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We don’t think Scotland is a country you can do in one flying visit. There is too much history, natural beauty, and culture to immerse yourself in, not to mention lots of different areas to explore! Even if you live in the UK, a luxury weekend break in Scotland has a lot to offer. Whether you want to live like royalty in a stunning castle surrounded by incredible landscapes, or are looking for a vibrant city centre bolt-hole to be right in the action we have uncovered our favourite weekend getaways in this beautiful country. These are the best in class. (Looking for a spa break in Scotland?)
Best for the full Highland experience… Douneside House
After a full renovation in 2016, Douneside House in Royal Deeside is steeped in history and full of character. The historic house is set in the grounds of the MacRobert Estate in Aberdeenshire and features 14 beautiful guest rooms, plus guest cottages. Each room has been re-designed to be unique and individual in character whilst retaining many of the original elements of the building. Dusky teal painted paneled walls provide the perfect canvas for the antique furnishings, decorative textiles and previous artwork. Within the grounds is a health club in which guests can partake in a healing yoga class or a refreshing dip in the swimming pool. The surrounding countryside is the ideal place to live your laird fantasies with plenty of opportunities for hillwalking, fishing or golfing. Looking for something a bit quieter? The house’s own library is the perfect spot for a quiet moment or two. The award-winning chef also makes sure you enjoy an indulgent Scottish dining experience with a carefully crafted menu showcasing seasonal, local produce.
Best hotel for a city break… Blythswood Square
With stylish rooms, a top relaxation spa and its very own private film screening room , not to mention delectable food, fizz and cocktails, Blythswood Square is the perfect city escape. Once the headquarters of The Royal Scottish Automobile Club. this award winning five-star hotel overlooks elegant gardens at a prestigious address, with a whole host of bars and eateries just a stone’s throw away. Housed across a few Georgian townhouses, the hotel retains many of these building’s original features whilst adding vibrant splashes of colour in opulent textiles. The hotel’s restaurant is located in the club’s former ballroom so you can expect a bit of Georgian glamour here too, whilst The Salon is the perfect buzzing but sophisticated city bar for cocktails. A ten-minute stroll from Glasgow’s city centre and main train stations, this is the perfect city break destination.
Best for The Foodie… Cromlix
Known for its rather famous tennis-star owner, The Cromlix has established itself as the pinnacle of grand country house living in Scotland with an equally impressive dining experience courtesy of legendary chef Albert Roux, and run by award-winning head chef Darin Campbell. This elegant Perthshire mansion has been transformed from private abode into a 15-bedroom, five-star destination. Just three miles from Dunblane, Cromlix is set in 34 acres of secluded woodlands and garden grounds complete with own chapel and house loch. Contemporary in décor but with specially-sourced antique furnishings that invoke its history as a Scottish manor house, rooms are sophisticated but suitably patriotic enough for any visiting tourists. The piece de resistance here though is the Chex Roux restaurant offering a menu of locally sourced produce in a stunning glass-walled conservatory overlooking the manicured grounds. Diners get a ringside view of the chefs at work thanks to the open-plan kitchen too.
Best Castle Hotel… Glenapp Castle
This award-winning five-star resort is a hidden gem in the idyllic Ayrshire countryside and provides all you need to escape from it all and live like Kings and Queens for a while! Not only does this property stun thanks to its original features, period furnishings and baronial interiors, it’s also surrounded by breath-taking gardens, forests and seascapes over the Irish Sea to the Isle of Arran. Public rooms are resplendent with wooden paneling, log fires and modern-Victorian objets d’art but this is old-school without being stuffy. Facilities aren’t short here either as the resort boasts an all-weather tennis court, a croquet lawn, falconry displays on request, guns and rods for shooting and fishing on the estate and helicopter transfers on request. The formal dining room offers gourmet six-course meals featuring traditional classics such as ham hock, rabbit terrine and roast loin of lamb.
Best for the city break that’s not a city break… Prestonfield
Just 10 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh’s city centre, this one is for those who love a bit of decadence in their gettaways. Theatre and luxury combine at Prestonfield House, offering the privacy and seclusion of a country estate but still within easy reach of the all the main sights in the city. Housed in 20 acres of gardens with a stunning outlook onto Arthur’s Seat, Prestonfield offers guests opulent, unique rooms featuring antique furniture, characterful feature beds and a whole host of curious collectables and knick-knacks. Ramp up the glamour and go for one of their 5 romantic suites decked out in rich, luxurious textiles and furnishings. The indulgence continues in the Prestonfield restaurant, Rhubarb. Delivering gourmet delights in a Regency dining room as dramatic as the rest of the property, creating for a memorable dining experience.
The best all-rounder… Gleneagles
Just an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow the 232 room Gleneagles Hotel is an institution when it comes to luxury getaways. Opened in 1924 and set in an 850-acre estate with 3 championship golf courses as well as an unbeatable array of sporting activities to try. From equestrian and shooting to fishing and off-road driving, there is plenty to keep you entertained. Whilst there are 232 rooms, the design of each is constructed so as to feel like a far more intimate, boutique hotel. Choose from traditional or modern interiors, each sophisticated in muted tones and luxurious textiles. For relaxation head to the renowned ESPA Spa with its wide selection of relaxation treatments. Dinner is in the incredible Andrew Fairlie Michelin-starred restaurant, the only restaurant in Scotland to hold 2 stars. Alternatively go low key in the hotel’s other restaurants such as The Dormy Bar & Grill – there is a restaurant to suit all tastes.