Kilcamb Lodge and its landscape is an inspiration to visitors summer and winter. The 18thC stone building - one of the oldest of its kind in Scotland, with a fascinating history - stands somewhat gaunt and aloof, but you can be sure of a friendly welcome from Steven Turton and his staff at a hotel that now has a string of top industry awards to its name.
Inside, log fires roar, and the decoration invites you to slow down and settle in - plump sofas in the drawing room, king-size beds decked out in tartan or floral themes - perhaps a little chintzy, but genuinely cosy and fun.
The Ardnamurchan Peninsula, on which Kilcamb stands, will stir your spirit: the wallking and wildlife is sensational: otters, red deer and pine martens are regular visitors. Rafts of sea birds are often on the shore, where sightings of dolphins and even whales are possible during the summer season.
The food, from head chef Gary Phillips and sous chef Andy Cook, is widely praised. Service is good, but 'never formal or pretentious'.