We're proud of our collection of boutique hotels in Scotland and want to share these little hidden gems. From luxury country houses in the Highlands to small boutique hotels in Edinburgh, our collection of small luxury hotels has something to suit every budget and style. Browse our collection of boutique hotels in Scotland, which includes hidden gems such as Gayfield Square Apartment, to find the best luxury hotel or boutique B&B for an unforgettable holiday in Scotland.
Boutique hotels in Edinburgh
Many people visiting Scotland for the first time head for Edinburgh which makes a great stepping stone to the rest of the country. Chic Retreats has a diverse selection of boutique hotels in Edinburgh, Scotland, each offering something different and unique so do check out the full collection. Lulu’s favourite luxury hotels in Edinburgh include Prestonfield, a 17th-century mansion on a 20 acre country estate just outside the city with a gourmet restaurant, Rhubarb, and Carberry Tower, a historic, luxury hotel in Edinburgh within a castle, set in 35 acres of grounds. If you’d rather be more central, Ardmor House is a gay owned, straight friendly, 5-room restored Victorian house opposite Pilrig Park. A stylish and affordable boutique hotel option is the new Brooks Hotel Edinburgh.
Whether you’re in Edinburgh for the culture, the shopping or to simply soak up the atmosphere, you won’t be disappointed. TheNational Museum of Scotland tells the story of the country’s heritage; Multrees Walk is a must for designer boutiques (and department store Harvey Nichols) and everywhere from the cobbled Grassmarket area to the Royal Mile is full of character. Climb up to Arthur’s Seat for amazing views, visit the castle and if a visit coincides with any of Edinburgh’s festivals (the Edinburgh International Festival is the biggest arts festival in the world with over 45,000 performances taking place at venues all across the city over three weeks), be sure to book tickets in advance. Also book ahead for a table at The Kitchin restaurant, run by chef Tom Kitchin: the modern British food is a real treat.
Glasgow, an hour away from Scotland’s capital city, has many attractions of its own. First, hit the shops on Style Mile (Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street), St Enoch Centre (for the Scottish branch of Hamleys) and inside The Italian Centre (for Italian designer labels). Then, see work by famous Scottish architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery and take afternoon tea at the Willow Tea Rooms, where he designed everything from the interiors to the tea spoons.
In contrast to the cities, the natural landscape of the Highlands features glassy lochs surrounded by heather-covered mountains and valleys, a handful of quaint towns and empty roads that make you feel like you’ve reached the end of the earth. Stay at the intimate 7 room Loch Ness Lodge near Inverness where you can try and catch a glimpse of the elusive, legendary monster, or at the 5-room Pool House on Loch Ewe, two of Lulu’s boutique hotels in the Highlands. Whiskey drinkers will enjoy sampling the rare Scots malts on offer at Loch Ewe’s North by Northwest restaurant.
Whichever of our boutique hotels in the Highlands you choose you’re guaranteed a warm welcome and easy access to plenty of outdoor pursuits. Deer and game stalking, grouse and pheasant shooting, white water rafting, hiking and mountain biking are all at your fingertips. You can also learn traditional survival skills such as rebuilding stone walls, scaling and filleting fish and making rafts. And there’s an abundance of wildlife, from bottlenose dolphins around the Moray Firth to puffins and razorbills on the north coast and nesting ospreys.
Islands of Scotland
It would be a shame to venture this far north and not take time to visit some of the surrounding islands. The Isle of Eriska Hotel Spa and Island in Argyll is probably the best small luxury hotel in Scotland. It has 25 rooms, suites and cottages and is surrounded by 300 acres of gardens and gorgeous sea views. You can play a game of golf on the Links course, be pampered in the spa (the treatments are by spa brand Espa) and at night, tuck into dinner at the hotel’s multi award-winning restaurant which has a daily changing menu of dishes depending on whatever fresh, seasonal produce is available.
While you’re in Argyll, visit the Taynish National Nature Reserve which boasts one of Britain’s largest ancient oak woodlands. When the wildflowers bloom in spring, it looks particularly pretty. Only 20 minutes away on the Isle of Bute, you can wander round Mount Stuart, a 19th-century Victorian Gothic manor house, once the ancestral home of the Marquess of Bute, and the ruins of Rothesay Castle which dates back to the 13th century.
It’s also worth considering the Isle of Skye, which is a 2 hour trip from Inverness. Book into the coastal, utterly romantic Scottish boutique hotel Duisdale House, where there’s little else to do but explore the landscape. For total privacy, try and bag the Garden Suite in the cottage next to the hotel. Start the day with a full Scottish breakfast and stroll around the riverside trails in the ground. In the summer months, you can also take the hotel’s yacht and go out sailing with a local skipper to see Loch Nevis and the Sandaig Isles. Horse ride along sandy beaches (such as Talisker Bay at the foot of Glen Oraid and Glen Brittle beach), visit the Mealt waterfall which cascades down into the sea and stop off at the Talisker Distillery to see how the island’s favourite tipple is made.
For such a small island, Skye is fast gaining a big reputation as a serious foodie destination. Restaurants on your hit list should include The Three Chimneys and Kinloch Lodge. At the latter, choose from the set, daily-changing menu or the 7-course tasting dinner menu, which showcases several of chef Marcello Tully’s signature dishes such as slow roast Moray pork belly with west coast scallops and sweet pickled fennel. If you fancy fish, the Loch Bay Seafood restaurant is the place to go and for good pub food, head to the Edinbane Inn. It’s a former farmhouse turned restaurant and bar at the head of Loch Greshornish which hosts regular live music sessions.
At the tip of the Scottish Highlands lies Ackergill Tower, the most luxurious exclusive venue the Highlands have to offer. Weddings, girls weekends and celebrations are perfectly suited to this Chic Retreat and its stunning sea side location.
Brooks Hotel Edinburgh is a newly refurbished boutique hotel in the financial district of Edinburgh just 5 minute walk from the Haymarket train station and less than 15 minutes walk to Princes Street. This family run Chic Retreats offers guests affordable luxury for those wanting to explore this historical city.
Voted one of the best 101 Hotels in the World by Tatler. A luxury country house hotel, Prestonfield has captured all its original magnificence and provides the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Carberry Tower is a luxury boutique hotel set within 35 acres of parkland, just 15 minutes from Edinburgh. With the newly refurbished library, brand new bedroom suites and new bar Carberry Tower offers all of the luxuries you would expect from a traditional Scottish Castle Hotel.
Duisdale House Hotel is a small boutique hotel on the Isle of Skye. This stylish manor has beautiful gardens, an award-winning restaurant, a garden hot tub and 18-stylish rooms with views across the rugged landscape & dramatic coastline.
A home from home, Gayfield Square Apartment is a luxury self-catering gem in a charmingly restored house in Edinburgh's Georgian New Town. Minutes from the lively Broughton Street area, this is a great pad from which to explore the lively city.
Loch Ness Lodge is a small boutique hotel by Loch Ness, Inverness. Traditional Scottish architecture and contemporary design are brought together in this stylish chic retreat complete with a spa & gourmet dining - also available exclusively.