|Subject: Scotland Trip|
We set up our own itinerary by looking at travel guides and talking to others who have been there and looking at websites. Two sites are http://www.visitscotland.com and http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk I especially like the Rough Guide travel guide series. Reading it can lead you off the beaten path and into places the mainstream travel guides often don't mention.
We listed everything we wanted to see and looked at a map of Scotland to see how close (or far) our choices were to each other so you can see how realistic it is to get to everything in the amount of time you have. I wanted to go to Ullapool in northern Scotand, but it was too far out of our way so we dropped it. We limited ourselves to 2-3 places per day.
I have always rented my car with Hertz as I am a AAA member and members get a discount with Hertz. I have compared the discounted price with other rental agencies and Hertz has always given me the best price. It is very easy to make reservations on-line with them.
As far as B&Bs, we use http://www.smoothhound.co.uk most of the time. There are three B&Bs I would heartily recommend.
One is Ullinish Country Lodge on Isle of Skye. It's a bit pricey but oh so worth it! The hosts are outstanding, the room was wonderful and the location altough remote was breathtaking.
Bracadale House in Nairn was also great. Hannah is a hoot as a host, our room was spacious and the price was very reasonable. We stayed at Kirklee Hotel in Glasgow both at the beginning and end of our trip. (We flew into Glasgow from Amsterdam.) It was easy to find, right off the A82 which takes you directly to Loch Lomond.
Kiklee has a wonderful garden, is close to a street of great restaurants and where the "U" can take you into the city centre, and they serve you breakfast in your room! I do caution you to find out about parking when choosing a place in Edinburgh. We stayed in the West End, close to Princes Street. A great location as everything was in walking distance but although we were told there was private parking when we made the reservation, we found out when we got there they no longer offered it and as parking in the streets around the B&B was by permit only we had to park 3/4 of a mile away to get free parking.
Let me know if I can be of anymore help! I will be downloading my pictures now and will be wading through them for awhile. I will let you know when I get the album done!
Regards, Tracey St Paul MN