe. 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. See More

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Written by Louise Farquhar

posted Monday, 16th August 2021