Room with Style: Scottish Spirit with a Patriotic Hotel Stay

A trip to Scotland isn’t complete without a taste of haggis, a dram of whisky, a flash of tartan and the sound of bagpipes in the air. For those that can’t get enough of the world renowned charms check out our overview of hotels that embrace their heritage wholeheartedly and allow you to soak up the Scottish atmosphere, even while you sleep!


Dalhousie Castle

This picturesque 13th century castle is situated just eight miles out of Edinburgh in amongst the beautiful scenery of wooded parkland and the banks of the River Esk. This makes it an excellent choice for travellers who want a taste of the Scottish countryside and easy access to Scotland’s most celebrated city.



The fortress has a colourful history which is suitably reflected in its design, its 16 rooms oozing traditional Scottish charm and character while maintaining all the modern comforts expected of a boutique hotel. For those seeking the royal treatment the Mary Queen of Scots suite is a lavish indulgence, featuring a majestic carved four poster bed and breathtaking views over the countryside. The patriotic theme continues in the rest of Dalhousie’s rooms, the William Wallace room featuring Wallace clan tartan and their traditional crest while the Knight Order of the Thistle room adopts a woodland theme glorifying Scotland’s national emblem.


Carlton George, Glasgow


The Carlton George is a four-star luxury boutique hotel situated in Glasgow and offers guests a subtle taste of Scottish décor for those who shy away from a fully-fledged tartan extravaganza. Rooms are cosy and contemporary with delicate touches of tartan making an appearance in the carpets, bed linen and curtains.


The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh

Described by Time Out as “dark, gothic and thoroughly theatrical” and by Cosmopolitan as “one of the seven wonders of the hotel world”, The Witchery by the Castle is a five-star establishment for those seeking pure indulgence.


The hidden labyrinth of just nine rooms sit upon Castlehill and are decorated in an intoxicating combination of Scottish gothic elegance and modern world glamour. Witchery guests can expect their suites to feature an array of sumptuous luxuries such as oak panelled walls, antique furniture, silver roll top double baths, velvet draped washrooms, wall tapestries, four poster beds and spectacular views over the city.

The design is reminiscent of Scotland’s rich historical past and is not just an accommodation option but a true Edinburgh experience. Keep in mind you will need deep pockets if you want a piece of the Witchery cake…


Blythswood Square, Glasgow


Blythswood Square is the luxury spa hotel of choice for a plethora of famous faces gracing the streets of Glasgow. The Scottish influence in its design is understated yet incredibly impressive, the hotel commissioning world famous Scottish textile brand Harris Tweed to create bespoke fabric designs for its interior. The job took a team of 100 weavers over six months to complete and makes a subtle appearance in every Blythswood Square room, from suite curtains, lobby furnishings and in-house cinema seats to light fittings and restaurant menus. As a result of its meticulous design efforts Blythswod Square were awarded 2011’s Most Stylish Hotel at the Scottish Style Awards and AA Hotel of the Year Scotland.


Angels Share Hotel, Edinburgh


The Angels Share Hotel brings a refreshing dash of fun to the Scottish themed hotel concept, offering a range of standard, superior and deluxe double rooms that are decorated in honour of beloved Scottish icons. It is a playful and unique concept offering guests an opportunity to get their heads down amongst the likes of stars such as Sean Connery, Ewan McGregor, Annie Lennox and Emeli Sande.

By Jessica Ure