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Issue 97 - Premium Choice

Scotland Magazine Issue 97
February 2018

 

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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 in Scotland.

All of these hotels are members of the prestigious Scottish Hotel Awards. 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 solely 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. As official media partner of the Scottish Hotel Awards, we are proud to recommend these fine establishments.

1. KILDRUMMY INN

Kildrummy, AB33 8QS

Look no further than the Kildrummy Inn if you love a comfortable bedroom and want to enjoy some superb food from the heart of Scotland’s larder. Proprietor and Master Chef of Great Britain, David Littlewood and his kitchen team will create for you a culinary journey that you will not forget in a hurry.

As you enter the intimate bar with roaring log fire you will feel immediately at ease as Co-proprietor Nigel Hake explains the menu. The wine list is a testament to igel's expertise and you are bound to enjoy his recommendations.

Fishing is very popular here and Nigel can arrange for up to 5 rods to fish the River Don with clearly defined pools and steams that are a joy to both salmon and trout anglers at most sensible water heights. Ghillie services and tackle hire are available by prior arrangement. Fine Dining Hotel of the Year 2017 (North East)

+44 (0) 1975 571 227

www.kildrummyinn.co.uk

2. LINKS HOUSE AT ROYAL DORNOCH

Golf Road, Dornoch, IV25 3LW

Here the guest will experience a luxury Boutique hotel ambience in a truly contemporary country-house style. This is a place to relax, wine and dine after a day out on the Royal Dornoch golf course or touring around Sutherland coastline. The hotel’s main building, a former Victorian Manse dating from 1843, has been beautifully reimagined for the 21st Century traveller.

The owners, Todd and Liz Warnock, worked with the architect James Maxwell and interior designer Helen Lyon to create a contemporary Arts and Crafts decorative ambience. From the exterior sandstone walls, step inside to a world of antiques, bespoke tweed and oak furnishings, featuring colours, fabrics and textures that echo the surrounding wild natural landscape of the golf course, rivers, beach and grassy seashore.

Accommodation too follows the same sense of relaxing tone and mood around a choice of 14 sumptuously furnished bedrooms in the original Manse, the new Glenshiel House and the Mews. Guests are welcome to Links House as a home from home, with its cosy library, loyalty whisky bar and log fire. The elegant, sunlit restaurant offers casual comfort with a modern, fine-dining style Scottish cuisine that emphasises locally sourced seafood, game, fruit and vegetables.

This property of three separate houses has been created with inspirational vision. At every turn, refined quality resonates throughout this graceful Highland home.

Style Hotel of the Year 2017

+44 (0) 1862 810 279

www.linkshousedornoch.com

3. OLD TOWN CHAMBERS

Roxburgh’s Court, 323 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LW

The Old Town Chambers is a unique property located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The 24-hour concierge will help you to your room and, as you enter, you will be delighted by the chic contemporary style and design. Modern, yet in keeping with the features of these historic buildings, exposed stone and iron pillars compliment the designer furniture and beautiful Isle of Bute fabrics.

The Old Town Chambers offer a variety of room types: Signature Apartments, with great city views, beautifully designed Capital apartments, compact studios, and impressive penthouses. They are all unique in a variety of shapes and sizes to sleep from one to six, though all have a feeling of style and chic.

However, the true jewel in the crown is the Townhouse Apartment, a historic former merchant’s house that is housed within one of the Old Town’s oldest buildings. Here medieval meets contemporary in what is arguably Edinburgh’s most characterful accommodation.

Serviced Apartments of the Year 2016

+44 (0) 1315 105 499

www.lateralcity.com

4. THE PIPERS’ TRYST

30-34 McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW

Housed a 19th-Century Italianate church, the Pipers’ Tryst Hotel is part of the National Piping Centre - a magnet for musicians from across the world. Fortunately, piping is not allowed in the rooms and the rehearsal rooms in the adjoining centre are fully soundproofed! Whilst staying in the hotel, take the chance to visit the Piping Museum, which gives great insight into the heritage of the Great Highland Bagpipe.

The hotel is compact and contemporary, check in is carried out at the bar, and you are treated to a ‘wee nip’ and a piece of shortbread round on arrival. Eight identical rooms are simply furnished but comfortable.

In the bar-restaurant guests will enjoy a varied menu featuring classic dishes such as haggis, cullen skink, Scotch beef and fish of the day - all served to a background of lilting Scots traditional music. A stay here is sure to be a pleasant experience and represents very good value for money in the heart of Glasgow.

Bar Dining of the Year 2017 (Glasgow & Clyde)

+44 (0) 1413 530 220

www.thepipingcentre.co.uk

5. HOLIDAY INN GLASGOW THEATRELAND

161 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2RL

Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland has the ideal location in the city centre, close to the main transport hubs. Nearby is the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Kings and Pavilion Theatres, and Theatre Royal - so there’s no shortage of shows and events to go and see. The SSE Hydro and the SECC are less than two miles away too and easily accessed by public transport.

The hotel has 113 bedrooms, all recently refurbished, and a range of room types to suit all requirements including family rooms and suites. Within the hotel is the restaurant La Bonne Auberge Glasgow Theatreland and it takes pride in being one of the few Glasgow restaurants to still be going strong after an impressive 40 years!

La Bonne Auberge, Glasgow’s original Mediterranean Brasserie, continues to thrive and innovate under the guidance of award-winning Executive Head Chef Gerry Sharkey. Using only the freshest ingredients, the menus offer excellent value for money and tantalising cuisine inspired by France and the Mediterranean - so make time to enjoy dinner in this AA rosette restaurant.

Glasgow Hotel of the Year 2010

+44 (0) 1413 528 300

www.higlasgow.com