Details, Scotland

October 12, 2012
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GETTING THERE

Multiple airlines offer one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Edinburgh, with early April fares currently starting at $1,050 round-trip.

WHERE TO STAY

Rocpool Reserve

14 Culduthel Rd., Inverness

011-44-1463-240089

rocpool.com

House-turned-luxury hotel in the heart of Inverness. Rooms from about $340.

Inverlochy Castle Hotel

Torlundy, Fort William

011-44-1397-702177

inverlochycastlehotel.com

Baronial splendor and service in the Scottish Highlands. What’s not to like? Rooms from about $712.

The Gleneagles Hotel

Auchterarder, Perthshire

011-44-1764-662231

gleneagles.com

Scottish version of an all-inclusive luxury resort on 850 acres. Outdoor activities include golf, gun dog school, fishing and falconry. Rooms from about $275.

The Scotsman

20 North Bridge, Edinburgh

011-44-131-5565565

thescotsmanhotel.co.uk

Enviable downtown location in the former Scotsman newspaper building. Rooms from about $200.

WHERE TO EAT

The Auld Smiddy Inn

154 Atholl Rd., Pitlochry

011-44-1796-472356

auldsmiddyinn.co.uk

Comfy pub with traditional Scottish fare, including haggis and a variety of smoked seafood. Entrees from about $12.

The Kitchen

15 Huntly St., Inverness

011-44-1463-259119

kitchenrestaurant.co.uk

Airy modern restaurant overlooking the River Ness. Entrees from about $19.

Deil’s Cauldron

27 Dundas St., Comrie

011-44-1764-670352

deilscauldron.co.uk

Small-town charm, with way-better-than-pub food and wine menus. Entrees start at around $19.

Fiddler’s

Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness

011-44-1456-450678

fiddledrum.co.uk

Traditional and fancier pub grub focusing on game meats, salads. Particularly tasty is their local haggis with whisky cream sauce, around $9.

The Grain Store

30 Victoria St., Edinburgh

011-44-1312-257635

grainstore-restaurant.co.uk

Charming second-story restaurant near Edinburgh Castle. Entrees start at around $29 for the pan-seared hake with baby leeks and shellfish veloute.

WHAT TO DO

Jacobite Cruises Ltd.

Loch Ness, Inverness

011-44-1463-233999

jacobite.co.uk

Various daily cruises on Loch Ness, including a visit to Urquhart Castle. About $29, kids $20. Reservations recommended.

Fort Augustus Highland and Rare Breeds Croft

Rowan Lea, Auchterawe Road

Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire

011-44-1320-366433

A Noah’s Ark of native Scottish animals, many of which can be petted. $3, family $8, kids free. Open April through October.

The Scottish Deer Centre

Bow of Fife, Cupar

011-44-1337-810391

tsdc.co.uk

Native deer, plus wolves and wildcats. Park admission about $12, children about $8, younger than 3 free. Open daily.

Raptor World

011-44-7976-227699

raptorworld.co.uk

Birds of prey experience at the Scottish Deer Centre. Two-hour Beak to Beyond program, which includes flying hawks and owls, runs about $100, kids younger than 14 $76. By reservation only.

Edinburgh Dungeon

31 Market St., Edinburgh

011-44-871-4232250

thedungeons.com

A kind of permanent interactive Halloween house showcasing the country’s high points of low behavior — from witch trials to psychopathic cannibals. Adults $26, kids $19.

INFORMATION

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