Rural Retreats - Scottish Highlands

Staying with Scotland’s Best B&Bs means you can be sure of high standards and enjoy a rural retreat with a very personal, warm welcome from your hosts. We are all inspected by Visit Scotland Quality Assurance advisors and have been graded from 4 Stars right up to 5 Star GOLD.

The Scottish Highlands is one of the most popular escapes thanks to its iconic wild landscapes where you can enjoy nature at its very best.

  • MAGNIFICENT SCENERY - from mountains and lochs to unspoilt glens and miles of coastline.
  • OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - hill walking, watersports, mountain biking, climbing, cycling, fishing, golf and more.
  • HISTORY & HERITAGE - home of some of Scotland's most well known clans and castles, as well as prehistoric monuments.
  • FOOD & DRINK - sample fresh seafood and artisan cheeses, and tour a whisky distillery or craft brewery.

Glen Etive - Puffin - Isle of Skye
Glen Etive - Puffin - Isle of Skye

We have B&Bs from Glencoe to Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye. You can also explore the North Coast 500 staying at Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs along the way.

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs in the Scottish Highlands

CAIRNGORMS

Coig na Shee B&B, CairngormsCoig na Shee
This 4 star Highland lodge sits in mature grounds on the edge of the village of Newtonmore in the Cairngorms National Park. Choice of ensuite kingsize double or twin bedrooms overlooking the gardens (some have a bath tub as well as a walk in shower). Enjoy a full Scottish breakfast or one of the daily specials. Evening meals are homecooked for groups of 4 people or more. This area is perfect for wildlife spotting and outdoor activities. Ideally situated for exploring the Cairngorms, Speyside, Loch Ness and the Highlands with many distilleries and historic attractions within a short drive. Aviemore 16 miles, Inverness 45 miles, Fort William 45 miles. BOOK NOW

The Dulaig B&B, CairngormsThe Dulaig
This 5 star Gold B&B is an elegant, country house in Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park. Due to Covid-19, only one party of guests may stay at any given time so you will have exclusive use (for up to four guests who are travelling together). Luxurious blend of modern furnishings and Arts and Crafts antiques. Award-winning breakfasts and delicious home-baking. Relax in the garden which is a haven for wildlife including red squirrels and pheasants. Perfect for romantic breaks. Ideal for exploring the Speyside Whisky Trail, castles, wildlife watching and outdoor activities. Bookings are currently being taken by email or phone only (not via the online booking system). BOOK NOW

LOCH NESS

Pottery House B&B, Loch NessThe Pottery House
This 4 Star GOLD B&B is in the peaceful village of Dores with amazing views across Loch Ness. Just 15 minutes drive from Inverness. Relax and explore the less travelled side of Loch Ness. Choice of 3 kingsize double/twin rooms. Hearty breakfasts including homemade bread and jams. Taste Our Best award. Conveniently situated to explore the Highlands. BOOK NOW

Bluebell House B&B InvernessBluebell House
This 4 star B&B is located in the centre of Inverness just a short walk from the castle and the river. Choice of kingsize double rooms including a four poster. Loch Ness is a short drive away, as well as many castles and distilleries. An ideal place to start your NC500 road trip. BOOK NOW

Binnilidh Mhor Loch NessBinnilidh Mhor
This 4 Star B&B is situated in Glenmoriston near Loch Ness, half way between Inverness and the Isle of Skye. Set in its own grounds surrounded by open views and forests, it's perfect for hill walking or an ideal touring base. Choice of double/twin bedrooms or a large suite for 4 people. Only one household group will stay here at a time. Evening meals (1, 2 or 3 courses) are available with prior notice. Taste our Best award. BOOK NOW

WEST HIGHLANDS

The Heathers B&B, Spean BridgeThe Heathers
This 4 Star GOLD B&B is in a beautiful hillside setting overlooking Loch Lochy midway between Fort William (15 miles) and Loch Ness (18 miles). Ideal for touring the Highlands & Skye or exploring a range of outdoor activities. Relax in one of 3 ensuite bedrooms (double/twin) and enjoy breakfast overlooking the loch. 10% discount when you stay for 3 or more nights in 2020. BOOK NOW

Highland View B&B near GlencoeHighland View
This 4 Star B&B with stunning views sits on the shores of Loch Linnhe between Glencoe and Fort William. Relax in the spectacular scenery of mountains and lochs of the West Highlands. Ben Nevis, Isle of Skye, Ardnamurchan, Isle of Mull, Oban are all within easy reach. Choice of 3 kingsize / superking ensuite rooms (one with private outdoor patio with secluded seating area). BOOK NOW

Morvich B&B Fort WilliamMorvich
This 4 Star GOLD B&B in Fort William sits in an elevated position overlooking Loch Linnhe and the Ardgour Hills. Choice of 4 ensuite kingsize double bedrooms overlooking the sea loch where you can sometimes spot porpoise and seals. Spacious terrace overlooking the loch. Enjoy a full cooked breakfast or choose from extensive menu of specials. An ideal base from which to explore the West Highlands or why take a trip on the Jacobite steam train? Fort William is the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK' with a wide range of activities from skiing to watersports. BOOK NOW

Spean Lodge Country HouseSpean Lodge Country House
This 4 Star GOLD B&B sits in 2 acres of landscaped and wooded grounds above the River Spean in Spean Bridge. Just 9 miles from Fort William and Ben Nevis, it's ideal for exploring The Great Glen, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye and Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy stunning mountain scenery, outdoor activities and wildlife spotting. Tastefully furnished with antiques and original paintings, the lodge has 3 ensuite rooms (double, twin, family). Relax in the guest lounge with views towards the Nevis range of mountains. Enjoy breakfast in the elegant dining room overlooking the garden. BOOK NOW

ISLE OF SKYE

Cuil Lodge, Isle of SkyeCuil Lodge
This 4 Star GOLD B&B in north Skye has spectacular views over Uig Bay. Discover the island's castles, wildlife and scenery. Take the ferry to the Outer Hebrides or a boat trip to St Kilda. Open for 2 guests (1 room) at a time. Guests can use the two downstairs lounges, sun room, and outdoor seating area. Full cooked breakfast. A 'light bite' evening meal option is available, by prior arrangement. Taste Our Best award. 10% discount on all bookings for stays of 4 or more nights. Over 18s only. BOOK NOW

Strathgorm, Isle of SkyeStrathgorm
This 4 Star B&B on the Isle of Skye is a spacious family house with spectacular views over Broadford Bay and nearby islands. Explore the castles, mountains, history and wildlife of this magical island. Take a boat trip or spot some of the local dolphins off the coast. Choice of 3 double/twin rooms. Walkers, cyclists and bikers welcome. Full Scottish breakfast or Continental options. Taste our Best award. BOOK NOW

NORTH HIGHLANDS

Home Farm B&B Muir of OrdHome Farm
This 4 star Gold B&B on the Black Isle sits in an acre of landscaped gardens with views to the surrounding hills. Guests can relax in the garden room, the guest lounge or the garden itself. Only 20 minutes drive north of Inverness, it is ideal for exploring Loch Ness, Glen Affric, Moray, the North Coast 500 and the Highlands. You can also go dolphin watching nearby. Choice of 3 guest rooms with double, twin and family sleeping arrangements - although only one party of guests may stay at any given time so you will have exclusive use. Breakfast is prepared by your hostess using eggs from her own hens. Dinners are available by arrangement featuring the finest meat and seafood including langoustines and scallops caught locally. BOOK NOW

Auld Post Office B&B Caithness ScotlandAuld Post Office B&B
This 4 Star Gold B&B in Caithness is set in 8 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and private woodland. Choice of 2 en-suite bedrooms (kingsize or super-kingsize) with individual French doors to the patio and gardens. Self-contained Annex Cottage with 1 twin / superking double room with a log-burning stove in the cosy lounge and private garden area. Quietly situated in the countryside on the A9 and North Coast 500 route, it is a short drive from Thurso and Wick. Attractions in the area include cliff-top walks, sea bird colonies, archaeological sites, distilleries and boat trips to Orkney, as well as the Queen Mother's former castle and gardens. The Auld Post Office can offer a unique Gin Tasting Evening where you will be guided through different flavours. BOOK NOW

Sharvedda B&B SutherlandSharvedda Bed & Breakfast
This 4 Star GOLD B&B is located in the far north of Sutherland on the spectacular North Coast 500. Sharvedda has panoramic views over Strathy Bay and is ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts wanting a remote, tranquil getaway. Explore Sutherland's mountains and coast - see birds, marine wildlife, sea stacks, caves and beaches. Visit the Castle of Mey or take the ferry to Orkney. Choice of 2 guest bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin). A full Scottish breakfast is served in the conservatory with views from Strathy Point to Dunnet Head and across the waters of the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands. Light evening meals are available by arrangement. BOOK NOW

The Scottish Highlands is an all year round destination where you can enjoy skiing and snowsports in the winter, or hill walking and rock climbing in the summer months. There are plenty of trails for mountain biking, numerous golf courses, as well as opportunities for watersports with all the lochs and hundreds of miles of coastline. Fishing is another popular pastime in the Highlands.

Hillwaker on Stac Pollaidh. Photo by Kenny Lam / Visit Scotland
Hillwalking in the Highlands - Stac Pollaidh, Wester Ross. Photo copyright Kenny Lam / Visit Scotland

EXPLORE MORE RURAL RETREATS IN SCOTLAND:

Rural Retreats in Southern Scotland (Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Borders)

Rural Retreats in Central Scotland (Edinburgh area, Perthshire, Fife)

Rural Retreats in North East Scotland (Angus and Dundee, Aberdeenshire)

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