5 of the best places to staycation in Scotland 2019

Fancy a minimoon staycation in Scotland while you save up for something more exotic?

Here’s our top pick of five of the most stylish places to have your honeymoon/staycation in Scotland…



Located in the heart of Speyside – which, FYI, is the largest whisky region in the world – the Craigellachie is the place to go when you need a hug for your soul.

Walking in is like stepping into a countryside home that’s been decorated by someone with fantastic taste; it’s completely nailed the balance between comfort and contemporary, Scandi-inspired interiors.

We could while away hours upon hours in the snug Quaich Bar, which has 900 single-malt whiskies from around the world that you can sip while lounging on a plush hand-crafted Soane Britain armchair.

For a livelier vibe there’s the Copper Dog pub, which celebrates local Speyside produce in its farm-to-fork menu and has a selection of cocktails, craft beer and wine.

Stay in a Comfy Luxe room for a sleigh or fourposter bed, a decanter of whisky on arrival, Johnston’s of Elgin accessories and a Nespresso machine.

Rooms from £120/night; Comfy Luxe rooms from £215/night.

More info at craigellachiehotel.co.uk



At once achingly cool and pleasingly down to earth, Monachyle Mhor is a boutique hotel situated at the foot of Perthshire mountains.

This is the place for you if you’re outdoorsy types who love walking, hiking and swimming, but who also appreciate the finer things in life.

Expect minimalist but artsy décor (Feature Rooms are individually decorated with the likes of an Eames chair or asymmetric rug) and out-of-the-ordinary accommodation options such as the Cabin, a reclaimed ferry cabin with an adjoining Bothy, and the Wagon, a restored 1950s Pilot Panther.

Monachyle Mhor is renowned for its truly excellent food, so any appetite worked up while out in the surrounding countryside will be well sated.

The award-winning restaurant sources ingredients from Monachyle’s farm and the surrounding locale, and alongside the posher fare there’s a steady stream of hearty soup, sandwiches and scones, which are served all day.

Rooms from £195/night.

More info monachylemhor.net



German chain Motel One has just opened the biggest hotel in Scotland right beside Glasgow Central in the heart of the city.

But don’t let its size, or the fact that it is budget-friendly, fool you into thinking it’s a basic chain.

Far from it. Motel One prides itself on its modern design and makes a point of personalising each of its hotels; the Glasgow one is themed around rail travel across Scotland and decorated with photos taken by Glasgow
School of Art students.

The lobby is like a Pinterest interiors board brought to life, decked out in industrial-style furnishings, egg chairs by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen and animal-print rugs, all in fairly muted tones punctuated by the brand’s signature teal.

Its 24-hour bar is buzzy, and when you’re ready to bed down, the bedrooms, though small, are stylish and cosy.

Rooms cost from £69/night.

More info at motel-one.comhttp://motel-one.com



Formerly the G&V (and before that, Hotel Missoni), this five-star hotel has always had serious style credentials – but as a Radisson Collection hotel, it’s never looked better.

Handily situated on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, you’ll have the city directly on your doorstep, but you may find yourselves perfectly content staying inside.

The slick Epicurean bar has a contemporary feel with marble-top tables and tan leather couches, where you could easily sit for hours working your way through the cocktail menu.

For award-winning Italian food and punchy floral interiors, make your way to Cucina restaurant.

And if you want your stay to be extra-special, hire yourselves one of the suites; each one has been designed by a different Scottish artist or designer and has its own distinct personality – the Hatti Pattison room is our fave.

Nightly rates at Radisson Collection Royal Mile Edinburgh start from £209/night inclusive of breakfast.

More info at radissoncollection.com/en/royalmile-hotel-edinburgh



Owned by Andy Murray, who also celebrated his wedding here, this five-star Victorian mansion is more than fit for a celebrity.

Located in Dunblane, it’s ideal for couples who want to spend a few days living out their bougie fantasies and reclining in absolute luxury.

The hotel has been decorated with specially sourced antique furnishings, there’s a Chez Roux restaurant (overseen by legendary French chef Albert Roux) and it’s set in 34 acres of lush woodlands and grounds – in other words, you’ll feel like lord and lady of the manor.

There are 10 bedrooms and five suites, as well as a one-bedroom gate lodge, each of which has been individually decorated and some of which boast hand-painted freestanding baths in gold, silver and copper.

The only downside will come when you have to check out and return to reality with a thud.

Small double rooms start from £250/ night; suites from £550/night.

More info at cromlix.com