Scottish Hotel Awards 2020: Best Scottish hotels

The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links on the Isle of Islay, Scottish Hotel of the Year 2020

From remote Hebridean island hotels to luxury city B&Bs, the Scottish Hotel Awards recognise the best establishments across an eclectic range of categories. We’ve brought the best of a good bunch of national winners together here, so you can choose the ideal hotel for you

The 2020 Scottish Hotel Awards were announced during a virtual Facebook event on Sunday, April 26th, the date originally scheduled for the annual gala dinner, which had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

“At this difficult time, with all hotels currently closed, we are acutely aware of the challenges that lie ahead,” said chairman of judging Gary McLean-Quin. “We hope that the announcement of the 2020 results will give members a valuable boost as they begin to reopen their properties later this year, when the time is right to do so.”

Scotland’s hoteliers and their teams were invited to arrange a Zoom party, don their Sunday best and join in online with a glass of wine or a dram to toast over 100 Scottish Hotel Awards and People of Excellence Awards winners, which were announced via video messages and posts, reaching over 26,000 people over the course of the evening.

“The awards are a genuine and up-to-date reflection of our members’ achievements,” added deputy chairman of judging Vivien Devlin. “Despite the timing of lockdown measures, we were able to complete over 80% of our on-site research and judging this year and, thanks to the depth of knowledge of our panel of expert judges, we were able to agree a full and thorough set of results.”

The overall winner, The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links, was not only named Scottish Hotel of the Year 2020, but also the national Golf Hotel of the Year 2020, having received the latter regional title for the first time in 2019. What is most impressive about this luxury hotel nestled in the pristine dunes of Islay, is the fact that it only opened in late summer 2018.

The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links, Scottish Hotel of the Year 2020
The Courtyard Lounge at the Machrie Hotel & Golf Links
The Machrie is set beside seven miles of Inner-Hebridean-island beach
The Terrace outside The Machrie Hotel

And, without further ado, here is a list of some of the Scottish Hotel Award national winners in other categories, which might help inspire your next trip when travel recommences.

B&B/Guest House of the Year; Lys-Na-Greyne, Aboyne, Aberdeen

Bar of the Year; Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

Boutique Hotel of the Year; The Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh

Castle Hotel of the Year; Dalhousie Castle & Spa, near Edinburgh

City Hotel of the Year; Hotel Indigo Dundee, Dundee

Coast Hotel of the Year; Seamill Hydro Hotel, Ayrshire

Country House Hotel of the Year; Glengarry Castle Hotel, Invergarry, Inverness-shire

Family Hotel of the Year; Crieff Hydro Hotel, Crieff, near Perth

Fine Dining Award; Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island, Argyll

Inn of the Year; The George Hotel Inverary, Argyll

Island Hotel of the Year; Sligachan Hotel, Isle of Skye

Lochside Hotel of the Year; Ardanaiseig Hotel, Taynuilt, Argyll

Luxury City Hotel of the Year; The Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh

Luxury Country House Hotel of the Year; Links House at Royal Dornoch, Dornoch

Luxury Guest House Award; Dumfries House Lodge, Cumnock

New Hotel of the Year; Market Street Hotel, Edinburgh

Resort of the Year; Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews

Romantic Hotel of the Year; Kylesku Hotel, Sutherland

Whisky Bar Award; Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch

A full list of results is available at and on Facebook at