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Palazzo Ravizza
Siena, Italy

Quirky period decor,
high standards,
charming views

Wish you were here?

Tenuta di Canonica
Todi, Italy

Ancient watchtower,
great for walkers,
great for relaxing

Wish you were here?

Chateau Laroche-Ploquin
Sepmes, France


Elegant chateau,
wine country,
delicious food

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Our selection of places to stay in Scotland – Highlands and Islands are all north of an imaginary line drawn between Edinburgh and Glasgow. This follows the natural division of the country into the relatively low-lying south, and the almost entirely mountainous north. We include not only the great mountain massifs of the Grampians and the Western Highlands, but the offshore archipelagos of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Up the eastern coast of the country there is a relatively low-lying band of land which includes Fife, and the historic coastal towns of Dundee and Aberdeen.

Among our favorites are Monachyle Mhor, Balquhidder, a stylishly converted farmhouse with terrific food; Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye, now run by Lord and Lady Macdonald's daughter; and Coruisk House, a cosy restaurant with rooms, which has incredible views over the Sound of Sleat.

Scottish hotels are generally more expensive than their English counterparts – overheads such as rates are higher north of the border.

As elsewhere, our selection in Scotland – Highlands and Islands offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: guesthouses, inns, restaurants-with-rooms and boutique hotels, with excellent budget hotels for weekend breaks and luxury hotels for special occasions.

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2 Quail

Castle Street, Dornoch, Sutherland IV25 3SN, Scotland, 01862 811811
Soberly furnished B&B with an Edwardian twist

Brander Lodge

Bridge of Awe, Taynuilt. Argyll & Bute, PA35 1HT, 01866 822243
Welcoming, family-run hotel in a spectacular landscape

Broadford Hotel

Torrin Road, Broadford, Isle of Skye, IV49 9AB, 01471 822204
Shabby chic luxury hotel with stunning scenery

Corriegour Lodge

Loch Lochy, PH34 4EA, by Spean Bridge, Inverness-shire, 01397 712685
Outstanding views over Loch Lochy

Coruisk House

Coruisk House, Elgol, Isle of Skye, IV49 9BL, 01471 866330
Cosy, informal restaurant with rooms

Forss House Hotel

Forss, near Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7XY, 01847 861201
Impressive country house in the Scottish Highlands

Glencanisp Lodge

Lochinver, Sutherland, IV27 4LW, 01571 844122
Victorian hunting lodge

Glenfinnan House Hotel

Glenfinnan, By Fort William, Highlands PH37 4LT, Scotland, 01397 722235
A great place for time spent together

Kinloch Lodge

Sleat, IV43 8QY, Isle of Skye, (01471) 833214
Renowned food, warm interior, superb sea views

Knockendarroch

Higher Oakfield, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5HT, 01796 473473
Elegant, well-furnished town mansion

Monachyle Mhor

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Perthshire FK19 8PQ, 01877 384 622
Stylishly converted farmhouse in beautifully romantic setting

Scarista House

Sgarasta Bheag, Isle of Harris HS3 3HX, Hebrides, Scotland, 01859 550238
The standout hotel of Harris

Shieldaig Lodge

Badachro, Gairloch, Ross-Shire, IV21 2AN, 01445 741333
Old fashioned and elegant Victorian house

The Creggans Inn

Strachur, Loch Fyne, Argyll, PA27 8BX, 01369 860279
Family run lochside hotel

The Cross

Tweed Mill Brae, Kingussie, Inverness-shire PH12 1TC, (01540) 661166
Welcoming Highland enclave with award-winning restaurant

The Grange

Grange Road, Fort William, Inverness-shire, PH33 6JF
Superbly decorated bed-and-breakfast with lovely views

Viewfield House

Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9EU, Scotland, 01478 612 217
Victorian country mansion with distinctive character
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