Easter breaks in Scotland

Explore the outdoors with a Scottish holiday rental this Easter

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert

shutterstock_48393865.jpgEaster. What a special time of year. Daffodils are blooming, lambs are frolicking and shelves are groaning under the weight of chocolate eggs. It’s a time for renewal – so why not renew your love for adventure by taking an Easter break? Whether you choose to observe Easter in church or in the pub is your prerogative. The most important thing is that you do something. There’s a long weekend at your disposal after all, and it would be profligate not to make the most of it.

If you’re planning an Easter break, have you considered renting a Scottish cottage? A weekend in the Scottish countryside promises breathtaking scenery, outdoor pursuits and hearty food. At HomeAway Holiday Rentals, you’ll find hundreds of Scottish holiday homes to browse through. From the Scottish Borders to the Highland glens, we’ve got some breathtaking rentals to choose from. Read on for a round up of our favourite Scottish holiday spots, and choose your favourite. It’s that simple. 



Top five Scottish holiday destinations


Braemar Easter break in Braemar

With its clear spring waters, rare wildlife and lofty Munros, Braemar is a an idyllic retreat. Choose a holiday rental in Royal Deeside and you’ll be free to explore Braemar at your leisure. Take a leisurely stroll to Linn of Dee, a scenic spot where Queen Victoria used to picnic. If you’re into your royal history, Braemar Castle and Mar Lodge – formerly the home of the Duke of Fife – warrant a visit. Conversely, if you’re not enamoured by the antics of overindulged monarchs, there’s always a bunch of picturesque glens to explore. Whether you choose to see them on foot, by mountain-bike or even by paraglider is up to you. Who said Easter has to be a solemn affair?

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Perthshire Easter break in  Perthshire

In the very heart of Scotland lies Perthshire, a verdant expanse of tranquil glens, roaring waterfalls and calm lochs. Check in to your holiday rental before heading off to explore the area. This is Big Tree Country, where you’ll find some of Britain’s most vertiginous trees – not to mention its tallest hedge. With its quaint villages, whisky distilleries and Roman camps, Perthshire epitomises Scotland at its most scenic. If all the sightseeing gets too much, head to the spectacular Bruar Falls and strap on a wetsuit. It’s time to go gorge walking. It’ll be cold, it’ll be wet and it will also be utterly exhilarating as you plunge into rock pools and navigate waterfalls.

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Fife Easter break in  Fife

The Kingdom of Fife as it is aptly known is the place to visit if you’d like to spend Easter outdoors. Take a coastal walk through the fishing villages of the East Neuk and stop to savour the Royal Burgh of St Andrew. Voted ‘Scotland’s Most Creative Place’, this stunning mediaeval town is a spectacle to behold. The ultimate picture postcard destination, St Andrews is a sparkling treasure. You don’t have to love golf to come here, incidentally, though it probably helps. After a day spent treading the fairways and exploring the coastal paths, you can retreat to your holiday cottage and snuggle up in front of an open fire with a well-earned dram.

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Scottish Borders Easter break in  Scottish Borders

Just north of the English border lies – that’s right – the Scottish Borders. If you’d like to experience the natural beauty of Scotland but without having to drive all weekend to get there, the Borders might be just the ticket. Don’t choose the Scottish Borders on account of their proximity however – choose them for their rolling hills and moorland, undulating valleys, rocky coastline and sandy coves. From the comfort of your holiday cottage, a world of adventure awaits including golf, clay pigeon shooting and watersports. Then there’s the local cuisine to savour, which ranges from good to utterly excellent. With so much to see and do in the Scottish Borders, why venture further?

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Dumfries & Galloway Dumfries & Galloway

For ardent nature-lovers, Dumfries & Galloway is something of a Mecca. Make the pilgrimage there this Easter and you’ll soon see what all the fuss is about. Unspoiled nature reserves house birds of prey and other rare wildlife. Download a decent bird-spotting app, bring the binoculars and don’t forget the camera either. Wigtown Bat Local Nature Reserve – the largest of its kind in Britain – is a particular highlight. At this Site of Special Scientific Interest, a plethora of rare birds can be watched, with a live camera link showing osprey nests later in the year. Elsewhere, the adventurous can choose to descend a disused mine, ascend a windmill or go for a spot of fishing on the River Nith. Like the outdoors? You’ll love Dumfries & Galloway.

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