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WHERE TO STAY IN Scotland ?
So many choices, so little advice
Recently I have been searching for accommodation for myself which would enable me to take a short break in the Highlands of Scotland. During this search I have become increasingly aware of some of the little vagaries and nuances which visitors to this country may be perplexed by. The purpose of this short article therefore is to assist those visitors who are looking to book accommodation.
The first recommendation I can make is to use the official Scottish Tourist Board site or one of the regional tourist boards the addresses of which can be found below.
In the interests of fairness and balance you should also consider the following. If someone is a member of the local Tourist Association it does not necessarily mean that you will find everything to your satisfaction as there will always be "one that slips the net". In addition just because a business is not a member of the Tourist Board it does not suggest that it will be bad. The reasons for non-membership are varied. The company could quite simply be successful enough without membership of the Tourist Board. Some businesses will not join the local Tourist Board because they have lost faith in its marketing abilities (the figures for incoming Tourists this year are shocking) and this is especially true in the Highlands. Again this doesn't necessarily mean that the accommodation will be bad
In addition to the Tourist Board there are other organisations (most noticeably the Automobile Association and The Royal Automobile Club) that will rate accommodation providers. Again you should take a broad view of the actual star given i.e. 4 is better than 3 and so on.
When booking accommodation be sensible. What do you want to do on holiday ? What do you want to see ? Book accommodation that will fit in with all your other plans. If in doubt ask the owner what is there to do nearby for an X year old boy or an Y year old girl. If the owner/manager wants your business they will be more than helpful. If not take your money elsewhere.
Wondering what the Scots think the difference is between a hotel or a guest house, pub or an inn (we are a strange lot !) have a look at page two.