Scotland

Amanda Lamb’s Break: Inspired by Interiors & Design

5 nights - 382 miles

Explore Scotland's most captivating interiors alongside TV presenter and property expert Amanda Lamb. This journey will take you to some of the country's most opulent hotels, resulting in remarkable and resplendent spaces that are sure to leave a lasting impression.

About the break

Embark on a captivating journey through Scotland’s most enchanting interiors, guided by TV presenter and property expert Amanda Lamb. Your adventure begins in the serene Ayrshire region, nestled in the southwestern corner of Scotland. Here, you’ll be drawn into the landscape’s gradual beauty, winding through lush forest glades and picturesque seaside towns, all framed by sweeping vistas that extend to the iconic Ailsa Craig island. Yet, the breath-taking scenery is only rivalled by the fairy-tale elegance of one of Ayrshire’s most distinguished castles.

Glenapp Castle, a five-star hotel, boasts period furnishings and interiors that epitomize the Scottish Baronial style envisioned by architect David Brice in 1870. This opulent establishment makes an immediate impression, with its four-poster beds, original fireplaces casting a warm glow in your room, indulgent roll-top baths, and walk-in showers. The hotel’s history is gracefully complemented by luxurious touches that one anticipates on a restful getaway.

While it may be challenging to tear yourself away from the castle’s comforts, a plethora of activities awaits, from archery to private boat trips. For the more adventurous traveller, Glenapp offers an overnight glamping Sea Safari.

As you journey northward, you might be enticed by Glasgow’s vibrant independent and boutique shopping scene, but the allure of the countryside beckons. In Dunblane, the newly refurbished Cromlix Hotel, owned by Sir Andy and Kim Murray, awaits your delight. Collaborating with Fergus Purdie Architects and designer Suzanne Garuda from Belfast, the Murrays have elevated the hotel’s original features. The abundance of artwork gracing the hotel speaks to the Murrays’ personal tastes, ranging from local Scottish artists to a piece by Damien Hirst. Be inspired by the eclectic, home-like interiors and perhaps unleash your inner artist with a paintbrush of your own.

Naturally, Cromlix offers the chance for a game of tennis, but there’s much more to explore, including local foraging, garden games, and walking trails across the extensive estate.

As you journey deeper into the wild landscapes of the Cairngorms National Park, you’ll reach the village of Braemar, renowned for its royal connections to Balmoral Castle just a stone’s throw away. The former Victorian coaching inn, The Fife Arms, offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Meticulous restoration work has seamlessly blended the old with the new, accompanied by an astounding collection of 12,000 works of art and antiques. Characterful suites with interiors echoing a bygone era promise a sumptuous and cozy night’s sleep. Each suite is unique, featuring colour schemes that reflect the surrounding Scottish scenery. Enjoy the feel of the house tartan and tweed designs, created by Scottish artisan Araminta Campbell, taking inspiration from the local landscape and Scotland’s unique artistic and cultural heritage.

Your next destination, Ness Walk, invites the outdoors inside. Nestled along the banks of the River Ness, this tranquil retreat offers easy access to Inverness’s vibrant shops and bars, as well as the legendary Loch Ness. The hotel’s light and airy rooms and suites are named after trees in the hotel’s grounds, some offering magnificent framed views of Inverness.

Continuing your journey northward, you’ll arrive at the UK’s most northerly five-star hotel on the shores of Loch Torridon. The Torridon boasts breathtaking Highland views as a backdrop, where individual design and original features, such as the staircase dating back to the lodge’s construction in 1887, create an unparalleled boutique hotel experience. Personal touches from the hotel’s hands-on owners shine through in the meticulously crafted rooms, though your gaze may be continuously drawn to the captivating views from nearly every window. And if you can bear to leave the comforts of the hotel, you can explore the loch by water, traverse the area on foot, or take advantage of guided excursions with the hotel’s activity centre.

Amanda Lamb emphasizes the importance of interior design in a hotel, drawing inspiration for her own home from her travels. Your own wellspring of inspiration awaits on this journey through Scotland’s most splendid interiors, where each destination promises a unique and sumptuous experience of design and décor. “For me interior design is so important in a hotel,” says Amanda. “I get huge inspiration from visiting hotels for [designing] my own home and am forever taking photographs and writing notes.”

Stay Dine Spa

Kirkcudbright

Glenapp Castle

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

Ailsa Craig

Cromlix

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

Stirling Castle

The Fife Arms

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

Balmoral Castle

Ness Walk

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

Loch Ness

The Torridon

  • Rooms

  • Food & Drink

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