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Waiting for a malt whisky to mature involves patience. Reached by a 25-minute ferry from the Isle of Skye, the Hebridean island of Raasay (population 161) opened its first legal distillery in 2017 and the first casks will reach maturation this year. The whisky uses barley grown on the island, and the water comes from a well that dates back to Celtic times. In the meantime, a Victorian villa has been converted into a six-bedroom hotel for the faithful.

Raasay House | Raasay Island, Isle of Skye | Scotland

Waiting for a malt whisky to mature involves patience. Reached by a 25-minute ferry from the Isle of Skye, the Hebridean island of Raasay (population 161) opened its first legal distillery in 2017 and the first casks will reach maturation this year. The whisky uses barley grown on the island, and the water comes from a well that dates back to Celtic times. In the meantime, a Victorian villa has been converted into a six-bedroom hotel for the faithful.

Nestled in the heart of Highland Perthshire, Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa is a truly unique five star hotel. Lovingly restored, it draws inspiration from its historic past and breath-taking surroundings whilst adding the odd contemporary twist. It really is ‘beyond the ordinary’.

Fonab Castle Hotel | Pitlochry, Perthshire | Scotland

Nestled in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, Fonab Castle, refurbished and opened in 2013, features luxurious rooms, scenic views, mature gardens, free...

No bows to passing fashions here. Moving with the times means waterfall showers, Bang & Olufsen stereos and televisions, while the unashamedly country house style - all swags, gilt, silk and brocade, sparkling crystal, polished wood and an all-pervading sense of time suspended, remains. Nowhere else I know makes grandeur so cosy, combining Jacobite rose wallpaper, Venetian chandeliers and French Empire-style ceiling frescos with perfectly judged élan.

Inverlochy Castle | Fort William, Highlands | Scotland

Set among the beautiful Scottish West Highlands scenery, 19th-century Inverlochy is an award-winning luxury hotel and restaurant.

From the moment you first glimpse Fonab Castle Hotel from its curving, tree-lined driveway, it's clear this isn't your traditional castle stay. A four-storey pile of red sandstone, boasting a jumble of conical turrets, chimneys and crow-stepped gables, it soars beside a sprinkling of chic wooden lodges that could have been plucked out of Lapland or the Canadian Rockies.

Fonab Castle | Pitlochry, Scotland

Nestled in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, Fonab Castle, refurbished and opened in 2013, features luxurious rooms, scenic views, mature gardens, free...

The interiors of this stylish, contemporary hotel would not be out of place in a major city. Its location in a tiny, loch-side Highland village makes it perfect for those who love the great outdoors but aren’t prepared to rough it in the usual hikers’ haunts. Some rooms enjoy views of Schiehallion, a nearby mountain.

Dunalastair Hotel Suites | Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire | Scotland

Dunalastair Hotel Suites is a privately owned Victorian hotel, located on the village square of Kinloch Rannoch, on the edge of Loch Rannoch and the...

The delight is in the detail at this wildly romantic, sublimely comfortable, uniquely fascinating passion project from international art dealers Hauser & Wirth. You’ll like it for the location and because it's a great hotel, but you’ll love it for the extraordinary imagination that's turned art into an experience.

The Fife Arms Hotel | Braemar, Scotland

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A grand Scottish lodge with one of the best settings in the UK, this Pride of Britain hotel offers everything from superb food to a comprehensive outdoor activity program. With comfortable rooms and an abundance of thoughtful touches, this is a fantastic Highland escape with the surrounding beauty at its heart.

The Torridon | Loch Torrid, Highlands

With a romantic location on the shores of Loch Torridon, The Torridon offers free parking and scenic views out over the Scottish Highlands.

Glasgow

A grand, fortified mansion with a 16th-century tower and Georgian and Victorian extensions, rescued from near dereliction by a nine-million pound restoration by local businessman and art collector Steve Timoney and his wife Alison Reid-Timoney. It's set in lovely grounds close to Glasgow.

Crossbasket Castle | High Blantyre, Lanarkshire | Scotland

Crossbasket Castle in High Blantyre has 5-star accommodations with a garden, a bar and a terrace.

A hotel emblazoned with a quirky mix of futuristic Dutch design and Star Trek-style character that is gaining popularity and awards. The swirling red staircase, like a fairground helter-skelter, leads from street level to self check-in terminals airport-style and a succession of light filled living rooms with armchairs, sofas, and work tables separated by partitions filled with books and ornaments.

citizenM Glasgow

A hotel emblazoned with a quirky mix of futuristic Dutch design and Star Trek-style character that is gaining popularity and awards. The swirling red staircase, like a fairground helter-skelter, leads from street level to self check-in terminals airport-style and a succession of light filled living rooms with armchairs, sofas, and work tables separated by partitions filled with books and ornaments.

Once the headquarters of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club during the golden age of motoring, major refurbishment has produced a blend of classical features and bold contemporary design that retains the ambiance of a private members' club. Doric columns, an eight-and-a-half-metre high chandelier in a central staircase, and soft furnishings in a mix of rich velvets and autumnal tweeds add touches of grandeur and glamour.

Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel | Glasgow

Once the headquarters of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club during the golden age of motoring, major refurbishment has produced a blend of classical features and bold contemporary design that retains the ambiance of a private members' club. Doric columns, an eight-and-a-half-metre high chandelier in a central staircase, and soft furnishings in a mix of rich velvets and autumnal tweeds add touches of grandeur and glamour.

Amanda McCulloch, a renowned interior designer, has created a modern classic fusion of exposed brickwork with high quality furnishings and fittings worthy of New York or Barcelona. Serenity reigns in discreetly lit lounges and corridors adorned with books, artwork and soft leather seating that invite guests to linger. The effect is unpretentious elegance. Look out for the funky rope dog in reception.

Dakota Glasgow

Dakota Glasgow features 83 luxuriously appointed bedrooms including 11 suites.

Super heroes flying over Glasgow landmarks on wall murals set the artistic tone of playful, laid-back public spaces. Nothing staid or stuffy about bright, open-plan layouts with big windows and an eclectic mix of sound tracks that attract locals out to have a good time. The vibe is of a high energy gathering place with rooms that will appeal to fans of Marvel comics and selfie enthusiasts.

Radisson RED Glasgow

Super heroes flying over Glasgow landmarks on wall murals set the artistic tone of playful, laid-back public spaces. Nothing staid or stuffy about bright, open-plan layouts with big windows and an eclectic mix of sound tracks that attract locals out to have a good time. The vibe is of a high energy gathering place with rooms that will appeal to fans of Marvel comics and selfie enthusiasts.

Motel One Glasgow | Scotland - A budget hotel by German chain Motel One with a subtle railway theme and contemporary design. The handy location adjacent to Glasgow Central Station makes it an ideal base for a city break or pit stop en route to other parts of Scotland.

Motel One Glasgow

Boasting an excellent location in Glasgow city center, Motel One Glasgow is next to Central Train Station and is only a 9-minute walk from George Square...

Edinburgh

Located on Calton Hill (though not too far up) and is accessible only by foot. Buildings are grouped around a central pond, and the interiors are beautifully designed without trying too hard. The vibe is cozy, modern, and vintage all in one, with William Morris wallpaper, rich colors (coppers, turquoise, bordeaux, moss, and grays), antique furniture, and original architecture.

Rock House | Edinburgh

Located a 2-minute walk from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh, Rock House: Historic Gem - Heart of the City offers accommodations with a...

This former Northern Lighthouse supply ship has been transformed into a discreet, 23-cabin hotel in the fine dining hot spot of Leith. It's an offbeat, remarkably peaceful alternative for those looking for something out of the ordinary. Ask for a starboard cabin for more interesting views.

Fingal | Edinburgh

This former Northern Lighthouse supply ship has been transformed into a discreet, 23-cabin hotel in the fine dining hot spot of Leith. It's an offbeat, remarkably peaceful alternative for those looking for something out of the ordinary. Ask for a starboard cabin for more interesting views.

Owned by an Italian wine-producing family, the classical Georgian exterior is no indicator of the heavily European design inside. This is a place of low light, velvet and fake fur, with brushed metal, feature lighting and deep colours shot through with metallics. It’s not subtle, but it is sophisticated.

The Wine House 1821 | Edinburgh

The Wine House Hotel 1821 Edinburgh opens for wine aficionados

Award-winning design studio FG Stijl have devised the visual concept of the 98-room hotel to pay homage to the capital's character and historic narrative, while simultaneously exploring Scottish cosmopolitanism. Cracked, earthen walls are juxtaposed against the clean, minimalist lines of contemporary furnishings, and unexpected bursts of traditional tartans and heritage fabrics provide an experiential element to the hotel's aesthetic.

Market Street Hotel | Edinburgh

design and architecture review Market Street Hotel, Edinburgh

This circa-1832 Georgian mansion is restored to perfection and opened in 2014 with 10 rooms. Thanks to its off-the-tourist path location in Stockbridge and the pub's status as a the place to drink, it's a great place to come if you want to experience what it would be like to live among Edinburghers. Initially, the facade is a bit imposing, but look a bit closer at the austere entrance and you'll find hints of playfulness (the curlicues around the lampposts, for example)

The Raeburn Hotel | Edinburgh

The Raeburn is set in the charming Stockbridge area of Edinburgh and within 20 minutes’ walk of Princes Street and the New Town.

Behind a severely classical exterior there’s an American Art Deco lobby that’s far more Fifth Avenue than Firth of Forth, with mahogany carved Corinthian columns, marble fireplaces and a rotunda-topped circular stairwell just begging for Instagram attention. Upstairs the sharp Lateral City house style of retro-contemporary classic takes over – the transplanted cast of Mad Men would look right at home.

The Edinburgh Grand

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Budget rooms with aspirations to boutique do feel at odds with the grandeur of this highest of high Victorian mansions. Somehow many of its most distinctive features have survived: a grand staircase, ornate fireplaces, marble floors, leaded windows and enough marble to furnish a mausoleum, not to mention a truly fantastic galleried library – complete with a decidedly eclectic collection of books, doubtless bought by the metre but great fun to peruse.

B+B Edinburgh

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Darkly, deeply sumptuous, utterly indulgent and slightly (delightfully) mad, these secret dens of overblown delight are the ultimate expression of an overheated imagination, realised with a meticulous, theatrical attention to detail. The approach, hidden up twisting turnpike stairs, establishes the feeling of exclusivity; once inside the scene is very much set for sin.

The Witchery by the Castle | Edinburgh

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One of two townhouses comprising the property, this Victorian lodging beautifully marries period features with swish design-driven style. 16 elegant, refined rooms mix traditional (tweedy pillows and retro phones) with modern (chevron drapes and stylish tufted headboards) details. Handmade Vispring mattresses and Egyptian cotton linens ensure an excellent night's sleep, and bathrooms have underfloor heating.

The Dustane Houses | Edinburgh

Offering stylish bedrooms, an on-site restaurant and bar, The Dunstane is set over 2 Victorian townhouses, Dunstane House and Hampton House, on opposite...

New York architect’s Grzywinski+Pons’ design is Georgian Edinburgh outside, Shoreditch inside. Pale oak floors, plenty of pastels with the odd squirt of mustard and self-conscious quirkiness creates a light-hearted but seriously on-trend feel.

Eden Locke | Edinburgh

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Once favoured by Mary Queen of Scots, this find dates back to the 16th century and has been lovingly restored as a holiday home sleeping up to six people. The interiors rekindle an era of subtle nobility, updated with Farrow & Ball heritage hues, fine Georgian furnishings, and a soft brush with Nordic simplicity. Owned and loved by an architect duo, it is hard to believe that it once stood on the edge of demolition, now, thankfully, rescued.

The Pavilion at Lamb's House | Edinburgh

In the Leith district of Edinburgh, close to Royal Yacht Britannia, The Pavilion at Lamb's House has a garden, free WiFi and a washing machine.

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Waiting for a malt whisky to mature involves patience. Reached by a 25-minute ferry from the Isle of Skye, the Hebridean island of Raasay (population 161) opened its first legal distillery in 2017 and the first casks will reach maturation this year. The whisky uses barley grown on the island, and the water comes from a well that dates back to Celtic times. In the meantime, a Victorian villa has been converted into a six-bedroom hotel for the faithful.

Raasay House | Raasay Island, Isle of Skye | Scotland

Waiting for a malt whisky to mature involves patience. Reached by a 25-minute ferry from the Isle of Skye, the Hebridean island of Raasay (population 161) opened its first legal distillery in 2017 and the first casks will reach maturation this year. The whisky uses barley grown on the island, and the water comes from a well that dates back to Celtic times. In the meantime, a Victorian villa has been converted into a six-bedroom hotel for the faithful.

Located on Calton Hill (though not too far up) and is accessible only by foot. Buildings are grouped around a central pond, and the interiors are beautifully designed without trying too hard. The vibe is cozy, modern, and vintage all in one, with William Morris wallpaper, rich colors (coppers, turquoise, bordeaux, moss, and grays), antique furniture, and original architecture.

Rock House | Edinburgh

Located a 2-minute walk from Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh, Rock House: Historic Gem - Heart of the City offers accommodations with a...

This former Northern Lighthouse supply ship has been transformed into a discreet, 23-cabin hotel in the fine dining hot spot of Leith. It's an offbeat, remarkably peaceful alternative for those looking for something out of the ordinary. Ask for a starboard cabin for more interesting views.

Fingal | Edinburgh

This former Northern Lighthouse supply ship has been transformed into a discreet, 23-cabin hotel in the fine dining hot spot of Leith. It's an offbeat, remarkably peaceful alternative for those looking for something out of the ordinary. Ask for a starboard cabin for more interesting views.

A grand, fortified mansion with a 16th-century tower and Georgian and Victorian extensions, rescued from near dereliction by a nine-million pound restoration by local businessman and art collector Steve Timoney and his wife Alison Reid-Timoney. It's set in lovely grounds close to Glasgow.

Crossbasket Castle | High Blantyre, Lanarkshire | Scotland

Crossbasket Castle in High Blantyre has 5-star accommodations with a garden, a bar and a terrace.

Nestled in the heart of Highland Perthshire, Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa is a truly unique five star hotel. Lovingly restored, it draws inspiration from its historic past and breath-taking surroundings whilst adding the odd contemporary twist. It really is ‘beyond the ordinary’.

Fonab Castle Hotel | Pitlochry, Perthshire | Scotland

Nestled in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, Fonab Castle, refurbished and opened in 2013, features luxurious rooms, scenic views, mature gardens, free...

No bows to passing fashions here. Moving with the times means waterfall showers, Bang & Olufsen stereos and televisions, while the unashamedly country house style - all swags, gilt, silk and brocade, sparkling crystal, polished wood and an all-pervading sense of time suspended, remains. Nowhere else I know makes grandeur so cosy, combining Jacobite rose wallpaper, Venetian chandeliers and French Empire-style ceiling frescos with perfectly judged élan.

Inverlochy Castle | Fort William, Highlands | Scotland

Set among the beautiful Scottish West Highlands scenery, 19th-century Inverlochy is an award-winning luxury hotel and restaurant.

From the moment you first glimpse Fonab Castle Hotel from its curving, tree-lined driveway, it's clear this isn't your traditional castle stay. A four-storey pile of red sandstone, boasting a jumble of conical turrets, chimneys and crow-stepped gables, it soars beside a sprinkling of chic wooden lodges that could have been plucked out of Lapland or the Canadian Rockies.

Fonab Castle | Pitlochry, Scotland

Nestled in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, Fonab Castle, refurbished and opened in 2013, features luxurious rooms, scenic views, mature gardens, free...

The interiors of this stylish, contemporary hotel would not be out of place in a major city. Its location in a tiny, loch-side Highland village makes it perfect for those who love the great outdoors but aren’t prepared to rough it in the usual hikers’ haunts. Some rooms enjoy views of Schiehallion, a nearby mountain.

Dunalastair Hotel Suites | Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire | Scotland

Dunalastair Hotel Suites is a privately owned Victorian hotel, located on the village square of Kinloch Rannoch, on the edge of Loch Rannoch and the...

Transformed from a two-hundred-year-old jute mill, the 102-room Hotel Indigo Dundee sits between the waterfront and the heart of the shopping district. Rich in history, the first spinning mill was built on the site in 1822 by the Baxter family who became one of the world's largest linen manufacturers.

Hotel Indigo Dundee | Tayside, Scotland

Boutique hotel in Dundee city centre with easy access to all the best things to do in Dundee. Close to Discovery Point, V&A Dundee and the McManus Art Gallery.

The delight is in the detail at this wildly romantic, sublimely comfortable, uniquely fascinating passion project from international art dealers Hauser & Wirth. You’ll like it for the location and because it's a great hotel, but you’ll love it for the extraordinary imagination that's turned art into an experience.

The Fife Arms Hotel | Braemar, Scotland

DNA Hotels. For people who care where they stay. Authentic. Soulful. Design. Indie. Local.

Owned by an Italian wine-producing family, the classical Georgian exterior is no indicator of the heavily European design inside. This is a place of low light, velvet and fake fur, with brushed metal, feature lighting and deep colours shot through with metallics. It’s not subtle, but it is sophisticated.

The Wine House 1821 | Edinburgh

The Wine House Hotel 1821 Edinburgh opens for wine aficionados

A hotel emblazoned with a quirky mix of futuristic Dutch design and Star Trek-style character that is gaining popularity and awards. The swirling red staircase, like a fairground helter-skelter, leads from street level to self check-in terminals airport-style and a succession of light filled living rooms with armchairs, sofas, and work tables separated by partitions filled with books and ornaments.

citizenM Glasgow

A hotel emblazoned with a quirky mix of futuristic Dutch design and Star Trek-style character that is gaining popularity and awards. The swirling red staircase, like a fairground helter-skelter, leads from street level to self check-in terminals airport-style and a succession of light filled living rooms with armchairs, sofas, and work tables separated by partitions filled with books and ornaments.

Once the headquarters of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club during the golden age of motoring, major refurbishment has produced a blend of classical features and bold contemporary design that retains the ambiance of a private members' club. Doric columns, an eight-and-a-half-metre high chandelier in a central staircase, and soft furnishings in a mix of rich velvets and autumnal tweeds add touches of grandeur and glamour.

Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel | Glasgow

Once the headquarters of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club during the golden age of motoring, major refurbishment has produced a blend of classical features and bold contemporary design that retains the ambiance of a private members' club. Doric columns, an eight-and-a-half-metre high chandelier in a central staircase, and soft furnishings in a mix of rich velvets and autumnal tweeds add touches of grandeur and glamour.

Amanda McCulloch, a renowned interior designer, has created a modern classic fusion of exposed brickwork with high quality furnishings and fittings worthy of New York or Barcelona. Serenity reigns in discreetly lit lounges and corridors adorned with books, artwork and soft leather seating that invite guests to linger. The effect is unpretentious elegance. Look out for the funky rope dog in reception.

Dakota Glasgow

Dakota Glasgow features 83 luxuriously appointed bedrooms including 11 suites.

Super heroes flying over Glasgow landmarks on wall murals set the artistic tone of playful, laid-back public spaces. Nothing staid or stuffy about bright, open-plan layouts with big windows and an eclectic mix of sound tracks that attract locals out to have a good time. The vibe is of a high energy gathering place with rooms that will appeal to fans of Marvel comics and selfie enthusiasts.

Radisson RED Glasgow

Super heroes flying over Glasgow landmarks on wall murals set the artistic tone of playful, laid-back public spaces. Nothing staid or stuffy about bright, open-plan layouts with big windows and an eclectic mix of sound tracks that attract locals out to have a good time. The vibe is of a high energy gathering place with rooms that will appeal to fans of Marvel comics and selfie enthusiasts.

A grand Scottish lodge with one of the best settings in the UK, this Pride of Britain hotel offers everything from superb food to a comprehensive outdoor activity program. With comfortable rooms and an abundance of thoughtful touches, this is a fantastic Highland escape with the surrounding beauty at its heart.

The Torridon | Loch Torrid, Highlands

With a romantic location on the shores of Loch Torridon, The Torridon offers free parking and scenic views out over the Scottish Highlands.