You'll never be royal, but that doesn't mean you can't spend a few days presiding over a castle. Over the last century – since rampart-having summer cottages went out of fashion – hotel chains have been buying up aging properties around the room and turning royal suites into "Royal Suites." The luxury palaces provide travelers with an opportunity to enjoy high-end amenities while also glimpsing history. There is no better way to understand how ancient fiefdoms were run than by looking out from the king's parapets.
Inverlochy Castle, an ancient Highland fort, has been in ruins for centuries. Good news then that some enterprising Scottish hoteliers built a small one next to the sweeping grounds. From the windows of the formal dining room, you can look across the dark, eery Loch, which sits below Ben Nevis, the tallest peak in the U.K.
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