Stunning scenery and delicious local food coupled with lots to see and do makes Scotland the perfect place to enjoy a luxury break. From wondering the West Highland Way, to cycling the gorgeous Ghia, bonnie Scotland never fails to impress or entertain. Drawing inspiration from my own travels, I have compiled a list of my Top 5 Luxury Scottish Hotels, each chosen for its unique style and sense of sophistication.
Raemoir House Hotel
Proud winner of Scotland's Country House Hotel of the Year 2012, Raemoir House is nestled at the doorway to Deeside and is surrounded by 3,500 acres of forests and hills. The former Georgian mansion retains a distinct elegance that is both timeless and luxurious. Four poster beds take pride of place in traditional 3 AA star bedrooms that boast views of the stunning gardens and rolling hills beyond. Enjoy Michelin recommended dining in sophisticated rooms with log-burning fires and fabulous views of Scolty Hill, courtesy of chef David Littlewood who is Scotland's Chef of the Year 2013 and holds 2 AA Rosettes for outstanding food.
Links House, Royal Dornoch
A real treat for golf fans, the brand new Links House at Royal Dornoch enjoys a fabulous position by the first tee at the championship golf course. This unique 8 bedroom hotel offers intimacy and the highest levels of comfort - spacious en suite rooms with antique furniture and bespoke tartan bedding, idyllic public rooms for relaxing and enjoying a good old Scottish malt. Enjoy the fine of local cuisine in the brand new Orangery with views over the gardens and the putting green and sample a truly excellent selection of whiskies, to be enjoyed either in the drawing room or in the gardens.
Auchrannie, Isle of Arran
With a delightful coastal location on the Isle of Arran and a wealth of impressive award winning facilities, the Auchrannie Resort is in a league of its own. What began life as a leisure facility has gone from strength to strength and now offers two 4 star hotels with 64 rooms, thirty 5 star self-catering luxury lodges, 3 award winning restaurants, superb leisure facilities, a luxurious spa and even a children's play barn. There is plenty for everyone to enjoy on the island, from golf to kayaking, with lots to keep all family members happy. With so much on offer, Auchrannie is ideal for a range of occasions, from romantic breaks and family holidays, to weddings and business events.
Glowing with magic and luxury, Fonab Castle is the latest jewel in Scotland's crown of hotels. The much anticipated opening in July 2013 has finally arrived and all of Fonab's glory is ready to be enjoyed. Sumptuous, contemporary bedrooms are awash with glamour, designed to offer every modern comfort whilst retaining a strong sense of the castle's history. Dramatic views over Loch Faskally and the surrounding forest add to the sense of enchantment, and are best enjoyed from the super stylish restaurant which has floor to ceiling windows. Set to be a destination hotel for fans of whisky, Fonab Castle has a drinks selection to be proud of and a range of exciting dishes to celebrate the very best of Scottish cuisine. With a five star rating pending, this wonderful hotel has a truly exciting future ahead of it.
Find true escapism at Knockinaam Lodge - at the foot of a wooded glen, set within 30 acres of gardens and with its own private beach, this Victorian manor house offers tranquillity and indulgence. With a restaurant that boasts a Michelin star and 3 AA Rosettes for food, a wine and champagne list with over 450 selections and a dedicated Whisky Bar, Knockinaam Lodge knows how to spoil its guests. And with just 10 luxurious rooms, there is a strong sense of intimacy and seclusion. Traditional and sophisticated, this multi award winning hotel excels in ensuring guests have a truly memorable luxury break.