Scottish B&Bs in May: Book in advance, or arrive as a walk-in?
April 4, 2014 5:05 AM Subscribe
My wife and I are in the midst of planning a driving tour through Scotland for the first week of May. (Main destinations: Glencoe and the Isle of Skye). Finding a hotel in Edinburgh was a piece of cake, but the Glencoe and Skye areas, after looking through the listings on Trip Advisor, seem to be booked in advance.
However, there's no end of small B&Bs and inns to be had in these areas. The pickings hardly appear to be slim.
On recent drives through the UK and Ireland, we've generally taken a pass on booking in advance for rural towns and villages, showing up where we like in the evening and finding a place on the fly. We've always found a vacancy or two. However, would this be a risky strategy for Glencoe and the Isle of Skye for early May, a "shoulder" season on the tourist calendar?
What have been your experiences with Scottish B&Bs, hotels and inns in the rural highlands? Are owners generally friendly and accommodating to walk-ins, hoping to fill a sudden cancellation or vacancy? Is it relatively easy to find accommodations without advanced notice, or have you been plagued with endless "No Vacancy" signs?