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Most scenic spot?

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Most scenic spot?

Hi

Myself and my husband are hoping to visit the highlands in May/June, which will be our first ever visit to Scotland and a trip I have been wanting to take for a long time.

The plan is to stay a week in a self catering cottage/lodge and to stay based in one place whilst using the car to see as much as possible. All of our previous holidays have included more than one base and I am keen to avoid that this time as it can be less relaxing having to keep packing up!

So, I have been reading up and am totally struggling on where to base ourselves.

Our main objective will be to see as much of the beautiful scenery as possible, both on scenic drives and some walks (although not hikes- our limit is 3-4 hours!).

Please can somebody give us details of some particularly scenic spots/drives and where we might best base ourselves?

Ideally we would like to be based in a small town/large village (with a couple of pubs for evening meals), and ideally in a waterside spot.Somewhere more rural is preffered with walks from our accomodation.

Any suggestions welcome!

Thanks

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11. Re: Most scenic spot?

Have you considered renting a motorhome or campervan and drive around. We're off in july and intend to start our trip from glasgow to glencoe and drive our way up to inverness passing through the highlands. I will send you the route if you want. Glencoe area seems to be the most sceneric. let me know if you need more details. hope you enjoy your trip.

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12. Re: Most scenic spot?

I would agree with the Wester Ross area, but I am surprised no-one has mentioned Eilean Donan Castle, surely one of the most picturesque parts of a wonderful country. Also Inverewe gardens.And Take the back route to Skye on the Glenelg ferry for wonderful views all round and a chance to see the sea life. Just a few of the things to see!

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13. Re: Most scenic spot?

Thankyou

Rooflee- I had not considered hiring a campervan although it is something I would love to do. I am worried about the cost of it though- fuel costs etc. I looked into the possibility of doing this same thing in Ireland but it seemed that the availability of good campsites etc would be a problem. I dont know if this same problem would exist in Scotland- definately let me know how you get on. Its an ideal solution really as I love the fact that in previous holidays we have moved about and seen as much as possible- I just hate the packing and unpacking part!

Aadvark10- I have seen some pictures of Eilean Donan Castle and it looks stunning-definately somewhere we will visit!

Right now I am really struggling to find accomodation. Have been looking at Plockton, Sheildaig, Lochcaron etc but cannot find a cottage with views in our price range (about £400 for the week). Problem is alot of cottages I have found sleep more than 2 and hence the cost is greater.

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14. Re: Most scenic spot?

hi again,

have a look at this site for cottages cottagenet.co.uk/gl_highlands-of-scotland.htm

for campsites, this site is very helpful in many ways. you get an clearer idea about the areas and see which is the one you fancy the most, depending on what you're after.

www.scottishcampingguide.com/category.php…

if you look into renting a campervan, look at the cheaper ones without any extra necessities like shower and tv and then maybe rent a b&b for 2 nights out of 7 and rent a pitch for the rest of the nights. i understand that some of the campsites have quite good shower communities too.

http://www.campers-scotland.com/

http://www.escapecampers.co.uk/

http://www.happyhighlandcampers.co.uk/

http://www.highlandcampervans.com/

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15. Re: Most scenic spot?

one more thing i'd like to add is this, maybe you can plan some walks. if yo have google earth, just install the add-on.

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/virtual.shtml

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16. Re: Most scenic spot?

Hi,

Difficult to beat Plockton for everything you have been asking. Stunning scenery,close to Skye,Torridon,good food .Check out accom on trip advisor.

Goo luck

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17. Re: Most scenic spot?

mallaig really great wee village near fort william

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18. Re: Most scenic spot?

mallaig really great wee village near fort william

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19. Re: Most scenic spot?

check this site out ...

http://www.stevecarter.com/photos.htm

and

http://www.stevecarter.com/ansh/ansh2.htm

and

http://www.stevecarter.com/bestuk.htm

After 40 years I am going back to Torridon, *this week*, fan-daby-doozee!

I have heard it said that when God stopped practising making scenery he made the Icefield's Parkway in the Canadian Rockies; well I can tell you, if so, his penultimate labour was Torridon & Assynt in Scotland.

You can not go wrong going North and West, Mull, Skye, Torridon, or Assynt (make sure you climb Stac Pollaigh; 3 hours?)

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20. Re: Most scenic spot?

If a week, and self catering I would look at Gairloch (or Ullapool) e.g.

www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/areagair/ or

undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/ullapool/ullapool…

as they are somewhat bigger than Sheildaig / Torridon, which might be restrictive for a week? (At Gairloch you have things like Inverewe gardens (NTS) as well.)

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