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Inverlochy Castle Hotel
Fort William, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)|www.inverlochycastlehotel.com|
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Who doesn’t want to bed down in a Highland castle? Although to be strictly accurate, this turreted pile only dates back to 1863, built by Lord Abinger close to the original 13th-century fortress. Queen Victoria was said to have taken a shine to it, however, as did celebrity guests Charlie Chaplin and Robert Redford.
It’s old-school luxury – there’s a dress code for dinner and gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket and tie – with reams of chintz, four-poster beds, a belt-busting Michelin-starred restaurant and glorious grounds.
To arrive in serious style, the hotel can arrange airport transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh in a Rolls Royce phantom, which can also be hired for guided day tours.
Green glens, craggy mountains, deep lochs: step outside the hotel and gaze in awe at the sheer magnificence around you.
The hotel is just three miles from the unbelievably ugly eyesore that is the outdoor activity centre, the town of Fort William on the west coast. But you need never go there. Ben Nevis is a 10-minute drive.
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