Hello wildlife fans!
Please help me if you can. My fiance and I are getting married on October 20th this year and are planning a honeymoon in Scotland. Neither of us have ever been before, so we started off thinking we'd visit the Cairngorms without realizing how vast that area actually is. Now I've started to look into the different areas we could visit I'm so torn! Perthshire looks amazing, as does Speyside and Aviemore. I really don't know where to start.
So, if any of you know much about visiting Scotland I would REALLY appreciate your advice and suggestions. We will be going for 7 to 10 nights and would like to spit the holiday in two, so we can stay in a nice hotel for a few nights and get waited on a bit, but then we'd like to stay in a cabin for a bit and enjoy some wilderness. We'd like to be close to a nature reserve or two for some easy wildlife watching.
Really though any suggestions would be welcome. I think Scotland is somewhere we will explore in more depth over our lifetimes, but where is a good place to start?
Honeymooning in Scotland in October? Fabulous! Wherever your hearts are set, you've got to marvel at the hills -glorious heather - and October is a cracker! Speyside and the Aviemore area are indeed enchanting. I too love the majesty of those hills, however, may I also suggest the West Highlands? Lochaber, Glencoe, Glen Etive areas. Equally magic! The road to Skye via Mallaig (from Fort William) is an adventurer's dream... Glen Nevis is fabulous too. So many treasures to find!
TheWest Highlands are your oyster,
happy honeymooning :-)
Thank you! I am so excited now! I thought that Scotland would be just the place for an Autumn honeymoon. So, West Highlands is also beautiful... I'll have to do some googleing to whittle it down.
I have to say that after watching tonight's countryfile we'd quite like to try out a highland safari.
Thanks for the advice Nat.
Hi Krystal, I live in the cairngorms, nr Aviemore. If you'd like to email me I might be able to help ref places, wildlife hotels etc.
forgot to say.... congrats on the engagement, and you've picked a great place to honeymoon :) !!
hello, i go to scotland twice a year and stop in invergarry-inverness-shire at a little place called ardgarry farm it is situated perfectly for visiting the cairmgorms and is also on the road to the isles the drive to skye is an hours drive with some awesome views and mallaig is about one and a half hours drive but well worth the journey i highly recommend this as a perfect honeymoon destination
have a lovely time whereever you go :)
Hello Krystal, and congratulations on your forthcoming marriage. Like you my wife and I honeymooned in Scotland, and yes would thoroughly recommend you look at this website too Loch Scavaig/Coruisk Bella Jane Boat Excursion which leaves from Elgol, Skye. During our trip we saw dolphins come really close often lifting themselves clear of the water, you will see the seals too. This trip will also give you a world class view of the Black Cuillins - not to be missed.
Another tip, and yes we have done it - get onto the Jacobite Book Jacobite Tickets Fort William to Mallaig via Glenfinnan Viaduct.
Very romantic train journey, very honeymoon.
Check out the Caledonian MacBrayne website for your tickets to the Inner and Outer Hebrides.
Would agree with Nat Hall's advice too. Undiscovered Scotland Website
Hope my suggestions will help. Can't believe it's almost three years since we were in Scotland for our honeymoon.
That website is brilliant. I will spend a bit of time on there now and gather my thoughts. I might see if Neil wants to go for 2 weeks instead of one.......
Hi Michael. Still haven't booked anything yet! I'm sorting through your links and trying to get a good plan together, so I'll let you know when I've chosen the destination(s?).
We probably will use enterprise as well. No luck with getting Neil to go for 2 weeks though. Darn expensive weddings... Would rather skip the formalities and get down to some holidaying!
Thank you for all the suggestions people! Wherever we end up, I hope to get lots of wonderful pics to share.
Congratulations! I would suggest Ardnamurchan and the Isle of Mull - it is the perfect honeymoon destination combination. The wildlife is abundant in Ardnamurchan - pine martens, golden and white-tailed sea eagles, buzzards, hen harrier, merlin, porpoise, otter, hedgehog, fox, common and grey seal etc. and one of the best places in Scotland to have the chance of spotting Scottish wildcat. In October the colours of the woodland and moorland are spectacular and you'd be in the prime place to see and hear the red deer rut. It is a remote and stunningly beautiful wilderness area with incredible atlantic oak rainforest and beautiful loch Sunart. You can take a boat trips or hire a small boat from Ardnamurchan Charters at Laga Bay. A visit to Sanna Bay and the lighthouse at Ardnamurchan point are a must (to get there you drive through the extinct volcano crater!). I'm not sure if the lighthouse will still be open to climb at that time of year, but you have an amazing view out to the small isles even from ground level and it is a prime spot to watch for cetaceans - minke whales, various species of dolphin and even orca are frequently spotted from here. Sanna Bay is the most incredible white sand beach with rocky bays and backed by machair. Great for swimming/paddling, looking for shells and spotting otters. If it rains, there is the Nadurra Natural History Centre at Glenmore which has a living building and interesting displays about the local landscape and wildlife. You can then get the ferry over to the Isle of Mull from Kilchoan or Lochaline. Mull is also a wildlife hot spot, plus there are lovely restaurants in Tobermory (highly recommend Cafe Fish which is right where the Kilchoan ferry comes in at the end of the harbour and the Pier Fish & Chip van). Most of the boat trips to Staffa, Treshnish etc. will have stopped running I think, but Sea Life Surveys may still be running whale watching trips or shorter wildlife watching trips if the weather is good. You can get the tiny ferry over to Ulva for great walks and a lovely tea room/museum or travel the length of the island and take the ferry over to Iona to see the abbey etc. If you like a bit of culture as well as wildlife watching, there are several castles you can visit, art galleries, the distillery. If you'd prefer to go on an organised wildlife watching trip, Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions (David Woodhouse) would be my recommendation. I can highly recommend renting Glenmore Cottage in Ardnamurchan http://www.holidayardnamurchan.co.uk/index.php/accommodation/glenmo... It looks out across the loch and saltmarsh so there is wildlife from the big cathedral windows - I've spotted dolphins, porpoise, red deer, otter, geese, golden plover, golden eagle etc. without even leaving the house, plus pine martens will visit at night if you tempt them in with some peanuts on the patio. There are lots of great hotels on Mull - Torr Buan 4 star b&b is excellent - just one suite so very private as you'll be the only guests and the food is fabulous http://www.torrbuan.com/torr_buan/index.htm (they also run the guided wildlife trips). In Tobermory I like the Mishnish http://www.mishnish.co.uk, which is right on the seafront but there are lots of options. Have a fantastic time wherever you end up visiting.