Luxury Scotland Properties Offer the Royal Treatment

All Luxury Scotland Hotels have fascinating rich history, many have hosted an array of visiting celebrities and dignitaries including royalty, prime ministers and even a U.S. president or two. Some tales of these important guests appear below:


Fasque Castle
Located near Aberdeen in the Scottish Highlands, Fasque Castle was created and developed by two of Britain’s most prestigious families: The Ramsays of Balmain owned the Fasque Estate starting in the mid-16th century, and then the Gladstones of Fasque and Balfour bought it in the mid-19th century. John Gladstone was a Liverpool merchant who made his fortune trading with the United States; he ultimately became a member of Parliament before buying the estate in 1829. One of his sons was four-time British Prime Minister William Gladstone. Though Gladstone’s brother ultimately inherited the estate, it’s said that the Prime Minister loved Fasque and visited it as frequently as possible.


This country house in Gullane was designed at the turn of the 20th century for the Honorable Alfred Lyttelton by an architect named Sir Edwin Lutyens, who also designed buildings in New Delhi and the British Embassy in Washington. King Edward VII was reported to have stayed at Greywalls several times. During World War II, the home became a place for rest and relaxation for fighter pilots based at nearby Drem Airfield. Later in the war, the house was given over to Polish forces, who converted it into a hospital. In more recent years, the hotel has hosted some of the world’s leading golfers, who appreciate the proximity to neighboring Muirfield golf course.


Inverlochy Castle Hotel
Situated in the foothills of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s tallest mountain, Inverlochy Castle Hotel was built in 1863 as a private residence. The hotel is located about two miles away from the 13th-century castle for which it was named, and it became a hotel in 1969. Exactly 100 years prior to that, while the baronial mansion was still a private home, it hosted Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederate States of America. In a letter to his wife he wrote, ”The scenery about here is the grandest of all the sublime spectacles I have met in Scotland. You would find a wide field for your imagination in the mists and changing lights and shades which characterize the Scottish mountains.” Four years later the house welcomed Queen Victoria, who spent a week in residence. She is reported to have written, “I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot.” As a tribute to the monarch, the room she occupied is now called the Queen’s Suite.


Knockinaam Lodge
Knockinaam, located on the southern tip of Scotland, was the site of a secret meeting between U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower (who later became that country’s president) and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II. The meeting was said to be one of the best-kept secrets of the war era, despite the fact that residents of the nearby towns saw Churchill while he was in the area. It’s also reported that John Buchan, author of The 39 Steps, was referring to Knockinaam when he talked about a grey stone Victorian hunting lodge in his 1915 thriller that became an Alfred Hitchcock film 20 years later.


MV Hebridean Princess
The MV Hebridean Princess is the only ship to be granted a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen. The ship, originally commissioned in 1962, was built as one of the first three dedicated drive-on/drive-off car ferries to operate in Scotland’s Western Isles. Starting in 1983 – a time when the ship was known as the MV Columba – the Hebridean Princess became a royal yacht of sorts. First she hosted His Royal Highness Prince Charles (known in Scotland as the Duke of Rothesay), then she welcomed Princess Anne as a guest at a friend’s birthday party, and ultimately she was chartered by the Queen of England in 2006 to celebrate her 80th birthday with her family. The Queen returned for a private vacation with her family in 2010.


The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course
Formerly called Sunlaws House Hotel, this property has witnessed its share of drama. In June 1544, a period called the “Rough Wooing,” a roving band of Englishmen came to Scotland and burned down Sunlaws. During the first Jacobite uprising, the property was once again set to flames. In 1770, the property burned down a third time – on that occasion because a servant had left a candle unattended. Amidst all the smoke, however, this property also hosted some influential guests. Bonnie Prince Charlie spent the night here on November 5, 1745, and planted a white rose bush on the grounds.



10 Remarkable Scottish Gins

Gin is the new fashionable thing. The gin industry is booming like never before with fifteen new distilleries opening in 2014 alone and gin sales jumping by 18% during 2015. More than just a revival, gin has been reborn with vigour and there is no way back.

New gin bars, new gin events, new gin specialists, new brands, new gin review websites, anywhere that is well respected will have at least a few extra brand options for the gin lover these days. Great bars and restaurants are launching gin menus as well as quite a few new exciting gin cocktails.

Scotland is never behind when it comes to food and drink. Especially during Visit Scotland’s Year of Food and drink. The industry is exceptionally vibrant despite the fact that consumers pay 79% in tax, the highest for any alcoholic product. Looking at the UK as a whole, British gin accounts for 20% of the world’s supply. It’s pretty impressive.

At Luxury Scotland we have selected a few exciting Scottish brands with completely unique backgrounds and histories that represent different areas of Scotland. If you love gin and are serious about learning more about Scottish gin, you must try these. You can’t have an opinion without trying at least 5 of the country’s most successful brands.

Firkin Gin

A cask aged gin from Gleann Mór made with juniper, angelica root, coriander seed and orris root, aged in American oak casks ex-whisky casks. Launched on 24 April 2015 and less than a month later, it has found its way into high-end bars and specialist shops around the UK, Firkin gin is released in limited batches of around only 250 bottles at 46% ABV.



The Botanist

Wild, foraged and distilled: 22 foraged island botanicals hand-picked locally and sustainably on Islay. The gin is made at Bruicladdich distillery on Islay.




The Edinburgh Gin

Nestled below the stairs of Rutland Place in the capital, sits their gin distillery. They have a wonderful selection of gins and are definitely a destination to gin lovers visiting Edinburgh.




Daffy’s Gin

Named after the Goddess of gin, Daffy’s is created using the finest French grain spirit, distilled on an ancient copper pot whisky still. It mixes classic ingredients such as juniper, coriander seeds, cassia bark with newer botanicals like Lebanese mint and rare varieties of lemon. Exceptionally fresh and smooth.




Pickering’s Gin

Multi award-winning, marvellously mixed gin hand-crafted at Summerhall Distillery, the first exclusive gin distillery to be established in Edinburgh for over 150 years. It is based on an original Bombay recipe, kept secret since 1947.




Strathearn Gin

Strathearn Distillery, near the village of Methven in Perthshire, is probably Scotland’s smallest whisky and gin distillery. Winners of “Scotlands Craft Spirit of the Year” 2015 for their Oaked Highland Gin. They also have the pleasure of having “Scotland’s Young Distillery of the Year”, 22 year old,  Zak Shenfield, overseeing, designing and distilling all their spirits.



Caorunn Gin

Caorunn is a small batch, quadruple-distilled Scottish Gin personally crafted by one man – Gin Master, Simon Buley. Using only the finest pure grain spirit, natural Scottish Water and 11 botanical gin ingredients, he personally crafts each and every bottle of Caorunn.



Boe Gin

Boë Superior Gin is lovingly created in small batches under the watchful eye of their Master Distiller, where 13 rare hand picked botanicals and spices are infused in the finest neutral grain spirit, liberating the full flavours of triple filtered Boë Superior Gin, creating a high class gin, characteristically citrus with extraordinary balance and smoothness.





Eden Mill Gin

Their site in St Andrews, Scotland, is part of history. The legendary Haig family first made whisky there in 1810 and they continue that tradition over two hundred years later. They are a craft brewery and distillery, the first in Scotland.




Makar Gin

Glasgow’s first whisky distillery in over a hundred years is making its mark not just in the world of whisky but also in the world of gin. Carrying on the tradition of whisky distilleries creating great small batch gins. Makar is produced in small batches in ‘Annie’  the distillery’s own copper pot still.








Welcome to the Luxury Scotland Newsletter – November 2015

Luxury Scotland Newsletter – November 2015

No matter when I travel in Scotland there is always some view or vista that enhances my day. The light is ever changing and winter brings some of the most spectacular scenery. The Northern Lights can be seen in many parts of Scotland at this time of year.

Traditionally seen in the far north of Scotland, we now hear about sightings of these dramatic celestial displays in Nairn, Dundee, St Andrews and many other parts of Scotland.

Travellers on the west coast will be enjoying richly coloured autumnal sunsets while throughout many parts of the Scotland countryside the crisp morning light and the backdrop of mountains with a light dusting of snow will make a wonderful start to the day.

Winter also brings a bounty of special offers from our member hotels – these are just a few of the offers available. Keep a watch on our News & Offers section from more enticing promotions.

Airds-hotel-port-appin-argyllFor many years Airds Hotel and Restaurant, has been known for its outstanding food.

With a 37 year long listing in the Good Food Guide, 4 Red Stars, 3 AA Rosettes and 1 Eat Scotland Gold Award one quickly has an indication of what is on offer. Well, Airds Hotel and Restaurant has a new seasonal menu which pays homage to the cornucopia of fresh local food which they find on their doorstep.

This is the perfect place to enjoy a 2 night Gourmet Break in the Scottish Highlands.

There are Gourmet packages available from £825 for two nights with full details on 

boath houseIf you would like to do your Christmas shopping away from the hustle and bustle of the high streets, then head to Boath House. Boath House is the most beautiful Regency house in Scotland set amidst 22 acres of stunning highland scenery with ornamental lake, streams, parkland and formal walled gardens.

You can enjoy a mid-week break here with dinner in the Michelin starred restaurant, bed and breakfast from £290 per couple.

In the locality you will find a number of interesting places to complete your shopping of cashmere, antiques silver and malt whisky.

crinan hotelWhat better way to see out the old and bring in the new than at the Crinan Hotel Hogmanay House Party. With wonderful sea views, lovely walks and superb menus for each of your three evenings, traditional music and a memorable ceilidh, this is the perfect way to mark the end of 2015 and welcome in 2016.

During this three night Hogmanay package which includes all meals including a you can be as active or as lazy as you want. Nearby there is horse riding and clay pigeon shooting, a boat trip will be organised on Hogmanay (weather permitting) and guests can enjoy a welcoming coal fire with books, games and magazines in the hotel at all times.

Prices are from £1080 for three nights based on two adults sharing a room.

Book online or by phone on 01546 830 261 

cromlixCromlix & Chez Roux is near Dunblane in the heart of Perthshire with easy access from the main motorways and Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports.

During the winter months, you can stay midweek in one of Europe’s most cherished, luxury hotels and enjoy a rate of £285 per room per night inclusive of DBB for two people. Terms and conditions apply.

For full details go to

glasshouseThe Glasshouse in Edinburgh offers 5 star luxury right in the heart of the city centre. Behind the historic façade of the old Lady Glenorchy Church in Greenside Place you will find a 77 roomed exciting boutique hotel and the new Observatory Restaurant.

You can stay in The Glasshouse for the perfect Christmas break with luxury accommodation, the best of local cuisine, and a carol service on the private rooftop garden on Christmas Eve for £745 for a 3 night stay. Terms and conditions apply.

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Inverlochy Castle is one of the finest castle hotels in the world and a favourite haunt of Queen Victoria who wrote in her diary “I have never seen a lovelier or more romantic spot”.

Follow in Queen Victoria’s footsteps and stay at Inverlochy from November to January 2016 for a modest £255 dinner, bed and breakfast per person, on any day of the week.

What a wonderful festive gift for anyone!

For full details go to 

kinloch-lodge-skyeKinloch Lodge on Skye is easily accessible via the Skye Bridge. If you would like to know how a Michelin starred kitchen works, join Marcello Tully and his team in the fantastic new kitchen starting with a full Scottish Breakfast at 9.00 AM after which you’ll spend the morning learning all that happens in this top class hotel kitchen with Marcello preparing lunch and later in the day preparing dinner.

The morning session is followed by a sumptuous 5 course lunch that you will have seen prepared during the morning. All this and more for just £99.00 per person. Why not bring a group of friends and make a day of it?

Full details on 

Kinloch_House_HotelKinloch House in Perthshire has a wonderful 3 night Hogmanay Package, from £750 per person, which includes dinner, full Scottish Breakfast and VAT.  On the 31st there is a celebratory gourmet dinner comprising of six courses, canapés, petit fours and coffee – all included in the Hogmanay package. Each guest receives a gift and champagne at midnight when a piper brings in the New Year in the traditional way.

After dinner there will be traditional music played by a fiddler and accordionist when those who feel inclined can dance a few reels in the conservatory. On New Year’s Day guests can enjoy a complimentary sandwich and mince pie lunch.  On departure each couple will receive a voucher for an overnight stay to be used during 2016.

For full details go to 

MV BritanniaLooking forward, Britannia have a Burn’s Supper on 29th January.

This is one of the very rare occasions where individuals can purchase tickets to be part of an event on board Britannia.

They can be purchased online or by phoning the events team and the tickets will make a superb Christmas gift as the experience will include a fabulous 4 course dinner in the State Dining Room as well as Whisky Tasting in the Drawing Room.

The dress code is Black Tie.

Individual tickets (priced £165pp) or tables of 10 can be booked online, by email or by calling +44(0)131 555 8800.