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Meet your Hosts

25/11/2021

In November and December 2021, Nicola and Lynne went 'On Tour' visiting Scotland's Best B&Bs around the country. In this blog, we posted snapshots of the B&Bs hosts they met along the way.

Most often our B&Bs are also our homes. Your B&B hosts are likely to be the ones who meet and greet you. They have a wealth of local knowledge and look forward to sharing the secret gems to visit, the iconic sites not to miss and the best local restaurants and eateries. If you wish, they will likely make a dinner reservation for you. They aim to make lovely memories for guests and they look forward to meeting you.

HOME FARM B&B near MUIR OF ORD

Catching up with Sue and Stewart at Home Farm in the Muir of Ord, just a short distance from the North Coast 500 route. Their passion for gardening shows in the glorious all season display of evergreens and shrubs and beautiful trees in the large garden that surround the B&B. Sue enjoys home baking and is an accomplished cook. Guests can pre-book evening meals to enjoy after exploring the beautiful locations in the Highlands such as Glen Affric or a spot of dolphin watching at Chanonry Point, and return to watch the wildlife and birds in the garden from the conservatory. BOOK NOW

SHARVEDDA B&B in the HIGHLANDS

Patsy has welcomed guests to her home in the Northern Highlands for more than twenty years. A recent addition to Sharvedda are the five alpacas which are pure delight for guests to watch their antics in the nearby fields. Patsy and Don's home is adorned with Patsy's handcrafts and beautiful embroidery showcasing her passion for puffins, which can be seen from the conservatory during spring and early summer. BOOK NOW

CASTLEVIEW B&B in DUFFTOWN

Our fine dining experience at Castleview B&B with a delicious 6 course Tasting menu was pure joy. Ian trained with Nick Nairn and is an accomplished amateur chef. Castleview is on the edge of Moray and close to Aberdeenshire, with 35 whisky distilleries in the area. It is the perfect location to experience all that Speyside has to offer, with fine beaches just a short drive and salmon fishing when in season too. Betty and Ian make a delightful team and ensure their guests have a comfortable stay. BOOK NOW

THE DULAIG in the CAIRNGORMS

Our travels took us to call in on our members Carol and Gordon at The Dulaig, tucked away at the end of a tree lined drive in Grantown-on-Spey, nestled in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. With the tempting aroma of home-baking in the air, it was a treat to enjoy our hosts' hospitality with fresh ground coffee, and warm scones with cream and home-made berry preserves. A perfect rural retreat offers peace and tranquility, the garden is a haven for wildlife with red squirrels, pheasants and ducks. Close to the Speyside Whisky Trail, with beaches and castles just a short drive to explore. BOOK NOW

COIG NA SHEE GUEST HOUSE in the CAIRNGORMS

Dining at home with Marion and Graeme at Coig na Shee was such a treat after our long day visiting the sights in Highland Perthshire. Graeme had prepared an oven baked chicken supper for our late arrival and rhubarb, blackberry and apple crumble to follow. Set in a beautiful elevated position at Newtonmore, Coig na Shee is in an ideal location to visit the Highland Folk Museum nearby, featured in the Outlander films, or take a walk along the Wild Cat Trail. The visitor centre is in the village, or venture on to see the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd. BOOK NOW

GLENGARRY B&B in the CAIRNGORMS

Our members Janet and Roger have been welcoming guests to Glengarry B&B for more than twenty years. Glengarry is a Victorian villa, situated in an elevated position above the town of Kingussie in the Scottish Highlands. Janet bakes her own bread for her guests and makes preserves, chutney and marmalade often using fruit from their beautiful garden. An ideal location to explore before setting off for the NC500 or North East 250. BOOK NOW

BRAE HOUSE in PERTHSHIRE

So lovely to call in and visit Patti and Jim at Brae House in Aberfeldy on our way to take a walk at the Birks of Aberfeldy. Resting awhile alongside Robbie Burns statue beside the rushing waters. Our thanks to Patti for the recommendation to visit the Highland Chocolatier for a tour, tasting and delicious hot chocolate in the Tasting Room. BOOK NOW

WOODCROFT HOUSE in PERTH

Enjoying Afternoon Tea at Woodcroft House, prepared for us by Claire at her beautiful home in Highland Perthshire. Our guest rooms are sheer elegance with antique furniture, plush soft furnishings and roll top baths. Breakfast is served in the Peacock dining room with a roaring open fire to keep you cosy. Woodcroft House is set in an elevated position overlooking the bright lights of Perth, the former capital of Scotland. Claire has taught herself butchery skills and is an accomplished chef offering her guests fine dining in a luxury setting with evening meals available by prior arrangement. BOOK NOW

CRAIGELLIE HOUSE in PERTHSHIRE

While B&B is fairly new to Liz and Charles at Craigellie, their hosting skills and attention to detail are impeccable. They both ensure everything is perfect for their guests and yet allow guests freedom to enjoy their stay without being intrusive in any way. There's a welcoming calmness and a feeling of being 'at home' in an instant. The resident Peacock is a joy to meet, and the organically fed hens too that lay their delicious eggs for guests' breakfast. BOOK NOW

TARSKAVAIG B&B near ST ANDREWS

Arriving at Tarskavaig, just a ten minute drive from the city of St. Andrews, with panoramic views to St. Andrew’s, Perthshire and the Angus hills. It was a treat to enjoy a delicious Charcuterie board, prepared for us in the spacious dining room beside the roaring log fire. Our hosts Allan and Fiona built their own home and have created a modern stylish B&B, that is warm, invititing and comfortable. The quality of furnishing, fittings and workmanship shows at every turn. While the B&B was busy, Allan and Fiona took time to make us feel most welcome, sharing with us many of the activities and places to visit nearby. We booked in to the Gin School, just a short drive ready to source botanicals for a unique gin making experience. BOOK NOW

THE TOWN HOUSE in EDINBURGH

Susan and Robert have welcomed guests to their Edinburgh Town House for nearly forty years. This elegant house with its high ornate ceilings is a former Manse, with the church being right next door. A real bonus for guests is the private parking facility, which Robert will guide you to on arrival. This B&B is situated in a restful, quiet location, just a fifteen minute walk to the City centre, with all that Edinburgh has to offer waiting to be explored. Our two night stay meant we could leave the car and have a rest from driving while visitng some of the historic sites around the City. BOOK NOW

MILL HOUSE in the BORDERS

Oh my word, we arrived to a festive delight. Clare and David have welcomed guests to the Mill House near Kelso for 18 years when their two children were tiny tots. Located at the end of the Pennine Way walking route and close to St. Cuthbert’s Way Trail. Immerse yourself in history at this delightful B&B, just a short drive to Floors Castle, Walled gardens and tea-room; learn the history and explore Roxburgh Castle ruins; follow in the footsteps of humble monks and canons and visit four Abbey ruins at Kelso, Melrose, Dryburgh and Jedburgh. BOOK NOW

ABBOTSHAW HOUSE in the BORDERS

It was super to meet Tom and Pam at Abbotshaw House in the Scottish Borders. And fabulous too, to have a run on their Trike through the rolling hills with beautiful views to Cumbria, on our way to Hermitage Castle. Tom fitted us with safety helmets. Trike tours are available to book direct or during your stay at their farmhouse B&B. BOOK NOW

THE WATERSIDE ROOMS in DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

Arriving at The Waterside Rooms and chatting with Eric and Judith your eyes are instantly drawn to the Solway. A serene place that delights at every turn. The views from our rooms indulge our senses, looking straight out to the Solway Firth which separates Scotland and England. Judith enjoys baking which is delightful for guests, having delicious slices of layered cake filled with home-made preserve and cream waiting under a domed plate for us to indulge in afternoon tea.
The rooms are quiet and peaceful, our hosts Judith and Eric are generous of their time; informative and helpful; advising some delightful places to visit that we would unlikely find ourselves. BOOK NOW

SOUTHPARK HOUSE in Dumfries

Great to meet our host Ewan at Southpark Guest House on the outskirts of Dumfries, with beautiful views over the valleys, hills and fields. With a guest lounge and kitchenette for guests to use too. Breakfast is served in the spacious conservatory dining room. Ewan tells many a funny story, is a great host and a true delight at his award winning B&B. Making a reservation for us at The Cavens, pub, restaurant and cocktail bar, just a short drive into town for a delicious and very reasonable priced rib-eye steak! BOOK NOW

GOWANLEA HEIGHTS B&B in KINTYRE

While opening their home to guests is fairly new to John and David at Gowanlea Heights in Campbeltown, their ethos is for guests to not want for anything they would miss from home. And so that 'home from home' feeling is one of comfort, reassurance and a knowing your hosts truly care for your wellbeing. Gowanlea Heights is a home that hugs you and David's delicious home baking awaits your arrival for afternoon tea by the cosy log fire. BOOK NOW

 

THE HEATHERS in the HIGHLANDS

Former hoteliers Ian and Sheila welcome guests to their home at The Heathers near Spean Bridge. With a beautiful garden and a backdrop of heather hills, awash with the vibrant colours of rhododendrons in the springtime. The Heathers is set in a peaceful elevated location, with stunning views over Loch Lochy. Sheila was delighted when this year, her Seville Orange Marmalade gained a Gold Award at the 2021 Marmalade and Festival Awards at Dalmein in Cumbria where entrants come from across the globe. BOOK NOW

STRATHGORM on the ISLE OF SKYE

It was a such a joy to arrive at Strathgorm B&B on the Isle of Skye - a beautiful location beside the sea near Broadford. Our hosts Alison and Neil have welcomed guests to their home for more than thirty years. We were delighted when Neil donned his kilt and read a Robbie Burns poem in Scottish dialect to celebrate St. Andrew's Day - and taking off on his bicycle made our day! It really is the most perfect place to stay while visiting the 'Misty Isle' as well as nearby Eilean Donan Castle just a short drive away across the Skye Bridge. There's a glorious walk at low tide to a neighbouring island which Alison and Neil can tell you all about. BOOK NOW

BINNILIDH MHOR in GLENMORISTON

'Hill to plate' is the order of the day at Binnilidh Mhor B&B where guests can enjoy hearty home cooking by Allan and Sheila including venison from the local estate. After an evening meal, you can unwind at the end of the day by the cosy log fire in the lounge. With Allan's wealth of knowledge on Scottish wildlife, re-wilding projects and understanding of deer behaviour, it's a joy to listen to his stories. While Sheila's pride of her family's heather honey is evident and the taste is too delicious. They are both just so attentive and welcoming to guests in their Highland home. BOOK NOW

INVERNESS HOUSE

A lovely welcome on arrival at Inverness House, with beautiful spacious guest rooms overlooking the Caledonian Canal. A pool room in the garden and hot tub too, guests are spoilt for choice for activities, with cycles and e-bikes to hire as well as kayaks. Dermot runs a cycling tour business and has a wealth of knowledge of the best routes to enjoy wildlife and stunning scenery. Linette and Dermot are avid travellers and many spectacular photographs adorn the walls, it’s such a joy to hear their travelling stories. BOOK NOW

WHITE ROSE TOWER in the HIGHLANDS

So lovely to meet Liz and Simon at White Rose Tower and hear their stories of setting up their B&B and newly opened in August 2021. It’s clear to see the meticulous care they’ve taken to ensure every comfort to welcome their guests. Lovely to meet their dogs Archie and Suki who are only invited into the Great Hall if guests are happy to meet them. Set within 90 acres of beautiful woodland in the Scottish Highlands, it was a pleasant surprise to witness a roe deer crossing our path on approach to White Rose Tower. A hidden gem surrounded by nature and wildlife. BOOK NOW

Making a reservation with Scotland’s Best B&Bs is exactly the same as booking direct with your hosts. Each of our B&Bs has their own page on our website with a link to their own on-line booking system, or of course you can call them direct or send an email. Our hosts are all happy to discuss what is important to you so you can make the most of your precious holiday time. Do let your hosts know of any allergies or any special requests. They will do all they can to make your stay a comfortable and enjoyable one for you. You can see an interactive map of all of our B&Bs using the Search and Book button at the top of this page.

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