The 10 Best Luxurious Hotels in Scotland
This includes Saorsa 1875, Kinloch Lodge, and The Balmoral Hotel...
A Sustainability Ranking in partnership with ETIC Hotels
Scotland might been widely known for its Scotch, but gorgeous castles, manors and hotels are present and will make your journey and stay unforgettable.
You’re planning a trip to Scotland this Summer and you’re trying to be as ethical and sustainable as possible?
niood lists you the 10 best luxurious hotels in Scotland:
Founded in Pitlochry, Scotland, Saorsa is a hospitality group committed to showcasing that the best experiences in life don’t have to come at the expense of animals or the environment.
Our family established Saorsa in 2018 as an extension of our own way of life; one that’s grounded in an appreciation for design, food, culture and connection.
Based on the belief that the correlation between style and animal products is outdated, we’re driven to show the hospitality industry that there’s another way. We do this through considered communal vegan spaces and events that spark curiosity and invite participation from vegans and non-vegans alike.
Our flagship hotel, 1875, is designed for vegans, vegetarians and the plant-curious.
Since we first opened our doors, Kinloch has promised and delivered heartfelt, family hospitality to guests from around Scotland, the UK and the globe. Our aim is to provide an escape that is as unpretentious as it is luxurious. We are rooted in our heritage and our community through the culinary bounty that Skye provides. Learn more about our exceptional suppliers here.
We live and operate by an ethos which, quintessentially, revolves around sustainability: the ability to exist constantly. It goes beyond our environment and also includes the people and communities within it.
Our commitment to sustaining our spectacular, yet fragile ecosystem is at the heart of everything we do: be it our kitchen garden and polytunnels, where we grow many of the herbs and vegetables you’ll find on your plate, our extensive list of biodynamic and organic beverage options, or our natural spring that provides fresh filtered water to all of our guests.
Sustainability is a journey, and we hope you’ll join us as we continue to evolve and bring together Kinloch’s rich history with the innovations of modern day.
The Balmoral, 1 Princes Street, where Old Town meets New, a legendary hotel and landmark clock tower: a symbol of its city
A welcome in bespoke Balmoral tartan; Hebridean blues, heather hues and classic Scottish art; whisky ambassadors with 500 malts – The Balmoral is a love letter to Scotland. Looking up to Edinburgh Castle, savour Michelin-starred dining, French-Scottish bistro fare, award-winning afternoon tea and a serene urban spa at the city’s most majestic spot.
James Thomson’s The Witchery by the Castle is the most spectacularly atmospheric dining destination in Edinburgh.
Now in our 5th decade the stunning décor, legendary food and award-winning wine list have ensured the Witchery by the Castle has become a much loved Edinburgh institution. Dine in the rich baroque surroundings of the original oak-panelled Witchery or among the elegant candle-lit charms of the Secret Garden. There are also 9 theatrical suites – perfect for those looking to stay in the most indulgent settings. Lavishly decorated, our suites scream romance with a capital R! Whether you stay or dine The Witchery is an unforgettably magical experience.
Take a look inside the Glorious Playground . . . A charming country estate, a rural family adventure, a luxurious escape for friends, a cosy couples’ retreat, a home from home – Gleneagles is a luxury 5 star hotel like no other.
The rooms at Gleneagles are as glorious as the landscape that frames them, with a luxury 5 star hotel feel. All individually inspired by the mountains and meadows, rivers and lakes of the Perthshire countryside.
Refined, relaxed, a little romantic and a lot luxurious, The Dunstane Houses is an independent, family-run, five-star boutique hotel, over 2 Victorian townhouses set across the road from each other, that offer guests the best of the Scottish capital. Set in two newly refurbished heritage buildings quite unlike anywhere you’ve ever stayed before, The Dunstane Houses is a breath of fresh Orkney air in the heart of Edinburgh.
35 comfortable and contemporary bedrooms spread between two buildings, including newly refurbished rooms across both houses – each uniquely styled to balance timeless tradition and modern comfort.
Nine breathtaking en suite bedrooms each decorated in a period style and named in honour of a historical custodian of this magnificent Castle. Every bedroom is finished with stunning period window and bed dressings and complemented with original antique furniture and luxuriously over sized beds.
Each en suite bathroom is individually crafted to provide an intimate area with soft lighting. The rooms are fully equipped with audio and video for your enjoyment.
Being in Scotland’s finest Country Hotel, you will enjoy the holiday of a lifetime, where every detail for your comfort and enjoyment has been carefully considered and one which you are sure never to forget.
The area surrounding Inverlochy Castle is rich in landscape and history, to name but a few of these breath-taking places – the falls at Glen Nevis, the monument at Glenfinnan and the mountains of Glencoe. During a trip to Balmoral in 1873, Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy sketching and painting where she wrote in her diaries ‘I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot’. Nestling in the foothills of the mighty Ben Nevis, Inverlochy Castle sits amidst some of Scotland’s finest scenery.
When Scottish tennis superstar Andy Murray acquired Cromlix, close to his hometown of Dunblane, it signalled not only a return to his roots but the chance to reinvent the glorious era of grand country house living.
Following extensive refurbishment, the US Open, Olympic and Wimbledon champion has transformed the elegant Victorian Perthshire mansion into a luxury 15-bedroom and Gate Lodge, five-star destination.
The hotel, which opened in Spring 2014, offers guests the chance to experience the sort of decadent lifestyle once enjoyed by the Lairds of Cromlix, redefined for the 21st century by sumptuous surroundings and impeccable yet discreet service.
Set in the elegant countryside of the Scottish Borders, this historic estate features a twenty bedroom luxury hotel, a championship golf course and a range of outdoor activities. Cuisine is top quality and varied, with an emphasis on fresh, home-grown produce. The perfect getaway destination, SCHLOSS Roxburghe is little more than an hour’s drive from both Edinburgh and Newcastle.
Formerly owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, the estate has been part of the 12.18. group since 2018.
The charming and historic manor house has been enhanced by an extensive and tasteful refurbishment.
Grand open fireplaces grace the historic rooms of the manor house. Room heights of over 3 meters with decorative stucco on the ceilings and walls provide the rooms with unique character and highlight the history of the time-honoured building. Scottish tartans, colours and patterns combine with oak, natural stone and beautiful textiles to unite timeless elegance with contemporary design.