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Holiday cottages in Scotland offer the perfect opportunity to relax in some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery. With an abundance of culture, fantastic heritage, stunning cities and a wealth of activities to suit all ages and interests, you’ll find more than enough to entertain all kinds of holidaymakers. So, whether you’re on two feet or two paws, a holiday in Scotland is guaranteed to have something to offer, and we’re going to make a few suggestions for the best things to see and do in the region.

With such a rich history, Scotland’s past is all but unavoidable. Thankfully, it’s equally fascinating, and some of the country’s best attractions combine the colourful tale of Scotland with some stunning landscapes. The Speyside Whisky Trail is just one such example. One of the main reasons so many choose Scottish holiday cottages, the trail takes in some of Scotland’s most renowned distilleries, offering a history lesson, a ‘wee dram’ and a showcase of stunning views. If you fancy a more vibrant experience from your holiday in Scotland then you may prefer to stay in and around Edinburgh. The capital city offers an intoxicating mix of medieval history, Georgian architecture and contemporary culture. A wealth of festivals and some fantastic shopping opportunities are just the icing on the cake, but if you fancy a more tranquil view then the views from Arthur’s Seat are unrivalled. Scotland’s wilder side is justly celebrated through the Cairngorms National Park. Larger than the Lake District, and boasting beautiful moorland, rivers, mountains, lochs and forests, it’s an unforgettable journey taking in some of Scotland’s most iconic topography. If you’d like to experience the more mythical side of Scottish history then our final recommendation is the legendary Loch Ness. Admire the dramatic ruins of Urqhart Castle and gaze over the loch’s gentle lapping waters to see if you can spot Nessie!

Thanks to a prevalence of wide-open expanses, many choose to enjoy Scottish cottages for a wealth of outdoor activities. Hiking, climbing, boating, cycling, horse riding and more are all perfectly suited for making the most of your stunning surroundings. Pet owners will be equally spoilt for choice with a wealth of fantastic locations to treat their four-legged friends. If you fancy somewhere to relax and explore at your own pace then you will be equally satisfied with Scotland. There are plenty of beautiful heritage attractions and a wealth of city break destinations offering a fun-filled and vibrant urban experience.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration, take a look at our featured holiday cottages in Scotland today.

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  • Misty Isles Cottage

    Ellenabeich, Seil Island

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: S4577

    Idyllically perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Firth of Lorne, just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic ocean, these stylish and romantic havens offer magnificent sea and island views. Each boasting its own suntrap patio, perfect for enjoying the spectacular sunsets, they sit in a little row in the delightful village of Ellenabeich beside a bar serving the excellent local beer and food. Connected to the mainland by the world famous ‘bridge over the Atlantic’, Seil Island lies 16 miles from Oban and its ferries to the Isles. Luing ferry is 5 miles. Walkers will find glorious scenery to explore, and from the nearby pier, seafaris with a marine biologist provide fascinating wildlife sightings. Shop 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower over bath and toilet.

    Electricity convector heaters by meter reading. Freeview TV. Barbecue. Hot tub.

    Both properties: Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. No children. NB: Low wall on patio with drop to sea.

  • Birch Lodge

    Torcastle, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 28880

    Set in an enviable location on the banks of the Caledonian Canal with stunning panoramic views of Ben Nevis and the ski slopes of Aonoch Mor from all aspects, these holiday lodges are conveniently located 220 yards from the owner’s home. Oak Lodge (ref 28879) is detached, whilst Birch Lodge (ref 28880) is semi-detached. The properties have easy access via the Shengain Viaduct to the Great Glen Way, which is superb for dog walking. This area is an ideal base for touring the Highlands and West Coast of Scotland and there are many local amenities within easy reach. This is an excellent location for climbing, walking or mountain biking, and there are super forest trails. Travel on the West Highland Steam Train as depicted in the ’Harry Potter’ film, crossing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. Fort William, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, offers Highland culture, clan history, castles and museums. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking, and wildlife is in abundance. Inverness, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Oban and Glencoe are all easily accessed. Skiing, horse riding, fishing, golf and a variety of water sports are all available nearby. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Economy 7 central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Front decking area with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped, natural and wooded 2-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 3 steps to decking area. Fenced canal just outside the grounds, 30 yards.

  • Little Arches

    Lochwinnoch, nr. Glasgow

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: S4665

    This attractive, converted, semi-detached stable sits within the owners 500-acre working sheep farm. Surrounded by lovely countryside with limitless walks from the door, you can enjoy exploring this countryside or simply relaxing in the secluded hot tub on a decked patio area which can be accessed via the living room. Ideally located to Glasgow, 20 miles, and the airport just 12 miles, you can also enjoy city life
    with excellent restaurants, theatres, concerts, endless shopping and the various museums. The RSPB wetlands nature reserve is only 2 miles and the attractive Castle Semple Country Park offers sailing, mountain biking (with hire), hill walking, woodland and loch shore walks. The traditional seaside town of Largs is only 13 miles. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. Freeview TV. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with decking, enclosed patio and furniture. Parking. Hot tub. No smoking.

  • The Kennels

    South Lochearnroad near Lochearnhead

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC524059
    The Kennels is a traditional stone cottage which was originally part of Edinample Castle Estate, once occupied by ’Black’ Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy. The bijou holiday cottage has been beautifully restored by the owner and is a compact and cosy cottage ideal for a couple. There is a galley style kitchen open plan to the lounge area with a wonderful wood burning stove that warms the whole area. The dining area is situated at the window where you can enjoy the view over the open countryside.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner...
    Lounge area: with exposed beams, music system and wood burning stove.
    Dining area: with exposed beams and beautiful views over the countryside.
    Kitchen area: with exposed beams, electric cooker, microwave and larder fridge .
    Bedroom: with double bed and Freeview TV. (This is a small room and leads to the shower room.)
    Bathroom: with shower cubicle and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. First basket of logs for woodburner provided, remainder is available at £4 per basket (payment via honesty box). Sorry no dogs or pets allowed as sheep roam free in the surrounding hills and farmland. Sorry no children over two years old due to space. Small garden. Lockable storage available for bikes/equipment. The cottage has a natural water supply. Parking for two cars.

  • Bracken Log Cabin

    Glenfarg

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: S4468

    These three authentic roundwood log cabins in a stunning location in the heart of Scotland boast elevated unspoiled views. Affording every luxury, this eco holiday destination features new ground source heating and water, and a weather compensated system using wind turbine that generates electricity. The meadows of its farm setting encourage wildlife, and wonderful walks from the door can take in a viewpoint to the Ochil Hills and Lomond Hills of Fife. In the perfect location to enjoy a wealth of activities and places of interest around central Scotland including Perth - home to fine city and leisure facilities, Scone Palace, 10 miles, Falkland Palace (NTS), 7 miles and Edinburgh Castle, Stirling and beaches at St Andrews, approximately 25 miles. Golf, cycling, gliding, riding and fishing are all nearby. Glenfarg, a historic village offering a shop and excellent hotel restaurant, is 0.75 mile and there are five local produce farm shops within 10 minutes’ drive.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen and French doors. 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with double jacuzzi bath, separate double shower cubicle and toilet. Sauna room.

    Central heating included. 40’’ LCD Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Fridge/freezer. Garden and furniture. NB: Drop in garden.

    All properties: Electricity (from wind turbine), bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Decked area and patio with furniture. Shared garden. Barbecue. Parking. Hot tub. Sauna. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. No babies or children. NB: Approx 50 yards between each log cabin.

  • Whitmuir Hall - Marmion

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 15787

    Heated indoor swimming pool
    Shared gardens with furniture and play area

    This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
    A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
    Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
    Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
    As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

    In Coach House Court. All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Cot on request. Fridge/freezer. Internet access on request.

    All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

  • Lawries Cottage

    Kilmuir, nr. Uig

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W8522

    Wonderful open views

    This romantic, detached, thatched hideaway situated on the northern coast of the island is a modernised "Old Black House". Fitted and furnished to a good standard it is ideal accommodation for a "get away from it all holiday". The scenery and sea views to the Outer Hebrides up here are lovely. Climbing, walking, cycling and archery courses can be arranged at the nearby activity centre. Uig, the ferry terminal for the Hebrides is within a short drive. Flora MacDonald’s grave, Dunvegan Castle and the Museum of Island Life are all worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    First £5 electric central heating and electricity included, remainder by £1 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

  • Pleacairn Cottage

    Dalton, nr. Lockerbie

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 28809

    Situated on the outskirts of a quiet village, in the heart of 7Stanes Mountain Biking country, this detached converted former dairy boasts stunning views over open countryside. This holiday cottage is ideally located to explore local history, with castles, abbeys, mansions and ruins. Dumfries and Galloway boasts rugged coastlines and sandy beaches and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, offering an ideal base from which to explore the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills. The historic cities of Edinburgh and Carlisle, cosmopolitan Glasgow and the North Lake District are easily reached within an hour. Beach 5 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft, zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard. Natrual 7-acre woodland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Glengyle Cottage

    Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC523071
    Glengyle Cottage is a beautifully restored terraced steading conversion nestling in Glengyle at the head of Loch Katrine. The steading has a stunning, unique and tranquil setting within the very heart of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.
    Positioned along a private water board road, accessing the north side of Loch Katrine, this location really gets you away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. The cottage has original thick stone walls and a slate roof.
    The interior has been beautifully appointed with attention to all details. There is hard wood flooring in the main living area, with carpet in the bedroom and fully tiled bathroom.
    The open plan living area makes for an ideal space to relax and dine together.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level and is heated by electric wet system and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/dining area.
    Lounge Area: Comprising of feature log burner, brown leather sofas, flat screen TV, Blu-ray DVD player and free sat. French doors leading to patio area with barbeque (coals not provided) and, seating with views to the open countryside. Limited free Wi-Fi is provided for emails and light browsing etc.
    Dining Area: Solid oak dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen Area: Fully equipped with glass electric hob, oven, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment and washing machine.
    Included for use during your stay are essential condiments, tea towels and hand towel.
    Bedroom: Beautifully coordinated with brass bed, oak bedside units, sliding mirror wardrobes and feature chandelier.
    Bathroom: Fully tiled with over bath shower. Embroidered towels and bathrobes are provided.

    All power, bed linen embroidered towels and bathrobes included. Logs are provided for the log burner; an honesty box for logs is situated within the cottage.
    A communal pay phone is available within the shared courtyard (there is no mobile phone signal). A travel cot and high chair is available on request.
    Water is supplied to the cottage via a private water supply. A welcome pack is provided consisting of homemade bread, free-range eggs, milk, butter, jam and flowers. This is a well-appointed cottage with all home comforts catered for.

    Parking: Off road private parking for two cars. There is ramp access from parking area to patio and lounge area.

    Dogs: Up to two dogs are welcome at Glengyle Cottage with food / water bowls provided along with drying towels

  • The Coach House

    Girvan

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 29824

    This semi-detached, former coach house is situated in the coastal town of Girvan and lies only 100 yards from the harbour and a beautiful sandy beach. Situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, Scotland’s newest long distance walking route, the holiday cottage offers an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire, with its varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. There are gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry and NT Culzean Castle Country Park. With transport links to Glasgow for a day out, day trips to Ireland from Cairnryan and Dumfries and Galloway within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Ardlamont Estate - Dovecote

    Tighnabruaich

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 30412

    Amidst a stunning secluded location with a 1½ mile private beach, this really is the perfect place for relaxing holiday or family celebrations. Nestling in 640-acres of unspoilt natural woodland, Ardlamont Estate is ideal for large parties and weddings. It is located in an area of stunning natural beauty with hills, glens, rugged coastlines, white beaches, clear waters and ancient forests. Argyll’s Secret Coast is packed with places to visit and things to do, sailors, walkers, cyclists and artists are all drawn to this area for its beauty. Abundant wildlife can be spotted such as deer, buzzards, otters, golden eagles, red squirrels and if you’re very lucky, basking sharks. The whole area is steeped in Highland history and dotted with ruins, castles and ancient sites. The town of Dunoon is within easy reach and has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Take a Steamer cruise and explore the hills and lochs of the Cowal Peninsula. Loch Lomond National Park is just a short drive away and is ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities and boasts a magnificent diversity of scenery with dramatic peaks, waterfalls and hidden caves. Portavadie with its plush Marina and restaurant is approximately a 5-minute drive, you can catch the ferry over to Tarbert to explore the Kintyre Peninsula with ferries to the Islands of Islay, Jura and Arran. The historic Ardlamont House is a classical example of a Scottish country house, dating back to at least 1646 when it became the ancestral home of the Lamonts, one of Scotland’s oldest clans. Sumptuous public rooms with blazing open fires, and elegant four-postered bedrooms makes this ideal to enjoy the luxurious surroundings. Beaters Cottage is stone-built with many original features, The Dovecote and Doocot offers a romantic retreat for couples. Chauffers and Coachmans are situated in the east and west wings of Ardlamont House with their own private entrances. Beach 500 yards. Shop and pub 2 miles. Amidst a stunning secluded location with a 1½ mile private beach, this really is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday or family celebrations and is just 4 miles from the nearest villages. Nestling in 460 acres of unspoilt natural woodland, Ardlamont Estate is ideal for large parties and weddings. It is located in an area of stunning natural beauty with hills, glens, rugged coastlines, white beaches, clear waters and ancient forests. Argyll’s Secret Coast is packed with places to visit and things to do; sailors, walkers, cyclists and artists are all drawn to this area for its beauty. Abundant wildlife can be spotted such as deer, buzzards, otters, golden eagles, red squirrels and if you’re very lucky, basking sharks. The whole area is steeped in Highland history and dotted with ruins, castles and ancient sites. The town of Dunoon is within easy reach and has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Take a steamer cruise and explore the hills and lochs of the Cowal Peninsula. Loch Lomond National Park is just a short drive away and is ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities, and boasts a magnificent diversity of scenery with dramatic peaks, waterfalls and hidden caves. Portavadie with its plush marina and restaurant is approximately 5 minutes’ drive away, or you can catch the ferry over to Tarbert to explore the Kintyre Peninsula with ferries to the islands of Islay, Jura and Arran. The historic Ardlamont House is a classical example of a Scottish country house, dating back to at least 1646 when it became the ancestral home of the Lamonts, one of Scotland’s oldest clans. Sumptuous public rooms with blazing open fires, and elegant four-postered bedrooms makes this ideal to enjoy the fabulous surroundings. Beaters Cottage is stone-built with many original features, The Dovecote and Doocot offer a romantic retreat for couples. Chauffeurs and Coachmans are situated in the east and west wings of Ardlamont House with their own private entrances. Beach 500 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric cooker. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared 460-acre natural grounds. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced access to beach 500 yards.

  • Milton Byre

    Rothesay, Isle of Bute

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: SOOV

    Situated amongst the rolling countryside of the ever popular Isle of Bute, this adjoining cottage offers an ideal holiday location from which to explore the dramatic coastline and stunning scenery of the island. For the outdoor enthusiast, walking, cycling, golf, fishing, sailing and watersports are in abundance. The wildlife is outstanding with deer, pheasant, otter and eagle readily seen. Visit the Victorian Gothic mansion of Mount Stuart, Bute Museum, Rothesay Castle and the fabulous gardens of Ascog Hall and Ardencraig. Many events throughout the year, including the now famous annual Jazz Festival and the spectacular Highland Games, traditional agricultural shows, concerts and art festivals. Shops and pub 2 miles.Situated amongst the rolling countryside of the ever popular Isle of Bute, these two renovated cottages (Milton Cottage is detached, Milton Byre adjoins another property) offer an ideal holiday location from which to explore the dramatic coastline and stunning scenery of the island. For the outdoor enthusiast, walking, cycling, golf, fishing, sailing and watersports are in abundance. The wildlife is outstanding with deer, pheasant, otter and eagle readily seen. Visit the Victorian Gothic mansion of Mount Stuart, Bute Museum, Rothesay Castle and the fabulous gardens of Ascog Hall and Ardencraig. Many events throughout the year, including the now famous annual Jazz Festival and the spectacular Highland Games, traditional agricultural shows, concerts and art festivals. Shops and pub 2 miles.

    Large living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Large kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Separate toilet with slate floor.

    • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Fenced stream

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