Wish you were here?

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 – The South are all south 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. Here are the Scottish Lowlands and the Border country, but also plenty of hills and low mountain ranges, especially in the south-west (Dumfries & Galloway) and south of Edinburgh.

Among our favorites are The Witchery by the Castle, at the gates of the Edinburgh castle, with an excellent restaurant; and Knockinaam Lodge, way to the south-west at Portpatrick, near Stranraer.

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 – The South offers a range of guesthouses, inns, restaurants-with-rooms and boutique hotels, with some excellent cheap hotels perfect for a midweek break, or luxury hotels for special occasions. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out.

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Blackaddie Country House Hotel

Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway, DG4 6JJ, Scotland, 01659 50270
Country house hotel and self-catering cottage

Edenwater House

Ednam, TD5 7QL, Kelso, Scottish Borders, 01573 224070
An intimate guest house in the Scottish Borders

Greywalls

Muirfield, EH31 2EG, Gullane, 01620 842144
Gracious private house overlooking Muirfield golf course

Ingrams

24 Northumberland Street, EH3 6LS, Edinburgh, 01315 568140
Well-groomed B&B

Knockinaam Lodge

Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK, 01776 810471
A very romantic place to stay

Newington Cottage

15 Blacket Place, EH9 1RG, Edinburgh, 01316 681935
Space and charm, ten minutes from city centre

The Howard

34 Great King Street, EH3 6QH, Edinburgh, (0131) 557 3500
Great location, charming rooms

The Witchery by the Castle

Castlehill, The Royal Mile, EH1 2NF, Edinburgh, 01312 255 613
Atmospheric, award-winning restaurant

Trigony House Hotel & Garden Spa

Closeburn, Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway, DG3 5EZ, 01848 331211
Family-run, dog friendly country house hotel
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