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Issue 101 - Where to Stay

Scotland Magazine Issue 101
November 2018

 

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Where to Stay

No vacation in Scotland is complete without experiencing the comfortable surroundings, delicious food and warm hospitality for which the country is famous. Whether you are searching for urban luxury, an island retreat, exquisite cuisine, some trout or salmon fishing, a few rounds of golf or even your own castle; on these pages you will find some of the very best places to stay, eat and drink.

All of these hotels are members of the prestigious Scottish Hotel Awards scheme. This means that they receive at least two overnight review visits per year by a member of the organisation’s expert research panel, which is made up of hospitality industry veterans and seasoned travel journalists. As you might guess, only hotels that are bursting with confidence and provide the very best standard of guest experience put themselves forward for assessment.

Every year in February, we publish the list of regional winners across the 31 categories, from which the national winners are chosen. The national results are subsequently announced at a gala dinner and published in the following issue. As the Scottish Hotel Awards’ official media partner, we are immensely proud to recommend these fine establishments.

THE BORDER HOTEL

KELSO, TD5 8PQ

Dating from 1750, The Border Hotel offers a welcome sight to the discerning traveller. Its commanding position at the head of the village green catches the imagination with its traditional thatched roof.

The building is steeped in a rich Borders history and those passing can’t help but be drawn to the charming and relaxed atmosphere within, where a warm and friendly welcome awaits guests as they enter the cosy bar, with its fine selection of beverages to enjoy in front of the roaring open fire.

The tempting menu created by the hotel’s chefs utilises the best local produce and offers a fine selection of freshly prepared and well-presented dishes. Five comfortable en-suite rooms provide the perfect opportunity for a good night’s sleep in the heart of Reiver country.

CRAIGMHOR LODGE & COURTYARD

PITLOCHRY, PH16 5EF

Overlooking the village of Pitlochry, Craigmhor Lodge & Courtyard offers tranquil and homely accommodation in all of their 12 spacious bedrooms. With bold new design being incorporated in their refurbishment, this property knows exactly how to surprise and delight their loyal returning guests - of which there are many. And for good reason.

This is more than just a guesthouse and the owners, Calum and Jane Maclellan, do a superb job of creating that ‘home away from home’ feeling. With Pitlochry High Street just a short walk away, recommendations and partner restaurants are at hand.

If, however, guests feel like dining in, a sumptuous dinner hamper can be prepared and delivered to the room. Bedrooms provide guests with comfy beds and underfloor-heated bathrooms. Breakfast is a must! The table is set to bursting point with all the delights one can imagine, with an endless variety of fruits and cereals that provide the delicious warm-up round that comes before delightful cooked breakfasts.

DOUNESIDE HOUSE

ABOYNE, AB34 4UL

Today carefully managed by the MacRobert Trust, this country house has carefully been transformed into a luxurious hotel but has lost none of its charm. The views across the Scottish Highlands to the muscular Grampian Mountains, many parts of which are visible from the rooms, are uninterrupted and unforgettable.

The hotel has created 14 superb, classic-contemporary styled bedrooms. All are of the highest quality; utilising modern fabrics, antique furniture and the most comfortable Hypnos beds. Within the grounds there are a number of cottages with an additional 16 bedrooms, including the impressive four-bedroom Casa Memoria.

Douneside also offers the finest food and sources locally, including vegetables and herbs from its own gardens. A fabulous tasting menu and a truly splendid table d’hôte menu is offered. The hotel is a great base from which guests can explore the Highlands or, alternatively, one may simply or relax.

GOLDEN JUBILEE CONFERENCE HOTEL

CLYDEBANK, G81 4SA

The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel has really considered its market position and, with a clearly defined strategy, has positioned itself as a centre of excellence. As well as a first-class product in terms of hotel service, the property is also now equipped with cutting-edge technology and boasts the most ample space for a conference hotel of its size. The breakout areas are well defined, spacious and filled with natural sunlight.

The hotel operates uniquely as part of the Golden Jubilee NHS Trust, the advantage of this being it can retain the profit and reinvest in the product offering. That’s not to say that the hotel is only suited to business visitors. Quite on the contrary, its location makes it a perfect base for guests wishing to explore both the city of Glasgow and the nearby Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. This hotel is guaranteed to more than exceed expectations.

 

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