Sponsored: 6 Cosy Scottish Havens

Ditch the winter blues with these gorgeous cosy Scottish havens…

Don’t let the changing seasons get you down, instead make the most of the onset of winter and indulge in a fabulous break at one of Scotland’s gorgeous retreats. From island adventures to palatial accommodation, these super snug destinations are about to make winter your favourite season ever.

Check out these amazing cosy Scottish havens…

Shetland Hideaway

If you’re looking for that perfect Scottish island escape, nature in Shetland doesn’t close for winter and it’s abundance of wildlife and viking heritage are second to none, being voted Lonely Planet’s best in Europe 2019.

For the warmest of welcomes, Luxury Apartments Shetland offer beautiful one, two and four bedroom self catering properties in Lerwick, Shetland’s picturesque capital and the vibrant cultural and commercial heart.

Dating back to the early 1800s and recently and sympathetically refurbished, the properties are perfectly positioned in the historical lanes area of the old town and are an ideal base from which to explore this historic island.

The Watchmakers is a quirky B listed cottage with all the mod cons, perfect for enjoying a romantic stay after a wind swept walk while the two bedroomed ‘The Captains’ offers dog friendly accommodation in the snuggest surroundings. For those in need of a little more space, The Bakers boasts a large living area and four en suite bedrooms – perfect for friends and family sharing.

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Country House Haven

Nestled in the beautiful Perthshire landscape, Dunkeld House Hotel boasts an unrivalled experience of Scottish country living. This four-star luxury country house hotel sits on 280 acres of stunning Perthshire countryside and overlooks the wide and fast-flowing River Tay.

Rooms and suites range from traditional to contemporary designs offering a haven for luxurious comfort and relaxation. Whatever you seek over the winter your stay can be as relaxed or action packed as you would like. The Ghillies bar is the perfect place to cosy up and sample the wide selection of malt whiskies and craft gins while the spa offers the ultimate indulgence with Hebridean seaweed-based treatments. If you love being outdoors wrap up warm and explore the woodland estate nature trails and paths along the River Tay. Or for wild hearted adventurers try your hand at wild salmon fishing, clay pigeon shooting, archery, quad biking, or even a 4×4 Landrover Experience.

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Island Escape

Set in the dunes of Islay, Queen of the Hebrides, The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links is one of the most beautiful locations in world golf.  With 47 beautifully designed rooms, suites and lodges with panoramic views of the 18th green and the ocean giving you the perfect chance to enjoy your stunning surroundings while hiding from the winter weather.

18 is the hotel’s stunning restaurant and bar with delicious dishes on offer such as a half grilled lobster with garlic butter and fries. The cosy lounges also make for the perfect spots to unwind with a drink or enjoy afternoon tea with friends.

PureGray Health Spa is a small sanctuary that provides a wide range of mind and body treatments to help you relax and reconnect with that rare feeling of peace and tranquility.

Make the most of your island adventure by exploring the stunning coast and wildlife, check out the distilleries of some of the world’s finest whiskies and Islay’s unrivalled seafood or take on the challenge of The Machrie’s championship links course, the perfect winter getaway.

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A Royal Retreat

Escape to the country this autumn with a stay in the Balvaird Wing at Scone Palace.

Located a short 5-minute drive from the beautiful city of Perth is the historic Scone Palace. Set within 100 acres of stunning grounds, adjacent to the River Tay, this is an ideal gathering place for friends and family who like to get away from it all.

This 5-star, self-catering apartment is located on the upper floor of the palace and sleeps up to six guests in three en suite bedrooms each of which is individually named after family members. The fully equipped dining kitchen will also allow you to enjoy a home from home experience or why not experience the ultimate indulgence and have the palace chef cook dinner?

A stay at the Balvaird Wing includes complimentary admission tickets to a tour of the Palace* and unlimited access to the Gardens including the breathtaking Murray Star Maze.

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*The Palace is open 1 April – 31 October, out with these time tickets are valid for the following season. Please note that, due to the location, this accommodation is not suitable for those with limited mobility.


Local Charm

Family-run and rated as 4-star Gold Inn by VisitScotland, The Old Mill Inn is located in the heart of Pitlochry in the beautiful Perthshire.  This multi-award winning Inn combines the charm of a ‘local’ pub with a top-class bar and bistro alongside luxury rooms.

Known as one of the best Inns in Scotland, The Old Mill is the perfect cosy bolthole in which to enjoy a meal or a few drinks whilst listening to the live music on offer every Friday and Saturday night. Whether you are seeking an after work drink, a lively night out or a cosy break with your other half, the relaxed friendly atmosphere at The Old Mill provides the perfect setting.

The well-appointed luxury bedrooms are perfect for cosy autumn and winter breaks and breakfast at the Inn is a highlight not to be missed too. With hot dishes created using locally sourced produce, indulge for the best start to your holiday.

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Arran Adventure

The locally owned Douglas Hotel sits in the village of Brodick on the Isle of Arran, looking over spectacular views of the bay and Goatfell making it a fabulous spot to explore this wonderful island from.

The award-winning 22 bedroom boutique hotel brings together homely charm and luxurious finishing to ensure you can relax and enjoy yourself in stylish surroundings on your winter break.

Although the weather may be chilly, the welcome at The Douglas Hotel is warm as the friendly team ensure you have everything you need to enjoy your stay. The hotel’s bistro also offers a menu that will keep the chill at bay including options such as celariac and vanilla soup and Arran Butcher speciality sausages served with creamy mash, and Arran Ale gravy – the ultimate winter warmer.

With special seasonal offers between September and March, now is the time to discover The Douglas.

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Sophie Lambert

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