If you have money to blow up or if you just want to dream, Scotland has a number of top luxury hotels to match its spectacular scenery. Here are ten of the best. Some of these are known names you may have heard of, others at times not so. However, all are among the most sumptuous homes you will find in Scotland.
The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa
This privately owned hotel is located on the outskirts of Aberdeen amid 11 acres of woodland. It is a lovely mix of traditional and modern. The spa boasts aromatherapy, massage treatments and body treatments while the hotel is agents, shooting and fishing on local properties. There is a strong focus on local and regional dishes in the Marcliffe Conservatory Restaurant, where lunch is often served outdoors during the summer. This is a hotel focusing on comfort and relaxation.
This is a true authentic Scottish country house hotel, elegant with an ancient world art. Kinloch House is located a few miles outside of the town of Blairgowrie in rural Perthshire among 25 acres of grounds. Family owned and run, it is a popular wedding and business meeting. The rooms echo it in the Victorian era as a luxury sports lodge with detailed periods and sumptuous furniture. Its restaurant is considered to be among the best in Perthshire, with the top quality of locally sourced ingredients always on the menu.
A famous name in Scottish accommodation, like a few other hotels on this list, has a strong golf club that has hosted four open championships on the track as it overlooks. Turnberry, located in rural Ayrshire, has received numerous accolades, including the Scottish hotel of the year award and the Golf Tourism Scotland Award. It has a strong Edwardian feel, with rooms with spectacular views of the golf course and Firth of Clyde. There is also a luxury spa with 20 meter swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room.
2121 Restaurant with rooms
Somewhat different – 2121, located in Edinburgh, is a Michelin Star restaurant, which also sports four lavishly decorated rooms, each with a different theme and with beautiful views of Scotland's capital city. As well as Michelin Star has received an abundance of acknowledgments for its cuisine and accommodation from AA, National Restaurant Awards, Scottish Tourist Board and Scottish Style Awards.
Old Course Hotel
Another golf mecca in Scotland (actually played at the game) is St Andrews, and like Turnberry here you will find another grand hotel perched by another famous golf route. The Old Course Hotel offers a 3 AA rosette restaurant along with several other recognized (but less formal) bars and restaurants. There are 144 beautifully appointed rooms, including 35 suites, including sumptuous hand, silk lined walls, while a number of have private balconies. The hotel's lavish spa features a 20-meter swimming pool with waterfall, hydrotherapy pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna.
The Witchery by the Castle
On the top of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh's Old Town, which is tucked away among a mud of historic buildings, you will find this little gem. Established in 1979 in the foundation of a then forbidden building, such is reputation. Witchery has built over the years that it has been said that it is almost famous as the castle itself. Its reputation is built in an excellent restaurant with the best Scottish cuisine, which has proven to be a true hit with local residents, not to mention an abundance of celebrities. Its eight captivating suites have been described as one of the seven wonders of the hotel world, each of which is unique, filled with antiques and historical fixtures. This is a place to live like no one else.
Loch Ness Lodge
Recently received by a prestigious UK & Ireland small hotel price, this exclusive and intimate place on the banks of Loch Ness is a few miles from the village of Drumnadrochit and is specifically aimed at romantic getaway, weddings and small house parties. The rooms are individually named and styled and inspire from the lodge's natural surroundings. Excellent fine dining options are offered, where the hotel always operates locally, ecologically and ethically prepared produce while having its own vegetable garden. There is easy access to many local activities including kayaking, fishing, shooting and pony riding, and you will definitely not find anything more lavish to live for a place with Nessie hunting!
A world famous Spa & Golf Resort is one of the most famous names in Scottish hotels. It is located on a 850 acre property in Perthshire. The 232 rooms are well-appointed with a selection of traditional or modern, while there are also 26 suites available, of which the top Royal Lochnagar Suite is the absolute last word in luxury. The hotel's spa is an amazing experience designed to be the most tranquil place. In addition, there are two swimming pools, gymnasiums, saunas and Turkish baths. Outdoor activities include shooting, fishing, horse riding, 4×4 driving and of course golf – Gleneagles has three championship courses and will host the Ryder Cup in 2014.
If you have ever wanted to stay in a castle in Scotland can you do it in style! Located just outside of Fort William, Inverlochy is an incredible luxury hotel and restaurant located in the most spectacular of settings, among the mountains and mountains of the West Highlands. In his former life as a 19th century private residence Queen Victoria once spent a week here, and as a hotel preserves the very massive great Victorian flavor. There are 17 individually styled and named rooms, all very spacious and sumptuously appointed, with amenities including laptop with internet access, and a private safe. The restaurant is internationally recognized and boasts a Michelin star. Sporting and rural features can be enjoyed at the local 75,000 acre Achnacarry Estate, as well as golf at Fort William 18 hole course, mountain biking and winter sports in the nearby Nevis Range.
Of course, if you prefer your hotel castles in southern Scotland, the Ayrshire village of Ballantrae is accurate to match the bill. Glenapp Castle, like Inverlochy above, is an incredibly luxurious, sumptuous and sumptuously appointed Scottish hotel. To give you an idea, even the smallest of its 17 individually named, theme and style rooms is large (198 square feet) and has an original fireplace with real flames. It boasts a Michelin star and four AA roses for its fine dining restaurant with emphasis on the highest quality local Ayrshire products. 36 acres of gardens are available for the exclusive use of guests who also can also enjoy access to a nearby normal private members spa.
Source by Iain MacLennan