I would like to point out in advance that of the six I mention, only one is not in Scotland. I'd also like to add that I've stayed in my fair share of Travelodges etc and I have loved most of them (apart from the one we stayed in near South Shields when my boyfriend was doing the Great North Run and we couldn't even get decent tv reception!) - however, I wanted to try and highlight a couple of places that were maybe a bit more personal or with character. I have included an Ibis Styles because I was just there and loved it, but the rest you may not have heard of.
Ardtorna (Near Oban)
I visited this B&B near Oban last March and reviewed it here, so I'll not rave on about it again. As I say in my review, it ain't cheap (sadly I've never been able to afford to go back), but if you have a bit of money burning a hole unexpectedly in your pocket, I'd definitely recommend it! And you MUST help yourself to the whisky and whisky liqueur they supply in the corridor outside the rooms, and make sure you make it down for breakfast as there is an amazing breakfast menu (you order the night before) and I cannot recommend the bacon, poached egg and halloumi option more highly!
The Inn on Loch Lomond (Inverbeg)
|In the bar . . .|
|The room . . .|
Ibis Styles (Edinburgh)
|View from the room . . .|
|Quirky cupboard . . .|
Sandaig Guest House
This was a little impulse overnight stay last May after my boyfriend had came to pick me up from a hen weekend in Edinburgh. After going for lunch in the Shore area he suggested we stay somewhere nearby, so we found this guest house on booking.com. It was unexpectedly lovely. We were greeted by our friendly host and headed up to our comfortable room which was very homely and warm... and we had a little alcoholic treat waiting for us when we got there (we think it might have been brandy but whatever it was I really enjoyed it)! Because we'd been out for lunch we actually just got some sandwiches from Tesco and wine and had a little picnic in the room so I'm not sure if our experience would have been different if we'd been planning to go somewhere for a wild night out, but it suited our purposes brilliantly. Even more amazingly, the following day when we wernt down for breakfast there was a menu to choose breakfast from as well as the continental option... AND you could have two courses. I opted for a cheese omelette which was delicious while the boyfriend opted for the full Scottish breakfast - we decided one course was enough, but it was nice to have the option!
North Ocean Hotel (Blackpool)
|Me on the terrace... sadly the weather let us down and we couldn't sit out on it and enjoy a drink. :-(|
|Massive toad in the hole!|
The Bank (Anstruther)
|Full Scottish . . .|
Have you been to any of these hotels or have any you want to recommend to me? Please let me know if you do visit any of these places after reading my post - I'd love to know what you thought!