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Magical cottage surrounded by trees and waterThe Coach House at Rivendell is an idyllic stone cottage set on the banks of a quaint river, surrounded by woodland, wildflowers and even a miniature waterfall. Set in a private lush green valley with acres to wander around. A charming retreat for four (sleeping in two superking beds, or four singles on request ) very easy access to beautiful walks around Hadrian's Wall, the Lake District to the west or Northumberland to the east, or you could just enjoy the scenery from your own doorstep!
Bread Oven Cottage - a cosy slice of historyNew for the 2021 season. Characterful self-contained B&B suite offering up to two bedrooms and two shower rooms in a pretty 17th century cottage. Master bedroom with superking double bed (can also be a twin) with en-suite shower room and a king size double with private shower room. You will also have your own comfortable lounge with wood burning stove and a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge/freezer and laundry facilities.
Macmharais Beag with spectacular coastal viewsMacmharais Beag is a magnificent newly built holiday home located in Laide on the idyllic West coast of Scotland. Adjoining our main house Macmharais Beag is a totally self contained 1 bedroomed property and has its own private parking and decked seating area. Situated overlooking Gruinard Bay the property is perfectly placed for mountain walking, climbing, photographers, wildlife lovers, cyclists and bird watchers or for those just looking to kick back and enjoy fabulous vistas from the sofa.
One of Western Europe’s last great wildernesses, with large areas of it sparsely populated and elemental, Scotland is a vast natural adventure playground of huge mountains, dark forests, and pretty valleys, home to rare wildlife and spangled with deep, sparkling lochs. Around its fringes, turquoise seas lap silver sands, while hundreds of islands — the Hebrides, the Orkneys, Skye, the Shetlands — offer fantastic adventures. If your aim is to cycle, hike, birdwatch, surf, or snowboard, set your sights to the northernmost third of Great Britain.
But Scotland also has vivacious cities with a hotch-potch of fun, grit, world-class culture, and sophistication. Everywhere, tiny, friendly communities welcome you to ancient pubs and chef-focused restaurants to eat fine fare from Scotland’s sublime natural larder. A fascinating history lies close to the surface here, and extraordinary sites abound. Yet these days the land of castles and kilts is just as much about sleek contemporary venues and mindfulness in nature as the classic pursuits of golf, fishing, and mountaineering.
If you’re flying here, the major city airports are in Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), or Aberdeen (ABZ); there are regional hubs, such as those in Orkney and the Hebrides. Excellent railway and bus services traverse the United Kingdom, including sleeper trains from London. Great road trips include the popular North Coast 500, a scenic drive around the Highland coast. Regular ferry services run from mainland ports to the islands, and across the Firth of Clyde. The cycling in Scotland is epic, whether you’re finishing the Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge, crossing Outer Hebrides causeways connecting islands, or just gliding around a diminutive loch. And superb long-distance hiking trails — the John Muir Way, the Southern Upland Way, and the West Highland Way — accompany thousands of stellar footpaths.
The jury’s out on this one. Summer sun can make Mediterranean swimming pools of the lochs and ease the challenge of tougher hikes. A wealth of spring and summer events welcome visitors, including the world-famous Edinburgh Festival, but also obscure village shindigs and boutique music festivals in remote spots. Summer is also peak season for midges; these pesky flies can spoil outdoor fun in July and August, so late spring can be preferable, or autumn, when landscapes are aflame with colour. True adventure can be found in winter, when hiking into ethereal mountain snowscapes is enjoyed in pin-drop silence. The Cairngorms’ ski resorts roll into action from November till May, when the Northern Lights might perform in the far north. And everyone goes wild for the New Year Hogmanay celebrations and January’s Burns Night, in tribute to the national poet.
Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet are called Munros, named after Sir Hugh Thomas Munro, who catalogued them in 1891. There are so many iconic peaks to conquer, from Ben Nevis, the United Kingdom’s highest peak, to pyramid-shaped Buachaille Etive Mor in the spectacular Glencoe region. Or partake in trickier challenges, such as the Black and Red Cuillins on Skye. Sound too aspirational? Opt for a visit to one of Scotland’s 222 Corbetts instead — peaks of 2,500 to 3,000 feet.
Indigo, sylvan-cloaked mountains tower over exquisite white sand beaches and deep sea lochs along the astonishingly beautiful Northwest Coast. Top thrills include the dramatic scenery of Torridon, otherworldly Loch Ewe, and the looping road to the Applecross Peninsula for a slap-up seafood lunch. Durness, an arty outpost beside one of Britain’s most wild and windswept beaches, is a fabulous final hurrah.
The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow’s vibrant West End has one of Europe’s most impressive collections. Inside the redbrick building, a high-ceilinged space and more than 20 galleries display treasures including 19th-century French art and furniture by one of Scotland’s most influential designers.