The Ranald Metro Hotel, Oban

For me, The Ranald has been long awaited, filling a gap in the market with a smart and functional Metro Hotel in the most popular West coast town of Oban. The town has long held a place in my heart and I have a great admiration for the people of Oban who drive the town forward and are warm, … [Read more...]

Dunvarlich House, Aberfeldy, Perthshire

Much is spoken of Living History both from an educational and enjoyment perspective. Dunvarlich House is, not only a delightfully warm, welcoming and spatially vast holiday home but quite possibly the best preserved and authentic piece of living history I personally, have experienced. A classic … [Read more...]

The Mill at Lewinshope, Yarrow Valley, Selkirkshire

Familiar as I am with the Scottish Borders, the breathtaking inland scenery of Scotland’s borderlands never ceases to impress. Completely identifiable, with bursts of lowland and flat pastures contrasted against hillside towns and villages with beautiful forest-lined backdrops, it offers a unique … [Read more...]

Grand Central Hotel Glasgow

I LOVE this hotel – what can I say. It’s been many years since I last stayed at this, one of Glasgow’s longest established hotels and certainly one of the leading 4 star properties of the city. A recent renovation project has seen the Grand Central Glasgow receive a luxurious makeover, retaining … [Read more...]

Apex Hotel, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

Apex Hotels seem to be, quite literally, popping up all over the place, in Edinburgh currently, replicating a formula, which works and becoming a fast growing UK chain. Friendly, four star comfort, in the heart of UK cities; that is precisely my experience during a recent stay at the group’s … [Read more...]

The Flodigarry Hotel, Skye

Guest post by Kirsty Allan As if the magnificent drive up to the north of Skye wasn’t enough, we were greeted upon arrival at the Flodigarry Hotel by their very own Lone Piper playing for us as we weaved our way down the hillside driveway. Silhouetted perfectly with two deer sculptures against … [Read more...]

Taynuilt Hotel, Taynuilt

Guest post by Kirsty Allan After a recent revamp, the Taynuilt Hotel have returned to business with their “ideal bar and restaurant”.  Offering a menu full to the brim of local fare, Chef-Patron, John McNulty has created a selection providing the classics you would expect, with a carefully … [Read more...]

Cringletie House, near Peebles, Scottish Borders

I adore the sight of wellington boots at a front door; their presence hints at time well spent and the existence of country walks and plentiful outdoor opportunities – justification of sorts for an otherwise indulgent stay. Neat rows welcomed me to Cringletie and I couldn’t wait to see more of the … [Read more...]

The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh and Number One Restaurant.

I’ve often pondered the marriage of 5 star luxury and first class hospitality as the two, surprisingly, don’t always sit entirely comfortably together; one half of the partnership falling somewhat short of the undoubted high expectations set by such a top end grading. Superb hospitality, is … [Read more...]

Micasa ApartHotel, Aberdeen

In the heart of the Granite City, the Micasa ApartHotel on Aberdeen’s Union Street probably provides the perfect solution to a stay in Scotland’s North East. Akin to a home from home, these serviced apartments offer the additional bonus of breakfast, delivered to your door and a 24-hour … [Read more...]