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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.

Cosy Highland cottage with stunning sea views
Entire cottage · 2 guests · 0 beds · 1 bath

Cosy Highland cottage with stunning sea viewsHazelbank Byre is a lovingly converted former cowshed, suitable for 2 people and up to 2 well- behaved dogs, part of a Croft on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, in the most westerly village on mainland Britain. Boasting cosy, ground floor accommodation with magnificent sea views, escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Enjoy watching sea eagles, otters, dolphins and seals from your patio. explore picturesque coastline, picnic on nearby white sandy beaches and swim in crystal clear seas.

Much loved cottage, a stone's throw from the beach
Entire cottage · 3 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath

Much loved cottage, a stone's throw from the beachThis much loved cottage, a stone's throw from the beach offers outstanding sea views of the Kilbrannan Sound and Kintyre peninsula. The two bedroom detached cottage (one kingsize/twin the other small double), fully renovated in 2016, retains much of its original character and is just a minute's walk from the village shop and local restaurant.

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Popular amenities for Scotland vacation rentals

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

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  2. Highland Council
One Bedroomed Cottage On A Private Highland Estate
  1. Entire cabin
  2. Heads Nook
Herdy Lodge - Cosy Family Getaway
  1. Entire cottage
  2. Dumfries and Galloway
The Bothy is a rural, coastal, studio cottage.
  1. Entire cottage
  2. Spean Bridge
A Highland Retreat
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Morvich
A cosy wee house amongst the hills.
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Hallin
Panoramic Sea Views - hot tub
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire bungalow
  2. Waternish
‘Overwater’ Lochbay-Huge Home for a Couple.
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire cottage
  2. Tempar
Garden Cottage
  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Dalston
Self contained cottage in courtyard of 16C house
  1. Entire cottage
  2. Highland Council
Owl Cottage, dog-friendly 2-bed near Loch Ness
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire cabin
  2. Ballachulish
Woodland Cabin - Holly
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire cabin
  2. Highland Council
Feagour Lodge Highland Hideaway

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  • Whisky and Folklore
    We meet on the iconic Royal Mile by the eminent Scottish thinker and drinker Adam Smith. It is then a short walk to one excellent whisky bar that we use. We have the entire upstairs area reserved for us, ensuring lots of space for the group. During the course of two hours we will sample four outstanding Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from the four major whisky producing regions of Scotland. We will discus some of the history of Scotland and explore the reasons as to why whisky is now so ingrained as a staple of Scottish culture and we have some great tales from Scotland and the world of whisky to share with you. Other things to note This tour departs promptly and we can not wait for guests who are late. You must meet us at our start point at least 15min before the tour departs to secure your space. People under the age of 18 are not permitted on this tour. This is due to licencing at the venue we use.
    From Price:€17 / person
  • Guided Meditation with Sleepy Sheep
    This a a live, "interactive podcast" with Hamish, Dougal, and Lochie the sheep. Although they’re naughty sheep, this peaceful experience in our farmyard will help you to relax with de-stress techniques and meditation. Great for groups as a shared experience. Please contact me to request a new date for team offsites and celebrations. 1900 guests, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes- these are famous sheep! We look at stunning Scottish views , big skies and peaceful birdsong then meet the sheep up close with their big personalities . I will tell you some sheep stories, and you can ask me questions. Please use the chat to engage with fellow guests or for team-bonding.These baaaad boys have appalling table manners, sorry! These lovelies come right up to the camera for snuggles. It is very calming to become part of the flock and to look into the half-closed eyes of a contented sheep. We’ll take a cue from these cuddly boys, learning some therapeutic breathing exercises to relax and virtually escape to the calm of our farm. Beccy or yoga instructor daughter Rivkah will lead a 15-minute mindful meditation with the sounds of nature to soothe you. We'll teach you some de-stress techniques to use in your daily life and for remote working, then tiptoe away before lamb Fergus starts shouting for more cuddles A relaxing Scottish escape with hilarious Herdwick sheep. Gorgeous
    From Price:€17 / person
  • Photo shoot in the Scottish countryside
    Traveling to Scotland? You deserve more than selfies together! ​ We offer laid back adventure sessions in the beautiful Borders countryside to create keepsakes of your time together in Scotland. Begin your adventure with a train journey on the Borders Railway to a small countryside station, where we'll meet. Together we'll drive to our hand-picked location, designed exclusively by us for an awe-inspiring photoshoot. With a majestic ruin set high across acres of peaceful pasture to explore, you’ll feel at ease with your loved one as you cast relaxed and romantic moments. Remote scenic roads await, winding through rolling countryside to unveil Scotland's wilder side, just a stone's throw from the capital. Enjoy the forgotten beauty of nature together, captured professionally to enjoy for a long time to come. Be sure to visit our website to discover more www.photoshootscotland.com @photoshootscotland PS: If you are booking this experience for a couple please book two slots The price you pay on AirBnb covers the cost of the session itself, plus 3 complimentary image downloads. After your photoshoot you will receive your gallery online, where you will be offered the option to buy as many images as you wish. Including a big-hearted discount for full gallery download.
    From Price:€56 / person
  • Positive Thinking with a Paralympic Hero
    Do you wish you had more motivation? Is the fear of failure holding you back? In this intimate Online Experience, I will help you learn about the positive mindset that has helped me to have a career in professional sport spanning over four decades. I'm an athlete who throws backward, but I am always thinking forward. The most powerful muscle we have is in our head and in this interactive session, you will learn how to build a positive mindset and change your way of thinking to see adversity not as a barrier, but as an opportunity to improve and learn. We’ll start with some light meditation to clear your mind. You’ll hear my stories of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity. And, you’ll learn how to set goals and start to achieve them with my 4-step guide. You'll also have the opportunity to quiz me, see my Paralympic medals, and watch footage of me competing! This is truly unique, and all you have to bring is an open mind. *If there isn't a date/time that works for you, please message me. **A great experience for team-building. Book a private experience for your team. Send me a message if you have any queries. ***A great experience for private groups looking to gather virtually! Whether you're connecting with family, friends, or co-workers. Conducted in English. Requires a good Internet connection. Twitter: @hailfabio IG: hailfabio1
    From Price:€24 / person
  • Underground Beer Tasting
    We'll start off with our 1st beer and a tour of our building, a 16th Century prison and courthouse. We have some original features untouched for hundreds of years. We'll make our way down to the hidden vaults under our building, where you'll try a selection of 4 other local beers in the most hidden tasting room in Edinburgh! Along with learning about the beers from an expert guide and the history of brewing in Edinburgh, participants will get to see the secret rooms hidden in the old prison, as well as stories of prisoners who were held here, the dark and grimy history of Auld Reekie, and how beer shaped the way we live our lives today. Other things to note Please be aware that the vault is accessed via about 20 steps- there is no lift/ramp access to the lower level. Check-in with reception staff at The Hostel above
    From Price:€12 / person

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.