My husband and I are travelling to Glasgow August 2015. Arriving Aug 2, leaving Glasgow Aug 3 for York X 2 nights, Stirling X 2nights, Edinburgh area for 2 nights, Inverness X 2nights, Fort William X 2nights and Glasgow for 5 nights. We have our 17 year old son with us. We have to be in Glasgow for the World's piping week for another son playing,plus I love Glagow and must have my fix. Does anyone have any Inn or B&B recommendations for any of those areas? We have Glasgow booked, so we are fine there. Or suggestions on things to see. So far thinking Ghost Tour in York, Underground Ghost tour in Edinburgh, Fringe Festival and Tattoo in Edinburgh, Hadrian's Wall, Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig round trip. Glenfinnan and Eileann Shona (ancestor's). Recommendations appreciated.
I can recommend some lovely b &b's, guest houses, and lodges in those areas.
(1) For York> Midway Guest House www.midwayhouseyork.co.uk They have a son too.
(2) For Stirling> Castlecroft Bed & Breakfast www.castlecroft-uk.com
(3) For Edinburgh> Gifford House www.giffordhouseedinburgh.com
(4) For Inverness> The Ness Guest House www.thenessguesthouse.com
(5) For Fort William> Huntingtower Lodge www.huntingtowerlodge.com
All of these are excellent places, have wonderful and friendly owners, and good breakfasts. Also, some of their sites show things to do in the area and the hosts are always glad to make suggestions.
Thank you so much Terri Lynn... will check those out.
I stayed at Castle View B&B in Inverness. It's just across the river and had a good breakfast. There is really good restaurant right next door. But with your son, you might want to go to Hootenanny which has live music--traditional and otherwise. If you want a hotel I stayed at the Glen Mohr a few years ago and it was very nice. The only caution I have about hotels in Inverness is that if your room opens on to the river, and you are downtown, you will know when the pubs and clubs close....quite noisy--entertaining, but noisy. :) I recommend a visit to Culloden, but I found Fort George to be interesting as well. And the Clava Cairns are close by to the battlefield. I thought Cawdor Castle was very interesting. It has beautiful gardens. If you want to burn up some energy, Culbin Sands to the east has some nice walks that will take you right out to the beach. It's past Nairn. There are lots of other walks and if you want some suggestions on short walks let me know.
I have stayed at the Inverleith in Edinburgh. It's a small family hotel. They do have a family room. It's close to the Royal Botanic Gardens and is a short walk up to Princes Street. You need to book Edinburgh very soon and there may be length of stay requirements for the weekends. I always go to the castle, but I also really enjoy Gladstone's Land and the Georgian House in New Town. If you have a budding geologist, The Dynamic Earth has some great exhibits. The most memorable one for me was walking through geologic time in Scotland and in particular the glens that developed the glaciers.
The last time I was in the Fort William area, I stayed in Spean Bridge to get away from some of the tourists. You might think about that as an option. I can't recall my B&B though. However, I do recall the Commando Monument which is just off the A82 North of Spean Bridge. Gorgeous views of Ben Nevis. And Glen Nevis is good for walks. The train to Mallaig is good, but if you do rent a car, think about driving around Ardnamurchan. It's stunning as well and quite a bit less traveled.