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Some Scotland delights

I am not claiming these are the best things to do in Scotland. I am very aware of huge gaps. Some I find particularly regrettable like Orkney, Shetland, Glen Affric and most of the east. However Scotland is one of my favourite summer countries - even though I have occasionally found the heat well beyond good mountain weather. So this is just a list of places I have been and enjoyed and I hope you will get ideas from it.

Updated July 26, 2012
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Dundonnell, UK
    If I could still manage it, I should be leaving tomorrow. I think this is possibly the most enjoyable walk I have taken on the UK mainland. Some of the websites call it a mountain. That makes me cringe - it's a whole series of mountains linked by a r…
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Glencoe, UK
    The best ridge in the UK is in the Cuillin on the isle of Skye - but that is more than a walk. The top two on the mainland are this one and An Teallach, farther north. I think I have a very slight preference for the latter but I can't justify that ob…
  3. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Kinlochewe, Scotland, UK
    I get bored easily by pointless comparisons and I don't know - or care - how Beinn Eighe compares with An Teallach. To me both are places of wonder. Possibly Beinn Eighe suffers a little by its proximity to another moutain mass, Liatach. However t…
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Inver Alligin, UK
    Of the many Torridonian sandstone peaks, the best known are probably Beiin Eighe, Liathch and Beinn Alligin. Strictly speaking these are actually mountain rnages with more than one tp on each counting as Munroes (over 3000 feet). In some ways Bein…
  5. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Torridon, Scotland, UK
    Liathach in winter is one of the best known mountain photos from Scotland. This range is often associated with Aonoch Eagach and An Teallach in terms of grandeur and difficulty. I don't rate it quite at that level but it certainly comes close. It tow…
  6. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Kinlochewe, Scotland, UK
    First, the spelling of Loch Maree is right. Apparently it is the 5th largest natural loch in Scotland and the largest north of Loch Ness. Frankly, I couldn't care less. For me it is simply the most magnificently scenic of all Scotland's natural lochs…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Scotland, UK
    Torridon is a very small village. Yet it has given its name to Torridonian sandstone, a rock that gives rise to the most wonderful scenery in mountains, cliffs and islands. I personally reckon the Torridonian Mountains come first equal with the Cooli…
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Diabaig, Scotland, UK
    At the very end of the road through Torridon (right turning at Lower Diabaig) you will reach the old post office. Follow the well marked footpath along the coast from here. At times the sea will be hidden but you will get many glances and you will…
  9. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Inverewe, UK
    Northern - not just in the northern country of Scotland but well to the north-west of it. Tropical - not the air temperatures but an effect of the Gulf Stream. The garden was the creation of Osgood McKensie and one of my favourite websites,http://www…
  10. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Ardalanish, UK
    The Ross of Mull is thw southernmost peninsula sticking out to the west on the Isle of Mull. it is well known for its gorgeous beaches - at least by those who do look for donkeys or man-made attractions. Two fine beaches are to be found south of B…
  11. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Achfary, Scotland, UK
    Mountains should not be judged by height alone. I hope to write about some of the higher Scottish mountains here - Munroes (above 3000 feet) and Corbetts (below Munroe status but over 2.500 feet). If you live in a country with far higher mountains, t…
  12. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Isle of Handa, UK
    The 5 overall rating relates to May, June and July, that is the breeding season. many birds, in particular puffins, spend most of their time far out to sea, except when they come onshore to breed. This is an island very close to the shore between …
  13. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Polbain, Scotland, UK
    Tanera Mor is the only 'inhabited' island in the Summer Isles, a small archipelago off Polbain and Achiltibuie. There is no ferry service as such but there are daily trips in summer from Polbain and from Ullapool. The inverted commas around 'inhabit…
  14. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Altandhu, Scotland, UK
    Imagine a place far from the nearest town along at least two very minor roads in Scotland and the title of this review may mean more to you. Most people, who come anywhere near (i.e. Achiltibuie) will have taken a left turn from the main road north …
  15. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lochinver, Scotland, UK
    Sneer, if you must, at a mountain under 2500 feet - but I've never met anybody who has been up who does not consider they have had quite an arduous trip and that the have been up a real mountain., including some more used to the same height measured …
  16. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Kylescu, UK
    Quinag is the farthest north of the Torridonian sandstone mountains. It is about 2600 feet high and forms a Y shape with three tops. There are two reasons for thinking it a good introduction to mountain walking, apart from the splendid views that app…
  17. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Ullapool, Scotland, UK
    I find it sad that many people know this as Stack Polly - sounds like a kettle fancier's dream and the mountain is worth far more than that. When I first saw it with a narrow path leading up from the road, it would easily have rated the full 5 - or 1…
  18. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Polbain, Scotland, UK
    If you are looking for this on a map such as ordnance Survey on the web and put in Dornie, you will get somewhere completely different near Kyle of Lochalsh. If you put in Old Dornie, you will be told they can't find it. Yet it does show if you click…
  19. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Achiltibuie, Scotland, UK
    If, like me. you visited this place before 2008 and would like to go again, do look at the website because it has moved. For those who don't know (I didn't until I went) hydroponics is a system of growing flowers or vegetables without using soil. …
  20. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Inverkirkaig, Scotland, UK
    It's ironic that if you 'google' this, to the right of the page you will see Blackstones and Waterstones. It would be hard to dream up anything more different. Compared with these it has to be admitted that Achins is not very big and it does not g…
  21. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland, UK
    The Kyle of Lochalsh Line, in spite of our low altitudes in the UK compared with much of Europe, can hold its own along with other scenic railways. If you sit quietly as the train progresses you will ake little sense out of the conversation of your f…
  22. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Durness, Scotland, UK
    I have been to Faraid Head from Durness three times. The first and third were great; the second was a bit sad - but it's a wonderful walk - hopeless for wheel-chairs but OK for most. The first time I went from Ullapool to Durness with students on …
  23. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Scotland, UK
    Cape Wrath is the north-west tip of Scotland, surrounded by one of the UK's last wildernesses. There is a road and a lighthouse but the road, although 11 miles long, does not connect with any other. To reach it you have to cross by passenger ferry fr…
  24. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Aviemore, Scotland, UK
    Why only 4? Many would give them 5 and that may mark my ignorance of the Cairngorms as does my putting that whole mountain mass into one review. It is simply that when I get that far north I start to think of the north-west and, in particular, of the…
  25. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Isle Of Skye, Scotland, UK
    Let's be clear - I am not the David mentioned in the website http://bigwalksclub.co.uk/bigwalksclub/cuillin_ridge.htm. I have never actually walked the whole ridge and I don't recommend it to anybody other than experienced climbers. I have however be…
  26. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Elgol, Scotland, UK
    Whether it's really free depends on how you get there. I'll go into that later. First let me just rave a little about this wonderful place. Pam and I went there first the year after our wedding. There was a boat from Glen Brittle then, where we were …
  27. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Flodigarry, Scotland, UK
    Think of Skye, think of the Black Coolin and quite right. They are phenomenal. However after a few days among them you may get to wondering whether the Isle of Skye has anything else to offer - and it has! Not only mountains either - but with The Qu…
  28. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Carbost, Scotland, UK
    Cheap is the £5 adult charge for the tour - NOT the whisky. While on the subject of price, if you are not experienced with Scotch and want to try something, do try to afford the extra and get a single malt - and don't buy a bottle at a distillery! Y…
  29. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Crianlarich, Scotland, UK
    Let's examine the title. Line is singular - and there is indeed one line from Glasgow to Crianlarich. From there the West Highland Line (singular) splits into two lines (plural.) The line from Crianlarich to Oban is certainly beautiful but it is the …
  30. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Taynuilt, Scotland, UK
    Taynuilt is on the A85 some miles before Oban. We stayed at a very good B&B there and wondered what we should do in the afternoon. We had seen a sign for Bonawe Ironworks and decided to ake a look. The site of the ironworks is splendid, close to G…
  31. Free! "General Tips & Advice" in Outer Hebrides, Northern Ireland, UK
    The word 'island' is used in two contexts in the Outer Hebrides in a way that could well be confusing to those who think they know English, including residents of the UK. Of course the usual meaning is a piece of land surrounded by water - but note t…
  32. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Callanish, Scotland, UK
    Most authorities agree that the Standing Stones of Callanish or (in Scottish Gallic) Calanais come second only to Stonehenge among the Uk's ancient monuments. It's a very long time since I saw them and there was no Visitor Centre then - just a sig…
  33. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Carloway, Scotland, UK
    I even meet people from Scotland who do not know what a broch is, let alone England. Put as simply as I can it's a building consisting of stones built in two concentric circles. There were once wooden steps between the storeys of the broch, wooden fl…
  34. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Outer Hebrides, Northern Ireland, UK
    Barra is the southernmost of the Outer Hebrides with a regular ferry link to the Scottish mainland. Caledonian MacBrayne (http://www.calmac.co.uk/) run ferries from Oban on the mainland to Castlebay (Barra) on the way to Lochboisdale, (South Uist) an…
  35. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lochbuie, UK
    If you take the ferry from Oban (Scotland) to Craignure on the Isle of Mull and take the main road left to the Ross of Mull -towards Bunessan and Iona - you will find a road on your left after a bit leading to Lochbuie. It's a very small village with…
  36. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Iona, Scotland, UK
    You will no doubt be told how spiritual the Island of Iona is. When numerous coaches are left near the ferry at Fionnphort on Mull for their passengers to take the short trip across, the appropriate adjective would be 'crowded'. if you want it to fe…
  37. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Fionnphort, Scotland, UK
    The Columba Centre in Fionnphort, the port on Mull for the island of Iona, would be hard to miss. If you go a little farther you will come to cars and coaches parked while their inhabitants go on the passenger ferry to Iona. There is a charge for pa…
  38. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    First, this has nothing to do with W.E. Gladstone, the 19th century Prime Minister of the UK. Second - it's owned by National Trust for Scotland and National Trust (England and Wales) cards are valid, What it is then is a high tenement building fr…
  39. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    There is a bit of confusion about nomenclature, in that the Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh covers four gardens, of which three are not in Edinburgh! This review is of the Edinburgh garden in Edinburgh! I can't write a great deal without getting…
  40. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    There are actually four tour bus routes in Edinburgh, each taking a different route but, obviously, some key sights being common. The best course of action depends on how much time you have to spare. If you have a few days, you might want to choos…
  41. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Kelso, Scotland, UK
    There are several Border Abbeys in Scotland. The area known as 'Borders' is that on the east Scottish side of the border between Scotland and England - the western side usually called Dumfries and Galloway. In quantitative terms, Kelso is probably th…
  42. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Scotland, UK
    Melrose, Jedburgh and Kelso Abbey are all fine but, if I have to recommend only one to be seen on the way to Edinburgh, this is it. St Boswells can fairly easily be included in your route but, although it is very close, the road to Dryburgh is quite …
  43. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Jedburgh, England, UK
    Of the great Scottish Border Abbeys, this was the one most tempting for English attacks. Since Abbots had considerable lay as well as religious power, abbeys were a natural target for raids and this one lay on a major route to Edinburgh. The website …
  44. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Jedburgh, England, UK
    This is a fine house in Jedbugh, close to the border with England, that was certainly there in Mary's time. How much she actually had to do with the house in her lifetime is subject to doubt, as explained in the website. What is not in doubt is th…
  45. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Melrose, Scotland, UK
    I am sometimes at a loss to know whether to say garden or gardens - but not here. there are two separate gardens, both owned by the National Trust for Scotland, Harmony Garden and Priorwood Garden. I am assuming you might want to see both but, if you…
  46. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in North Berwick, Scotland, UK
    For those who do not know, Berwick upon Tweed is in England, having changed 14 times between England and Scotland. Both North Berwick and the County of Berwickshire are in Scotland. Most visitors from England go straight for Glasgow or Edinburgh -…
  47. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Abbey St Bathans, UK
    Brochs are confined almost entirely to northern Scotland and the islands. Why? Pass. Hence this one well south of Edinburgh is a real curiosity. Why was it here? Pass! As a historic monument it compares poorly with some of the northern ones but a …
  48. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Carrbridge, Scotland, UK
    This is a B&B that we picked by chance from th Yellow Pages! Our sole requirement was somewhere peaceful for parking so that we could leave the dog. It certainly provided that but much more. I see the website also has something about self-catering bu…
  49. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Bunesan, UK
    If you don't mind being well away from neighbours this self-catering cottage has so much going for it. The Isle of Mull is noted for its wildlife and the number of people taking photographic equipment, binoculars and wellies pro rata must take some b…
  50. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Polbain, Scotland, UK
    This is a self-catering bungalow but I have given it 5* for service as the owner lives next door and is very friendly and helpful. On the website it is the right hand of the two properties. It has one bedroom (twin or double) with a folding bedand/o…
  51. Cheap "Hostels" in South Laggan, UK
    Yes, it is good - and well deserves all those 5s. We have stayed twice with different proprietors on our way to the far north-west of Scotland. One of our main requirements is an off-road car park where the dog(s) can sleep in the car and this is per…
  52. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Carrbridge, Scotland, UK
    This is not the sort of place you would be likely to go by chance unless you were out for an expensive treat. Everything screams of expense; the drive in from the road; the general appearance of the place; the comfortable armchairs in the lounge wher…
  53. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Bunessan, UK
    I have heard good things about this as a place to stay but I only have personal experience of its food and drink so I am reviewing it as a restaurant. However, when we were there a few years ago, there was also a cafe/restaurant called by the same na…
  54. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Inverie, Scotland, UK
    I wanted to review this as a pub/restaurant but the site won't let me - and I did stay in the bunkhouse with my son so technically I am reviewing that but, as it's owned by the pub, I am covering that as well. The Old Forge describes itself as mai…
  55. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    It can be free but £3 donation is suggested and it costs £2 for permission to take photographs. The basis of the present building is 14th century but much goes no further back than the 19th and the Thistle Chapel was not completed until 1911. The b…
  56. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Glen Coe, Scotland, UK
    I say only if you are fit because, although short, it is far more than a stroll, requires a good head for heights and the use of hands at times helps. I don't know whether people in countries outside the UK know the history of the Glencoe massacre…
  57. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Rum, UK
    I found it hard to give a price grading. First you have to get to the island - a beautiful trip in itself. Then the Coolin are free to walk but the castle (Kinloch Castle) is quite expensive. 'Aren't the Coolin on Skye?' do I hear you say. Yes and…
  58. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Eigg, UK
    Free could be misleading as you have to get to the island (Average price) first. This can be done from either Arisaig or Mallaig on the mainland. The island is beautifully shaped with a superb beach on one side. A minibus runs the length of the islan…
  59. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Lochinver, Scotland, UK
    Loch Assynt is surrounded by picturesque peaks, mostly of Torridonian Sandstone, some of them the subject of separate reviews on this site. I had often driven past the loch, while travelling between Ullapool and Lochinver but in 2007 we stopped to…
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A good gist to plan a trip.
Posted on: Nov 09, 2010
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