This time of year is always magical. With the spirit of Christmas in the air, twinkling lights above and plenty of opportunity to overindulge, there’s lots to look forward to. But, with the end of the year nearing many are also thinking about how to use up and make the most of those last few remaining days of annual leave.
When it’s chilly outside and the city crowds are aplenty, nothing beats escaping to the countryside with a loved one or close friend. And with Scotland boasting plenty of idyllic remote destinations, rolling fields and country houses are the perfect place to relax during those final days out of the office before the Christmas chaos arrives.
Here, we round up our dream country escapes in Scotland to enjoy this December.
Nestled in 34 acres of secluded woodland just a short drive from Dunblane Railway Station, Cromlix is the perfect countryside destination.
Enjoy traditional pursuits such as fishing and shooting in the Victorian mansion’s grounds before a meal prepared and served in the Chez Roux restaurant, overseen by celebrated chef Albert Roux OBE KFO.
The hotel’s ten bedrooms, five suites and gate lodge offer plenty of choice when selecting which indulgent room to choose, with roll top baths and bespoke toiletries adding touches of luxury.
Atholl Palace, Pitlochry
With roaring fires, good food and a spa, Atholl Palace, close to Pitlochry, is a regal retreat fit for a king or queen.
Enjoy rooms with expansive views, and even turrets, as well as a selection of spa treatments, a heated indoor pool and range of restaurants and bars all within one location. A series of seasonal offers and discounts also make this accommodation outlet an affordable one at this time of year.
Loch Ness Country House Hotel, Inverness
If you’re keen to explore the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands then opt for Loch Ness Country House Hotel.A grand Georgian property complimented by modern interiors and furnishings, this hotel is the gateway to exploring Inverness’ rich history and beautiful surroundings. Or, if you don’t want to stray too far from the comfort of your bedroom, then take a stroll in the hotel’s pristine gardens which are often covered in crisp frost in the winter months.