Our 10 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.

Our 10 Best Scottish Country Hotels

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Inverlochy Castle

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.

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Arisaig House

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.

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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. Or you might consider Rufflets, which is a 24 room sanctuary of nice food and homely comforts just a few minutes from St. Andrews.

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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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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!

If you haven’t found your idea of the best Scottish country hotels on our Guru's list of 10 you could:

Our 10 Best Scottish Country Hotels

  • Cavens House 8 rooms from £180

    by Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway

    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.

    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.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
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  • Inverlochy Castle 17 rooms from £335

    Fort William

    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.

    Families  -  Plenty of kit for the kids indoors including games rooms, DVDs, playstation plus endless outdoor activities.
    Foodies  -  This fantastic restaurant has been awarded one Michelin Star and 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.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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  • Rufflets 24 rooms from £134

    St Andrews

    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.

    Country Escape  -  A stunning 1924 turreted country property set within beautiful fragrant gardens, rolling onto the gentle countryside of Fife.
    Great walks  -  Grab a packed lunch and make the most of the stunning coastal walks and trails throught the Fife landscape.
    Sights nearby  -  Situated just three kms from St Andrew's Castle, a must see for any visit to this area.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Kinloch Lodge, Skye 15 rooms from £218

    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.

    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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  • The Albannach Hotel 5 rooms from £385


    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.

    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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  • Pool House 7 rooms from £275

    Gairloch (Poolewe)

    Beautifully located B&B. Country guest house in the Highlands of Scotland. Romantic escape with great views from the restaurant.

    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Knockinaam Lodge 9 rooms from £285

    Dumfries and Galloway

    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!

    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'.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Arisaig House 10 rooms from £120

    nr Mallaig, Inverness-shire

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

    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.
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  • Quarter, Stirlingshire 3 rooms from £90

    Denny, Stirlingshire

    Country house bed and breakfast in superb central location

    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Glencoe House 7 rooms from £340


    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.

    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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Written by Louise Farquhar

posted Sunday, 7th March 2010