As we look forward to a new and improved year of travel, celebrating the best that our homeland has to offer, the Good Hotel Guide has launched its 2021 edition.
It introduces a number of new shining stars that we can’t wait to visit. From city getaways to country retreats, here are some top hotels in Scotland to visit in 2021…
On a beautiful island with its spectacular beaches and breath-taking wildlife, Coll Hotel offers a buzzing social environment and views to Mull and the Treshnish isles.
Family-owned, it has been Coll’s only hotel since the ‘60s and is a joy to behold.
Warm and welcoming but with superb attention to the details that make it feel like home, it’s dedicated to good quality local food such as creel-caught lobster and grass-fed lamb.
A Victorian Arts and Crafts shooting lodge, Arisaig House is an enchanting hotel, brimming with elegant touches such as toile de Jouy wallpaper and fresh flowers.
In an area filled with adventures and history – where you can explore the likes of the cave that sheltered Bonnie Prince Charlie on his last night on these shores – this is a magical place to lay your head, and wake to views of their beautifully kept gardens.
A deliciously remote hotel down a single-track road, Monachyle Mhor is a farmhouse turned restaurant-with-rooms.
Sophisticated and stylish, its rustic bedrooms offer comfort while details such as designer lighting and egg-shaped baths add a touch of contemporary flair.
Meanwhile, the cosy candlelit lounge and superb Scottish food, sourced from the owners’ garden, complete the experience.
A dramatically renovated coaching inn, transformed by Swiss art dealers, The Fife Arms is filled with artwork, installations and Victoriana in celebration of the area and luminaries with links to it – there’s even a Picasso in the drawing room.
Dining is just as rich and vibrant, with favourites such as birch-seared salmon or salt-baked celeriac. Then maybe treat yourself to a suite, complete with a carved oak four-poster and copper bath.
Filled with modern art, this boutique hotel in William Playfair’s palace-fronted Georgian terrace is fun, elegant and a treat to stay at. It has 16 bedrooms – equally adventurous in their design choices, with oversized headboards and a mix of contemporary and period furniture.
Meanwhile, food and drink is fun and satisfying, with waffles with berries and maple syrup at breakfast and Cointreau hot chocolate in the evening.
This baronial Victorian mansion on the shores of Loch Oich is nothing short of enchanting. In the grounds are the ruins of Invergarry Castle – said to have hosted Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden – the sense of history adds wonder to the already spectacular location.
Meanwhile, luxurious details such as four-poster beds in the rooms, loch views, spacious lounges and dinner served on silverware and fine china, give you the feeling that you yourself could be royalty.
On the banks of the Forss River and surrounded by woodland, Forss House is a favourite destination amongst fishermen, and those enjoying country pursuits such as shooting and deer-stalking, all washed down with plenty of whisky.
The country house has a traditional style inside, which adds to the warmth of the welcome. Bedrooms have high ceilings and lovely views, and foot has a reputation for excellence.
A baronial pile at the head of Loch Torridon, The Torridon is the perfect place to unwind, whether it’s wildlife-watching, mountain biking, stargazing or tucking into the feast of superb food.
Settle down by the fire in the lounges, roam the gardens and grounds, and if a formal meal isn’t what you’re after then try pub grub at the on-site Inn.
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