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Small independent hotels in Scotland


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Hotels in the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are a sparsely populated area, with limited hotel resources. Hotels cannot easily cope with the tourist influx in the busy summer months, and may get booked up very early on. Advanced booking is often essential; and to be sure of getting what you want, very advanced booking is recommended.

Character, quality, value. The iHi directory is a selection of hotels chosen with care. The directory includes mostly quiet hotels with character offering good value for money, a selection of country hotels and town hotels, away from busy streets. For Scotland, iHi offers a carefully selected choice of good-value hotels, near the main tourist destinations and also in some quite remote spots in the Scottish Highlands
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A choice of independent hotels for all  budgets

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The iHi UK independent hotel guide is a directory of small independent hotels offering a calm and relaxing environment to travellers, for holidays, business visits, or short breaks.

Priority is given to listing hotels offering good value for money, and a friendly welcome.

iHi welcomes suggestions from travellers and hotel owners.

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Scotland / Borders and Lowland Scotland

Hotels in the Scottish borders

  • Scottish Borders - Selkirk
     €    The County hotel ***  is an old coaching inn on the market square in Selkirk, a quiet small town in the Borders. Friendly comfortable hotel with bar and restaurants, and best Scottish hospitality. Other restaurants close by. Cheap by UK standards, and top value for money.
  • Scottish Borders - Near Eyemouth (east of Edinburgh)
     €    the Craw Inn, Reston  Five spacious rooms in this old village inn just a mile off the main A1 Newcastle to Edinburgh highway,. 25 minutes north of Berwick on Tweed. Friendly atmosphere, and restaurant serving local produce from the land and local seafood. Traditional bar, good value for money.

Hotels in central Scotland

  • Edinburgh
    The Bonham Hotel ****, with 47 guest rooms, is an address to remember. Calm location in a historic residential area 10 minutes walk from Princes St., it offers clean, pleasant and comfortable accommodation at competitive rates. Good size rooms, friendly hotel staff, restaurant. Very good value for a four-star quality hotel.
  • Edinburgh -  Bruntsfield
     €    the Mardale Guest House ***  is a small hotel with just six rooms, located in a quiet cul de sac just a 15 minute walk across the Meadows to the Old Town. Very well served by city buses. A friendly family B&B hotel close to restaurants, theatres and university. Recomended for travellers without a car.
  • Glasgow
    the Manor Park hotel is a small family-run *** hotel on a leafy street in the west end of Glasgow. Spacious, clean and comfortable rooms, and a warm welcome. Good breakfasts, good value. No restaurant, but plenty nearby. A mile from Kelvingrove gallery and Glasgow university. Nothing but favourable reviews.
  • Glenfarg, near Perth
     €    The Glenfarg hotel is 45 minutes north of Edinburgh, near the A90 road to the Highlands. It is 15 minutes from Perth. This 17-room hotel, in a  Victorian country house set in its own grounds, has a bar, restaurant and free wifi. The two-star ranking is reflected in the price, but not in the  welcome, and the hotel gets plenty of good reviews for friendliness, cleanliness and good value. A good base for exploring Perthshire and Fife.

Scotland north

Scotland / Highlands and Islands

Mainland Scotland

  • Kilmelford, south of Oban, west coast
     €     The Cuilfail Hotel ** is located 15 miles south of Oban, just a short walk from the sea, and offers good value for money - which is not always easy to find in the Highlands. It has a restaurant and a bar with plenty of character. The hotel provides a pickup service from Oban station or ferry port.
  • Invermoriston, Loch Ness , HIghlands
    €€€ Glenmoriston Arms hotel is an old hotel with plenty of character, dating back to the eighteenth century. Charlie Chaplin enjoyed staying here. The hotel stands in the village of Invermoriston, on the shores of Loch Ness, and its restaurant offers traditional Scottish fare. the bar is renowned for its choice of 150 different whiskies. Friendly and welcoming staff.
  • Highlands - Ardgour, Fort William, 
     The Inn at Ardgour ***, (photo left) Traditional Scots inn with 12 rooms, standing at the edge of Loch Linnhe, the sea loch that goes up to Fort William. Just by the Corran Ferry. Wonderful situation with views over the loch to the Ben Nevis range. Warm and personal service, comfortable good sized rooms, bar and restaurant with loch view.
  • Aultbea, northwest Scotland
    Aultbea hotel *** It's hard to find a more isolated spot than  Aultbea, without going to the Outer Hebrides..the hotel stands at the water's edge, on a sea loch that was the HQ for the Royal Navy's North Atlantic convoy protection force in World War II. It's hard to imagine it today. Between wild mountains and sandy shores, the hotel offers a friendly welcome in an inspiring environment. Bar, restaurant, and the certainty that you will really feel "away from it all" in this empty corner of northwest Scotland.
  • Gairloch, Ross and Cromarty  
      The Old Inn *** 10 miles south of Aultbea (see map). Seventeen rooms in this old traditional inn, between the mountains and the sea. The Old Inn has a restaurant offering fresh local seafood, and a bar with a choice of real ales and whiskies. Average prices - but don't expect to find really cheap accommodation in this very isolated area.
  • Wick - Scottish castle right on the coast
    €€€ Ackergill Tower Castle hotel *****  In the far north of Scotland, 2 mi. north of Wick, this five-star hotel offers a remarkable experience in the unique setting of a fifteenth century Scottish castle on the water's edge. 28 traditional and elegant rooms. Grounds, private beach, golf course nearby. Easy acess to John o'Groats.
  • Small hotel near Thurso  
      The Castletown Hotel  Close to John o' Groats and Dunnet Head, the most northerly tip of the British mainland. Traditional family-run hotel with friendly staff and good food. Gets generally good customer reviews. Reasonable value for money in an area where cheap hotels are hard to find . 24 rooms.

Hotels in the Western Isles

  • Hebrides, Isle of Mull,  
    The Ardachy House hotel is a small reasonably priced hotel in a remote location on Mull. The hotel looks south over the deserted sands of Ardalanish Bay and beyond to the Hebridean islands of Jura, Colonsay and Islay. A destination for those who want to get away from it all.  
  • Hebrides, Isle of Skye,
    €€€  Kinloch Lodge Hotel and Restaurant **** An intimate small hotel with 15 rooms, located on the waters edge on the south coast of Skye. This former 17th century hunting lodge, standing in its own grounds, is now a four star hotel boasting a Michelin starred restaurant. A warm and friendly welcome is guaranteed.
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Price guide and key
All hotels listed on iHi offer good or reasonable value compared to other hotels of similar quality  in their area .
 €  - Not too expensive: very good value for money.
€€€  Double rooms usually over £100 / 130 € a night.
€€€€  Double rooms usually over £200 / 250 € a night..
Hotels with no price information are generally in between.
  Pub / inn accommodation, the traditional British inn.
 P   Free parking  (City locations only - elsewhere free parking is the norm).
In many hotels and inns, prices  vary from season to season, and week to week, notably in tourist areas.
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