Dreaming of a peaceful country escape in luxurious surroundings? 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 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.
Kinloch House Hotel, Perthshire
Experience 5-star luxury, character and traditional comforts at the 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.
Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island, Argyll
A short drive from Oban on its own private island, a stay here allows you to turn fantasy into reality with the ‘Eriska Experience’. Built in 1884, rooms at Eriska exude comfort, warmth and opulence. 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, this 4-star hotel offers a truly memorable stay in the beautiful Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire. Take advantage of the 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
This 4-star country house hotel near Thurso is one of the wildest and most remote places in Britain. Built in 1810, it’s delightfully hidden amid 20 acres of woodlands on the River Forss. It has spectacular falls within the gardens, where you can sit and let the soothing sounds of the water wash away the world.
Balbirnie House Hotel, Fife
This award-winning 18th century Georgian mansion is nestled amidst 400 acres of rolling parkland in Fife. Situated on the edge on the Lomond Hills Regional Park, it boasts beautifully landscaped gardens, sumptuous interiors and two restaurants.
Country Castle Hotels
For the ultimate luxury country retreat, be waited on hand and foot in a fairytale castle.
Inverlochy Castle, Highlands
In the foothills of Ben Nevis, this 5-star 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, this luxury 5-star hotel is found near the historic town of Pitlochry in Perthshire. Surrounded by Ben Vrackie and 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
This picturesque 5-star hotel in Ayrshire boasts 17 luxury bedrooms and an award-winning restaurant. As you sweep up the 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 gardens and forest that surround the castle. Play croquet on the immaculate lawns or go for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
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. You can enjoy a barbeque or sit the hot tub in the secluded countryside setting.
Barend Holiday Lodges, Dumfries & Galloway
The 4-star wooden lodges in Dumfries & Galloway are sheltered by the quiet 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
Enjoy 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, free fishing, gorges and waterfalls nearby, it’s a nature lovers’ paradise.
Rural Holiday Cottages
Self-catering rural cottages offer cosy, quaint charm with all the comfort and tranquility you need to reconnect.
Bramble Cottage, East Lothian
The 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
This secluded 4-star country cottage sits in 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 the woodland of the Glenlivet Estate, the local shops, cafés and pubs of Tomintoul are still only 5 minutes away by car.
Lark Cottage, Angus
Set in a tranquil rural setting in a sheltered valley in Angus, this 4-star 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.
Other things you might like:
- Read our blog on country break getaways in Scotland
- Explore cosy places to stay with a log fire
- Visit our luxury holidays page
- Find hotel accommodation options