Sumary of Inside one of the best hotel rooms in Scotland – at Fonab Castle Hotel in Pitlochry, Perthshire:
- I’m staying in one of the greatest hotel suites in Scotland – and discovering there are actually hardships well-heeled guests must endure here.There’s the slog from the loo to the rain shower, which is in an alcove at the far end of a dressing room on the opposite side of the vast space.Decisions must be made about which window seat to occupy – the small padded one for views north across Loch Faskally or the semi-circular banquette by a trio of windows that afford views of the magnificent 2,759ft-tall Ben Vrackie mountain.
- Dreamy: The Castle Penthouse (pictured) at Fonab Castle Hotel &
- Spa features aseven-foot ‘And So To Bed’ Dickens Nickel Bed worth £10,000 Fonab is an imperious red-sandstone 19th-century Baronial-style castle in Pitlochry, Perthshire Fonab, which has just had a £2.5million refurb, is certainly historical, but it has a polished swagger, writes Ted THE JOYS OF THE TRAIN JOURNEY TO SCOTLAND The most thrilling way of reaching Scotland from England is undoubtedly by train.Our journey to Fonab Castle Hotel begins with the 9am LNER Azuma from Kings Cross to Edinburgh.
- The Royal Border Bridge at Berwick-upon-TweedOn the way we take in some incredible sights from our seats – the impressive York station, the magnificent Durham Cathedral and the striking Angel of North, just before Newcastle.
- An LNER Azuma passes AlnmouthAs the train hurtles further north, we gaze at the coast at Alnmouth, spot Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island and are then hypnotised as the train crosses the Royal Border Bridge (which is actually three miles south of the border) before pulling up in Berwick-upon-Tweed station.
- On the way home, we catch a direct LNER Azuma service from Perth to Kings Cross, which doesn’t go along the Forth Bridge, but does skirt past the awe-inspiring Stirling Castle.Advertisement And then there’s the toil of bedtime.
- Vast enough to accommodate two Hagrids and tall enough to warrant a small run-up and jump to get on top.Our ravishing chamber is the Castle Penthouse, a mini kingdom with a vaulted ceiling at the top of the imperious red-sandstone 19th-century Baronial-style Fonab Castle Hotel &
- mesmerising, whatever the weather.Fine views, it turns out, are there for the taking from multiple locations at this most beguiling property, including the Lounge Bar and the Fonab Brasserie, which both have floor-to-ceiling windows through which guests can drink in a fine slice of Scottish geology.The former is a drinks-only establishment, the latter where breakfast, lunch and dinner are distributed, with the quality consistently impressive.At breakfast we enjoy top-notch porridge, with sugar and cream for it served in mini saucepans, to the particular delight of my three-year-old daughter.