Located right in the mainland UK, but possibly unknown to some British holidaymakers, the Scottish Highlands offer a placid retreat set against a backdrop of mountains and the sea, and the region near to Aberdeen has recently been noted for its holiday appeal.
In an article on ‘remote’ destinations for travel in Forbes Magazine – where visitors would be set apart from the modern world and secluded from major cities – the Garvault Hotel in Sutherland, situated in 40 acres of ground, ranked among the best in the world.
Fortunately for UK holidaymakers looking for the ultimate escape, the hotel – along with all the rustic and rugged appeal of the Scottish Highlands, can be accessed from major Scottish cities such as Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, meaning one doesn’t have to travel halfway around the world to ‘get away from it all’.
Monte Burke of Forbes, described the area as such: “There is literally nothing for miles. Guests can trek over the Highlands, go salmon and trout fishing or bird-watch, then get warmed up over a traditional peat fire.”
The relaxed appeal of the region remains strong in an otherwise busy world where communication and the transfer of information is made constantly and easily accessible by new technology. However, travellers often feel the need to leave that all behind, and that’s when a trip to the Highlands comes in handy.
Burke explained the reasoning behind such solitary getaways: “In this super-connected world, vacations often just become mobile work offices. At these remote hotels, especially if you build in time for actually getting there and back, you really can find that restorative solitude.”