Our first home swap exploring the Scottish Highlands
"We have just come back from our first ever home swap holiday - leaving London in the evening on the Caledonian Sleeper with very comfy bunks and waking up in the Highlands was a great way to start.
We used the local buses and the Traveline Scotland app to get about. The buses were extremely reliable and frequent enough to make exploring the local area without a car possible.
Our 'swapees', Jimmy and Anne, are experienced home swappers and provided us with all the information we needed to make the most of the area. Their lovely flat in Kinlochleven was a very comfortable base for the four of us to enjoy our holiday.
On the practical side the Co-op just a few minutes from the flat, the Chinese take away, local taxi (to seafood restaurant) and the buses, as mentioned, meant we had no practical problems.
In terms of our take home memories - walking out form the village to quiet peaceful mountainside and then also being there for the weekend of the pre-65 motor-cross (our choice to be there for that!). Walking in and around Glencoe and learning some more of the history including visiting the Folk Museum in the village and the visitors centre up the glen was great; a trip along the other side of the loch to Lochleven Seafood cafe - best oysters ever in the hot seafood platter - was definitely 'worth a detour' - and the loch seen from "the other side" is possibly even more beautiful.
By way of summary: we saw waterfalls (Inchree Waterfall was a lovely afternoon); walked moors, ate excellent food; went on a sea loch cruise from Fort William and learnt a little more about the Highland history.
If you want to explore further afield you probably do need a car and if you use public transport you do need to plan a bit so you don't miss the buses you want.
Anything we would have done differently? We should have allowed more than the 90 minutes we had before closing for the West Highland Museum.
We returned to London rocked to sleep on the train and came back home to find everything in perfect order. We trust Jimmy and Anne had as good a time in London (if very different) as we did in Kinlochleven. Many thanks for a wonderful first swap."
- Sue & Dave (Lancaster, UK)
Our home swap highlights:
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Central London, England (HE26664)
3-bedroom house with roof garden in London's Islignton. Five minutes walk from Angel Underground station (zone 1) and one minute to the main bus routes for central London.
Loch Leven, Scotland (HE37747)
2-bedroom flat in the west Highland village of Kinlochleven. Surrounded by stunning mountains, lochs and rivers which offer a unique range of activities including walking and climbing.
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