The West: Where to stay

Knockderry House Hotel, Cove

Situated on the banks of Loch Long, one of the most magnificent sea lochs of Scotland, this fabulous four-star country house hotel offers a truly Scottish welcome in a romantic setting.

Price: £££

Where: Knockderry House Hotel Shore Road, Cove, G84 0NX

Tel: 01436 842 283

knockderryhouse.co.uk

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Harbour House Hotel, Portpatrick

Situated on the waterfront in the picturesque harbour town of Portpatrick, the beautiful Harbour House Hotel is a great location from which to explore the region. There’s plenty to keep you entertained during your stay, from sporting activities, coastal walks, subtropical botanical gardens, or get back to basics to relax with the quintessential seaside getaway.

Price: ££

Where: Harbour House Hotel, 53 Main Street, Portpatrick, DG9 8JW

Tel: 01776 810 456

theharbourhousehotel.co.uk

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Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, Renfrewshire

This leafy, hillside park is in the perfect spot for jumping aboard a ferry and spending the day on the Isles of Arran, Cumbrae or historic Bute. But don’t stay away too long – there’s plenty more to explore on the West Coast, from castles and country estates to pretty seaside towns. Choose from a fully-equipped lodge or caravan in the lovely park, which has all the facilities you need for a luxurious home away from home, from a restaurant and swimming pool to a library. And if you have kids in tow, there’s plenty to keep them entertained, such as an outdoor adventure park, outdoor climbing wall, and kids clubs for all ages, from tots to teens. All in all, it’s the perfect staycation location for all ages. Relax and enjoy breathtaking views across the Firth of Clyde – or try out the golf courses and fishing nearby.

Price: £

Where: Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, Wemyss Bay, PA18 6BA

Tel: 0344 335 3450

parkdeanholidays.co.uk

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Loch Fyne Hotel, Inverarary

A must-see when visiting the west coast of Scotland. At the edge of the idyllic wee toon of Inveraray, with uninterrupted views of Loch Fyne and beyond to the Cowal Hills, this popular hotel sees many guests return time and time again, all down to the quality of service and the warm welcome. Attractions nearby include Inveraray Jail and Castle.

Price: ££

Where: Loch Fyne Hotel, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32 8XT

Tel: 01499 302 980

crerarhotels.com

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Whistlefield Inn, Dunoon

Delightfully situated in splendid isolation on the shores of Loch Eck, the Whistlefield is in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and the Argyll Forest Park. The traditional and cosy establishment is the ideal base for exploring the Cowal Peninsula and also Argyll’s “Secret Coast”, which includes a host of hidden gems such as Colintraive, Glendaruel, Kames, Kilfinan, Otter Ferry, Portavadie and Tighnabruaich. The coastline is located just a half-hour drive from the hotel. Back in your room, there’s a luxurious power-shower and the whole hotel has been fitted with a state-of-the-art eco friendly central heating system, so you can be rest assured your visit will be cosy and comfortable, whatever the weather.

Price: ££

Where: Whistlefield Inn, Loch Eck, Dunoon, PA23 8SG

Tel: 01369 860 440

whistlefieldinn.co.uk

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Minishant Inn, Maybole

They say the best things come in small packages, and that rings true with this little family run hotel and restaurant. From chicken stuffed with haggis to the famous Minishant steak pie, the home-cooked Scottish menu will give guests food for thought and the warm and welcoming atmosphere from the Beattie family guarantees visitors return time and again!

Price: ££

WhereThe Minishant, 28 Main Road, Maybole, KA19 8EU

Tel: 01292 442 483

www.theminishant.co.uk

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Enterkine House Hotel, Ayrshire

This excellent four-star country house hotel in the heart of Ayrshire is a real gem. And its stunning surroundings, fine dining restaurant and luxury bedrooms offer the perfect place to kick-back for a thoroughly relaxing weekend or short break. Welcoming, comfortable and cosy, Enterkine House gets top marks from its guests – especially for the cooked breakfasts!

Price: £££

Where: Enterkine House Hotel, By Ayr, Ayrshire, KA6 5AL

Tel: 01292 520 580

enterkine.com

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Tobermory Hotel

Experience a real Highland welcome at this boutique-style family-run hotel. You’ll recognise the coloured waterfront houses from children’s TV programme Balamory – but the Isle of Mull is probably a lot bigger than you realise. With 53 road miles, stunning views and scenery, there is never a moment that won’t take your breath away!

Price: ££

Where: Tobermory Hotel, 53 Main Street, Tobermory, 
Isle of Mull, PA75 6NT

Tel: 01688 302 091

thetobermoryhotel.com

(Mike Merritt) One of the largest houses in the Hebrides - currently home to just one man - has had its price slashed by more than £1m. Islay House at Bridgend on Islay is described as one of Scotland's most magnificent mansion houses and sits in 28 acres of mature grounds with a superb outlook down Loch Indaal and out to sea. The 24-bedroom Category A listed house is home to former American Navy pilot Captain Tom Friedrich, who first put it on the market for around £2.25m in 2007. But after failing to sell, Knight Frank has now marketed the property at £850,000.
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Islay House

Set in 28 acres of gardens and protected woodland overlooking Loch Indaal, Islay House possesses one of the most naturally beautiful locations in the UK. From the stunning views across the ornate lawns out to sea, and with eight globally renowned whisky distilleries nearby, there’s plenty to suit all tastes at this stunning base.

Price: £££

Where: Islay House, Bridgend, Isle of Islay, PA44 7PA

Tel: 01496 810 287

islayhouse.co.uk

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Marine Hotel, Troon

Located on the South Ayrshire coastline, a stone’s throw from Royal Troon Golf Club, this stunning
four-star hotel offers breathtaking views over to the Isle of Arran. Boasting seven spectacular courses, the quaint little town of Troon is a golfer’s paradise. Even if you’re no fan of the game, you’ll soon get into the swing of things. The hotel offers rooms with a view, not only over the links but the beach and gorgeous sunsets. It also has an on-site spa and leisure club, and the first Two Fat Ladies restaurant outside of Glasgow.

Price: ££

Where: Marine Hotel, 8 Crosbie Road, Troon, KA10 6HE

Tel: 01292 314444

themarinetroon.co.uk

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(John Amabile)

Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton

Nestled within the rolling hills of the glorious Renfrewshire countryside, Ingliston Country Club is a unique, family-run venue with something for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you choose to stay in the hotel or bed down in one of the luxury lodges in the grounds, you’re guaranteed a room with a view, overlooking the club’s equestrian centre and riding academy. Perfect for a stable tour or some pony lessons during your stay – or just watching the beautiful horses canter around the field from the comfort of Palomino’s restaurant, which serves up Scottish and Italian cuisine. The boutique hotel also has an on-site hair salon.

Price: £££

Where: Ingliston Country Club, Old Greenock Road, Bishopton, PA7 5PA

Tel: 0845 301 1010

ingliston.com

 

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