Loch Side Accommodation
Nothing says “the Highlands of Scotland” quite like the world-famous lochs, covered in a soft mist and surrounded by centuries of history. There are over 30,000 lochs and lochans (little lochs) in Scotland, and many of these are nestled in the Scottish Highlands. Loch is a Scottish Gaelic word for lake or fjord, and while it normally refers to a fresh-water body, it also includes salt water or sea-lochs—those great fingers of water which stretch from the sea to the inlands of the Scottish Highlands. The largest loch in Scotland is Loch Lomond, in the heart of the Trossachs, but the largest loch by volume, because of its great depth, is the mysterious Loch Ness, located just south of Inverness in the majestic Highlands. The Scottish Highlands are home to so many lochs, it is no wonder that water sports and fishing are activities enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. All throughout the Highlands you can find activity centres and small groups which will organize fishing parties, water skiing, swimming and diving, and kayaking on Scotland’s beautiful lochs. As well, the lochs and their surrounding hillsides make for wonderful walking and hiking. There are endless trails and paths, and many ways to access some of the more famous ones such as the West Highland Way, the Great Glen Way, and the Speyside Way. Pony trekking is also a popular loch- and mountainside adventure. While you are up in the Scottish Highlands, it is only natural to wish accommodation on the side of a pristine loch, and fortunately, there is much to choose from. There are beautiful and sometimes remote hotels dotted alongside the lochs, such as the Loch Leven Hotel, which was once a ferry inn. Other hotels are located in country houses, old coaching stops, and even castles. These hotels will, naturally, provide stunning views for all their guests and often will offer package deals, wedding venues, and activity holidays. The sheer number of bed and breakfast accommodation located in the Scottish Highlands also guarantees that you will be able to find a lovely, quiet B & B by the loch of your choice. Lodge and chalet parks are also frequently located on lochs, and they may give you access to smaller, lesser-known but just as gorgeous lochs for a peaceful, tranquil holiday. These parks also tend to offer things like fly-fishing, row-boating and kayaking, and pony trekking. Many of these parks are child-friendly, as well, and will have playgrounds and children’s activities. Restaurants and pubs can be found in such parks, and you can enjoy an ale or a whisky by the lochside, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Finally, for a truly self-made holiday, why not set up camp at a lochside campsite or caravan park? What could be more spectacular than to hear the quiet ripple of the loch waters, see the tremendous night sky without the glare of city lights, and perhaps observe a roe deer or hear the red stags roaring? The Scottish Highlands are dotted with spectacular lochside camps and caravan parks, ideal for those travelers truly wishing to experience Scottish Highland nature at its best. Whether an elegant lochside hotel, or a quiet bed and breakfast; a peaceful campsite or a chalet park, you will have no difficulty finding the perfect lochside accommodation in the Scottish Highlands. Immerse yourself in the beauty and history that can be found along the shores of a Highlands loch. Go hunting for Nessie! Imagine the early Irish monks travelling the Great Glen Way, admiring the same view you will see today, as they made their way north to the land of the Picts. Cruise along the Caledonian Canal and experience several of the Scottish Highland lochs. Then, stop for the night along one of those stunning lochs for a peaceful respite. Enjoy a pint or a Highland single malt whisky. Have a hearty meal. Tuck yourself up for a restful night along the rippling shores of your favourite loch. Make your booking at the lochside accommodation of your choice and transport yourself to the romantic Scottish Highlands today!
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