Few people come to Scotland planning to top up their tan, especially in the early part of the year.
While Scotland and bronzed are two words seldom seen in the same sentence, many parts of the country are at their most beautiful during the frostier months.
Today’s big Deal is for two people to enjoy a two night break in one of five Scottish hotels.
From walking in the West Coast to skiing in the Highlands, the hotels are well located for outdoor activities as well as being sited in some of Scotland’s best known areas of scenic beauty.
At each hotel, the offer includes a three course dinner on the night of arrival plus a full Scottish or continental breakfast each morning. A welcome dram of whisky will help guests settle in.
The following hotels are taking part:
Highlander Hotel, Newtonmore
Based in the village of Newtonmore, within the Cairngorm National Park, the Highlander Hotel is well placed to explore much of the north of Scotland.
This modern hotel has 85 en suite bedrooms and family rooms, including guest bedrooms on the ground floor. Guests can expect satellite TV, hot drinks facilities and complimentary WiFi in the hotel lounge.
Arrochar Hotel, nr Loch Lomond
Dating back to the 19th century, the Arrochar Hotel is a former coaching inn and one of the most enviably positioned hotels in Argyll and Bute. It is based at the very foot of the ‘Arrochar Alps’ on the shores of Loch Long, only two miles from Loch Lomond.
With 76 comfortable ensuite bedrooms, many of which overlook the loch, it makes for an idyllic tranquil hideaway to relax and unwind. It is also an ideal base from which to explore the beautiful countryside, Loch Lomond and the Western Highlands and Islands.
In the evenings, guests can savour a fine malt whisky in the lounge bar before enjoying traditional Scottish dishes in the loch view restaurant.
Regent Hotel, Oban
The Regent Hotel is a beautiful blend of classic Victorian and Art Deco architecture on Oban esplanade. It boasts dramatic views across the sea to the Isle of Mull and is the perfect base for exploring the west coast of Scotland.
With 83 rooms complete with modern facilities, guests will enjoy a comfortable stay. Guests of the Regent Hotel can choose to wine and dine in any one of the three bars within the hotel. The Marine Restaurant has an a la carte menu with meals prepared by the skilled kitchen brigade. For a more informal setting, the Marine Lounge serves bar food, from the well-renowned Regent doorstep sandwiches to delicious local mussels. After dinner, guests can head to the Cellars Bar to sample the selection of single malt whiskies.
Caledonian Hotel, Ullapool
Built in the early 1900s and overlooking both Ullapool’s working harbour and the colourful fishing boats on Loch Broom, the 83-bedroom Caledonian Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the Ullapool area. It boasts a quiet, friendly and welcoming atmosphere as well as pleasant gardens.
The Mackenzie Restaurant offers a wide selection of traditional Scottish dishes, freshly cooked using local, seasonal ingredients. For more informal dining or a light bite, the Caley Inn Bistro provides a contemporary setting. Its varied menu features steaks, seafood and a range of vegetarian options. The Caledonian Lounge epitomises the relaxed pace of life in the Highlands. With its coal-burning fire and views of the harbour, it’s the perfect place to enjoy morning and afternoon teas.
Huntly Arms, Royal Deeside
One of the oldest coaching inns to be found in Scotland, The Huntly Arms Hotel lies at the foot of the Cairngorm National Park. The Huntly Arms has 50 en suite bedrooms, junior suites and family suites. Some of the rooms feature gorgeous view over Aboyne towards the stunning Cairngorm and Glen Tanner national parks. The Grill Room Restaurant offers a wide selection of dishes using the finest produce. The Lounge Bar and lively Tavern Bar serve a variety of freshly prepared bar meals, snacks and drinks.
Located in the picturesque village of Aboyne in the heart of Royal Deeside, the area is famed for its unspoilt beauty. There are many golf courses in Royal Deeside and a wealth of outdoor activities such as gliding, water-skiing, rambling and cycling. The area also has distilleries and castles in abundance.