Visitors to Inverness are well-served when it comes to options for accommodation that suit both taste and budget. With more guests looking for somewhere comfortable but unique, with an intimacy and personality beyond that found in a chain hotel, here are five boutique hotels offering exactly that.
On the tree-lined banks of the River Ness, this hotel is ideally placed to explore the surrounding area. Glenmoriston has built up an enviable reputation over the years but has not rested on well-earned laurels, instead pushing itself to provide the best service possible. The brasserie prides itself on the freshest of ingredients and is well-placed for those visiting the nearby Eden Court Theatre. The signature whisky bar not only has over 260 different malts to tempt you, but also 30 different gins, and is also renowned for its cocktails.
A 17th century mansion, Bunchrew House is an excellent location for those wishing for peace and tranquility, but is only two miles from Inverness itself. The hotel is set in 20 acres of beautiful grounds and woodlands, and is on the picturesque Beauly Firth shore, so is ideal for spotting wildlife, including dolphins. With a restaurant, cocktail lounge and drawing room, Bunchrew allows the guest to relax amid luxurious comfort. Each room is different, and the whole country house can be hired for special events, such as weddings.
With two bars, a restaurant and individually designed rooms, The The Heathmount is situated close to the centre of Inverness and offers a friendly place to stay and explore all the city has to offer. There is also a heated outdoor terrace where dogs are allowed. Each room is quite different so there should be something to suit all tastes. The bar and restaurant have recently undergone a full refurbishment and the menu offers the best of locally sourced tasty treats.
In the heart of Inverness itself, Rocpool Reserve Hotel and Chez Roux Restaurant has made a name for itself as a spectacular place to stay and to eat. The hotel is elegance defined, with four different kinds of room to choose from, each with an emperor sized bed and a range of impressive specifications. The bar is one of the best cocktail destinations in the north of Scotland and the legendary Albert Roux restaurant serves fresh and local Scottish ingredients with a French twist. There are options available for corporate guests and also for unforgettable weddings.
With parts of the principally Georgian mansion dating back to the 16th century, Culloden House is living history. Bonnie Prince Charlie himself lived here, and even stayed on the two nights before the battle that was to end his fight for the crown. Although this is probably enough to draw the history — or Outlander — fan to Culloden House, the hotel itself offers so much more. With an award-winning restaurant, 28 tastefully decorated rooms, in-room massage service, a sauna deep in the dungeons and a beautiful walled garden, a stay here will be truly memorable.