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1. Posted by Papilloneffect (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hello dear travellers

Soon I start my first solo trip to scotland. My plan was to book some nights in edinburgh and then travel across the highlands, searching every day for a new destination.
But now i started to look for hostels and bed and breakfast and realised that the most of them are already sold out.
What do you think? Should i plan my trip and my destinations better now (i'm going in some weeks) and book the rooms yet? Any experience?

Thank you :)

2. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 823 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Yeah the national news had a story yesterday saying visitors to the isle of Skye should book accommodation before visiting as the place is overbooked this summer.

Probably due to the value of the pound, I guess everyone is coming this year.

Get prebooking, I'm afraid. Hope you have a great trip.

3. Posted by leics2 (Full Member 84 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

You should definitely start booking your accommodation now. Definitely.

When it comes to the Scottish islands (including Orkney and Shetland) accommodation for the summer months (and often 'shoulder season' too) always needs booking long in advance. It's not just this's every year. Accommodation options are very limited and visitor numbers are always high. This is so much the case that I've always booked my island accomm (hotel, b&b, cottage, whatever) months and months before booking my flight, sometimes almost a year in advance of my trip. It's not uncommon for regular visitors (and there are many) to book their dates for the following year during their visit.

You don't give the dates of your trip but August is the height of high season and September/October are also hugely popular because children are back at school but the weather is still halfway-decent. Edinburgh is 'full' during the most of August because of the festival.

I live in the UK and wouldn't think of of booking accomm as I travel unless I had my own car and was prepared to be uber-flexible with costs, standards of accomm and its location....and even then I wouldn't do it in the months I've mentioned. Although there's plenty of accomm (hotels, hostels, b&b) the UK has loads of visitors year-round ....and most especially from April > November.

So start booking now. If you're looking for hotels do use a reliable site such as (it also lists b&bs & some hostels), which has very extensive listings throughout the UK.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Aug-2017, at 23:03 by leics2 ]

4. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 823 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I should add that a bonus problem being experienced this year is full ferries. More government subsidies have recently been phased in for the Hebridean ferries and they are failing to cope with the demand.

Early in the season (April!) I experienced the Small Isles Ferry being full to the point of crowds being turned away. This is unheard of - CalMac say not to prebook on these routes because there has always been ample capacity. No longer.

Apparently the worst affected routes are the "triangle" - from Uig on Skye out to the Outer Hebrides, the shortest and thus cheapest route.

5. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 20 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Edinburgh is Great! So much to visit and do specially away from the touristic areas! It is full of student and really multicultural so google some events before you go!

Glasgow is a lot of fun too, arguably better than Edinburgh but less to see I d say.