The Lugger Hotel – South West Coast
The South West Coast Path is a glorious stretch of England’s rugged coastline. For 630 miles, the pathway glides across Cornish cliffs and runs through countless quaint towns, picturesque villages and quaint hamlets.
Only the most devout of hikers would consider walking the whole route, but you can experience one of its best sections by staying at The Lugger Hotel in the unspoiled hamlet of Portloe. This charming 17th-century smuggler’s inn provides guests with a taste of luxury but also retains its original Cornish charm.
Located on the South West Coast path, guests can explore picture-perfect coves and rugged coastlines with ease. A popular route is a 12-mile walk to magnificent St Mawes Castle, which overlooks Falmouth harbor.
Return to the hotel in time to sample the delights of its restaurant. The sea views will put you in the mood to try some of Cornwall’s traditional fare and the menu places great emphasis on celebrating local produce such as lobster and crab.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel – West Highland Way
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Nowhere in the United Kingdom has seen tourism grow faster in recent years than the Scottish Highlands. Although there is ample space for everyone, it is becoming increasingly hard to find your own corner of tranquility in peak season. Inverlochy Castle Hotel still retains the remoteness that must have inspired its original 19th-century occupants and is as regal as ever.
Nestled on the foothills of the UK’s tallest mountains Ben Nevis, adventurous guests can spend a day hiking to the summit before returning to dine at the hotel’s famous restaurant, ‘Albert and Michel Roux Jr at Inverlochy Castle’. The legendary father and son have created a menu that turns local ingredients into the finest dishes.
After sampling the exemplary five-course tasting menu, retire to the hotel bar for a glass of fine Scotch whisky. The menu has over 100 different varieties from the country’s five regions as well as a selection of Irish, Welsh and Japanese whiskeys.
Should you grow tired of walking, the hotel’s Rolls Royce Phantom is available to hire and can whisk you to any part of the country, including Scotland’s main airports.