Stirling – Easter Ross – norhtern Highlands – Ullapool – Isle of Skye – Oban – Edinburgh
A rare tour that boldly goes beyond Loch Ness to the windswept moorlands of northern Scotland. After passing through Stirling, known as the Gate to the Highlands, this tour heads straight for the rugged, unspoiled wilderness of Scotland's far north, returning to Edinburgh along the picturesque west coast.
Rental car pick-up
Company: AVIS United Kingdom
Vehicle: Ford Focus 1,6 or similar (CDMR)
Rate: Standard Cover
Location: Edinburgh, Airport
The 300-year-old farmhouse is situated in a large garden lined with beech hedges set against the rolling hills of Gargunrock. The sounds of bagpipes call guests to dinner, which is served in the conservatory overlooking the walled garden and Stirling Castle. The amiable hosts Colin and Fiona are always happy to have dinner guests. Colin, a tour guide, can provide plenty of tips for day excursions.
The B&B is surrounded by sheep meadows and barley fields that are needed for brewing malt whiskey. Three bedrooms are on the first floor. The lounge is large and sunny and is available to guests. Christine, the hostess, is a musician and has created the large gardens. Her husband, Stuart, restores antique furniture in the old carriage house next door. His attention to detail is palpable throughout the house.
Completed in 2010, the family-run inn sits on a farm near Durness with uninhibited views of the cliffs of Cape Wrath. Each of the modern rooms was individually decorated. Hiking paths lead straight from the property over hill and dale to the coast. The best thing about the B&B, however, is the sincere Scottish hospitality of its hosts, who strive to ensure that every guest's stay in pleasant from start to finish. A restaurant is a few minutes' walk away.
The inn stands on Braes Hill about a mile from the centre of Ullapool. The elevated position affords a tremendous view of the surrounding landscape. The bright, cheerful bedrooms each have their own views extending to Loch Broom and its mountain backdrop. The location is ideal for exploring Wester Ross, one of the last wilderness areas still existing in Europe, whether on foot, by bicycle or in a boot. Marked hiking paths, good restaurants and a heated swimming pool are all available in the vicinity.
The stone house near Portree has been owned by the Macdonald family ever since it was built over 200 years ago for the chamberlain of one of their ancestors. The residence has been carefully maintained and restored by the proud owners to preserve its Victorian charm. The property with 10 en-suite bedrooms is set in 20 acres of woodland. The rooms are elegantly furnished and decorated with antiques.
The designer guest house located between Appin and Oban on the west coast affords unparalleled views of Loch Linnhe. The eight, individually decorated rooms have jacuzzi baths, underfloor heating and large panoramic-view windows. The day starts out with a healthy, hearty breakfast: smoked fish or sweet pancakes provide a delicious alternative to the usual ham and eggs fare. Excursions can be arranged to the islands of Iona and Staffa, once a source of inspiration for the German composer Felix Mendelssohn.
For dinner the hosts recommend the Eriska Hotel which also features a golf course and a spa. Reservations need to be made at the time of booking. Read more→
The host Sean O'Byrne is world champion in traditional longbowarchery. Anyone who wants to try this historic discipline of the ScottishHighlands can book a lesson through Umfulana (35, – GBP per person – advancebooking required).
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Location: Edinburgh, Downtown
The accommodation is located in New Town, a section of central Edinburgh built in the early 1800s for the citygrowing upper class and famous for its stately neo-classical architecture. The elegant residence is a listed historical building that has been owned from the start by the Macpherson family, whose portraits line the walls. The host, Mrs. Macpherson, has written several cook books, so guests can look forward to an excellent breakfast. The spacious rooms are furnished with antiques from the family collection and have en-suite bathrooms.