Spectacular guestrooms are the best of the best in Scotland.
Connoisseurs Scotland is a collection of 30 top luxury hotels and resorts throughout Scotland. There are member properties in the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, plus many country houses and castles peppered throughout the rest of the country. Each property is spectacular in its own right, but just as Connoisseurs Scotland properties represent the crème de la crème in the Scottish lodging industry, most of the hotels boast a particular room that stands above the rest. A selection of these “over-the-top” rooms includes…
Boath House – Room 3
This Georgian mansion is nestled on 20 acres of manicured gardens, lawns and woodlands in Nairn. Though Room 4 boasts some incredible views, Room 3 is more in-demand for those seeking a romantic retreat. The biggest room in the house, Room 3 was the original master suite when the house was built in 1825. It offers a super-king-sized bed and a stunning view of the lake, but perhaps the most talked-about feature is the gigantic bathroom—as large as the bedroom—and its twin bathtubs.
Cameron House – Glenlossie Suite
Located on the shores of Loch Lomond, just a short drive from Glasgow, Cameron House has seven “Whisky Suites,” the most luxurious room category at the property. Each is named for a different brand of Scotland’s favorite drink. The Glenlossie Suite, which is decorated in deep reds and plentiful tartan, includes a king-size four-poster bed, a bathroom with dual sinks and whirlpool bath, and a separate sitting area with bay windows that overlook the lawns and offer stunning views of the loch.
Fasque Castle – Room 12
One of three newest members of Connoisseurs Scotland, Fasque Castle is indeed a castle—and a perfect place to celebrate a wedding or other exclusive event. Located near Aberdeen in the Scottish Highlands, Fasque Castle is situated on an exquisite country estate. Room 12 gives guests the feeling of being the laird and lady of the manor, with a spacious bedroom that includes a fireplace and a bathroom that features a copper claw-foot tub, an original Victorian model that has been restored.
Glencoe House – Suite 3
At this unique property in the Glencoe region of the Scottish Highlands, each of the seven suites is individual and over-the-top. The property doesn’t operate a restaurant, but it boasts an accomplished chef who customizes meals for the occupants of each suite, all of which include a private dining room. Meals are served to guests course by course, as they would be in a restaurant, yet in the privacy of these individual dining rooms. Suite 3 is a two-bedroom unit (one room has a king-sized bed and the other has two twins), study, powder room, full bathroom with twin soaking tubs, lounge and dining area.
Gleneagles Hotel – Blue Tower Suite
This legendary hotel is set in the idyllic Perthshire countryside; its name is synonymous with Scotland’s golf culture, but there’s so much more at this 850-acre resort. The room with the most spectacular view is the Blue Tower Suite, which overlooks the hotel’s main entrance. It’s split over two levels and includes two bedrooms, a huge bathroom, an upstairs living room, and an outdoor terrace from which guests can sit at the top of the hotel and survey their surroundings.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel – Queen’s Suite
Another of Connoisseurs Scotland’s castles, Inverlochy is a country house hotel located in Fort William. Its most spectacular room is the Queen’s Suite, home to a king-size four-poster bed and large sitting area that offers an unbeatable view of the castle’s grounds, including its loch and the hills and mountains beyond. The split-level bathroom provides equally stunning views of the loch and mountains. The suite is aptly named, as Queen Victoria once stayed in this room.
Inver Lodge Hotel – Iolaire Suite
Located within a patch of unspoiled wilderness overlooking the bay of Lochinver, Inver Lodge is a haven for nature lovers. Its Iolaire Suite is the former upstairs lounge of this luxurious property, where guests could once enjoy a cup of afternoon tea while surveying their surroundings. Today it’s a guest room with an enormous sitting area, fireplace, king-sized bed, and spacious bathroom featuring both a tub (with a sea view!) and walk-in shower. The room is an ideal place from which to watch the sun set.
Knockinaam Lodge – Knockinaam Cottage
The most majestic room at this property isn’t yet available, but plans call for it to welcome its first guests on March 1, 2016. Currently under construction is Knockinaam Cottage, a separate unit that will be located just 20 yards from the beach and offer unparalleled views over the sea to the mountains of Ireland. The cottage will be a two-bedroom unit with a lounge and its own dining room.
MV Hebridean Princess – Isle of Arran Suite
One of Connoisseurs Scotland’s “mobile members,” MV Hebridean Princess is the only ship to be granted a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen. Its largest cabin, the Isle of Arran Suite on the port side of the Princess Deck, has a private sitting room and beautifully designed bath and shower room. The view from the suite’s large picture windows is ever-changing as the ship sails through the “Highlands & Islands” of Scotland.
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa – Royal & Ancient Suite
In St. Andrews, the home of golf, the Royal & Ancient Suite boasts the coveted position above the iconic par 4 Road Hole on the Old Course. The suite measures 1,257 square feet, combining a spacious bedroom, Kohler bathroom with tub and shower, and guest bathroom. There’s also a parlor room, mini kitchen and dining area for up to six guests. The unrivalled views—enjoyed through floor-to-ceiling windows and from a private balcony—are breathtakingly picturesque.
One Devonshire Gardens at Hotel du Vin – Chateau de la Roulerie
This hotel in Glasgow’s west end is actually a collection of five Victorian townhouses, and each room is singularly sensational. The cream of the crop is the Chateau de la Roulerie room, which is a grand duplex suite. Situated on two floors, the suite has high ceilings, fireplaces and two bathrooms (one with a double monsoon-style shower, the other with a roll-top bath), so it becomes not just a place to sleep but a complete retreat.
Rocpool Reserve – Room 5
At this boutique hotel, bar and restaurant in the city center of Inverness, it’s all about quality, not quantity. The small property is home to just 11 expertly decorated rooms, categorized as “Hip,” “Chic,” “Decadent” or “Extra Decadent.” Falling into the last category is Room 5, which boasts large sleeping quarters, an over-sized bathroom and a hot tub on a private balcony that overlooks the River Ness.
Odds of Encountering Children: None of the Connoisseurs Scotland properties are exclusive to adults, so you may encounter some children. Three properties are much more geared toward adult guests than families, however: Glencoe House, Rocpool Reserve and the MV Hebridean Princess.
Connoisseurs Scotland’s other members include city-center properties; country house hotels; exclusive-use properties; a range of world-class spas; an all-suite hotel; the ultimate luxury train, The Belmond Royal Scotsman; and the only cruise ship in the world with a Royal Warrant from HM The Queen, The Hebridean Princess. One of the country house hotels, Inverlochy Castle, was recently voted the best hotel in Europe. Six members boast Michelin-starred restaurants, including Gleneagles, which has the only two Michelin-starred restaurant in Scotland.
– Text & images courtesy Gillies and Zaiser Public Relations for Connoisseurs Scotland