The Highlands, The Far North, Orkney & Shetland
Land, water and bright northern skies...
BEN NEVIS DISTILLERY bennevisdistillery.com
Visit Ben Nevis Distillery and Visitor Centre in Fort William. You are invited to discover the secrets of Whisky distilling and enjoy the unique sensation of the Dew of Ben Nevis. Your visit is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Open all year.
CAMPBELL’S OF BEAULY Beauly
Tel: 01463 782239 campbellsofbeauly.com
Established in 1858, Campbell’s of Beauly is an iconic privately owned and family run tailoring workshop as well as a thriving retail business. In an era when history and heritage is often contrived, Campbell’s provenance cannot be questioned, and in 2017 they were awarded a Royal Warrant to HM The Queen for tailoring.
BED & BREAKFAST @ 4 Thurso
Tel: 07717 470833
Email: bn[email protected]internet.com
Bed & Breakfast @ 4 is on the doorstep of Thurso’s lively pubs and restaurants. There are three rooms, one twin, one double plus a family room (one double/one single). All ensuite with free Wifi. Contact Claire for availability and price.
JOHN O’ GROATS FERRIES John O’ Groats, Caithness Tel: 01955 611353 jogferry.co.uk
Passenger ferry service from John O’ Groats to Orkney. Enjoy fascinating guided tours visiting the highlights of the Orkney Islands. Ideal for families or for those staying a little further away. Wildlife cruises also available where you’ll pass rugged cliff scenery and see arctic skuas, storm petrels, colonies of guillemots, puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes, Atlantic grey seals and much more!
EDDRACHILLES HOTEL Badcall Bay by Scourie, Sutherland Tel: 01971 502080 eddrachilles.com
Eddrachilles on the shores of northwest Sutherland is the perfect setting for an autumn break. A former manse, this ten-bedroomed hotel, 40 miles north of Ullapool on the NC500, provides high standards of Highland hospitality and delicious food using fresh local ingredients. Explore Sutherland’s wild landscapes or curl up by the fire. Pet friendly.
SKYESKYNS Isle of Skye Tel: 01470 592237 skyeskyns.co.uk
Enjoy a relaxing break in the comfort, warmth and luxury of Skyeskyns sheepskins. From the stunning and rugged landscapes of Skye, straight to your home retreat. Find out more on the website or visit Skyeskyns whilst on Skye, in their locations of Waternish and Portree.
Tel: 07523482274 / 07523482274 see-orkney.co.uk
See Orkney are a family run Orkney tour guide service based in Kirkwall and offer small group tours with a personal touch. The driver guides are Lorna and Carrie Brown, both native Orcadians who love sharing the beauty, history and culture of their Islands.
Whether it’s a day trip or multi day tours, they will take you on an unforgettable journey along scenic coastal and country roads or island hopping by ferry.
Tours can include Neolithic Orkney, Viking settlements, wartime history, nature, crafts or food and drink. Please browse the website for ideas.
THE ORKNEY DISTILLERY Kirkwall, Orkney
Tel: 01856 875338 orkneydistilling.com
The Orkney Distillery’s award-winning hand crafted gins, characterised by unique blends of locally grown botanicals, draw inspiration from the Norse heritage of the islands and offer something for every occasion.
Experience the full range within this iconic distillery and visitor centre on Kirkwall’s historic harbour-front.
Join for a tour where your guide will show you the working processes of the distillery, before relaxing and sampling the full range in the tasting room overlooking beautiful Kirkwall Bay. Or, try the gin making experience where you will craft your own gin under the guidance of the distiller. Unmistakably Orcadian.
PROMOTE SHETLAND Shetland shetland.org
Breath-taking sunsets, endless horizons, wild coastal walks and a warm welcome awaits when you pay a visit to the UK’s most northerly destination.
A winter visit to Shetland is sure to awaken the senses. From the refreshing sea air to the awe-inspiring scenery, mouth-watering local cuisine and toe-tapping traditional music, Shetland offers a sensory experience like no other.
With 15 inhabited islands, you can hire a car and ferry hop at your leisure, taking in Shetland ponies, jawdropping coastal vistas and miles and miles of unspoilt landscapes along the way. Marvel too at the islands’ fascinating history, including Iron Age brochs, Viking settlements and medieval castles.
After a day’s exploration, satisfy hungry appetites with freshly-caught scallops, mussels and lobster and Shetland lamb – renowned worldwide for its distinctive flavour. Then, wrap up warm in a traditional Fair Isle sweater and look upwards to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, dancing across the night sky. Thanks to its location and lack of light pollution, Shetland is one of the best places to view them in the UK.
Shetland was listed in the Lonely Planet’s Best European Destinations 2019 list and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re looking for adventure or an idyllic escape, book a visit and be charmed by this northerly archipelago’s rugged natural beauty.
FORSS HOUSE Thurso
Tel: 01847 861201 forsshousehotel.co.uk
Forss House is a 19th-century Highland retreat nestled amid 20 acres of wonderful woodlands below a waterfall next to the River Forss in the North Highlands in Thurso. Discover the breathtaking natural beauty of the Highlands in the beautiful county of Caithness at Forss House Hotel.
LINKS HOUSE Dornoch, Highlands Tel: 01862 810279 linkshousedornoch.com
Links House is a perfect base for combining walks with wildlife watching. On our doorstep we have the UK’s largest bottlenose dolphin population in the Moray Firth. The nearby estates teem with red deer and the bird life is spectacular. The far North West is home to hue seabird colonies and the forests of the Cairngorms National Park, are home to red squirrel, grouse and capercaillie – and also to a friendly herd of reindeer!
CALEDONIAN DISCOVERY Fort William
Tel: 01397 772 167 caledonian-discovery.co.uk
Explore the surrounding countryside of the Caledonian canal on an activity holiday, offering health and wellbeing. The comfortable barge, with en-suite cabins, friendly crew - including a chef and guide, cruises the canal allowing you to walk/bike the Great Glen, canoe, sail or swim the lochs – you decide.
NORTHLINK FERRIES Stromness, Orkney
Tel: 0845 6000 449 northlinkferries.co.uk
A spring break to Orkney and Shetland is closer than you think. Marvel at the mystical Standing Stones of Stenness and experience the largest tombolo in the UK at St Ninian’s Isle. With pristine beaches, wildlife and fascinating history, the islands have something for everyone. Eilean Donan Castle’s new lochside development of selfcatering holiday apartments sits in an area of outstanding beauty. Offering breath-taking views, these stylish, contemporary apartments offer the ideal base to explore Skye, Lochalsh, Plockton, Wester Ross and Loch Ness. Top quality furnishings and fittings help to create the perfect, fully-equipped home-away-from-home, with one, two and four-bedroom apartments available for short-term getaways.
THE TRAWLER RESTAURANT & TAKEAWAY
Tel: 01408 633869 trawlerfishandchips.co.uk
The Trawler Restaurant and fish and chip shop is situated in the beautiful coastal village of Golspie in Sutherland, home to the world famous Dunrobin Castle. Founded in 1964, The Trawler has built an excellent reputation locally for the quality of its food. The Trawler was shortlisted for The National Fish & Chips Awards in 2015.