Top Lochside Resorts in Scotland

Informed Luxury hand-picked selection of outstanding places to stay in luxury by some of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs.  As the autumn leaves turn scarlet and gold and the glorious scenery of Scotland comes into its own, the thoughts at IL are beginning to turn to wood burning fires and cosy nights in.  We do love a waterside view, though, to enjoy from our fireside armchairs, and have even been known to indulge in the odd walk, so here is our round up of eight of the finest loch-side hotels, resorts and a holiday house thrown in for good measure, which all offer idyllic loch locations and of course, a certain level of luxe which we know you love.

Portavadie Marina, Loch Fyne, Argyll & Bute

 Portavadie Marina, Loch Fyne

Explore the beauty of this spectacular stretch of Scotland’s west coast, then relax at the new-ish resort at Portvadie Marina.  Already a hotspot among the sailing fraternity, this versatile destination includes contemporary accommodation which features a lot of glass (makes sense with these views) ranging from self catering apartments and cottages to an eco retreat for two and hotel rooms in The Lodge.  Star of the show is the outdoor infinity pool – the largest in Scotland – which is heated to a balmy 33 degrees and looks out onto the considerably cooler waters of Loch Fyne.  Great pub style food is executed with panache and features plenty of local seafood.

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It’s got to be that infinity pool, though we’re quite taken with the sauna in the en suite bathrooms too.


Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa

Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa

Fonab Castle brings together a captivating past and luxurious present, making it something very special in the heart of Tummel Valley.  Surrounded by breath-taking Ben Vrackie and awe-inspiring Loch Faskally, it boasts commanding views of the stunning Scottish Highland scenery.

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We loved the contemporary interiors and stunning views

Loch Ness Lodge

Loch Ness Lodge Hotel

This entry in our Top 6 may only be a B&B, but the level of luxury is superb, with exquisite interiors and a real sense of sophisticated intimacy.  Overlooking the mysterious depths of Loch Ness, the building is classic Scots Baronial, and inside is a plush elegance that will entice you whatever the challenges the Scottish weather may bring.  There are just nine sumptuous bedrooms, gorgeous relaxing spaces (for when the rain is beating down), a spa and therapy area and some very charming and private cottages.

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The ultimate romantic getaway.

Candacraig, Aberdeenshire


Candacraig Luxury breaks Scotland

A lochan (a wee loch) can be found at this stunning baronial mansion. Explore the 18 acres of private woodland and manicured lawns, including a large Victorian walled garden and a woodland bonfire area – a very special spot to enjoy a warm drink by the fire. Exclusive use Candacraig sleeps up to 24 guests in luxurious surroundings. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you.

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Our guests savoured the Single Malt Whisky Library

Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel and Spa Kinlochard, Aberfoyle 

Macdeonald Hotel Forest Hills


Comprehensively upgraded in 2017, this 4 star hotel situated on the shores of Loch Ard offers a picture perfect location with a beautiful outdoor terrace for afternoon tea or roaring open fires for less than sunny days.  The views of the loch are truly breathtaking and this is an excellent family choice, with an on site activity centre, seasonal kids club and the Go Ape zip wire course within easy reach at nearby Aberfoyle.  Along with 55 smart bedrooms there are 65 self catering lodges, this was the Regional Winner at last year’s Scottish Hotel Awards.

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The great outdoors – an amazing array of activities is on offer from mountain biking to kayaking.

Green Tourism – The Torridon Hotel

Tucked away in this beautiful corner of the Scottish Highlands you will find The Torridon Hotel.  You have to make the effort to get to this hidden gem, but once you are there they will make sure you have a fantastic time.  You will be amazed by the stunning mountains, beautiful sea lochs and scenic Highland villages.

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The secluded and romantic Torridon Boat House with its own road and jetty – a dream

Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Cameron House

Five star luxury on the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond, Cameron House has a stellar reputation as a glamorous and historic haven for an indulgent mini break.  It’s far from bijou, with 136 guest bedrooms and suites, all decorated with flair and a just a subtle hint of Scottish style (easy on the tartan).  Golf at the renowned Carrick course is exceptional, while the spa, although a couple of miles from the hotel (don’t panic, the concierge service will deliver you there) boasts 17 treatment rooms and a stunning rooftop infinity pool with views into the mountains.

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No fewer than five restaurants to choose from including the Michelin starred Martin Wishart gourmet option.

The Stationmaster’s Lodge | Stromeferry Loch Carron, nr Skye

Stationmasters House

 Not strictly speaking a hotel or resort, but with beds for 18 this traditional stone built holiday house with its stunning lochside position and even a little railway station of its own, right opposite, just had to make it onto our list.  Nearby Plockton and Skye are lovely places to explore, though you may find this Victorian gem hard to leave, with idyllic ever-changing views of Loch Carron everywhere you look.  The lodge is arranged over three levels with plenty of characterful space for a large house party and en suite bathrooms for half the bedrooms.  Inside the lodge is warm and cosy and there’s a dining table seating 16 (which handily converts to a pool table for post-dinner play).

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The loch-facing terrace which makes a magical breakfast or BBQ spot.

Shieldaig Lodge Gairloch, Ross-shire

 Shieldaig Lodge

A new discovery, the recently refurbished Shieldaig Lodge is a beautiful west Highland hunting lodge that has just won the Editor’s Choice Discovery 2018 Award from the Good Hotel Guide.  Enjoying an amazing position by Loch Gairloch and set in a 26,000 acre estate, there are spacious suites and opulent bedrooms and locally sourced Scottish ingredients on the menu which can be enjoyed in the swish, chandeliered loch view restaurant.  We can’t think of anything nicer than watching seals frolic while you tuck into a scrumptious tasting menu.

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The snug fireside bar featuring an incredible selection of hand-picked gins and whiskies. Just perfect for pre and post dinner drinks.

Abigail Stubbs
Features Editor 





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