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With five hotels and two inns across Scotland, Crerar Hotels offer a range of unique accommodation, each with its own personality…

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Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa, Inverary

Following a multi-million pound investment, Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa is the pearl in Inveraray’s oyster. Having undergone a full redesign across the reception, restaurant and guestrooms, every stay at this stunning hotel is now even more memorable.

With beautifully decorated bedrooms in neutral shades and bathrooms with refreshing overhead rain showers, this is the ultimate spot to enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation.

The hotel’s AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, Cladach Mòr, serves an amazing array of breakfast options and also the finest local produce, such as Loch Fyne oysters and langoustines. Plus, you can even catch a glimpse of the chef at work in the open-plan kitchen. For those looking to unwind with a tipple, the Loch View lounge and bar offers more informal dining as well as Fyne Ales and a huge selection of traditional Scottish whisky.

Complete your stay with a dip in the 15m indoor pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the loch or indulge in a spa therapy from Hebridean brand, ishga – bliss!

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Golf View, Nairn

Golf View is a beautiful location for a seaside break that offers fantastic views of the sparkling Moray Firth.

Having recently undergone a multi-million pound investment, the hotel has been modernised with stylish crushed velvet furnishings. Guestrooms (with many providing panoramic views across the beach) have also been decorated to the highest standards.

In the hotel’s restaurant, Hickory, you can cosy up in the intimate booths and enjoy the menu which is packed with the best locally-landed seafood and meat from pedigree herds. Take advantage of the restaurant’s stunning views and you could even be lucky enough to spot dolphins playing in the Moray Firth!

Golf View’s leisure facilities include an indoor pool with sea view, an outdoor hot tub and a Jacuzzi. Alternatively, for those looking to be a little more active, a gym and recently refurbished tennis courts will give you the chance to work up an appetite or you could treat yourself to an ishga spa treatment.

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Thainstone House, Inverurie

For those in search of a refined getaway, Thainstone House offers grand accommodation in an elegant 18th century mansion, which is set in 44 acres of beautiful private parkland.

Located in rural Aberdeenshire, this stunning hotel is a true showstopper and is easily reached by rail and road and is only 16 miles from Aberdeen airport – perfect for a short, relaxing break.

Thainstone House also offers delicious dishes at The Green Lady restaurant. However, if it’s a snack that you’re in search of, head for Stockman’s Bar and indulge in the extensive menu.

A heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and well-equipped gym are also on offer for guests who are looking to truly spoil themselves, while nearby courses (such as Inverurie Golf Club and Kintore Golf Course) are perfect for the keen golfers.

Alternatively, unwind and let go of everyday stress with one of the hotel’s ishga spa treatments that are specifically tailored to you.

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Oban Bay Hotel, Oban

Nestled in the heart of Argyll, Oban Bay Hotel provides the perfect spot from which to marvel at Scotland’s stunning West Coast with its peaceful location and views across the water.

Whether you fancy a day trip to Mull or Iona, where you could be lucky enough to spot some dolphins, whales, seals and otters on your way, there is something for everyone.

If you would rather leave the island hopping to someone else, Oban Bay offers relaxing massages or facial at the hotel! It is time to let the Hebrides come to you in the form of the luxurious ishga products used during the treatments.

Also, be sure to enjoy a tasty meal in The Grill Room. With steaks a specialty, why not indulge in the cut of your choice cooked over the Spanish Josper Grill – specially designed to seal in the flavour for a truly delicious dinner.

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Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa, Craignure

Sitting in Craignure Bay on one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands, Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa is surrounded by stunning scenery, history and wildlife.

With over 100 specialist malt whiskies on offer in the bar, you’ll never be short of a dram as you take in beautiful surroundings. Then, when it’s time for dinner, the Shellach-Na-Mara Restaurant serves an excellent range of homemade dishes using local produce.

As well as a 17-metre indoor pool that provides panoramic views of the island, a gym, sauna and steam room, the spa at the Isle of Mull Hotel also has a Rasul mud room to guarantee total relaxation and gorgeous skin to boot!

Mull is an ideal base for touring nearby islands such as Ulva, Staffa and Iona, however Mull itself also offers lots to do. Enjoy a stroll along the island’s white beaches and you might be rewarded with views of sealife such as dolphins and basking sharks.

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The Glencoe Inn, Glencoe

Glencoe Village is one of the most spectacular places in Scotland, and The Glencoe Inn is at its heart. This rustic inn is your home from home while you explore the magic of Glencoe and the surrounding area.

With 15 rooms, many with superb views of Loch Leven, and a delicious breakfast waiting for you each morning, The Glencoe Inn is the perfect spot to kickstart a day of adventure or skiing in the mountains. When you return, The Glencoe Gathering bistro will welcome you with offerings including seafood, fish, speciality lobster, langoustines and all the best Highland produce.

The comfortable bar also offers a large selection of beers, wines and spirits while the wood burning stove is perfect for warming up cold toes. It is time to sit back and relax at this cosy haven!

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Deeside Inn, Ballater

You’ll find Deeside Inn at the edge of Ballater, a beautiful village in the centre of Grampian Highlands. Boasting many original Victorian features, including an open log fire, the inn is very welcoming.

The Dining Room serves food throughout the day with a menu offering a large selection of fish, grill and game dishes to suit all palates. The bar and lounge are also on hand for those seeking their favourite tipple.

Plus, you might even be treated to some live music as you unwind in a cosy armchair in front of the fire.

Royal Deeside’s many attractions include Balmoral Castle, Crathie Kirk, Royal Lochnager Distillery and Ballater’s Old Railway Station, so if you would like to venture away from the comfort of the Inn, there is plenty to enjoy before returning to a comfortable bed.

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