Scotland will always provide magical contrasts, whether it is dramatic west coast sunsets, mist enshrouded lochs, walking back in history to the time of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile or the enchanting artistic history at the National Gallery.
Scots embrace the differences they have from England: an intricate and rugged coastline with extremely mountainous land dotted with wild heather, exotic moorlands, and pine forests amid quality pasturelands.
They are extremely proud of their historic customs, Gaelic language, and the law and education that makes this section of Great Britain unique. Renowned for their warm, generous hospitality, Scots also delight visitors with their use of self-deprecating humour.
Luxury Hotels in Scotland
Wonderful, five star places to stay vary greatly in the atmosphere they provide their guests.
The Old Course Hotel borders the 17th hole of St. Andrews golf course. Views overlook these ancient links, West Sands beach, and the exquisite, rugged Scottish coastline. Cuisine ranges from the informal Sands Grill specialising in seafood and steak to The Road Hole Restaurant (3AA rosettes) which provides the highest quality gourmet meals. A traditional pub, The Jigger Inn, serves home-cooked food and The Duke’s Bar & Grill’s traditional Scottish golfers’ menu fills out the food varieties. The Hotel’s “Kohler Waters Spa” receives an excellent rating in UK Spas. Its amenities include a hydrotherapy pool, plunge pool, Japanese steam room, a 20-metre indoor swimming pool with a waterfall, a fitness suite, a rooftop hot tub, and a light therapy sauna. Executive boardrooms, an elegant ballroom, and available user-friendly technology make this the perfect choice for business as well as holiday travellers.
The Hoscot Estate provides a unique hotel experience with fantastic views of open countryside. The Estate encompasses 450 acres in the Scottish Boarders region. Hoscote House was built in 1858 and accommodates up to 20 guests comfortably. Three cottages and an apartment make space for an addition 20 people. Both the Estate and area surrounding it provide the perfect setting for Scottish weddings, house parties, corporate events, and sporting weekends. Hoscote caters to intimate weddings or grand events utilizing the entire property. A local ceilidh band will provide a true Scottish touch to the nuptial event.
Knockinaam Lodge gives travellers a dramatic change of scene, but not quality. At the southern end of a remote country landscape lies one of the finest small hotels in Scotland. Exuding charm and character, the Lodge features scenic, historical and cultural diversity. Knockinaam Lodge evokes peace, calm and quiet despite its dramatic surroundings. It has maintained the personality, character, and many artefacts from its bygone era.
Except for the soothing sound of the waves, guests can literally hear the silence. Still considered a Scottish secret, visitors return for unspoilt game fishing in the local rivers and lochs. Golfers enjoy Stranraer or nearby Portpatrick, Glenluce or Turnberry. Conservation centres, wildlife reserves and animal sanctuaries contain a wide variety of animal, sea, bird, and plant life for individual discovery.
Activities available include pony trekking on the Solway beaches, exploration walks in Galloway Forest Park, and a swimming and leisure centre at nearby Stranraer.