Glamis Castle, in Scotland, is within easy reach of country houses, golf resorts and pretty inns, as well as sleek city-centre hotels. Here’s our pick of the very best places to stay nearby – bookable on Culture Trip.
Glamis Castle – pronounce it “glahms” if you don’t want to single yourself out as a tourist – sits north of Dundee in the majestic landscape of the Angus Glens. Spend time in this fairytale pink-turret château, taking a private tour of the interior and enjoying the grounds before retiring to a room fit for a queen – Glamis was the late Queen Mother’s childhood home. Choose from hotels in the Angus Glens, the Angus Coast or the vibrant Unesco City of Design, Dundee.
This modern 95-bedroom hotel has close links to the Carnoustie Golf Links and other golf courses nearby. It has a gym, a pool and a spa and caters for many large events. It’s dog-friendly (just not in the bar), and there’s plenty of exploring to be done on foot in the surrounding coves and clifftops. If you come by car, you can park for free – and it’s a 30-minute drive to Glamis Castle.
The closest hotel to Glamis Castle, just 5mi (8km) away, is the Royal Hotel on High Street in Forfar. This 20-bedroom hotel is popular for pub lunches and has a late-night function room. Request a quiet room if you’re not here to party. When you want to wind down, there’s a gym, a 12m swimming pool and a sauna. It’s family-owned, and staff are on hand with local advice. It also offers free on-site parking.
About 15mi (24km) west of Glamis Castle is a picture-perfect white villa in the peaceful Perthshire Hills, close to Blairgowrie. Each of the five rooms is individually decorated with the perfect balance of opulence and country-cottage rusticity. John and Steve pride themselves on their locally sourced cooked-to-order breakfasts served in the lavish dining room – eggs are from their chickens, the Glenshieling Girls.
In the centre of Dundee, close to the waterfront and the train station, this outpost of the reliable Malmaison chain is in a striking, sensitively renovated building. It has a grand staircase leading up to reception, pictures hanging in gilded frames and a wooden floor polished to perfection. The 91 rooms and suites are plusher than the average chain hotel, with soft throws and subdued lighting.
In a former textile mill close to the city centre, Hotel Indigo echoes the resurrection of the industrial city of Dundee. There’s a choice of 102 guest rooms – including junior suites with bathtubs and walk-in showers – and an on-site restaurant called the Daisy Tasker. This modern space is the antidote to Glamis Castle’s historic vibe, which is a 20-minute drive away.
Sitting above the train station and just a stone’s throw from the V&A Dundee, the 120-room Sleeperz is an inexpensive, compact, centrally located place to lay your head. Secure multistorey car parks are nearby if you’re not arriving by train – you’ll want a car to get to Glamis Castle, which is a 20-minute drive north through the picturesque Angus Glens countryside.
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