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

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. OPEN from July 2020. 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. OPEN from August 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). OPEN from end July 2020. 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. OPEN from late July. 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. OPEN from end September 2020. 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. Re-opening in August 2020 with just 1 room for guests (deluxe double / twin bedroom with ensuite bath/shower). Other bedrooms may be re-opened later in the year. Guests can use the two downstairs lounges, sun room, and outdoor seating area. Full cooked breakfast. A 'light bite' evening meal option will be available, by prior arrangement. Taste Our Best award. 10% discount on all bookings for stays of 4 or more nights. Over 18s only. OPEN from August 2020. 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. OPEN from July. 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. OPEN from July 2020. 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. OPEN from July 2020. 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 climing 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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