From the urban cityscape of Edinburgh to the vast wilderness of the Highlands, this package offers an ideal blend of city, nature and adventure. Stops include the idyllic Isle of Skye and ever-mysterious Loch Ness.
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Broker: Sunny Cars GmbH
Company: Keddy by Europcar
Vehicle: Vauxhall Astra or similar (CDMR)
Location: Edinburgh Airport (Desk at Airport)
This region in eastern Scotland offers a variety of landscapes ranging from the pristine and largely uninhabited world of the Cairngorm mountains to the storm-tossed coastlines of the North Sea and the Mora Firth.
Alternating between craggy and gentle, these coasts among the most spectacular in the world. This is also the site of Buchan Ness, a rocky island with a small lighthouse representing Scotland's most easterly point. Apart from its four small cities, Aberdeenshire has a rural flair. Some of its towns, such as the beautiful village of Crovie, have less than two dozen buildings, and Collieston is considered Great Britain's most beautiful fishing village.
This listed farm house was built in 1762 by the ancestors of the present owner. Forest with deer, birds chirping and tranquillity surround the rural idyll. Those who enter the prestigious stone house will be met by the stern glances of the ancestors of the McCombie family in the impressive galleried entrance hall. All the more friendly are the hosts who make every effort to make their guests happy. Veronica is a trained Cordon Bleu chef, which is reflected in both Breakfast and dinner. The house in the heart of Aberdeenshire is ideally located for exploring the surrounding castles, gardens, and whiskey distilleries.
The route largely follows the Malt Whisky Trail. The distilleries near Dufftown are open to the public for tours and purchases.
Before reaching the Glen Grant distillery near Rothes the route touches the Castle Trail, which leads to several imposing structures built over a period of 700 years.
The bay on the North Sea is considered the greatest Firth of Britain. The large funnel between Kinnairds Head near Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire and Duncansby Head near Wick is 120 kilometers wide at the opening.
Counting all the bays, the Firth has a coastline of about 800 kilometers, including rocky cliffs and tidal flats. The highest peak close to the shore is Ben Wyvis: With its 1048 meters it is mostly shrouded in fog and snowcapped even during summer. Frolicking dolphins and whales are best seen from Chanonry Point.
The manor house on the Moray Firth Coast was built in 1825 for Sir John Dunbar and is considered to be the most beautiful Regency House of that time.
It is surrounded by a 90,000 square metre park and lake landscape. In the 90s the run-down building was bought by Don and Wendy Matheson and extensively restored. Care was taken to maintain the historical charm of the house. Today, guests can expect a Country House Hotel that harmoniously combines old and new. Guests are accommodated in one of the nine rooms, which are individually furnished with antique furniture and heavy fabrics and wallpaper, but also offer contemporary comfort. The house is ideally located to explore the Highlands with their numerous castles and distilleries.
More than anything else, the largest island in the Inner Hebrides offers 639 square miles of pristine nature: rugged mountains, green valleys, caves, glens, crystal clear waterfalls and out-of-the-way beaches.
Otters and seals feed on the salmon and trout that populate the island's unpolluted waters. The over 200 species of birds native to the area include endangered species like the golden eagle and the northern gannet. Skye is also known as the source of one of Scotland's finest malt whiskies. The island has not always been a peaceful place. Under Bonnie Prince Charles, a descent of Maria Stuart, it was the focal point of a power struggle between the Scots and the English. A bridge connecting Skye to the mainland was constructed in 1995. Those who desire even greater remoteness can take a ferry from Uig to the Outer Hebrides, where they will find nothing but sheep, cliffs and wind.
This B&B lies at the edge of the port town of Portree. The Cuillin Mountains are visible to the south and the Old Man of Storr, a beautiful hiking area with gorgeous nooks and crannies, rises to the north.
The custom-designed rooms receive plenty of light. The living room has a fireplace and is replete with books and maps all about the Isle of Skye. Rick and Georgie also happy to give advice on where to go for day trips. Pubs, restaurants and shops can be found on the other side of Loch Portree.
The drive from Mallaig to Oban is one of the most scenic stretches in Great Britain. You will pass Loch Shiel, at the northern end of which a monument commemorates the Scottish clansmen who fought the English in 1745 to restore the exiled Stuarts to the throne.
Near Fort William you can see Ben Nevis, the highest mountain on the British Isles.
This former county in western Scotland is known by the Gaelic name of Earra-Ghàidheal, which means “Coasts of the Gaels.” Yet the presence of numerous standing stones attest to the fact that other cultures were here long before the Gaels.
Inverary is the region's main town and is still the residence of the Duke of Argyll, the head of the Campbell clan. With a population density of 20 people per square kilometer, most inhabitants live in the towns of Oban, Cambeltown and Inverary. The rest of the region is virtually uninhabited and work must be found elsewhere. These remote islands and peninsulas are ideal if you are looking for the solitude and quietness of the open country.
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.
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).
Scotland's capital is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A burgh is said to have stood on Castle Rock – which offers the best view of the city – since the 7th century.
Walls were erected around the town in the shadow of the fortress following bloody and disastrous clashes with England. The medieval plan and narrow winding streets of the Old Town once protected by those walls have been preserved. The area called New Town was created in the 18th century to relieve crowding in the rapidly growing city. With its rigidly ordered grid New Town was considered the epitome of rational urban development during the period of Enlightenment. The main shopping street today is Princess Street, which is lined with shops, galleries and museums. The cultural capital of Scotland is often referred to as the Athens of the North. The city's political history was defined by the rivalry with England. Edinburgh is now once again the seat of the Scottish Parliament.
The hosts' first Blène, a former teacher, and Erland, a journalist with a wry British sense of humour, have created a guest suite in their new home in Cambridge Street. The suite is located on the ground floor of a stately Victorian mansion and is itself beautifully furnished in Victorian style. The couples' candlelight breakfasts are unparalleled: Choices include Pommes Rimbaut, Mushroom Taleggio, Asparagus Apocalypse and Oeufs à la Brioche. Although many of Edinburgh's most important sights are only minutes away, the rooms face a quiet garden.
Location: Edinburgh Airport (Desk at Airport)