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What Is The Best Way To Holiday In Scotland?

  • Posted: Oct 03, 2011
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Holidays in Scotland are very different for everyone and people take holidays in Scotland in various different ways, but what is the best way to holiday in Scotland, below I will mention some of the different ways you can take your holiday in Scotland.

Book a Cottage

Booking a cottage has its own advantages; you are supplied with everything you need to cater for yourself. Many people enjoy cooking for themselves when on holiday and staying in a cottage will give you all the amenities you need to do this, the cottage holiday will also supply you with the usual house luxuries like TV, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and nice furniture to keep you relaxed. The cottage holiday could also provide you with an open fire for those cold nights to enjoy burning logs and coal, a lot of people enjoy this and it gives you a nice atmosphere to relax in. Lots of cottages are also located in beautiful settings like Lochs, rivers, forest and glens with stunning views. Cottages will give you the home comforts you need if you like this sort of holiday, and it also gives you the feeling of what it would be like to actually live in Scotland. Ideal for families who would prefer a more peaceful holiday.

Book Hotels

Hotels are an ideal accommodation if you prefer to be waited on and have your meals cooked for you, they are also an ideal choice if you are touring and intend to book various hotels in different locations, there are many beautiful hotels in Scotland that will provide you with everything you need, from home cooking to comfy bars, and restaurants to spend lovely evenings in after touring Scotland’s many attractions. Hotel rooms are often spacious enough and will include en suite bathrooms and a TV in the rooms, it is also a great way to meet new friends and have interesting chats in the hotels bar, they also provide you with information you require from the reception areas. You can find many variations of hotel type accommodations from bed and breakfast, guest houses and luxury 5 star hotels. Hotels are Ideal for couples and solo travellers looking for entertainment and great restaurants.

Camping in Scotland

Camping in Scotland is fantastic especially during the warmer summer months; the fresh air and the great smells of the outdoors are an ideal way to holiday in Scotland. Scotland offers many campsites for the outdoor lovers, with great facilities and scenery that will give you an ideal environment for camping, some campsites can be in remote areas that cater for climbers and outdoor activity holidays, but campsites can also be found that will cater for families close to towns and Scotland’s attractions. Many sites have excellent amenities including toilets, showers and camp shops. There are a variety of campsites in Scotland and many of them will allow you to take your pets on holiday with you, there are even sites that will provide you with an electrical hook up so you can bring with you electrical appliances, but the best thing about camping has got to be the cooking outdoors, food always tastes better for some reason when cooked on a camp stove in a fantastic location, camping holidays are best for the outdoor enthusiast and holiday makers with pets.

Caravans and Campervans

There is something special about driving with your holiday home behind you, this type of holiday is very flexible and gives you the ability to spend your holiday in many different locations, the complete freedom to stop where ever you want and enjoy your own facilities whenever you like can be very appealing to many people, there are many good roads to tour and plenty of sites to stop at with reasonable prices. The only disadvantage is that you are limited to the type of roads you can travel on, some of Scotland’s roads are very narrow single lanes and you have to be careful and choose your route wisely, but plan your route and you are rewarded with the freedom choice of where you want to spend the night. There are many caravan clubs that can give you all the information you need to enjoy your touring holiday to Scotland, Lots of caravan sites in Scotland provide you with great amenities and electrical hook ups to enjoy your holiday and many sites will have restaurants and pubs to socialise in, but the best thing about taking a campervan is the ability to plan your holiday just how you like it. This type of holiday appeals to the adventurous and families.

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The Valley of Glencoe, Scottish Highlands

  • Posted: Apr 30, 2011
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First Glimpse of Glencoe

When you come from Crianlarich, following the A82, direction Fort William, you enter an extraordinarily scenic valley.The first shock is when appears Beinn Dorain, a majestuous mountain with nicely rounded slopes. Then, after climbing the road around the beautiful Loch Tulla, the road goes between Loch Ba to the right, and Loch Nah Achlaise to the left. Find a place to stop and admire this superb loch, with Black Mount in the background, and on a small island in the middle of the loch, probably the most photographed tree in Scotland, a superb Rowan tree, looking like a giant bonsai, alone on the moor. Then it is Rannoch Moor, with its ever changing light, often decorated with rainbows. You can now see on the left the also famous Black Rock Cottage, a nice lonely croft with its white walls and chimneys, and black roofs. In the distance appears next the extraordinary Buachaille Etive Mor (in Gaelic : the Great Shepherd of Etive), at the corner of Glen Etive to the left and the entry to the Glencoe valley. The river Coupall, flowing at the foot of Buachaille Etive Mor, is buoyant with rapid waters in winter. On the right is the Devil’s Staircase, an old military (pedestrian) road that climbs the mountain to provide a shortcut to Kinlochleven.

Now we really enter into Glencoe, the land of Clan Donald of Glencoe. We can admire the soft slopes of Buachaille Etive Beag (the Little Shepherd of Etive) on the left, and then the valley narrows to cross the Glencoe River and its falls at the Pass of Glencoe. This river was called “dark Cona” by Ossian, the legendary poet that was said to be the son of the Giant Fingal, who won an epic battle against the Vikings on the west of the valley.

Three Sisters of Glencoe

We then discover the Three Sisters, shoulders of the Bidean Nam Bian massif. Between two of the Sisters lies the Hidden Valley of Allt Coire Gabhail where the McDonalds used to hide their cattle, as well as those that they occasionally stole from the Campbell’s. On the right, the valley is barred by the Aoanch Eagach ridge, a string of sharp mountains. In these mountains, the Clan Donald warriors could hide easily, to prepare traps for the possible invaders coming from Dalness in Glen Etive, or from the east. Then the valley widens to make place for the calm and beautiful Loch Achtriochtan, with the big Sgor nam Fiannaidh (the mountain of Fingal) to the north, and the pass to Glen Creran to the south-west. Having passed Signal Rock, a small hill where the head of the MacDonald’s would address his clan, and where it is said that the signal was sent to the infamous Campbell’s to start the Massacre of Glencoe.

We now arrive to the place called Invercoe, where there was the old Clan Donald villages: Achnacon to the south-west, Carnoch along the river, Invercoe at the mouth of the river, and Laroch and Breklet on the shores of Loch Leven. Now to end the article, a little legend: “Along Bidean nam Bian and Aonach Eagach, on every mountain in Scotland, three thousand of the Feinn are sleeping. Their breathing is the wind, and one day they will arise at the call of Fingal’s horn” (supposedly written by Ossian, in Ossian’s cave above Loch Achtriachtan).

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