Time is the greatest gift and the best healer. We celebrate the history of Scottish hotel buildings, they represent our own ability to withstand the tests of time.

Scottish Hotels have survived world wars, extensive fires, floods and several global financial crisis. Right now, we are making history. We are sailors in the middle of a storm, holding tight to the ship's wheel while the waves are crashing. Some of us have lost a few crew and some of our ships are damaged. Most of our ships will make it, but some will not recover from the storm.

 

“To reach a port we must set sail –Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Let's stop for a moment and look back at our extraordinary history. Our hotel buildings are there to tell us remarkable tales of survival, misfortune, glory and heroism too. So many of our beautiful hotels in Scotland were once temporary hospitals, abandoned or in a serious state of disrepair as a consequence of financial crisis, renovated or partially rebuilt after a fire and the focus of family disputes. 

 

Our hotels and their buildings have endured a rich and challenging life before us and will be here after us too, as witness of our present lives. Let's take a moment to remember that history is made of important cycles and that every generation goes through significant changes imposed by natural disasters, economic crisis, disease, environmental changes, political dissent, social unrest, power struggles. The generations living today are not more special than any other generation before and after us. We were not bound to be the perfect one (despite our fragile attempts to pretend so via social media), we live in a flawed civilisation because we ourselves are flawed as humans. 

 

We don't come to this planet for an easy ride, we come to fight, love and survive. The difference between a good and a bad sailor is that a good sailor doesn't blame the sea. A good sailor adapts to the storm and when necessary, simply waits for the storm to pass. 

 

We celebrate every hotel building in Scotland as they witness the greatest challenge our industry has experienced, during our transient lifetime.

 

The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews

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Past Old Course Hotel

 

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Present: Old Course Hotel

 

 

Stobo Castle, Peebles

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Past: Stobo Castle

 

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Present: Stobo Castle
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Hotel Colessio, Stirling

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Past: Hotel Colessio

 

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Present: Hotel Colessio

 

 

Grand Central  Hotel, Glasgow

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Past: Grand Central Hotel

 

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Present: Grand Central Hotel

 

 

Knockinaam Lodge, Dumfries & Galloway

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Past: Knockinaam Lodge Hotel

 

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Present: Knockinaam Lodge Hotel

 

 

Fingal, Edinburgh

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Past: Fingal

 

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Present: Fingal

 

 

Trump Turnberry, Ayrshire

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Past: Trump Turnberry, Ayrshire

 

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Present: Trump Turnberry, Ayrshire

 

 

Dalhousie Castle, near Edinburgh

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Past: Dalhousie Castle

 

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Present: Dalhousie Castle

 

 

Lochgreen House Hotel, Ayrshire

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Past: Lochgreen House Hotel

 

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Present: Lochgreen House Hotel

 

 

Pierhouse Hotel, Port Appin

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Past: Pierhouse Hotel

 

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Present: Pierhouse Hotel

 

 

The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

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Past: Balmoral Hotel

 

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Present: Balmoral Hotel

 

 

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, The Caledonian

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Past: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, The Caledonian

 

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Present: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, The Caledonian

 

Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire

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Past: Gleneagles Resort

 

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Present: Gleneagles Resort

 

 

The Torridon, Wester Ross

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Past: The Torridon

 

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Present: The Torridon

 

 

Culloden House Hotel, Inverness

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Past: Culloden House Hotel

 

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Present: Culloden House Hotel

 

 

BRIG O' DOON House Hotel, Ayr

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Past: BRIG o' DOON House Hotel

 

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Present: BRIG o' DOON House Hotel

 

 

Garth Hotel, Grantown on Spey

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Past: Garth Hotel

 

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Present: Garth Hotel

 

 

Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore

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Past: Cairgorm Hotel

 

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Present: Cairngorm Hotel

 

 

Ben Wyvis Hotel, Strathpeffer 

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Past: Ben Wyvis Hotel

 

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Present: Ben Wyvis Hotel

 

 

Foyers Lodge, Loch Ness

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Past: Foyers Lodge

 

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Present: Foyers Lodge

 

 

“Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors.”

 

It's all hands on deck, for all of us, but this storm shall pass. 

 

Editor Piece
Hotel News Scotland

 


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