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Weaver’s Cottage beach getaway
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Entire cottage · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
Weaver’s Cottage beach getawaySit outside watching the waves with a cosy fire on chilly evenings. Climb the oak library ladder and drift off to sleep to the sound of the sea. Curl up next to the log burner with a good book, or stroll along the beach to spot seabirds and seals.
Cosy One Bedroom Cottage on Highland Estate
Entire residential home · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
Cosy One Bedroom Cottage on Highland EstateTucked away on the banks of Loch Moidart, this delightful one bedroom bungalow sits on the grounds of Kinlochmoidart House. A perfect base couples to come and explore a much loved and unspoilt part of Scotland; with popular spots including Glenfinnan, Mallaig, Ardnamurchan, and Fort William, all within easy reach. Whether you're an intrepid adventurer, a lover of nature or just looking to relax and enjoy the company of your other half, the Dairy cottage is the perfect hideaway for them all.
Glamping Pod with Private Hot Tub (Pod 1)
SUPERHOST
Entire cabin · 4 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath
Glamping Pod with Private Hot Tub (Pod 1)Glamping Pod with Hot Tub located within a 10 minute walk to the beach.

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Popular amenities for Scotland vacation rentals

  • Kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free parking on premises
  • Air conditioning

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Island View Pods - Cruachan
  1. Entire cottage
  2. Kinlochleven
Cosy, peaceful, luxury Highland cottage
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  1. Entire cabin
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Cosy woodland Log Cabin in Duisky, Fort William
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  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Highland Council
An Outdoor Enthusiasts Slice of Heaven
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  1. Hut
  2. Port of Menteith
A magical off grid experience at The Bothy
  1. Entire bungalow
  2. Duror
The Little House. Mountains, sea, fields
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  1. Entire cottage
  2. Longtown
5 Star Cottage with Hot Tub.
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  2. Oban
Port Moluag House, Isle of Lismore
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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Lake View
The Mews - a cottage with a spectacular view
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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Catlodge
Catlodge Steading, Laggan, 1 bed cottage
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  1. Entire guest suite
  2. Fort William
The Fort William Retreat

Your guide to Scotland

Welcome to Scotland

Every corner of Scotland seems to have a dramatic story to tell: This is an ancient landscape marked by crumbling castles, green hillsides where clans once battled, and, of course, deep lochs said to hide at least one mythical monster. The northernmost country in the United Kingdom claims rugged mountains, craggy shores, and cities that look like medieval fantasies. Yes, you’ll probably notice a few kilted street performers puffing on bagpipes as you explore heritage sites like Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the historic heart of the regal capital. But there’s a lot more to this proud nation than its most visible clichés.

In the Lowlands, the majority of the Scottish population resides in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the largest city. Together they form an area known as the Central Belt. Where Edinburgh delivers on Scottish landmarks and grandeur, Glasgow gives you counterculture hot spots. As you move into the Highlands, some of Scotland’s most romanticized vistas come into view, with villages wedged into narrow valleys and towering mountains like Ben Nevis reaching monumental heights. As you explore the mysterious ruins, misty islands, and sprawling national parks, you’ll find Scotland retains some of Western Europe’s wildest and most remote places.


How do I get around Scotland?

The main airports in Scotland are both in the Lowlands: Edinburgh Airport (EDI) and Glasgow International Airport (GLA). The main air hub in the Highlands is Inverness Airport (INV) in Inverness. Flying between Scotland’s major and regional airports is, of course, the quickest way to get around. But the comprehensive rail network — locally operating as ScotRail — is a far more scenic and sustainable way to go. While many tour companies offer guided coach trips through the major outdoor sites, you’ll want a car to explore wild places such as Cairngorms National Park and the many miles of twisty highways through the most northern reaches.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Scotland?

Scotland is a country known for its internationally famous festivals, culminating in August with the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe taking over the capital for a month of performances and events. Summer is also the warmest and driest season, when Scotland’s northerly position makes for long, sunny evenings and a festive vibe wherever you go. Crowds are noticeably thinner in spring and early fall, when you can experience the major cities and tourist sites more like a local. Winter gets unrelenting rain and occasional snow, but you’ll still find plenty of cozy indoor hubs, historical and otherwise, where you can stay warm.


What are the top things to do in Scotland?

Glasgow’s West End

Glasgow’s fashionable and leafy West End comprises several low-key neighborhoods filled with art museums and galleries, locally owned shops, and some of the most celebrated Scottish restaurants. Take a gander at Argyle Street or duck in cobbled Ashton Lane to get the pulse of Glasgow’s resurgence as a cultural epicenter. This is also home to one of the city’s favorite greenspaces, Kelvingrove Park, where you’re treated to views of the iconic gothic architecture of Glasgow University.

Eilean Donan Castle

Cross a stone bridge to a tiny tidal island, where several castles have stood guard since the 13th century. In the early 20th century, reconstruction efforts turned the foreboding ruins into one of the most photographed landmarks in Scotland. Its scenic position at the meeting point of several sea lochs makes Eilean Donan Castle alone worth the detour to the Western Highlands to witness the sight for yourself. It’s a popular stop on the way to the nearby Isle of Skye, a magical place with several of its own photogenic castles as well as the iconic Fairy Pools, a series of waterfalls in the Glen Brittle forest.

North Coast 500

From Inverness, take one of Scotland’s most scenic drives along the narrow, twisting roads looping through the lesser-traveled North Highlands. The 516-mile (830-km) trip, designated as a touring route in 2015, passes some of the United Kingdom’s most remote fishing villages and harbor towns. You’ll see barren beaches, jagged coastal cliffs, and islands just offshore. While you could drive the North Coast 500 in a day, take a slower roll and give yourself several days to sightsee castles, trek natural trails, and maybe even spot the Northern Lights here at the tip of Great Britain.