8 Scotland Hidden Gem Hotels that You Definitely Haven’t Heard Of Yet
Sun 4 June 2023
8 Hidden Gem Hotels in Scotland:
1. Greater GlasgowForget 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. AberdeenshireIf 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 EdinburghYou’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
4. Inverness and the HighlandsTruly 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
5. Dundee and TaysideTayside’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. GlenfinnanEveryone 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. ObanYou’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:
- and everyone's favourite, the Isle of Skye