Planning your trip to Scotland? Looking for places to stay? From the perfect romantic cottage to a boutique hotel and a luxury log cabin, here are Love From Scotland’s picks of the best places to stay in Scotland.
The Quirky Scotland Accommodation: Loch Tay Boat Houses
Where? Near Kenmore, South Loch Tay, Perthshire
If you are looking for somewhere to unusual to stay in Scotland, I have just the place for you. ‘Otter’ and ‘Dipper’ are beautiful Scandinavian-style boat houses, perched on the edge of Loch Tay. Hidden down a steep road only accessible by 4x4s (don’t worry, the owners will lend you one) this is seclusion at its very best. With your own lochside beach for a candle-lit bbq and red squirrels visiting for breakfast, I promise you won’t want to leave. Read more: Loch Tay Boathouses.
The Luxury Scottish Log Cabin: Eagle Brae
Where? Struy, near Beauly, Inverness-shire
If you are looking for true luxury accommodation in the Scottish highlands, then let me introduce you to Eagle Brae, a small and exclusive village of 7 beautiful self-catering cedar log cabins. Hidden deep in Inverness-shire, close to Glen Affric, Scotland’s most beautiful glen, Eagle Brae offers incredible scenery, five-star accommodation and a genuine warmth in welcome. Look out for the resident red stag, goats and Kyla the Bernese Mountain Dog! Read more and book: Eagle Brae.
The Best Scottish B&B? Balsporran
Where? By Dalwhinnie, Cairngorms National Park
With four simple, but luxurious, guest bedrooms, Balsporran B&B welcomes its guests into an incredibly warm and stylish space in the heart of the Cairngorms. Where Balsporran excels is through its food – owner’s Geoff and Fiona offer breakfast to die for (or worthy of a Munro bagging expedition) and tasty evening meals all served communally. Fiona’s Kitchen is also open serving coffee and amazing cakes Fri-Sun 9-5pm. Read more: Balsporran B&B and book online*.
The 5-star Scotland hotel: The Torridon
Where, Torridon, North West Highlands (on the North Coast 500)
The Torridon Hotel is a luxury hotel in the most dramatic of locations. With its own herd of highland coos, the friendliest staff (ever!) and a spectacular location on the loch, the Torridon Hotel makes for a destination which invites you to check in, and not check back out. There is a gorgeous restaurant, a whisky bar with over 350 drams to try, activities including clay pigeon shooting on site, and Munros to bag in all directions. Read more: The Torridon Hotel and book online*.
The Romantic Scottish Cottage: Ardgour Estate
Where, Ardgour, by Ardnamurchan, West Scotland
Fancy staying in a beautiful croft cottage on a highland estate? With afternoon tea on arrival, a log burner crackling merrily away and complete dark skies outside for sky gazing, Cuil Moss on the Ardgour Estate comes complete with everything you need for a romantic escape – and more. Keep your eye open for red stags in the garden and wander down to the cottage’ own beach for an incredible view of Ben Nevis. Read more: Argdour Estate.
The Boutique Scotland Hotel: Mhor 84
Where? on the A84, Balqhuidder, Perthshire
Mhor 84 offers chic rooms with fabulously comfy beds perfectly located for exploring Perthshire and the Trossachs. Choose from rooms in the main hotel, or a two bedroom cottage out the back, all with Mhor 84’s retro vintage style. With a gorgeous dining room, Mhor 84 also offers up a foodie heaven of all day dishes including tasty breakfast and cakes named checked in the Michelin Guide. Read more: Mhor 84 and book online*.
The best Scottish campsite for activities: Comrie Croft
Where, by Comrie, Perthshire
With gorgeous views, quietly secluded woodland pitches, sunny camping fields, a hostel, Swedish katas, a friendly vibe, a great little cafe, mountain biking trails, as well a gold award for green tourism, it is safe to say that Comrie Croft ticks all the campsite boxes. Plus there is loads to do nearby including an animal park, watersports on Loch Tay, the Bliss arts trail, and beautiful walks. Or just put your feet up in front of the fire! Read more: Comrie Croft.
The best Scotland campsite for little (and not so little) kids: Greenhillock
Where? By Forfar, Angus
Greenhillock offers 25 pitches for tents and pre-pitched bell tents (complete with double bed) in a beautiful wildflower meadow. Onsite, the facilities are great, with a Field Kitchen for cooking in if it rains (with lots of advice on things to do on the site) and the prettiest eco-loos you’ll ever see. A haven for kids, the campsite also has an art tent, bug den, pond for dipping, and a corner for den building as well as plenty of space for kids to make up their own adventures. Read more: Greenhillock Glamping.
The Scottish Foodie Heaven: Ballintaggart Farm
Where? Near Aberfeldy, Perthshire
Fancy learning to cook whilst staying in your own luxury farmhouse steading? Ballingtaggart Farm offers cooking classes and feast suppers deep in the Perthshire countryside. Edinburgh foodies might recognise the Rowleys from Edinburgh legendary supper club Charlie and Evelyn’s Table, where residents are now served breakfast. Rachel and Chris have built something very special at Ballintaggart Farm. Read more: Ballingtaggart Farm.
the luxe holiday cottage near Edinburgh
Where? Silverburn, 10 miles south of Edinburgh
Eastside is a working free-range blackface sheep farm on the slopes of the beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park. Owners Susan and daughter Jenny run Eastside Cottages, four luxury cottages perfectly located for exploring the surrounding hills, making forages into the bright lights of nearby Edinburgh. My pic of the cottages is Westside Woodshed, a Scandinavian inspired retreat for two hidden amongst the trees. Read more: Westside Woodshed.