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There’s something magical about the Scottish Highlands: maybe it’s the rugged terrain, the tranquillity or the wildlife – or all of the above. A drive through this dreamy landscape is a day well spent, but an overnight stay is even better. These are the best places to rest your head.
This five-star hotel and spa, on the banks of Loch Faskally, was refurbished in 2013, offering swanky contemporary rooms in a tranquil setting. There are plenty of ways to relax and treat yourself here, with a spa area, swimming pool, steam room and sauna all on the grounds. Fonab Castle even has two on-site restaurants, and on warmer days, diners can enjoy a meal on the terrace overlooking the loch. Doesn’t all that sound like a slice of heaven?
For something that’s not quite a five-star hotel yet not quite camping, try glamping at one of RiverBeds’s “wee lodges” in beautiful Glencoe. Each en-suite cabin comes with a hot tub, a kitchenette and a private veranda perched above a river. Rustic yet luxurious, staying here is ideal for anyone who seeks to connect with nature – albeit with their creature comforts. If you fancy some exercise, the nearby Dragon’s Tooth Estate features a golf course, walking trails and cycling tracks.
Set among rolling barley fields, this Highland getaway in Tain is owned by Glenmorangie Distillery – but you don’t have to love whisky to enjoy a stay here. More of a country home than a hotel, Glenmorangie House has manicured lawns for your strolling pleasure and, steps away, a private beach where you can breathe in the sea air and watch for seabirds. The comfortable bedrooms feature classic Scottish decor with rich tweeds and tartans, while common areas such as the Morning Room and the Buffalo Room encourage guests to mingle and exchange stories.