Top Reasons to Visit the Scottish Highlands

09 October 2020
Scottish Highlands

There’s so much to see in Scotland, from the bustling city of Glasgow, to the historic streets of Edinburgh and the idyllic, traditional islands. However, in our opinion, there’s no place like the Scottish Highlands.

It’s hard to whittle down the reasons as to what makes it so special, but we’ve decided to give it our best shot. So, here are our top reasons as to why we think everyone should visit the Scottish Highlands at least once:

  1. The breath-taking landscapes
  2. Our famous local food and drink
  3. Adventurous walks and hikes
  4. Unforgettable road trips
  5. Plenty of outdoor activities
  6. Thriving wildlife
  7. Highland hospitality

Scottish Scenery

Now we may be a little biased, but we like to think that the Highlands is one of the most beautiful places in Scotland.

We’ve always said, there’s something about the Highland landscape that gives people a real sense of peace and freedom. Far away from the bustling cities of central Scotland, people have the time to stop and truly take in the breath-taking scenery around them.

From the dramatic peaks, to our beautiful ancient lochs and white sand beaches (you don’t always have to travel to the Caribbean to get those), our Scottish Highland landscapes are truly a sight to behold.

 

Local Food and Drink

Fancy a glass of whisky? You’ve come to the right place. Scottish whisky is regarded as some of the best in the world and we’ve got it all right here in the Highlands. There’s nothing quite like ending a busy day of sightseeing with a smooth glass of single malt.

If that’s not your thing, don’t worry, there’s plenty of Scottish gins, beers and wines to choose from as well. And a hot cup of hot tea with a slice of tablet never goes a miss either.

Speaking of food, you need to try some of our famous local dishes. At Kylesku hotel we serve award-winning, fresh local seafood straight from Loch Glendhu. Our fish and chips are a fan favourite, so much so that we’ve converted a few seafood haters in our time.

Other traditional Scottish dishes to try are Cullen Skink, Stovies and Haggis.

Scottish fish and chips

Walking and Hillwalking

As we said before, the Scottish landscape is a unique beauty and there’s no better way to explore it than on your own two feet.

There’s an abundance of walks available, suitable for all levels. Enjoy some gentle costal walks or conquer a Munro – the world’s your oyster!

Some of our favourite walks in North-West Scotland are the North of Oldshoremore Beach Loop for a peaceful dander on an isolated beach, and Suilven hike (the most famous mountain in Assynt) for some spectacular views.

 

Unforgettable Road Trips

If walking isn’t quite your thing, we’ve got some world-famous drives as well. The North Coast 500 cannot be missed. Go on an epic road trip and venture through the small winding roads through iconic landscapes, mountains, lochs, castles, untouched wilderness and more!

Kylesku Bridge NC500

Outdoor Activities

There’s plenty of outdoor activities to be enjoyed by families and singles alike. On top of the epic hikes we’ve mentioned, you can go mountain biking, cycling, golfing, fishing, kayaking, horse riding and more.

Once things for certain, you’ll never be bored in the Highlands!


Bustling Local Wildlife

The Scottish Highlands are a nature lovers dream. Far away from metropolitan towns and cities, our local wildlife thrives all year round.

North-West Scotland is famous for bird watching with Puffins, Golden Eagles and Herons making a regular appearance. There’s also plenty of seals and you may even be lucky enough to catch some wales and dolphins if you take a boat trip. On dryer land you will catch regular sightings of deer and maybe even a highland cow if you’re lucky!

 

Highland Hospitality 

Last but not least, is our famous Highland Hospitality. Scotland prides itself on its people and we like to think we have some of the best of them in the Highlands.

In the absence of cities, we’ve formed very tight knit communities, but we will always be sure to welcome in new visitors with open arms.

At Kylesku Hotel our mission is to offer all guests a warm welcome and an experience they will never forget. If you’re visiting the North West Coast, make sure to book a night in our award-winning hotel. Like we said, everyone (even your dog) is welcome.

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Alternative local accommodation

If we can't accommodate you at Kylesku Hotel, try booking in with some of our lovely neighbours. Wherever you stay, you’re welcome to join us at the hotel for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Newton Lodge | 01971502070 | New owners Lisa, Ed & their daughter Blythe will welcome you at the Lodge. Great views from the conservatory over Loch Glencoul.
  • Kylesku B&B | 01971 502 400 | David & Sarah run a lovely B&B, situated about 300 yards from Kylesku Hotel. Both rooms are en-suite.
  • Maryck | 01971 502 009 | Mary Miles runs this B&B about 1.5 miles away from us. She has a website, but no email. It’s very clean and she does a fab breakfast. Great views.
  • Kylesku Lodges | 01971502223 | 10 minutes’ walk from us. Although these are self-catering lodges, Cath & Mike will offer short stays of three nights.

Our season

Kylesku Hotel, Restaurant & Bar is open between February and November - we take a winter break in December and January. In 2019 the hotel closed from 10.30am on November 25th. We reopened on 7th February 2020. Our 2020 season has inevitably been disrupted by covid lockdown. As a result, our season end date has not yet been confirmed.

Over the winter you can book a room online. For restaurant reservations please get in touch by email: info@kyleskuhotel.co.uk.