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Issue 84 - Scotland's Hotels

Scotland Magazine Issue 84
December 2015


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Scotland's 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 Auchrannie Resort
Auchrannie Road, Brodick, Isle of Arran KA27 8BZ

The West Coast island of Arran is often described as 'Scotland in miniature'. With its raw, rugged mountain peaks, forests, farmland and sandy coastline combining to create a perfect adventure playground, there is so much on offer.

Taken over by the Johnston family in 1988, the Auchrannie Guest House has today developed into a first class resort with two 4 star hotels, leisure clubs, luxury spa, restaurants and thirty five-star self-catering cottages. This is an inspiring Scottish Tourism success story.

Perhaps the secret is that Auchrannie House resembles a Highland lodge complete with stag's antlers, open fires, and with suites with tubs for two is ideal for that romantic escape. Guests are invited to dine at Brambles Grill for quality beef, or Eighteen69 with a menu featuring Scottish-style tapas – chilli beef, ribs and whisky-seared salmon.

SHA Hotel of the Year 2015
SHA Family Hotel of the Year (Island) 2015
Tel: +44 (0) 1770 302 234

2 The Old Mill Inn
Mill lane, Pitlochry PH16 5BH

Tucked away behind Pitlochry’s bustling main street, this inn was once an old mill, and one with a working waterwheel. The wheel still exists, splashing away beside the immaculate floral displays and busy terrace with decking areas for seating on sunny days. Teas, coffees, snacks and meals are on the go for most of the time, and the Old Mill Inn is at all times a lively and happy place.

The quaint exterior and dated signage belies the contemporary and high caliber accommodation offered inside. Indeed, the deluxe Mill Rooms are decidedly luxurious, and richly provided with high-tech extras such as iPod docks and big TVs, plush fabrics, designer bathrooms with underfloor heating, monsoon showers and deluxe Scottish toiletries. Standard rooms are also delightfully well designed and presented.

Food is informally served in the bar lounge and restaurant areas, and out of doors when the weather allows. The menu offers a wide choice of traditional and modern fayre. At weekends, the bar hosts live music, attracting a lively crowd.

SHA Winner of the Bar of the Year (Central and Fife) 2015.
Tel: +44 (0) 1796 474 020

3 Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa
Cardrona, Peebles EH45 8NE

Located close to the town of Peebles in the Scottish Borders, the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf and Spa is the perfect place to relax and escape from the pressures of everyday life. The 99 bedrooms provide comfy beds, luxury bathrooms and spacious bedrooms. Tea and coffee making facilities are, of course, available, with soft bathrobes and complimentary bottles of the hotel's own water.

Golf of course is a huge attraction. With its own course designed by Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas, the 18 hole course is exceedingly popular. Equipment can be supplied or, for last minute needs, purchased at the very well stocked golf shop. Refreshments are also catered for. The informal Spikes Bar offers a large range of hot and cold drinks as well as an extensive snack menu. Situated on the ground floor level, there is no need to worry about a dress code. Sitting outside on a sunny day is always a genuine pleasure.

SHA Brand Hotel of the Year (Borders) 2015
SHA Conference Hotel of the Year (Borders) 2015
Tel: +44(0) 1896 831 144

4 Trigony House Hotel
Closeburn, Thornhill DG3 5EZ

Trigony House Hotel is a beautiful home away from home. Located just 200 yards from the main road in the scenic village of Thornhill, this idyllic pet friendly hotel offers a relaxing retreat style of experience to its guests. Trigony House Hotel is family owned, and chef and owner Adam Moore is proud to offer guests beautifully presented dishes with fresh and mostly local ingredients. The bedrooms, each in a different style and character, provide private havens supplied with good quality bed linen, organic toiletries and lovely views of the gardens and landscape of Dumfries and Galloway beyond.

The lounge facing the gardens serves as a serene quiet area for guests to play games, read books and periodicals, or to simply enjoy drinks before bed. Expect a wholesome and re-energising experience when you stay at Trigony House Hotel. While children and pets have plenty of space to play outside, couples and business travelers are invited to indulge themselves in the luxury of privacy.

SHA Breakfast of the Year (South West) 2015
SHA Restaurant of the Year (South West) 2015
Tel: +44(0) 1848 331 211

5 Craigatin House
& Courtyard
Atholl Road, Pitlochry PH16 5QL

The Craigatin House and Courtyard is a gem of a guest house, located at the end of the town of Pitlochry but only a short walk away from the busy and picturesque high street.

As you enter the hotel you can literally feel the welcoming warmth of the owners, Martin and Andrea. Their hospitality is matched only by the warmth (in winter), of the roaring log wood stove located in the very attractive dining room.

The bedrooms are all created in the same style with very comfortable beds and bedding and quality furniture. The rooms are all of a good size and there is also the choice of a suite or twin and double rooms.

The owners have an infinite knowledge of the area and are more than happy to make recommendations as to where to walk and how to find the best local hostelries.

All the bathrooms have excellent shower facilities and are very well maintained. Nice use of quality toiletries and very fluffy towels.

The Craigatin House and Courtyard does not have a bar or evening restaurant, but there are more than enough choices within a five minute walk.
Tel: +44(0) 1796 472478

6 The Cairn Lodge & Hotel
Ochil Road, Auchterarder

The Cairn Lodge and Hotel is an original and stylish hotel set in the picturesque Perthshire town of Auchterarder, close to Gleneagles.

A former Victorian hunting lodge, it has been transformed into a very modern and stylish 11 bedroom boutique hotel with a separate lodge containing four bedrooms with lounge and kitchen for exclusive use if you book the whole lodge. There is ample car parking to the front of the hotel.

No expense has been spared. The refurbishment has given The Cairn Lodge and Hotel a very strong identity, featuring extensive use of black and white colours enhanced by the clever use of modern lighting and complimentary features.

Bedrooms also follow the black and white theme of décor and are categorised according to size. All are equipped with large flat screen smart TVs and high quality separate multi functional radio clocks, and ‘magimix’ coffee pod dispensers in addition to the more traditional kettle and courtesy tray.

SHA Style Hotel of the Year 2016 (Central & Fife)
Tel: +44(0) 1764 662 634

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