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Edinburgh — By Andy Hayes on April 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm
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Wilderness Scotland Shortlisted for Wanderlust Award

Looking for a suggestion on a tour operator to head up to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland?  Well we’d like to share a recommendation as well as extend a warm congratulations to Wilderness Scotland.  Why?  Well, they’ve been shortlisted for a Wanderlust World Guide Award, which is awarded to tour operators worldwide who are providing stellar service.

A Scottish nomination for the awards is impressive, considering there are thousands of nominations and only eight make it to the shortlist finals.  Wilderness Scotland guide Jeremy Martin was shortlisted, and Wanderlust says:

Originally from New Zealand, Jeremy has a huge passion for Scotland and although not a native Scot, he knows the area inside out. Everyone who goes on a kayaking expedition with him, from first timers to pro paddlers, raves about his simple no nonsense approach and sense of humour.

Is Touring the Highlands/Islands Right for You?

I get this question a lot – should visitors to Edinburgh explore the Highlands.  I do encourage everyone, if they have the time, to take a tour up north.  The problem is that often visitors are rushed, and you need 4 or 5 days to properly see Edinburgh (in my opinion).  A few further thoughts on this issue:

  • If you only can spare one day, you have two options:
    • you can take the train to Pitlochry, where you can enjoy several walking trails and tea shops.  It definitely has that Highland feel and scenery.
    • you can also take Haggis or Scotline tours who both offer daytrips to Loch Ness.  This is one of those “iconic” destinations that a lot of people want to see and try to spot Nessie.
  • Otherwise, take the time to properly explore.  There is a lot of ground to cover; some popular choices:
    • Isle of Skye – lots of infrastructure here, and a road bridge makes access easy
  • Islay (pronounced “eye-la”) and Jura: two great islands on the west coast, where you’ll find great views and lots of whisky

For further ideas and tips on the Highlands, visit the official tourism board website: www.visithighlands.com

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