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Ideal homebase in Scotland for a mix of nature and sightseeing

Ideal homebase in Scotland for a mix of nature and sightseeing

Old Jun 11th, 2002, 04:30 AM
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Ideal homebase in Scotland for a mix of nature and sightseeing

We would like to rent a cottage for a week or so in Scotland this summer (just found some really good airfares). We wouldn't want anything at all pretentious as far as lodging. We are adventuresome travellers who don't need any of the usual tourist amenities. We like to bike and hike, we like the water (rivers, the sea etc), my husband likes to fly-fish, we are interested in learning more about the Scottish culture, and we would like a location where there are some sightseeing opportunities also. We want to settle in and enjoy ourselves without being on the typical tourist rat race. Finally, we are on a tight budget. What areas would you recommend considering our interests? Thanks so much for the advice. We have never been to Scotland.
 
Old Jun 11th, 2002, 05:00 AM
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In spite of its name English Country cottages covers Scotland. You can book online. We've always found them very satisfactory
The URL is
Http://www.english-country-cottages.co.uk/

Click on availability search and scroll down to Scotland
 
Old Jun 11th, 2002, 05:23 AM
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Julie

to some extent it depends on the timing. If it's high summer (July and August) nowhere will be very cheap; if it's into the shoulder months.

I'm inclined to suggest the Outer Hebrides- North Uist would be good. You can hire bikes, there are some excellent walks of varying lengths, tho' it's true none of them involve much height. The islands are awash with fresh water lochans and surrounded by sea and great beaches. The fishing is quite cheap by the day; and there's a great place on North Uist called Taigh Cairstobhaigh which does cultural interpretation. It's got great birdlife and plants (tho' they'll be past their best). I think you'll love it.
 
Old Jun 11th, 2002, 06:37 PM
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Normally we don't like to go in high season but that is what we will be doing this time around because that is the timing that works for us. We will be there at the worst possible time for timing a cheap trip--end of July and beginning of August. I know this will increase costs considerably. Would prefer to be in an area that isn't totally overrun with tourist hoards.
 
Old Jun 11th, 2002, 07:29 PM
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The Orkneys would be a great choice for you. Amazing scenery, lots of neolithic sites, birds, WWII sites, light houses - and relatively few visitors even in the middle of summer.

Or you could go farther north to Shetland - But I personally enjoy Orkney a little more. And in Summer you will have the most amazing loooooong days because you are so far north.
 
Old Jun 11th, 2002, 11:43 PM
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Janis's notion is also good.

But given your timing the issue will be finding you a cottage. Really, with the exception of Edinburgh and Loch Ness, tourist "hoardes" is a fairly foreign concept

I would look in both Inner and Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland (all of which have cost implications because of the water between them and the mainland) and I would look north of the Great Glen (the line from Inverness to Fort William).

I keep a lot of rental agency sites bookmarked. If you want me to have a look for you, I'll try tonight.
 
Old Jun 12th, 2002, 03:48 AM
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Sheila--

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, does anyone know anything about renting bikes. We are not they type who want to do the entire trip on bikes riding 50 or 60 miles a day. But, we would like to have bikes to be able to take half day leisurely rides in nice areas.
 
Old Jun 12th, 2002, 04:09 AM
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How many are you? How will you travel in Scotland?

I'm sure we can find bike hirers once we get you a house.
 
Old Jun 12th, 2002, 02:47 PM
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Ok. These are for you to look atBR>
http://www.uniquescotland.com/list.html

The Old Croft House, Kylehea
http://www.ihc.ndirect.co.uk/

http://www.ardtornish.co.uk/ardtornish_mainhse_mast_1.htm

http://www.hoseasons.co.uk/index.html

http://www.discoverscotland.net/cgi-bin/database/pas.cgi?code=2025&price=337&start=26/7/2002&finish=2/8/2002&cod=5&dc=1

http://www.discoverscotland.net/cgi-bin/database/pas.cgi?code=1601&price=337&start=27/7/2002&finish=3/8/2002&cod=6&dc=0

http://www.discoverscotland.net/cgi-bin/database/pas.cgi?code=2141&price=262&start=27/7/2002&finish=3/8/2002&cod=6&dc=0

http://www.hamstercottages.co.uk/properties_list.htm

http://milford.co.uk/scotland/accom/r-l-2035.html

http://www.scotland2000.com/accom/

http://www.scotland.cottages.co.uk/cgi/price_avail.pl?pid=8009&name=North%20Ballachulish,%20Nr%20Glencoe&country=3&pets=Y&2pers=N&brand=5&area=his

http://www.scotland.cottages.co.uk/cgi/price_avail.pl?pid=76&name=Clachan%20Seil,%20Isle%20Of%20Seil&country=3&pets=N&2pers=N&brand=5&area=his

http://www.scotland.cottages.co.uk/cgi/searcha2.pl?area=his&sleeps=2&thits=347&next=11

http://www.scotland.cottages.co.uk/cgi/price_avail.pl?pid=8087&name=Ellenabeich,%20Nr%20Oban&country=3&pets=Y&2pers=N&brand=5&area=his

http://www.scotland.cottages.co.uk/cgi/price_avail.pl?pid=4501&name=Gairloch&country=3&pets=N&2pers=N&brand=3&area=his

http://www.scotland.cottages.co.uk/cgi/price_avail.pl?pid=1277&name=Harlosh,Dunvegan,%20Isle%20Of%20Skye&country=3&pets=Y&2pers=Y&brand=1&area=his

http://www.scotland.cottages.co.uk/cgi/price_avail.pl?pid=1277&name=Harlosh,Dunvegan,%20Isle%20Of%20Skye&country=3&pets=Y&2pers=Y&brand=1&area=his


If there's not an actual house shown then the web site doesn't have availability online.

my coice from the ones I could see would be he one at Kylera and the one at Badachro

hope this helps
 
Old Jun 12th, 2002, 02:48 PM
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I meant to say, you should have alook at www.visitscotland.com too
 
Old Jun 12th, 2002, 03:03 PM
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I did another search and found these in Uist and Orkney.

Availability not checked.

http://www.trinityfactors.co.uk/holiday/holaccom.htm

http://vacations-scotland.co.uk/murray.html

http://vacations-scotland.co.uk/claddach.html

http://www.scotland-info.co.uk/orkney/cottages.htm

http://www.visitscotland.net/accommodation/self/detail_list.asp?ID=3120237&area=ORKNEY&LINK=&PRODUCT=SELF&TYPE=&step=-1

http://www.visitscotland.net/accommodation/self/detail_list.asp?ID=501002&area=ORKNEY&LINK=&PRODUCT=SELF&TYPE=&step=-5

http://www.visitscotland.net/accommodation/self/detail_list.asp?ID=505179&area=ORKNEY&LINK=&PRODUCT=SELF&TYPE=&step=-6

http://www.visitscotland.net/accommodation/self/detail_list.asp?ID=506790&area=ORKNEY&LINK=&PRODUCT=SELF&TYPE=&step=-7

http://www.visitscotland.net/accommodation/self/detail_list.asp?ID=3005635&area=ORKNEY&LINK=&PRODUCT=SELF&TYPE=&step=-10

http://www.visitscotland.net/accommodation/self/detail_list.asp?ID=505186&area=ORKNEY&LINK=&PRODUCT=SELF&TYPE=&step=-12


g'night
 
Old Jun 12th, 2002, 03:16 PM
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Sheila--

All I can say is "wow". Thanks so much! This will really keep me busy.
 
Old Jun 14th, 2002, 03:27 PM
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You got really good suggestions. Our friends in Cromarty definitely approve of the Orkney suggestion. But any of the Islands would be lovely.
 
Old Jun 15th, 2002, 08:08 PM
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Sheila--

Wanted to thank you for all the help. But, Scotland isn't going to happen this year. We went to book air tickets and they had increased in price from $414 to $814 even though the site had said the price was valis through the end of the day. So, that was the end of that idea.
 
Old Jun 16th, 2002, 04:53 AM
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Pooh!
 
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