Luxurious Hotels & Castles in Scotland – IL Recommends
Unique exclusive luxurious hotels and castles are dotted around Scotland and we have selected a few of our favourite venues. Locals and tourists planning a luxury trip in Scotland are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation. With a host of historic castles, opulent resorts and elegant country houses to choose from, deciding on one can be a difficult task. We’ve compiled a list of what we view to be the luxurious hotels & castle in Scotland. Whether you’re looking for world-class golfing and outdoor pursuits, exclusive use, exquisite dining or simply some rest and relaxation, any one of these will fail disappoint.
The go-to getaway for many city-dwelling Scots, Gleneagles is an ideal escape for those looking for rest, relaxation and exhilaration. The hotel is set in a staggering 850 acres of beautiful grounds, which include three championship golf courses. Other outdoor leisure pursuits include shooting, fishing, falconry, off-road driving and horse riding, as well as swimming in The Club’s two indoor pools.
2. Mar Hall
Located 10 minutes from Glasgow airport, Mar Hall is perfect for both UK luxury hotel breaks and for business travel in Glasgow. The Edwardian Scottish Mansion boasts 53 individually designed bedrooms, a championship golf course, Decleor Spa, a swimming pool and offers both fine dining and casual dining options.
3. Cameron House
Overlooking the picturesque Loch Lomond, Cameron House combines glamour and romanticism with culture and history. Each guest bedroom and suite is individually decorated with incredible style and attention to detail. Golf at the Carrwick weaves through an area of outstanding natural beauty, and their restaurant is run by Michelin star chef Martin Wishart. Additionally, the hotel has its own marina which serves as an ideal starting point for cruises and trips across the loch.
4. Gordon Castle
Conveniently situated less than an hour from both Inverness and Aberdeen, Gordon Castle offers exclusive Scottish Highland castle accommodation and a selection of well equipped and spacious holiday cottages, nestling away in the beautiful Spey Valley. The Castle itself, is fully staffed and with a larder stocked with the best local cuisine, or enjoy an idyllic self-catering countryside retreat in the grounds of the Estate, we are sure your stay at Gordon Castle will be a truly memorable one.
5. Raemoir House
Raemoir is ideally located near Banchory, the gateway to Royal Deeside and Scotland’s Whisky, Castle and Golf Trails, meaning there’s no shortage of activities to do nearby. Inside, Raemoir offers a world of peace and seclusion, with a sumptuous Panelled Lounge containing cosy armchairs and a fireplace, an ornate, impressive Dining Room and finally, the Big Fish Bar which is stocked full of the country’s finest whiskies.
6. Trump Turnberry
With 2 championship golf courses, a bracing sea breeze, and amazing views across Ayrshire’s rugged coast, Trump Turnberry resort is a golf lover’s paradise. Their iconic Ailsa course has recently been transformed at the hands of renowned architect Martin Ebert and now features five of the world’s best par 3’s and a stretch of coastal golf that is unrivalled throughout the world. For the height of luxury, we would recommend staying in their unique Lighthouse Suite, which has breathtaking views across to the Isle of Arran and beyond.
7. G&V Royal Mile Hotel
G&V Royal Mile Hotel, Edinburgh is ideally located in Edinburgh’s beautiful old town, offering spectacular views over the city, just steps from Edinburgh castle. This luxury 5*hotel is the perfect place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, with a stylish bar, relaxing spa, and award-winning restaurant, Cucina. The G&V hotel has established its reputation as Scotland’s most stylish hotel, offering those luxury touches that really matter.
8. The Old Course Hotel
Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel overlooks the famous links courses, the West Sands Beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. Inside, it features a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, with many of its suites by acclaimed French designer Jacques Garcia. Located just a short stroll from the historic university town of St Andrews, it’s a great holiday spot for golfers and non-golfers alike.
9. Isle of Eriska Hotel
The idea of holidaying on a secluded, remote island is appealing to many, and The Isle of Eriska Hotel makes this possible by offering 5 star luxury accommodation on a private island in Argyll. The grand property, built in 1884, is set among 300 acres of land, with the distant Islands as a stunning backdrop. Carefully blending the old with the new, the designer bedrooms and luxury suites offer the finest bed linen, rich fabrics and warm, contemporary decor.
9. Glenapp Castle Hotel
Glenapp Castle is a luxury castle hotel, 5* accommodation located in heart of Ayrshire, Scotland. Gleanapp Castle is now a member of Relais & Chateaux, who only work with luxury hotels with a proven record of excellence. Glenapp is a family owned and occupied baronial castle set in an area of outstanding and unspoiled natural beauty.
Words: Josie Benge