Aug 24

Finding the Right Accommodation


Whatever type of accommodation you want during your visit north of the border, you can find. Whether you want a hostel, a caravan site, a self-catering apartment, a guesthouse or a hotel, you`ll always have plenty of choice. Maybe you have always wanted to experience living in a crofter`s cottage, looking out over the rolling upland moors; perhaps you would like something even more remote, on one of the Scottish islands. If you like a bit more luxury and the personal touch with a smaller hotel, or some sophistication in a four star hotel for a city break, it`s there waiting for you. Whatever your accommodation requests and whatever the size of the party you are travelling with, Scotland has it.

Caithness is the place to head for if you`re a wildlife enthusiast. The Flow Country is a great draw for naturalists, as are the vast cliffs populated by seabirds on the island of Handa. The Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve is a wonderful mountain and pinewood area where you can see eagles, wild cats, pine martens and deer. Accommodation in Ross and Cromarty tends to be mainly charming smaller hotels and B&Bs, some of which have stunning views out across the water. Try Wester Ross for a stunning landscape. Plenty of outdoor activities are available nearby, including water sports, walking, Ellenan Castle, climbing and the nature reserve. A few four star hotels are available, too, of the highest standard.

Moray to the East, famed birthplace of Macbeth, offers stunning beaches, such as Lossimouth, Hopeman and Burghead. You might spot dolphins and whales in the Moray Firth, or try fishing in the river Spey or Findhorn. Enjoy your salmon or trout after a fine whiskey, which the area is famous for. Try modern, fashionable Elgin, Moray`s main town, for more modern accommodation, or head down to the nearby fishing village of Lossimouth for beautiful sea view accommodation. Accommodation tends to be smaller guesthouses and B&Bs. Plenty of surfing and sailing is available from North Beach.

For a city break you can`t do no better than the capital, which has a rich heritage and plenty of activities on offer. Whether you`re visiting for the Edinburgh Fringe, the Military Tattoo, or just to visit the castle and enjoy the history, like any city Edinburgh has plenty of accommodation to suit. Your budget is the main parameter. Hotels nearer the centre are more expensive, as one would expect, but if you want to stay further out in less expensive accommodation then getting a taxi in Edinburgh could not be simpler. It`s common for people to take taxis in Edinburgh and they are very reasonably priced, making cheaper accommodation a little way out a good move if you`re on a budget.

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