Bathed in summer light or in glorious winter snow, Scotland will always be one of the most beautiful, intriguing, wild places on Earth. It’s also a country known for its history and long-lived traditions with some of the most incredible holiday locations for an impromptu luxury stay. We’re taking you up north for a small round-up of some of the best luxury spots in Scotland.
5. BALMORAL HOTEL – EDINBURGH
The Balmoral Hotel, located in the center of the Scottish capital, is a prestigious, neo-renaissance building that regularly accommodates film stars, royalties and the like. Steeped in luxury, this hotel offers a large spa, swimming pool, and suites overlooking Princes Street, the heart of the city. It’s also home to Number One, a Michelin star restaurant with a strong focus on local and Scottish produce.
4. INVERLOCHY CASTLE – FORT WILLIAMS
A few hours drive north of the capital, Inverlochy Castle stands in proudly in Fort Williams, at the foot of Ben Nevis – the highest peak in the country. It’s been said that it was a favorite spot of Queen Victoria: she famously claimed she had never seen a lovelier or more romantic spot. This is one hotel that has kept an undeniable sense of grandeur throughout the years, with Venetian chandeliers and Jacobite wallpapers adorning the rooms. Food isn’t going amiss at this prestigious spot, as it is prepared with flair by the teams of Albert and Michel Roux Jr.
3. 21212 – EDINBURGH
Famous Scottish chef Paul Kitching opened his 21212 luxury hotel in 2009, in the heart of Edinburgh, a few streets away from Harvey Nichols. This five-star hotel boasts Georgian architecture, great service and perhaps more importantly, food served up from its one Michelin star restaurant. The kitchen is truly the star of the show at 21212, with chefs working up their magic behind a perspex window visible from the dining room.
2. FONAB CASTLE – PITLOCHRY
Located in the heart of Scotland and set by a loch, the Fonab Castle promises a fantastic stay in one of the best locations in the country. It features Victorian architecture, wood panels, patterned carpets and romantic views, as well as a spa, pool and steam room. Accommodations are cozy but spacious, and fine dining is available from the hotel’s restaurant with Scottish lobster and beef on the menu as signature dishes.
1. GLENAPP CASTLE – AYRSHIRE
The 19th-century Glenapp Castle is surrounded by a forest in the south of Ayrshire. The hotel facilities are endless, with tennis court, croquet lawn to spa and falconry displays. Rooms are luxurious and spacious, the bigger suites offering high ceilings and four poster beds. Food available at the hotel restaurant is also beautiful, with a large selection of wines, rabbit terrine, lamb, and seafood: a dinner fit for a 19th-century baron!