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Our selection of places to stay in Scotland – Highlands and Islands are all north of an imaginary line drawn between Edinburgh and Glasgow. This follows the natural division of the country into the relatively low-lying south, and the almost entirely mountainous north. We include not only the great mountain massifs of the Grampians and the Western Highlands, but the offshore archipelagos of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Up the eastern coast of the country there is a relatively low-lying band of land which includes Fife, and the historic coastal towns of Dundee and Aberdeen.
Among our favorites are Monachyle Mhor, Balquhidder, a stylishly converted farmhouse with terrific food; Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye, now run by Lord and Lady Macdonald's daughter; and Coruisk House, a cosy restaurant with rooms, which has incredible views over the Sound of Sleat.
Scottish hotels are generally more expensive than their English counterparts – overheads such as rates are higher north of the border.
As elsewhere, our selection in Scotland – Highlands and Islands offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: guesthouses, inns, restaurants-with-rooms and boutique hotels, with excellent budget hotels for weekend breaks and luxury hotels for special occasions.