Hidden in a collection of historic buildings at the gates to Edinburgh Castle, The Witchery by the Castle has become somewhat of an institution in the city.
Eat: Dine in the rich baroque surroundings of the original oak-panelled Witchery or among the elegant candle-lit charms of the Secret Garden.
The menu showcases the very best of Scotland’s produce, with seafood platters, beef, lamb, wild game, angus beef steak tartare and, of course, haggis.
Stay: There are nine theatrical suites, all draped in elegance. Book directly with The Witchery and receive a complimentary bottle of chilled Champagne on arrival. thewitchery.com
With heart-stopping views across the Lake District and Cumbria, sublime food and an indulgent health spa, Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel is a multi-award-winning retreat that offers a welcoming and luxurious home from home.
Eat: The fine-dining menu has been created by head chef William Dimartino, using local produce. The Gourmet Menu (four-courses for £72per person) and Tasting Menu (eight courses for £92per person) showcase chef’s creativity and dishes include pig’s cheek with parsnips and cashew and salt-aged beef with oxtail, swede and parsley.
Stay: Here you’ll find armchairs to sink into, inglenook fireplaces and sweeping lakeside views. holbeckghyll.com
Escape the modern life and head to Kinloch Lodge on the Isle Of Skye. The former 16th-Century hunting lodge has a destination restaurant – headed up by Marcello Tully – and jaw-dropping views. Kinlock Lodge is quintessentially Scottish – with plenty of tartan and tweed.
Eat: Brazilian-Scottish Chef Marcello Tully takes guests on a journey of Scottish ingredients.
The Highlands and Islands are home to some of the best producers of meat, game and fish and Marcello and his team bring them to life with skill, respect and imagination.
A five-course menu is £85p per person. There’s also a chef’s table where guests can watch the culinary master at work.
Stay: Guest bedrooms in the North and South houses at Kinloch are individually decorated in colours and textures that reflect Skye’s distinctive landscape. Most come with spectacular views across Loch na Dal. kinloch-lodge.co.uk
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