We are planning a 2 week trip to Scotland, with 2 nights in Edinburgh, then staying in B&B's to Braemar, Wick and then along the west coast to the Mallaig/Glencoe area. We would like to find a self catering cottage in area to stay 5 to 7 nights, with views of seas or lakes, and proximity to walking and hiking. Also, will we need to bring heavy hiking boots, or will substantial trainers be okay?
Hi George, I can't help with the footwear question (haven't done any hiking myself on my trips to Scotland yet), but for accommodation maybe you can find something you like with the National Trust for Scotland's holiday accommodation site: http://www.nts.org.uk/Holidays/ Cheers.
You can find a self-catering cottage on Trip Advisor and some of the Scotland tourist websites. (www.visitscotland.com) (www.oban.org.uk) I took two pairs of footwear to Scotland. "Sensible" black leather walking shoes and Merrill Day Hikers/hiking boots. At the end of the day, I found my feet felt much better with the thick hiking socks and hiking boots. I didn't wear the "black sensible" shoes much. My next trip to Scotland, I am only taking the hiking boots. (Mine are light weight for day hiking. Not heavy-duty boots) Hope this helps!
Absent walking the Cape Wrath, you don't need to take the Danners. Otherwise, lightweight boots or low-cuts is mostly a function of not shredding your ankles on briars, which won't be an issue if you're sticking to paths or semi-paths. If they're not waterproof, you screwed up.