The Scottish Highlands are filled with some ridiculously beautiful spots so it’s no surprise that they’re a hit whether you’re after romance, adventure or just a bit of peace and quiet.
If you are planning to explore the rugged landscapes, but don’t fancy pitching up a tent, there are plenty of brilliant hotels tucked away amidst the spectacular scenery.
The good news is that you won’t need to break the bank either, as there are some great cheap hotels in the Scottish Highlands which offer up plenty of luxurious touches, as well as breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
To give you a helping hand we’ve searched out 10 budget-friendly hotels that need to be on your radar.
1. Tigh Na Sgiath Country House Hotel
Formerly the home of the Lipton Tea family, here you’ll find heaps of luxury despite the budget-friendly price tag. Expect huge log fires, spacious rooms with large comfortable beds, and plenty of afternoon teas and Malt Whiskies for a bit of indulgence.
The hotel is located in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, so it’s ideal for those planning long leisurely strolls amidst the countryside.
How much? Prices start from £89 per night on TripAdvisor, based on two people sharing a room.
2. Douneside House
Originally built as a holiday home for a millionaire back in the 1800s, nowadays Douneside House operates as a luxury hotel – complete with a spa!
Expect spacious rooms with vintage furniture, huge beds and all the amenities you need for a cosy break.
It boasts a handy location in the heart of Scotland’s Castle Country so it’s ideal if you’re planning to visit historic landmarks and learn about the local region’s heritage, not to mention it’s also close to the Queen’s summer home in Balmoral.
How much? Prices start from £126 per night on Hotels.com, based on two people sharing a room.
3. Banchory Lodge Hotel
Set in the heart of 12 acres of green land, the Banchory Lodge makes for the ultimate countryside retreat thanks to its serene surroundings, not to mention the River Dee is right on its doorstep.
There are heaps of activities on offer in the local region from fishing and golf to walking, hiking – and restaurants where you can sample some of the local fare.
How much? Prices start from £99 per night on Booking.com, based on two people sharing a room with breakfast included.
4. Macdonald Morlich Hotel
This newly refurbished 4* hotel has 64 rooms and is surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Aviemore.
It’s a hit with everyone from couples after a romantic break to hikers who want a comfortable base from which to set off on adventures, and a large bed to flop into at the end of the day.
Meanwhile, golfers can make use of the nearby Spey Valley Championship Golf Course just a two-minute walk from the hotel.
How much? Prices start from £131 per night on LateRooms.com, based on two people sharing a room.
5. The Cuillin Hills Hotel
This luxury hotel in Portree offers up some pretty enviable views of Portree Bay and the Cuillin Mountain range.
As well as large, elegant bedrooms, the hotel has an on-site restaurant where you’ll find plenty of gourmet Scottish fare, as well as a wide range of local whiskies for a post-dinner tipple.
How much? Prices from £125 per night on Expedia, based on two people sharing a room.
6. The Fortingall Hotel
If it’s a quintessentially Scottish feel you’re after, then Fortingall could be just the place.
Tucked away in the historic village of Fortingall, it’s a stone’s throw away from hotspots such as Glen Lyon and Loch Tay.
Rooms have a modern design with colourful touches of Scottish decor, while the communal spaces have a real home away from home feel.
How much? Prices start from £109 per night on Hotels.com, based on two people sharing a room.
7. The Steading
A charming 4* B&B set in Dornoch, here you’ll find a luxury hotel with a homely feel.
Although not completely remote the property is still in a rural location, so it’s great if you want a mixture of peace and quiet as well as trips to livelier spots.
Oh, and if it’s views you’re after then you’ll be spoiled for choice thanks to the picture-perfect surroundings!
How much? Prices start from £102 per night on Expedia, based on two people sharing a room.
8. Strathview Lodge
With breathtaking views over Loch Fleet, plenty of hiking trails just a stone’s throw away and a location right by the popular highland games, this hotel is one for those who love to be out and about exploring during a break.
Rooms have all the modern amenities you need for a comfortable stay including flat-screen TVs and tea and coffee making facilities.
There’s even a DVD player if, after a day of adventures, you just fancy a night in watching a film.
How much? Prices start from £85 per night on Booking.com, based on two people sharing a Deluxe King Room with breakfast included.
9. Travelodge Fort William
If you’re on a tight budget or just want somewhere with the basics you need for an overnight stay before a long hike/camping adventure, then Travelodge Fort William could be just the place.
Rooms have king-size beds, ensuite bathrooms and tea/coffee making facilities, while you can also bag hearty breakfasts in the morning before you set off on your travels!
How much? Prices start from £29 per night on the Travelodge website.
10. Sunny Brae
This cosy family-run bed and breakfast has just eight rooms, so it’s perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle.
As well as the homely feel and elegant interiors, the hotel boasts great views of the Moray Firth (where you could spot the occasional bottlenose dolphin!).
How much? Prices start from £104 per night on TripAdvisor, based on two people sharing a room.
Prices correct at time of writing but subject to availability and change.