Best Luxury & Boutique Hotels in Scotland

Best Hotels in Scotland

Scotland has some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in western Europe.  Described as ‘Europe’s last great wilderness’, it comprises mountains, lakes, moors and castles, and is a paradise for walkers, climbers and birdwatchers.

It is divided by the Great Glen, with its series of lochs. At the most famous one, Loch Ness, hopeful monster hunters still gather. Culloden, near Inverness, is the site of the battle where the Duke of Cumberland defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie and oversaw the killing of 1,200 Highlanders in 1746. Glen Coe, one of the most beautiful of the glens, also has a tragic history: it is remembered for the massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells in 1692. North of the Great Glen are the magnificent Caingorm Mountains, centred on Aviemore and popular with skiers; to the south, Fort William, dominated by Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest peak).

The administrative region also includes some of the islands, notably rugged Skye, 50 miles from end to end, dominated by the Cuillin Hills, and a popular tourist venue. The richness and diversity of where to stay in Scotland is well represented by the Good Hotel Guide. It includes simple B&Bs, welcoming Guest Houses, Inns which are very much part of local life, and Restaurants with Rooms, making the most of wonderful local produce, and some&

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Featured hotels in Scotland

Glenfinnan House Hotel, GLENFINNAN, Highlands

In an 'idyllic' setting on the shore of Loch Shiel, the MacFarlane family's Victorian mansion is run as a 'lovely traditional hotel' by the 'pleasant' managers, Manja and Duncan Gibson. Guests 'arrive


Ardanaiseig, KILCHRENAN, Argyll and Bute

In a remote setting on Loch Awe, reached by miles of twisting, single-track road, this late Georgian manor was built by William Burn, the founder of the Scottish baronial style of architecture. The


Toravaig House, SLEAT, Highlands

In a glorious setting above the coast road, this handsome white-painted house is run as a small hotel by the owners, Anne Gracie and Kenneth Gunn. They have renovated the building giving it a 'smart'


Dunvalanree in Carradale, CARRADALE, Argyll and Bute

With 'breathtaking' views across Kilbrannan Sound to the Isle of Arran, this 'homely' hotel/restaurant stands 'at the end of the road' in a small fishing village on the Mull of Kintyre. It is run in a


Loch Melfort Hotel, ARDUAINE, Argyll and Bute

The owners, Calum and Rachel Ross, are 'very much present' at their country hotel in 'beautiful surroundings' on the Argyll coast. Sheltered by woodland, it stands on Asknish Bay and has 'wonderful


Trigony House, THORNHILL, Dumfries and Galloway

In a lovely setting of garden and woodland in the Nithsdale valley, this 'handsome' former shooting lodge is run in 'friendly' style as a small hotel by the owners, Adam and Jan Moore. He is the chef


Duisdale House, SLEAT

In a stunning setting within extensive gardens and woodland, Anne Gracie and Ken Gunn have transformed a Victorian hunting lodge into a small, hospitable hotel; they also own Toravaig House nearby


The Dulaig, GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY, Highlands

'A great place to stay.' In a rural position, Carol and Gordon Bulloch's 'utterly luxurious' B&B is in an Edwardian house, a ten-minute walk from town. The Bullochs are 'fun' and provide lots of


Blackaddie House, SANQUHAR, Dumfries and Galloway

In 'an enchanting setting' on the banks of the River Nith, Jane and Ian McAndrew's small hotel is in a 'beautiful' 16th-century stone-built manse. Traditionally furnished bedrooms overlook the gardens


Hotels in Scotland

  • Coul House, CONTIN, Highlands

    'Good-humoured and enthusiastic', Susannah and Stuart Macpherson are the hands-on owners of this Georgian hunting lodge in woodland outside a small Highland village. Their manager, Chris McLeod, and

  • The Peat Inn, PEAT INN, Fife

    Chef/patron Geoffrey Smeddle and his wife, Katherine, run this restaurant-with-rooms in a whitewashed 17th-century former coaching inn, in a hamlet six miles from St Andrews. Bedrooms are in The

  • No 45, BALLATER, Aberdeenshire

    Formerly known as the Deeside Hotel, this 'excellent' small guest house has been renamed No 45. The owners, Gordon Waddell and Penella Price, tells us that when they reopen in the Spring next

  • Kinloch House, BLAIRGOWRIE, Perth and Kinross

    In 'lovely' gardens with fine views of hills and fields, the Allen family's traditional country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux) is managed by Paul Knott. There is 'lots of space' in the

  • Kilmichael Country House, BRODICK, North Ayrshire

    In extensive grounds with 'beautiful gardens' on the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, this intimate period mansion is run in personal style as a small hotel by the owners, Geoffrey Botterill and

  • Chirnside Hall, CHIRNSIDE, Scottish Borders

    Built as a holiday retreat by an Edinburgh businessman, this late Georgian mansion in the Borders is run as a small hotel by the hands-on owners, Tessa and Christian Korsten. A 'natural

  • The Colonsay, COLONSAY, Argyll and Bute

    On a 'magical' island reached by ferry from Oban, this white-painted inn was built in 1750 on a hillside above the harbour to serve the locals and 'the rare visitor'. Renovated by the owners, Jane and

  • Crinan Hotel, CRINAN, Argyll and Bute

    In a 'sensational setting' overlooking the Crinan Canal basin and the Sound of Mull, this white-painted hotel has been run for 45 years by Nick and Frances Ryan. The building is filled with

  • The Three Chimneys and The House Over-By, DUNVEGAN, Highlands

    'Our menu is our story,' say Shirley and Eddie Spear. Their acclaimed restaurant-with-rooms attracts food lovers to this remote setting by Loch Dunvegan in the north-west of Skye. Their chef/director,

  • Bealach House, DUROR, Argyll and Bute

    The only dwelling in Salachan Glen, this former farmhouse is reached by a 'challenging' mile and a half of forestry track. Porsche owners might struggle but Guide readers love the 'fabulous' setting

  • Greshornish House, EDINBANE

    In secluded grounds that once belonged to the local laird, this elegant white-painted house (Georgian with Victorian additions) is beside a loch in a remote corner of Skye. There is a country house

  • The Scotsman, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    The former offices of the Scotsman newspaper have been 'sympathetically restored and adapted' to house this 'stylish and tasteful' luxury hotel. Many features of the spectacular 1905 building have

  • The Witchery by the Castle, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    In two 16th- and 17th-century buildings by the gates of Edinburgh Castle, this theatrical restaurant-with-suites overlooks the Royal Mile. It is owned by James Thomson (see Prestonfield, Edinburgh, in

  • Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island, ERISKA , Argyll and Bute

    As much a resort as a luxury hotel (Relais & Châteaux), the Buchanan-Smith family's baronial mansion stands on a private island at the mouth of Loch Creran. Reached by a rattling bridge, the

  • The Grange, FORT WILLIAM, Highlands

    Within walking distance from the town centre, this 'gracious' white-painted Victorian Gothic house is run as a B&B by the owners, Joan and John Campbell. It stands in a 'delightful' garden with

  • Edenshead Stables, GATESIDE, Fife

    Guests like the warm welcome from amiable hosts Gill and John Donald at their peaceful B&B, in converted Georgian stables at the foot of the Lomond hills. The pink-stone building stands in wooded

  • The Prince's House, GLENFINNAN, Highlands

    At the head of Loch Shiel ('one of the most remote and beautiful areas in the Western Highlands'), this white-painted former coaching inn is managed in hands-on style by owners Kieron and Ina Kelly.

  • Culdearn House, GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY, Highlands

    Set back from the road beside woodland on the edge of this Speyside town, this 'four square Scottish dwelling house' is run as a small hotel by William and Sonia Marshall. 'It is clear that they take

  • Apple Lodge, LOCHRANZA, North Ayrshire

    Near the ferry to the Kintyre peninsula, Jeannie and John Boyd's small guest house is in a white-painted Edwardian manse surrounded by beautiful countryside; deer and eagles are often sighted. Warm

  • Argyll Hotel, IONA, Argyll and Bute

    'Perfect in every way for a spiritual pilgrimage.' On a 'magical' island, this hotel and restaurant, once a modest croft house, has been welcoming visitors for nearly 150 years. Today, it is owned and

  • Kilberry Inn, KILBERRY, Argyll and Bute

    'A very relaxing place', this small red-roofed restaurant-with-rooms is reached by a single-track road through 'wild and magical' scenery. It is run by David Wilson (the 'witty' host, 'who welcomed us

  • The Cross at Kingussie, KINGUSSIE, Highlands

    In a town within the Cairngorms national park, Derek and Celia Kitchingman ('open and friendly') run this 'interesting' former tweed mill as a restaurant-with-rooms. The award-winning modern cooking

  • Kylesku Hotel, KYLESKU, Highlands

    In a 'most beautiful situation' by a sea loch, this white-painted inn is run as a small hotel by Tanja Lister and Sonia Virechauveix. 'They are three steps ahead of everything,' say trusted

  • The Albannach, LOCHINVER, Highlands

    High above Lochinver's working harbour ('lovely views over the village, sea and mountains'), this Victorian house is run as a restaurant-with-rooms by Lesley Crosfield and Colin Craig. The self-taught

  • Inver Lodge Hotel, LOCHINVER

    There are gorgeous views from each bedroom in this purpose-built hotel surrounded by dramatic nature. Owned by Robin Vestey, it is managed by Nicholas Gorton. The foyer lounge has comfortable sofas,

  • Burt's, MELROSE, Scottish Borders

    In a listed 18th-century building, the Henderson family's 'excellent' small hotel is in a pretty market town on the banks of the River Tweed. It attracts anglers and other outdoorsy guests keen on the

  • The Dower House, MUIR OF ORD, Highlands

    The 'home from home' atmosphere at Robyn and Mena Aitchison's small guest house, a single-storey Georgian cottage-orné, has long been liked by readers. It stands in mature well-tended grounds

  • Kirroughtree House, NEWTON STEWART, Dumfries and Galloway

    In February 2014, the ownership of this country hotel transferred from the McMillan group to a privately owned company, which promised a 'seamless change, with management and staff remaining in

  • The Manor House, OBAN, Argyll and Bute

    In an 'ideal situation near the ferry terminal but completely quiet', Leslie and Margaret Crane's Georgian villa (built in 1780 for the Duke of Argyll) has 'fantastic views towards the harbour'. A

  • The Airds Hotel, PORT APPIN, Argyll and Bute

    'Small and personal', this luxury hotel (Relais & Châteaux) has a 'beautiful setting' facing Lismore Island with views over Loch Linnhe. It is run with 'great attention to detail' by the

  • Knockinaam Lodge, PORTPATRICK, Dumfries and Galloway

    Shielded by cliffs and wooded hills, this grey stone 19th-century hunting lodge stands in extensive grounds close to a private beach. It is run in country house style by the owners, Sian and David

  • Viewfield House, PORTREE, Highlands

    In large wooded grounds on the outskirts of Skye's main town, this 200-year-old country house is run as a quirky guest house by Hugh Macdonald. A hands-on owner with a personable style, he is helped

  • Rufflets, ST ANDREWS, Fife

    In a creeper-covered 1920s turreted mansion that was built for the widow of a Dundee jute baron, this 'extremely welcoming' family-owned hotel is liked for the 'excellent service'. Stephen Owen is the

  • Foveran, ST OLA, Orkney Islands

    'Thoughtful' owner/chef Paul Doull runs this unassuming single-storey building on the shores of Scapa Flow as a restaurant-with-rooms. There are 'wonderful views out to sea' from the 'pleasant' dining

  • Skirling House, SKIRLING, Scottish Borders

    In a 'superb setting' by a tranquil village green, this 'fascinating' house was built in the Arts and Crafts style as a summer retreat for the art collector Sir Thomas Gibson-Carmichael. It has

  • Kilcamb Lodge, STRONTIAN, Highlands

    One of the oldest stone houses in Scotland (with two Victorian wings), this luxury hotel has an isolated setting on the shore of Loch Sunart. It is run by the owners, Sally and David Ruthven-Fox.

  • The Wheatsheaf, SWINTON, Scottish Borders

    Opposite the village green, Chris and Jan Winson’s cosy, stone-built country roadside inn has cottage-style bedrooms and a popular restaurant serving ‘really good’ food. John

  • Tiroran House, TIRORAN, Argyll and Bute

    At their white-painted Victorian hunting lodge on the shores of Loch Scridain, near Mull's highest mountain, Laurence and Katie Mackay create a house party atmosphere. 'It makes it a place to return

  • The Ceilidh Place, ULLAPOOL, Highlands

    'Friendly and informal', Jean Urquhart's small hotel is an institution in this Highland fishing village. Founded by her late husband, the actor Robert Urquhart, as 'a place for eating, meeting,

  • Windlestraw Lodge, WALKERBURN, Scottish Borders

    'A beautiful house and very welcoming hosts.' Praise this year for Alan and Julie Reid's small hotel, an Edwardian mansion in the Tweed Valley forest park. They have restored the original features of

  • The Howard, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    'We were pampered,' say visitors to this luxury hotel (part of the Edinburgh Collection), which lays on a comprehensive butler service. Butlers 'will take care of everything' (says the hotel), from

  • Inverlochy Castle, FORT WILLIAM, Highlands

    In a splendid setting in the foothills of Ben Nevis, this baronial mansion (built on the site of a 13th-century castle) is now a luxury hotel (Relais & Châteaux), part of the small ICMI

  • Scarista House, SCARISTA, Western Isles

    With perhaps the remotest setting of any hotel in the Guide, this white-painted Georgian manse is run by the owners, Tim and Patricia Martin, who are 'hard working and delightful'. On the Isle of

  • Prestonfield, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Next to Holyrood Park, this grand Baroque home owned by James Thomson (see also The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh, in the Shortlist) stands in 20 acres of private grounds. 'An orgy for the eyes

  • The Dryfesdale, LOCKERBIE, Dumfries and Galloway

    Standing in parkland, this branch of the Best Western hotel grouuuuuup occupies an 18th-century manse at the end of a long drive bordered by beech trees. All the bedrooms have views of the grounds and

  • Eddrachilles Hotel, SCOURIE

    At the head of Badcall Bay, in 'lovely, extensive grounds along the seashore', this relaxing, traditionally furnished hotel is in an 18th-century manse. It is run by 'knowledgable' owners Isabelle and

  • The Sheiling, ULLAPOOL

    Beside Loch Broom, Iain and Lesley MacDonald's comfortable, modern B&B in lovely gardens enjoys stunning views over the bay and the mountains beyond. Large bedrooms have complimentary sherry and

  • The Green Park, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    'Our initial impressions were that this wasn't a typical Guide hotel; it seemed vast, with a great many guests, mostly elderly, and many of them regular visitors. After a two-day stay, we have to

  • Roineabhal Country House, TAYNUILT, Argyll and Bute

    Beside a tumbling stream, Roger and Maria Soep's homely and welcoming country guest house is in an isolated spot in the wild glens of Argyll, close to Loch Awe. It is well placed for visits to

  • The Parklands, PERTH, Perth and Kinross

    In an elevated position above South Inch Park, this hotel, in a Victorian stone-built house, is convenient for both town and station. It has been run for more than ten years by Penny and Scott

  • Sunbank House, PERTH, Perth and Kinross

    Set in large landscaped gardens, this traditionally furnished hotel is in a Victorian house overlooking the River Tay and the city. It is run in a friendly, hospitable fashion by Remo and Georgina

  • The Townhouse, MELROSE, Scottish Borders

    The stylish little sister to Burt's (see entry, above), this modern hotel stands across the town square from its older sibling. It is owned by the Henderson family, who run it with 'extremely pleasant

  • Duntrune House, DUNDEE, Angus

    In extensive gardens with woodland walks and gorgeous scenery, welcoming hosts Olwyn and Barrie Jack offer tranquil B&B accommodation in their restored 19th-century manor house. Traditionally

  • The Cross Keys, KELSO, Scottish Borders

    'Highly recommended.' On a picturesque square in a historic Borders town, the 'delightful' Becattelli family still run this hotel after more than 30 years. Bedrooms in the 18th-century coaching inn

  • Edenwater House, EDNAM, Scottish Borders

    With lovely views over the pretty garden to the Eden Water, this old stone manse in a hamlet near Kelso is run as a rural retreat by the owners, Jacqui and Jeff Kelly. 'It is like staying with friends

  • Killiecrankie Hotel, KILLIECRANKIE, Perth and Kinross

    In expansive wooded grounds at the entrance to the Pass of Killiecrankie, this white dower house is run as a small hotel by the 'engaging' owner Henrietta Fergusson. 'Wonderful: the quality of the

  • The Torridon, TORRIDON

    'Wildly beautiful.' At the end of a single-track road, this luxury hotel is on a wooded estate by the side of a vast sea loch. It is run by owners Rohaise and Daniel Rose-Bristow. The hotel occupies a

  • Tigerlily, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    A sense of fun permeates this stylish hotel filled with spirited prints, revolving glitter balls and chic modern fireplaces. It occupies a Georgian town house on a street popular for shopping and

  • Langass Lodge, LOCHEPORT , Western Isles

    In 'splendid isolation' above a stone circle by a sea loch, Niall and Amanda Leveson Gower run this 'elegant' small hotel in a sympathetically extended former hunting lodge. The bedrooms, which vary

  • Craigatin House and Courtyard, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    In wooded grounds with off-street parking close to the town centre, this Victorian house has been given a bright, modern interior by the owners, Martin and Andrea Anderson. 'We were made to feel

  • The Tobermory Hotel, TOBERMORY, Argyll and Bute

    On the harbour front in a 'very pretty town', this 'cosy', 'perfectly pleasant' hotel occupies a row of colourful converted fishermen's cottages with 'good views' over the water. Ian and Andi Stevens

  • 2 Quail, DORNOCH

    Golf enthusiasts Michael and Kerensa Carr run this 'very pleasant, comfortable and quiet' B&B in their mellow stone house close to the cathedral and the Royal Dornoch Golf Club (Michael Carr, who

  • Cosses Country House, BALLANTRAE, South Ayrshire

    In 'colourful' gardens and woodland in a secluded valley, this pretty, low, white building is run as a guest house by Susan and Robin Crosthwaite, 'charming hosts'. The house has been 'lovingly

  • Glenapp Castle, BALLANTRAE, South Ayrshire

    Designed by the doyen of Victorian castle architects, David Bryce, this baronial castle was in a state of disrepair when it was bought by the McMillan family and restored as a luxury country

  • Trafford Bank Guest House, INVERNESS

    Once the home of the Bishop of Moray and Ross-shire, this bay-windowed, sandstone Victorian house has been furnished by interior designer Lorraine Pun with a mix of antique and contemporary pieces,

  • Summer Isles, ACHILTIBUIE

    Reached by a single-track road that winds past lochs, around mountains and beside the sea, this former 19th-century fishing inn 'in a remote spot' has 'amazing' views to the Summer Isles and the

  • Kilmeny Country House, BALLYGRANT, Argyll and Bute

    'Nothing short of excellent.' On a working farm, Margaret and Blair Rozga's handsomely furnished 19th-century house is in an elevated position with 'spectacular views' over the Islay countryside. The

  • The Creggans Inn, STRACHUR, Argyll and Bute

    With 'breathtaking' views over Loch Fyne, this 'extremely welcoming' white-painted inn is run by Gill and Archie MacLellan. It has simply decorated, pretty bedrooms and a popular bistro and restaurant

  • Creagan House, STRATHYRE, Perth and Kinross

    In a sheltered valley at the head of Loch Lubnaig, this 17th-century farmhouse is run as a restaurant-with-rooms by Gordon Gunn ('the chef par excellence') and his wife, Cherry ('a warm and genuine

  • Pine Trees, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    'We can't wait to go back for a longer stay.' A short walk from town, Valerie and Robert Kerr's Victorian hillside mansion is set in peaceful woodland, where roe deer and red squirrels roam amid the

  • Hotel Hebrides, TARBERT, Western Isles

    Beside the harbour, Angus and Chirsty Macleod's 'boxy' modern hotel is 'adroit and stylish' inside. Visitors and locals throng the lively bar; there are 'good food and friendly service' in the

  • Barley Bree, MUTHILL, Perth and Kinross

    The Auld Alliance between Scotland and France is flourishing at this former coaching inn in a conservation village. It is run as a restaurant-with-rooms by French chef Fabrice Bouteloup and his

  • Boath House, AULDEARN, Highlands

    One of the finest Regency houses in Scotland, this once-endangered mansion has been restored by Wendy and Don Matheson, who run it as a 'wonderful' small hotel. Their son, Sam, is the manager. The

  • Highland Cottage, TOBERMORY, Argyll and Bute

    On a hill in the main village of the Island of Mull, David and Josephine Currie have been running this purpose-built small hotel for 17 years. 'It is a comfortable and friendly place with a high

  • The Bonham, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    In a quiet square near the West End, this conversion of three Victorian town houses is 'perfectly placed for the city, just five minutes' walk from Princes Street'. It is managed by David Barkley for

  • Tigh an Dochais, BROADFORD, Highlands

    'A lovely place; glorious views, comfortable rooms and great breakfasts.' New praise this year for this stunning modern building designed by award-winning architects to make the most of the situation

  • East Haugh House, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    Guests like the thoughtful touches at the McGown family's small hotel, a turreted stone house set in two acres of gardens in Highland Perthshire. Decorated in tartan and toile de Jouy, comfortable

  • 94DR, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Paul Lightfoot and John MacEwan run this modern B&B in their restored Victorian town house; helpful hosts, they assist with restaurant, theatre and concert bookings, car hire and guided tours.

  • Balcary Bay Hotel, AUCHENCAIRN, Dumfries and Galloway

    Taking its name from the bay on which it stands, Graeme Lamb's white-painted hotel has 'an instantly relaxing atmosphere'. Elaine Ness, the manager, 'provides a warm welcome'; the staff are 'local,

  • Busta House, BRAE, Shetland

    On the secluded shores of Busta Voe, this characterful small hotel has creaky floors, an open peat fire and an extensive selection of malt whiskies. It is owned and run by Joe and Veronica Rocks,

  • Cavens, KIRKBEAN, Dumfries and Galloway

    'The atmosphere is restful' at the Fordyce family's white-painted manor house near Dumfries, which they run as a small hotel. 'The staff were smiling and the service was exemplary,' says a regular

  • Forss House, THURSO, Highlands

    Built in 1810 by a waterfall near Thurso, Scotland's most northerly town, this listed Georgian house is run as a small hotel by Ian and Sabine Richards . It has long been managed in very personal

  • Rocpool Reserve, INVERNESS

    A ten-minute walk from the centre, this sophisticated hotel has magnificent views towards the mountains of Cairngorms national park. It has modern bedrooms, a split-level cocktail bar and a Chez Roux

  • Millers64, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    On a 'relatively quiet' street off Leith Walk, this Victorian town house has been given a 'stylish' make-over by sisters Shona and Louise Clelland. They run it 'with warmth and humour' as an upmarket

  • Killoran House, DERVAIG, Argyll and Bute

    In a remote northern area of Mull, Janette and Ian McKilligan's purpose-built small hotel stands on a hillside with panoramic views over Dervaig and Loch Cuin. Binoculars are provided in the

  • Moyness House, INVERNESS

    On a quiet residential street, this 'very good' B&B is within walking distance of the town centre and the River Ness. The Victorian villa, which was formerly the home of Scottish Renaissance

  • Southside Guest House, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Near the Meadows and Holyrood Park, Franco and Lynne Galgani's 'friendly' B&B is in a terrace of Victorian houses, and has lovely views over Edinburgh. It is within easy walking distance of

  • The Sun Inn, DALKEITH, Midlothian

    In a handsomely refurbished former coaching inn, chef/proprietor Ian Minto and his family run this 'down-to-earth' gastropub-with-rooms standing in five acres of wooded grounds close to the banks of

  • Blythswood Square Hotel, GLASGOW

    'A comfortable and glamorous place to stay', this modern hotel (part of the Town House Collection) occupies an 'imposing' Victorian building on a 'splendid' garden square. 'Elegantly furnished, the

  • 15Glasgow, GLASGOW

    Shane and Laura McKenzie have won a design award for the restoration of their town house B&B in a Victorian terrace. Original fireplaces, intricate cornicing, working wooden shutters, stained glass

  • 23 Mayfield, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    A short walk from the city centre, Ross Birnie's detached Victorian house has 'an immediately welcoming, well-cared-for appearance'. The 'sympathetic' host has restored the house 'with meticulous

  • Airlie House, STRATHYRE, Perth and Kinross

    Warm, welcoming hosts Jacquie and Ray Hill run this small B&B in their early 1900s Scottish villa. Surrounded by countryside and rolling hills in the Trossachs and Breadalbane area of Scotland's

  • Atholl Hotel, ABERDEEN

    Guests like the comfortable bedrooms, friendly staff and traditional Scottish meals at this privately owned hotel, in a tranquil residential neighbourhood within easy reach of the city centre. Gordon

  • Greywalls, GULLANE, East Lothian

    In a crescent-shaped stone house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, this hotel is ideally placed for golfers: it overlooks the 9th and 18th holes of Muirfield golf course; nine other courses are nearby.

  • Hartfell House & The Limetree Restaurant, MOFFAT, Dumfries and Galloway

    On the edge of town, this listed Victorian home, built of local stone, is in a rural setting overlooking the surrounding hills. It is run as a guest house and restaurant by Robert Ash. Traditionally

  • Smiddy House, SPEAN BRIDGE, Highlands

    Guests receive 'a warm welcome' at Robert Bryson and Glen Russell's 'beautifully decorated' restaurant-with-rooms; afternoon tea is provided in the garden room, or sherry and home-made shortbread


    On a working croft overlooking Loch Snizort, 'perfect hosts' Marie and Ian Lewis have decorated their stylish B&B with original works by local artists; bedrooms have cashmere and sheepskin throws,

  • The Tongue Hotel, TONGUE

    'A fine hotel in a truly spectacular area.' 'Wonderfully remote', this small hotel is in a former Victorian sporting lodge in a sleepy coastal village beneath Ben Loyal. It is run by Lorraine and

  • The Tormaukin Hotel, GLENDEVON, Perth and Kinross

    Welcoming owners Dave and Lesley Morby run their charming small hotel in a refurbished 18th-century drovers' inn surrounded by Perthshire countryside. Simply furnished bedrooms retain many original

  • Torrdarach House, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    A small stream runs through the thickly wooded grounds of this raspberry-red house built in 1901, which has 'astounding' views over the gardens and the Perthshire Highlands. New owners Susanne

  • Dalshian House, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    'Excellent in every way; a lovely house and gardens, warm, very comfortable and friendly.' Praise this year for this listed 18th-century country house on the outskirts of the Victorian resort town. It

  • Dunchraigaig House, KILMARTIN, Argyll and Bute

    Opposite a group of standing stones in an area rich in prehistoric sites, this B&B is run by 'hands-on and competent' hosts Cameron Bruce and Lynn Jones. Bedrooms, decorated in 'relaxing' colours,

  • The Lime Tree, FORT WILLIAM, Highlands

    Overlooking Loch Linnhe and the hills beyond, this former manse near the town centre has been ‘imaginatively converted’ into a small hotel, restaurant and regional art gallery hosting

  • Ballathie House, KINCLAVEN, Perth and Kinross

    'A wonderful place.' Visitors return again and again to the Mulligan family's 'impressive' 19th-century house in 'fabulous' grounds, on the west bank of the River Tay. The hotel has long been

  • 21212, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Paul Kitching and Katie O'Brien's award-winning restaurant-with-rooms is in a restored Grade A listed town house, at the end of a Georgian terrace. Pre- and post-dinner drinks can be taken in the

  • Alt na Craig House, OBAN, Argyll and Bute

    In an elevated position on the western coast, Sandy and Ina MacArthur's turreted stone-built Victorian house has glorious seascape views across Oban Bay to the isles of Mull, Kerrera and Lismore.

  • Auberge Carnish, UIG, Isle of Lewis

    Guests admire the 'stunning views' from Richard and Jo-Ann Leparoux's purpose-built beachside guest house, in a 'spectacular location' on a working croft perched above Uig Sands. Modern bedrooms are

  • Auchrannie House Hotel, BRODICK, North Ayrshire

    There are many diversions at the Johnston family’s child-friendly island enterprise, which includes a resort with three restaurants, two leisure clubs and two hotels. Standing in ‘lovely’ landscaped

  • Gordon's, INVERKEILOR, Angus

    In a village near the North Sea coast, this smartly painted terrace house (dating to the 1800s) is run as a restaurant-with-rooms by Gordon and Maria Watson and their son, Garry. A trusted

  • One Royal Circus, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Susan and Mike Gordon's stylish modern B&B stands on a World Heritage-listed crescent in the heart of the fashionable New Town neighbourhood. Guests like the relaxed atmosphere: they are given a key

  • Ardmor House, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    In a quiet street opposite Pilrig Park, this 'immaculate' B&B is 'mainly looked after' by the owner, Robin Jack, 'with a little help from my partner, Barry, and our lovely team'. 'We were very

  • Glenholme Country House, KIRKCUDBRIGHT, Dumfries and Galloway

    'Welcoming, comfortable, relaxed and homely', this 'deceptively large' Victorian mansion is run as an upmarket guest house by retired diplomat Laurence Bristow-Smith and his artist wife, Jennifer. 'I

  • Grasshoppers, GLASGOW

    It will not be everybody's idea of a Guide hotel, but Barry Munn's modern city space appealed to inspectors who liked the 'spare and comfortable style' and the 'incredible value'. Beside the city's

  • Burrastow House, WALLS, Highlands

    'Staying at Burrastow is like being in someone's home rather than a hotel,' says Pierre Dupont, the Flemish owner of this 18th-century 'Haa' house originally built for the local laird. It stands in a

  • Sunny Brae, NAIRN

    'A pleasing stay, and good value for money.' Facing the green and promenade of a seaside town on the Moray Firth, this small hotel has been extended to provide a glass-fronted lounge that enjoys the

  • Dumfries House Lodge, CUMNOCK

    Part of the 2,000-acre Dumfries House estate, built by Robert Adam for the Earl of Dumfries, this 18th-century factor's house has been turned into a 'luxurious' guest house with cosy lounge areas, and

  • The Pierhouse, PORT APPIN, Argyll and Bute

    'Absolute bliss.' At the end of a winding single-track road, this 'pretty little building' stands beside Loch Linnhe, in a 'beautiful' setting with 'spectacular views to the Isle of Lismore and the

  • Caddon View, INNERLEITHEN, Scottish Borders

    Set in mature grounds, this handsome Victorian house is run as a guest house and licensed restaurant by Stephen and Lisa Davies. There is a country house atmosphere: the cosy drawing room has a log

  • The Balmoral, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    A doorman in a kilt, cloak and ghillie brogues welcomes guests to this grand Victorian building in the centre of the city. Once one of the great railway hotels, it is today a luxury enterprise (Rocco

  • Brooks Hotel Edinburgh, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Close to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in the west end of the city, this 1840s stone building has been restyled inside with a mix of classic and contemporary furnishings. It is owned

  • Powis House, STIRLING, Stirlingshire

    Approached through wrought iron gates, Jane and Colin Kilgour's impressive 18th-century mansion stands in mature ten-acre grounds of lawns, woodland and pasture, beneath the Ochil hills. Carefully

  • Coll Hotel, ARINAGOUR, Argyll and Bute

    On a small Hebridean island, Kevin and Julie Oliphant's white-painted hotel stands in large gardens with views across a lovely bay to Staffa, Iona, Jura and the Treshnish Isles. It is a lively hub:

  • Moor of Rannoch Hotel, RANNOCH STATION, Perth and Kinross

    In a 'spectacular' position on the edge of one of Europe's last wildernesses, this 19th-century hotel stands close to a station on the West Highland line. It has been renovated by new owners, Scott

  • Poppies Hotel and Restaurant, CALLANDER, Perth and Kinross

    In a small resort town within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs national park, this small hotel is run in an 'unhurried but efficient fashion' by the owners, John and Susan Martin. 'They are around

  • Glengorm Castle, TOBERMORY, Argyll and Bute

    Perched peacefully on a cliff-top, this fairytale building with turrets and towers (completed in 1863) affords glorious views over the Sound of Mull to the Western Isles beyond. Guests are free to

  • Horseshoe Inn, PEEBLES, Scottish Borders

    Just outside a market town in the Tweed valley, this restaurant-with-rooms occupies a former village inn where Princess Margaret is rumoured to have danced on the tables. Mark Slaney is the manager.

  • Cityroomz Edinburgh, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

  • Tigh Na Cheo, KINLOCHLEVEN

    Surrounded by mountains, Martin and Jacqui Clark's comforting B&B is at the head of Loch Leven, three minutes from Kinlochleven, the penultimate halt on the West Highland Way. Walkers, bikers and

  • Greystones, OBAN, Argyll and Bute

    In a Scottish baronial mansion, up a short, steep slope in town, this B&B has magnificent views of the bay and across to the Isle of Mull. It is owned by Mark and Suzanne McPhillips. The house has