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The Finest Traditions of Hospitality and Gastronomy
Scotland has much to offer a discerning traveller who is looking for fine cuisine and excellent accommodation. We know the best places to eat and stay along the way and here is just a sample of some of those we have selected. They range from the Country House Hotel, set in secluded grounds, to the Restaurant with Rooms where the emphasis is on the cuisine, to the City Centre luxury establishment. We also would recommend consideration of using a large private house with catering staff as a base for touring. This provides a group with privacy and seclusion and is an ideal setting for a wonderful house party in the grand style. Much depends on both the area being covered and the type of experience sought. We will work with you to achieve an itinerary and accommodation that fits best with your preferences. The links below are only a selection of the establishments we would consider, and simply gives a flavour of what is possible.
The West Coast
Ardanaiseig House:
In a stunning location on the backs of Loch Awe, with privacy and seclusion at the end of a long private drive flanked with Rhododenrons and with views across the Loch to Ben Cruachan and Ben Lui. Ideal base for exploring Argyll, for Rhododendron Ramblings and as a staging post on the way up the West Coast. The hotel has a steam launch on the loch and if the weather is fine, guests can arrive by this means from Loch Awe village, a totally unique and romantic experience when combined with our Derby Bentleys! www.ardanaiseig-hotel.com
Inverlochy Castle
Three miles north of Fort William, Inverlochy Castle has been entertaining their guests excellently for over 30 years and deserves its international reputation. Standing on the banks of its loch, under Ben Nevis, fishing, shooting, fabulous walking and golf are all available. With our Bentleys at hand, Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Loch Ness and Kyle of Lochalsh are all within easy reach. A Member of Relais & Chateaux. www.inverlochy.co.uk
Isle of Eriska Hotel
Another haven of tranquillity, this time on the west coast between Oban and Fort William at Appin. Accessed by a long drive across a bridge onto the Island, the hotel offers individual bedrooms of character and a comfortable country house atmosphere. A new spa with a swimming pool, sauna, gym and treatment rooms backs onto the golf practice centre and driving range. Family run by Beppo Buchanan-Smith. From here explore Lismore, Kerrera, Oban and Mull and Iona. www.eriska-hotel.co.uk
Arisaig House Hotel
Set amidst mature trees, just off the road from Fort William to Mallaig, this lovely house, built in 1864 and rebuilt after a fire in 1937, provides a relaxed and convivial atmosphere of a large but not overly grand house. Beautiful gardens and views out towards the Small Isles of Rum, Muck, Eigg and Canna, over the loch where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in 1745 combine location and history. Close to the golden sandy beaches of Morar in one of the loveliest areas of the West Coast, you will need to move fast to sample Arisaig's delights: it is closing as a hotel at the end of the 2002 season, as the owners are at last retiring. www.ArisaigHouse.co.uk
The Three Chimneys, Skye
A well-travelled and satisfied guest (and Derby Bentley owner!) described this restaurant as having provided him with the best dining experience in Scotland. Need we say more? Except that there are six bedrooms as well, and they overlook the Minch on the north west coast of Skye! www.threechimneys.co.uk
The Northern Highlands
Culloden House Hotel
Just outside Inverness, near the battleground where Bonnie Prince Charlie suffered his final defeat in 1746, this Palladian Mansion in 40 acres of grounds was HQ for the bold prince before the battle. With the sounds of battle now a far distant memory, peace and tranquillity abound. An ideal base for your forays into Speyside and the Cairngorms, the Black Isle, the great houses and castles of Aberdeenshire, the hidden glens around Beauly or the fishing villages of the north east coast. www.cullodenhouse.co.uk
Glenmorangie House
Not far from Tain and the eponymous distillery, with all the warm welcome for which the Highlands are famed, a smaller establishment with a good and growing reputation for excellence. Another great base for exploring the Northern Lochs and Glens. www.glenmorangie.com
Loch Torridon Hotel
Location, location, location! Where better than the banks of Loch Torridon opposite the imposing masses of Ben Alligin and Liathach, in a Victorian mansion, with access to the whole of the Torridon area, from Kyle of Lochalsh, to Applecross via Bealach na Ba, to Gairloch and Inverewe Gardens, and further north to the sandy beaches of the far north west. Managed by Dan and Rohaise Rose-Bristow, nothing is too much trouble for this family run establishment. www.lochtorridonhotel.com
The Summer Isles Hotel, Achiltibuie
Worth mentioning again for its location, looking south over the sea to the Summer Isles, north of Ullapool in the middle of the imposing hills of Assynt and Sutherland, but also for fine Michelin starred restaurant with the freshest of sea food cooked to perfection by an award winning chef. Not grand, but nevertheless worth a visit, if only for the sunsets and the peace! Visit the Hydroponicum nearby where amazing results are achieved growing fruit, vegetables and flowers in nutrient rich water solutions. www.hometown.aol.com/summerisleshotel
The Central Highlands
Ballathie House
On the banks of the River Tay, north of Perth, offering splendid surroundings and particularly catering for anglers with beats available on the River. Gracious rooms and good dining! Well placed for exploring the great houses of Perthshire and Angus, such as Blair Castle, Scone Palace and Glamis, or the great golf courses, such as Gleneagles, St Andrews or Carnoustie. The wild and beautiful glens around Lochs Tay Tummel and Rannoch as well as Royal Deeside are within easy driving distance. www.ballathiehousehotel.com
Kinnaird House
Not far from Ballathie, near Dunkeld, and offering even greater intimacy and splendour with just 9 bedrooms in the main house, an Edwardian Mansion set in a 9,000 acre estate, where you feel you are privileged to be part of a small house party! The staff are attentive but discreet and nothing is too much trouble. A member of Relais & Chateaux. www.kinnairdestate.com
Gleneagles
This large and renowned hotel at Auchterarder provides an Equestrian Centre, a Shooting School, a school of Falconry, and a Health Club and Spa as possible diversions, should you tire of the challenges of its three 18 hole golf courses, which have hosted the Open, PGA Championships and the Ryder Cup. The varied delights of Perthshire are on its doorstep; Perth and Stirling are close at hand. www.gleneagles.com
The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
At the centre of the Home of Golf, surrounded by 5 links courses, with a Spa to allow full relaxation. The University Town of St Andrews allows guests to play "Spot the Prince" during term time! Good shopping and access to the East Neuk of Fife with lovely fishing villages to explore, with a good smattering of country houses to visit too. Go north to Dundee and Angus, too. www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk
Balbirnie House
A grade A listed Georgian Mansion in 416 acres of parkland with fine accommodation and dining, within easy motoring distance of Edinburgh, St Andrews and Stirling. With its own golf course. Combines the best of a country location, access to famous golf courses and a medium sized quality hotel. www.balbirnie.co.uk
The Central Belt
Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond
A large luxury hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond with leisure centre, and access to the new Loch Lomond National Park as well as an ideal base from which to explore Glasgow. Stunning views over the loch. www.cameronhouse.co.uk
The Balmoral, Edinburgh
The Caledonian, Edinburgh
The Sheraton Grand, Edinburgh
All three hotels are situated in the centre of Edinburgh, on or close to Princes Street, with views to the Castle. Large and Luxurious with normal facilities such as leisure centres/spas, particularly the new six storey state of the art spa at the Sheraton.
Greywalls, Gullane
Alternatively, stay just outside Edinburgh in a Lutyens designed house, next to 9th and 18th greens of Muirfield Golf Course, where the 2002 Open was held and also overlooking the Firth of Forth. 30 minutes from Edinburgh and with easy access down to the Borders. Run by the Weaver family for several generations. www.greywalls.co.uk
The Borders and South West
The Roxburghe Hotel, Kelso
A hotel and golf course on the Roxburghe Estate just south of Kelso by the River Tweed. Great base to explore the Borders, with visits to great houses such as Floors Castle, seat of the Dukes of Roxburghe (one of whom owned Derby Bentleys in the 1930s), Thirlestane Castle, Mellerstain, Manderston, Dryburgh Abbey, and Abbotsford (both famous as resting places of Sir Walter Scott). The golf course, designed by Dave Thomas, is the only Championship course in the Borders.
Dryburgh Abbey Hotel
Right next to the incredibly romantic ruins of Dryburgh Abbey and with gardens that run down to the River Tweed, near Scott's View and a monument to William Wallace. www.dryburgh.co.uk
Turnberry
A great resort hotel and golf course on the Ayrshire Coast, south of Ayr, with renowned courses and views to the sea and Ailsa Craig. Great spa. Colin Montgomery Links Golf Academy. In Robert Burns country and close to the wonderful Robert Adam designed Culzean Castle. www.turnberry.co.uk
Private Country House
In addition to all these hotels, we can find for you a private country house and arrange all catering and domestic assistance. This allows a wonderful private house party in some extremely unusual, private and attractive locations, such as the Eisenhower Apartment at Culzean Castle, Aultmore House at Nethy Bridge or Scatwell House in Strathconon, north of Inverness. For an unrivalled, memorable and exclusive house party of 10-12, these and other such locations take some beating, and provide a perfect environment for the style and elegance of our 1930s Derby Bentleys.
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