There aren’t many hotels that can boast their own train station. But Gleneagles, in the heart of the Perthshire countryside on the edges of the Highlands, has never been an ordinary hotel. From the moment you’re greeted by the kilt adorned doorman, this is a trip into a unique place where Jacobean pomp meets French chateaux louche. The estate rooms are the pick of the 200 plus rooms with their balconies and chunky fireplaces. The spa is the best in Scotland, hands down, complete with saunas, steam rooms and hydrotherapy ‘vitality’ pool and Andrew Fairlie’s eponymous two Michelin star restaurant offers lavishly sybaritic dishes from the Highland larder including an unmissable roast pheasant with foie gras and calvados.