Fonab Castle

Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom

We organise stays to this property as part of a longer tailor-made itinerary, please contact our travel specialists to start crafting your holiday.

At a Glance

  • Wonderfully romantic castle retreat in the Perthshire Highlands

  • Wine and dine in sumptuous baronial splendour

  • Relax in the spa or head out and enjoy a fabulous range of outdoor adventures

  • Beautiful views over Loch Faskally

  • Great option for families, with a wide range of outdoor adventures on offer

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Insider's View

For a highland adventure you'll never forget, let us organise an off-road safari looking for red deer and golden eagles in the mountains around Fonab Castle.

Call us on 020 3993 4743 to start planning your holiday to Fonab Castle or take a look at our itineraries to Highlands Islands of Scotland

Description

Set opposite Pitlochry in the Perthshire Highlands, Fonab Castle is a loch-side Scottish castle hotel that oozes romantic glamour. With its grand luxury, fabulous dining and glorious views, Fonab Castle is the perfect springboard for a Highland adventure.

Overlooking tranquil Loch Faskally opposite the small Perthshire town of Pitlochry, Fonab Castle is a stunning hotel that provides a fairytale castle experience. Equally wonderful for couples seeking romance as well as families in search of a home away from home setting, Fonab Castle has been decorated to the highest standards. It possesses a wonderfully laid back and inviting feel with its roaring fireplaces, rich fabrics such as tartan and tweed, and fine antiques.

The inspiration for the individually designed bedrooms comes from the romance and colour of the surrounding Perthshire Highland, sympathetically blending a contemporary style with the original room features. Elegant en-suite bathrooms have a spacious walk-in power shower, bathrobes, slippers and Thierry Mugler toiletries, while luxury Egyptian cotton sheets, a flat-screen smart TV and entertainment system, Nespresso coffee maker, fresh fruit and mineral water are also included. Some rooms offer views of the Loch Faskally or of the stunning Highland scenery.

There are two excellent restaurants: the Fonab Brassiere for lighter meals and the Sandeman Fine Dining restaurant offering superb Scottish fine dining. On warmer days you can dine al fresco on the terrace overlooking the loch – an extremely romantic experience – and the cellars and bar offer one of the widest selections of wine and malt whisky in Scotland.

For those who would prefer simply to relax, the Woodland Spa and drawing rooms of the castle offer a perfect retreat. Immerse yourself in the thermal suite with steam room, sauna and aromatherapy, or while away the hours in the 15 metre pool or spa pool. Golfers are also well catered to with the option, subject to handicap and tee times, of playing the nearby world-famous Gleneagles course.

Keen historians can explore Blair Castle, Scone Palace and the remarkable Crannog Centre on Loch Tay, and there is a welter of charming Perthshire towns and villages to discover, not to mention some superb whisky distilleries. For lovers of the outdoors, this corner of Perthshire is simply heaven, with walking, trekking, cycling, canyoning, white water rafting, highland safaris and world- class fishing on the River Tay just a few of the wide range of pursuits locally available.

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Accommodation

Rooms at Fonab Castle Hotel are tastefully designed with a contemporary feel, drawing from the rich natural tones of the surrounding countryside to create a soothing environment. Split between the modern wing and the original castle building, each room has its own individual charm and is sympathetic to the castle's original features.

Woodland Rooms and Suites can be found in the modern wing and enjoy spectacular views over Loch Faskally and the dramatic scenery beyond from their own balconies or French doors, whilst the Castle Rooms and Superior Castle Rooms are situated within the main castle building, and although they do not have the balconies the views are equally impressive. All rooms are equipped with smart TVs, Nespresso coffee machines and indulgent hospitality trays, and are furnished with Egyptian Cotton bedding so you can enjoy all the mod cons in absolute comfort.

For ultimate opulence, choose the Penthouse. The views across the highlands from this fourth floor treasure are unparalleled, and the high vaulted ceiling and dramatic bay window create a spacious and relaxing environment. Glass studded wallpaper is the cherry on top of this beautiful suite, with its impressive bedstead and luxurious decor.

Woodland Suite

In the modern wing of the original castle, the Woodland Suite is inspired by the Perthshire Highlands, which is reflected in the deep, soothing colours and luscious textures throughout the rooms. These are spacious suites with sitting rooms, castle Views and Super King beds. All rooms have Smart TVs, indulgent hospitality trays and a Nespresso coffee machine. Furnishings also include Egyptian Cotton bedding from The White Company, luxury bathrobes and slippers for ultimate comfort. Free WiFi. A distinctive feature wall is also incorporate in the room, decorated with Cole & Sons wallpaper.

Castle Signature Room

These large and spacious rooms are located in the original castle, with a stunning feature fireplace and most have spectacular views over Loch Faskally and the Highland scenery beyond.

All rooms are furnished with Smart TVs, indulgent hospitality trays and Nespresso coffee machine. Furnishings also include Egyptian Cotton bedding from The White Company, luxury bathrobes and slippers for ultimate comfort. Selected rooms feature cosy, turreted viewing points – ideal for relaxing with a good book or taking in the views. Free WiFi. Each room has a distinctive feature wall decorated with Cole & Sons wallpaper.

Facilities

Facilities at Fonab Castle include two high-quality restaurants; enjoy fine dining and an elegant atmosphere at Sandemans Restaurant as you take on the six gourmet courses, washed down with crisp and delicious wines from the extensive cellar. For a more relaxed approach to dining, the Fonab Brasserie serves up hearty and flavoursome dishes that can be enjoyed with views over the picturesque grounds. Classic cocktails and rich liqueurs can also be enjoyed throughout the day, as well as indulgent afternoon teas.

The recently opened Spa at Fonab is the perfect place to unwind after a series of country pursuits. Take a dip in the pool before letting it all go in the steam room, sauna or relaxation room, or take a time out with one of a number of signature treatments.

Activities

Perthshire and adventure go hand in hand, and those with a taste for outdoor pursuits will not be caught short at Fonab Castle. Enjoy walking, mountain biking, white-water rafting, canyoning, trekking, abseiling, quad biking, zorbing or kayaking.. the list goes on!

Those who prefer a bit of softer recreation can enjoy world-class golf, salmon fishing or shooting, and for culture vultures, no trip to Pitlochry would be complete without a trip to the Festival Theatre, set amidst dramatic hills and host to a variety of shows and performances throughout the year.

Experiences

  • Cairngorms reindeer adventure

    Head to the hills of the Cairngorms National Park in search of the only wild reindeer herd in the UK. Accompanied by your expert guide, you'll meet the ranger and the reindeer, before a picnic lunch and a lesson in bush craft skills.

  • Eilean Donan Castle

    Eilean Donan is recognised around the world as one of the most iconic images of Scotland, situated amid a striking landscape on an island where three great lochs meet. The entirety of the castle and a visitor centre can be explored at your leisure.

  • Explore the Cairngorms

    The Cairngorms is the largest National Park in the United Kingdom and home to a quarter of Scotland's native forest, a third of the UK's land above 600 meters and a quarter of the rare and endangered species in the British Isles.

  • Guided tour and tasting at Glenturret Distillery

    Tour the Glenturret Distillery to discover the intricate process of making whisky and taste the end result paired with locally made fudge.

  • Highland Games

    The fun and spectacle of the Highland Games, one of Scotland's most quintessential experiences, makes a wonderful day out and offers a great chance to meet the locals. Events like tossing the caber, tug of war and highland dancing are bound to enthral.

  • Loch Ness cruise from Fort Augustus

    Search for the mythical Loch Ness Monster during a cruise across the impressive loch. Take in the beautiful views as you cruise across the water, before landing at Urquhart Castle and exploring its ancient ruins.

  • Private Luxury Cruise on Loch Ness

    Step aboard a luxury motor cruiser to enjoy an exclusive boat trip along Loch Ness. Your charming local hosts will regale you of stories of the loch and its many mysteries, as well as giving a delightful insight into the local life of Inverness.

  • Red Deer Photo Stalking

    Experience the wonder of Scotland's Highland wilderness as you get up close to Britain’s largest and most magnificent land mammal, the red deer, in the company of an experienced stalker.

  • The Cairngorms by mountain bike and canoe

    Discover the Cairngorms National Park with your knowledgeable guide, exploring by canoe and mountain bike. Make your way across one of the park's most beautiful lochs before continuing by bike on the other side towards a barbecue lunch.

Location & directions

Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom

Fonab Castle is located in the small town of Pitlochry in the Perthshire Highlands.

How to get there

By road, Fonab Castle is just under two hours from Edinburgh or Glasgow. Alternatively you can reach Pitlochry on the overnight train from London Euston, a journey of approximately 9 hours.

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