The top 5 Highland Scotland hotels

The Scottish Highlands are among Europe's great wilderness escapes. You don't have to make do with a backpacker's bunkhouse to rest your head. Some of the top Scotland hotels are situated in the midst of the mountains and forests of the Highlands, allowing you to pamper yourself after a long day's hike in the great outdoors.

  1. The Dornoch Castle Hotel (dornochcastlehotel.com) has a superb setting opposite the 12th century Dornoch Cathedral. The 24 guest rooms are situated within the oldest part of the castle and the modern extension. Choose from Garden Standard, Deluxe, Superior and the Old Courtroom, with room rates from £141 for a double.
  2. Barcaldine House (hotels-of-distinction.com), near Oban, is a mansion in mature grounds with 11 spacious guest rooms. Facilities include an oak-panelled billiard room and a prestigious dining room. Prices start at £120 for a double bed and breakfast.
  3. The Ledgowan Lodge Hotel (ledgowanlodge.co.uk) in Rosshire, opposite Achnasheen railway station, is a family-run hotel amidst stunning Highlands scenery. With cosy log fires and candle lit rooms, it's ideal for romantic weekends. Prices start at £98 for a double.
  4. Knockomie Hotel (knockomie.co.uk), near Inverness, offers weekend escapes and romantic getaways by the Moray Coast. Pampering spa packages are also available. Room rates start at £145 for a double.
  5. Boath House (boath-house.com) deserrves to be ranked among the top Scotland hotels. Situated on the north-east coast near Elgin, it's a lovingly-restored Grade A listed Georgian mansion with a Michelin star restaurant. Room rates start at £230 for a double, but check the website for deals that include dinner.

In many top Scotland hotels, it is possible to make considerable savings by booking 2 night stays, particularly in midweek. Many hotels now entice guests with tempting deals on breaks that include dinner, or extras like spa treatments, or passes to nearby attractions. Subscribe to hotel email newsletters to get all the latest information.

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