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Honeymoon in the Highlands

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Honeymoon in the Highlands

Hello,

We are a young couple from Malta

We're starting to plan for our honeymoon in July next year and have decided for the highlands.

we should have two weeks to spend over there and would like to fit in visiting the best sites whilst taking our time to relax and take it easy.

Ideally would like to spend the first three days in Edinburgh and then hire a car and roam around the highlands to take in some nice scenery, history and good food in the nice surroundings of the highlands

Since we do not like the idea of packing and unpacking all the time, we had in mind to stay in a couple of b&bs and then rent a cottage for the last seven days.

Any ideas for a good itenery and the best place to relax in a nice cottage with easy reach to different areas?

This will be our first visit to Scotland and therefore any ideas about places to visit etc. are more than welcome..

Thanks,

Simon

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1. Re: Honeymoon in the Highlands

its not cheap but the boathouse is a luxur cottage on the banks of loch torridon in the grounds of the torridon hotel

this is in the heart of wester ross a very quiet and incredibly scenic part of scotland

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2. Re: Honeymoon in the Highlands

I would recommend going up the A9 from Edinburgh and spending your B&B nights in, say, Pitlochry, Speyside and Inverness, before heading over to the West Coast for your week in the cottage.

Base yourself somewhere between Onich and Spean Bridge and you'll easily be able to access some great days out within a couple of hours - Skye, Ardnamurchan, Road to the Isles, Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Great Glen, Plockton, are all really do-able and, of course, there's lots to do around Fort William. Applecross is a great day out but a long way if you were further south.

Come back via the A82 through Glencoe, then cut across Loch Lomond National Park and stop off in Stirling.

Self-catering cottages never seem to get as many reviews on Trip Advisor as serviced accommodation - you may need to try one of the specialist websites. I believe the Association of Scottish Self-catering has a good one.

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3. Re: Honeymoon in the Highlands

Check out-www.visitscotland.com

For some ideas too.

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4. Re: Honeymoon in the Highlands

Thanks a lot for your help. At first we were thinking of going up the western side and stop for a whole week in the inverness area but now I think there's more to see on the western coast and around for william and therefore we'll find a cottage over there and use as a base to tour the area. Found so many nice cottages and so much to see in the area it is difficult to choose where to stay... Will continue planning and keep posting.

Thanks again,

Simon

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5. Re: Honeymoon in the Highlands

Hello,

Have gone a little further and planned it this way for the time being

Day 1: Arrive in Edinburgh and spend the night there

Day 2: Go around Edinburgh. second night same place

Day 3: Head out towards Stirling, visit some small fishing village on the east coast and then to Pitlochry. Night in Pitlochry

Day 4: Head towards Inverness maybe via the east coast and get in some nice scenery and maybe visit some castle.. if there's enough time can try to visit fort george and culloden battlefield

Night in Inverness area

Day 5: Day Trip from Inverness Any ideas?

Night in Inverness

Day 6: Head southwest along lochness and towards self catering cottage to spend a week there.

Have found a nice one near Connel Bridge but I'm afraid that would be a little too south to visit nicest places in day trips.

Have also found nice cottages in Fort William but i got the impression that the place is too touristy for a honeymoon.

Also considering other areas further north such as Plockton.

We still want to take it easy and not drive all day so need to find a peaceful area within easy reach to buy foodstuffs, etc and maybe a good pub in the area with the possibility to do some easy day trips. Asking a lot eh... :) Any advice?

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6. Re: Honeymoon in the Highlands

the Moulin hotel just outside Pitlochry would be a good place for an overnight stop

a cottage for a week sounds liek a great ideaMost of the west coasst of Scotland has great scenery so Id be tempted by the quality of the cottage

haveing said that Plocton would be a great choice - it has a couple of great places to eat Pocton Hotel and Plocton Inn - plus some nice drives

Visit Skye, Eileen Donan castle Loch Carron

You MUST take the mountain route to Applecross - the inn there is another good place to eat

also take the drive to Glenelg

two food tips

- do have a 'fish supper' at least once - this is fish and chips from a specialist take away shop traditionally with lots of salt and vineger and eaten with your fingers while walking along the promenade

- cullen skink soup is great - a smoked fish soup

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7. Re: Honeymoon in the Highlands

Thanks Beeble,

Will make a note re the fish supper..

Thing is we found this really nice cottage in Connel and finding it difficult to go for another one.

However locationwise I think it's too far from skye and applecross for a day trip so better try for a nice one further up eh..

On the other hand, I'd really like to have a long day trip to Mull and basing ourselves near connel would make that easy...

So many places to go, so many things to do it's getting difficult to choose..

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8. Re: Honeymoon in the Highlands

mull is a ggreat option - and be sure not to miss staffa and iona

also oban is a nice town

if you like the cottage then go for it

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9. Re: Honeymoon in the Highlands

You could find a cottage in somewhere like Ardnamurchan and see both Mull and Skye. There's a ferry from Ardnamurchan to Tobermory.

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10. Re: Honeymoon in the Highlands

Hi

Just come back from touring Scotland. Once you leave Edinburgh go and visit St Andrew's on the east coast, it's a lovely little town, famous for golf and its university.

We drove from Inverness to Perth but not via the A9. We took the road via Balmoral and Braemar - absolutely stunning scenery.

On the west coast we stayed in Oban for 2 nights so that we could visit Mull & Iona - definitely worth visiting all 3. Stayed in a fantastic B&B right in the centre of town - Heatherfield House, room 3 has a lovely view over the islands

You should ride the steam train (Harry Potter train) from Fort William to Mallaig - again stunning scenery