Visiting Scotland in Luxury

by eurolux on December 6, 2011

The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland
The Gleneagles Hotel – Perthshire

Scotland is a stunningly beautiful country – small but very varied, and with a wealth of ancient history and culture, where centuries-old traditions are upheld to the present day by the proud Scots. The famous landscapes of the Scottish highlands have been attracting visitors for hundreds of years, along with the historic and uniquely-attractive capital city of Edinburgh. Scotland has long been a popular destination for a sophisticated international market and as result has a great deal to offer travelers seeking to discover the charms of this small nation in a luxurious manner.

For the first time visitor, there are a number of must-see attractions and places, and some fantastic ways to do this in the utmost style. International visitors are advised to fly to Edinburgh and begin their exploration in the capital, where a number of 5 star hotels are situated in the city centre around the Princes Street area. Edinburgh is known for its architectural splendour, ranging from the ancient buildings of the Royal Mile which descends from the Castle to the Queen’s Holyrood Palace, to the classic Georgian residencies of the New Town area. The majority of the city’s finest hotels occupy magnificent historic buildings, as sumptuously decorated and furnished within as they are impressive from the outside.

A visit to the capital would not be complete without sampling some of the city’s finest restaurants, the number of which has grown considerably over the last decade to put the city firmly on the gourmet map with a new breed of young fine dining restaurant. Edinburgh boasts some of the most highly-regarded restaurants in the UK, some with international reknown. Chefs Martin Wishart and Tom Kitchin are two of the city’s most-celebrated restaurant owners, both leading figures in a modern Scottish cuisine movement, combining classical technique with the finest local Scottish ingredients – meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables.

Some of Scotland’s finest food is found in some fairly far-flung locations… One noteworthy example is The Three Chimneys restaurant on the Isle of Skye – beautifully situated at the northern tip of the island with accompanying hotel, but certainly a destination for a special visit – being over 5 hours drive from Edinburgh. Closer to Edinburgh and similarly worthy of special mention is the restaurant at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, made famous in recent years by Michelin-starred chef Andrew Fairlie. One of the best known luxury hotels in Scotland, historic Gleneagles is a large Edwardian resort found in a remote countryside setting in the southern area of the Scottish highlands. The hotel is particularly well-known for its numerous golf courses, one of which will play host to the Ryder Cup in 2014.

Golf – the game having been invented in Scotland – deserves special attention. The ‘home of golf’ is the east coast town of St Andrews, 2 hours drive north from Edinburgh. Here the famous golf courses sit alongside grand hotels catering to the many golf pilgrims visiting to experience playing on the ‘Old Course’ where the game originated. As many a golf disciple will travel with a non-golfing companion, the best hotels all have excellent spa facilities!

Five star hotels, fine food, beautiful cities, spectacular countryside and world-famous golf – Scotland has a great deal to offer the luxury traveller, and we haven’t even mentioned the whisky!

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