Culloden House Hotel
At the time of the Jacobite rising in 1745-46, Culloden House was requisitioned by Bonnie Prince Charlie and used as his lodging and battle headquarters prior to that fateful and final battle on Culloden Moor on the 16th April 1746. Today, this handsome Palladian country house stands on nearly 40 acres where guests are free to wander about the elegant lawns and parkland to enjoy the exceptional peace, tranquility and majesty of the grounds. The interior features a wonderfully comfortable drawing room with magnificent Adamesque plasterwork, many fine antiques and a large open fire.
Nestling in the foothills of the mighty Ben Nevis, Inverlochy Castle sits amidst some of Scotland’s finest scenery. Inverlochy was built in 1863 by the first Lord Abinger, near the site of the original 13th century fortress. In September 1873 during a trip to Balmoral, Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy sketching and painting where she wrote in her diaries “I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot”. Inverlochy had been a private residence for over a hundred years until 1969 when it was converted from a family home to Scotland’s finest country house hotel Guests may choose from three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture presented as gifts to the Castle from the King of Norway.
The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa
The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa is a luxurious, relaxed and elegant 5-Star country hotel, set in 11 acres of wooded grounds and ideally positioned on the outskirts of the historic city of Aberdeen in the scenic North-east of Scotland. Many of the beautifully appointed rooms have antique furniture and paintings; all have satellite TV and direct-dial telephones. The Conservatory restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner while lunch can be enjoyed al fresco in the Summer months. The wine cellar holds over 400 wines and the Drawing Room bar is stocked with more than 100 malt whiskeys.
Macdonald Ardoe House
Is an exceptional country retreat hidden away amongst 30 acres of rolling Aberdeenshire parkland and enjoying magnificent views across the River Dee. Intricately carved staircases, enormous fireplaces and rich wood paneling are the hallmarks of a hotel built without moderation – a brilliant marriage of Victorian opulence and contemporary elegance. Inspired by the royal residence of Balmoral Castle, a few miles upstream, Ardoe is a luxurious modern hotel, beautifully crafted from an imposing 19th century mansion house. Guests can choose to dine in the elegant Blairs restaurant or enjoy a meal in the relaxed surroundings of the Laird’s Bar.