My husband and I are planning a trip to Scotland Sept 2-14 and would like ideas on good lodgings. We plan to start and end in Edinburgh and travel as far as Skye. We are especially interested in Edinburgh as it is the Festival and prices are high.
Actually, the International Festival ends on September 2, so you will be there after all the festivals. Thus, accomodation prices will probably be fairly reasonable again. In any case, just about every room in Edinburgh has been booked for many months for this year's festival. You need to book at least 6 - 8 month in advance during festival time (month of August).
It will probably be pretty quiet in early September, and some restaurants may be closed for a post-Festival holiday, but otherwise it's a great time to visit Edinburgh.
When we are in Edinburgh, we stay at the Royal Brittish Hotel. It is literaly across the street from the train station. Reasonable rates and conviently located for travel and walking around town. There is also a great Chinese buffet resturant just over the bridge.
I stayed at the Royal Garden ApartHotel in Edinburgh. Very nice place, and a great deal for my family of four. A short walk to New Town and walking distance to the Castle. Nice to have a kitchen with fridge and stove.
I also remember that the Premier Travel Inn looked nice, and dont overlook Travelodge if you are budget minded. Just get something central as Edinburgh is a fascinating city to walk around.
Pull into any town and just drive around and you will find a number of B&Bs with "vacancy" posted outside. Great way to go.
Or just visit the local pubs, always good info there from the barkeep.
I was in Skye about 10 years ago. What a place.
We were in Scotland this past March and stayed at the Bonsyde House Hotel in Linlithgow, which is just west of Edinburgh. Linlithgow is a short train ride from Edinburgh and the hotel was excellent. We will be staying there again on our next visit to Edinburgh. The rooms were great, the food in the restaurant was excellent, breakfast was choice of cereal or a hot, cooked to order breakfast, the staff was great and location was quite and homey. The have a website, www.bonsydehouse.co.uk, and their prices were very reasonable. The town of Linlithgow was very nice too. You must visit Linlithgow Palace while you are there, it was quite intersting.