The Most Incredible Hotels in the Scottish Highlands
When it comes to accommodation in Scotland, there exists an abundance of castles. None, however, are as elegant or as sought after as Inverlochy Castle. A luxury hotel with every bell and whistle, Inverlochy, which is situated amidst the myriad of lochs, glens and mountains of the West Highlands, is as grand as it is breathtaking. Frequented by many a celebrity, choose from 17 unique bedrooms embellished to the nines, indulge in world class dining, and embark on activities galore with the multiple options in store. Hard to beat, this magnificent abode is suited to those who prefer the finer things in life.
Those unfazed by the overload of pomp and unnecessary finery unique to many hotels, will be over the moon at the thought of Eagle Brae. Simple yet still luxurious, the collection of cabins at this glorious sanctuary were hand crafted from Western Red Cedar logs by talented artisans using Norwegian techniques — you can’t get more hip than that! Decked out with all the mod cons and even an office space, it’s always the little things in life that stand out, like the wood burning stove, Scottish motifs and local artwork.
Fonab Castle, with its swanky contemporary rooms, dramatic Highland surrounds, and top-notch architecture, is the best of both worlds. Updated and sleek, this five star castle hotel comes complete with a soothing spa area, pool, thermal suite and aroma relax room. Imagine enticing fluffy pillows, stunning décor, grand bedrooms, plush interior accents and all the good stuff in between — that’s Fonab. A true fairytale getaway destination.
One man’s cabin is another man’s luxury hotel. This prime getaway spot is suited to those who like to connect with nature, but prefer not to sleep exposed to the harsh elements or wake up with that pesky pine cone digging into their back! Under the radar and wonderfully rustic, RiverBeds are wee pods of pure bliss with all the essentials — a bed, en-suite, kitchenette, private veranda and of course, a hot tub! What’s more, the nearby Dragon’s Tooth Estate hosts Segway tours, golf, archery, walking trails and cycling tracks. What’s not to love?
Ackergill Tower Hotel
Head for Sinclair Bay, a shoreline placed at the most northern tip of Scotland, and don’t stop until the dazzling Ackergill Tower Hotel comes into focus. Remote and otherworldly, this impressive tower is over 600 years old, sporting a history as long as its highest turret. From the 3,000-acre estate to glistening granite walls and unprecedented service, consider this the ideal location for falling off the grid for while. If that isn’t tempting (it should be), then the fact that the grounds sport the largest tree house in Europe should seal the deal!
Classy to a tee and charming beyond belief, Boath House is the kind of place that will render you speechless. The location in Nairn on the northeast Moray coast could not be more ideal and the display of good old-fashioned Scottish hospitality never gets old. The rooms, quarters, 22 acres of endless beauty made for epiphany-inducing wanders, and Michelin-starred dining put this family-run country house hotel in a league of its own.