Could this be the fanciest hotel in Scotland? You wouldn’t bet against it. Built in the Victorian era, this glammed-up Braemar manor is a textbook example of how time-honoured Highland piles ought to be restored. Renowned Swiss art collectors Iwan and Manuela Wirth are the brains behind the project, and their creative influence is visible at every turn. Look out for a neon tangle of lights hanging in the hallway, a watercolour of a stag’s head painted by Queen Vic herself and a monumental 19th-century mahogany and pine chimneypiece carved with scenes from the works of Scottish poet Robert Burns. Meanwhile, the surrounding countryside promises myriad muddy-boots experiences when you’re ready for some fresh air.