Scotland is awash with great places to visit and to stay. With over 3,000 bed and breakfasts and hotels in the region, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you and your trip. However, choosing a hotel doesn’t have to be a nightmare – all you have to do is decide what it is you’d like to gain from a stay in Scotland. Perhaps you want to get back to nature with a cabin deep in the forest. Or maybe you’d prefer a more cosmopolitan room in the heart of the city. You might even be a history buff who’s in Scotland to check out the heritage sites.
If the latter is true, you’re in luck. A lot of Scotland’s best hotels come accompanied by fascinating and colourful histories. Here’s a quick guide to the best historic hotels in the region.
Dornoch Castle, Sutherland
Dornoch Castle sits unassumingly in the seaside resort and village of Dornoch. Behind its old stone walls, however, there are more than a few stories that betray its quiet demeanour. The castle has been used as a working hotel for more than 60 years now, but it was once home to the bishops of neighbouring Caithness. After being left to decay for a long time, Dornoch Castle was eventually restored and reopened in the 19th century. It was used as a courthouse, a jail and the headquarters of the Sheriff of Sutherland. These days, Dornoch Castle Hotel has its own golf course, gardens and award winning restaurant. Book a room at your peril – the ghost of a man hung for sheep stealing is said to haunt the building.
Carberry Tower, Edinburgh
Carberry Tower is a 16th century building that once served as home to some of the most influential families in Scotland. Whilst attempting to escape through the Scottish countryside, Mary was intercepted by an army on Carberry Hill and forced to surrender. A monument marking the incident now stands at the site, which is now used as a luxury hotel. It’s a beautiful building in a stunning location and it offers guests the chance to experience a little bit of Scottish history whilst relaxing and soaking up the culture in style.
Culzean Castle Royal Artillery Cottage, Carrick
If you’re looking to stay somewhere with amazing views – you can’t go wrong with the Royal Artillery Cottage at Culzean Castle in Carrick. The castle itself teeters on the top of a cliff face on the Ayrshire coast and it is more than a little dramatic. As far as striking visuals go – Culzean Castle takes the biscuit, it really does. It was built in 1777 by the 10th Earl Of Cassilis and even played host to US president Dwight Eisenhower. It’s now used as a luxury hotel and it’s a very good one indeed. Few people are aware of its other little secret though – the beautiful, private artillery cottage hidden just out of sight on the castle’s left side. The cottage sleeps up to four people and is a great way to experience Scotland.
Aikwood Tower, Selkirk
Set in the heart of the Ettrick Forest and with a long and tangled story that’ll have history buffs in their element.It was once the haunting ground of the country’s young royals, but now it functions as a wonderful hotel for those who like their accommodation just a little bit quirky.
Author Bio: Rose is an expert on Scottish history. She visits Carberry Tower in Edinburgh twice a year and heartily recommends the hotel to friends and acquaintances.