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Walking hotels in Scotland

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The Airds Hotel

The Airds Hotel - Three Night Special Break

Port Appin

Take a breathtaking drive through Glencoe to this former ferry inn (Relais & Châteaux) on Loch Linnhe, with the Morvern mountains beyond.
  • gourmet
  • view
  • activities
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Knockinaam Lodge

Knockinaam Lodge - Garden Breaks

Portpatrick

Sheltered by a horseshoe of wooded hills, and edged by a private beach on the coast of the Rhinns of Galloway, Sian and David Ibbotson’s 19th-century former hunting lodge is a popular choice for special occasions.
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • view
  • historic
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
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Culdearn House

Culdearn House - Autumn Break Special Offer

Grantown-on-Spey

‘Probably the best small hotel we’ve visited,’ a guest says this year. Next to woodland, William and Sonia Marshall’s Victorian country hotel is ‘a well-run and caring operation’.
From £75.00 per night
  • country_house
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
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Glenfinnan House Hotel

Glenfinnan House Hotel - Three nights for Two Special Offer

Glenfinnan

There’s a touch of magic and romance on the ‘idyllic’ shores of Loch Shiel, where stands the MacFarlane family’s ‘lovely, traditional’ hotel.
From £140 per night
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Pool House

Pool House - 20% discount offer

Poolewe

Time for something completely different? On the shores of Loch Ewe, this ‘quirky’ guest house is run by two generations of the ‘charming’ Harrison family; it is filled with two generations of character and whimsy.
From £225 per night
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • view
  • historic
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • guest_house
10% discount voucher
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Trigony House

Trigony House - Three Night Special Offer

Thornhill

The ‘beautiful, rolling hills and farmland’ surrounding Jan and Adam Moore’s hotel are just the thing to set tails wagging.
From £120 per night
  • view
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
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Blackaddie House

Blackaddie House - Three for Two Special Offer

Sanquhar

‘Lovely, warm and welcoming’, Ian and Jane McAndrew’s restaurant-with-rooms, in a ‘beautiful’ 16th-century stone-built manse, is ‘well worth a detour for the food alone’.
From £120.00 per night
  • gourmet
  • view
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
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Douneside House

Douneside House - Culinary Experience

Tarland

On the MacRobert estate in the heart of Royal Deeside, this crenellated country house with turrets and a tower re-opened as a luxury hotel and leisure club following extensive renovation in 2016.
From £130 per night
  • tennis
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • wifi
  • parking
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Balcary Bay Hotel

Balcary Bay Hotel

Auchencairn

‘Graeme Lamb’s beautiful hotel is one of our favourites,’ writes a Guide reader this year, of this ‘peaceful, well-maintained’ place in an ‘idyllic’ setting by the water.
From £77 per night
  • view
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • disabled
  • wifi
10% discount voucher
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The Colonsay

The Colonsay

Colonsay

Carefree informality and an unpretentious ambience reign at this white-painted 18th-century inn, minutes up a single-track road from the ferry.
From £75 per night
  • seaside
  • view
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Argyll Hotel

Argyll Hotel

Iona

On this ‘very special’ island off the Isle of Mull, ‘charming’ owners Wendy and Rob MacManaway create a homely, relaxing atmosphere at their ‘informal’ 19th-century former crofter’s cottage, its lawns tumbling down to the rocky shoreline.
From £67 per night
  • seaside
  • view
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Ardanaiseig

Ardanaiseig

Kilchrenan

The scene is pure theatre: the Scottish baronial mansion, built in 1834, with turrets, chimneys and crow-stepped gables, stands against a backdrop of Loch Awe. Inside, owner Bennie Gray, an antiques dealer, has filled the place with ‘eccentricity’ and ‘a pleasingly old-fashioned air of country house grandeur’.
From £217 per night
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • view
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Killiecrankie Hotel

Killiecrankie Hotel

Killiecrankie

‘There is a wonderful balance of hospitality and efficiency at this long-established hotel,’ say regular Guide correspondents, of Henrietta Fergusson’s much-liked 19th-century dower house, at the entrance to the beautiful, wooded Pass of Killiecrankie.
From £200 per night
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Viewfield House

Viewfield House

Portree

Soak in the house-party atmosphere at the Macdonald family’s country pile, a ‘fabulous’ house standing peacefully in acres of mature wooded gardens, with views of Portree Bay.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • guest_house
  • parking
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Foveran

Foveran

St Ola

A passion for all things Orcadian is evident in this award-winning restaurant-with-rooms overlooking Scapa Flow. From the art and craft pieces on display in the fire-warmed lounge, to the stone-ground beremeal flour in the home-baked bere bunno loaf, local wins the day.
From £57.00 per night
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
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Kilcamb Lodge

Kilcamb Lodge

Strontian

‘Hurray! This is how a good hotel should be,’ crow Guide inspectors in 2016. ‘You immediately feel, as you walk in the door, that they’re keen to make you feel at home.’
From £150 per night
  • view
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Tiroran House

Tiroran House

Tiroran

The surroundings are vast: well-kept lawns lead to thick woodland; there are waterfalls, a tumbling burn, an old Victorian trout pond and a private beach. Inside this pretty Victorian hunting lodge, however, things shrink down to a human scale, as hosts Laurence and Katie Mackay create a ‘house- party atmosphere’.
From £175 per night
  • view
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Scarista House

Scarista House

Scarista

In a ‘remarkable’ setting on the remote west coast of Harris, this ‘peaceful’ whitewashed manse soothes frazzled souls with the ‘wonderfully laid-back, professional’ hospitality within.
From £235 per night
  • romantic
  • view
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
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Burrastow House

Burrastow House

Walls

Watch the Arctic terns tumble above Wester Sound in this ‘beautiful, peaceful, unusual’ spot, where Pierre Dupont runs a laid-back hotel in his 18th-century house.
From £60 per night
  • view
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
  • guest_house
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Coul House

Coul House

Contin

A long drive on a single-track country road leads to this Georgian house built for a baronet, today an ‘outstanding’ traditional hotel owned by Stuart and Susannah Macpherson.
From £75 per night
  • view
  • activities
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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The Manor House

The Manor House

Oban

There are ‘dramatic’ views of the ferries on Oban bay from Leslie and Margaret Crane’s ‘excellent’ hotel, to be sure, but there’s much interest within the Georgian stone mansion as well, say guests this year.
  • view
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
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The Cross at Kingussie

The Cross at Kingussie

Kingussie

In an ‘interesting’ spot in Scotland, ‘very friendly’ hosts Celia and Derek Kitchingman run their ‘lively’ restaurant-with-rooms in a former tweed mill on the banks of the River Gynack.
From £100 per night
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
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Kylesku Hotel

Kylesku Hotel

Kylesku

‘Absolutely charming’ owners, ‘wonderful’ food and an atmosphere of ‘informal warmth’ draw fans to this well-loved hotel in ‘one of the wildest and most beautiful locations’.
From £105 per night
  • gourmet
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled
  • wifi
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Cosses Country House

Cosses Country House

Ballantrae

From the watercolour paintings and home-made fruitcake to the woodland and garden dotted with ‘daffodils everywhere’, countryside charisma fills this gracious guest house on the edge of Crailoch Burn.
From £55 per night
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • guest_house
  • parking
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The Albannach

The Albannach

Lochinver

Come hungry. Overlooking Lochinver Bay, this modest restaurant-with-rooms is owned and run by self-taught chefs/patrons Lesley Crosfield and Colin Craig, who hold a Michelin star for their modern Scottish cooking.
  • gourmet
  • view
  • walking
  • wifi

Dog friendly hotels and hearty food for walking holidays in Scotland

There are few places as dramatic and diversely picturesque as Scotland’s countryside, making it a gift for walking holidays, whichever part you choose to visit.  Rolling hills and moorland, gentle valleys and iconic historic locations to explore, make the Scottish Borders the perfect place for a romantic getaway, while the scenic Highlands see some spectacular hotels nestled amongst the majestic curves of the earth and glistening lochs.

Places such as The Airds Hotel on Loch Linnhe, with the Morvern mountains beyond, prove to not only have wonderful walking possibilities, but also excellent gastronomy as well, attracting foodies from around the country.  Alternatively, the Pool House is amongst Scotland’s historic hotels with 300 years of stories to tell and pursuits such a playing the piano or selecting novels from the library juxtaposed with adventures rock climbing or mountaineering in the highland landscape.

A haven for dog walkers looking to stretch the legs of tireless pets, or whiskey connoisseurs in search for something to set the palette a tingling, Scotland is also an endless treasure trove of unique hotel locations such as The Colonsay, accessed  by short wander up a single track road from the ferry on the Isle of Colonsay where you’re greeted by an unpretentious and informal inn with a buzzy bar populated with locally brewed island beer and malt whiskies.  There’s even the odd music evening to add extra fuel to the log fires.

The coastal walks in Scotland really are something of literary proportions as well – take the remote west side of Shetland where Burrastow House resides for example.  Here you can watch the Arctic terns tumble above the Wester Sound – few things can match such a natural spectacle.