From Castles to Luxury Hotels in Scotland

by eurolux on March 29, 2012

From the traditional to the unusual, there are loads of different hotels in Scotland to choose from. The land of lochs, highlands and thistles guarantees that your surroundings are five star (as long as you don’t pitch your tent in the middle of Glasgow), whether you choose to rest you head in a swanky hotel or a rustic farmhouse.  In terms of luxury hotels, Scotland has some of the best in the world.

There are also loads of activity centres, cute B+Bs and highland holiday cottages, so you can find accommodation to suit you. Here are some examples of the best accommodation options available for a Scottish break.

Luxury Hotels

Luxury, five star hotels in Scotland are perfect for romantic or family breaks. The surroundings make the whole experience even more special, with rugged Scottish countryside like that of Perthshire providing terrain for diverse outdoor activities. Traditional sports such as falconry, shooting and fishing are on offer at the best hotels, with swimming pool, sauna and spa facilities for pampering. Try traditional Scottish fare cooked by some of the country’s best chefs and let yourself be thoroughly wined and dined.


Gorgeous settings for weddings and special occasions, castles-come-hotels epitomise classical Scotland. Four poster beds, open fires and grand dining rooms will make you feel like the royalty who used to live there, with some castles boasting stunning views over Scotland’s most famous lochs. If you are looking for Scottish history and seclusion, this could be a great option for you. Hike in the surrounding highlands and boat over the placid surface of the nearby loch.


The Hebridean islands are some of the most beautiful locations to stay on a Scottish break, with picturesque villages standing before the ocean, wild mountains behind. Mull, setting for the BBC’s Balamory, is the largest of these islands, and everything about it is delightfully Scottish. Tobermory, its colourful capital, has a scattering of romantic B+Bs that are perfect for a Scottish break with your loved one, or for a solo escape. Island sunsets, tales of history and myth and friendly locals will be sure to leave you enchanted.

Activity Centres

For a family holiday with a difference, Scotland’s activity centres have loads to offer, from kayaking, abseiling and sailing to climbing, high-rope courses and skiing. Many of these centres offer family accommodation in cute log cabins set in stunning surroundings. If you live in the city, this is the perfect way to get your kids enjoying the outdoors and doing something totally different. Self catering accommodation offers you freedom and private space.


For a completely independent family holiday, cottages are a great idea. Staying by the coast gives you access to Scotland’s stunning beaches and headland, with the west coast providing some of the most idyllic spots. Laze on the beach, go on coastal walks or take your kids fishing. Nearby villages are lovely places to explore, and see contemporary Scottish life at its most relaxed.

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