After having spent a wonderful week in Scotland last year in May (Edinburgh, Inverness and Oban) and another wonderful week this year in September (Edinburgh – again -, Arran and Glasgow) I’m thinking of going to Scotland for one week in February, but I have no idea where to stay. Unfortunately the books about Scotland I’ve read are focused on the period of time between May and September. I’ve browsed through several websites about Scotland but they’ve left me with more questions than answers.
I think the scenery in the Highlands must be very beautiful in winter. Is there a place where it’s likely to have snow at that time of the year? We’re not into skiing but we’d like to go for walks and see some castles, museums, distilleries and nice towns, maybe take a day trip to one of the cities. Aviemore seems to be a place that gets snow quite regularly but from what I’ve read it doesn’t seem to be a very pretty place (sorry if I’m wrong). I’m thinking of renting a cottage but most of the cottages in the Highlands seem to be in very remote places. How are the road conditions in February? Would it be better to stay at a hotel or a b & b in a town? If so, which town would you recommend? Will there be a lot to see or will the castles, museums etc. be closed? Will most of the restaurants be open? Is there a time I should avoid because of school holidays, bank holidays etc? Would it be a good idea to go to Scotland in February at all or should I go later in the year? I’d appreciate any advice!
Many thanks in advance!