Don't be fooled by the rather alpine exterior: this very Scottish hotel prides itself on its whisky bar and its friendly welcome. The good-size guest rooms are nothing fancy, but there is a high standard of upkeep, especially in the bathrooms. The restaurant serves stomach-lining Scottish meals like haggis and steak and ale pie. You are sure to gravitate toward the bar, a belt-and-braces affair that stocks 180 malts: the barman will happily talk you through each and every
one of them.