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Issue 81 - Premium Choice

Scotland Magazine Issue 81
June 2015


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Scotland Hotels

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 Balmoral, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ 

SHA Luxury Hotel of the Year (Edinburgh & Lothians) 2015, this imposing Scottish Baronial property opened in 1902 as a Railway Hotel and has a prime city centre location.

Part of the deluxe Rocco Forte Collection since 1997, the interior design by Olga Polizzi, preserves classic Edwardian décor with contemporary furnishings and eclectic artwork. Bedrooms and luxury Suites are dressed in Scottish wool and tweed fabrics in green, mauve and blue to reflect Highland landscapes. A quirky touch in the majority of bathrooms comes with vintage movie photographs of Sean Connery as James Bond.

Experience Five Star Hospitality, with fine wining and dining; Number One Restaurant is sophisticated and stylish while Hadrian’s Brasserie is the alternative restaurant for breakfast, lunch and supper. Relax over drinks in the Balmoral Bar or traditional Afternoon Tea in the romantic Palm Court Salon.

Scotch is the Balmoral's signature Whisky Bar, a cosy, chic, intimate lounge bar with the largest collection of Scotch Whisky in the city. Tel: +44(0)131 556 2414

2 Hotel Indigo, Edinburgh 51-59, York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JD

SHA Brand Hotel of the Year 2015, this hidden gem is at the centre of Edinburgh’s New Town. The décor reflects vibrant colours and shades of blue and purple. Set in a listed Georgian town house, this boutique hotel is perfect for exploring Scotland's Capital. With modern bedrooms and bathrooms, fluffy towels, luxury toiletries and a work-out suite, your every need is catered for. The Turquoise Thistle Restaurant offers the best of Scottish with a modern twist, and the bar provides a good selection of spirits, Tel: +44(0) 131 556 5577

3 Ten Hill Place 10, Hill Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9DS

SHA Conference Hotel of the Year 2015, this delightful retreat is situated in a quiet square on the south side of the centre of the Capital, and adjoins the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. A large number of well designed and comfortable rooms provide guests with the perfect accommodation to explore the area or attend a function in the splendid Georgian interiors of the College itself.

Dining at Ten Hill Place is an unmissable experience with a great selection of traditional dishes with a modern twist. Since The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is part of the same property, this makes it the perfect place to hold a special event. Tel: +44(0) 131 662 2080

4 Melville Castle Hotel, Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh, EH18 1AP 

SHA Wedding Hotel of the Year 2015, Melville Castle is surrounded by forestry and parkland, and even has its own river. It was commissioned in the 18th Century by Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville.

Today, under the ownership of the Hay family, this historic property is ideal for leisurely breaks, weddings and corporate events with a choice of Classic Standard Rooms, Family Rooms and Four Poster Suites. Hospitality at Melville Castle is all about simple, tasty food with a pub menu in the Brasserie and an à la carte dinner option in the Ballroom Restaurant. Relax with a drink or Afternoon Tea in the cosy Library Bar. Tel: +44(0) 131 654 0088

5 Lamlash Bay Hotel Shore Road, Lamlash, Isle of Arran, KA27 8LU

Lamlash Bay, after which this family-owned hotel takes its name, is one of the Isle of Arran’s loveliest stretches of seascape with the Buddhist-owned sanctuary Holy Isle as a backdrop. It is located only ten minutes from Brodick where the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Ardrossan docks.

An assortment of accommodation is available and several rooms are furnished with large luxurious sofas to enjoy the sea views.

Dine at the hotel’s well-known restaurant which offers grills and freshly-made pizza. Tel: +44(0)1770 600844

6 Kingsmuir House, Springhill Road, Peebles, EH45 9EP 

SHA Luxury Hotel of the Year (Borders), this attractive B&B offers a highly bespoke service and surprisingly spacious bedroom suites with exquisite and luxurious décor. Enjoy delicious restaurant quality food, cooked to order using local produce and the freshest ingredients available.

The building itself has been fully refurbished with two double bedroom suites. Each has a sitting room, super king size beds, free standing cast iron roll-top baths and underfloor heating and Ipod docks. Tel: +44(0) 1721 724413