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10 of the top hotels for a New Year break in Scotland, as chosen by The Good Hotel Guide

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DANCE the night away under fireworks and stars in picturesque Scottish villages, take part in a traditional Scottish Ceilidh, or party hard in the city before recovering with a breakfast for luxury loving champions…

Here, the Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of the top hotels for New Year in Scotland.

Blackaddie House, Sanquhar

This beautiful restaurant with rooms with spectacular scenery is offering a civilised Hogmanay seasonal break in good company to see in the New Year. Enjoy three nights’ accommodation complete with afternoon tea on arrival, a pre-dinner welcome reception, two four-course dinners, a Champagne reception, an eight course dinner, a New Years’ Day brunch, another afternoon tea and of course, a good old fashioned whisky tasting.


Loch Melfort Hotel, Arduaine

A country house hotel in a peaceful bay on the Argyll coast. For a magical way to see in 2019, head to Loch Melfort Hotel where you’re invited for three days of cocktails and canapés.  Log fires, plenty of tartan and traditional Scottish music performed by talented local musicians make for the chance to dance a reel or two before welcoming in the New Year with the traditional black bun and a wee dram. The break includes a four-course dinner, a seven-course Hogmanay banquet and the hotel’s signature seafood buffet.

The Manor House, Oban

A four star hotel and restaurant fusing Georgian style and views of Oban Harbour, The Manor House was once the home of the Duke of Argyll, back in 1780. An award-winning dining experience, it has daily changing menus and offers a truly exclusive experience.  A peaceful way to see in the New Year, choose from sea or garden views, and bring the dog with you for a bracing walk on New Year’s Day.

Riverwood, Strathay

In a scenic location on the River Tay, Riverwood is surrounded by four acres of woodland and gardens. A haven for relaxation where you can while away the day brown trout fly fishing or playing golf at Strathay Golf Club, it is surrounded by a conservation village and offers contemporary style peppered with arts and crafts. It’s an enchanting way to start 2019.

The Allanton Inn, Berwickshire

This 18th century coaching inn on the Scottish Borders offers informal dining, fresh cut flowers, a log fire and warm hospitality at any time of the year. For Hogmanay however, they have updated their menu to suit the season. It starts with a glass of Prosecco, and comes with regional favourites from smoked salmon and haggis to Bucks Fizz sorbet and cheese platters.

The Rutland Hotel, Edinburgh

Once the home of medical pioneer Sir Joseph Lister, The Rutland Hotel sits pride of place in the centre of Edinburgh. A seductive environment of bold patterns and ornate mirrors, it’s a masterful lesson in contemporary design and is perfect for couples looking for a romantic way to see in the New Year in style.

The Bridge Inn at Ratho, Ratho

Standing next to an 18th century stone bridge with views across the canal, this lively pub with rooms offers an informal fusion of Scottish ales, log fires, haggis, tattle scones and Canadian breakfasts. For New Year, they go all out with a gala complete with a seven-course tasting menu, plenty of fizz and a haggis welcome.

The Pierhouse, Port Appin

This restaurant with rooms sits in the quiet village of Port Appin. Awarded the Good Hotel Guide’s Eco Friendly Hotel award in 2018, it’s well known for seafood and romance. A hidden gem, it’s a treasure trove where Hogmanay is celebrated in style with beautiful dinners, a traditional West Coast ceilidh dance, hot chocolate, winter walks surrounded by the snow capped peaks of Ben Nevis, and a resounding rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

Culdearn House, Grantown on Spey

This four star bed and breakfast has a reputation for excellence – a country house with warm and welcoming interiors and a spectacular location. It’s all about home baking, and warm hospitality.   For New Year the owners invite you to enjoy canapés, a four course dinner, plenty of Champagne and the street party held in the Square here of Grantown on Spey. Scottish dancing, Scottish Ceilidh bands and an attempt to form the biggest reel to enter the Guinness Book of Records will end with a firework display to celebrate the start of 2019.

Grasshoppers, Glasgow

This unique, contemporary hotel with Scandinavian style interiors combines laid back luxury with a resounding sense of hygge. For New Year, this central hotel is well placed to enjoy the city’s festivities, perfect for cocktails and partying late into the night before starting the New Year with the hotel’s highly prized Kedgeree breakfast.