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Luxury Country Escapes in Scotland

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Inverlochy Castle, Highlands

Dreaming of a peaceful country escape in luxurious surroundings? A cosy luxury lodge or an exclusive country house hotel in the beautiful Scottish countryside is the perfect way to get away from it all and relax!

Scotland’s countryside is some of the most beautiful in the world, no matter the season. Known for our low population density, you can quickly find yourself in secluded natural landscapes outside any city. From gentle rolling countryside with riverside walks and picturesque rural scenes, to epic landscapes with mountains and lochs, Scotland truly has it all.

Here are some ideas to help plan your escape – whether you’d like to stay in a castle with a spa, or retreat to a beautiful rural holiday cottage with nothing but the wildlife to disturb you!

Country House Hotels

Country house hotels are the perfect option for experiencing a little bit of grandeur. Get away from the daily chores and do absolutely nothing but relax and enjoy! You deserve it!

  • Kinloch House Hotel, Perthshire

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Experience 5-star luxury, character and traditional comforts at stunning Kinloch House Hotel near the village of Blairgowrie in the very heart of Scotland. Built in 1840, Kinloch House is a fine example of a traditional Scottish country house. With an oak-paneled hall, staircase and portrait gallery, the house stands elegantly in 25 acres of woodland and parkland.

  • Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island, Argyll

A short drive from Oban on its own private Island, a stay at the Isle of Eriska Hotel allows you to turn this fantasy into reality as you live the ‘Eriska Experience’. Built in 1884, rooms at Eriska exude comfort and warmth, with a level of opulence you would expect from a house of this era. Enjoy open fireplaces, a library, piano room, all-day cocktails, and of course, the spa!

  • Douneside House Hotel, Aberdeenshire

Set within the grounds of the MacRobert Estate, 4-star Douneside House offers a truly memorable stay in beautiful Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire. Take advantage of the fully refurbished Health Club where you can unwind with a relaxing yoga class or refreshing dip in the pool. You can also spend a leisurely few hours in the library, browsing the extensive range of books next to a roaring log fire while sipping a wee dram.

  • Forss House Hotel, Highlands

Forss House is a 4-star country house hotel near Thurso in the Highlands, one of the wildest and most remote places in Britain. Built in 1810, it is delightfully hidden amid 20 acres of woodlands on the river Forss and has spectacular falls within the gardens, where you can sit and let the soothing sound of the water wash away the world.

  • Balbirnie House Hotel, Fife

A 4-star, award-winning country house hotel, Balbirnie House is a delightful 18th century Georgian mansion nestled amidst 400 acres of rolling parkland in Fife. Situated on the edge on the Lomond Hills Regional Park, it boasts beautifully landscaped gardens and sumptuous interiors. The hotel also offers two restaurants – The Orangery, with speciality grill section, and Balbirnie Bistro.

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Country Castle Hotels

For the ultimate luxury country retreat, be waited on hand and foot in a fairy-tale castle.

  • Inverlochy Castle, Highlands

Nestling in the foothills of Ben Nevis in the Highlands, 5-star Inverlochy Castle sits amidst some of Scotland’s finest scenery and is steeped in history. The Great Hall, with its frescoed ceiling, Venetian crystal chandeliers and handsome staircase, reflects the grand atmosphere of a bygone era. Available activities include fishing, clay pigeon shooting, water sports, pony trekking, tennis and guided walking.

  • Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa, Perthshire

Located on the banks of Loch Faskally, luxury 5-star Fonab Castle Hotel is found near the historic town of Pitlochry in Perthshire. Surrounded by breath-taking Ben Vrackie and awe-inspiring Loch Faskally, it boasts commanding views of the stunning Scottish Highland scenery. Enjoy a 7-course tasting menu in Sandemans fine dining, and make sure to take yourself to the spa for a truly decadent break.

  • Glenapp Castle, Ayrshire

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Glenapp Castle is a stunningly picturesque 5-star hotel in Ayrshire, with 17 luxury bedrooms and an award-winning restaurant. As you sweep up the long tree-clad drive, you will glimpse the beautiful façade of Glenapp Castle; encapsulating the romance of the Scottish Baronial style with magical towers, turrets, and crenulations. Its beauty is further offset by the breath-taking gardens and forest that surround that castle. Play croquet on the immaculate lawns or go for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

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Lodges and Cabins

Self-catering lodges and cabins offer you the chance to have a luxury country getaway with plenty of space and freedom.

  • Lazyday Cottages, Scottish Borders

These individually-styled, 5-star Scandinavian log cabins in the Scottish Borders are the perfect combination of wooden chalet ambience and luxurious boutique design. At Lazyday Cottages you can also barbeque or enjoy the hot tub in the secluded countryside setting.

  • Barend Holiday Lodges, Dumfries & Galloway

The 4-star, 2-storey wooden Barend Holiday Lodges in Dumfries & Galloway are nestled in quite countryside near the picturesque Sandyhills Bay. They include access to the on-site swimming pool and sauna, and you can also enjoy the Barend Bar & Restaurant if you’d rather skip cooking!

  • Invergloy Riverside Lodges, Inverness-shire

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Invergloy Riverside Lodges offer a 4-star tranquil holiday in the Highlands, on the shore of Loch Lochy in Inverness-shire. There are only three architecturally designed lodges available, guaranteeing privacy and seclusion. With beautiful gardens, a private beach with barbeque hut, gorges and waterfalls nearby, and free fishing, it’s a nature lovers’ paradise.

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Rural Holiday Cottages

Self-catering rural cottages offer cosy, quaint charm, with all the comfort and tranquillity you need to reconnect.

  • Bramble Cottage, East Lothian

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Bramble Cottage is surrounded by fields and woodlands in the beautiful East Lothian countryside, near the village of Pencaitland. An exclusive 5-star bolthole oozing warmth and charm, the only sounds you’ll hear are birdsong and the clip-clopping of horses’ hooves. This gorgeous cottage is also within easy reach of Edinburgh via rail or road, so you can have the best of the stunning countryside and explore Scotland’s capital city too!

  • Lagganvoulin, Cairngorm National Park

Lagganvoulin is a secluded 4-star country cottage within the Cairngorm National Park, near the Highland village of Tomintoul. Set within a large fenced garden, this quintessential cottage has a very traditional and cosy feel, with thoughtful touches. Surrounded by the open hillsides, streams and woodland of the Glenlivet Estate, the local shops, cafés and pubs of Tomintoul are still only just 5 minutes away by car.

  • Lark Cottage, Angus

Set in a tranquil rural setting in a sheltered valley in Angus, 4-star Lark Cottage provides an idyllic and comfortable retreat for those who enjoy a peaceful country setting. There are beautiful walks on the doorstep, and it is within easy reach of attractions such as Glamis Castle, Scone Palace and several golf courses.

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Scotland also offers many unique back-to-nature escapes, cosy places to stay with a log fireluxury holidays and amazing hotel accommodation. And there are countless outdoor activities to try while on your country retreat, should you feel like it!