Once upon a time, The Airds was a rough-and-ready ferry inn, serving those on their way to or from Lismore Island. Things are rather more comfortable nowadays, and this boutique hotel on the shores of Loch Linnhe has interiors that wouldn’t look out of place in the smartest Scottish country house. People come from miles around to sample the restaurant’s tasting menu, which currently features west-coast cod, new-season lamb and roasted quail.

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Rooms from £315 per night between May and September, including breakfast and dinner. COUNTRY LIFE readers will receive a 10% discount on midweek rates (Sunday to Thursday) during June and July. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but you should call ahead. (www.airds-hotel.com; 01631 730236)

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