Dating back to 1856, The Fife Arms is a beloved landmark in the village of Braemar, home of the Highland Games. Under its new owners, Iwan and Manuela Wirth (yes that Wirth, of Hauser & Wirth Gallery), the hotel has been given a meticulous craft restoration and museum-worthy walls, reviving the splendour of the former coaching inn and once again establishing it as a hotel for the Highlands, touting many of the collectors' personal pieces for your enjoyment. The Fife Arms brings together Scottish heritage, craftsmanship and culture with world-class contemporary art and a strong sense of community. Designer Russell Sage brought in over 14,000 historic objects, artwork and artefacts that have been collected over three years to tell a few of the many bewitching stories of Braemar. The suites and bedrooms are individually designed - each one a homage to place, person or event, think "The German Emperor", "Astronomy" inspired by John Von Lamont, and "Allan Ramsey". A perfect excuse to go for a visual schooling in history and art, washed down with Scottish scones and a whiskey tasting. You might even catch the Queen strolling near Braemar.
The Art is completely sensational - as the owners are also the co-founders of acclaimed global gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Iwan and Manuela Wirth. There's more than 14,000 pieces on site, including sculptures, antiques and specially commissioned artworks, like the ceiling fresco's by Chinese artist Zhang Enli against the Fife Arms own tartan design and a stunning Picasso. The inspiration, and instagrams, are endless.