An invitation to Afternoon Tea with Luxury Scotland

A Taste of Luxury – Scotland’s very best Afternoon Teas in the most stunning Scottish hotels set in outstanding locations.

by Jane Baxter

Glenapp Castle Ballantrae, Ayrshire

Now, this is something truly special. You will be in awe of the breathtaking surroundings of Glenapp Castle, where you will be invited into the luxurious Library and Drawing Room for your afternoon tea.

Afternoon Tea at Glenapp Castle Scotland

Enchanting views to Ailsa Craig embrace you as you relax in the sumptuous surroundings to take your afternoon tea.

Exceptional quality and flair epitomise the beautifully crafted sandwiches and cream cakes (to illustrate: delicious strawberry tart, praline choux bun, macaroons and carrot cake) with a selection of teas and/or coffee and, of course, homemade scones with clotted cream and homemade jam.

Delicious Afternoon Tea at Glenapp Castle Scotland

Explore the captivating castle grounds afterwards. Breathe in the spectacularly clean air as you wind your way through the walled garden, the Italian garden, designed by Gertrude Jekyll and your choice of direction through 36 acres of castle grounds and woodland paths.

An extraordinary experience to recount.

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Airds Hotel Port Appin, Argyll

Enjoying a delicious display of pastries, sandwiches, scones and cakes is a delightful way of spending an hour or two, especially when you are in Airds Hotel with a stunning view out across Loch Linnhe towards the Morven mountains.

airds hotel afternoon tea

At Airds you can experience a wide range of teas as well as an impressive range of sandwiches, pastries and cakes .

The full afternoon tea selection at Airds includes a variety of handmade sandwiches complemented by home baked warm scones with home-made jams and clotted cream, and the hotel’s renowned fruit cake and Scottish shortbread.

afternoon tea at airds hotel

At Airds they take afternoon very seriously, not only in terms of the food being served but also in regard to the wide range of teas being served. And for that special occasion a glass of champagne is the perfect addition.

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Cromlix House Hotel Near Dunblane, Perthshire

Afternoon tea at the Cromlix House Hotel is quite a treat! Just three miles from Dunblane, and situated in beautiful, tranquil countryside, Cromlix is set in 34 acres of secluded woodlands and garden grounds, with its own chapel and house loch.

Afternoon Tea at Cromlix House Hotel Near Dunblane, Perthshire

Scottish tennis superstar Andy Murray has transformed Cromlix to reinvent the glorious era of grand country house living.

With such sumptuous surroundings, what better place to indulge in a luxury, five-star afternoon tea?

Sample the kind of decadent lifestyle once enjoyed by the Lairds of Cromlix with the finest afternoon tea created by Chez Roux Chefs.Afternoon Tea at Cromlix House Hotel Near Dunblane, Perthshire

Options include your choice of tea leaves from the Cromlix’ own tea menu and enjoy the Chef’s savoury finger sandwiches, freshly baked fruit and plain scones with Albert Roux’s jam and clotted cream, selection of home baked cakes and afternoon tea desserts. An ultimately elegant experience, with impeccable yet discreet service.

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Crossbasket Castle Blantyre, Glasgow

Approached through a private gated entrance, the magnificent luxury Crossbasket Hotel, is situated in the peaceful Blantyre countryside yet only 30 minutes from Glasgow city centre. The perfect get-away for an afternoon tea experience with friends.

Afternoon Tea at Crossbasket Castle near Blantyre, Glasgow

Arrive along the glorious driveway through exclusive manicured grounds which include majestic waterfalls, a beautiful stretch of river, woodland and extensive nature walks. Welcome to a magical world away from the busy bustle of the city.

A stroll through the grounds hold the promise of privacy and sheer tranquility.afternoon tea at Afternoon Tea at Crossbasket Castle near Blantyre, Glasgow

The afternoon tea experience is quite simply palatial.

Partake in the Chez Roux Chef’s Artisan savoury finger sandwiches, freshly baked fruit and plain scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, selection of home cakes and Chef’s afternoon tea delicacies.

This is complemented by your choice of tea leaves from the Crossbasket tea menu. A fabulous afternoon to remember in truly historic surroundings.

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Lochgreen House Hotel near Troon in Ayrshire

Treat yourself to a glorious Afternoon Tea at Lochgreen House Hotel – a civilized way to enjoy a relaxing afternoon after exploring Ayrshire coast and all it’s treasures.

afternoon tea at lochgreen house hotel

Now it’s time to explore a delicious selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes with tea or coffee with the option of Champagne for that special occasion.

afternoon tea at lochgreen house hotel

With a spectacular coastal backdrop and glorious surrounding woodland, Lochgreen House in Troon reflects the charm of a beautiful Scottish country house hotel set in thirty acres of woodlands and manicured gardens.

Lochgreen House is rightly renowned for fine dining and excellent cuisine. Their afternoon teas confirm that reputation.

Afternoon Tea at Lochgreen House is a wonderfully civilised affair, well balanced  combination of sandwiches, scones and cakes from their in-house patisserie set in a relaxed and informal setting.

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Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux Restaurant Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian

With a fine reputation for excellent food and friendly, professional service, Greywalls offers the perfect package for a relaxing experience in one of Scotland’s best Country House Hotels.Afternoon Tea at Greywalls in East Lothian, Scotland

Designed by renowned British Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901, Greywalls is the only example of Lutyens work remaining in Scotland. Owned by the Weaver family since 1924, this family run hotel is a very special location for your Afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Tea at Greywalls in Gullane, Scotland

This memorable venue, full of elegant Edwardian comfort, retains the charm and character for which it is renowned.

Greywalls offers a service that matches that of the hotel; welcoming yet refined, attentive yet unobtrusive.

Your afternoon tea combines a selection of Chef’s artisan sandwiches, freshly baked fruit and plain scones with Albert Roux’s jam and clotted cream, a selection of home cakes along with two hot savouries and an assiette of Chef’s afternoon tea delicacies.

A broad selection of teas, including herbal and green tea, and choice of coffees or hot chocolate perfect your experience and confirm the Greywall reputation for the excellence.

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Inverlochy Castle Torlundy, Fort William

Are you ready for a unique experience in unrivalled surroundings? Queen Victoria, who spent a week at Inverlochy Castle Hotel sketching and painting, wrote in her diaries:  ‘I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot’. Afternoon Tea at Inverlochy Castle, Torlundy, Fort William

Uniquely located amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland, just 3 miles from Fort William, Inverlochy boasts a situation rich in landscape and history amidst some of Scotland’s finest scenery.

The finest detail of your comfort and enjoyment has been carefully considered at Inverlochy Castle Hotel.

The legendary father and son team Albert and Michel Roux Jr are internationally renowned for ‘a culinary experience to savour’.

Afternoon Tea is served in the sumptuous surroundings of Inverlochy Castle Lounge. Choose from the very special Full Afternoon tea or the decadent Pink Afternoon Tea.Afternoon Tea at Inverlochy Castle, Torlundy, Fort William

A glimpse of the dainty delicacies include a selection of sandwiches on white and wholemeal bread, roast sirloin of beef, horseradish and roquette, Inverlochy smoked salmon, avocado, wasabi cream, free range egg, paprika and spinach, honey roast ham, celeriac remoulade and wholegrain mustard. Plain and fruit scones served with butter, jam and clotted cream along with a selection of homemade cakes and desserts.

Choose from a special range of Ronnefeldt Teas or Loch Lomond Coffee to complete an unforgettable experience.

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Lady Claire Macdonald’s Afternoon Tea at Gleneagles Perthshire

Something extraordinary is happening at Gleneagles – a season of Afternoon Teas has been curated by Andrew Fairlie featuring well known Scottish chefs. These afternoon tea menus are inspired and contain exquisite, delectable items, both savoury and sweet using the best of Scottish produce.

lady claire macdonald kinloch lodge

The latest chef to be featured is Lady Claire Macdonald from Kinloch Lodge which has just been voted the best UK small luxury hotel.

“Afternoon Tea is achieving status as a meal in its own right. Combining celebration with indulgence, it is something to be enjoyed by all generations” – Lady Claire Macdonald.

Lady Claire’s Afternoon Tea will be a truly unique Scottish culinary experience, combining Highland classics with traditional afternoon tea delights including sweet treats include indulgent dark chocolate brandy squares, melting moment biscuits and hazelnut shortbread.

kinloch lodge afternoon teas

The Lady Claire Macdonald Afternoon Tea at Gleneagles will be available for one week only from Monday 12th November to Sunday 18th November and can be pre-booked with Gleneagles dining reservations team on 01764 69 4270.

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We hope you have enjoyed this little taste of the Luxury Scottish Afternoon Tea experiences available at our Luxury Scotland Members. Watch out for our followup Afternoon Tea articles from more of our members by signing up for our monthly newsletter or by joining us on Facebook.

A selection of Afternoon Teas at Luxury Scotland Hotels

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