See the wild edges of Scotland with an island hopping trip that will give you a taste of the finest hospitality the Scottish Isles have to offer. While the pace of a trip that involves multiple destinations isn’t for everyone there is something intrinsically exciting about adventuring to pastures new every couple of days. With this fast pace having a comfy bed to sleep in becomes extremely important which is why we have seleceted the best hotels and B&Bs to stay in on our favourite islands.
Isle of Arran
Often called Scotland in miniature, Arran is one of the easiest islands to get to. When we stay here we adore the Cruickshanks Boutique B&B which offers 3 gorgeously spacious room all with their own en-suites. Breakfast is served in the book lines Ceilidh room complete with wood burning stove. Don’t forget the afternoon tea which is served daily at 4pm.
The Bellachroy Hotel in Mull will certainly give you a taste for history! This historic building dates back to 1608, yet has all the mod cons you would expect such as wi-fi and ensuite rooms. Yoru room includes a delicious hot cooked breakfast every morning and you can spend your nights cosied up in the hotel bar.
On a trip to the whisky isle why not indulge yourself with a stay at one of the countries finest and oldest country house hotels? Islay House is the epitome of the Highland country house hotel, set in 28 acres of gorgeous grounds with views out over the sea loch, you will find this the perfect spot to rest and recharge before moving on to your next island adventure.
The Outer Hebrides
You could easily just choose to island hop amongst the islands and outcroppings that make up the Outer Hebrides, never mind the other ones that pepper the coast of Scotland! We love the communities that lie nestled on the edge of the Atlantic so much we couldn’t just choose one hotel to stay in.
Galson Farm is located on the Isle of Lewis and will give you a taste of farm life while you chow down on food from the actual farm. This comfy retreat also has a hostel option should you want something a bit more budget friendly or need to accommodate a larger and/or self-catering group.
The Isle of Benbecula House Hotel is the ideal spot for avid bird and wildlife watchers. Offering two bars in addition to the delicious home cooked food you will find your soul and belly satisfied with a stay here.
Kirkwall makes the perfect central location for exploring The Orkneys and there is nowhere more convenient to stay than the Orkney Hotel. Snuggle down in an elaborately carved 4 poster bed to prepare yourself for exploring this historic spot. Dinner, bed and breakfast deals are available and you can even arrange for packed lunches to snack on whilst out and about.
While many of the islands have airports, the convenience of flying to the islands will cost you. The islands are well served by Cal-Mac ferries who offer island hopping tickets. Depending on when you are travelling you will want to book in advance if you are taking a car with you as many of the routes are very popular, especially during the summer months.