Outstanding views and breathtaking beauty, fantastic food and new friends. These are just some of the wonderful experiences you get when you travel Highlands. Take a trip by road and stay at different locations or make an exploration of one area of outstanding beauty and choose to stay in one of the many wonderful campsites, self catering apartments, bed and breakfasts or hotels in Scotland.
When it comes to choosing a location, a visit to the Highlands will leave you spoiled for choice. Beautiful clean beaches, mysterious lochs, National Trust attractions and Unesco Heritage sites can all be found in this amazing country.
There are plenty of pet friendly cottages to rent in Scotland so you can bring along your beloved best friend(s) and enjoy the freedom to run and roam around in the vast open spaces.
During the summer there are hiking trails to follow, train journeys to enjoy and you don’t need to be a climber to get to the top of Ben Nevis, you can actually walk up it. On a clear day the view from the summit of this most famous Scottish mountain, the highest in the UK, will take your breath away.
The Highlands boasts a wealth of walking trails, mountain bike trails and there is a white water rafting experience close to Fort William if you are feeling very brave. A stay in one of the old stone cottages in the Highlands is a unique experience and one that is highly recommended.
Self catering Gairloch accommodation near to the beautiful loch is just one of the places to stay on the West Coast which thanks to the Gulf Stream, benefits from a lovely warm climate. Here you can also find a short but challenging golf course which has a dramatic beach backdrop. You can play a round of golf and then retire to the 19th hole for some well earned refreshments.
There is no shortage of exciting and enjoyable pursuits in the Highlands. But, if you want calmness, peace and a restful atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, there is an abundance of this too.
A visit to the Highlands in winter is just as fantastic as a summer break. If you like skiing you can go to the Cairngorms. There you will find plenty of self catering Aviemore properties that are fully equipped with all modern amenities and which offer stunning views.
There are plenty of fun winter sports that children can enjoy as well. Snowboarding, sledging and skating are readily available plus other super exciting activities like wall climbing and mountain biking.
But, if you just want to enjoy relaxing in the ‘apres ski’ ambiance of a winter wonderland, there is also a host of excellent restaurants and original old pubs which serve delicious home cooked cuisine and deceivingly strong but delicious drinks.
Whether you want to stay near to the sea and visit beaches where you can enjoy the sight of grey seals basking on the rocks or choose a more remote location in the mountains, the Highlands of Scotland can offer you a unique travel and holiday experience.
Of course, if you want to stay somewhere surrounded by people there are some fabulous choices of accommodation in towns like Fort William and Argyle and Bute. But don’t forget, if you long for the wilderness there is plenty of this too with a whole range of different places to stay.
Peatlands, forests of pine and a coastline with beaches where you can be totally alone can all be found in the Highlands. Most of the year you can marvel at the snow capped mountains and at the seaside you will encounter fishermen who are searching for fresh mussels and other seafood that you can enjoy eating the same day.
The Orkneys are close to the Scottish mainland and there are over 70 islands which make up the archipelago. The largest island is known as ‘Mainland’ and it covers just 523 square kilometres. People have lived in these islands since Roman times and there is also evidence of settlements before that historical period.
There are both ferries and flights to the Orkney Islands and you can also visit places like the Isle of Bute using the car and passenger ferry from Weymss Bay. This is just one of the cheap family days out that is available. Finally, don’t forget that a visit to the northernmost part of the UK is available if you take a trip up to John O’ Groats.
A stay in a charming Victorian Villa or an old village church that has been transformed into a boutique bed and breakfas will not cost a fortune when you visit the Highlands. There is huge variety of places to stay with many offering wheelchair friendly accommodation. Whatever time of year that you decide to visit you will find something to suit your needs.
Birch Cottage Bed And Breakfast, Garve, Highlands
Many visitors want to take their dog on holiday to the Highlands and there are plenty of pet friendly cottages available. From just £25 per person per night you can stay at Birch Cottage Bed and Breakfast and this lovely accommodation stays open all the year around.
A traditional old cottage that has been fully renovated to very high standards, rooms each have an ensuite and the normal drinks hospitality tray. The owners, Ray and Linda, take pride in offering a warm welcome and the food is something special with dishes prepared from home grown vegetables or produce that is locally sourced.
Close to many attractions like the Moray Leisure Centre and nearby Eilean Donan Castle, the cottage is ideal for Highlands holiday accommodation no matter when you want to travel.
You will be spoiled for choice when you see the many attractions in the Highlands. The Cairngorms, the Nevis Mountain Range and the West Highland Railway are just some of the unique places on offer. Hundreds of castles and churches are dotted around the region so there is always somewhere new to see.
It is easy to find the perfect place to stay so why not opt for a staycation this year and travel Highlands of Scotland.
Blog written by Patricia Roach