Crossbasket Castle Exterior evening

With stunning landscapes and some seriously plush new hotels, Scotland really should be on your list for a little weekend jaunt out of London.

How best to get there? Well, get yourself to Euston, have a little sleep - before you know it you'll be waking up in Scotland!lounge

We took the Caledonian Sleeper train to Glasgow to have our own little jaunt all the way to Edinburgh and then back.

CalSleeper-1st-sleeperUnaware of the sleeper train option before we started to look into Scotland we thought it was a pretty cool and different plan for travel. It's a little like glamping, but on a train. You get your own bed, a little goody bag of night bits and pieces, and just down the corridor you'll find a food and drink carriage where, if you want to, you can make a night of it.

 

If you fancy taking the Caledonian yourself then it's worth knowing that they are partnering with Tomatin for World Whisky Day (21st May). Guests looking for a break north of the border will avoid the hassle of airport queues and begin their experience with a showcase of the distillery’s range of whiskies on board the Caledonian Sleeper to Inverness on Wednesday 11 and Wednesday 25 May.

On arrival in Glasgow we made our way to the Falls of Clyde, an amazing water fall and nature reserve next to an old mill, now developed into a small museum. If you enjoy being outdoors and looking at natural wonders then there are a number of walks around here that'll be just up your street. If not, you can see the bottom of the falls from the coffee shop and still tell yourself you've got in touch with nature.

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Travelling on from there after a good two hour walk in lovely sunshine we travelled to the newly open Crossbasket Castle, a stunning hotel just 45 minutes outside Glasgow.

The Castle was bought almost a shell and has since been transformed back to it's former glory. There are only a few rooms in this boutique hotel which specialises in events. The owners have created a large and perfectly formed events space which looks out on to a rapid river and beautiful grounds.

Staff are beyond helpful and polite and although still with a dash of the historical the castle is somehow modern too.
Albert and Michel Roux Jnr at Crossbasket Castle Restaurant

The menu is put together by Michael Roux and it will leave you having to unbutton tight trousers (in the best possible way). Room service is even a joy here, none of the paired down menu for your room nonsense. We simply ordered a cheeseboard and this arrived.

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The rooms are plush with huge windows and wonderful views. As for things to do, if you don't want to visit the Falls you can do a spot of shooting or fishing, or just relax in their bar.
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After one night at Crossbasket we continued our journey to Edinburgh ready for a night's stay in another location and a day ahead exploring Edinburgh castle and the city. Just over an hour and we were at our second destination,  The Roxburghe just outside of Edinburgh.

Complete with Tartan carpet the Roxburghe really does feel like the heart of Scotland. It's a very quiet, relaxing destination and perfect if you really want to unwind from all the buzz that is London.

With board games which you can take to your room, garden rooms, studies and bars with enormous windows framing beautiful views, it really is a little highland haven.

The most exciting part we discovered was the fact that each and every room has a working fireplace in it- something that is a very unusual luxury for most of us.

Food again is special and created by the Roux kitchen. Knowledgable staff help you with wine or fire building, or brolly providing, whichever is needed, and you really do feel at home.

We even got a curtesy call to let us know breakfast was awaiting us downstairs before they shut up shop for the morning.

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For the more active amongst you there is golf on offer, fishing and walks. For the less active there is a great cocktail menu, in room treatments and gorgeous views to get lost in out the window.

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We'll be keeping both hotels in our minds for this winter as well. Though now, during the spring is a beautiful time to visit as you might get a whole years worth of seasons in one stay.

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We got rain, bright sunshine and snow over three days and even the rain that we had for an afternoon was welcomed with the fires all stoked and cosy bars.

So another for your diary - A Scottish Sleeper Train Road Trip.