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Issue 99 - Where to Stay

Scotland Magazine Issue 99
June 2018

 

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Where to Stay

Whether you are searching for urban luxury, an island retreat, exquisite cuisine, 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 scheme. This means that they receive at least two overnight review visits per year by a member of the organisation’s expert research panel. As you might guess, only hotels that are bursting with confidence and provide the very best standard of guest experience every day put themselves forward for assessment.

Each year in February, we publish the list of regional winners across the awards' 31 categories, from which the national winners are chosen. The national results are then announced at a gala dinner and published in our April edition. As the Scottish Hotel Awards’ official media partner, we are proud to recommend these fine establishments.

1. BALBIRNIE HOUSE

Balbirnie Park, Markinch, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 6NE

Surrounded by 400 acres of manicured grounds lies Balbirnie House Hotel, a Grade A listed Georgian mansion and four-star hotel renowned for its stunning weddings, attentive staff, beautiful rooms and innovative approach to luxury hospitality.

Balbirnie House has been the Scottish wedding hotel of the year for the last nine years and it is not difficult to see why: warm hospitality, attention to detail and personalised service are at the very core of the hotel’s culture. Besides its majestic building and beautiful grounds, the hotel also boasts some of the country’s loveliest luxury bedrooms and an outstanding restaurant providing fine dining style of food in an informal but elegant atmosphere.

Wedding Hotel of the Year 2018 (National) Fine Dining, Style & Country House Hotel of the Year 2018 (Central & Fife)

+44 (0) 1592 610 066

www.balbirnie.co.uk

2. CROWN PLAZA GLASGOW

3 Congress Road, Finniston, Glasgow, G3 8QT

This hotel offers modern and stylish accommodation next to the SECC, the iconic Clyde Auditorium and the SSE Hydro arena.

There's a large car park and Glasgow Airport (GLA) is only 15 minutes' drive away. Trains from Exhibition Centre railway station, near the hotel, take just 11 minutes to Glasgow Central station and the city centre, making it the ideal location whether visiting on business or leisure. All bedrooms have been recently refurbished with comfortable beds, including plush duvets and luxurious sheets, and the experience is augmented by the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage® program - so guests are guaranteed a good night’s sleep.

In the Mariner Restaurant, with its riverside views, guests can order an excellent quality lunch or dinner from the à la carte menu and, in the evening only, from a 'Hot Table' carvery menu. If preferred, guests may instead relax with a glass of wine and a burger in the lounge bar or there is always the option of in-room dining, with an extensive selection including options available 24 hours.

After a day of business meetings or visiting the city’s shops and tourist attractions, the trendy lounge bar is the place to relax over cocktails with friends. A visit to the indoor pool or air-conditioned fitness centre helps guests stay in shape, followed by a relaxing session in the spa, steam room or sauna.

Most Accessible Hotel 2018 (National) Events Hotel of the Year 2018 (Glasgow & Clyde)

+44 (0) 1413 069 988

www.ihg.com

3. GLEDDOCH HOTEL, SPA & GOLF COURSE

Old Greenock Road, Langbank, Renfrewshire, PA14 6YE

Whether looking for somewhere to stay close to the city centre, a countryside bolthole or one the best hotels near Loch Lomond - Gleddoch is the solution. History and heritage also plays a part in the unique charm of Gleddoch, as the hotel was once the aweinspiring home of notable shipping baron Sir William Lithgow.

Convenience and ease of access are some of the biggest drawing points, as guests are perfectly placed to visit the city or the countryside, not to mention the excellent facilities or outstanding look and feel of this recently refurbished hotel.

The championship 18-hole golf course is second to none in the Glasgow region and will be a challenge for all golfers. A visit to the Imperia Spa is a must. There guests will find a wide range of treatments for ladies and gentlemen alike, all using Elemis and Ishga products. There is also a fully equipped gym, indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna, and steam room to help guests relax and unwind.

Spa of the Year 2018 (Glasgow & Clyde)

+44 (0) 1475 540 711

www.gleddoch.com

4. KNOCKDERRY COUNTRY HOUSE

Shore Road, Cove, Helensburgh, Argyll, G84 0NX

Knockderry, situated on the banks of Loch Long, is a fabulous four-star hotel with two AA Rosettes awarded for its dining. Situated near Loch Lomond and Helensburgh, it’s the perfect place for relaxing weekends, short breaks, weddings and small exclusive events. The hotel has striking architecture both inside and out, with curved ceilings, turrets, huge bay widows, magnificent wooden panels and stained glass. Owners Beth and Murdo MacLeod have supplemented these original features with tasteful decoration to create an enviable country house hotel.

Knockderry enjoys a great reputation for excellent food and drink sourced from quality local suppliers. Dinner is served in the old wood-panelled dining room, which boasts glorious stained glass features and a charming outlook over Loch Long. During the summer, the garden terrace is the ideal place for lunch or an evening drink overlooking the lochside.

Breakfast, Fine Dining & Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year 2018 (Argyll & Lomond)

+44 (0) 1436 842 283

www.knockderryhouse.co.uk

5. THE SCALLOWAY HOTEL

Main Street, Scalloway, Shetland, ZE1 OTR

The award for Independent Hoteliers of the Year 2016 was presented to The Scalloway Hotel's owners, Peter and Caroline Mackenzie, in recognition of their tireless work for the community and for delivering an exceptionally high standard of hospitality. The Shetland island experience at The Scalloway Hotel is authentic in every aspect from the local food and drink, to the handcrafted furnishings in the 23 bedrooms.

The Restaurant is renowned for its superb cuisine and the à la carte menu features a choice of five starters and five main dishes, such as Cullen Skink, (with Shetland smoked haddock), Shetland scallops, lamb, monkfish, beef and lobster, followed by chocolate torte with homemade pistachio ice-cream, or platter of Scottish cheese and oatcakes. Accompanied by an amuse bouche and a granite palate cleanser, this is very much a fine dining experience, though without formality or fuss.

For a more casual setting, the hotel's buzzing bar offers an equally tasty menu focussing on local seafood, steak and venison.

Informal Fine Dining Hotel of the Year 2018 (National) Bar Dining & Fine Dining Hotel of the Year 2018 (Islands)

+44 (0) 1595 880 444

www.scallowayhotel.com