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13 gin hotels and self catering locations to enjoy in Scotland

Gin fans can soon (hopefully) look forward to a G&T inspired staycation.

Published: March 1, 2021
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These hotels and self catering locations in Scotland are perfect for those that love gin.

While we can’t holiday abroad just now, it does look likely that we can spend some time exploring Scotland this summer.

If you’re a gin fan, make sure to check out some of these hotels and self catering accommodations all situated in amazing locations in Scotland.

Daffy’s distillery

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Those that love Daffy’s gin can enjoy a staycation in the Highlands at the distillery in the self catering accommodation.

On site there’s the distillery cottage, which sleeps eight and the butler’s flat at Strathmashie House, which sleeps five.

While there guests can find out all about the gin, how it’s made, go foraging, enjoy tastings and a gin school classes as well as shop the range.

Find out more and book here.

Colonsay gin lovers retreat

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Gin fans can indulge in a staycation on the beautiful Island of Colonsay on this weekend retreat.

Colonsay is situated just under a two-and-a-half-hour ferry journey from Oban on the West Coast of Scotland, tucked between the better-known islands of Islay, Mull and neighbouring Jura.

Featuring a secluded house that contains over 200 gins from around the globe, the the retreat is described as the "ideal weekend for gin lovers" and is available to book as a three-day getaway from Friday to Sunday at £375 per person.

The retreat includes full board for up to four people, one pre-dinner gin cocktail on the Friday night, a pre-dinner five gin tasting on the Saturday night and a distillery tour on Saturday or Sunday.

Find out more and book here

The Wee Wooden Yurt

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Consistently voted one of Scotland’ favourite gins, the Isle of Harris gin has become a classic over the last few years.

From its eye catching bottle to distinctive taste, fans can (in normal times) visit ‘the social distillery' to see how the famous gin is made and also find out about their whisky.

The distillery is also home to a shop and canteen that serve homemade soups and cakes, making this an ideal spot for lunch.

While there’s no accommodation on site, The Wee Wooden Yurt at Caolas Gallery is only five miles from Tarbert where the distillery is located.

The charming accommodation sleeps two and has uninterrupted sea views.

Find out more and book here.

Torrisdale Castle Estate

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Gin fans can stay on the estate where the Kintyre Beinn An Tuirc gin and gin school are located.

The estate has five different accommodations, from the servants quarters, which sleeps six, to the south lodge, garden and arch cottages (all which sleep two).

A hot tub and sauna can be enjoyed in the servants quarters and there’s views over to Arran from the grounds.

Guests can walk to the distillery for a tour, gin school class and tasting - meaning there’s no need for a designated driver.

More information and to book can be found here.

Peebles Hydro

1881 Gin, Peebles Hydro.

Enjoy a weekend away at a Borders hotel that is also home to a gin school and distillery with a trip to the Peebles Hydro hotel.

The 1881 gin distillery is the UK’s largest residential gin school located within the 132- bedroom hotel and resort, with a distillery classroom that has 26 mini-stills.

Visitors can book a gin distiller experience, tours and tastings or just browse the shop for the 1881 gin range.

More information can be found here.

Hotel Colessio

Enjoy Stirling and its namesake gin at this dedicated gin break available to book now from Hotel Colessio.

The package includes an overnight stay, two course dinner in the Grill Room and breakfast as well as a tour of the Stirling Gin Distillery and a G&T and welcome cocktail.

Gin fans can find out more about how the gin is created in Stirling’s first legal distillery as well as the history of the brand.

Find out more and book here.

Loch Tay Highland Lodges

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Choose from a range of self catering accommodation, such as glamping, lodges and cabins at Loch Tay Highland Lodges in Perthshire.

Ideal for family escapes, couples retreats as well as pet friendly holidays, the properties are close to the McQueen gin distillery where visitors can enjoy a tour, tasting and shop.

Find out more here.

The Dowans Hotel

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Although known for the range of whiskies in its Still bar, this family-run hotel also has a wide variety of gins available in its MBar and makes a great base for exploring the Speyside distilleries.

For a VIP gin experience, visit the home of Eight Lands gin at the Glenrinnes Distillery. 

The Torridon

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This luxurious Wester Ross hotel is a favourite stop on the North Coast 500 and the restaurant serves some truly excellent Scottish cuisine.

The hotel is also home to its own gin - Arcturus - which is made with locally sourced Highland botanicals. 

Visitors can look forward to an Arcturus perfect serve or cocktail in the hotel bar.

Find out more and book here.

Ginspired Scotland

Love gin and want to arrange a holiday around it but need more inspiration? The team at Ginspired Scotland have everything you need to book a gin themed break.

The free website offers a ‘Gincyclopedia gin map’ and ‘G&Tineraries’ – perfect for gin fans looking to find out more about their favourite tipple.

As well as listing the gins, it also recommends a network of nearby places to stay, eat and drink which stock the local gins, and includes route planners and maps which can be downloaded and shared.

Mackays Hotel

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Head north and stay in this award winning family-run hotel in Wick.

A popular spot on the North Coast 500 route, the hotel is an ideal base for exploring the area’s breweries and distilleries including Dunnet Bay home of Rock Rose gin.

The distillery is usually open for tours and tastings from March until November.

Find out more here.

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Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel

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Soak up some five star luxury at Glasgow’s Kimpton Blythswood Square hotel.

Their Bo and Birdy or Salon bars offer a range of gin cocktails and perfect serves or you can treat yourself to a treatment at the Gin Spa, located on Virginia Court in the city centre.

Just a short walk away is one of two Gin 71 bars, both which stock over 50 gins.

The Hendrick’s Gin Palace is just over an hour’s drive away in Girvan. More locally you can visit Crossbill Gin in the Barras and The Glasgow Distillery, home of Makar Gin.

Beechtree Cottage

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This one bed, dog-friendly cottage in Forres is ideal for a self catering break in the Highlands.

Better still, gin lovers are within a short drive to the Benromach Distillery where a tour and tasting of Red Door gin can be booked.

Located behind one of the red doors, the distillery and experience is situated in one room, which houses the copper gin still, an interactive botanicals station and a gin bar.

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What makes this distillery a bit different from other gins is that it uses a vapour-infused distilling method that steams the neutral base spirit through eight botanicals before being bottled at 45% ABV.

Find out more and book Beechtree Cottage here.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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