Looking for fabulous places to stay in Scotland to get away from it all?
From romantic cottages to luxury log cabins, boutique hotels to campsites here is Love From Scotland’s picks of the best places to stay in Scotland. Looking to plan the perfect Scotland staycation? We’ve tried and tested all of them so you are guaranteed a great choice of places to stay in Scotland.
The luxury log cabin in the woods: 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 genuine warmth in welcome. Look out for the resident red stag, goats and a Bernese Mountain Dog!
The wellness retreat – Birdwatcher’s Cabin
Where: Loch Fleet, Golspie
The North Coast 500 might be right outside your door, but hidden on its own beach, the silence at Birdwatcher’s Cabin is only interrupted by the whistling cry of an osprey taking flight over Loch Fleet’s endless stretch of sand dunes, mudflats, and 100-year-old Scots pinewoods. Massages are available in the cabin, along with luxury foodie packages and nearby visit the fairy tale, Dunrobin Castle, to explore the gardens and watch the daily falconry displays. Visit the waterfalls at the Big Burn, and if you are feeling energetic there are mountain bike trails on Ben Bhraggie – or you could climb to the top for a view!
The boathouse hideaway – 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.
The Bed & Breakfast in the Cairngorms: 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.
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.
Log cabin with a hot tub with a view: The Hideaway Experience
Where? 10 minutes north of Dundee
Just 15-minutes outside the arty-cool city of Dundee and set in the rolling fields of a 650-acre barley, coo & sheep farm in the Sidlaw Hills are four luxury cabins, just for couples. With views across seemingly endless barley fields, choose between one of three ultra-modern lodges, the Dreamers, the Honeymooners, or the Lovers, or the cute and cosy (and dog-friendly) the Romantics cottage and settle into your own tiny piece of rural heaven. Each lodge has a hot tub – perfect for stargazing.
Read more: The Hideaway Experience
The foodie feast: The Fairmont St Andrews
Where? Overlooking St Andrews, Fife
Offering up two golf courses, a spa and six restaurants, The Fairmont St Andrews is something a little special. Perched up above St Andrews’ Bay, the Fairmont St Andrews was fully refurbished in 2017 with a warm, sleek, and masculine mid-century modern American style. The Fairmont St Andrews’ International Brunch takes place on the first Sunday of every month – it is unlike any buffet you will ever experience anywhere else. Check-in for (probably) Scotland’s best brunch.
Read more: The Fairmont St Andrews
The luxury spa hotel Scotland – Portavadie
Where? Loch Fyne, Argyll
On the banks of beautiful Loch Fyne on Scotland’s remote Cowal Peninsula sits Portavadie, a marina resort with a quite unbelievable view. Wind your way along the west coast sea lochs to Argyll’s ‘Secret Coast’ and check into Portavadie. Opened in 2010, Portavadie offers up a hotel and apartment complex all set around a 260-berth yachting marina. Choose from luxury townhouses complete with saunas, lodge-style hotel rooms, cute family cottages or two couples retreats. With two restaurants and a cafe on site and a £10m spa and leisure complex with utterly incredible views, you could arrive at Portavadie and never want to leave.
The Hotel on Loch Lomond – The Lodge on Loch Lomond
Where: By Luss, Loch Lomond
Located just 30 minutes from the centre of Glasgow, the Lodge on Loch Lomond has an enviable position on the banks on the loch. Checking in you can choose between the hotel’s stylish ‘Munros’ and ‘Corbett’ rooms which overlook the loch from Douglas Fir balconies and have their own saunas or selection of suites, including the Carter Suite (named after the US president who stayed here) and the gorgeous new Travis Suite. The original loch building contains the hotel’s AA rosette restaurant – a split-level space, with huge fires, comfy chairs, all designed to get you comfortable in front of the view.
The best 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!
The cook school: 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 luxury holiday cottage in Scotland: Westside Woodshed
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.
The fashionable staycation in Scotland: Lochinshelloch Cottage
Where? Cawdor Estate, near Nairn
In the Highlands of Scotland, 12 miles from Inverness, and home to a castle dubiously connected to Shakespeare’s Scottish Play, Lochinshelloch Cottage on the Cawdor Estate is a remote rural hideaway really worth discovering. Make yourself at home on a 42-thousand acre, 700-year old Scottish Highlands estate surrounded by redwoods, roe deer and rambling paths which lead to you a rather nice country pub. If you can bear to share, Lochinshelloch Cottage sleeps six.
The restaurant with rooms: The Three Chimneys and House Over By
Where? Loch Dunvegan Isle of Skye
With a six-hour drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow and three hours to the closest airport, you need to make an effort for your dinner at The Three Chimneys. However, on arrival at this string of tiny whitewashed croft cottages perched on the banks of Loch Dunvegan, your efforts are seriously rewarded. You truly have reached somewhere quite special. Suites in the House Over By have views over the loch, Scandinavian shabby chic style and a bathroom large enough to live in – and the 2018 UK restaurant of the year was just across the way…
The idyllic hut in the woods: Lazy Duck
Where? Nethy Bridge, the Cairngorms
If you dream retreating to a tiny log cabin in the woods, then I have the perfect spot for you. With an 8-bed hostel, a beautifully quiet 4-pitch campsite and three romantic eco huts, the Lazy Duck is a little piece of off-grid heaven. Check into the Woodman’s Hut, a tiny house for two made out of a 260-year-old Scots Pine, recycled from where it fell. With a little house on the prairie interior, complete with cabin bed (at a height perfect for viewing the hills), a skylight for stargazing at night, and two old, overstuffed armchairs in front of the fire – it instantly transports you back to a much simpler time.
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Coastal glamping: Catchpenny Safari Lodges
Where? East Neuk of Fife
Perched on the coast between Elie and St Monans is Catchpenny Safari Lodges – 8 luxury glamping tents. Sleeping up to six in three bedrooms (a double, a twin and a rather cute cabin bed) and decorated in a ‘safari meets luxury Scotland ‘style, The safari tents have everything you would wish for – including a nifty wood-burning oven which also doubles up as your heater. Sit out on your deck, light your fire pit and watch the sun go down over Elie Lighthouse and the Lady’s Tower… it’s glamping perfection! Read more: Catchpenny Safari Lodges.