Explore one of the most inspirational countries in the world, where you will find the dramatic Highlands, medieval castles and a celebratory culture like nowhere else. Holiday cottages in Scotland are perfect for a self-catering break whether you are looking for a lively group holiday, a restful getaway amid spectacular scenery or the chance to sightsee. The diversity of the country’s majestic cities and breathtaking landscapes is perfectly complemented by its vibrant culture and rich history, making it an endlessly appealing destination. Discover the many treasures of Scotland for yourself on a break to this enthralling country.
Holiday cottages in Scotland’s two famous cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, can be found in the centre of the country. Here you will find the most popular tourist attraction in Scotland, Edinburgh Castle – a medieval landmark which perches on top of volcanic rock. Inside you can view the Stone of Destiny, the Scottish Crown Jewels and St Margaret’s Chapel. Holiday cottages in Scotland are very popular during the festive period, thanks to Edinburgh’s legendary Hogmanay celebrations. The huge array of celebrations includes an extravagant firework and laser display, a street party and a torch lit walk. However, guests staying in holiday cottages in Scotland will find that there is much to be enjoyed at any time of the year in Edinburgh.
Less than 50 miles west of Edinburgh lies Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. As the two cities are only around a one hour drive away from each other, many holiday cottages in Scotland allow you to visit both cities during a single stay. The cosmopolitan city is home to some of the best shopping districts in the UK, where you will find a mix of popular high street names, designer boutiques and antique shops. If you need to give your bank balance a rest visit one of Glasgow’s many museums, which house exhibitions on a wide range of subjects. Entry to all museums is free and there is something to interest everybody, from contemporary art in The Lighthouse to faith in the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. The city’s nightlife is also not to be missed by those looking for a lively break.
Moving south gentle hills, dramatic moorland and ancient woodlands can be enjoyed from holiday cottages. Scotland is more quiet and relaxed in this region, with a variety of beautiful towns and scenery to explore. The remarkable Scottish Borders offer a variety of walking routes, excellent fishing opportunities and the chance to shop for high quality tweeds and tartans, as the region is famed for its textiles. The sandy beaches and epic lochs of the picturesque region of Dumfries & Galloway make southern Scotland very popular. Many people staying in holiday cottages in Scotland also visit this region to see the home and favourite pub of Robert Burns.
Moving north the vast wilderness of Scotland’s famed Highland’s is truly astounding. The region benefits from an unusual climate thanks to the Gulf Stream affecting the region, meaning that you may spot some palm trees in the region. The Loch Ness is one of the most well-known sights in this region, with many people staying in holiday cottages in Scotland visiting the loch to see if they can catch a glimpse of the mystical monster Nessie. A few minutes away from Loch Ness you will find Inverness, the lively “Gateway to the Highlands”. During a stay in a holiday cottage in Scotland you may also want to visit the remarkable Caledonian Canal, which features an incredible 29 locks that can be explored by foot, bicycle or on a boat excursion.
Many holiday cottages in Scotland offer guests the chance to explore the country’s small but fascinating islands. West of the country you will find the Hebrides with Skye, Mull and the Isle of Lewis. Moving off the top of Scotland’s coastline you will find the lush Orkney islands, with the Shetland Islands located even further north, resting on the same latitude as Norway and Sweden. Each island is brimming in natural beauty as well as a welcoming atmosphere and unique culture. The islands’ landscapes are often perfect for enjoying a range of outdoor activities such as abseiling and horse riding, whilst others feature pretty harbours and charming villages. If you wish you could experience the welcoming island culture throughout your break, as a selection of the holiday cottages in Scotland listed on this website are located on some of the islands.