Why should you visit Scotland?

This week our guest post has been written by Donna the assistant manager at Bay Dornoch Hotel.

It doesn’t matter where you wake up when visiting one of our hotels in Scotland, the view is always worth the journey!

My first job with the company was as a receptionist in the Bay Highland Hotel, Strathpeffer. A lovely little village in Scotland within easy travelling distance of beautiful places such as Ullapool, which should definitely be on your list of things to do!

I am currently the Assistant Manager at the Bay Dornoch Hotel. Dornoch is a beautiful village with a stunning Cathedral, some quaint wee shops to spend your pennies in and a spectacularly well looked after beach. I can say with fondness and from personal experience, a dip in the water, even if just up to your knees, is an absolutely bracing experience!

What can I do in Scotland?

The view from Caledonian Hotel, Scotland

View from Bay Caledonian Hotel

Scotland offers some amazing views and whether you prefer the spectacular view of Loch Linnhe  as seen from the front door of the Bay Caledonian Hotel or the stunning sea view from the grounds at the Bay Dornoch Hotel.

The view from Dornoch Hotel, Scotland

The view from Bay Dornoch Hotel

Dornoch is an excellent base for the Orkney Tour as well as the historic Castle of Mey. Fort William is just an hours ride to Oban, its only 4 miles from the Treasures of the Earth attraction and 45 minutes from stunning Fort Augustus.

On your way up to Scotland by letting a friend do the driving allows you to relax and appreciate the sights. Alternatively take the wheel yourself and arrive at your own leisure. Each hotel has information on walks, museums (such as West Highland Museum in Fort William), distilleries (like the Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain near Dornoch) and many more local attractions just waiting for you to explore.

It doesn’t matter what time you have to get up to travel to Scotland, when taking in the sights, sunrises and sunsets, time stands still.

I have spent 2 winters now in Fort William while Dornoch is closed for the winter. During that time the views from the hotel were absolutely amazing! If you are not afraid of heights, you could take a ride on the Gondola at the Ben Nevis Mountain Range to take in the breathtaking vistas! If this is not your cup of tea, then just relax in the hotel and order from our extensive lounge menu if you have a free day. The trips here include Oban, which has always been a firm favourite for me and Fort Augustus, a tranquil wee haven with more than a few photo opportunities.

Fort Augustus at mouth of Loch Ness, Scotland

Fort Augustus at mouth of Loch Ness


I have worked around different parts of Scotland like Strathpeffer, Dornoch and Fort William. I have to say I have a favourite but what is your favourite? We would love to know what you think or, if you haven’t ventured that far north, come and see us, you will not be disappointed!

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  • we were at the Dornoch hotel last September the views are stunning & Dornoch is a lovely little town we had a great time there & will definitely go back. The Tarbet Hotel on loch Lomond is another lovely place views to die for & the hotel itself reminded me of the big house in Monarch of the glen ( tv program ) This September we are going to Portpatrick I,m really looking forward to it. It is a long way for us (we live in Kent ) but its well worth it.

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