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Getting There

Aer Lingus (0818 365 000; aerlingus.com) flies from Dublin and Cork to Glasgow from €60 return. My car rental came to €29 per day (arnoldclarkrental.com)

Staying there

If drawing your curtains to foxglove-dotted Highlands sounds inviting, the eco- sensitive environs of Ewich cottage should make the perfect Highland haven. €43pps B&B.

Tel: 0044 183 830 0300; ewich.co.uk.

Located on Skye's far-flung Waternish peninsula, the quaint Stein Inn has been a fisherman's haunt since 1790.

Be sure to try the kippers (pictured) for breakfast. €43pps B&B.

Tel: 0044 147 059 2362; steininn.co.uk.

So hidden away, it's a genuine find -- The Rowans in Portnalong panders to every self- catering whim, but for your own butler (though the delightful Mrs Duffill comes close). €42pps B&B.

Tel: 0044 147 864 0478; therowansonskye.com.

See visitscotland.com for more.

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