Historic Hotels in Scotland

Scotland… a land of imposing castles, dramatic scenery and some of the best country house hotels in the whole of Britain. The following pages list around 100 of the very best properties from around Scotland, and range from the magnificent Balbirnie House in Glenrothes, to the Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, a luxury lighthouse hotel near Stranraer!

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Prestonfield House Hotel

Prestonfield, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH16 5UT.

Prestonfield is the only hotel in Edinburgh to hold AA’s highest accolade of 5 Red Stars. Situated moments from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, this baroque mansion has been luxuriously reworked and now has 22 individual boudoir-like rooms and suites.

  • 17th Century

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The Principal Edinburgh

The Principal, 19-21 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2PB.

Situated in one of the most prestigious locations in Edinburgh, on the stylish George Street, lies The Principal Edinburgh. This grade II listed hotel was built over 200 years ago and has recently undergone a multi million pound refurbishment, restoring a sense of grandeur to the building.

  • 18th Century

Friars Carse Country House Hotel

Friars Carse Hotel, Auldgirth, Dumfries and Galloway, DG2 0SA.

Dating back to the 1200s, this fine Scottish Baronial Hall was the location where Robert Burns wrote many of his works. With a 45 acre estate to enjoy, this is the perfect venue for a relaxing countryside retreat. 9 hole putting green and snooker room.

  • 13th Century

Thainstone House

Thainstone House Hotel, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5NT.

Set in an impressive eighteenth century building, Thainstone House Hotel is set in 44 acres of private gardens and woodlands. Situated just outside the village of Inverurie, its location makes it an ideal setting for a Highland getaway.

  • 18th Century

Inveraray Inn

Inveraray Inn, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32 8XB.

Few hotels in the Western Highlands have such long and distinguished history as the Inveraray Inn. Designed in 1750 by the famous builder John Adam, the Inveraray Inn sits on the banks of Loch Fyne, just a short stroll from Inveraray Castle.

  • 18th Century

Knipoch Hotel

Knipoch Hotel, By Oban, Argyll.

A privately owned, luxury four star country house hotel, historic Knipoch nestles beside Loch Feochan just six miles from Oban. There is an emphasis on good food and drink, and all rooms are en-suite with lovely views.

  • 15th Century

Balbirnie House Hotel

Balbirnie House Hotel, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 6NE.

The award-winning Balbirnie House is a listed Georgian mansion dating from around 1777. Set within a 400 acre park, it now offers good food, beautiful grounds, 34 fine bedrooms, and an 18-hole golf course, all just an hour’s drive from Edinburgh.

  • 18th Century

Norwood Hall Hotel

Norwood Hall Hotel, Cults, Grampian, Scotland, AB15 9FX.

This 18th century listed mansion house is set in acres of lovely grounds, yet is also within the heart of Aberdeen. There is an AA rosette restaurant, and the rooms in the hotel are all elegantly furnished.

  • 19th Century

Best Western Queens Hotel

Best Western Queens Hotel, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5AG.

The four star Best Western Queens Hotel has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and most rooms now feature jacuzzi baths. The hotel’s restaurant serves the best local produce.

  • 19th Century

Newton Muthu Hotel

The Newton Hotel, Nairn, Highlands, IV12 4RX.

The Newton is a stunning four star hotel idyllically situated in 21 acres of parkland. Nearby attractions include Loch Ness, The Malt Whisky Trail and lots of outdoor activities.

  • 17th Century

Stirling Highland Hotel

Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 1DU.

Originally built as a school, this is now a luxury four star hotel nestled in the historic town of Stirling. Leisure facilities on-site include a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

  • 19th Century