Our Favourite Luxury Hotels In Scotland
Enchanting locations, authentic culture, infamous food and wondrous scenery. What’s not to love about Scotland? With an estimated 15 million people visiting the UK’s northernmost country each year, you can guarantee when it comes to accommodation, luxury is definitely on the list. Today we have composed a list of the finest accommodation Scotland has to offer. At Private Driver Scotland we specialise in luxury tours of Scotland and thus we have an in depth knowledge of the best luxury hotels in Scotland.
The Torridon Hotel
First on our list is the outstanding Torridon Hotel. Standing proud amongst 58 acres of glorious landscape, this majestic building is coated in history and charm. Built in 1887 by the First Earle of Lovelace, the Torridon was intended to be a Scottish hunting lodge or holiday home enjoyed by wealthy Englishmen and women. Today the Torridon offers three alternative types of accommodation.
The Luxury Hotel, The Boat House and The Traditional Inn
If you seek captivating Highland views accompanied by the finest furnishings, Victorian-style bathrooms and irresistible scenery, you may wish to stay at the main Luxury Hotel. Here you can gaze over the wonderful Loch and Torridon Mountains.
Perhaps you long for an intimate retreat, in which case you should opt for a stay at the Private Cottage. Find yourself uninterrupted at this water-side Boat House with its modern, contemporary décor and panoramic windows over the Loch. Enjoy a real ‘at home’ feel to this fully equipped Scottish residence, fitted with a wood burning stove and log basket, Egyptian cotton sheets, SKY TV and WIFI.
Enjoy the natural beauty of the Wester Ross area, closer to the shores of Loch Torridon. The Inn offers en-suite accommodation complete with SKY Sports TV Packages, HD televisions and environmentally friendly toiletries. Whether you wish to use the Torridon Inn as a base to relish in the many activities nearby or as a casual place to unwind, you can guarantee a refreshing drink with a welcoming atmosphere.
The Torridon is also home to a fantastic range of adventure activities. From experts to beginners, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy energising guided walks along Loch Torridon, or perhaps a peaceful afternoon canoeing and embracing the breath-taking views. Or, for the more adventurous, why not try gorge scrambling or coasteering through the crystal-clear waters with mountainous backdrops.
End your adventure with a visit to The Torridon’s famous whiskey and gin bar, where you can enjoy a selection of over 365 different types of malt-whiskey. With so much on offer at this luxurious location, there really is something for everyone. The Torridon features on the second day of our north coast 500 package.
Kinloch House Hotel
Set on a beautiful hillside overlooking the valleys, this family-run, country hotel is a perfect picture of luxury. Located amongst 25 acres of Perthshire surroundings, the Kinloch House Hotel in Blairgowrie is a special place to relax and soak up Scotland’s glorious countryside. Built in the 1800’s, Kinloch House is a figure of traditional Scottish history and a fine example of prestigious country abodes. Maintaining its welcoming atmosphere and packed full of character, you really wouldn’t want to miss experiencing this fantastic residence.
Enriched with luxurious qualities, whilst encouraging informality and relaxation, the Kinloch House Hotel offers the pleasure of fantastic food, drink and incredible vistas. The award-winning chefs maintain belief in fresh, locally sourced produce at all times, including vegetables grown in the Kinloch gardens.
The Kinloch House Hotel offers guests the finest experience and luxury accommodation. Famous for its warm Scottish hospitality and excellent service, visitors have the choice of 18 beautiful bedrooms and three luxury suites. Each room has been equipped with the finest décor, TV’s, hairdryers and WIFI is readily available.
Participate in a variety of activities during your stay such as fishing, walking and cycling. You could even use the Kinloch as your base to visit some of Scotland’s fantastic castle’s and heritage sites. Whether you seek relaxation or adventure you will not be disappointed.
The Machrie Hotel and Golf Links
Re-opened in 2018 after a complete renovation, the Machrie Hotel is a stunning example of luxury, contemporary accommodation and beautiful design. This hotel enjoys a stunning location alongside seven miles of prestigious beach on the Inner Hebrides. By January 2019 the hotel had already won 3 Regional Awards at the Scottish Hotel Awards. After undergoing extensive renovations, the building is home to unobstructed glorious views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Mull of Oa and the island’s peat plains.
In all of the hotel’s luxury rooms and suites you will find flat screen TV’s, local natural bathroom products and complimentary bottled island water. Decorated with fresh Scandinavian décor, all rooms encourage views of the hotel’s beautiful surroundings.
The Machrie offers a combination of traditional and modern golf through stunning 18-hole links. There is also the option of the ‘Wee Course’ made up of six par-3 holes, which can be played from a multitude of trees, short game area, 5-bay covered driving range and the magnificent Hebrides putting course.
Enjoy the hotel’s luxury Islay restaurant after a long day golfing, where you can gaze over the crystal sea and soak up panoramic views down to Laggan Bay, this really is the perfect place to witness a sunset dinner.
The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa
Since opening in 1993, the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa is famous for being Aberdeen’s only five-star hotel, welcoming many high-profile guests such as British Royals, former Prime ministers and people in show business. Choose from the choice of six private banqueting and conference rooms, along with over 40 strikingly individually-decorated luxury suites. The hotel is one of the premier locations for Scotland’s prestigious events and business conferences.
The hotel offers a variety of leisure and activities such as the finest shooting, fishing and golfing experiences in the world. You may also wish to use this hotel as your base location to explore some of Aberdeenshire’s fantastic heritage and castles. The North-East of Scotland is home to over 1000 castles which provide visitors with a wealth of history to discover.
Whether you’re looking for a light lunch, or a full dinner menu, the conservatory restaurant is the place to dine. Enjoy a selection of the finest cuisines and over 400 choices of wine. The hotel’s elegant surroundings will make for a memorable dining experience.
Finish off your stay with a visit to the Marcliffe’s fantastic spa facilities. Enjoy an array of relaxing treatments and indulge in luxurious products to de-stress your body and mind.
After an extensive six-year renovation, this Grade A Georgian Mansion stands proud in all its glory in the beautiful town of Nairn. Boath House is an historical site brought back to life by the Matheson family and is the perfect retreat for a relaxing stay amongst the Scottish Highlands.
All rooms are very individual in terms of style, size and décor, giving visitors the choice to complement their personal requirements. Upon restoration the Matheson family has intended to retain the buildings original character and features as much as possible providing a true authentic experience.
The property also offers the option of a four hundred-year-old, one-bedroom, self-catering cottage just a short stroll away from the main house. The cottage itself is built into the historic walls of the gardens and was originally used for storing orchard fruits and gardener’s accommodation. This location is ideal for couples planning a lengthier, more intimate stay.
The option to have exclusive access to Boath House is available and is perfect for an array of elaborate events such as private parties, weddings and business conferences. Staff will also provide recommendations for you to enjoy guided tours and activities in the surrounding area such as golf, historical tours and guided walks. Boath House features on day 6 and day 7 on our ultimate golf tour package.
The Hebridean Princess
Carrying exclusively just 50 guests at a time, The Hebridean Princess is a historical cruise ship offering the finest food, wines and exceptional service. For a truly unforgettable experience and one-of-a-kind luxury you really can’t overlook. With a hand-picked crew whose attention to detail is impeccable, you will experience a stay like no other. The Hebridean welcomes its guests into an atmosphere where congenial company mixes with anticipation of discovery. Service and comfort are paramount on board, followed by the finest tours provided when guests reach shore, making for an informative and spectacular experience of the Scottish Highlands and islands.
The Hebridean offers a fully all-inclusive experience to ensure guests a care-free get away. After a long walk ashore, the Hebridean Princess welcomes you back with a real at-home feeling. With an array of public rooms, you will be able to enjoy a truly cosy atmosphere and all-inclusive refreshments. With cherry-wood panelling and fine artwork, the Columba Restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy the genial ambiance, where of course only the freshest and finest quality ingredients are served.
The Hebridean Princess has 30 spacious cabins in total. All cabins are elegantly decorated and complete with the finest soft furnishings, with efficient design to optimise space. Each cabin is named poetically after various Scottish Isles, Lochs, sounds and Castles. The Hebridean has a variety of luxurious rooms and suites so you will feel like royalty whilst sailing to your next location. There is also the option for luxurious single-traveller cabins.
The cruise ship is renowned for its incredible customer service and the staff’s dedication to its passengers. Even the more remote areas of Scotland are accessible in true class and comfort with a trip on The Hebridean. This is an absolutely remarkable experience you wouldn’t want to miss.
This 19th century, fully refurbished, country house hotel is the only luxury boutique hotel in Dumfries and Galloway. Offering 10 unique, intimate rooms this hotel is enriched in history and has many stories to tell. Situated amongst 30 acres of stunning landscape stretched down towards the beach, you will enjoy breath-taking views and luxury accommodation as you enjoy your private retreat overlooking the Irish Sea.
Just a few hours from Glasgow or the English Boarder you will reach Knockinaam Lodge. Find yourself feeling rejuvenated after spending a few days here, as guests describe this as the perfect, luxury place to escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. Indulge in the finest cuisine and fresh fish locally sourced from the surrounding area. You will be impressed by the vast selection of over 500 wines in the cellars, collected from around the world.
One of the largest rooms in the hotel is the Churchill room. Overlooking the wonderful gardens with a partial sea view, this room is where Winston Churchill stayed when he visited Knockinaam. The Churchill room features the original fireplace and has a super-sized, king-sleigh bed. For a more romantic theme, opt for the Bay room. This room features a Victorian Tester Bed accompanied by simply-stunning sea views.
Knockinaam Lodge is available for exclusive bookings which enables you to have private access during your stay at all times. This is a perfect option for weddings, corporate and leisure events. Although an intimate and secluded building, this property is deceptively spacious and equipped with a delightful variety of luxurious facilities.
The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews
With its 144 rooms and 35 luxury suites, we really have saved the best for last. This five-star hotel has been recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts. Featuring a combination of contemporary and traditional interiors, with many of the rooms designed by French designer Jacques Garcia. The Eden Suites epitomise luxury with bold, traditional decor. These spacious rooms feature fabric-lined walls along with a wooden sleigh bed.
Just a short walk from the resort, guests can enjoy the historic University town of St Andrews, the magnificent surrounding countryside, and the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Find hearty, home-cooked, traditional food served in the nearby Jigger Inn, or for a much more luxurious experience guests can enjoy the hotel’s very own 3 AA Rosette Road Hole Fine Dining Restaurant.
St Andrews is renowned worldwide as the ‘Home of Golf’, this resort offers 11 courses in the immediate area and more than 30 within a half hour radius. Explore a variety of golfing membership programmes and society golf events. As an alternative to golf, there are an array of activities for guests to enjoy during their stay. From land-yachting to clay shooting St Andrews offers a wide variety of adventures.
Later, replenish your mind and body by paying a visit to the Kohler Waters Spa, which is the first KOHLER spa experience outside of the USA. Enjoy nourishing treatments and the essential powers of water. We use the Old Course Hotel throughout the summer for our luxury golf tours which nearly always visit St Andrews
So, there you have it. There are a variety of luxurious choices for accommodation to be experienced in Scotland, the above are just to name a few. We hope you have the most luxurious stay, wherever you travel to, and discover the magic and beauty Scotland has to offer.