One of the classic sights in Scotland is of the ruined Urquhart Castle, perched above the fabled murky depths of Loch Ness, against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. This magnificent stretch of land south of Inverness is a great place to spend days or even weeks in the pretty embrace of the Highlands. Here are the top hotels to help you do that, all bookable through Culture Trip.
Further up the glen from Drumnadrochit and Urquhart Castle is the Glenurquhart House hotel, a whitewashed country house surrounded by hills and woodland. It’s a great place for anybody looking to get out into the Scottish wilderness while remaining a short drive from Inverness and the region’s major attractions. Rooms are decorated with classic Scottish purples and blues, and there’s a large snug room for guests, with leather sofas and a fireplace.
Inverness is the de facto capital of the Scottish Highlands and has plenty of highlights of its own, including Inverness Castle. As such, many top hotels are located in the city, including Kingsmills Hotel Inverness, which has its own indoor pool, fitness centre and spa. Rooms are spacious, thanks in part to the 18th-century mansion’s original design being carefully maintained through the years. For a debonair evening, the hotel’s whiskey bar is a great place for a wee dram or two.
If you’ve come to Loch Ness for the whimsy and lore of the Loch Ness Monster then you may well be intending to visit one of the two museums dedicated to the wee beastie. Nessieland and the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition are rival attractions set roughly 500ft (150m) apart, and they’re both on the doorstep of the Loch Ness Lodge Hotel. The building dates to 1740 and has a traditional bar and restaurant.
Another historic hotel in Inverness is Glen Mhor, a sprawling complex of Victorian buildings that house everything from standard double rooms to self-contained apartments. In the latter, a fully equipped kitchen is ideal for dining – but if you want to leave the work to somebody else, head to Glen Mhor’s pleasant Waterside Restaurant. Many rooms have views over the River Ness, and the city centre is a few minutes’ walk away.
This OYO hotel is another option wedged between the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition and Nessieland. If you want to go and find the monster yourself, Urquhart Castle is only a few miles away, and the views from there cover a swathe of the loch. As with most OYO properties, the rooms are competitively priced and offer simple, clean and comfortable rooms.
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