Best Western have 6 hotels in Highlands
The Highlands are a historic region of Scotland, comprised of the northernmost section of the country as well as the island groups north of the mainland, including the Isles of Shetland and Orkney. Book a highland hotel with Best Western to see one of the world's most beautiful places. We have 6 hotels in the Highlands, spread around the region to give our clients options and variety. For a seaside Highlands hotel, head North to Inverness or for something closer to the world-famous scenery try Glenspean Lodge Hotel tucked away in an idyllic location just outside Fort William.
Town and city breaks in the Highlands
The Highlands is one of the most sparsely-populated regions in the world with a lower-average population density than that of Papua New Guinea, Argentina, and Sweden and Norway. There are several towns, although they are few and far between. Our hotels in the Highlands are largely scattered around the larger settlements of the region, namely Inverness and Fort William. The gorgeous city of Inverness is the administrative centre of the region and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands. From your Highlands hotel, it is essential to go and explore the unpronounceable peaks surrounding the picturesque town of Glencoe where you'll walk in the footsteps of the doomed Campbell clan. Inverness is on the doorstep of Nessie-spotting country and a short stop to Culloden, site of the last battle fought on British soil in 1746.
Holidays in the Highlands countryside
Ben Nevis, the tallest peak in the UK, rises an impressive 1322m located near the coastal town of Fort William, is well worth a visit no matter where your hotel in the Highlands is. Despite being a very rural part of the world, this staggering northern stage is dotted with castles, ancient monuments, gardens as well as country pubs and restaurants. Driving down one of the wild and winding country roads will reveal the number of Gore-Texted walkers and hikers marching with purpose in all directions. Watch for dolphins frolicking off the coast from the beautiful white sandy beach at Nairn.
Island holidays in the Highlands
The Highlands electoral area includes a number of charming island chains, and all are just as wild as the mainland. Why not take a boat trip out to Kirkwall in the Orkney Isles and enjoy its surprisingly steady climate (due to the Gulf Stream). If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, continue up to the Shetland Isles and visit some of the uninhabited islands, all of which have striking and rugged coastlines, complex geologies and low, rolling hills. Procure a boat from your Highlands hotel and set sail for the largest of the Scottish islands, Skye, where nature lovers congregate from miles around. Mull, the real-life Balamory in the children's TV series, is now as famous for its minke whales and eagles as it is for Josie Jump and its multi-coloured harbourside homes.
Attractions in the Highlands
From the window of your Highlands hotel you can spy on professional Nessie-hunters with their telephoto lenses trained on the infamous Loch Ness from all angles around the site, including the ramparts of Urquhart Castle. A Jacobite steam train makes a round trip from Fort William to the fishing village of Mallaig, where Bonnie Prince Charlie fled his British opposition dressed as a woman in 1746. This is the perfect environment for thrill seekers, with hiking, climbing, sailing, scuba diving, canoeing, abseiling, orienteering, mountain biking and much, much more. Keen naturalists, walkers or adventure seekers certainly should not hesitate booking a hotel in the Highlands, it really is an amazing location for a UK short break.
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Hotels in Highlands
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Attractions in Highlands:
Daily 10am-5.45pm; last admission 5pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)
10am-5pm; hill visits (weather permitting) 11am + May, Jun, Sep & Oct 2.30pm + Jul & Aug 3.30pm Feb 2012 - Feb 2013 (annual)
Daily 10.30am-5pm Feb - Mar 2013; Weekends only (various dates)
Apr-Oct: Sun-Fri 9.30am-5pm (last entry 5pm); Sat 9.30am-4pm (last entry) Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)
Wed & Sat 12pm-4pm Apr - Sep 2013; Wed and Sat only (annual)