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December 20, 2021

A short break offers a tonic for the soul. Slip into relaxation mode with these getaway suggestions.

We all like a little change from routine now and then. It is what makes getaway gifts so welcome.

Plus there is nothing to stop the more shameless gift giver from dropping heavy hints about who the recipient might want to take with them on their getaway.

After all, a pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled.

Just saying.

And there are dozens more getaway gift suggestions to choose from here.

Handpicked - Overnight B&B Stay in Sea-View Room with Dinner for 2 at 4* Loch Melfort Hotel, Argyll; from £149

Loch Melfort Hotel has its own charm.

Loch Melfort Hotel has its own charm.

Country house escape or ocean getaway? Oh, the agony of deciding.

We’ve taken that dilemma away from you with today’s Big Deal for a stay at Loch Melfort Hotel in Oban, a country house residence by the sea.

This deal is for an overnight stay in a sea-view room with breakfast and dinner spend.

Award-winning hotel

Loch Melfort Hotel is an award-winning, family-run hotel. Adjacent to the magnificent Arduaine Garden – well worth a visit – the hotel also enjoys views of Islay, Jura and Scarba.

Guests can look forward to roaring log fires and a big comfy sofa, spectacular Scottish produce, miles of shoreline for long walks, individually styled boutique bedrooms and a warm welcome (as demonstrated by their VisitScotland gold rating for customer service).

£40 dinner spend

Today’s Big Deal is for an overnight stay in a sea-view room for two with a full cooked breakfast and a £40 dinner voucher per couple.

Option one is for stays in February and option two is for stays in March.

Sea views

You will be staying in either a double or twin sea-view balcony or deck room.

All individually designed, the Sea View Lodge bedrooms offer guests stunning views of the sea and beautiful grounds. Comfortable, well-equipped and all en-suite, each lodge bedroom has a private balcony or deck so you can take in the surroundings at your own leisure. A TV, WiFi and hot drinks facilities are also available.

Scottish produce

The restaurant serves fabulous local and seasonal produce, including freshly caught seafood.

Specific dishes will depend on what is in season but typical choices might include the roast loin of highland lamb, the pan-fried fillet of wild halibut or the pea and leek risotto.

Happy guests

‘A piece of paradise! What a place! Had a beautiful stay here recently and cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. Staff were super welcoming and friendly, food was amazing, bed was so comfortable and the views were to die for — absolutely stunning. It is THE most dog friendly hotel we have ever been to. Everything was just perfect — thank you to all!’

An overnight getaway at Loch Melfort Hotel would brighten the outlook for 2022. Buy here.

Want to book your dates now? Visit Loch Melfort Hotel here on 5pm Hotels now.

2 or 3 Night B&B Stay with Dinner for 2 at the Glenisle Hotel, Isle of Arran; from £199

Not for nothing is Arran known as Scotland in miniature.

Not for nothing is Arran known as Scotland in miniature.

Imagine if you could experience everything that’s amazing about Scottish scenery in a single place?

On Arran, you can. Because with its mountains, lochs and coast (not to mention castles and forests), it’s everything special about Scotland on a single island.

So why not experience a little Arran magic for yourself with this Big Deal from an award-winning boutique hotel?

Scotland in miniature

From hiking to wildlife to whisky tours, Arran has it all. Spot seals, red deer and golden eagle, try out creamy Arran Gold liqueur at the island distillery and enjoy endless rugged beach walks.

The Glenisle Hotel is an island landmark. Opened in 1849, it has been at the heart of the charming village of Lamlash ever since.

Guests can enjoy gourmet Scottish dining and some of the best views on the island, stretching across the sea to the majestic Holy Isle.

The hotel also includes a bar and even its own library, where you can cosy up with a book and glass of wine if the weather is a wee bit nippy.

Relaxing Arran escape

This very flexible Big Deal is for a two or three night stay autumn or winter escape to Arran, available seven days.

A full Scottish breakfast and two-course dinner for two (on the first night) is included.

This is your chance to try out dishes like Arran roast salmon with citrus gel; butter-roasted fillet steak with red wine jus, or sea bass with white wine sauce.

Explore an enchanted island

From gourmet dining to boutique comforts to dreamy island scenery, this Big Deal has got the lot.

So why not treat your other half to a breathtaking getaway and experience ‘Scotland in miniature’?

TripAdvisor praise for Glenisle Hotel

‘If you are staying on Arran then this hotel is highly recommended. The room quality was great, with lovely soft furnishings and a clean fresh bathroom. Everything seemed well maintained and comfortable. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. We also ate in the restaurant a couple of times and very much enjoyed it. Overall, a delightful little hotel that deserves to be recognised as a great place to stay on Arran. 5/5’

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Overnight B&B Stay for 2 at Clachan Cottage Hotel, Lochearnhead; from £59

Idyllic setting for Clachan Cottage Hotel.

Idyllic setting for Clachan Cottage Hotel.

Some hotels say they have rooms with a view.

At Clachan Cottage Hotel, they like to say that they have a view with rooms.

And what a view…

The hotel is on the shores of Loch Earn with views across to the historic Edinample Castle. The sunsets over Ben Vorlich seem to last forever and there is always the chance that you will see an osprey catch a trout supper from the loch.

If that sounds like your sort of setting then snap up today’s Big Deal on a relaxing stay at Clachan Cottage Hotel.

Garden or loch view

This Big Deal is for two people to enjoy a stay in a garden view or loch view room with a continental breakfast in the morning.

All of the rooms feature Freeview TVs, ensuite facilities with luxury toiletries and a hot drinks tray.

There is a £40 supplement per night for Friday and Saturday night stays during this period, as well as any bank holidays.

See & do

Clachan Cottage Hotel is a magical location for lovers of the great outdoors. The surrounding area is packed with opportunities for cycling and fishing.

The hotel even has its own water sports centre featuring paddle boarding, kayak rental, waterskiing, wakeboarding, towable inflatables, loch trips and more.

There are over 40 Munros nearby as well as the gentler pleasures of Blair Drummond Safari Park, Loch Katrine, and the Sir Walter Scott Steamship.

Happy guests

‘Stunning scenery. Booked… one of their dog-friendly rooms. Surrounding views are stunning, bedrooms clean and tidy with attentive friendly and helpful staff. Breakfast and dinner meals were very good and bar a friendly place to have a drink. Could not fault the hotel service, many thanks… for a superb break.’

A getaway break at Clachan Cottage Hotel would make a fantastic  Christmas gift. Bag it now.

Handpicked - Overnight B&B Stay with Optional Bottle of Wine or Dinner Spend for 2 at Carnoustie Golf Hotel; from £89

Carnoustie: golf and more.

Carnoustie: golf and more.

Let’s face it – Carnoustie is a golf town.

We haven’t checked the coat of arms recently but we suspect it may consist of a seven-iron rampant against a field of bunker gold.

Say what you like about golfers (no, really), but they know a decent hotel when they see one, which is why the Carnoustie Golf Hotel enjoys an exalted reputation amongst aficionados of the driver and pitching wedge.

You don’t even have to be a player to enjoy its splendid facilities. Today’s Handpicked Deal offers the chance to try them out with a one night stay at this excellent hotel in the charming Angus seaside town.

Golfer’s paradise

The four star Carnoustie Golf Hotel is situated next to the first tee and the 18th green of the famous Carnoustie Golf Links Championship Course, home of many a dramatic winning putt.

Many of the hotel’s 96 rooms offer views over the course, or, if you prefer, over the charming seaside town of Carnoustie. Golfing guests can also pit their skills against the adjacent Burnside Course plus the nearby Buddon Links.

Get into the swing

Available seven days a week, option one is for two people to enjoy an overnight stay in a standard twin or double room with a bottle of wine in the room.

Option two is for two people to stay overnight with a £25 per person spend on food and drinks.

Both options include a full Scottish breakfast – on arrival, subject to availability, guests may be able to upgrade to a golf view room for £20 per night.

Extensive spa facilities

Carnoustie is not just about the golf. The hotel’s extensive spa facilities are also a big attraction, offering plenty of opportunities to relax and soothe away the frustrations of that hooked drive at the 18th.

Guests can try the wide range of spa treatments or enjoy the large heated swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool, steam room and, for the more energetic, a fully equipped gymnasium. (Only available in adherence with Government guidelines – please check with hotel prior to arrival about facilities)

Relaxing break

Even if you are the kind of golf refusenik who thinks a mashie is something you have with sausages, the Carnoustie Golf Hotel is a tempting destination for a relaxing break. For a golf-lover, it’s the perfect choice.

It is also an opportunity to discover this attractive stretch of Scotland’s east coast.

Buy this Big Deal on a Carnoustie getaway.

Want to book your dates now? Visit Carnoustie Golf Hotel here on 5pm Hotels.

1 or 2 Night B&B Stay with Dinner + Arrival Prosecco & Snacks for 2 at Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry; from £169

Atholl Palace Hotel has its own Scotch Baronial style.

Atholl Palace Hotel has its own Scotch Baronial style.

In 2014, Atholl Palace Hotel in Perthshire was the only British hotel to be included on a rather exclusive list compiled by the influential TravelGround website.

The Highland hotel was named as one of 28 places ‘to stay before you die’. Other entrants included underwater rooms off the coast of Zanzibar and cottages perched on the limestone cliffs of Negril in Jamaica.

We are in no rush to fall off our perch but we are super keen to experience the four star Atholl Palace Hotel with today’s Big Deal on a stay with breakfast, dinner and some arrival goodies!

Unique rooms

This Big Deal is for two people to stay overnight in a standard or valley view double or twin room.

The offer includes full Scottish breakfast each morning, a three course table d’hôte dinner in the hotel’s Verandah Restaurant each evening, plus a bottle of Prosecco, chocolates and savoury snacks on arrival.

All of the Atholl Palace bedrooms are unique but each comes with en-suite facilities, TVs and hairdryers. A lift serves the main floors although some rooms are accessed from the entresol levels which are not, and there is ample free parking and free WiFi in all public areas.

The Verandah Restaurant

The Verandah Restaurant enjoys stunning views over the Tummel valley and much of the produce used in the kitchens comes from the surrounding countryside.

The table d’hôte menu changes every day, but typical main courses might be the fillet of sea bream with a white wine cream sauce or the slow-braised Angus steak pie with root vegetables and creamed potato.

See & do

The hotel’s Pitlochry location makes it the ideal base from which to explore Highland Perthshire.

Alternatively, you could explore the hotel’s beautiful gardens, especially the Black Spout waterfall; work up an appetite on the pitch ‘n’ putt course; improve your short game on the putting green or even visit the hotel’s unique museum.

Happy guests

‘Relaxed elegance… beautiful inside and out with a sweeping drive through lush grounds to a grand entrance. Warm and comfortable on a cold September day… The Stag’s Head Bar was quiet and comfortable with leather Chesterfield seats and sofas. Our ensuite bedroom was just as comfortable with gorgeous views out of the front and side windows… enjoyed an excellent breakfast in the restaurant at the rear of the hotel with beautiful views over the Tummel Valley. Our return can’t come soon enough.’

Know someone who would appreciate a break at Atholl Palace? Buy now.

Want to book your dates now? Visit Atholl Palace Hotel here on 5pm Hotels.

£99 for an Overnight B&B Stay with Dinner for 2 at The Inn on Loch Lomond

The Inn on Loch Lomond has been welcoming guests for more than 200 years.

The Inn on Loch Lomond has been welcoming guests for more than 200 years.

The Inn on Loch Lomond first opened in 1814.

That was round about the time that Regency bucks were discovering their love affair with the splendours of the Caledonian wilds.

They loved Scotland’s unspoiled scenery and, not surprisingly, it continues to attract admirers today.

Explore the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, and further afield, with today’s Big Deal on an overnight stay with breakfast and dinner for two from The Inn on Loch Lomond at Inverbeg.

When do you want to go?

The Big Deal is available from now until the end of March 2022 and would make a great post-Christmas getaway, or a cracking present.

Lochside charm

Within easy reach of Glasgow, the Inn on Loch Lomond is just north of the picturesque village of Luss.

As mentioned, the building dates back to the early 19th century. Traditional charm and period details are still a feature at The Inn on Loch Lomond.

A recent refurbishment has added 21st century conveniences and comforts. The traditional, warm Scottish welcome remains the same.

Contemporary comforts

The Big Deal is for two people to have an overnight break at The Inn with full Scottish breakfast in the morning plus a two course dinner in the evening.

Depending on availability, guests will stay in a classic Glen Douglas or Loch Lomond double room in the main building.

There may be the opportunity to upgrade to an executive Ben Lomond or deluxe double in the Beach House at a supplement of £30.

Modern comforts

Many of the rooms at The Inn on Loch Lomond have magnificent views of the loch. They are all tastefully decorated in rustic, local colours and have interiors inspired by the Loch Lomond landscape.

All guest rooms are ensuite and have wall-mounted flat screen TVs, a hair-dryer, tea and coffee making facilities and direct dial telephones.

Relaxed dining

The Inn’s restaurant is a welcoming, casual dining spot, with live folk music at weekends. Should you wish a quiet room please request this at the earliest booking stage.

This deal includes your choice of two courses from the evening menu.

Menus are subject to change, but starters such as the tomato and basil bruschetta, smoked salmon and chicken liver pate may feature.

Popular main courses include steak pie with mash or chips, gravy and veggies and the haggis, neeps and tatties served with Whisky sauce.

Guests may also opt for a variety pizzas and pastas or a tasty burger with fries.

Sticky toffee pudding and chocolate brownie are just a couple of the delicious desserts on offer.

Supplements will apply to some dishes.

Happy guests

The Inn on Loch Lomond has been welcoming visitors for a couple of centuries now. More recent guests have left plenty of positive feedback on TripAdvisor, including the following:

‘Warm hospitality, excellent facility. We stayed one night and were warmly greeted. Our room was on the ground floor facing Loch Lomond. Although the hotel is situated near the main road, our room was soundproof and quiet. You can walk down to the loch… The bedroom was clean, the bathroom well equipped, well stocked with toiletries and good towels. There are good walks to be enjoyed and its worth mentioning that the hotel has an annex right down by the waterside, which we may book for a future visit.’

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