Scotland’s endearing and enduring character lies in its many moods and its spare simplicity: the faces of Loch Ness- windswept, dark, and dour one day, calm, glassy, and glistening the next.
The architectural economy in the lines of Edinburgh castle; the haunting power in one, long, lingering note from bagpipes; a lone crag in the highland moors where wiry shrubs lie low for fear that a gale will rip them from the rocks to which they cling. Visit Saint Andrew’s golf course, the birthplace of golf, and the stage on which the game was meant to be played: with glowering skies, brash breezes, and knee-high roughs that, every day, eat buckets of balls for breakfast. Enjoy the music, chatter, and firelight in a humble village pub; or a wave of warmth from a wee dram of whiskey.
In various destinations around the world, we have highlighted examples of exceptional accommodations that set new standards for aesthetics and responsible tourism. These properties reflect our own company values by emphasizing community involvement and the preservation of cultural heritage, protection of natural resources, and sustainability, both in practice and design. They also combine outstanding comfort and service, natural beauty, and functionality. Where you stay along the way can greatly enhance any journey. Options abound, but these are some of our favorites.
Built in 1863 and perfectly situated between mountain, glen, and loch, this luxury 17-room castle hotel provides ultimate luxury in the middle of the Scottish highlands. Once a private residence for over 100 years, Inverlochy Castle Hotel now focuses on providing a 5 star experience while honoring the rich history of the surrounding area.
Located on a private island at the mouth of Loch Creran, a designated Special Area Conservation Marine Site, Eriska Hotel & Spa offers the ability to explore the estate and enjoy the island as if it were your own. With a seamless blend of old and new, the main halls stay true to the original 1913 architecture while the private rooms provide modern comfort, each overlooking 300 acres of pristine natural landscape.
This newly opened castle hotel brilliantly combines Victorian Baronial red stone mansion with modern timber and glass structures. The stunning architecture houses 26 bedrooms and suites varying in size and décor and a gourmet restaurant focused on seasonal foraged ingredients. Overlooking Loch Faskelly, and within walking distance to the charming town of Pitlochry, Fonab Castle Hotel provides a truly exceptional 5 star experience in the heart of Scotland.