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3 Weeks in Scotland

Hotels/B&Bs - Prices in Scotland are typically quoted as "per person per night". Unfortunetly, this does not give a clear indication of the cost per room - so we will quote the full cost for the room per night instead, which is just a multiplication by two. :-) Taxes and breakfast are included (except were noted), while dinner is not included.

All prices correct as of July 2005. Prices given in UK Pound (£).
Please note that we can not guarantee the correctness of these prices today.

Day 1
Dumfries
Accommodation
  • Merlin B&B
    2 Kenmure Terrace
    Dumfries
    DG2 7QX
    United Kingdom
    Tel. 01387 261 002 -or-
    Tel. 0776 126 5854
    £ 44 double room incl. BF, shared bathroom
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Restaurant
  • Caven Arms
    20 Buccleuch Street
    Dumfries
    DC1 2AH
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)

Recommended Stops enroute
from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Dumfries

  • Hexham
  • Hadrian's Wall
  • Gretna Greene
  • Caerlaverock Castle
What to do
  • Visit "The Old Bridge House"
    Mill Road
    Dumfries
    Tel. 01387 256 904
    FREE Admission
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

Day 2
Ayr
Accommodation
  • The Dunn Thing
    Mrs. Sheila Dunn
    13 Park Circus
    Ayr
    Strathclyde
    Scotland
    KA7 2DJ
    Tel. & Fax 01292 284 531
    Web http://www.thedunnthing.co.uk
    £ 46 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)
Restaurant
  • The Meridian
    Bier Cafe
    1-3 Killoch Place
    Ayr
    Tel. 01292 26 26 26
    The Zanzig.com Rating: ** (fair)
Recommended Stops enroute from Dumfries to Ayr
  • Sweetheart Abbey
  • Sandyhills Beach
  • Cardoness Castle
  • Carsmith Castle
  • Portpatrick
  • Culzean Castle
Day 3
Tarbet
Accommodation
  • Innischonain House
    Bed & Breakfast
    Mrs. Sharon Macqueen
    Tarbet, Arrochar
    Argyll
    Scotland
    G83 7DD
    Tel. 01301 702 726
    Web http://www.innischonainhouse.co.uk
    £ 50 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)
Restaurant
  • The Ben Lomond
    Tarbet-Arrochar off A83
    Tel. 01301 702 393
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)
Recommended Stops enroute from Ayr to Tarbet
  • Largs Yacht Harbour
  • Gourock
  • Greenock (Clyde's Viewpoint)
  • Glasgow
  • Balloch
Day 4
Campbeltown
Accommodation
  • Redknowe B&B
    Sue and Dave Brown
    Witchburn Road
    Campbeltown
    Argyll
    PA28 6PD
    Tel. 01586 550 374
    Web http://www.smoothhound.co.uk/hotels/redknowe
    £ 45 double room incl. BF, shared bathroom
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Restaurant
  • The Feathers
    Longrow South
    Campbeltown
    The Zanzig.com Rating: N/A

    Okay, folks, The Feathers is a bar, but we came too late for bar meals. The friendly barman, however, managed to get us two hamburgers along with our beers. So it's quite difficult to put up a rating for this. Anyway, you probably want to eat somewhere else and get your drinks later here. :-)

Recommended Stops enroute from Tarbet to Campbeltown
  • Arrochar/Loch Lang
  • Inveraray
  • Skipness Castle
  • Carradale Harbour
  • Saddell Abbey
  • Mull of Kintyre
Day 5
Oban
Accommodation
  • Glencairn House
    Mr. & Mrs. Spence
    Corran Esplanade
    Oban
    Argyll
    PA34 5AQ
    Tel. 01631 562 187
    £ 54 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: ** (fair)
Restaurant
  • The Oban Fish & Chip Shop
    and Restaurant
    116 George Street
    Oban
    Argyll
    PA34 5NT
    Tel. 01631 562 426
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Recommended Stops enroute from Campbeltown to Oban
  • Tarbert
  • Crinan Canal (B841)
  • Kilmartin
  • Carnassarie Castle
What to do
  • Visit Oban Distillery
    Stafford Street
    Oban
    Tel. 01631 572 004
    £ 4 per person
    The Zanzig.com Rating: ***** (unmissable)

  • Tales on the Hoof
    Join Scot An Sgeulaiche, a traditional storyteller
    as he guides you on a walking tour of the beautiful
    Kilmartin Glen.
    £ 5 per person
    Web http://www.ansgeulaiche.co.uk
    The Zanzig.com Rating: N/A

    We did not book this tour, simply because of the bad weather. So we cannot rate it. But we saw the guy accidently when he walked with a (very small) group across the "Standing Stones of Kilmartin". We think this is an exciting opportunity to learn more about the history of Scotland. If the weather would have been better, we would have joined him for sure.

  • Buy a ticket for the ferry to Craignure (Isle of Mull)
    Caledonian MacBrayne
    Railway Quay
    Oban
    Web http://www.calmac.co.uk
    £ 47.60 for two persons and a car
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)

    TIP The price above is the so-called "Hopscotch No. 6" package which is a combined ticket Oban-Craignure and Fishnish-Lochaline. Compared to single tickets, this saves you £ 11.40 - so go for it!

Day 6
Tobermory
Accommodation
  • Oakley B&B
    Mrs. Janet Campbell
    Erray Road
    Tobermory
    Isle of Mull, Argyll
    PA75 6PS
    Tel. 01688 302 520
    £ 50 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Restaurant
  • Gannets Restaurant
    56/57 Main Street
    Tobermory
    Tel. 01688 302 203
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)
Recommended Stops enroute from Oban to Tobermory
  • Duart Castle
  • Fionnphort
  • Loch na Keal
  • Sound of Mull
What to do
  • Tobermory Handmade Chocolate
    Keith & Rhoda Drake
    Main Street
    Tobermory
    PA75 6NU
    Tel. 01688 302 526
    Web http://www.tobermorychocolate.co.uk
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

Day 7
Oban
Accommodation
  • Glendale Guesthouse
    Dunollie Road
    Oban
    Argyll
    PA34 5PH
    Tel. 01631 562 384
    £ 55 double room incl. BF, ensuite, no parking
    The Zanzig.com Rating: ** (fair)
Restaurant
  • Mondo
    60 George Street
    Oban
    Tel. 01631 565 078
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

Day 8
St. Andrews
Accommodation
  • The Paddock
    Mrs. Linzi Taylor
    Sunnyside
    Strathkinnes
    by St. Andrews
    Fife
    KY16 9XP
    Tel. 01334 850 888
    Fax 01334 850 870
    Web http://www.thepadd.co.uk
    £ 60 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)
Restaurant
  • Grill House
    Inchcape House
    St. Mary's Place
    St. Andrews
    KY16 9UY
    Tel. 01334 470 500
    Fax 01334 474 487
    Web http://www.grillhouserestaurant.co.uk
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)
Recommended Stops enroute from Oban to St. Andrews
  • Stirling
  • Culross
  • Firth of Forth
  • Pittenweem
  • Anstruther
Day 9
Ballater
Accommodation
  • Moorside Guest House
    Pieter and Lea Faber
    Braemar Road
    Ballater
    Royal Deeside
    AB35 5RL
    Tel. & Fax 013397 55492
    Web http://www.moorsidehouse.co.uk
    £ 55 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Restaurant
  • La Mangiatoia
    Ristorante & Pizzeria
    Harry and Claudia Leith
    Bridge Square
    Ballater
    AB35 5QJ
    Tel. 0133 97 55 999
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Recommended Stops enroute from St. Andrews to Ballater
  • Glamis Castle
  • Kirriemuir
  • Glen Shee
  • Braemar
  • Braemar Castle
  • Balmoral Castle & Crathie Chapel
  • Loch Muick
Day 10
Rattray Head
Accommodation
  • Rattray Head Lighthouse B&B
    Rob Keeble & Val Porter
    Rattray Head
    Rattray
    Peterhead
    AB42 3HB
    Tel. +44 1346 532 236
    Web http://www.rattrayhead.net
    £ 44 double room incl. BF, shared bathroom
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)

  • Greenbrae B&B
    Mrs. Jill Chandler
    Longside
    by Peterhead
    Aberdeenshire
    AB42 4TX
    Tel. 01779 821 051 -or-
    Mob. 07799 672 510
    Web http://www.greenbraefarm.co.uk
    The Zanzig.com Rating: N/A

    Why this double entry, you ask? Well, we had been on the road far too long this day and were looking for a room in Peterhead. All the places were fully booked! So we started to look for houses around Peterhead and finally found the Greenbrae B&B. Fully booked!! But Jill and her husband were very friendly and refered us to Rob of the Rattray Head Lighthouse B&B, after calling him! Wow! We still think back of the wonderful and friendly atmosphere at the Greenbrae, and we definitely recommend this house to you as well.

Restaurant
  • Strathbeg House Hotel
    St. Fergus
    Peterhead
    Aberdeenshire
    AB42 3HE
    Tel. 01346 532 857
    Fax 01346 531 981
    The Zanzig.com Rating: ** (fair)
Recommended Stops enroute from Ballater to Rattray Head
  • Glenbuchat Castle
  • Kildrummy Castle
  • Craigievar Castle
  • Queens View
  • Tarland Stonecircle
  • Crathes Castle
  • Stonehaven
  • Dunnottar Castle
  • Cruden Bay
  • Bullers of Buchan
Day 11
Elgin
Accommodation
  • West End Guest House
    Carol & Jim Watt
    282 High Street
    Elgin
    Morayshire
    IV30 1AG
    Tel. 01343 549 629
    £ 50 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Restaurant
  • Pizzeria Toscana
    Pizza & Pasta Restaurant
    20 Thunderton Place
    Elgin
    Tel. 01343 551 066
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)
Recommended Stops enroute from Rattray Head to Elgin
  • Fraserburgh Lighthouse Museum
  • Pennan (Local Hero)
  • Gardenstown
  • Macduff
  • Cullen Bay
  • Portknockie (Stringbow Rock)
Day 12
Lairg
Accommodation
  • Carnbren
    Mrs. P. Cartlidge
    Carnbren
    Lairg
    Sutherland
    IV27 4AY
    Tel. 01549 402 259 -or-
    Tel. 077656 44258
    £ 45 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Restaurant
  • The Nip Inn
    Main Street
    Lairg
    IV27 4DB
    Tel. 01549 402 243
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Recommended Stops enroute from Elgin to Lairg
  • Sueno's castle
  • Brodie Castle
  • Cromarty
  • Dornoch Firth
Day 13
Aultbea
Accommodation
  • Drumchork Lodge Hotel
    John & Frances Clotworthy
    Aultbea
    Wester Ross
    IV22 2HU
    Tel. 01445 731 242
    Fax 01445 731 246
    Web http://www.drumchork.com
    £ 70 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: ** (fair)

  • Tranquility
    Pauline & Phil Bond
    21 Mellon Charles
    Aultbea
    IV22 2JN
    Tel. 01445 731 241
    Mail paulinephil2003@yahoo.com
    The Zanzig.com Rating: N/A

  • Sandale
    Mrs. Alice MacLennan
    5 Pier Road
    Aultbea
    IV22 2JQ
    Tel. 01445 731 336
    The Zanzig.com Rating: N/A

    Another night that saw us desperately looking for accommodation, and again we found two very friendly hosts who had no vacancies, unfortunately, but offered to check other B&B's that were fully booked as well. We finally ended up at the very expensive Drumchork Lodge Hotel - which offers great views but turned out to be too expensive for the value offered.

Restaurant
Recommended Stops enroute from Lairg to Aultbea
  • Shin Falls
  • Oykel Bridge
  • Assynt Lake
  • Ardvrech Castle
  • Ardmair
  • Ullapool
  • Falls of Measach Viewpoint
  • Little Loch Broom Viewpoint
  • Gruinard Bay
Day 14
Plockton
Accommodation
  • Creagan B&B
    Mrs. Chrissie MacKenzie
    Frithard Road
    Plockton
    Tel. 01599 544 270
    £ 46 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Restaurant
  • The Plockton Hotel
    Plockton
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)
Recommended Stops enroute from Aultbea to Plockton
  • Loch Ewe Viewpoints
  • Loch Maree
  • Loch Torridon
  • A846 Inner Sound
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Kyle of Lochalsh
Day 15
Portree
Accommodation
  • Duirinish Guest House
    Robert & Janette MacRae
    Viewfield Road
    Portree
    Isle of Skye
    IV51 9ES
    Tel. 01478 613 728
    Web http://www.duirinishguesthouse.co.uk
    £ 54 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Restaurant
  • Arriba
    Portree
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Pub
  • The Merchant's Bar
    Portree
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Recommended Stops enroute from Plockton to Portree
  • Uig
  • Kilmuir
  • Duntulm Castle
  • Staffin Bay
  • The Quirang
  • Kilt Rock and Waterfalls
  • Mealt Falls
  • The Old Man of Star
  • Loch Fada
  • Loch Portree
Day 16
Inverinate
Accommodation
  • Drumfearn
    Mrs. Janet MacLeod
    Inverinate
    By-Kyle
    IV40 8HB
    Tel. 01599 511 269
    Mail janet.macleod1@btinternet.com
    £ 40 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)
Restaurant
Recommended Stops enroute from Portree to Inverinate
Day 17
Fort William
Accommodation
  • Cameron Guest House
    Achintore Road
    £ 46 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: ** (fair)
Restaurant
  • The Crofter
    Bar & Restaurant
    High Street
    Fort William
    Tel. 01397 709 931
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)
Pub
  • The Volunteer Arms
    High Street
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)
Recommended Stops enroute from Inverinate to Fort William
  • Invermoriston Falls
  • Loch Ness
  • Urquhardt Castle
  • Tomich Falls
  • Corrimony Cairns
  • Fort Augustus (Caledonian Canal)
  • Loch Oich
  • Loch Lochy
  • Commando Memorial
  • Fort Augustus
Day 18
Pitlochry
Accommodation
  • Holzhafen
    B&B Roemmele
    5 Windsor Gardens
    Pitlochry
    PH16 5BE

    £ 36 double room incl. BF, ensuite
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)

    NOTE - Mr. Roemmele and his wife will be finally retiring in September 2005 and move to Perth. We hope that the new owners of the house will continue to run the B&B the way the Holzhafen-Crew did. I sincerly hope that Mr. Roemmele, retired or not, will still be available as Freelance International Tour Manager & Travel Consultant in the future, organizing trips around Scotland or to other exciting places around the world.
    :-)

Restaurant
  • The Old Mill
    Pitlochry
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)
Recommended Stops enroute from Fort William to Pitlochry
  • Loch Levin
  • Kinlochlevin Falls
  • Castle Stalker
  • Castle Menzie's
  • Loch Tummel (Queens View)
Days
19 and 20
Edinburgh
Accommodation
  • Kariba Guest House
    Agnes Holligan
    10 Granville Terrace
    Edinburgh
    EH10 4PQ
    Tel. 0131 229 3773
    Fax 0131 229 4968
    Web http://www.karibaguesthouse.co.uk
    £ 70 double room per night, incl. BF, ensuite, incl. parking
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)

Restaurants
  • Gordon's Trattoria
    Italian Restaurant
    231 High Street
    Edinburgh
    EH1 1PE
    Tel. 0131 225 7992
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

  • Greyfriars' Bobby's Bar
    30-34 Candlemaker Row
    Edinburgh
    EH1 2QE
    Tel. 0131 225 8328
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)

Pubs & Bars
  • Ensign Edwart
    371 Lawnmarket
    Tel. 0131 225 7440
    The Zanzig.com Rating: ** (fair)

  • The Balmoral
    1 Princes Street
    The Zanzig.com Rating: **** (very good)

Recommended Stops enroute from Pitlochry to Edinburgh
  • Blair Castle
  • Dunkeld
What to do
  • Climb "The Hill"
  • The People's Museum
  • Easyinternet Cafe, Rose Street
Day
21
Newcastle
Upon Tyne
Accommodation
  • Novotel Newcastle
    Ponteland Road Kenton
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    NE3 3HZ
    Tel. 0191 214 0303
    Fax 0191 214 0633
    Web http://www.novotel.com
    £ 79 double room excl. BF, ensuite, incl. parking
    The Zanzig.com Rating: *** (good)

Restaurant
  • The Garden Brasserie
    Novotel Newcastle
    The Zanzig.com Rating: ** (fair)

Recommended Stops enroute
from Edinburgh to Newcastle-upon-Tyne

  • Neidpath Castle
  • Peebles
  • Galashields
  • Melrose
  • Dryburgh
  • Jedburgh
  • Carter Bar Viewpoint (Scottish Border)

*****
unmissable
You will definitely miss an outstanding experience if you don't do/book this. Will provide you good memories. Best value for money. Fantastic!
****
very good
Clearly above average quality. Will give you a very good experience. High value for money.
***
good
Average quality and still recommended. A good experience and good value for money. Nothing to complain about, and you will not be disappointed.
**
fair
Below average quality and/or low value for money, but still acceptable. You will want to consider other options, though.
*
poor
You will most likely be disappointed when booking this. Lowest value for money. Not recommended.

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