The Grand Hotel of the Scottish Highlands Inverlochy Castle is reflected in its own loch, and backed by Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The grandeur of this much-awarded historic hotel, with its fine dining restaurant, only adds to the beauty of its dramatic landscape. Queen Victoria, who used the Castle as an escape from running the British Empire, said she “never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot”.
Today’s guest receives an equally royal welcome in the Great Hall, and spends their days walking, relaxing with a matchless selection of limited-release whiskies, or enjoying the fabulous cuisine. It is also the greatest of all bases from which to explore the Highlands.
Less than an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow International airports, yet in a different world, Cromlix sits in 34 acres of private woodland. It has its own loch with sweeping views towards the Perthshire countryside. A restaurant blending French cuisine and Scottish ingredients, run by the legendary Albert Roux. It also boasts a tennis court in the Wimbledon colours, to celebrate the owner's victory in the men's singles in 2013.
A historic house completely transformed by Andy Murray and ICMI and reopened in 2014, Cromlix is a good base for a tour of central Scotland and the Highlands, or for golfers wanting to play at nearby Gleneagles, or for those who just want to chill out and enjoy the peace, the terrace, the Scottish afternoon tea, and the gardens.
Crossbasket Castle is the best of both worlds. It’s a traditional Scottish luxury hotel nestled in a forest, with a river rushing through its grounds, and décor to suit any Laird of the Manor. It is a perfect wedding and conference venue just 15 minutes drive from the centre of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and 35 minutes from Glasgow International Airport.
Opened in May 2016 as a nine-bedroom luxury hotel, Crossbasket Castle also features the ‘Albert and Michel Roux Jnr at Crossbasket Castle’ restaurant, offering high-end fine dining and the very best of Scottish produce.
Unimaginably beautiful hotel and spa resort on a private island off the West Coast of Scotland
Mountains, islands, lochs, inlets, wilderness: the view from Eriska has it all. This gourmet luxury and spa resort is on its own island, off the west coast of Scotland. You could be at the ends of the earth; yet Eriska is less than two hours by private transfer from Glasgow International Airport. As well as a fine dining restaurant famed for its local ingredients, there is an ESPA spa and 17-metre indoor pool, golf course with driving range, and a variety of accommodation with fabulous views.
A short drive from the historic delights of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Greywalls sits on the edge of the dramatic Firth of Forth sea inlet and beside the world-renowned Muirfield golf course – and a short journey from several other championship courses. Designed by the celebrated Edwardian architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, Greywalls is one of the most notable pieces of architecture in the country, replete with manicured gardens and a close-up view of Muirfield’s fairways.
Master chef Albert Roux oversees the Chez Roux restaurant, which is a destination in itself for Edinburgh’s cognoscenti. The ambience at Greywalls is of a distinguished, sophisticated but relaxed hotel where golf’s elite gather to play, plan, and discuss the day’s excitement.
Luxury urban retreat in the capital of the Highlands, Rocpool Reserve is two completely different hotels in one. On the one hand, it is a decadently stylish urban retreat on the edge of Inverness, where you can sip cocktails in the contemporary-chic bar and dine at the Chez Roux restaurant, and relax in your on-balcony hot tub.
On the other, it is the perfect touring base, situated in the capital of the Highlands, and equally accessible to the whisky country of Speyside, the dramatic national park around Aviemore, and Loch Ness and its many attractions.