The Torridon – Torridon, Wester Ross
A former and still very grand shooting lodge, The Torridon has one of the Highlands’ most stunning locations. It stands on a beautiful sea loch in 58 acres of parkland, with breathtaking views all around. The bedrooms in the main hotel blend its Scottish heritage with Victorian-era features while those in The Stables are simple and cosy (there’s also The Boathouse, a self-catering waterside retreat rentable by the week). The 1887 restaurant was redesigned last year; now guests can tuck into chef Paul Green’s field-to-fork delights in the pine panelled dining room or conservatory. A more casual option is Bo & Muc, housed in what was once the estate’s old buttery and dairy, for dishes such as rump of Elgin lamb and beer battered fish. At both, menus evolve with the seasons, with much of the meat and vegetables coming from the onsite farm and kitchen garden. After dinner, head for the whisky bar, which is stocked with more than 350 malts. There are many outdoor activities on the doorstep too, from cycling and bird watching to kayaking and hiking.
Doubles from £305
+44 (0)1445 791242; thetorridon.com