For a true “Monarch of the Glen” experience in the Scottish Highlands you must stay in a luxury Castle Hotel in Scotland. Imagine dinner to the bagpipes, winding stone stairwells, wood panelled walls that have witnessed the a historic plan or execution of those who committed dastardly deeds. It is only in a Scottish castle that these authentic experiences become a reality. And of course, not far away are the Scottish coastlines which bristle with delightful towns and beaches, golf courses and stunning cities packed with history.
Cringletie House near Edinburgh
The intimate Castle Hotel (pictured) is a former Scottish Baronial Castle and features 28 acres of gorgeous grounds plus stunning views of the surrounding Scottish countryside. The décor manages that delicate balance of being sympathetic to its history and highlighting the stunning original features. The grounds are perfect for a stroll, part wooded and part large grassy expanses with a river and waterfall, they also include a walled garden with a large chessboard, a pitch and putt course, a croquet lawn and there’s even a children’s play area should you have any little people with you. Communal areas include a newly created bar and a spacious conservatory offering views of those amazing grounds, plus a cosy lounge and 2 dining areas including the fine dining restaurant; an elegant dining room with its historic fireplace and hand painted ceiling and expansive views.
There are 12 bedrooms, a luxurious suite and a cottage in the grounds, all are unique and individually designed, with some including turrets and others huge fireplaces. The Selkirk Suite is the largest and most luxurious of the rooms and features a Jacuzzi whirlpool and separate Jacuzzi shower. The newly refurbished 2 bedroom Ardean Cottage lies in the grounds of the castle with a private decking area with sun loungers and a large hot tub the overlooks the house, gardens and countryside beyond – – who doesn’t like fabulous views while they soak in the hot tub after a busy day exploring rural Scotland!
Fonab Castle, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross
This five-star Scottish castle is set in woodland and is located on a headland overlooking Loch Faskaly, with a backdrop of wooded hills. Built in 1892 for Lt Col George Sandeman of the wine, sherry and port importing family. This privileged Victorian lifestyle resonates in wood-panelled walls, discreet lighting and thick carpets of the mansion. Modern extensions include a lounge bar and brasserie offering views of loch. A spa offers a heated pool, sauna, steam room and a range of treatments.
Inverlochy Castle, Highlands
Inverlochy Castle was built in 1873. Now a luxury hotel and restaurant it is uniquely located amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland. This castle offers the highest level of luxury with waterfall showers, Bang & Olufsen stereos and televisions and stylish furnishings. Lying at the foot of Ben Nevis, this is a place of peaceful beauty, yet it is not far (just 1 mile away) from the bustling tourist town of Fort William. Albert and Michel Roux Jr are in charge of the kitchen so the food alone is a reason to visit.
Duchray Castle, Loch Lomond
Nestled in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Forest, Duchray Castle, a 500 year old tower house linked with Rob Roy, is a newly renovated B&B offering luxury accommodation in a stunning location. It is a picture book perfect 500-year-old castle which has been carefully restored. The dark panelling, stone walls and wide planked floors are complemented by a luxurious mix of contemporary and antique furnishings. With stunning scenery and a river at the bottom of the garden, what more could you want?
Dalhousie Castle, near Edinburgh
Dalhousie Castle is Scotland’s oldest inhabited castle and is just 10 miles from Edinburgh. It was a stronghold of the chieftans of Clan Ramsay; it withstood a siege by Henry IV in 1400; and it was captured by Cromwell two centuries later. In between, Mary, Queen of Scots, spent the night, so when staying here, you are sleeping in a royal bed. The grand entrance hall has a vaulted faux-Gothic ceiling and mini-Imperial staircase. There is a small spa with a laconium and hydro pool, and guests can fly a Russian Steppe Eagle or a Turkmanian Eagle Owl from a falconry in the grounds. The grounds meander down to the banks of the South Esk River which offer views of the Border hills.
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