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The Principal Hotel Edinburgh Charlotte Square.

A cosmopolitan clubhouse in Scotland’s historic capital city

Overlooking one of Edinburgh’s prettiest private garden squares, The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square — formerly The Roxburghe Hotel — consists of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of the New Town, a UNESCO world heritage site.

As the newest Principal hotel, it has undergone a multi-million restoration and refurbishment: all of our bedrooms and suites have been given a smart, new look, inspired by the golden age of travel and a genuine sense of Scottish hospitality. Guests familiar with PRINCIPAL will find familiar touch points, including the red bedside telephone, tuck box of treats and a vintage post box.

Our beautiful internal courtyard, The Garden — an oasis of calm with a glass roof — is now open from breakfast through to the wee hours. Inspired by the flavours of the Levant, our restaurant, BABA, is brought to you in partnership with the award-wining team behind Ox and Finch.

The new gym and spa at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square is now open to guests as well as the general public. A full range of spa treatments is available alongside a pool, sauna, steam room and fully equipped gym.

The Principal Hotel Edinburgh George St.

The Principal Edinburgh on George Street has been welcoming hotel guests since 1881. At its heart are five listed Georgian townhouses, built in 1775 as homes for Edinburgh’s most prosperous citizens.

Winner of Scottish Hotel of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Hotel Awards, The Principal is an ideal base from which to explore the city or conduct business. The sensitive, multi-million-pound restoration and refurbishment combines luxurious natural materials such as oak, marble and leather with a palette of colours inspired by the great 19th-century Scottish landscape painters.

A nod to Edinburgh’s rich literary heritage, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen was once home to acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier (an equal of Jane Austen, according to Sir Walter Scott), whilst Burr & Co. is a lovely coffee shop with a devoted local following. The hotel also boasts the magnificent King’s Hall – a firm favourite for weddings and celebration – as well as seven additional meeting and event rooms and a newly equipped gym.

Skibo Castle

The first record of Skibo Castle is a charter from 1211. From its early history, the castle was a residence of the Bishops of Caithness. Skibo Castle remained the residence of subsequent bishops until 1545, when the estate was, as a tactical measure by the church, given to John Gray in order to reinforce its alliance with a powerful family as the threat of a Protestant uprising spread towards the north.

In 1745, Robert Gray surrendered the estate. It was later bought by a relative who built a modern house before 1760. Wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie took a one-year lease, with an option to buy. In 1898 he exercised that option for £85,000. However its condition had declined so much by this time that a further £2 million was spent on improvements, including an increase in area from 16,000 square feet (1,500 m2) to over 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2), plus the creation of Loch Ospisdale, an indoor swimming pavilion and an 9-hole golf course.

Skibo stayed with the Carnegie family until 1982 It was later purchased by businessman Peter de Savary and used as the foundation of a private members club, The Carnegie Club. Establishment of the club required restoration of the castle to recreate the luxury of an Edwardian sporting estate. Similar renovation was undertaken on the many lodges located amongst the castle grounds to provide additional accommodation for club members. De Savary sold the club to Ellis Short in 2003, for £23 million. Following the Shorts’ purchase of the club, some £20 million has been invested in the refurbishment and restoration of the 8,000 acre estate. Aware of the historic significance of the category-A listed castle and its contents, the Club have undertaken a programme of conservation over the last decade with the aim of preserving as much as possible of the building whilst improving the existing facilities on the estate. This includes the redevelopment of the golf course, a sympathetic restoration of Carnegie’s magnificent swimming pool, ongoing restoration of the Mackenzie and Moncur glasshouses and the refurbishment of all bedrooms in the castle and lodges.

Ackergill Tower

The Clan Keith, under John Keith of Inverugie, inherited the lands of Ackergill in 1354 from the Cheynes family. Ackergill Tower may have been built by his son, but was first mentioned in 1538.

A legend relates the tale of a young woman by the name of Helen Gunn, who was abducted by John Keith for her beauty. She flung herself, or fell, from the highest tower to escape her abductor’s advances. Supposedly her ghost is still seen. This was in the late 14th or early 15th century and is said to have been the true beginning for all feuding between the Gunns and the Keiths. It led to the Battle of Champions in either 1478 or 1464, a judicial combat which led to a massacre of the Gunns by the Keiths at the chapel of St Tear (or Tayre) just east of the village.

In 1547, the Sinclairs of Girnigoe attacked and seized the castle. Mary of Guise, then Regent of Scotland, granted the Sinclairs remission for this and returned Ackergill Tower to the Keiths. She later installed Laurence Oliphant, 4th Lord Oliphant, as keeper of Ackergill in 1549. The Sinclairs again captured the castle in 1556, for which they were again granted remission.

If you are looking for five-star luxury in the Scottish Highlands, then you can’t go wrong with Ackergill Tower. A beautiful stone tower dating from the 15th Century, Ackergill boasts an unforgettable location, perched right on the Northern tip of Scotland.

The range of rooms available include those in the tower itself, as well as other deluxe rooms and properties on the estate and even a large self-catering treehouse cottage. But despite its historic nature, Ackergill Tower offers its guests the finest in 21st Century luxury; each room is individually decorated in a range of both traditional and more contemporary styles, all boasting high-quality linens, comfortable furnishings and beautiful views.

Dalhousie Castle

The patriarch of the clan was Simundus de Ramesie (Simon of Ramsey), an English knight of Norman descent from the Huntingdonshire village of Ramsey. Simundus, a vassal of David, Earl of Huntingdon, followed his lord to Scotland in about 1140 when David inherited the Scottish crown. He is considered the founder of the Ramsay clan and the first to have lands at Dalwolsey.

The first castle at Dalhousie was constructed by him. The red stone castle is situated in a strategic spot overlooking the River Esk. The drum tower, the oldest part of the current structure, an L Plan Castle dates to the mid 15th century. The majority of the current castle dates to the 17th century. There was originally a dry moat surrounding the castle. The moat was later filled in but partially excavated in the late 20th century.

Dalhousie Castle has seen much history. King Edward I (Longshanks) stayed at the castle on his way to meet Sir William Wallace at the Battle of Falkirk. In 1400, Sir Alexander Ramsay withstood a six-month siege at Dalhousie by English forces led by King Henry IV. Oliver Cromwell used the castle as a base for his invasion of Scotland. Many Earls of Dalhousie have taken an active part in British political and military leadership.

Around 1800, Walter Nicol designed the new layout of the walled garden.

At the turn of the 20th century, the seat of Clan Ramsay was moved to Brechin Castle, although the Ramsay family continued to retain ownership of the castle until 1977. At the time of the sale, Dalhousie had been the same family for more than eight centuries, longer than any other castle in Scotland. Throughout the 20th century, the castle was leased out to a series of tenants including a boarding school. In 1972 the castle was converted into a hotel. In 2003 Dalhousie Castle was purchased by the Von Essen Hotels company for a reported price of £10 million.

Glenapp Castle

A fine example of 19th-century Scottish Baronial grandeur, set in extensive gardens and woodlands. More of a country house than a fortress, it offers fine dining and country sporting pursuits. Winston Churchill was a guest of the lord of the manor in 1944, when they discussed the D-Day landings. Secluded in an enchanting estate of forests with giant redwoods and formal gardens, with views over the Irish Sea to the Isle of Arran. The largest forest park in Britain is less than an hour’s drive away in Galloway; Glasgow airport is 70 miles away and Girvan railway station is 13 miles.

Glenapp Castle, formerly the family seat of the Earl of Inchcape, is now a luxury hotel and restaurant located about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south east of Ballantrae, South Ayrshire, Scotland.

The castle was built for the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the County, James Hunter.It has no older origin. Designed by the famous Scottish architect David Bryce the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire at the time, the Castle was finished in 1870. It is a noteworthy example of the Scottish Baronial style of architecture [6][7] The Inchcape family owned the castle from 1917 until the early 1980s.

Pioneering aviator Elsie Mackay, daughter of the first Earl of Inchcape, lived at the castle until her untimely death in 1928 in an attempt to fly the Atlantic in a single engined Stinson Detroiter. The Castle opened as a hotel in 2000; entry to the castle and its grounds is only for guests with a room or restaurant reservation.

Crossbasket Castle

The tower of Crossbasket was erected in the early 15th century, and was a jointure, or dower-house of the Lindsays of Dunrod whose principal residence was the slightly earlier Mains Castle.

John Lindsay of Dunrod had been granted the lands of Kilbride by King Robert the Bruce in 1382 after the estate had been forfeited by the Comyns who had fought against the King. Lindsay was the successor to James Lindsay who had assisted the King in killing John III Comyn, Lord of Badenoch – also known as Red Comyn. Crossbasket remained in the hands of the Lindsays until the beginning of the seventeenth century, when the extravagance of Alexander of Dunrod ruined the family and caused the alienation of the estates.

By 1747, the Castle was in the possession of the Peter family, who had acquired it from John Kincaid in the first decade of the 18th century. Kincaid himself had purchased the property in 1661.

The most notable member of the Peter family, and resident of Crossbasket, was Thomas Peter who was the Dean of Guild of Glasgow from 1708-9, perhaps purchasing and moving to Crossbasket after this date. A later generation of Peter was a Lieutenant-General, and it is thought that the distinctive General’s Bridge of 1790 nearby was either built by or named after him.

Inverlochy Castle

Inverlochy Castle was built circa 1270–1280 by John “the Black” Comyn, Lord of Badenoch and Lochaber, and chief of the Clan Comyn. It may have been built on the site of an earlier Pictish fortification and settlement, which the historian Hector Boece (1465–1536) records as a “city” that was destroyed by Vikings. When Robert the Bruce succeeded to the Scottish throne in 1306, the Comyns, his rivals for the crown, were dispossessed, and the castle was unoccupied for a time. In 1431, clansmen of Alexander MacDonald, Lord of the Isles, defeated King James I’s larger army in the first Battle of Inverlochy, fought close by the castle. It came under control of the Clan Cameron until 1501.

In 1505, the partially ruined castle was granted to Alexander Gordon, 3rd Earl of Huntly, who was charged by King James IV with repairing the castle for use as a Royal garrison.[1] His brother William Gordon, Laird of Gight, became master of Inverlochy, and was slain commanding the Camerons at Flodden. In 1645, the castle served as a stopping-off point for the royalist army of James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose during his campaign against the Covenanter forces of the Marquess of Argyll.

This culminated in a victory for the royalists in the second Battle of Inverlochy, on 2 February 1645. In the 19th century, the estate was bought by James Scarlett, 1st Baron Abinger, who built a Scottish baronial style mansion to the north-west, which is now the Inverlochy Castle Hotel. Minor enhancements, including the restoration of loops and battlements, were carried out by Lord Abinger in advance of the visit of Queen Victoria in 1873.

Gleneagles hotel and resort

The hotel, which opened in 1924, was built by the former Caledonian Railway Company which also built the nearby Gleneagles railway station. The hotel itself once had its own dedicated railway branch line. During the Second World War, as with many large country hotels, it was converted into Gleneagles Hospital under the charge of Dr Thomas Ferguson as Medical Superintendent.

The hotel’s golf course and luxurious surroundings meant that golf and grouse shooting at Gleneagles had, by the 1950s, become a fixed part of high society’s calendar, along with yachting at Cowes and polo at Deauville.

When the hotel was being built, an up-and-coming dance band leader named Henry Hall was involved in buying their pianos, and organising the dance band entertainment. He decided that radio broadcasts would be an ideal way to advertise the new hotel, so was given permission to move his Trafford Band from Manchester’s Midland Hotel to the Gleneagles and form a new band in Manchester. The hotel’s opening night was celebrated with Scotland’s first ever outside broadcast on June 4, 1924.

After the season ended, the band moved to the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. Summer 1925 saw the band return to Gleneagles, although their commercial recordings were made in Manchester, and the winter seasons were in Liverpool.

Between 1982 and 1986, £11 million was spent on renovation and since 1982 the hotel has been open all year round. In 1986, and every year since, the hotel has been awarded five red stars by the AA. The hotel was owned for 31 years by the international alcoholic beverage firm Diageo, until it was sold to a private investment company Ennismore in 2015.The hotel was redeveloped in preparation for hosting the 40th Ryder Cup Matches in 2014 played on the PGA Centenary Course.

Old Course Hotel, St Andrews

Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel overlooks the famous links courses, the West Sands Beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. This prestigious AA Five Star-awarded hotel has 144 rooms including 35 suites and is recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts. The Old Course Hotel features a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, and French designer Jacques Garcia designed many of the hotel’s suites. Located just a short stroll from the historic university town of St Andrews, it’s a great vacation spot for golfers and non-golfers alike.

St Andrews Links in the town of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, is regarded as the “Home of Golf”. It has one of the oldest courses in the world, where the game has been played since the 15th century. Today there are seven public golf courses; the Balgove, Eden, Jubilee, Strathtyrum, New, the Old Course (which is widely considered one of the finest, and certainly the most famous and traditional course in the world)

The Castle Course, sited on the cliffs a mile to the east of St Andrews and designed by the architect David McLay Kidd, which opened in June 2008. The courses of St Andrews Links are owned by the local authorities and operated by St Andrews Links Trust, a charitable organization. St Andrews is also home to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, one of the most prestigious golf clubs and until 2004 one of the two rulemaking authorities of golf (in that year, the Royal and Ancient Club passed on its rulemaking authority to an offshoot organisation, The R&A).

Greywalls Hotel Gullane

Greywalls is an Edwardian country house at Gullane in East Lothian, Scotland. It was built in 1901 for Alfred Lyttelton, to designs by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It has been run as a hotel since 1948. Greywalls is protected as a category A listed building, and the grounds are included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens.

The Hon. Alfred Lyttelton (1857–1913) served as a Member of Parliament from 1895 to 1913, holding office as Colonial Secretary from 1903 to 1905. He was also a talented sportsman, having previously played on the English national cricket and football teams. A keen golfer, in 1901 he commissioned the architect Edwin Lutyens to design a holiday home on a site adjacent to Muirfield golf course on the East Lothian coast. Originally known as High Walls, the house was designed in Lutyens’ Arts and Crafts style. Lutyens also laid out the gardens, possibly with the assistance of Gertrude Jekyll.

In 1905 the house was sold by Lyttelton to Evelyn Forbes, the Scots socialite wife of American railroad magnate William Dodge James. She commissioned Lutyens to add three lodges in 1905, and in 1911 had an extension built by Sir Robert Lorimer. The Jameses entertained Edward VII at the house. It was leased after the First World War, and in 1924 it was purchased by Sir James Horlick, founder of Horlicks Ltd. Horlick developed a plant collection at another of his properties, Achamore House in Argyll, but only visited Greywalls annually.

The house was requisitioned during the Second World War for use as a hospital. Horlick left the property to his daughter Ursula and her husband Colonel John Weaver, and in 1948 they converted the house into a hotel.[3] Several extensions have since been added, and the Weaver family continue to manage the property. The hotel restaurant, Chez Roux, is run by French chef Albert Roux.

Turnberry Hotel Golf resort and spa

In 1902, golf course designer Willie Fernie was commissioned by the Marquess of Ailsa to lay out a championship course. In 1906, a hotel was built, and the course began to take its modern structure.

The property was used as an airbase during the First World War, and a landing strip built for this purpose still exists, now disused. During this period, the Royal Flying Corps trained pilots in the arts of aerial gunnery and combat, and the Turnberry Hotel was used as a hospital for the wounded. After the war, courses 1 and 2 were rebuilt and renamed “Ailsa” and “Arran”. A memorial to honour lost airmen was erected on the hill overlooking the 12th green of Ailsa and still remains.

The cycle was repeated for World War II. The hotel was commissioned as a hospital, and the golf courses were seconded for air training for the Royal Air Force (RAF); it is thought that as many as 200 died at the base.

Designer Mackenzie Ross is credited with restoring the courses to their high quality, and the Ailsa course was re-opened in 1951, a seaside links with stunning views of Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran.

The hotel was bought by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in 1997, and until October 2008 was operated under the Westin brand. In October 2008, Leisurecorp, Dubai World’s sport and leisure subsidiary, purchased the resort, with Starwood Hotels & Resorts continuing to manage operations under the Luxury Collection brand.

The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

For over a century, The Balmoral hotel has found a home at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. A landmark in the centre of the city, the historic building’s grand clock still dominates the skyline, while its enviable location, stunning views, warm hospitality and world-class facilities provide the perfect retreat. Enjoy dinner in our Michelin-starred Number One restaurant, unwind in the award-winning spa and enjoy views of Edinburgh Castle from your suite.

The Balmoral (originally built as the North British Station Hotel) is a luxury five-star property and landmark in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located in the heart of the city at the east end of Princes Street, the main shopping street beneath the Edinburgh Castle rock, and the southern edge of the New Town.

Resulting from a competition in 1895, the hotel originally opened on 15 October 1902. The building’s architecture is Victorian, influenced by the traditional Scottish baronial style. It was designed by architect William Hamilton Beattie and for most of the twentieth century was known as the North British Hotel or simply the N.B., a traditional railway hotel built for the North British Railway Company adjacent to their newly rebuilt Waverley Station. While under railway ownership, the hotel had porters who would have porters in red jackets who would take passengers and their luggage directly into the hotel via a lift. Ownership passed into the hands of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1923.

In 1988, the hotel closed for a major refurbishment. During this refurbishment, it was stripped of most of its ornamental stone balconies in its refurbishment, and while remaining ornate, is visibly “scarred”. In 1990, Balmoral International Hotels purchased the building. On 12 June 1991 Sir Sean Connery officially re-opened the hotel as The Balmoral, Gaelic for ‘majestic dwelling’, following a £23-million refurbishment. A plaque to commemorate the occasion appears in the hotel lobby beside the elevators. The hotel then became part of the Forte Group forming part of their Forte Grand collection of international high-end hotels.

Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

The Kingsmills Hotel is a fabulous four-star luxury hotel in Inverness. Set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, we offer a variety of extremely luxurious rooms, impeccable dining options and good old-fashioned Scottish hospitality to all our guests. With our luxurious facilities, prime Inverness location and service second to none, is it any wonder the Kingsmills Hotel is Inverness.

At the Kingsmills Hotel, there are two beautiful Inverness restaurants. Both offer a luxurious, yet unpretentious, fine dining experience. We work with some of the top chefs in the Highlands, to produce the most tempting, mouth-watering dishes. The menus are created using fresh, local and seasonal produce, and offer something for all occasions. From a laid-back lunch to an indulgent 3-course dinner.

Enjoy one of Scotland’s world famous single malt whiskies at our Kingsmills Hotel Whisky Bar.

Scotch whisky is arguably the country’s most famous export and one that can be enjoyed all over the world. However, we believe that our malt whisky tastes best when experienced right here in the place it was created. Inverness is at the heart of Scottish whisky country. Situated on the edge of the ‘Highland whisky region’, we are also within easy distance of the vibrant Speyside area with its old distilleries and historic whisky traditions.

Lochness Country House Hotel

Loch Ness Country House Hotel is a haven of tranquillity, providing elegant comfort and a high quality dining experience. The grand Georgian exterior has been complimented by an elegant modern interior, furnished to the highest standard. Loch Ness Country House Hotel provides the perfect venue for both leisure and business guests.

Enjoy a stroll in our magnificent gardens, taking in the picturesque views of the stunning Highland countryside. Enjoy a chilled wine on the terrace in fine weather or retreat indoors and relax by one of our log fires if you prefer. The extensive malt whisky selection ensures the only decision you’ll need to make is which of your favourite malts to choose from.

With complimentary Wi-Fi throughout, you won’t miss any important communications during your stay. The discreet service and spacious bedrooms mean that you’ll feel right at home even whilst at work.

The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Aberdeen

The Marcliffe at Pitfodels is a luxurious, relaxed and ultra-elegant five-star Scottish country hotel set in its own picturesque grounds on the outskirts of the historic city of Aberdeen in North-east Scotland.

Since the officially opening in 1993 by Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, it has earned worldwide renown as Aberdeen’s only five-star hotel, and the ideal base for exploring all the many riches that Scotland has to offer.

Mikhail Gorbachev opens The Marcliffe Hotel at Pitfodels
Although the Marcliffe offers a comprehensive range of superb facilities, which has deservedly earned it membership of the coveted Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it is essentially a family-friendly intimate hotel run by Owner Stewart Spence who is fiercely proud of its ambience of warmth, ease and charm.

You will have your own reasons for seeking a hotel of the calibre of the Marcliffe – perhaps you wish to visit the Grampian Region for a business meeting, perhaps you simply want to relax and chill-out in the comforting atmosphere of an exclusive hotel, or perhaps you want to be in adventurous mood and strike out on a famous tourist trail in which Scotland is the perfect place to explore the past, the present and the future.

Steeped in history, with an outstandingly rich heritage, you can discover and explore Scotland and all of its glories from your Marcliffe base which is ideally located to embrace and enjoy many of the country’s finest attractions – all within easy travelling distance.

The Three Chimneys, Skye

Discover The Three Chimneys in its idyllic, seashore location in Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides, off the coast of north west Scotland. This peaceful, world-class Restaurant with Rooms, maintains intimacy with great quality and style.

The culinary ethos has been established for over 30 years and is based upon true integrity, fresh, seasonal produce of all kinds from Skye, the Highlands and other Scottish regions. Cook and serve with skill and always with a smile.

Attention to detail, warmth and comfort are paramount in our Gold, 5-star Rooms beside The Restaurant. Relax from the moment you step across the threshold to a warm welcome and a discrete level of care and comfort throughout your stay.

The beauty of Skye knows no bounds. It is a surprisingly large island, where each area is very distinct from the others. It offers visitors a wonderful array of travel experiences and scenery unmatched in Scotland. Make more time to explore the whole island where you are never more than a stone’s throw from the sea. There are many unspoiled places where you can listen to the silence while you marvel at uninterrupted views.

Isle of Eriska Hotel Spa Golf

There’s a certain magic about staying on a private island. Located on the west coast of Scotland, the island boasts gorgeous views overlooking Loch Linnhe and the dramatic Morvern mountains beyond. Our 300 acre island offers a truly unique and memorable experience.

Highland cattle graze, badgers visit, grey seals and otters swim in the surrounding water and countless birds, including the golden eagle, can be spied soaring overhead. The hotel experience delivers unique levels of personal service, with decor blending the traditional with the contemporary. Distant islands form a stunning backdrop to Eriska’s 9 hole golf course, whilst visiting guests can enjoy a host of activities on the grounds and our spa and leisure facilities.

The 34 bedrooms offer a variety of accommodation with 16 bedrooms in the main house, 5 spa suites located in the gardens with private hot tub, 2 garden cottages with 2 bedrooms each which are ideal for families and 6 hilltop reserves located on the hilltop overlooking Loch Linnhe again with private hot tub and balconies. Finally there is Arnott’s House our self-catering option with 3 bedrooms situated a small drive from the hotel.

Glencoe House

The 7 Glencoe House suites are situated in the mansion house where you occupy your own wing of the historic building and enjoy panoramic sea and mountain vistas. One or two-bedroom suites are available, all boasting bathrooms with Aveda products and a sitting room with period features and an open fire. Breakfast and a candle-lit 5-course dinner are served at your private dining room table, located in your suite.

The 6 Bell Tower suites are located in a separate building and comprise a sitting room with a wood burning stove, a fully stocked kitchen with AGA oven, a bathroom and a bedroom with an en-suite toilet. All suites also enjoy private walled gardens with hot tubs and al fresco dining. Breakfast is fully catered for although it is not cooked or served. You can choose locally sourced smoked salmon, a full Scottish breakfast or a Continental alternative, all at your leisure.

Glencoe is known as the outdoor capital of the UK, and there are plenty of activities to keep guests entertained. There are walking routes nearby, as well as opportunities for climbing and skiing, and you can also try your hand at a range of watersports.

Rusacks Hotel

St Andrews is a must-visit destination: from being a Scottish setting for Royal romance, to its famous West Sands beach which was immortalized in the Oscar-winning movie Chariots of Fire, it’s Cathedral, aquarium and boutiques. Oh, and did we mention golf? Macdonald Rusacks Hotel is within a sand wedge of the 18th hole of the world-famous Old Course. Stylishly remodeled on a golfing theme, Macdonald Rusacks Hotel offers luxurious accommodation occupied by some of the great names in the game’s history. Unquestionably Scotland’s greatest golfing hotel, we even have a dedicated Golf Concierge so you won’t miss a thing.

Macdonald Rusacks Hotel is delighted to bring you Rocca Restaurant, the three AA Rosette restaurant which serves delectable Scottish dishes using the finest produce from local suppliers so you can enjoy exquisite dishes prepared by our team of passionate chefs. For a more relaxed dining experience, visit One Under Gastro Pub, where you can catch all the live sport while enjoying a quiet drink or a delicious meal. R Bar is an elegant spot to unwind with friends. Enjoy a glass of Champagne or try out our excellent whisky selection while taking in one of the most famous views in sport.

Whether you’re in St Andrews to play golf, attend a business event or wedding – Rusacks Hotel lets you do so in style, and with beautiful surroundings.

Scores Hotel

The Best Western Scores Hotel is the closest hotel to the 1st tee of the world famous Old Course and the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse. A 5 minute walk will take you to many of the town’s attractions including the ancient castle and cathedral ruins, the 600 year old University (Scotland’s oldest) and the historic town centre.

Set in a pair of classic Victorian townhouses across from the sea, this warm hotel is a 2-minute walk from golf at the Old Course at St. Andrews and a 10-minute walk from St. Andrews Castle.

Whether travelling on business or pleasure, exploring the sight of St Andrews or experiencing the thrill of the Old Course first hand, the Best Western Scores Hotel is the ideal choice for visitors to St Andrews, golfers and non-golfers alike.

The hotel occupies two traditional Victorian Town Houses dating back to 1864 and 1880 and retains many of the large former drawing rooms as Junior Suites.

There are 36 rooms in total, many of which have stunning views over the West Sands beach whilst other enjoy an outlook over the landscaped garden and terraces.