In brief: A historic hotel with a global reputation. Our highlight: The quirky rooms are so appealing but the amazing food is hard to beat. Insider guide: It’s no surprise this place boasts a whole host of accolades, awards and a cult celebrity following. In 1979, hotelier James Thomson set out to defy the bland minimalism dominating boutique hotel design by opening his own restaurant with rooms, and The Witchery has continued to shake up the scene ever since. Nine indulgent suites have their own quirks and charms, like Gothic oak panelling, free standing bateau baths and four-poster beds clad with drapes. There are two restaurants to choose from in the original baroque Witchery and the Secret Garden, which offer some of the finest Scottish produce around, and the wine list to match.