The High­lands, The Far North, Orkney & Shet­land

Land, wa­ter and bright north­ern skies...

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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.

SEE ORKNEY

Orkney

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

Gol­spie

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.

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