For those of us lucky enough to take a holiday this year, many will opt to stay within the UK. IL has pulled together this short blog to showcase our favourite exclusive use properties located in beautiful North of Scotland.
Visit The Highlands
Think big skies, mind-blowing landscapes, superb food and hospitable people – and you’ve got the Scottish Highlands. With fantastic places to explore, mountains to climb and lochs to sail and fish, you will not be bored with the great outdoors of the Highlands.
Gordon Castle luxury cottages offers exclusive Scottish Highland Castle luxury self catering accommodation and a selection of well equipped and luxury self catering holiday cottages, nestled away in the beautiful Spey Valley. The grounds of the Estate, described by the writer Francis Thompson as “magnificent in an equally magnificent setting”, are formed of ornate gardens set within a hinterland of dense woodland banking onto the River Spey. Entrance is gained through a grand stone archway, with a fine grassy approach leading to twin lodges that also date from the 18th Century. Conveniently situated less than an hour from both Inverness and Aberdeen, this stunning part of the countryside has everything you will need and whether you are looking for a luxury escape and or a family holiday, Gordon Castle Estate has accommodation to suit everyone.
IL Highlights: Perfect for family holidays | Extensive fishing available | Log Fires | Beautiful country walks | Breathtaking surroundings & setting
The Alladale Lodge is a fully staffed and catered luxury getaway. The beautiful Victorian manor is a house for all seasons where guests can bask in comfort while enjoying the great outdoors. Set against rugged hills and the country’s most northerly patch of ancient Scots pine forest, a stay in this magnificent property affords you the chance to step back in time but with 21st century comfort. Additionally, two elegant, comfortable cottages are located about 1 mile from the Alladale Lodge and stand in gentle contrast to the untamed landscape surrounding them.
Visit Dundee & Angus
Dundee & Angus is home to Scotland’s first UNESCO City of Design and boasts beautiful countryside which gives us Aberdeen Angus beef, Arbroath Smokies and Peter Pan! The east coast city is now well-known now thanks to the brilliant V&A in Dundee, other activities to keep you amused during your holiday can include watersports, hillwalking amongst the glens, historic houses, and delicious food and drinks.
Sleeping up to twenty guests, Award winning Turin Castle is an elegant mix of traditional and modern décor whilst remaining close to its Scottish roots. The property offers ten large bedrooms, one of the bedrooms on the second floor is a family suite with space for extra beds. All bedrooms have either en-suite or dedicated bathrooms. Turin Castle, Scotland is a five star venue, a unique secluded location for a special Scottish staycation.
IL Highlights: Perfectly located in the heart of Scotland between Edinburgh and Aberdeen, within easy access to Championship golf courses | Helicopter landing area | Twenty acres of private lawns | Full concierge service available | Exclusively yours for the duration of your stay Dedicated whisky & wine tasting rooms.
This is a stunning 5* Edwardian mansion house in Angus, Scotland.
The property boasts 9 luxuriously appointed bedrooms, six of which are in the main house. There is an in-house concierge service on hand, offering a wide range of services; butlers, chefs, activities, tastings, transport, helicopter travel to name a few. Ultimately you can hire Castleton House on a self-catering basis or with full exclusive use services.
Activities available nearby: Golf, Shooting, Fishing, Spa (in-house and at other sites), White Water Rafting, Water sports, Highland Games, tastings, chefs, historical tours.
Visit St Andrews
St Andrews, the Home of Golf, is also known for its historic university, medieval streets and gorgeous traditional buildings. The town is filled with exciting things to see and do, from St Andrews Cathedral to nearby Scotland’s Secret Bunker, so you won’t be short on ideas to fill your holidays with. And with 10 fantastic courses to choose from including the renowned Old Course, golf breaks in St Andrews are an unmissable experience for any golfer. The following activities are also now possible, following the above advice, during Phase 1: cycling, fishing, horse riding, golf, walking, hiking and watersports.
Hawkswood House boasts two stunning properties for hire (Sleeps up to 28 guests). Hawkswood and the Roundel each offer 5 luxury en-suite bedrooms with the flexibility of being double or twin accommodation. Hawkswood House has two glorious reception rooms with log burners, a conservatory with dining facilities and French windows lead out to the summer terrace. On the first floor the terraced balcony provides the perfect setting for breakfast or evening drinks in the warmer months. The Roundel has also two reception rooms one feature room being the Roundel room itself which can accommodate dining for larger parties. Both properties come with top of the range kitchens for parties who wish to self-cater or our team will arrange for all staffing requirements to a private Chef catering for breakfast and dinner. Golf is the main focus at this unique venue, improve your short game skills on the private short game areas in the grounds, before visiting one the the great golf courses near by in St Andrews
IL Highlights: Private hydro spa | Private short game area | Driving range | Heli pad | Family run business
From its serene glens and endless expanses of lush forest, to its bleakly beautiful moors, rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls, it’s easy to see why Perthshire was named “The fairest portion of the northern kingdom” by Sir Walter Scott.
Located around the fair city of Perth in the east of Scotland, the Perthshire boundaries stretch from Strathmore in the east, to the Pass of Drumochter in the north, Rannoch Moor and Ben Lui in the west, and Aberfoyle in the south.
The Old Manse of Blair (sleeps up to 14) is a luxury five star exclusive use country house in the heart of Perthshire, Scotland, providing accommodation, corporate hire, field sports, golf and intimate weddings.
Recently extensively refurbished to attract the luxury traveller, this is the perfect base for an indulgent vacation or executive team meeting.
IL Highlights: Excellent location, near two of the finest 5* visitor attractions in the Perthshire, Blair Castle and House of Bruar | A large selection of Whisky distilleries close by | A truly bespoke offering ideal for the more discerning luxury traveller | Fine dining catering partner promoting fresh seasonal menus and local provenance | Central location to all major cities, ideal touring base with it’s excellent transport links and London sleeper connection too.
Stucktaymore (sleeps up to 29) exclusive use house is set in a stunning location near Loch Tay, with beautiful grounds extending to up to four acres and lawns surrounding the house, rolling towards the fields leading to Loch Tay. Large terrace with outside dining and a 7 seater hot tub all overlooking Loch Tay. There are woodlands to the west of the house and a tumbling burn cascades through the trees, crisscrossed by bridges linking the paths that meander through the magnificent variety of mature trees. Hidden in the woods there are three outstanding fire pits ranging from magnificent to intimate, the larger fire pit is perfect for a BBQ, great for that outdoor experience keeping that luxury feel.
IL Highlights: 7 seater hot tub overlooking Loch Tay | Family friendly | Self-cater or catered with chef, housekeeping and butler | 13 luxury en suite bedrooms
Cray House and Estate (sleeps up to 24) is a luxury self catering country house available for exclusive use . This Georgian Lodge style country house and estate is nestled amongst the foot-hills of Glenshee in Perthshire, the gateway to the Cairngorms National Park. Cray house is the ideal location for private events, sporting breaks, special occasions and is family and dog friendly.
Located 1.5 hours north of Edinburgh, the extensive grounds are yours to explore alongside a boating loch, an adventure playground and house rods for fishing on the River Shee. The estate has stunning grounds and marquees can be set up for larger weddings/parties.
Visit The West Coast
Blair Estate exclusive use and private dining, has a stunning 12th Century Scottish Castle nestled in 250 acres of gardens, parkland and ancient woodland, Blair Castle has been recently renovated to the highest standard of classic luxury.
The Castle is only 25 minutes from Glasgow international airport and is one of Ayrshire’s hidden gems, offering the Enjoy a private dinner, number of activities can be arranged on the Estate including Falconry or even a Mini Highland Games. Further afield, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, rifle shooting and archery may be arranged, or you can simply explore the stunning scenery and the Estate’s wonderful gardens and grounds.
Blairquhan Castle for exclusive use is set in over 200 acres of beautiful parkland and private gardens in the heart of unspoilt Ayrshire, this Grade A listed Castle is a remarkable piece of Scottish history. Standing in its elevated position above parkland and the curving Waters of Girvan, Blairquhan Castle enjoys a secluded environment while being within easy reach of all major transport links, as well as those attractions which make Scotland and its history so appealing to the outside world.
There are 15 individually designed luxurious bedrooms and 4 stunning function suites within the Castle, with maximum capacity of 100 for banqueting and 30 people for overnight accommodation.
Visit East Lothian
Edgehill House, Gullane
Edgehill House, Gullane only 30 minutes from Edinburgh. Located in East Lothian, one of Scotland’s best regions for golf with 21 courses catering for golfers of all standards and tastes. Some courses you will recognise – Dunbar, North Berwick, Musselburgh, Gullane and The Open Championship course at Muirfield. A whole variety of courses to choose from whether traditional links, classic inland golf courses, courses steeped in history and modern to challenging courses.
The house has 15m indoor heated Swimming Pool and steam room on the ground floor, and on the lower ground floor private cinema and fully equipped Gymnasium.
In light of COVID-19, everyone’s health and safety is the most important thing. This means everyone at this time should not to travel to the islands and remote rural communities of Scotland