A Scottish Honeymoon: Navigating the High Road
Getting around the highlands is a breeze, with plenty to do along the way.
With miles of open byways, driving in the Highlands is a pleasure, even for motorists unaccustomed to driving on the left side of the road. You can rent a car or let someone else to the driving. Little’s Chauffeur Drive has bases in Glasgow and Edinburgh and provides drivers attired in snappy gray livery throughout Scotland. Little’s also rents vintage Rolls Royces for destination weddings.
There aren’t many people who live and work between villages and small cities, so traffic is rarely a problem. That allows passengers to focus on views of craggy mountains, waving fields of heather and sheep grazing in picturesque pastures beside shimmering lochs.
In the remote reaches of Wester Ross, the privileged shooting set roughed it in style in the Victorian era. You can, too, at The Torridon, originally constructed as a baronial hunting lodge in 1887 with jaw-dropping views of the mountains and a sea loch.
There are outdoor activities galore, including kayaking, hiking and clay pigeon shooting. Wander the 58-acre grounds, which encompass a vegetable and herb garden supplying the kitchen and a corral for shaggy Highland cattle, which eventually wind up on the dinner plate, too.
If breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day, count on the Scots to get you off to a great start. The Torridon’s full breakfast includes local eggs, bacon, black pudding, grilled tomato, mushrooms and a savory cake of haggis, the traditional dish made of sheep offal and oatmeal.
Fancy a nightcap, darling? Choose from more than 400 single-malt Scotch whiskies in The Torridon’s convivial paneled bar before you glide off to bed. Updated guest rooms offer comfy beds with upholstered headboards and large, modern baths.
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