Visions of the Scottish Highlands

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Roam the Open Fields of Scotland and See the Beautiful Country As the Locals Do

Roam the open fields of Scotland and see the beautiful country as the locals do. If you’re thinking of traveling to Scotland let BCD offer you a preview of the majestic Scottish Highland’s scenery and landscape with an invigorating video slide show, accompanied by the sounds of a traditional rousing bagpipe!

Read: Considering a trip to Scotland? Check out our Hebrides & Scottish Highlands tour itinerary!

Let a border collie show you how herding sheep is done in the remote crofting village of Durness! Be humbled by the deep valley of Glen Coe, surrounded by the soaring splendor of the “Three Sisters”! Enjoy the views of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle from a Jacobite cruise! Be spellbound by Skye’s landmarks like Macleod’s Tables, Kilt Rock, and the Neist Point Lighthouse. Be moved by stunning images of one of the world’s most breathtaking cultural landscapes!

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Logistics & Lodging

Getting There 

Fly into Edinburgh Airport, serviced internationally and domestically. Fly direct from cities in the U.S. like New York, Chicago, Boston and Washington, from Toronto, Canada and most major cities in Europe. If arriving late or departing early, The Hampton by Hilton is well rated airport favorite.

Transportation:

You’ll need a rental car for your Scottish Highlands tour. Check out the best options on TripAdvisor for your Scotland trip.

For the island-hopping portion of your jaunt around the Hebrides, you’ll enjoy the spectacular views from aboard one of Caledonian MacBray’s ferries. The company’s service is punctual, comfortable and incredibly scenic. You can find timetables and tickets prices here.

Lodging: 

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Radisson Blu in the heart of the Royal Mile in historic Old Town. Or try out Queen’s Guest House, Georgian town house located on Queen Street in Edinburgh New Town, this property overlooks Queens Gardens.

Newtonmore

Hang your hat at The Rumblie, an eco friendly property run by Fiona & Simon Dodds in nearby Laggan.

Inverness

In Inverness check out Ballifeary Bed and Breakfast, a Victorian villa in a quiet neighborhood near the River Ness and an easy walk to downtown Inverness.

Durness

Make your comfy home for the night the Glengolly Bed & Breakfast — its name is from the Gaelic Gleanna Gallaidh or “Glen of the Stranger.

Ullapool

My home base while in Ullapool is West House, owned by Richard & Colleen Lindsay, and just a block up from Loch Broom. Just across the street is Ceilidh Place, a small hotel where you can have a terrific meal, enjoy live music, and peruse its eclectic book shop and art gallery.

Harris

My perch in Harris was Pairc an t-Srath Guest House, about an hour’s drive from Stornoway. Owned by Lena & Richard, the property sits high above golden beaches and the sound of Taransay.

Skye

In Skye, try out Three Chimneys & House Over-By. This destination restaurant with rooms is situated in a remote location on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, and not far from breathtaking Neist Point. Pricey but a well-worth-it splurge!

Portree is the largest village on Skye and the capital–and yet is only about 200 years old, built as a fishing village at the beginning of the 19th century by Lord MacDonald. The Boswville Hotel is right on the snug harbor.

Mull & Iona

The Tobermory Hotel is a 200-year old property on Mull’s main street and bustling little port ablaze in color. Once a row of fishermen’s cottages, offers plain but comfortable rooms, many with spectacular views of the harbor.

Inverary

In Inverary, I did not stay overnight, but there are many nice choices, including the well reviewed Newton Hall Guest House or Furnace Bed and Breakfast.

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