Art in Scotland

An Art Lovers Guide

Scotland has a rich heritage of art and culture, and after a challenging year for the industry, the time has almost come to re-discover all that Scotland has to offer. In celebration of the close links which Luxury Scotland enjoys with the world of art, we have compiled a list of must-see art displays and experiences at our member properties and partners to help you plan your next artistic adventure. Whether you're an art aficionado or delving into the country's rich art scene for the first time, Scotland has a wealth of art waiting to be discovered.

Airds Hotel
On Scotland's West Coast on the banks of Loch Linnhe, Airds Hotel's stunning surroundings and mountain views make it the perfect place to achieve some quiet reflection, or indeed, find artistic inspiration. The hotels large lounge displays a rich blend of colours and fabrics and encourages guests to relax, unwind and admire the range of art pieces that adorn the walls. Throughout the hotel are a number of paintings and prints that are available for sale, allowing you to take a piece of Airds Hotel home with you. The paintings, mainly by British contemporary artists, are in a variety of media but mainly watercolour, oil and acrylic, with prices ranging from £100-£2500. 

Crinan Hotel
The Crinan Hotel is renowned as a Gallery venue on Scotland's West Coast. Owner Frances Macdonald and her son Ross Ryan are well established Scottish contemporary artists and regularly exhibit at the Crinan Gallery. Their hotel celebrates a range of local and prominent Scottish artists through seasonal exhibitions in the gallery, and within their unique 'Sleep with the Art' concept, devoting hotel bedrooms to the work of individual artists. If soaking up the art within the hotel isn't enough, why not take part in their exciting new painting holiday offering? Individual guests or small groups are invited to visit Crinan to enjoy short painting breaks under the guidance of Ross Ryan, resident artist at the hotel. These holidays can include boat trips on the Sgarbh, a fully restored classic motor boat moored at Crinan, right outside the hotel overlooking the Crinan Canal. The Sgarbh is built of teak, fully varnished and completely unique, the last of her type. The boat is coded for up to 12 passengers during the day and Ross can take guests over to Jura or other neighbouring islands.

Glencoe House
Glencoe House, a five-star mansion in the heart of Scotland's most famous Glen, is another Luxury Scotland property that has always supported Scottish art and the talented artists inspired by Scotland’s natural beauty. Guests are invited to enjoy the showcase of art pieces that exists throughout the House, many of which are provided for sale by two of Scotland’s main contemporary art galleries – The Strathearn Gallery in Crieff and the Annan Gallery in Glasgow.

The Machrie
The Machrie, on the remote but accessible island of Islay, boasts a fun, quirky and eclectic mix of artwork, curated to celebrate the local creative talent. Upon arrival at reception, the gallery wall of the Courtyard Lounge showcases original works by some of the greatest Scottish artists - John Bellany, John Lowrie Morrison, Peter Howson and the horse painter, Huw Williams. Throughout the hotel, guests will find a vast array of artwork by some of the most famous Royal Academy members, including Sir Terry Frost, Peter Blake, Brendan Neilan, John Hoyland and Sandra Blow, providing something for all artistic tastes to enjoy, from surrealism to tapestry. 

House of Bruar
The inspiring House of Bruar Art & Sculpture Gallery is a must-see stop on any visit to Pitlochry, and boasts a vast selection of contemporary art, paintings and sculptures from over 80 of Britain’s leading artists and artisans. Innovative ideas for the home and garden can be found in the Country Living Department, making it the perfect place to find that elusive unusual gift or a treat for yourself. 

Whether you are looking for a scenic backdrop to influence your own masterpiece, an exciting painting holiday to enjoy with friends, or the perfect piece of art to take home with you, we hope this has inspired you to explore the artistic experiences on offer at our member properties. If you are planning an artistic escape and would like some itinerary guidance, we would love to hear from you today. 

First published 5th March 2021. Information correct at time of going to press.