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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2015
kayaking hire  (2 Answers)

I'm going to Inverness on March and i would like doing one day of Kayaking on the Lochness.
Can you give me the price and a location for a tour or a hire for one day (1 person) of kayaking ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 22, 2012
Rental cars needed  (7 Answers)

Want to see the highlands and I am wondering if the best way is to rent a car. I live in the u.s. and to get to the isolated places one needs a car. Is this true for the no highlands? I have about 3 wks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 21, 2010
14 day custom Highlands tour... is it too ambitious?  (15 Answers)

Here is the rough draft plan for our "Highlands" part of our Oct '11 visit. I realize we're going to be quite tired at the end of each day. We are having a driver. I've looked over group tours offered by companies and it seems workable to me. Not planning to much (I think) between Points A and B so we can "go with the flow".

Ideas, suggestions, etc are most welcome and desired!! LOL

Day 1 Oban –Lunch in Oban. Head north to Ft. William, going thru Glen Coe. Arrive at BB in Ft. William.

Day 2 Ft. William day

Day 3 Leave Ft. William by the Jacobite Steam train. Arrives in Mallaig at 12:25pm. Lunch in Mallaig. Travel on towards Skye. Stop at Eileen Donan castle, Bright Water Center at Kyleakin. Travel on to Uig.

Day 4 Skye day – Explore between Uig and Dunvegan. Dinner at 3 Chimneys.

Day 5 Go to Harris via Uig ferry. Leaves at 9:40 am, arriving Harris at 11:20am. Visit several tweed shops, Callanis Standing stones, then St Moluag church and the Butt of Lewis. Then to Stronoway.

Day 6 Explore the harbor area of Stronoway before boarding the 2:30pm ferry to Ullapool on the mainland. Ferry arrives Ullapool at 5:15pm, have dinner and head to BB.

Day 7 Up and out early towards Durnessd. Travel thru villages on single track roads. Arrive BB in Durness.

Day 8 Head south to Dornoch. Overnight at the Dornoch Castle Hotel.

Day 9 South towards Loch Ness. Travel thru Tain, then swing onto a side road to go thru Nigg and by ferry to Cromarty. Drive thru the village of Rosemarkie, stopping to lunch. Continue south to Cannish. Then continue to Drumnadrochit BB.

Day 10 Up very early to watch the sun rise of Loch Ness. Tour Urquhart Castle, then take 1 hr boat tour of Loch Ness. After tour, head north to the Culloden battlefield and Clava Cairns. Travel on to The Old Church of Urquhart, our BB in Elgin.

Day 11 Leaving Elgin, go to Strathisia distillery. Then north again to travel thru the towns of Banff, McDuff, and Peterhead. Overnight at the Buchen Ness lighthouse BB.

Day 12 Up early to explore the area around the lighthouse. In Perth visit Scone Castle. In St. Andrews walk along the “Old Course”. In Anstruther visit the Fisheries Museum and check into our BB. Supper at Anstruther Fish Bar.

Day 13 Spend morning at the Raptor Center in Cupar taking part of the 2 hour “experience” program. From there travel to BB in Dunkeld. Stops will be made in route as desired – such as the Dunkeld Sphere.

Day 14 After an early breakfast we will be part of a 2.5 hour trek with “Highland Safaris” red deer photo excursion. From there Stirling to see Bannockburn battlefield, Stirling Bridge, and the Wallace monument. In Falkirk see the “Falkirk Wheel”. At the end of the day and end of tour, we’ll finish at our BB in Edinburgh.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 28, 2008
Bed and Breakfast in Kingussie

I travel to Kingussie in Badenoch and Strathspey every year for week of blissful peace and quiet. For the last 3 years I've stayed at Greystones Bed and Breakfast in Kingussie however it is fully booked this year as i've had to change my plans and go to Kingussie in the end of August, not the beginning of September. Can anyone recommend a good B&B for a weeks stay in Kingussie? I'm really disappointed that Greystones is fully booked - Anne and Mark who run the place are very friendly and my wife and I always have a great time.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2008
Summer Holidays in Scotland: help!  (3 Answers)

Hi all!
I'm planning my 7-day trip to Scotland in August, and I need your help :)
I'll arrive at Edinburgh airport, then I will drive to Duror af Appin, where I'll stay for 4 nights to explore the West Highlands area. After that, I'll move to Dunfermline; I'll stay there for the remaining 3 nights visiting Edinburgh, Stirling and also St. Andrews.
Do you have any suggestions for my itinerary? I've only booked the flight, the car and the B&Bs, but still have to choose the places to see... Your advice are welcome!
Thanks in advance, bye!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2008
Around Highlands  (5 Answers)

We're planning a full day excursion to the Highlands. We will be staying in Edinburgh and we want to go to Oban, then to Loch Ness, Inverness, visit Cardoo distillery and Fayer's Falls and also visit a castle. Do you think that this is feasible? Can it be done in 1 day? I've been told that the distances are too big for one day, is it true? Does anyone have a suggestion?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2008
Any Place Worth to visit around Inverness  (4 Answers)

I will have a trip to UK in coming Sept. driving from Heathrow London towards North. As scheduled, I could spend two to three days in Highland somewhere around Inverness or other plance which worth to visit. Anyone here could offer your advice.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 06, 2008
Tourist in Skye  (3 Answers)

Where should i go sightseeing in Skye?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 08, 2007
Durness to Cape Wrath When the Ferry Isn't Running  (1 Answer)

Okay, so the Kyle of Durness ferry has closed for the winter now. So what do you eggheads reckon is the best route to the Cape and the Clo Mor cliffs with no ferry? (I'm trying to avoid slogging up via Sandwood Bay from the south.)

Should I go round the southern end of the Kyle and cross the bridges over the two little rivers, then strike out northwest round the back of yon hill and head in the vague direction of the road to the Cape? Or is it worth trying to walk up the west side of the Kyle beneath the hill (or is the land too steep, as it looks on the map)? Or should I take a small inflatable dinghy with me and simply paddle across the Kyle at low tide?

Once across the Kyle, is the going very wet and mushy? And should I expect to find campers all over the place or is it relatively deserted? Are there fences to divide Army land from public access land? And how do I find out when the Army's using their land and when they're not? And are there tide-tables viewable anywhere, so I know what the Kyle will be doing?

Questions, questions.

(Many thanks for your help.)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2007
Cheap accommodation in USA  (3 Answers)

Hello dear friends!
I have a terrible problem!
There are 2 months already, when I started looking for a cheap (30 per person) accommodation in New York, Niagara Falls and Baltimore cities. I need to accommodate 40 tourists, who are soon coming to USA. They are old enough and therefore cannot sleep on bulk beds. PLEASE!!!!!! If someone knows some cheap places- inform me!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 31, 2007
Isle of Skye - B&B in Colbost  (1 Answer)

Hi all

Does anyone have any details of B&Bs in Colbost (apart from House-over-by)?
I know of AnCala but email bounces back and numbers ring unknown, so maybe closed down?
Prefer Colbost as opposed to Dunvegan as want to stay local to the Three Chimneys :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2006
Any good advice or ideas?  (3 Answers)

I'm a student from Israel. During this upcoming summer (around September) I was considering a 2 week trip to Scotland with my girlfriend. I hope you can give me a few ideas about the trip.

The trip I'm looking for is, as mentioned, a 2 week trip, most of it trekking is the countryside. We are ready to sleep in tents on campgrounds, at least for a couple nights during the trip, but we prefer, if possible, to find places (even guesthouses) where we can put our heads on a proper bed, with a proper shower, even though it's a bit more costly (we are students, looking to save money, but we still need our pillow).

We would like to see as many different styles of sceneries as possible - the ocean, castles, forests, fields etc.

We would also like to stay in at least one major city or town, check the local pubs (whiskey, of course), but only for a couple of days, not as the main course of our trip. If there are any festivals around, it would of course be very mice to attend.

I've seen that there are many official routes around the country, but I can't seem to decide which one would answer my trip requirements, as the websites are not full enough, and I can't see whether there are small towns along the road in which I can stay over night. I don't want to pre-order all the lodging, as I don't really know the speed of our walking (yet).

I received recommendations about The Highlands for this kind of trip, but I'm looking for any other option possible.

If anyone can help me with advice, I'd appreciate it.

Thank you,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 06, 2006
Waypoints from Edinburgh!  (4 Answers)

Hi all,

I will be driving with my wife from Edinburgh to Glencoe at the end of July and back again 4 days later. Has anyone got any ideas about nice places to visit en route? We want to make a day out of the drive (my wife will be 6 months pregnant, so preferably nice places to stop and have a gentle wander, nothing too energetic!!) and would be grateful for some tips.

Also - any tips for trips from Glencoe other than the obvious (Fort William, Oban, Loch Ness etc). I love castles and ruins, my wife likes pretty views and pleasant picnic places :-)

Any tips gratefully received!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 19, 2006
Highlands and Islands  (3 Answers)

Hi I am trying to plan a trip to include Fort William, Skye, Ullapool, and the Isle of Lewis for a familt with one small child. Any suggestions for things to do and places to stay?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2006
Wester Ross  (4 Answers)

Hi everyone. I will be spending a few days in the Torridon - Kinlochewe area at the beginning of June. I'd like to do some real hiking and then do some easy walking as well. I was thinking of trying to bag Liathach or Beinn Eighe one day. Then I'd probably take it easy the other days - walk out to Redpoint, drive down to Applecross. Thoughts, suggestions?

During the time I'm there I also want to hike one day on Skye and then spend another day driving up north along the mainland coast (probably as far as Stoer, where I'd like to spend a couple hours walking on the coast before getting back in the car for the long drive back).

On Skye I was thinking that I'd try to hit Bla Bheinn. Any thoughts on this? What about on the drive up the coast?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2006
Public transport  (12 Answers)

Reading about Glencoe, I see that there is a National Express service between Glasgow and Fort William that stops there. The thing is it says it stops in "several places in the glen" so now I want to know where you think one should get off? Is that somewhere you could walk from to another stop? Somewhere with a child friendly pub/restaurant/cafe? How much time should I set aside for the glen all in all? A full day?

My second question is if it is at all possible to get to Eilean Donan Castle without a car?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2006
1st Time Visitor to Scotland  (1 Answer)

Hi all. I need help to plan my trip to Scotland this August. We'll be in London for a wedding for 2 days and then hoping to catch a train to Edinburgh. Of course we have only one week in Scotland and I am trying to jam pack everything in one. I was thinking of staying in Edinburgh for 2-3 nights and then take the train to either Inverness or Ft. William and then rent a car in one of those locations for a tour of the highlands for another 3 nights and then head back to Edinburgh for our last night and then fly back to US from there. Is that a good plan? Does it make sense to rent a car? Keep in mind that we are American and not used to driving on the other side...are the roads really windy and narrow or easy to navigate? We drove all over Ireland and it was very scary at times. I really need help planning a good trip to visit the best of Scotland in a week's time. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2006
Touring the highlands  (2 Answers)

Could anybody tell me the quickest way to Skye from Fort William?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2005
Moving to the Scottish Highlands  (4 Answers)

Hi there.
Me and my girlfriend is moving to Scotland next year. Probobly Fort William or Inverness. My question is. Is it hard to find a cheap flat? whatabout the jobsituation? I really want to have a job in some kind of wildlife park, or as a photographer. Do you guys think it´s possible?
Take Care,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2005
Lewis and Ullapool  (2 Answers)

Anyone have any recommendations for accomodation for 2 adults and a young child in Lewis and Ullapool for 2 nights each?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2005
Transport  (1 Answer)

I have planned a trip for 2 aadults and one child around Northern Scotland. I was just wondering if someone could read through it and comment.
Glasgow - Fort William by train. Stay in Fort William for 2 nights.
Hire car at Fort William to go to Isle of Skye. 3 nights here.
Take hire car up to Ullapool. here for 2 nights.
Leave car AND take ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway. here for 3 nights (whilst here hire car for sightseeing)
Lewis to Glasgow by plane from airport.
End of journey.

Also could someone comment on these places of interest in Fort William - West Highland Museum, Ben nevis Gondala ride and seal island cruise?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 25, 2005
sightseeing on Isle of Lewis  (2 Answers)

Anyone suggest places of interest for 2 adults and a child of 4 on the Isle of lewis? We are here for two days.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2005
Another one, if you dont mind....  (2 Answers)

Are there any travel groups etc to join in order to experience the Highlands ? Thanks again, Ken

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2005
Best Airport  (7 Answers)

Hi, which would be the best airport to go to if I want to go to the Highlands ? Thanks, Ken

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2005
Glenfinnan House Hotel  (2 Answers)

Hi everyone! I'm a new member and this is my first question :-) Have any of you stayed at the Glenfinna House Hotel? I'd bet happy to get your input! Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 11, 2005
Kyle of Lochalsh  (4 Answers)

If I took a bus from Kyle of Lochalsh to Dornie, how far is the walk to Eilean Donan Castle? Thanks for your input, Toronto, Canada

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2004
Gairloch  (1 Answer)

I might be stopping off at Gairloch for a couple of days on my trip to the Hebrides - what is this place like? any good hotels and restaurants? oh and any nice pubs? Thanks in Advance. Carl

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 02, 2004


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 22, 2004
Gunns: Helmsdale, Kinbrace, Kildonan, Westerdale...  (3 Answers)

Hello all-knowing VT people, I always get an answer when i post on VT, no matter how obscure my question. it's great. this one is going to push that theory. Do any of you know anything about the Kildonan, Westerland, Kinbrace areas of Caithness and Sutherland? These places seem to be pretty remote inland areas not much known except for exceptional archaeology and for fly fishing. I'm going there to research a little bit about the Gunn family i'm descended from. I dont have unlimited time, and i'm not a 'real' researcher. i only have an evening night, the full next day, and then i have to move on. :(:( what i want to do is get an overall feel for the place, and take some pictures that will mean a lot to my family at home, as well as for a website for USA Gunns. i've found information about old burial grounds, and ruins of castle forts, and such things. I'm also looking for a place called the Clan Gunn Museum and Heritage Center. I know it exists, but I dont know where. Is this in 'Latheron'? Where is that? i'll need to rent a car (right?) where is the best place to do this? must i go thru Inverness, or is there somewhere more local? how long would it take to get from Helmsdale to Kinbrace, Westerdale, etc? what kind of realistic drive times am i looking at? and for a real test of this VT all-answers site: are there any Gunn folks out there? can you point me in the direction of some exceptional places? it sounds corny as heck, and i know it rather is, but if nothing else I'd like to find a graveyard with markers that actually read "Gunn." the excuse is that it's not just for me. Thanks everybody!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2003
Inverness - Glen Affric  (2 Answers)

Does anybody know how to get from Inverness to Glen Affric or at least Cannich village? Using your own feet or there is a better desigion? I've spent plenty of time trying to find owt the information about trains or buses but I failed... If anyone knows anything... Help me, please!!!

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