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Where to stay in north highlands? Recommendations?

In Inverness or somewhere nearby? How is Grafton-on-Spey? Thanks!

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Do you mean Grantown-on-Spey? I can't advise about it, but nearer to Inverness is the town of Nairn. It's just east of Cawdor Castle so very convenient to the castle, Culloden Battlefield, and the Clava Cairns. There is whale watching on the Moray Firth. I can recommend the Tali Ayer bed & breakfast (but there are dozens in Nairn) and for dinner The Classroom restaurant.

Whereabouts in the northern highlands do you plan to go, and how many days do you have?

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We have been to Scotland several times and I am one of those people who spends a year researching. That said, here are four accommodations we enjoyed:

Huntingtower Lodge, just west of Fort William. Convenient location for Glencoe.

Glenmorriston Arms, Invermorriston. Excellent choice for Loch Ness, Urquarht Castle. Skip Inverness, it has confusing one way streets, too much traffic, and little to interest a tourist.

Forss House, Thurso Lovely old hotel, convenient for the north coast and the Orkney ferry port.

Flodigarry - way out on the tip of Skye.

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My favorite B&B in all of Britain on my 2012 trip was the Pottery House on Dores Beach just south of Inverness. It’s right across the road from Loch Ness, was built specifically as a B&B and has really nice bathrooms as a result, makes the best breakfasts that aren’t just your standard British fry-up (I had French toast) using eggs from their own chickens, and even have robes as well as milk in a mini-fridge in your closet. The guys who run it are super friendly and provide a huge binder of suggested things to do in the area.

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Thanks All! We have two days in the north before heading to Skye. Great suggestions.

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I just stayed at The Anderson in Fortrose north of Inverness for three nights last month. I really enjoyed the hotel. The owner is trying to sell the place, but he will keep operating it. Jim's an American and an interesting guy. He's owned The Anderson for around ten years.

Another town to look at is Strathpeffer. I stayed at The Richmond, that is now The Crystal. The building is good, the location is good. It looks like the new owners are getting good reviews.