Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, Scotland
In the Scottish Highlands, this stately private residence-turned-hotel is surrounded by mystical-looking glens, lochs, and crumbling fortresses. The 17 rooms, outfitted in various luxe iterations of tartan, feel more country house than castle, but the dining rooms are as grand as it gets. Locally sourced cuisine comes from acclaimed chef Albert Roux and his son Michel Roux, Jr. — think salt-baked rooster, loin of Highland venison, and glazed Shetland salmon, to be eaten on period furniture presented as gifts to the estate’s first owners from the King of Norway during World War II (jackets are required). Sports lovers can try their hand at stalking deer, clay-pigeon shooting, or fishing for wild brown trout at Loch Blair at the nearby Achnacarry Sporting and Country Pursuits, a 75,000-acre estate (best part: the kitchen will prepare your catch). The castle’s location at the foothills of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, allows for excellent hiking, white water rafting, off roading, and mountain biking.