Resting Your Royal Bones in Carbisdale, Scotland
Steeped in history, suddenly you find yourself next in the steady stream of kings, queens, and dignitaries who have stayed here. The Carbisdale Castle Youth Hostel was built for the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland on the banks of the River Kyle in 1906, and has since housed the wealthy and influential. And with a large art collection and an army of Italian marble statues on display in a main gallery, it feels every bit the royal refuge. But now a hostel, with comfortable accommodation for up to 189 guests and a myriad of local woodland walks just steps away, the VIP succession is more accessible than ever.