Crossbasket Castle, Blantyre, Glasgow
Tucked into woodlands just 35 minutes from Glasgow International Airport, this recently refurbished castle is ideal for anyone looking for something more dowager domicile than chi-chi aristo-hotel. With just nine bedrooms, the property feels cozy despite its 600-year-old bones. Rooms are airy and bright with period furnishings and views of the grounds and River Calder. On the recreation front, there are options on and off the property. The nearby Central Scotland Shooting School offers clay-target shooting and rainbow-trout fishing, and the hotel stocks rods for trout fishing on the estate. Hiking amidst waterfalls and wildlife at the Falls Of Clyde nature reserve is another popular pursuit. Such close proximity to Glasgow makes it easy for guests to pop into town for theater and concerts at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Like Inverlochy, the opulent fine-dining restaurant is helmed by Albert and Michel Roux, Jr. After a day in the countryside, put your feet up in the wood-paneled drawing room with a tumbler of straight-from-the-Highlands Scottish whiskey.