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accommodate up to eight people,” says Kirtsin de Morgan. “We are well positioned for outdoor pursuits and there’s plenty of golfi ng possibilities in the area too with Carnoustie at the top of the list and when it comes to fl y fi shing for salmon and brown trout you can take you pick from the North Esk and South Esk rivers.” Dornoch Castle Hotel/Highlands: T e 15th century Dornoch Castle Hotel is situated in private and beautifully manicured gardens opposite the inspiring 12th century Dornoch Cathedral. Steeped in Scottish history with stories of witchcraft, a secret underground passageway connecting the Castle and Cathedral and a harmless ghost - an unhappy sheep stealer by the name of Andrew McCornish who was imprisoned in the vaulted dungeons below the Tower and was reputedly seen by the Minister of Avoch towards the end of the last century. T e 24 en-suite bedrooms are tastefully decorated with 4 deluxe rooms

“With total comfort in mind including fl at screen TV, DVD, CD player and coff ee maker, plus a fridge full of champagne, chocolates and other goodies. It’s the perfect getaway for romantic couples”

located in the original 15th century castle, together with the bar and reception. Fernie Castle/Fife T is 450-year old castle situated in 17 acres of woodlands with its own loch and 20 en-suite rooms is fi rst glimpsed through the wooded drive as you approach, and once inside, you will be greeted with a cheery open fi re and a warm welcome from the owners Neil and Mary Blackburn. After settling in, perhaps enjoy a drink in the stone-vaulted Keep Bar dating from 1530, before enjoying dinner in the beautiful Auld Alliance Room, with it's massive Georgian chandelier, fresh fl owers and candles, all refl ected in a huge

mirror. T e Wallace Lounge with its turret snuggery is perfect for a quiet drink or coff ee after dinner. Set in a quiet glade 500 yards from the castle

you will fi nd a fi ve-star hotel suite with a diff erence. Fernie Castle Treehouse perched in six lofty sycamores, is fi rst glimpsed through the pines, rowans and elderberries, the sun glinting on its copper roof tiles. It appears to grow out of the trees with the sycamores bursting right through the fl oor and up out of the roof. T e entry is via a fl ight of stairs to a balcony where double doors with striking stained glass lead you into the bedroom. T e bedroom has a huge elm kingsized bed and other specially designed furniture all hand made with total comfort in mind including fl at screen TV, DVD, CD player and coff ee maker, plus a fridge full of champagne, chocolates and other goodies. It’s the perfect getaway for romantic couples. Within a 45-minute radius of Fernie Castle

there are 59 golf courses and only a 13-mile drive away is the collection of top-drawer golf courses in the St Andrews’ area including: Kingsbarns, the Old Course, New Course, Jubilee, Eden, Fairmont, Duke’s, Kittock’s and the new Castle course. But don't be surprised if the real highlight of your trip turns out to be the castle itself. Marr Hall/Glasgow Region: Although it

doesn't really classify as a castle, this 19th Century Gothic Mansion (built in 1828) contains as much history and romance as any fortifi ed castle, and holds many fascinating stories, with references made to the likes of Mary Queen of Scot and Robert the Bruce. Looking at the breathtaking views that surround Mar Hall, it’s diffi cult to believe that it’s only a short drive from Glasgow city centre and the International Airport. Featuring 53-lavishly designed bedrooms (many with four-poster beds), and fi ne dining, 5-star Mar Hall also introduces the fi rst Aveda Concept Spa in the United Kingdom. T e Spa has 12 treatment rooms, Vichy showers, hair and nail salon, swimming pool and a relaxation lounge serving healthy snacks and organic juices.

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