Scottish Hotel Awards 2020: Best Scottish hotels

    From city spa resorts to country sports specialists and remote island B&Bs, the Scottish Hotel Awards have announced their national winners for 2020. We round-up some of their winners so you can get ahead with your holiday planning (when it is safe to do so!)

    The 2020 Scottish Hotel Awards were announced during a virtual Facebook event on Sunday, April 26th, the date originally scheduled for the annual gala dinner, which had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

    “At this difficult time, with all hotels currently closed, we are acutely aware of the challenges that lie ahead,” said chairman of judging Gary McLean-Quin. “We hope that the announcement of the 2020 results will give members a valuable boost as they begin to reopen their properties later this year, when the time is right.”

    Scotland’s hoteliers and their teams were invited to arrange a Zoom party, don their Sunday best and join in online with a glass of wine or a dram to toast over 100 Scottish Hotel Awards and People of Excellence Awards winners, which were announced via video messages and posts, reaching over 26,000 people over the course of the evening.

    “The awards are a genuine and up-to-date reflection of our members’ achievements,” added deputy chairman of judging Vivien Devlin. “Despite the timing of lockdown measures, we were able to complete over 80% of our on-site research and judging this year and, thanks to the depth of knowledge of our panel of expert judges, we were able to agree a full and thorough set of results.”

    The overall winner, The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links, was not only named Scottish Hotel of the Year 2020, but also the national Golf Hotel of the Year 2020. Managed by Campbell Gray Hotels and opened in summer 2018, The Machrie has done incredibly well to achieve this prestigious award so quickly.

    The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links
    The Courtyard Lounge at the Machrie Hotel & Golf Links
    The Machrie is set beside seven miles of Inner-Hebridean-island beach

    Here is a list of some of the Scottish Hotel Award national winners in other categories. When travel recommences, we hope they will help you plan your next trip:

    B&B/Guest House of the Year; Lys-Na-Greyne, Aboyne, Aberdeen

    Bar of the Year; Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

    Boutique Hotel of the Year; The Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh

    Castle Hotel of the Year; Dalhousie Castle & Spa, near Edinburgh

    City Hotel of the Year; Hotel Indigo Dundee, Dundee

    Coast Hotel of the Year; Seamill Hydro Hotel, Ayrshire

    Country House Hotel of the Year; Glengarry Castle Hotel, Invergarry, Inverness-shire

    Family Hotel of the Year; Crieff Hydro Hotel, Crieff, near Perth

    Fine Dining Award; Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island, Argyll

    Inn of the Year; The George Hotel Inverary, Argyll

    Island Hotel of the Year; Sligachan Hotel, Isle of Skye

    Lochside Hotel of the Year; Ardanaiseig Hotel, Taynuilt, Argyll

    Luxury City Hotel of the Year; The Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh

    Luxury Country House Hotel of the Year; Links House at Royal Dornoch, Dornoch

    Luxury Guest House Award; Dumfries House Lodge, Cumnock

    New Hotel of the Year; Market Street Hotel, Edinburgh

    Resort of the Year; Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews

    Romantic Hotel of the Year; Kylesku Hotel, Sutherland

    Whisky Bar Award; Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch

    A full list of results is available at and on Facebook at


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