14 staycation locations in Scotland that are perfect for whisky fans

These locations are ideal for those that love a good dram or two.

The Quaich bar at the Craigellachie Hotel. Picture: Till Britze

While we can’t holiday abroad just now, it does look likely that we can spend some time exploring Scotland this summer. If you’re a whisky fan, make sure to check out some of these hotels and self catering accommodations.

Situated in Campbeltown which was once a thriving Mecca of whisky production, the Ardshiel Hotel was originally built in 1877, for one of the many whisky barons resident in Campbeltown at that time. The hotel’s Usquebaugh Bar and Lounge, which offers a superb choice of over 200 malt whiskies including a fine selection of Springbank, Cadenhead, and Islay malts, is the place to go for whisky lovers.

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The five star Balmoral in Edinburgh is an ideal spot for whisky lovers thanks to its award-winning Scotch bar. Scotch’s kilted whisky ambassadors are on hand to navigate through the bar’s exciting 500-strong whisky list and will tell a tale or two about Scotland’s national drink
This exclusive use venue near Gorebridge is an ideal spot for those looking for a decadent stay. Bespoke menus can be arranged from the castle's chef, Derek Johnstone. When it comes to drinks, Borthwick Castle has an extensive wine cellar, an impressive collection of fine single malt whiskies, small-batch Scottish gins and local craft beers.
This newly renovated three bedroom cottage is located in Moray, that has a whisky snug and offers guests a tailored whisky retreat package for a staycation.
Located in Craigellachie, Speyside, the Fiddichside Inn is an institution for whisky fans from near and far. Now you can book to stay on site in the Inn's two bedroom, self catering cottage.
Located in Sutherland, Dornoch Castle Hotel is within easy reach of a number of leading whisky distilleries in the North Highlands, such as Balblair, Glenmorangie and Dalmore, and also has its own award-winning whisky bar.
This historic hotel is close to the Glen Garioch distillery in the nearby village of Oldmeldrum. It also has a charming cave bar that has over 100 whiskies to try by the roaring fire. Book the Turret suite for a luxurious stay.
Another Speyside institution, also located in Craigellachie, the Highlander Inn has an impressive selection of whisky behind the bar. For accommodation, they have eight en-suite bedrooms available to book.
Another of Speyside’s famous whisky hotels, The Dowans lies just off that famous whisky road, the A95, close to Aberlour Distillery and the river Spey. The Still Room bar offers an expertly curated selection of over 500 whiskies from Speyside and beyond.
This luxurious Wester Ross hotel is a favourite stop on the North Coast 500 and the restaurant serves some truly excellent Scottish cuisine. But it’s the whisky bar and its 300 strong whisky collection that is the true star of the show.
The Station Hotel, which is situated in Rothes, has rooms that have all been designed with whisky in mind - with many of the suites being named after Speyside distilleries. The hotel’s bar, the Spirit Safe has a great selection of whiskies and the hotel's location means it's ideal for visiting the Balvenie, Aberlour and Glenfiddich distilleries.
The family-run Bowmore Hotel on Islay, currently stocks over 700 malt whiskies, making this an ideal place to stay for whisky fans visiting the island.
The Whisky Room, which is located near Pitlochry and sleeps two, is a cosy escape perfect for whisky lovers and walkers. Visit the Edradour Distillery, just a few hundred metres from the property, explore the beauty of the Cairngorms National Park, or enjoy the picturesque village of Pitlochry.
The Craigellachie Hotel is one of the best known hotels in Scotland and a firm favourite with whisky fans. First built in the 1800s, the boutique, dog-friendly hotel has two bars - the Copper Dog and the Quaich bar (pictured). The latter is where whisky lovers should head, to admire and try some of the amazing collection of whiskies.