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Published on October 20th, 2011 | by Paz

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Scotland’s Best Kept Secrets

This is a guest post by Abhishek Bhan. 

Wester Ross in the north west of Scotland has been one of Scotland’s best kept secrets for years. But it offers nearly everything you could want from a holiday destination in abundance. If you are after scenery then there are some of Scotland’s most picturesque mountains and Lochs. For walking and mountaineering the area has something for all levels of experience or take it easy enjoy some of the best drives in Scotland. A popular choice is stay on the coast that way you can experience one of the fabulous white sand beaches the area offers.


For walking, Torridon Countryside Centre is a good base. The National Trust has a good range of walks to follow within some of the finest countryside. Should you be looking for something a little different why not join the Trust’s Ranger on photo deer stalking day. For the more experienced walkers why not try your hand at An Teallach excellent if you are training for Everest.

Many people prefer the easier charms that Wester Ross has to offer. The drive North from Gairloch to Gruinard Bay then south east to Garve taking in Inverewe Garden and Ardessie is beautiful. Returning you can come back west to Loch Carron then north to Loch Shieldaig and on Torridon. The detour to Applecross on the far west coast is also worth the extra miles. This is an all day drive of some 150 miles but takes in much of what the area is renowned for – mountains, rugged coast and picturesque villages such as Sieldaig.

Inverewe Garden is worth a visit alone. Established in the mid nineteenth century on the edge of Loch Ewe the gardens are particularly known for its walled garden with plants from as far a field as Tasmania, New Zealand and China. The views of the Loch and the hills around make this a beautiful spot to visit.

The Beaches in Wester Ross remind many visitors of the Caribbean. Mellon Udrigle beach is a great example and one of the best in Scotland. The light, the sand and clean air all come together to offer the visitor the most refreshing of locations.

Mackays self catering Scotland has a wide variety of accommodation in Wester Ross. Such as the traditional stone built holiday cottage dating back to the mid 1800′s Mackays offer in Laide. Set back off the main road, the cottage is in the heart of the small village from where visitors can enjoy peaceful walks surrounded by unspoilt scenery. It is handy for Mellon Udrigle beach to the north.

In Poolewe Mackays have a detached stone built croft house in a quiet position surrounded by croft land and open countryside, just a few minutes walk from the shoreline of Loch Ewe, by a quiet minor road. The world famous Inverewe Gardens are within a short walk and there are some lovely unspoilt sandy beaches within easy reach.

Where ever you choose to stay in Wester Ross this is a place you will be delighted to discover year after year.

About Mackay’s Self-Catering Scotland: Mackay’s Self-Catering Scotland has been offering holiday cottages in Scotland since 1970 – from simple Scottish cottages to grand country houses. We offer a wide selection of cottages in Scotland and all our Scotland holiday cottages are inspected before joining us.

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Paz is an avid adventurer in life and food. Traveling across the globe with her family they enjoy cultural immersion and checking out the local eateries.



One Response to Scotland’s Best Kept Secrets

  1. Scotland has many beautiful and Dramatic wilderness spots for hiking.20 YEARS AGO WHEN iLIVED IN THE uk,I often rock-climed and hiked many walk-ways
    There is a sense of freedom one gets when adventuring in the lills
    Wonderful post
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