Best country house hotels in Scotland

With a history that goes back thousands of years and a nobility that spans the centuries, Scotland is rich in country houses, many of which have become hotels. They all showcase the warmth and hospitality of a country accustomed to hearty celebrations and bracing against the winter cold.
Forss House, Highland

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Knockinaam Lodge

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Portpatrick

Where the road ends and the Irish Sea begins, this former Victorian hunting lodge with a private cove is secluded, unapologetically traditional and rich in comforts and good food.
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Forss House

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Thurso

On the banks of the Forss River and surrounded by woodland, Forss House is a country house with traditional style. Bedrooms have high ceilings and lovely views, and foot has a reputation for excellence.
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Shieldaig Lodge

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Gairloch

This magnificent Highland retreat is set in a 26,000 acre estate and is nestled next to Shieldaig Bay. With all the warmth of its original 19th century origins, it’s all log-fires, snug lounges and an extensive whisky and gin collection.
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Cringletie House

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Peebles

‘Highly recommended for a special occasion’, this Victorian Scottish baronial hotel on a 28-acre estate combines luxury with unforced family- and dog-friendliness.
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The Green Park

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Pitlochry

Traditional as Burns Night and bannocks, the McMenemie family’s Victorian country house hotel stands in well-kept lawned gardens on the shores of Loch Faskally.
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Rufflets

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St Andrews

'Nothing seems too much trouble' at this turreted 1920s mansion, one of Scotland’s first country house hotels, which has been owned by the same family for 70 years.
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Knockderry House Hotel

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Helensburgh

‘Scottish baronial at its best: all towers and turrets’, Beth and Murdo Macleod’s ‘very well-organised’, dog-friendly hotel stands in manicured lawns by the shores of Loch Long.
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Links House

Links House

At once grand and intimate, this sumptuously refurbished hotel overlooking the green at the Royal Dornoch Golf Club has a relaxed, country house feel. The sandy beach is within a five-minute stroll, and diversions (fishing expeditions, whisky tours, etc) are many.
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Glencoe House

Glencoe House

Glencoe

Overlooking Loch Leven and the Pap of Glencoe, a baronial edifice with luxurious suites, some in the main mansion; others, in a characterful building close by, have a sitting room with a wood burning stove, a fully stocked kitchen with Aga-oven, and a restful bedroom upstairs. Savour stunning views of mountains or loch, and in the evening, the option of a seasonally-inspired, candle-lit five-course dinner, served in the room.
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Fairytale castles and historic country house hotels in Scotland

Surrounded by mountainous vistas and dramatic coastlines, these spectacular Scottish locations are a haven for wildlife and perfect for walkers and hikers and combine their sometimes eccentric and sometimes lavish style with superb food sourced from the surrounding area.

Fish on the lochs or sail into the deep blue yonder at the likes of Toravaig House, where the owners have two yachts that can be used in fairer weather. There must have been a moment in time when Scotland had an army of barons for the number of mansions they appear to have acquired over the years, many of which enjoy historic design features such as turrets and crow-stepped gables which give a real sense of being in a fairytale castle.

Scotland’s country house hotels are of a uniquely different style to those common in England. Where England has a number of refined, Georgian country house estates, Scotland’s idea of aristocracy has a rather more dramatic impact, in many cases the age of the buildings really is breathtaking.

That said, it’s not short of its Regency offerings, the likes of Boath House is a delightful and luxurious experience designed by architect Archibald Simpson, while Prestonfield in Edinburgh gives another aspect entirely. Next to Royal Holyrood Park, this city based hotel has been described enticingly as ‘an orgy for the senses.’

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Last updated: December 01, 2022