8 Scotland Hidden Gem Hotels that You Definitely Haven’t Heard Of Yet
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8 Scotland Hidden Gem Hotels that You Definitely Haven’t Heard Of Yet

Famed for its breathtaking glens, dramatic lochs and expansive highlands, there’s no country quite like Scotland. Providing you endless opportunities to detach from the madness of modern life, these 8 hidden gem hotels in Scotland will allow you to truly escape from reality and unwind in captivating scenery. The best time to visit? It’s got to be the summer. It’s common knowledge that Scotland has pretty unforgivable weather including heavy snow and a LOT of rain. Plan your trip to Scotland in summer and you can make the most of the pleasant weather and endless tourism activities such as bus and boat tours that tend to close in the low season.

8 Hidden Gem Hotels in Scotland:

1. Greater Glasgow

Hikers walking down a hill overlooking Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Forget the city, fly into Glasgow airport and head straight to the secluded Gleddoch Spa & Golf, BW Premier Collection Hotel nestled in rural Greenock. Complete with its own golf course, spa and whisky bar, this hotel allows you to completely switch off and immerse yourself in Scottish culture. In just 30 minutes by car, you can reach Balloch - the quaint village at the banks of Loch Lomond and within The Trossachs National Park - a must-visit for all avid hill walkers.

2. Aberdeenshire

Crovie, a traditional Aberdeen fishing village in Scotland If you’re on the hunt for a dreamy coastal getaway, look no further than the family-run Knowes Hotel and Restaurant in Macduff. Situated on the beautiful Moray Firth Coast, the Knowes Hotel offers seven en-suite bedrooms with an idyllic view over the Banff and Macduff bays. Guests can dine while enjoying stunning sunsets and frequent visits by dolphins in the bay below. To add to your picturesque memories, book a tour to Slains Castle and Cullen, to marvel at its fascinating cliffs and caves.

3. Greater Edinburgh

Bass Rock from North Berwick Beach in Scotland You’ve heard of Edinburgh but have you heard of its quieter, prettier cousin North Berwick? Take the train from Edinburgh Waverly and enjoy a 30-minute scenic journey along the Firth of Forth coast as you pass:
  • Seaside villages
  • Golden beaches
  • And eventually the infamous Bass Rock with its many, many gannets
Once you’ve arrived, tuck into some fish and chips on the beach as you take in the refreshing sea breeze and inspiring ocean views, before heading to the luxurious Marine North Berwick. This hotel should be top of the list for any inspiring golfers thanks to its central location to 20 different championship golf courses. Not into golf? Recharge in the hotel’s private spa or wander down the beach and up to the North Berwick Law to take in the nautical scenery.

4. Inverness and the Highlands

A ruined Scottish castle in the middle of a Loch surrounded by hills Truly one of the most scenic Scottish hotels, the dog-friendly Highland Hotel in rural Strathpeffer offers the perfect base for exploring the best of the Scottish Highlands. Nearby you can find whisky distilleries alongside:
  • Scottish museums
  • the famous Loch Ness (and the monster if you’re lucky)
  • Inverness, the capital of the Highlands
Make sure to take a drive to the picturesque Loch Garve and the charming town of Beauly with its bustling cafes and independent shops - great for souvenir shopping. At the end of your busy day sightseeing, enjoy haggis, neeps and tatties at the Highland Hotel’s acclaimed restaurant and unwind in the hotel spa.

5. Dundee and Tayside

Dundee waterfront with the V&A museum and the Discovery ship Tayside’s Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel guarantees a scenic stay thanks to its seafront location only 25 minutes away from the up-and-coming city of Dundee. A rite of passage for all golf fans visiting the area, the Golf Hotel and Spa offers luxury golfing and leisure facilities less than 200 yards from the beach. Take a break from golfing by visiting nearby Dundee to check out the inspiring V&A design museum on the recently redeveloped waterfront or the McManus Art Gallery & Museum. Consider booking a self-guided tour to fully immerse yourself in Dundee’s rich history.

6. Glenfinnan

Glenfinnan Viaduct with a steam train passing Everyone knows that scene in Harry Potter where the old steam engine goes hurtling along an old viaduct amongst the lush green Scottish hills, but did you know that it was shot in Glenfinnan? A stay in this area is not complete without venturing up the hill and trying to snap a shot of the train as it goes by. But aside from its Harry Potter fame, it’s also known for being a stone’s throw away from the UK’s biggest mountain, Ben Nevis. So if there are any keen hillwalkers in your group you know where to take them. If you’re more of a history buff, it’s worth visiting the nearby Glenfinnan Monument to learn more about the Jacobite uprising and Bonnie Prince Charlie. While in the area, book a few nights at The Holly Tree to take in loch views before indulging in a luxury spa experience complete with a sauna and indoor pool. The restaurant is also very respected in the area for its fresh and delicious seafood offering.

7. Oban

McCaig's Tower & Battery Hill in Oban You’ve heard of island hopping in Greece but I bet you haven’t heard of Scottish island hopping. Oban is famed for being Scotland’s seafood capital as well as the Gateway to the Scottish Isles due to the frequent ferries heading to:
  • Mull
  • Barra
  • Tiree
  • and everyone's favourite, the Isle of Skye
The Muthu Alexandra Hotel guarantees scenic stays for weary travellers thanks to its prime location on the lively harbour. Sample whisky at the nearby distillery or sip tea and tuck into buttery shortbread on the hotel’s terrace as you watch shipping boats come and go.

8. St Andrews

As the official birthplace of golf, St. Andrews is spoiled for choice with golf courses and golf museums. Aside from golf, St Andrews is also a well-known university town where Prince William and Kate first met. You can even visit the cafe where they would often go for coffee. Stroll down the local beach and stop by the historic ruin of St Andrews Castle. Accommodation-wise, if a scenic retreat in the lap of luxury is what you desire, then the Rusacks St Andrews should be your top choice. Encapsulating luxury, elegance and truly breathtaking surroundings, the hotel boasts lavish grounds complemented by stunning cliffs overlooking the North Sea. The hotel is known for its many facilities, including a golf concierge and award-winning restaurant. So which one of these hidden gem hotels in Scotland takes your fancy? No matter where you choose, you're guaranteed stunning scenery and countless outdoor activities to enjoy. Why not treat your loved one to a Hotelgift voucher and discover Scotland's captivating landscapes off the beaten track?

Looking to explore further afield? Why not book a night at a spa hotel for a relaxing getaway or a luxury London hotel for an indulgent city break?