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Considering its small size, Arisaig, gateway to the Small Isles, offers a surprising choice of high-quality options for dining and lodging. To the north of Arisaig the road cuts across a headland to reach a stretch of coastline where silver sands glitter with the mica in the local rock; clear water, blue sky, and white sand lend a tropical flavor to the beaches—when the sun is shining.
From Arisaig try to visit a
couple of the Small Isles: Rum, Eigg, Muck, and Canna, each tiny and with few or no inhabitants. Rum serves as a wildlife reserve, while Eigg has the world’s first solely wind-, wave-, and solar-powered electricity grid.
At the foot of the Cairngorms, the once-quiet Aviemore now has all the brashness and boxiness of a year-round holiday resort. In the summer...
In the peaceful village of Boat of Garten, the scent of pine trees mingles with an equally evocative smell—that of steam trains. You can take...