Scotland's scenery is legendary with miles of rugged coastline, unspoilt beaches, and romantic lochs and glens. You may be lucky to spot dolphins and whales or see some of Scotland's spectacular sea birds colonies featuring puffins and gannets.
If you'd like to relax by the coast or wake up to a magical lochside setting, then enjoy a holiday with some of the Best B&Bs in Scotland. Your hosts will be able to tell you where you are most likely to see wonderful wildlife or explore secluded places off the beaten track.
All our B&Bs are regularly inspected by Visit Scotland (the national tourism organisation) and have been graded from 4 Stars right up to 5 Star GOLD. Staying with Scotland’s Best B&Bs means you can be sure of high standards and very personal, warm welcome from your B&B hosts.
Discover Scotland’s Best B&Bs:
The Waterside Rooms
This 4 Star B&B on the coast directly overlooks the pictureque Solway Estuary in Dumfriesshire. Enjoy wildlife spotting and coastal walks or explore historic sites and castles including Caerlaverock. Gretna Green 7 miles. Dumfries 20 miles. Accommodation is in one self-contained suite of rooms with king sized bedroom, private lounge with sofa-bed, designer shower room and spectacular sea views. Sleeps up to 4 people. Breakfast is served in the upper dining room with panoramic views out over the Solway Firth. BOOK NOW
Ayrs & Graces Bed & Breakfast
This 5 Star GOLD B&B is in the pretty village of Alloway, near the Robbie Burns museum and Brig O’Doon. Just 3 miles from Ayr, this boutique B&B is in an ideal location to explore the south west of Scotland, enjoy Ayrshire's famous golf courses, or discover historic attractions such as Culzean Castle and Dumfries House. Choice of 3 ensuite rooms/suites. Two are on the ground floor with patio doors leading to the terrace, while the Brig o' Doon suite is situated upstairs. Delicious homebaking is served in the sumptuous lounge on arrival. Enjoy a wee nightcap of complimentary Malt Whisky. Breakfast can be served in the Dining Room overlooking the garden, or on the 40 feet long heated balcony with views across the Ayrshire Valley. BOOK NOW
Bayview Bed & Breakfast
This 4 Star GOLD B&B in Upper Largo is a 19th century cottage with sea views in an idyllic location on a coastal path. Bayview is surrounded by famous Fife golf courses and Margaret can organise golf tee times at reduced rates at local clubs for her guests. Just 11 miles from historic St Andrews. Choose from 2 ensuite rooms offering a choice of double, twin or triple sleeping arrangements. Relax in the well tended garden where your hosts grow their own fruit, which you can enjoy fresh or in preserves for breakfast. Romantic Break for £209 for 2 nights bed and full Scottish Breakfast for 2 people sharing a room (includes champagne, handmade chocolate delights, fresh flowers, fresh fruit, candles, bathrobes). BOOK NOW
Parkhead House(close to the Firth of Forth)
This 4 Star former gamekeeper's cottage sits on the edge of the deer park near Hopetoun House, and offers direct access to over 600 acres of open countryside right on the doorstep. Double/twin ensuite bedrooms. Built around 1720, Parkhead House is an idyllic country retreat in an historic setting, close to many 'Outlander' filming locations (your host can offer guided tours). Only 13 miles from Edinburgh city centre. The proximity of the Queensferry Crossing across the Firth of Forth means Parkhead House is within easy driving distance of Fife's beaches and quaint harbours. Or you can explore East Lothians' coastline with its sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and links golf courses. Dogs welcome. BOOK NOW
Tarskavaig Bed and Breakfast (5 miles from the Fife coast)
This idyllic 4 Star countryside retreat has panoramic views and amazing sunsets. Just 5 miles from St Andrews, it is ideal for exploring Fife and Dundee. 1 luxury suite with slipper bath, ensuite shower and private balcony. 3 kingsize/superking ensuite rooms with power shower and/or bath. All rooms are provided with designer toiletries, blackout blinds, flat screen TV, hairdryer, fridge with water and fresh milk, shortbread, etc. Champagne, flowers and chocolates can be ordered as extras for that special occasion. Discover the quaint little towns and villages of the picturesque East Neuk of Fife, or enjoy walking on The Fife Coastal Path & Pilgrims Way. Historic attractions, golf courses, watersports, wildlife watching. BOOK NOW
This 5 Star luxury boutique bed and breakfast in Carnoustie is just 3 minutes walk from the beach and championship golf course. An ideal base for exploring Angus, Fife and Perthshire. 4 ensuite rooms (superkingsize double / twin) including one with a Jacuzzi bath. One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor (no stairs). Enjoy a full Scottish breakfast or try out the fish selections including local Arbroath smokies or Scottish smoked salmon. Guests can sit in the large garden which has a summer house. Your hosts Debbie and Mark can arrange club hire and book tee times for you at local golf courses. Arbroath 7 miles, Dundee 13 miles. BOOK NOW
Brandon Lodge Bed and Breakfast (3 miles from the coast)
This 4 Star stone cottage nestled in idyllic countryside is ideally situated for exploring the Moray coast, Speyside and Aberdeenshire. Situated near historic Portsoy harbour (3 miles) and Banff (5 miles), Brandon Lodge is also close to the North East 250 Tourist Route. Choose from 3 bedrooms (kingsize / double). Families with children welcome. Discover whisky distilleries, castles and standing stones, or enjoy golf, fishing, cycling and walking. Spot seals, dolphins, porpoises and whales from the coast or on local boat trips. Open all year. 10% discount on stays of 3 nights or more for 2020. BOOK NOW
This 4 Star GOLD B&B in north Skye has spectacular views over Uig Bay. Discover the island's castles, wildlife and scenery. Take the ferry to the Outer Hebrides or a boat trip to St Kilda. Re-opening in August 2020 with just 1 room for guests (deluxe double / twin bedroom with ensuite bath/shower). Other bedrooms may be re-opened later in the year. Guests can use the two downstairs lounges, sun room, and outdoor seating area. Full cooked breakfast. A 'light bite' evening meal option will be available, by prior arrangement. Taste Our Best award. 10% discount on all bookings for stays of 4 or more nights. Over 18s only. BOOK NOW
This 4 Star B&B on the Isle of Skye is a spacious family house with spectacular views over Broadford Bay and nearby islands. Explore the castles, mountains, history and wildlife of this magical island. Take a boat trip or spot some of the local dolphins off the coast. Choice of 3 double/twin rooms. Walkers, cyclists and bikers welcome. Full Scottish breakfast or Continental options. Taste our Best award. BOOK NOW
The Pottery House
This 4 Star GOLD B&B is in the peaceful village of Dores with amazing views across Loch Ness. Just 15 minutes drive from Inverness Relax and explore the less travelled side of Loch Ness. Choice of 3 kingsize double/twin rooms. Hearty breakfasts including homemade bread and jams. Taste Our Best award. BOOK NOW
Binnilidh Mhor - halfway between Loch Loch Ness and Loch Cluanie
This 4 Star B&B is situated in Glenmoriston near Loch Ness, half way between Inverness and the Isle of Skye. Set in its own grounds surrounded by open views and forests, it's perfect for hill walking or an ideal touring base. Choice of double/twin bedrooms or a large suite for 4 people. Only one household group will stay here at a time. Evening meals (1, 2 or 3 courses) are available with prior notice. Taste our Best award. BOOK NOW
This 4 Star GOLD B&B is in a beautiful hillside setting overlooking Loch Lochy midway between Fort William (15 miles) and Loch Ness (18 miles). Ideal for touring the Highlands & Skye or exploring a range of outdoor activities. Relax in one of 3 ensuite bedrooms (double/twin) and enjoy breakfast overlooking the loch. 10% discount when you stay for 3 or more nights in 2020. BOOK NOW
This 4 Star B&B with stunning views sits on the shores of Loch Linnhe between Glencoe and Fort William. Relax in the spectacular scenery of mountains and lochs of the West Highlands. Ben Nevis, Isle of Skye, Ardnamurchan, Isle of Mull, Oban are all within easy reach. Choice of 3 kingsize / superking ensuite rooms (one with private outdoor patio with secluded seating area). BOOK NOW
Spean Lodge Country House - 3 miles from Loch Lochy
This 4 Star GOLD B&B sits in 2 acres of landscaped and wooded grounds above the River Spean in Spean Bridge. Just 9 miles from Fort William and Ben Nevis, it's ideal for exploring The Great Glen, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye and Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy stunning mountain scenery, outdoor activities and wildlife spotting. Tastefully furnished with antiques and original paintings, the lodge has 3 ensuite rooms (double, twin, family). Relax in the guest lounge with views towards the Nevis range of mountains. Enjoy breakfast in the elegant dining room overlooking the garden. BOOK NOW
This 4 Star GOLD B&B in Fort William sits in an elevated position overlooking Loch Linnhe and the Ardgour Hills. Choice of 4 ensuite kingsize double bedrooms overlooking the sea loch where you can sometimes spot porpoise and seals. Spacious terrace overlooking the loch. Enjoy a full cooked breakfast or choose from extensive menu of specials. An ideal base from which to explore the West Highlands or why take a trip on the Jacobite steam train? Fort William is the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK' with a wide range of activities from skiing to watersports. RE-OPENING May 2021.
Sharvedda Bed & Breakfast
This 4 Star GOLD B&B is located in the far north of Sutherland on the spectacular North Coast 500. Sharvedda has panoramic views over Strathy Bay and is ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts wanting a remote, tranquil getaway. Explore Sutherland's mountains and coast - see birds, marine wildlife, sea stacks, caves and beaches. Visit the Castle of Mey or take the ferry to Orkney. Choice of 2 guest bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin). A full Scottish breakfast is served in the conservatory with views from Strathy Point to Dunnet Head and across the waters of the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands. Light evening meals are available by arrangement. RE-OPENING 2021.
Properties inland - only a short drive from the coast:
This 4 star Gold B&B on the Black Isle sits in an acre of landscaped gardens with views to the surrounding hills. Guests can relax in the garden room, the guest lounge or the garden itself. Only 20 minutes drive north of Inverness, it is ideal for exploring Loch Ness, Glen Affric, Moray, the North Coast 500 and the Highlands. You can also go dolphin watching nearby. Choice of 3 guest rooms with double, twin and family sleeping arrangements - although only one party of guests may stay at any given time so you will have exclusive use. Breakfast is prepared by your hostess using eggs from her own hens. Dinners are available by arrangement featuring the finest meat and seafood including langoustines and scallops caught locally. BOOK NOW
Auld Post Office B&B
This 4 Star Gold B&B in Caithness is set in 8 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and private woodland. Choice of 2 en-suite bedrooms (kingsize or super-kingsize) with individual French doors to the patio and gardens. Self-contained Annex Cottage with 1 twin / superking double room with a log-burning stove in the cosy lounge and private garden area. Quietly situated in the countryside on the A9 and North Coast 500 route, it is a short drive from Thurso and Wick. Attractions in the area include cliff-top walks, sea bird colonies, archaeological sites, distilleries and boat trips to Orkney, as well as the Queen Mother's former castle and gardens. The Auld Post Office can offer a unique Gin Tasting Evening where you will be guided through different flavours. BOOK NOW