The Most Incredible Hotels in the Scottish Highlands

Spend some time in the dreamy Scottish Highlands by staying overnight at an idyllic hotel or lodge
Spend some time in the dreamy Scottish Highlands by staying overnight at an idyllic hotel or lodge | Courtesy of Alladale Wilderness Reserve / Expedia
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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 stay in the Scottish Highlands.

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Inverlochy Castle, Torlundy

The view across the water of Inverlochy Castle, surrounded by greenery and mountains in Scotland
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When it comes to fairytale getaways, you can’t get much better than Inverlochy Castle. Queen Victoria stayed here in 1873, writing that she “never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot” – and there’s no doubt she’d feel the same way today. This luxury hotel lies in the foothills of Ben Nevis – next to a private loch – and features 18 bedrooms and suites, each with views of the spectacular grounds. It’s the place to stay for those who appreciate a bit of grandeur in both their natural surroundings and accommodations.

Fonab Castle, Pitlochry

Exterior of imposing castle-like Fonab Castle Hotel, surrounded by grass with Bentley in front
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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?

RiverBeds, Glencoe

Cabin at RiverBeds with jacuzzi in decking
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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.

The Torridon, Wester Ross

The Torridon elegant room with traditional flourishes and orange accents
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This former shooting lodge provides a peaceful escape in the northwest Highlands, on the shore of Loch Torridon. Surrounded by 58-acres (23ha) of parkland, the Torridon features 18 bedrooms and suites that blend Scottish heritage with Victorian features. Many rooms even boast majestic views of the loch and the mountains. And for those who want to get outdoors during their stay, the surrounding ancient woodland offers walks aplenty.

Glenmorangie House, Tain

Glenmorangie House facade with lawns beside on a sunny day
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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.

Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Ardgay

Alladale Wilderness Reserve facade in brick construction with Victorian era style and lawns in front
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Who knew you could stay overnight at a nature reserve? Alladale Wilderness Reserve is a nature lover’s dream and a true gem of the Highlands. The 23,000-acre (9,308ha) reserve has three fully catered lodges – varying from an all-inclusive luxury stay at the Victorian lodge to self-catered cottages. No matter your choice, you’ll feel at one with nature and the Highlands here. Keep an eye out for majestic red deer and other wildlife while you take in the rugged, colourful terrain around Alladale.

Fancy a stay with a touch of luxury? Check out the most luxurious hotels to book in Scotland. If you’re looking for more hotel options in Scotland, check out our pick of where to book your stay in Scotland for a local experience, or if you’re visiting Balmoral Castle, see where you can stay nearby and book with Culture Trip.

These recommendations were updated on October 18, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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