In brief: A magnificent 13th century fortress come luxury hotel.
Our highlight: The authentic decor and old-world charm.
Insider guide: The foundations of Dalhousie Castle date from the 13th century – but don’t worry, this is a truly modern hotel with heaps of historical charm. The rooms are decked out in traditional Scottish style (think tweeds, period furniture and opulent rugs), there’s a great spa and you can enjoy a modern interpretation of classic Scottish dishes in the barrel-vaulted Dungeon Restaurant. There’s also a secret door in the Library Bar – it doesn’t get cooler than that.