Often people book into a luxury hotel for a very special occasion; whether a honeymoon or a milestone birthday, they are often seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It doesn’t come more once-in-a-lifetime than a stay at Skibo Castle, literally: you may only stay once in your life, unless you are a member. Home to the prestigious Carnegie Club, this is opulent luxury at its most magnificent, with a 7,500-acre (3,035ha) estate surrounding the building – a 13th-century tower which has been added to over the years. If the name seems familiar, it might be because this was the venue for Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s wedding in 2000. Skibo’s elegance, unbeatable service, style and splendour is all near the lovely town of Dornoch
, in an area of Scotland famed for its surprisingly warm micro-climate.