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Issue 79 - Scottish Hotels

Scotland Magazine Issue 79
February 2015


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Scottish Hotels

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No vacation to Scotland would be 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, our friends at the Scottish Hotel Awards will point you in the right direction.

1 The Scotsman Hotel
North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1TR

Built into the original Scotsman offices and printing rooms on the South Side of the North Bridge, and towering over Waverley Station is the Scotsman Hotel. All of the 69 bedrooms provide five star comfort and luxury, with the majority providing stunning views over Edinburgh’s city centre and Princess Street. Relaxation is guaranteed with comfy beds, fresh linen and a well stocked mini bar.
The lounge and restaurant is dominated by the original marble columns and offers seating on the ground floor level as well as on the upper balcony which can be reached via the glass stair case. Under the lead of head chef Paul Hartley, The Scotsman serves a variety of traditional Scottish dishes, all with a very individual and sometimes very modern twist. Using the best of Scottish produce, meats and seafood, even items like Buffalo can be found on the menu. And yes, even that is local, from the farm of Puddledub in Fife.
The Spa and Health Club has over 20,000 square feet of exercise and relaxation space which allows you to be as active or inactive as you possibly want to be.
Tel: +44 (0)131 556 5565

2 The Pipers' Tryst
30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow G4 0HW

The Pipers' Tryst at the National Piping Centre is a hidden gem in Glasgow's restaurant scene. Located in the heart of Glasgow's music and theatre locale, this superb hotel, a ‘restaurant-with-rooms,’ earns unqualified praise from guests for providing warm and genuine hospitality and delicious food coupled with excellent Scottish hospitality. Part of the National Piping Centre and housed in a masterpiece of Victorian sandstone ‘Greek-style’ architecture, there are eight modern, Scottish-themed bedrooms.
Tel: +44 (0) 141 353 0220

3 Raemoir House Hotel
Banchory, Aberdeenshire
AB31 4ED

Raemoir House Hotel sits comfortably in 25 acres of mature estate, approached via a wooded avenue. This is a real country manor and from the moment that you step into the immaculate vestibule, it is plain to all the sense that things are done well here. An atmospheric, fully pine-panelled and fire-warmed drawing room is a delight; highly individual and endearing bedrooms add comfort, choice and flexibility to your stay, and in the dining room or ‘Big Fish’ bar, the superb cooking can be enjoyed in all of its versatility. Regional winner of both the 2014 SHA Romantic Hotel of the Year Award and 2014 SHA Country House Hotel of the Year.

4 Balbirnie House
Markinch, Glenrothes, Fife

This gorgeous 18th Century Georgian mansion house hotel which nestles in 400 acres of rolling parkland in the heart of the Kingdon of Fife and is flanked by immaculately cut lawns, is renowned as a many-times winner of the SHA Scottish Wedding Hotel of the Year award. And justly so. But there is so much more to this well-managed sociable place. The Orangery destination restaurant is beautiful. Regional winner of the 2014 SHA Events Hotel of the Year and 2014 SHA Wedding Hotel of the Year, Balbirnie House combines fine food with lovely surroundings and above all, exudes a real sense of warm and welcoming
Scottish hospitality.
Tel: +44 (0) 1592 610 066

5 Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort
Bishopton, Glasgow,
Renfrewshire PA7 5NW

Regional winner of the 2014 SHA Luxury Hotel of the Year Award, Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort is set within a tranquil 240 acre woodland estate just ten minutes from Glasgow City Centre. Individually designed bedrooms and suites will leave you spoiled for choice. king sized beds and Egyptian cotton duvet covers add to the feeling of total relaxation within the comfort of your room. There are formal and informal dining options, and for golfers, a well-established course shaped around 250 year old sweet chestnut trees.
Tel: +44 (0) 141 812 9999

6 Pool House Hotel
Poolewe, Ross-shire, Highland & Islands IV22 2LD

Consistently listed among the most romantic retreats in Scotland and the United Kingdom, Pool House is a thoroughly unique refuge on the shores of Loch Ewe. Every suite has been lovingly themed and furnished with antiques and curios from around the world. All meals are prepared from the highest quality ingredients by Chef John Moir and Pool House has been named as one of the top 20 places to dine in the Highlands and Islands by the cookery writer Lady (Claire) Macdonald. Also available is a collection of single malts.
Tel: +44 (0) 1445 781 272
5Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort
Bishopton, Glasgow,
Renfrewshire PA7 5NW
Tel: +44 (0) 1330 824 884

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