This five-star retreat can be found on the leafy banks of the River Ness in the Scottish Highlands. As a 19th century Grade B listed house, there’s plenty of period features, paired with modern design. Just a 10-minute saunter to Inverness’ historic city centre, the hotel itself sits in its own tree-lined gated grounds, so peace is guaranteed. From the complimentary glass of chilled champagne to welcome you, to the exquisite bedrooms and suites, the warm and personal touch is second to none. With the wild Scottish Highlands on the doorstep, Ness Walk is a great place to start (or finish) the 516-mile North Coast 500 route; if you prefer to stay local there’s plenty of whisky distilleries on your doorstep. Fly into Inverness Airport with daily connections from Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and London or take the scenic railways from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond.