Best Luxury & Boutique Hotels in Scotland

Country houses, hotels, historic homes, B&Bs, castles, restaurants with rooms

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, Highland

Liked for the ‘warmth and comfort’, the MacFarlane family’s Victorian mansion has a ‘lovely’ situation, with lawns stretching down to Loch Shiel, Ben Nevis in the


Culdearn House, GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY, Highland

‘A four-square Scottish dwelling house’, William and Sonia Marshall’s Victorian granite villa is set back from the road next to woodland, a stroll from the centre of the Speyside


Ardanaiseig, KILCHRENAN, Argyll and Bute

‘Beautifully situated’ on the shores of Loch Awe, this rambling manor house is ‘full of character’, say Guide inspectors in 2015. ‘A pleasingly old-fashioned air of


The Albannach, LOCHINVER, Highland

It is 25 years since Lesley Crosfield and Colin Craig opened their restaurant-with-rooms in a walled garden above this small fishing port. Picture windows in the dining room look over a deep sea loch


Knockinaam Lodge, PORTPATRICK, Dumfries and Galloway

‘Perfect: a tranquil setting, cosy log fire, big bed and superb food.’ A visitor who first came on business to Sian and David Ibbotson’s stone hunting lodge returned for his


Toravaig House, SLEAT, Highland

‘Gloriously’ positioned, with views of the Sound of Sleat and ruined Knock Castle, this whitewashed hotel is owned by Ken Gunn and Anne Gracie. A master mariner, he offers guests trips


Loch Melfort Hotel, ARDUAINE, Argyll and Bute

A room with a view is assured at Calum and Rachel Ross’s country hotel in 17-acre grounds: all bedrooms in the main house and the cedar-framed annexe look out over the Sound of Jura to the


Trigony House, THORNHILL, Dumfries and Galloway

Originally a 19th-century shooting and fishing lodge for Closeburn Castle, Adam and Jan Moore’s ‘relaxed’ country house stands in ideal walking country, in the gentle, rolling


Duisdale House, SLEAT

In extensive gardens and woodland on the Isle of Skye overlooking the Sound of Sleat, Anne Gracie and Ken Gunn have fashioned a small, hospitable hotel from a former Victorian hunting lodge; they also


The Dulaig, GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY, Highland

‘It was everything we could have hoped for, and more.’ In a rural position, Carol and Gordon Bulloch’s ‘gorgeous’ B&B is in an Edwardian house, a ten-minute walk from town. It is ‘utterly luxurious’


Blackaddie House, SANQUHAR, Dumfries and Galloway

‘A special place to eat.’ Overlooking the River Nith and fields, this ‘quiet, small’ hotel, in a ‘beautiful’ 16th-century stone-built manse, is owned by chef/patron


Hotels in Scotland

  • Coul House, CONTIN, Highland

    Reached by a long, graded drive, this Georgian house has ‘beautiful views to the south’. It is run as a small hotel by the ‘proud owners’, Stuart and Susannah Macpherson. The atmosphere is ‘relaxed

  • The Peat Inn, PEAT INN, Fife

    Chef/patron Geoffrey Smeddle and his wife, Katherine, run their well-regarded restaurant-with-rooms in ‘beautifully kept’ grounds, in a peaceful hamlet six miles from St Andrews. An open fire burns in

  • No 45, BALLATER, Aberdeenshire

    Set back from the road on the outskirts of the Deeside burgh closest to the royal residence at Balmoral, this Victorian house is run as a B&B by the owners Gordon Waddell and Penella Price. In

  • Kinloch House, BLAIRGOWRIE, Perth and Kinross

    ‘A wonderfully relaxed place to stay,’ says a visitor this year to the Allen family’s creeper-clad Victorian country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux) in the Perthshire

  • Kilmichael Country House, BRODICK, North Ayrshire

    ‘A very special small hotel which feels like a well-cared-for home. Excellent service is given in a personal way.’ A Guide inspector was greeted in the wooded drive by peacocks (there are

  • Chirnside Hall, CHIRNSIDE, Scottish Borders

    Readers arriving for their yearly stay at Tessa and Christian Korsten’s late Georgian, Tudor-gabled mansion, were welcomed by the hostess ‘like old friends’. She was, writes a

  • The Colonsay, COLONSAY, Argyll and Bute

    Built in 1750 as an inn for the islanders, this whitewashed hotel in a rugged landscape overlooking the harbour has not only a kitchen garden but its own oyster farm. Owners Jane and Alex Howard

  • Crinan Hotel, CRINAN, Argyll and Bute

    In a ‘superb position for scenery gazing’, this hotel has long been the hub of a fishing village at the north end of the Crinan Canal. It is run with ‘friendly informality’ by Nick and Frances Ryan,

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

    An offer of tea and scones with jam and cream on arrival was ‘enjoyed enormously’ by guests who’d made a long drive to reach Eddie and Shirley

  • Bealach House, DUROR, Argyll and Bute

    The journey might be challenging (the final mile-and-a-half is on a rough forestry track), but the welcome is ‘warm’ at Jim and Hilary McFadyen’s small guest house. The former shepherd’s croft, which

  • Greshornish House, EDINBANE

    ‘An outstanding hotel in an idyllic location.’ In secluded grounds that once belonged to the local laird, this elegant white-painted Georgian house (with Victorian additions) is beside a loch in a

  • The Scotsman, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    There are stunning views across the city from this ‘stylish and tasteful’ hotel on the historic North Bridge. Formerly the offices of the Scotsman newspaper, the iconic building has been carefully

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

    By the gates of Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the Royal Mile, this theatrical restaurant-with-suites occupies two 16th- and 17th-century buildings with dramatic candlelit rooms, secret doors, and

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

    When Robin and Sheena Buchanan-Smith bought Eriska, at the mouth of Loch Creran, in 1973, they planned to take paying guests in summer to support a non-profit retreat in winter. Their son Beppo had a

  • The Grange, FORT WILLIAM, Highland

      Everything is ‘immaculately presented’ at John and Joan Campbell’s Victorian Gothic house with a turret and pointed gable, which stands in secluded landscaped gardens sloping

  • The Prince's House, GLENFINNAN, Highland

    ‘I cannot believe you will get a friendlier welcome or more attentive service than you do here,’ writes a visitor this year to Kieron and Ina Kelly’s small hotel at the head of Loch Shiel. An inn

  • Apple Lodge, LOCHRANZA, North Ayrshire

    Surrounded by dramatic countryside where deer and eagles are often sighted, Jeannie and John Boyd’s small guest house is in a white-painted Edwardian manse near the ferry to the Kintyre peninsula.

  • Argyll Hotel, IONA, Argyll and Bute

    ‘What an amazing little hotel,’ says a 2015 visitor to this 19th-century former crofter’s house with 1970s extension, restoring the Argyll to a main entry after a period without

  • Kilberry Inn, KILBERRY, Argyll and Bute

    ‘There are unconfirmed reports that the Queen dined here during her 80th birthday cruise,’ according to the website of this small restaurant-with-rooms. The owners’ lips are sealed, but if Her Majesty

  • The Cross at Kingussie, KINGUSSIE, Highland

    The welcome is ‘warm’ from Derek and Celia Kitchingman at their restaurant-with-rooms in a former tweed mill in a ‘very quiet’ area of Kingussie. The loudest noise might be the sound of the River

  • Kylesku Hotel, KYLESKU, Highland

    ‘This was the most modest, least expensive hotel of our trip, and the most enjoyable.’ Praise comes again this year for Tanja Lister and Sonia Virechauveix’s 17th-century inn in a

  • Inver Lodge Hotel, LOCHINVER

    On a hillside above the harbour, this purpose-built luxury hotel is surrounded by countryside and wildlife; bedrooms have gorgeous views of the bay or the mountains. It has a relaxing atmosphere, and

  • Burt's, MELROSE, Scottish Borders

    In a lovely Borders town on the banks of the River Tweed, the Henderson family has been running this ‘excellent’ small hotel in a listed 18th-century building for 44 years. The Hendersons

  • The Dower House, MUIR OF ORD, Highland

    Wisteria swags this tucked-away, single-storey Georgian stone cottage-orné. It stands in flower-filled gardens with a fishpond, bordered by the rivers Beauly and Conon. William Ewart Gladstone used to

  • The Manor House, OBAN, Argyll and Bute

    Built as a dower house for the Duke of Argyll’s Oban estate, this listed Georgian stone mansion on the south shore of the bay is run as a small hotel/restaurant by owners Leslie and Margaret Crane.

  • The Airds Hotel, PORT APPIN, Argyll and Bute

    An 18th-century ferry inn on the shores of Loch Linnhe is run as a luxury hotel by Shaun and Jenny McKivragan, who continue to uphold its formidable gastronomic reputation. Head Chef,

  • Viewfield House, PORTREE, Highland

    A relatively modest Georgian house appears today as a Victorian extravaganza thanks to the present owner’s great-grandfather. On his return from planting indigo in India, Harry Macdonald called in

  • Rufflets, ST ANDREWS, Fife

    Guests receive ‘a warm and helpful welcome’ at this family-owned hotel in a 1920s turreted mansion that was built for the widow of a Dundee jute baron. It is managed by Stephen Owen with

  • Foveran, ST OLA, Orkney Islands

    In a starkly beautiful landscape overlooking Scapa Flow, this award-winning restaurant-with-rooms is a Doull family affair. Chef/director Paul Doull runs the kitchen; his wife, Helen, manages the

  • Kilcamb Lodge, STRONTIAN, Highland

    An 18th-century stone house with Victorian east and west wings, Kilcamb Lodge stands amid meadow and woodland grazed by red deer. Its lawns run down to Loch Sunart. Variously home to an admiral, a

  • The Wheatsheaf, SWINTON, Scottish Borders

    Opposite the village green, Chris and Jan Winson’s cosy, stone-built roadside inn has comfortable, country-style accommodation and an award-winning restaurant, popular with locals and visitors

  • Tiroran House, TIRORAN, Argyll and Bute

    The welcome is warm at Laurence and Katie Mackay’s former Victorian hunting lodge. Set in ‘lovely’ wooded grounds (with a ‘wonderful’ garden) running down to Loch

  • The Ceilidh Place, ULLAPOOL, Highland

    ‘Highly recommended’ by a guest this year, Jean Urquhart’s ‘unique’ hotel/bar/bookshop is close to the harbour of this fishing village. It began life in 1970 when Jean

  • Scarista House, SCARISTA, Western Isles

    ‘We couldn’t have celebrated a 50th birthday in a more beautiful place; the setting and peacefulness are remarkable.’ Tim and Patricia Martin’s whitewashed Georgian manse stands above white shell

  • Prestonfield, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    In 20 acres of private grounds at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, this opulently decorated, baroque house is ‘an orgy for the eyes and senses’. It has gilded furniture, swags, velvets and brocades, lavish

  • Eddrachilles Hotel, SCOURIE, Highland

    In ‘lovely, extensive grounds along the seashore’, Isabelle and Richard Flannery’s relaxing hotel is in an 18th-century manse at the head of Badcall Bay. Simple, traditionally

  • The Sheiling, ULLAPOOL, Highland

    In a ‘good’ location beside Loch Broom, Iain and Lesley MacDonald’s comfortable, modern B&B is in lovely gardens with stunning views over the bay and the mountains beyond. Large bedrooms have

  • The Green Park, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    In a prime position on the banks of Loch Faskally, close to Pitlochry golf course, this traditional hotel is run by two generations of the McMenemie family. The original house was built for sisters

  • Roineabhal Country House, TAYNUILT, Argyll and Bute

    Homely and welcoming, Roger and Maria Soep’s peaceful country guest house is beside a tumbling stream in the wild glens of Argyll, close to Loch Awe. It is well placed for visits to Inveraray,

  • The Parklands, PERTH, Perth and Kinross

    A short walk from the town centre, this Victorian stone-built house stands in lovely terraced gardens overlooking South Inch Park. Penny and Scott Edwards, the owners, have refurbished it with a

  • Sunbank House, PERTH, Perth and Kinross

    Overlooking the River Tay and the city, this traditionally furnished hotel is in a Victorian house in large landscaped gardens on the outskirts of town. Within easy walking distance of shops,

  • The Townhouse, MELROSE, Scottish Borders

    In the town centre, this smart, modern hotel is a sister to Burt’s, across the market square (see previous entry). It is owned by the Henderson family, and run with ‘extremely pleasant and helpful

  • Duntrune House, DUNDEE, Angus

    In extensive gardens with woodland walks and beautiful scenery, Olwyn and Barrie Jack’s restored 19th-century manor house has a welcoming, home-away-from-home atmosphere. Tranquil B&B accommodation is

  • The Cross Keys, KELSO, Scottish Borders

    Well placed for walks along the River Tweed, this ‘friendly, relaxing’ 18th-century coaching inn is on the busy square of a historic Borders town. Owned by the Ballantyne family, the hotel

  • Killiecrankie Hotel, KILLIECRANKIE, Perth and Kinross

    ‘Outstanding: our favourite Scottish hotel.’ Henrietta Fergusson’s whitewashed 19th-century dower house in wooded grounds at the entrance to the Pass of Killiecrankie has long been popular with Guide

  • The Torridon, TORRIDON

    ‘A fabulous stay.’ In a ‘wildly beautiful’ location, Rohaise and Daniel Rose-Bristow’s ‘atmospheric’ luxury hotel is at the end of a single-track road, on a

  • Tigerlily, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Behind its Georgian exterior, this stylish hotel in New Town is decorated with a sense of fun: it is filled with spirited prints, pink hues and shiny surfaces. It is on a street popular for shopping

  • Langass Lodge, LOCHEPORT , Western Isles

    Above Loch Langass, this ‘handsome’ white-painted sporting lodge, with a modern extension, is run as a small hotel by owners Niall and Amanda Leveson Gower. Guide inspectors, on a ‘happy’ stay in

  • Craigatin House and Courtyard, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    When Martin and Andrea Anderson came from London in June 2007 to this stone-built Victorian house in a wooded location, it was as paying guests. They planned to use it as a base from which to scout

  • Pool House, POOLEWE, Highland

    On the shores of Loch Ewe, this ‘quirky’ guest house has ‘all the attributes of a small boutique hotel of outstanding quality’. It returns to the Guide thanks to a positive

  • Dunvalanree in Carradale, CARRADALE, Argyll and Bute

    ‘What a great place. It has those extra touches that make a special experience; we felt really welcome.’ This year’s praise for Alan and Alyson Milstead’s restaurant-with-rooms

  • 2 Quail, DORNOCH, Highland

    Close to the cathedral and the Royal Dornoch Golf Club, golf enthusiasts Michael and Kerensa Carr run this ‘very pleasant, comfortable and quiet’ B&B in their mellow stone house.

  • Cosses Country House, BALLANTRAE, South Ayrshire

    In ‘a little hidden valley’ near the village, this low-built, whitewashed house, with a single-storey byre conversion, is run as a guest house by ‘charming’ owners Susan and Robin Crosthwaite.

  • Glenapp Castle, BALLANTRAE, South Ayrshire

    In extensive grounds overlooking Ailsa Craig, this 19th-century sandstone castle (once the seat of the Earl of Inchcape) is run as a luxury hotel (Relais & Châteaux). New owners, Paul and

  • Trafford Bank Guest House, INVERNESS

    ‘The whole experience is top quality.’ Interior designer Lorraine Pun has furnished her bay-windowed, sandstone Victorian house with an attractive mix of antique and contemporary pieces, including

  • Summer Isles, ACHILTIBUIE, Highland

    Originally a fishing inn, Terry Mackay’s ‘remote but accessible’ hotel has ‘stunning views’ across to the Summer Isles. It returns to a full entry thanks to a positive

  • Kilmeny Country House, BALLYGRANT, Argyll and Bute

    Margaret and Blair Rozga’s ‘absolutely faultless’ B&B is in a handsomely furnished 19th-century house standing in a 300-acre expanse of farmland, with ‘spectacular views’ over the Islay countryside.

  • The Creggans Inn, STRACHUR, Argyll and Bute

    Gill and Archie MacLellan’s ‘smoothly run’, ‘extremely welcoming’ hotel is liked for ‘the enjoyable food, the real ales and the fantastic lochside situation’. The white-painted inn has simply

  • Creagan House, STRATHYRE, Perth and Kinross

    ‘A delightful place to stay’, Gordon and Cherry Gunn’s restaurant-with-rooms is housed in an ‘intriguing’ building, an extended 17th-century farmhouse where the 1970s dining room is styled as if it

  • Pine Trees, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    A short walk from town, Valerie and Robert Kerr’s ‘beautiful’ Victorian hillside mansion is set in spacious grounds where roe deer and red squirrels roam amid the pine trees. ‘Warm and welcoming’

  • Hotel Hebrides, TARBERT, Argyll and Bute

    Beside the harbour, Angus and Chirsty Macleod’s modern hotel on the Isle of Harris is a convenient base for touring the Western Isles; boat trips can be arranged to St Kilda and other islands. The

  • Barley Bree, MUTHILL, Perth and Kinross

    Husband-and-wife team Alison and Fabrice Bouteloup have done ‘a wonderful job’ converting an early 19th-century coaching inn, in this conservation village (pronounced ‘Mew-thil’), to an award-winning

  • Boath House, AULDEARN, Highland

    In ‘delightful’ grounds with award-winning gardens, this pale stone Georgian mansion is run as a luxury hotel by the owners Wendy and Don Matheson; their son, Sam, is the manager. The family have

  • Highland Cottage, TOBERMORY, Argyll and Bute

    There was merely ‘a tolerable inn’ here when Dr Johnson and James Boswell stayed in 1773. Today’s visitors are more glowing in their praise for this purpose-built hotel, on a hill overlooking the

  • The Bonham, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    ‘A civilised retreat from the noise of Edinburgh at Festival time,’ say returning visitors this year, of their stay at this smart hotel. It occupies three late Victorian houses on a leafy crescent.

  • Tigh an Dochais, BROADFORD, Highland

    Built ten years ago to designs by RIBA-award-winning architects Dualchas to exploit natural light and the constantly changing views of the bay, islands and mountains, Neil Hope and Lesley Unwin’s B&B

  • East Haugh House, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    The McGown family’s friendly small hotel is in a turreted stone house set in two acres of gardens in a village near Pitlochry. Outdoorsy visitors may fish for salmon and trout on the River Tay (the

  • 94DR, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

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

  • Balcary Bay Hotel, AUCHENCAIRN, Dumfries and Galloway

    In a ‘beautiful setting’ on the Solway coast (once the haunt of smugglers), Graeme Lamb’s ‘well-maintained’ hotel is liked for the ‘tranquillity’ and

  • Busta House, BRAE, Shetland

    In a beautiful setting on the sheltered shore of Busta Voe, this characterful small hotel has parts dating back to 1588. It has a quirky layout, creaky floors, lots of stairs, an open peat fire and a

  • Cavens, KIRKBEAN, Dumfries and Galloway

    Built for tobacco merchant Richard Oswald, a British commissioner who helped to negotiate the Treaty of Paris, this mid-18th-century manor house stands in large grounds offering plenty of peace for

  • Forss House, THURSO, Highland

    The River Forss wraps itself around this ‘lovely old’ Georgian house in wooded grounds popular with anglers, and rushes over falls on its way to the sea a mile away. A crenellated trophy room built by

  • Millers64, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Two sisters with the hospitable impulse present their Victorian town house as a smart but welcoming B&B. With just two guest bedrooms, and bags of enthusiasm, Louise and Shona Clelland have plenty

  • Killoran House, DERVAIG, Argyll and Bute

    Set into a hillside, with panoramic views over Loch Cuin and the picturesque village of Dervaig on the Isle of Mull, Janette and Ian McKilligan’s purpose-built guest house is in ‘a

  • Moyness House, INVERNESS

    ‘Very handy for the town centre’, this restored B&B is in a Victorian villa on a quiet residential street. Formerly the home of Scottish Renaissance author Neil M Gunn, it has ‘comfortable’,

  • Southside Guest House, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Franco and Lynne Galgani’s welcoming B&B is in a Victorian terraced house close to the Meadows and Holyrood Park, and within easy walking distance of restaurants, pubs and shops; a bus stop is nearby.

  • The Sun Inn, DALKEITH, Midlothian

    Within easy reach of Edinburgh city centre, the Minto family’s ‘down-to-earth’ gastropub-with-rooms stands in five acres of wooded grounds close to the banks of the River Esk. The

  • Blythswood Square Hotel, GLASGOW

    ‘World-class cool.’ Occupying the former headquarters of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, this ‘imposing’ building on a ‘splendid’ garden square has been transformed into a ‘comfortable and

  • 15Glasgow, GLASGOW

    Shane and Laura McKenzie’s town house B&B, in a Victorian terrace in a peaceful location at the west end of the city, is within walking distance of many major attractions; the University of

  • Atholl Hotel, ABERDEEN, Aberdeenshire

    In a residential neighbourhood, within easy reach of the city centre, this privately owned hotel is in a dignified Victorian Gothic revival building. It has pleasing accommodation, friendly staff and

  • Greywalls, GULLANE, East Lothian

    On the edge of Muirfield golf course, with nine other fine courses nearby, this elegant hotel (Relais & Châteaux) is ideally placed for golfers. It is managed by Duncan Fraser. The crescent-shaped

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

    ‘We were delighted to find Hartfell House.’ Robert Ash’s guest house and restaurant are in a listed stone-built Victorian house, in a rural setting overlooking the surrounding hills. Traditionally

  • Loch Gorm House, BRUICHLADDICH, Argyll and Bute

    On the northern shore of Islay, Fiona Doyle’s ‘gorgeous’ stone-built house has stunning sea views over Loch Indaal and across to the island of Jura. ‘Sumptuously

  • Smiddy House, SPEAN BRIDGE, Highland

    Robert Bryson and Glen Russell’s ‘beautifully decorated’ restaurant-with-rooms is in a village on the scenic West Highland rail route. It is well situated for trips to the mountains or lochs, or for


    ‘Words cannot describe how beautiful the location is.’ In a quiet Isle of Skye hamlet half a mile from the main road, Marie and Ian Lewis run their B&B on a working croft overlooking

  • The Tongue Hotel, TONGUE

    ‘Wonderfully remote’, Lorraine and David Hook’s small hotel is in a sleepy coastal village in ‘a spectacular area’ beneath Ben Loyal; there are plenty of opportunities for bird- and otter-watching,

  • The Tormaukin Hotel, GLENDEVON, Perth and Kinross

    In peaceful Perthshire countryside, David and Lesley Morby’s refurbished 18th-century drovers’ inn has easy access to fly fishing sites and the Glendevon Reservoir Walks. Public rooms have open fires

  • Dalshian House, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    The sign board at the foot of the private drive to this 18th-century house promises ‘genuine Scottish hospitality’; recent visitors concur. ‘A lovely stay’, ‘warm, friendly’, ‘home baking’, ‘extremely

  • 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 Cameron Bruce and Lynn Jones. The hosts are ‘a delightful couple’ who provide a wealth of useful

  • The Lime Tree, FORT WILLIAM, Highland

    ‘Well designed and decorated’, this former manse near the town centre has been converted into a small hotel, restaurant and modern art gallery. David Wilson, the owner, is a visual artist; his

  • Ballathie House, KINCLAVEN, Perth and Kinross

    Approached up a long wooded drive, the Milligan family’s ‘impressive’ 19th-century house is in ‘fabulous’ grounds on the west bank of the River Tay. A ‘marvellous’ Scottish country house hotel, it has

  • 21212, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Paul Kitching and Katie O’Brien’s award-winning restaurant-with-rooms is at the end of a Georgian terrace, five minutes’ walk from the centre. Paul Kitching has a Michelin star for his creative

  • Auberge Carnish, UIG, Isle of Lewis

    On a working croft above Uig Sands on the Isle of Lewis, Richard and Jo-Ann Leparoux’s purpose-built beachside guest house has ‘stunning’ views of the sea and the white sand beach. The lounge has a

  • Auchrannie House Hotel, BRODICK, North Ayrshire

    Standing in ‘lovely’ landscaped gardens, the Johnston family’s child-friendly resort on the Isle of Arran is ‘a very special holiday experience’. Among the many diversions are three restaurants and

  • Gordon's, INVERKEILOR, Angus

    For 30 years Gordon and Maria Watson have run their restaurant-with-rooms in a converted terrace house built in the early 1800s. He is the chef, working alongside their son, Garry, who, having

  • 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

    Retired diplomat Laurence Bristow-Smith and his artist wife, Jennifer, welcome guests to their ‘interesting and very comfortable’ home, a Victorian mansion set back from the road. A

  • Grasshoppers, GLASGOW

    ‘Highly recommended: it is just like a very upmarket hostel,’ said a youthful visitor this year to Brooke Noble’s unusual hotel. It occupies the ‘penthouse’ sixth floor of the former head office of

  • Burrastow House, WALLS, Highland

    In remote ‘Waas’, overlooking Vaila Sound, and protected from the sea by a crenellated wall, this 18th-century former merchant laird’s house has been a hotel since 1980. It was much altered and

  • Sunny Brae, NAIRN, Highland

    Overlooking the green and the promenade of this seaside town, this ‘good-value’ small hotel has been extended to provide a glass-fronted lounge that enjoys ‘the panorama of the sea’. It has been run

  • Dumfries House Lodge, CUMNOCK

    ‘The highlight of our Scottish trip.’ ‘Beautifully furnished’, this 18th-century factor’s house has been turned into a ‘luxurious’ guest house with cosy

  • The Pierhouse, PORT APPIN, Argyll and Bute

    In an idyllic spot on the shores of Loch Linnhe, this ‘pretty little building’ lies at the end of a single-track road. It has spectacular views to the Isle of Lismore and the mountains beyond.

  • Caddon View, INNERLEITHEN, Scottish Borders

    In beautiful countryside on the edge of a small Borders town, this handsome Victorian house, set in mature grounds, is ideally located for walking, fishing, cycling and golf. It is run as a guest

  • The Balmoral, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Once one of the great railway hotels, this grand Victorian building in the centre of the city is today a luxury enterprise (Rocco Forte Hotels). Franck Arnold is the manager. The hotel’s clock, an

  • Brooks Hotel Edinburgh, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

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

  • Powis House, STIRLING, Stirlingshire

    Beneath the Ochil hills, this listed Georgian mansion is set in secluded nine-acre grounds of woodland and pasture. It has been carefully restored by Jane and Colin Kilgour. Bedrooms have a Georgian

  • Coll Hotel, ARINAGOUR, Argyll and Bute

    In the only village on the small Hebridean Isle of Coll, notable for its Dark Sky status, Kevin and Julie Oliphant run their small hotel with their daughter, Laura. Standing in large gardens, with

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

    In a village on the West Highland railway line, Scott Meikle and Stephanie Graham’s ‘beautifully remote hotel’ stands at the end of the road on the edge of a moorland wilderness. The absence of

  • Poppies Hotel and Restaurant, CALLANDER, Perth and Kinross

    Facing west towards the River Teith and distant hills in a ‘beautiful and accessible’ area, this modernised Victorian mansion is run as a small hotel and restaurant by the owners, John and Susan

  • Glengorm Castle, TOBERMORY, Argyll and Bute

    High on a cliff, this fairytale building with turrets and towers (completed in 1863) is peacefully situated on a 5,000-acre estate where owners Tom and Marjorie Nelson raise Highland cattle and sheep.

  • Horseshoe Restaurant, PEEBLES, Scottish Borders

    In the heart of the Scottish Borders, this sophisticated restaurant-with-rooms occupies the former inn of a tiny village a few miles north of Peebles. Mark Slaney is the manager. Comfortable

  • Cityroomz Edinburgh, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Fifteen minutes’ walk from Haymarket station, and close to all the city’s major attractions, this no-frills hotel is liked for its central location and cheerful, modern decor. Bedrooms are

  • Greystones, OBAN, Argyll and Bute

    Mark and Suzanne McPhillips run their modern B&B in this Scottish baronial mansion on a short, steep slope overlooking the bay and across to the Isle of Mull. It has been thoughtfully decorated:

  • Knockendarroch Hotel & Restaurant, PITLOCHRY, Perth and Kinross

    Experienced hoteliers Struan and Louise Lothian have created ‘a feeling of friendliness’ at this small hotel. A Victorian stone mansion with baronial entrance tower on a quiet street, it

  • The Old Library Lodge and Restaurant, ARISAIG, Highland

    ‘In a beautiful spot’ on the waterfront of the old village, this informal restaurant-with-rooms, in converted 200-year-old stables, looks across Loch nan Ceall to the Inner Hebrides. It is

  • West Loch Hotel, TARBERT, Argyll and Bute

    At the top of the Kintyre peninsula, Andrew and Rosaline Ryan run their welcoming hotel and restaurant in this white-painted 18th-century coaching inn overlooking the loch from which it takes its

  • The Rutland Hotel, EDINBURGH, Co. Edinburgh

    Steps from the top of Princes Street, this stylish, modern hotel is discreetly hidden in a 19th-century building that was once the home of Sir Joseph Lister, a pioneer of antiseptic medicine. It is

  • Victoria Square, STIRLING, Stirlingshire

    ‘We were very impressed.’ A short walk from the castle, Kari and Phillip Couser’s guest house is in a ‘lovely’ double-fronted Victorian building, on a peaceful, tree-lined square in the King’s Park

  • Hazlefield House, Auchencairn, Dumfries and Galloway

    Amid lawns and wooded grounds, Moyra and Rod Davidson’s white-painted Georgian house is peacefully located in rolling Galloway farmland, with uninterrupted views across the Solway Firth. There is ‘a

  • Bridgend Hotel, Bridgend, Argyll and Bute

    Guests like the homely atmosphere at this small hotel in a peaceful village close to most of the island’s distilleries. It is managed by Lorna McKechnie for the Islay Estates Company. Surrounded by

  • The Cross Keys, Kippen, Stirlingshire

    In a small village close to the Trossachs national park, this unpretentious 300-year-old inn attracts a lively gathering of locals, walkers, families and dogs. It is owned by Debby McGregor and Brian

  • Callater Lodge, Braemar, Aberdeenshire

    Built with local granite, this renovated Victorian shooting lodge is a caber’s toss from the centre of a town famed for its Highland Games. In the Cairngorms national park, it is ‘a good

  • The Bridge Inn at Ratho, Ratho, Midlothian

    By a bridge over the Union Canal in a village near Edinburgh, Graham and Rachel Bucknall’s ‘lively’ restaurant and pub-with-rooms has ‘an informal air’, say Guide inspectors in 2015. ‘Efficiently run

  • Applecross Inn, Applecross, Highland

    Visitors flock to this white-painted inn, in a remote location on the shores of the Applecross peninsula, for the warm welcome, the fresh seafood and the breathtaking views of the isles of Skye and

  • Muckrach Country House Hotel, Dulnain Bridge, Highland

    Surrounded by ten acres of pastureland, within the Cairngorms national park, this Victorian shooting lodge has sprung back to life after exuberant refurbishment by the Cowap family. Traditional