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SPONSORED: Scottish hotels put safety first for winter staycation guests

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In these difficult times it has never been more important to stay safe – but that doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy a relaxing, luxurious getaway this winter.

With careful thought and planning (in line with Government guidance), travelling more locally – instead of jetting off somewhere exotic – can offer all the advantages of your normal holiday.

Explore somewhere new, eat great food, enjoy fresh air – it’s all possible in Scotland.

Especially since the country’s hospitality industry has been working hard to keep guests safe. In the past couple of months, it’s been introducing new safety policies, rules and regulations in response to the pandemic.

Most hotels have now introduced Covid-safe procedures to give their guests – and staff who have now returned to work – peace of mind. From hand sanitising stations and PPE to book-in slots for gyms, there is a range of measures in place.

Here two Scottish hotels tell us more about how they’re adapting to give guests a safe and enjoyable stay.

Dunkeld House Hotel

Dunkeld House Hotel’s tranquil location and luxurious amenities make it the ideal place to escape to for a short break in the Highlands.

Situated alongside the River Tay, its 280-acre estate offers plenty of activities to help you relax. Go on a riverside walk, hike into the hills, rejuvenate with a spa treatment, take a dip in the pool or put your feet up with a good book.

The safety of guests and staff is the number one priority at the moment, so a number of extra measures are in place to ensure everyone can enjoy a wonderful experience at the hotel.

These include PPE and extra training for staff, automatic hand sanitisers throughout, more space between restaurant tables and a one-way system and protective screens at the reception.

You can still enjoy an alcoholic beverage through room service or the outdoor marquee bar, spa and beauty treatments (except facials) and the pool or gym (open with new one-hour time slots).

Flexible booking terms have been introduced for peace of mind and are available for stays before 31st March 2021. Book and check availability on 01350 727771 or

Book in or find out more about Dunkeld House Hotel’s enhanced safety measures here.

The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links

Set in the dunes of Islay, Queen of the Hebrides, The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links (a Campbell Gray Hotel) enjoys an enviable location nestled beside seven miles of pristine beach.

Famous for its numerous whisky distilleries and large populations of birds, Islay is a beautiful island with over a dozen beaches, amazing walks and cycle routes and many historical sites. From golf to kayaking, amazing fresh, local seafood to the perfect dram – Islay has it all!

And you can book a stay at The Machrie with confidence. You’ll receive the same warm welcome as always, but the hotel is complying with all Government requirements, regulations and standards (as well as adding a few of its own!). Although some things may look slightly different, the hotel’s high quality and standards will remain as always.

The Machrie is committed to making the booking experience as easy and flexible as possible, and aim to provide every guest with trust and reassurance.

That’s why you can book any fully flexible rate and check in and out whenever you want. You can also cancel or change your reservation by 6pm on the day of arrival.

Email or call 01496 302310 to find out more or make a booking.

Discover more about everything on offer at The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links here.