A stay in a luxury Scottish bed and breakfast can be a highlight of your Scottish break. In fact, there’s one to suit every kind of traveller from foodies to nature lovers; golfers to whisky aficionados; loved-up couples and young families. Take your pick from a variety of properties that will make your stay extra special. Have you enjoyed a luxurious stay at a bed and breakfast in Scotland? Share your recommendations in the iKnow Scotland Community.
Location: Inverness, Highlands
Best for: Couples and honeymooners
Come home to the modern and beautifully appointed Daviot Lodge after touring the romantic Scottish Highlands. Boasting high ceilings and picture-postcard views of the undulating countryside, guests have a choice of four en-suite bedrooms including one with a four-poster bed – perfect for newlyweds or those looking to spend a romantic break. Wake up to a breakfast of gourmet coffee and fresh fruit, Scottish porridge and produce from award-winning local farms and butchers, before exploring the region.
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Arden Country House
Location: Linlithgow, near Edinburgh
Best for: Outlander fans
Arden Country House is perfectly situated as base for exploring some of the incredible castles and estates which feature in the TV phenomenon Outlander. Located on the cusp of the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow, guests can take an easy jaunt to the magnificent Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots; Culross and Falkland palaces, Hopetoun House, and the castles of Midhope, Blackness and Doune. Upon your return, luxuriate in the plush bedrooms of this award-winning establishment, with views of rolling farmlands which turn purple with heather in the summer, stretching as far as The Ochil Hills.
Auld Post Office Bed and Breakfast
Location: Near Thurso, Highlands
Best for: Gin enthusiasts
Enjoy a traditional Scottish breakfast – and gin! – at this beautifully restored cottage and annexe, a former post office nestled in the serene countryside of the northern Highlands, just off the A9. It’s a great pit-stop for those exploring the North Coast 500 or as a comfortable base from which to explore the wider region. As well as priding itself on serving fresh local produce and eggs laid by the B&B’s free-roaming hens, The Auld Post Office also offers a unique Gin Tasting Evening in its dedicated tasting room. With over 100 varieties of Scottish gin on offer, nose and taste an incredible array of delicious flavours, garnished with herbs fresh from the garden.
Location: Aberfeldy, Perthshire
Best for: Fine dining
After a lunch at Thyme Bistro savouring the finest local and homemade produce Highland Perthshire has to offer, why not spend a night or two relaxing in one of the five beautiful en-suite guest rooms of Errichel House? In addition to boasting its own acclaimed restaurant which serves tantalising dishes prepared from ingredients grown and reared on a private farm, Errichel also rustles up a hearty breakfast in its stunning roundhouse with breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery. There’s also Thyme Deli where you can stock up on a fine selection of cheeses, Errichel’s award-winning homemade jams and preserves, its farm-reared beef, and ready meals so you can recreate the Errichel experience at home.
Location: Pitlochry, Perthshire
Best for: Golfers
The coral-hued Torrdarach House is the ideal base for keen golfers looking to play some of the finest golf courses in Scotland. Set up by a former PGA golfer who now serves as the in-house golf instructor, the period house offers comfortable bedrooms, an award-winning breakfast served in an atrium-like dining room overlooking a lush garden, personal storage lockers, drying facilities, and a cosy lounge with an open fire and a fine selection of local whiskies, wines and Cairngorm Brewery beers. In short, it has everything you could possibly need during a golfing break.
Location: Oban, Argyll & The Isles
Best for: Eco-conscious travellers
Ardtorna has won an array of awards including an AA 5 Star Gold and it’s clear why. Every detail of this bold and contemporary building with its simple but lavish interior has been carefully considered, from the delicious scones served straight from the oven to new guests to complimentary Molton Brown toiletries. Every effort is also made to ensure the business is as sustainable as possible. Almost all the produce served at breakfast is sourced locally while eco-cleaning products and energy efficient lightbulbs keep things sparkling and bright. An eco-friendly ground source heat pump keeps the building and its plumbing toasty, while heat is even recycled from the laundry facilities.
Ayr’s and Graces Luxury Bed & Breakfast
Location: Ayr, South Ayrshire
Best for: Guests on a budget
Ayr’s and Graces is a B&B which delivers the finer things in life at an affordable rate. Guests receive a warm welcome on arrival with scrumptious home baking before being shown to lavish bedrooms and suites which come with a complimentary decanter of whisky, designer bathrooms with power showers and Molton Brown toiletries, private patios and other perks. Spend the day visiting nearby attractions including The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Culzean Castle and end it with a coffee or nightcap in your own private quarters or the communal lounge. Or relax on the balcony, glass in hand, as the sun sets over an uninterrupted panorama of the Alloway countryside.
The Gables Whisky B&B
Location: Dufftown, Aberdeenshire
Best for: Whisky fans
Located in the Highland village of Dufftown, The Gables Whisky B&B is a superb base from which to explore Speyside’s ‘Malt Whisky Country’. You can opt for the guest distillery tour; choose a maximum of three distilleries and the B&B will book you a slot and arrange for chauffeured transportation for the entire day. You don’t even need to leave the B&B to sample a wee dram or two. Head to the whisky lounge and choose from over 300 bottles of single malt Scottish whisky spanning familiar classics to exclusive bottlings.
Location: Caledonian Canal near Inverness, Highlands
Best for: Breaks on the water
Feel your troubles drift away during a stay onboard Highland Lassie, a floating B&B set to welcome guests on a cruise down the Caledonian Canal from Spring 2021. Enjoy all the trappings of the luxury accommodation experience; sumptuously soft beds with luxury linen, fluffy cotton towels, toiletries from Arran Aromatics, and breakfast and dinner served at the captain’s table in the wood-panelled Oakwood Restaurant; all while taking in spectacular Highland scenery as you flow down the water.
Butterlaw Farm Steading
Location: Coldstream, Scottish Borders
Best for: Design aficionados
Butterlaw Farm Steading is one of Scotland’s most stylish bed and breakfasts. Created by interior designer Michael Vee, the three-bedroom property is meticulously furnished using only the finest fabrics and materials. Each individually designed room boasts a sumptuous king-sized bed and is accented with high-end home accessories ranging from a pair of Louis Vuitton trunks to a classic Hermès throw. The drawing room is equally exquisite with a roaring log fire, while freshly laid eggs from the steading’s flock of hens are poached and served at breakfast each morning.
The Granary Lodge Bed and Breakfast
Location: The Castle of Mey, Thurso
Best for: North Coast 500 road trippers
HRH Prince Charles recently opened The Granary Lodge, a beautiful 10-bedroom boutique B&B on the coast of Caithness, next to the Castle of Mey, the beloved private home of the late Queen Mother. The tranquil and homey interior is adorned with antique furniture and décor reflecting the Queen Mother’s love of Scotland and its most northerly coastline. Pay a visit to the castle next door and enjoy revitalising walks along the clifftops with sweeping views all the way to Orkney. Start the morning with a healthy breakfast of seasonal berries, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs – vegan options are available – and help yourself to a wee dram from the lodge’s honesty bar in the evenings.
Location: Near city centre and west end
Best for: City breaks and retail therapy
The vibrant city of Glasgow has everything you could possibly want from a city break with an array of attractions, outstanding shopping, bars and restaurants, venues and attractions. Enjoy all this during a stay at 15Glasgow, a grand Georgian townhouse which boasts a bright, contemporary interior with high ceilings, ornate cornicing, vast light-filled windows and spacious en-suite bedrooms. Book the Charles Rennie Mackintosh suite featuring furniture in the elegant Art Nouveau style of the city’s most celebrated architect and designer.
Location: Edinburgh’s west end
Best for: Families and Harry Potter fans
Originally a private family home, B+B Edinburgh offers a cosy, child-friendly abode in the heart of the capital. The family bedrooms and suites offer spacious accommodation at a competitive price alongside stunning panoramas across the city. Downstairs, the house will delight old and young alike with its wood-panelled interior recalling Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Help yourself to a cup of complimentary coffee or tea and a biscuit in reception and retreat to the library where you can relax in front of the roaring fire while losing yourself in a book or an old-fashioned board game.
The Art House
Location: Broadford, Isle of Skye
Best for: Rural retreats
Located 5 miles down a rustic path through rugged moorland on a spot overlooking the stunning Loch Eishort, ‘Sandwood’ Art House is a Scandinavian-style B&B built from scratch by its owners, Sally and Rob. Boasting epic views of Skye’s rugged coastline and an understated but richly detailed interior featuring natural elements of driftwood, sea glass and Sally’s own art – not to mention a friendly dog named Watson – it’s great reminder that some of the best pleasures in life are free. Start the day with a hearty cup of fresh coffee and an extravagant breakfast before heading off for hikes, wild swimming and the nearby Sleat peninsula for a seafood meal.