Luxury Weekend Breaks in Scotland

Now that the cold months have rolled around again it can be tempting to jet off in search of some winter sun, but that perfect luxury break is closer than you think. Scotland is a fantastic holiday destination all year round, and winter is a perfect time to visit. Whether you prefer relaxing in front of the fire at a cosy Highland retreat or unwinding at one of Edinburgh’s cosmopolitan spa resorts, enjoy a getaway to remember with our pick of Scotland’s best luxury weekend breaks.

Cairngorm Mountains

There aren’t many places in the world that can rival the beauty of the Cairngorm National Park, and it looks particularly spectacular in the winter. After you’ve taken in some incredible views from the summits, take advantage of the snow and ski down some of the world’s best slopes.

River Dee
Cairngorm National Parkaldenchadwick / / CC BY

If you’re feeling the chill, retreat to your room at the luxurious Boat Hotel. Nestled in the heart of the national park, the hotel has won awards for its great food and stylish accommodation.


Scotland’s vibrant capital is a fantastic destination all year round, and there’s plenty on offer to keep you entertained for weeks! It’s also home to one of the world’s most beautiful cityscapes, and one of the highlights has to be the famous Edinburgh Castle which sits proudly on top of an ancient volcano in the centre of the city.

Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street Gardens
Edinburgh CastleKim Traynor / / CC BY-SA

There are also plenty of events going on throughout the year including The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and December’s Hogmanay celebrations.

After a busy day of exploring, there are plenty of spa resorts awaiting you to help you relax and unwind and is the place to find them.

Fort William

Edinburgh might be the place to go for city breaks, but if you’re more at one with the natural world Fort William is the place to visit. Known as the outdoor capital of Scotland, Fort William provides an ideal base for exploring the West Highlands, the country’s famous lochs and the spectacular Nevis Mountain Range.

Pevensey - William the Conqueror's First English Castle
Fort Williamantonychammond / / CC BY-NC-SA

There are plenty of opportunities for climbing, cycling and walking, or you could just warm up in front of the fire and enjoy a nip of Scottish whisky in one of the area’s many luxurious hotels such as the Inverlochy Castle Hotel.

Dumfries & Galloway

Scotland is famous for its Burns Night celebrations in honour of the country’s most famous poet, Robert Burns. So what better place to visit that Burns’ hometown of Dumfries? This area is steeped in history and legend, boasts a truly stunning countryside and is full of lively towns and villages to explore.

Isle of Skye

It might not offer the sunshine and temperatures of the Maldives, but the Isle of Skye is still the perfect luxurious island retreat. Offering fantastic sunsets, truly stunning scenery and some of Scotland’s best hiking opportunities, you’re bound to fall in love with it!

Once the fresh Scottish air has worn you out, relax and enjoy a delicious bite to eat at a cosy retreat such as the Kinoch Lodge.

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