Eilean Donan Castle in the Western Highlands of Scotland

Hotels in Scotland

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Located on the upper third of the British Isles north of Hadrian’s Wall, strewn with lochs, crisscrossed with rushing rivers and steep-sided glens, and framed by the rugged Highlands, Scotland is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea to the east. Its raw natural beauty is as renowned as the musical energy of Glasgow and the intellectual and artistic pursuits of Edinburgh – along with Angus beef of Aberdeen, malt whisky of Isle of Islay and haggis in every restaurant.

Though Scotland has plenty of “guid gear in sma’bouk’ (good things in small packages) and closely associated with the history of Britain, it has developed its own brand of tourism, supporting infrastructure and a plethora of accommodation in Scotland that caters to travellers of every taste and budget, a formidable financial centre (Edinburgh) and booming oil industry (Aberdeen). It has also retained a distinct consciousness expressed in Gaelic and well-attended annual Highland festivals.

Where to stay in Scotland for the outdoors

Not to be outdone by its English sister to the south, Scotland has a rich collection of castles, both well-preserved and in ruins; bucolic glens that continue to inspire modern poets as much as they did the national bard, Robert Burns; countless lochs that are equal parts natural marvels and home to legends; and close to 800 islands containing nationalistic distilleries, fortresses, wildlife reserves, and untrammelled corners of tranquillity easily accessible from gateway-town hotels in Scotland.

Beyond rugged outdoors and elusive 32-year-old Scotch whisky, Scotland entices golfers of all skill levels at the Old Course in St. Andrews, home of modern golf. It also continues to intrigue modern travellers with anecdotal sightings of the Loch Ness monster at Fort Augustus, a township accessible by pleasure boats via the Caledonian Canal.

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The entire length of this canal, which follows the Great Glen Fault, is a veritable playground of people on boots, bike and boat which brings adventurers based in conveniently located bed and breakfast in Scotland in the southwest to Inverness in the northeast, effectively a coast to coast trail bisecting the Scottish Highlands. An equally fascinating trail is the east coast-west coast route that parallels the Hadrian’s Wall less than a mile south of the official border between Scotland and England, and brings visitors to the wind-swept dunes and bustling birding reserve of Solway Firth to the west, one of Great Britain’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.