Summer in the Scottish Highlands may not call for swimsuits and snorkeling, but longer, brighter days give the region’s mountains, lochs, and glens extra sparkle. At the 208-room Cameron House, a seventeenth-century baronial mansion on the shores of Loch Lomond, all the expected simple Scottish pleasures await, including falconry, fishing, golf, clay pigeon shooting, pony trekking, and off-roading through the estate’s 400 wooded acres in a house Land Rover. Guests can slurp Scottish oysters at The Boat House lounge before boarding the hotel’s motor yacht, the Celtic Warrior, for an afternoon on Loch Lomond. (Does nearby Doune Castle look familiar? It’s Winterfell from Game of Thrones.)
Plush seating at The Great Scots' Bar.
The hotel also has its own seaplane – scenic flights over the Highlands are an in-demand summertime experience. Rooms are cozy, decked out in tartan and plaid wools, and because this is Scotland, the best nightcaps are in The Great Scots’ Bar. Our advice? Sip a dram of one of its 300-plus whiskies on the terrace overlooking the loch. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily, a complimentary lake cruise, and a nip of whisky from the Virtuoso Whisky Locker.