4 ISLE OF ERISKA HOTEL, SPA & ISLAND OBAN
WHY? If you want to pretend you’re a Scottish laird (and don’t tell us you’ve never felt the urge), then this ancient pile perched on its own island at Loch Creran is the place to do it. Get your fill of oak-panelling, woodland walks, mulled wine by massive fireplaces and game (as in venison, not tennis, though there is a court). Don’t miss the spa, which is a destination in its own right (ESPA, massive pool) and, if you’ve got some cash to splash, treat yourself and book a hot-tub suite.