The Highlands of Scotland is a destination for all persons that love beautiful scenery, wildlife, and an area very distinct from the rest of Scotland. Mountains and moorland, hills with thousands of fresh water lochs feeding stream and rivers; a rich and beautiful environment ranging from agricultural land to the remotest wild areas in Britain where eagles fly overhead and whales, dolphins and sharks share the sea with other coastal wildlife.
If you love exploring places then this area of Scotland has historic houses and castles to visit along with the remnants of ancient peoples lives, with brochs and standing stones, often thousands of years old, along with abandoned houses and crofting communities cleared in more recent times. This is not to say that the Highlands is all history, it has modern and vibrant communities from small hamlets of a few houses to villages, towns and larger urban areas including the “Capital of the Highlands” Inverness.
The Cairngorms National Park is a living landscape with wildlife living in Scotland’s wildest of mountainous areas, while also being home and work for people living in towns and villages within the area designated as a park. Aimed at conserving Scotland’s natural heritage this area is an outstanding location for a holiday or short break.
Aviemore is a small town in the Cairngorms National Park that is very popular in both the summer and winter months. With outdoor activities based on the time of year you can enjoy summer hill walking or winter sports. During the spring and summer you can find a wide range of sports and activities to take part including canoeing and kayaking along with sailing at Loch Morlich, pony trekking, archery, wildlife photography, cycling and many more fun holiday activities. Near to Aviemore is the Highland Wildlife Park where you can see rare native wild cats and other animals.
A perfect location for all the family holiday Aviemore does get busy with hotels and other accommodation in demand, so remember to book your self-catering cottage near Aviemore today and look forward to you holiday in the Scottish Highlands.
The Isle of Skye is a wonderful destination for a holiday in Scotland. The island is loved for the outstanding natural scenery, mountains and coastal, where you can spend time hillwalking, nature walks or simply admiring the scenery from the roadside. The best way to enjoy the Isle of Skye is to book a cottage for a short break or longer and take your time to explore.
Gairloch and the surrounding area of Wester Ross is one of the most outstanding areas in the Highlands of Scotland for a holiday. The area is on the west-coast of Scotland where you will discover beautiful sandy beaches, wild area and mountain scenery, coastal locations rich in wildlife along with inspiring natural landscapes. If you are looking for an activity holiday then the area around Gairloch provides opportunities to indulge in your outdoor hobbies such as sailing, canoeing, hill walking, cycling, horse and pony trekking and much more. A cottage holiday offers the ideal way to explore an area and to relax.
Ullapool is a lovely coastal village at the entrance to Loch Broom on the west coast of Scotland. Ullapool harbour provides an important ferry link to the Outer Hebrides while also servicing local fishing boats, leisure boats as well as tourist coastal boat trips during the summer holiday season. On the boat trips you may be lucky to see whales, dolphins and other wildlife on trips around the nearby Summer Isles. The village has a relatively small population of around 1,500 people, yet the location provides hotels, bed and breakfast, hostel accommodation and caravan and camping sites.
Whether you are passing through while exploring the NC 500 tourism route, or taking a ferry to the outer islands you will find Ullapool welcoming with several places to eat in, or to get a carry-out of fish and chips and enjoy them while watching the activities around the harbour area.
From Ullapool you can explore many of the beautiful scenic areas around this area of the west coast, towards the south, along the coast, are the communities of Dundonnell and Camusnagaul, Laide, Poolewe and Gairloch. To the north is the wilderness areas of north-west Sutherland. It is truly a wonderful area of Scotland that you will want to visit. A cottage holiday near Ullapool is a perfect way to see and explore the area, Ullapool is just over an hours drive from Inverness.
Lochinver is a remote village in the north-west of Scotland in the beautiful area of north-west Sutherland. The county of Sutherland covers a diverse area from the gentler scenery of the east coast, with very productive farm land and woodland, to the west highlands with incredible wilderness areas and beautiful scenery. The coastal roads around Lochinver are mostly single-track with passing places, you certainly need to slow down while driving around this area to enjoy to the scenery and to travel safely.
Lochinver is an area we just love visiting, the geology is unique and fascinating to see. It is also a wonderful destination for people that love nature where you will often be able to see golden eagles, sea eagles, otters, dolphins along with many other species of birds and wildlife.
From Lochinver you can see the iconic shaped mountain of Suilven while to the north is the coastal route on the B869 taking you to the beautiful small sandy beaches at Achmelvick, Clachtoll and Clashnessie.