The top five locations to enjoy a getaway for one

Around the globe, the growing trend of solo travel has inspired people looking for a true sense of escapism, wellness and an opportunity to personally reset, to just get up and go. There are no arguments over the itinerary or budget and instead the chance to meet new people, enjoy complete freedom and step outside the comfort zone.

According to website Solo Traveler, Google searches for solo travel has quadrupled since 2020 with middle-aged women leading the charge in going it alone.

Crerar Hotels Group, a collection of seven four- and five-star hotels and inns, is welcoming solo travellers looking to head on their best Scottish adventure, offering a warm, authentic welcome and with an array of foodie delights and spa experiences ideal for the perfect one-person getaway.

What’s more, the premium hotel group, renowned for embracing the ‘Spirit of Scotland’, has highlighted the top five locations around the country to enjoy a solo escape.

Chris Wayne-Wills, Chief Executive of Crerar Hotels Group said: “Nowadays, the way we are travelling is different and the uptake in solo travel is a trend that is becoming incredibly popular as people focus on their own wellbeing and personal mindset.

“With many of our hotels on the coast, or in a beautiful rural setting, many of our solo travellers come to enjoy the experience of the great outdoors mixed with fantastic food and drink, exceptionally warm hospitality and spa treatments that really help rejuvenate the soul. It is fantastic to see so many solo travellers from all over the world embrace the trend.

“We pride ourselves on providing a safe and welcoming environment for those choosing to travel alone and with so many great experiences to enjoy, our locations offer some of the best locations in the country for that all important ‘me’ time.”


The Scottish isles boast an incredible variety of wildlife and locally sourced food and drink for solo travellers to explore. The Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa has 72 upgraded rooms including luxurious Sea View and Retreat Suites so guests can soak in the marvellous views of Craignure Bay and enjoy a full Driftwood spa experience. Following its refurb in 2021, the hotel has been transformed into the perfect oasis for a relaxing break away from home.

Extending the Driftwood’s spa’s calming indoor environment, the unique ‘Wilderness Spa’ is located on a secluded outdoor decking providing a private Thermal Experience for guests to enjoy amidst the wilderness of Mull. This private spa retreat offers guests the chance to enjoy the outdoor hot tub, bucket shower and day beds, as well as the sauna – with guests receiving dry robes to cosy into during their experience. A unique snug completes the new offering, where guests can go for shelter, to read and relax in the middle of nature or simply soak up the views and sounds of the island from the lookout window.

Your time spent on Mull is bound to be jam-packed with activities as there is so much to do. Enjoy whale and dolphin watching, climbing Ben More, fishing, golf and plenty more –there really is something to suit everyone.


Sitting in a prime location within the iconic bay, known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, Oban Bay Hotel is a destination as much as it is a base for exploring Scotland’s west coast, with much to enjoy in the charming resort of Oban itself as well as across the seas. For those visiting Oban for the first-time, there is plenty to do. Steeped in history, take a step back in time or travel further afield. Ferries link the mainland to the isles for walkers and island-hopping explorers. Mull, Lismore and Kerrera are all an easy day trip from an Oban base.

Crerar Hotels’ Oban Bay Hotel, like Mull, offers a coastal setting with incredible views across Scotland’s west coast whilst offering visitors the chance to enjoy personally tailored ishga spa treatments and take full advantage of the unique Thermal Experience located on the outdoor Sea Deck. You can enjoy exclusive time in the outdoor hot tub, Swedish oak barrelled sauna, Roman acrylic steam room and Zen relaxation room for the ultimate pamper experience.

The hotel is decorated with shoreline blues and warm woods inspired by the coastal setting whilst the ceiling high windows in the Sun Room offer a spectacular scene.

Ballater, Royal Deeside

For those looking to enjoy the Great Outdoors, the place to be is the scenic village of Ballater. Steeped in history and with plenty to explore, take a journey back in time and experience the rich history, whisky and produce that Royal Deeside has to offer. No to mention, its located at the eastern gateway to Cairngorms National Park which is why its such a popular tourist spot for those who enjoy walking and hiking.

For a peaceful trip, solo travellers can stay in the newly launched Balmoral Arms which has a vast array of rooms and luxury suites of all sizes and styles inspired by the Victorian heritage and Highland hues of its surroundings. The Balmoral Arm’s 1852 Brasserie & Grill’, named after the year in which Prince Albert purchased Balmoral Castle for Queen Victoria, offers the chance for guests to enjoy a taste of Scotland, working closely with local farms and gamekeepers to ensure the destination restaurant provides the very best fresh and seasonal produce from the Cairngorms.

If travellers have a notion for a experiencing a piece of Scottish history, why not visit Balmoral Castle, the home from home of the British royal family fit with exquisite gardens and charming Scottish wildlife. If castles are not your thing, why not take a trip along the iconic Royal Deeside Railway and experience the steam and diesel services that provide breath-taking views over the river Dee and the hills to the south.


The town of Inveraray, which is only 65 miles from Glasgow, sits in a spectacular spot overlooking Loch Fyne and is a small friendly community where visitors are warmly welcomed. For those looking for a traditional room with a view, the Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa is the perfect solution. The warmth of the fire that takes centre stage in the lounge to welcome you whilst the magnificent staircase also takes centre stage. Each room delivers its own unique charm, all will warm natural tones that reflects the highland surroundings and many which boast stunning panoramic views of Loch Fyne and the Cowal Hills.

Whilst staying here, there is plenty to keep you busy. The Inveraray Jail and courthouse, which is now a museum, always proves popular with those who have not entered before whilst Inverary Castle is not to be missed – it’s the perfect setting to enjoy a walk and gather your own thoughts. The town is also an ideal base to explore the Highlands and Islands. No matter the type of stay you are looking for, there is always time to relax and unwind in Shore spa. Features within the Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa including an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and a variety of relaxing treatments make up an exceptionally calming experience, plus isgha spa treatments. The jewel in the crown, however, is the outdoor Thermal Suite with hot tub that provides stunning views of Loch Fyne, the perfect place to wait for your spa appointment.

A warm and relaxing experience awaits at loch Fyne Hotel and Spa and with plenty of local history to explore, this is the place to switch off and relax in a Scottish paradise.


Experience Scotland’s most famous glen with spectacular scenery and a warm Scottish welcome. There is no shortage of activities for guests to enjoy during their time in Glencoe, mountaineering, hiking, and climbing activities are available across the eight Munros for those that wish to take in the stunning highland scenery. Looking to quench the thirst from climbing all day, there is the ever-friendly The Gathering Bar & Grill with rustic colours and a wood-burning stove, perfect for a post Munro pint and for meeting new friends.

The Glencoe Inn, part of the Crerar Hotels Group, boasts 15 fully refurbished bespoke bedrooms and bathrooms featuring luxurious king-size beds and baths that provide unmatched views of both the Pap of Glencoe and the freshwaters of Loch Leven. Guests are also invited to bring along their four-legged friends as all rooms are dog friendly. For those on a solo trip, the Glen Etive is a perfect option. The one-bedroom apartment features a cosy atmosphere along with a kitchenette and separate lounge, perfect for those exploring the mountains.

From the hearty evening meals at the Steak and Lobster bistro to the authentic sourdough pizza served at the Red Shed there is something for everyone at the Glencoe Inn.

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