Crofts, Castles and Log Cabins - Places to Stay in Scotland

There’s an extraordinary variety of places to stay in Scotland. Whether you fancy the contemporary comforts of a luxury hotel, a brush with history in an ancient Scottish castle, or a chance to get close to nature in a forest cabin, you’ll be able to indulge your tastes. Golfers will be pleased to hear that there’s plenty of accommodation close to Scotland’s pristine golf courses, while those who fancy getting married in the Highlands have plenty of picturesque options. And if you’re on a budget, you could go always go camping – though that’s a summer option we suggest, given Scotland’s less than tropical climate.

Exclusive Five Star Escapes

Probably the most famous places to stay in Scotland are its exclusive hotels and retreats. Gleneagles (Auchterarder, 01764 662231), for example, the exclusive golfing resort set in the rolling Perthshire countryside; Cameron House (0845 3752808) on the banks of Loch Lomond; and the Old Course Hotel (01334 474371) which overlooks the hallowed greens of the golf course at St Andrews. Skibo Castle, where Madonna married Guy Ritchie, is now a private members hotel – so if you want to stay there – find a friend who’s a member.

There are plenty more wonderfully luxurious places to stay in Scotland. They may be slightly less famous than the big names above, but they still offer comforts like four poster beds, fine food and great service. Well worth checking out are Hotel du Vin’s One Devonshire Gardens (0141 339 2001) in Glasgow; the Balmoral Hotel (0131 556 2414) in Edinburgh, and the Roxburgh Country House Hotel (01573 450331) which is on the outskirts of Kelso in the Scottish borders. There are plenty more – we’ll be posting information about them here, at, so keep checking our pages.

Stay In Eisenhower’s Apartment

Self catering is an excellent option if you’re planning to base yourself in one area and take day trips. And these days it doesn’t mean a crummy cottage with dodgy heating. There are some superb self-catering places to stay in Scotland. Perhaps the most exclusive is the Eisenhower apartment at Culzean Castle in Ayrshire. It’s one of many stunning properties owned by the National Trust for Scotland. President Eisenhower stayed here several times. Catering is provided at Culzean Castle, but at other National Trust for Scotland properties – which include a traditional crofter’s cottage and a number of sea-swept lighthouses – you cook for yourself. Other self-catering Scottish places to stay included a stunning stone pineapple – a folly not far from Stirling - and a Victorian country lodge in the wilds of Galloway, perhaps the best place for star-gazing in the UK. Both these properties are bookable from the Landmark Trust. There are some serviced apartments in cities like Aberdeen too – ideal for the business traveller, as well as some charming cabins set in quiet corners of Forestry Commission estates in central Scotland and Argyll.

Scottish Bed and Breakfast

If you like the idea of getting to meet local people on your culinary tour, then some of the best places to stay in Scotland are friendly bed and breakfasts. You’ll find B&Bs everywhere from Edinburgh to the Shetland Isles, in working farms and elegant townhouses, and these days most of them offer en-suite bathrooms as well as a hearty Scottish breakfast in the morning: porridge with a generous dash of whisky is often on the menu. There are some surprises to be had too, like Tigh an Dochais (01471 820022), the stunningly contemporary B&B we found on the island of Skye (you really will want to write home about the views), and the luxury B&Bs in historic Scottish castles and stately homes, which you can book through Wolsey Lodges

Highland Flings

If you’re keen to get married on the shores of a loch or surrounded by mountains, then there are lots of romantic places to stay in Scotland. As you’d expect, the luxury hotels like Gleneagles are well set up to host weddings. But you may not know that there are also a number of stunning houses and castles that you can book for exclusive use for your wedding – in some cases they’ll offer packages that include the ceremony, the reception and accommodation (obviously depending on numbers). Greywalls (01620 842144), a Lutyens designed country house in East Lothian, and Lennoxlove House (01620 828614) an historic stately home in the Borders, are just two that are worth considering.

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