Will be going to Scotland for two weeks arriving in Edinburgh in July 2008. Looking for recommendations for B&Bs both in Edinburgh and in the rest of the Highlands. Also plan to rent a house for four somewhere between Aberdeen and Inverness in a small town. Any thoughts?
I haven't stayed in B&Bs but there is a great SMALL hotel in Aviemore called the Caringorm. It is directly across from the train station and looks like a small castle. It has great rooms at good prices and WONDERFUL food. Aviemore is a nice village with lots to do. In Inverness we stay at the Royal Highland- also a station hotel. If you want a small village near Inverness check out Drumnadrochit- the village near the top of Loch Ness. I have eaten at the pub there and done a whiskey tasting. Both were marvelous.
In August my husband and I went to Edinburgh for a couple days. We stayed at the Belford Guest House. It is one of the recommended B&Bs in Rick's Best of Europe book. It was about a mile outside of downtown, we walked most of the time. The rooms are a little small, but the breakfast was wonderful! We enjoyed our stay there.
We just got back from Edinburgh. Lovely city. We stayed about 1-2 miles from the city centre in the dalkeith rd recommendation from Rick. The bus system is some of the best I've seen so it is easy to get to Princes street. We stayed on Kilmaurs Rd. There are a lot of B & B's there. The place we stayed (sorry can't remember the name) was clean and basic. Breakfast was not very exciting. Your usual hot & cold English breakfast. The hostess was helpful but not overly friendly. Highly recommend any of Rick's food choices. He has an excellent taste in food.
I spent 2 weeks in Scotland in July '06 and here are the places that we stayed that I can vouch for and would stay in again:
Edinburgh: Morningside Guest House (Heather and Giorgio were wonderful!)
Tyndrum: Glengarry House
Drumnadrochit: Fiddler's at Oakdale
Inverness: Ivor Villa (not recommended if you're planning on late nights as she locks the doors after 10pm to discourage party-goers from staying with her)
Portree-Isle of Skye: An Airidh (gorgeous views!)
Prestwick: Firhill B&B (stayed here this past June and was one of the best B&Bs I've ever stayed at)
Scotland is my favorite place...have a great time!
Twice we have stayed at Airdenair Guest House on Kilmaurs rd. email@example.com. We had the same room both times, overlooking Arthurs Seat. Woke up one morning to see a very large fox in the back garden.
We stayed at Eagleview Guest House at Newtonmore, Tigh-an-Fhaing at Plockton and Pottery House B & B in Dores - south side of Loch Ness. Could thoroughly recommend all 3.
Can I suggest you make bookings a long way in advance - you are going peak season. We went to Scotland June 06 and found many places booked out well in advance. Scotland is wonderful -but for the weather it would be a perfect country!
We have stayed 3 times at Amar Agua on Kilmaur RD in Edinburgh within the past year and a half. The buses are very reasonable and dependable into town, and Tony and Dawn Costa, the owners are very helpful and personable. The breakfasts are terrific. Rooms are very comfortable and well furnished. Recommend it highly. We did not have a car in Edinburgh. You do not need one and there really isn't any place to park.