We are planning for a week long holiday in Scotland this summer. We are 2 families with 3 children and will be driving from South of England.
This will be our second trip to Scotland. Two years ago we had stayed near Loch Lomond and had visited Stirling, Edinburgh.
This year we are planning to travel in the Highlands region. My idea is to book a self catering cottage for a week and then travel to sightseeing places to & from.
Please can someone recommend any good place to stay in Highlands ? I know Highlands is a vast region so there are lots of places you would say. Basically we don't want to stay in any far remote places or islands or somewhere upto Joan O'Groats.
Since I am being nature loving person and have heard many times that Highlands is a beautiful region to explore the scenery, I would like to stay in a place surrounded by beautiful scenery such as country side / near seaside / lochs. And then we can drive around daily in a radius of 100 miles.
Just for example, how about any places around Inverness or Fort Williams ?
Your ideas / input will be much appreciated.
Fort William is a very popular place to stay with good access to lots of beautiful bits of the Highlands. Personally, I don't particularly like the town itself but you can easily get out on a boat the the small isles (including my favourite island, the Isle of Eigg) or Skye and it is very handy for walking, including Ben Nevis.
Other towns you could base yourself in are Oban (a bit further south than FW, lots of ferries for island days out), Ullapool (a bit further North and good for access to remote bits of the NW Highlands) or even somewhere on Skye (Portree maybe?). I know Skye is an island but it's a big, beautiful and fascinating Island with a bridge to the mainland.
Thanks so much for your wealth of information. This was exactly the information I was looking for.
This will prove very handy to me when choosing the accomodation and later on for traveling around.
You can't go too far wrong in the Highlands, whether near Fort William or further north. I would probably recommend near Ullapool as there is some amazing scenery on that coast with great beaches (especially near Gairloch) with plenty for families to do (as long as outdoorsy types).
Hope you have fun- if I didn't live up North already, I would come on holiday here!