For visitors to Scotland, an increasingly popular choice of accommodation these days is self catering accommodation. The standard of UK cottages available for rent is generally high, and those in Scotland are no exception. Good quality cottages for rent are available in virtually every part of the country, especially in the most scenic locations. The combination of independence, location, convenience and comfort that a rental property, especially a holiday cottage, offers makes them hard to beat when considering what type of accommodation to choose.
As Scotland is quite a small country, it can make a lot of sense to stay in one place and drive or take public transport to other locations. There are plenty of car rental companies around if you can drive but don’t have your own car. It’s the best way to travel any distance, and your cottage will always be ready and waiting for you to come home to.
If you like the idea of renting a holiday cottage, but aren’t sure which location you should stay in, Scotland can be divided into several regions, each having its own unique charms. Just pick the area that most appeals to your particular tastes and interests.
The mountainous north west is the most dramatically beautiful part of the country with mountains, glens and lochs, winter Skiing in the Cairngorms mountain range at Aviemore, hill-walking and mountain climbing around Glen Coe and Ben Nevis, and a whole host of other outdoor pursuits ranging from para-gliding to salmon fishing. Loch Ness Monster hunters have even been known to rent cottages overlooking the loch in the hope of getting a glimpse of ‘Nessie’ from the comfort of their living room or balcony. The north east is home to Balmoral, the Queen’s private royal residence in Scotland. The lush countryside that you see around Balmoral on news pictures is typical of the region. The north east coast, by contrast, is dominated by the oil-rich city of Aberdeen, and to the south is the industrial port city of Dundee.
Further south, in the Central Lowlands, you can find the great cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, both rich in traditional, as well as popular, culture. In contrast with the countryside of the Highlands in the north, the countryside of the Central Lowlands is more gentle and picturesque rather than dramatic. Historically, it’s as dramatic as any part of the country, however. Stirling and Edinburgh, especially, have witnessed great historic battles and tales of heroism and betrayal in equal abundance as a trip to one of the many museums will show.
To the south of the country are the bleak rolling hills of the Southern Uplands, and tucked within them are small villages with quaintly romantic names such as Crawford John and Wanlockhead – home to Wanlockhead Inn, the highest pub in Scotland at over 1,500 feet. Cottages to rent are fewer in this region of the country as it’s not the most popular destination choice for visitors. They are, however, available in greater numbers further south as you approach the border with England.
Scotland’s reputation as a place worth seeing is well deserved. The physical attractions of the country and its dynamic cultural richness kept alive and fresh by its open and friendly people ensure that it will remain so for a long time to come. What better way to immerse yourself in the country than to rent a cottage in a beautiful and tranquil location? Soak up the atmosphere in your own little part of Scotland and, if not already a Scot, feel Scottish, at least for a while.
|Cockburnspath 1 mile.A lovely detached holiday home with stunning sea views, situated a mile away from the village of Cockburnspath and eight miles south of Dunbar on Scotland's beautiful North…|
|Sleeps||8||Bedrooms||4||From £641 Per week|
|A charming apartment within a Georgian townhouse in Dumfries and Galloway.A cottage situated above a kitchen boutique in the centre of Whithorn with refreshing finishing touches throughout, giving it a…|
|Sleeps||2||Bedrooms||1||From £240 Per week|
|This snug, semi-detached cottage idyllically overlooks Portree harbour on the Isle of Skye.In a beautiful and secluded location, visit this pleasant property for a relaxing getaway in the Scottish Hebrides.Enter…|
|Sleeps||2||Bedrooms||1||From £314 Per week|
|1 OF 4 ROMANTIC LUXURY LODGES SET IN AN ELEVATED POSITION WITH STUNNING SEA VIEWS AND PRIVATE HOT TUB SHORT BREAKS AVAILABLE BETWEEN NOVEMBER AND MARCH (EXCLUDES CHRISTMAS AND NEW…|
|Sleeps||2||Bedrooms||1||From £662 Per week|
|A charming and well presented terraced cottage, on a quiet street in the popular village of Gatehouse of Fleet, set in the beautiful Dumfries & Galloway countryside.Well appointed throughout to…|
|Sleeps||7||Bedrooms||4||From £368 Per week|
|Tomintoul 5 miles.This superb detached Manse dates back to 1844 and has been sympathetically refurbished over the years with it today being a wonderful retreat to holiday in the area.Dalvrecht…|
|Sleeps||8||Bedrooms||4||From £600 Per week|
|Acharossan House is a beautifully presented period house with open fires and ample space for larger parties to relax in and enjoy, including private tennis court.Tucked away in its own…|
|Sleeps||11||Bedrooms||5||From £1178 Per week|
|This spacious fisherman's cottage is situated in a small cul-de-sac in the centre of the village of Whitehills, Aberdeenshire.This lovely cottage is spread over three levels and has captivating sea…|
|Sleeps||6||Bedrooms||3||From £384 Per week|
|18TH CENTURY CONVERTED CHURCH A SHORT STROLL TO A BEAUTIFUL SANDY BEACH This wonderful property with its original foot print dating back to the 13th century was originally commissioned by…|
|Sleeps||10||Bedrooms||5||From £969 Per week|
|This smart, detached stone cottage is ideally situated close to a pretty harbour and sandy beach, in the village of Findochty on the fabulous north east coast of Scotland.This spacious…|
|Sleeps||5||Bedrooms||3||From £298 Per week|
|This cosy and characterful cottage is resting in the town of Fort William, close to local amenities.Wander inside to the open plan sitting area, neatly presented, and perfect for resting…|
|Sleeps||4||Bedrooms||2||From £283 Per week|
|Cannich 4 miles.Carnoch Farm Cottage was once a farmhouse, now a pleasant countryside cottage placed just over three miles from the Highlands village of Struy.With easy access to some of…|
|Sleeps||8||Bedrooms||4||From £544 Per week|
|This delightful lodge is situated in the picturesque village of Cannich near to the town of Beauly with the charming local pub/restaurant situated nearby making this a fantastic base to…|
|Sleeps||4||Bedrooms||2||From £336 Per week|
|This charming detached cottage is set just a few minutes walk from the sea shore on the edge of a crofting community and is halfway between Portree and Dunvegan, providing…|
|Sleeps||7||Bedrooms||4||From £563 Per week|
|Newton Stewart 1 mile. These charming terraced cottages are located in attractive, open farmland near Newton Stewart, in the beautiful and varied scenery of Dumfries and Galloway. Well-appointed and comfortable…|
|Sleeps||6||Bedrooms||3||From £333 Per week|
|This pretty stone cottage is situated in a private location on a working farm, two miles from Carrbridge and commands stunning views across the Cairngorm Mountain range.Very tastefully presented with…|
|Sleeps||6||Bedrooms||3||From £321 Per week|
|Resting in the delightful village of Findochty, which embraces the shores of the Moray Firth, is 3 Church Street.This semi-detached, former fisherman's cottage makes the most of an elevated position,…|
|Sleeps||6||Bedrooms||3||From £344 Per week|
|This beautiful spacious detached timber faced property is finished to an extremely high standard set in a peaceful private setting on a large working farm yet accessible to all local…|
|Sleeps||6||Bedrooms||3||From £763 Per week|
|This wonderful detached holiday home is located in the picturesque fishing village of Badachro set amidst the spectacular scenery of Wester Ross on the famous North Coast 500 route. This…|
|Sleeps||7||Bedrooms||4||From £624 Per week|
|A cosy, detached cottage nestled within the grounds of the owners' guest house on the outskirts of Jedburgh in the beautiful Scottish Borders.Originally the stable block, this cottage has been…|
|Sleeps||2||Bedrooms||1||From £244 Per week|