October half term holidays in Scotland

Enjoy an autumnal Scottish escape

Add This


Russell Bowes

Sophie Gackowski
HomeAway travel expert


October half term holidays in ScotlandIt's fair to say that come October, the weather's not exactly pleasant; and in Scotland, we seem to bear the brunt of it. That said, even the potential for wind, rain, shorter days and darker nights can't detract from Britain's autumnal beauty. There's an understated charm in kicking your way through whirling leaves, playing conkers with the kids, and sitting by an open fire at night; you may have trouble getting one started outside, but that's why having your own lodge, complete with fireplace, will do the trick.

If you fancy taking a break, but don't want to subject the family to flights, then October half term holidays in Scotland could be perfect. HomeAway has a wide range of Scottish rentals this far north, from apartments in Edinburgh to chalets in the Cairngorms. And in Scotland, there's scope for all kinds of holidays: from exciting city escapes and activity holidays in the countryside, to laid-back family breaks in cosy cottages by the sea. 

But before you start booking, why not check out five of our favourite destinations?


 

Five of our favourite Scottish half term retreats


   

Ayrshire and Arran October half term breaks in Ayrshire and Arran

For families looking to enjoy outdoor activities, Ayrshire’s a spot-on destination. Wonderfully rural, it’s a region seemingly made for cycling and hiking: the verdant mountains and vast forests are littered with marked trails. On cool autumn days, you’d be forgiven for thinking the coast is off limits; but sheltered as it is (the shores of the Isle of Arran in particular), it’s a great place to try something new like kayaking. Why not see the Arran Adventure Company for guided tours? Keep your eyes peeled, and you could even enjoy encounters with some of the region’s curious marine wildlife.

View rentals in Ayrshire

 
   
 

   

Dundee and Angus October half term breaks in Dundee and Angus

Dundee’s usually overlooked in favour of Glasgow or Edinburgh, but this up-and-coming city has plenty to offer in October. Sitting on the east of Scotland, it’s not the typically rugged idyll pictured in Scottish postcards; but its outskirts boast pretty beaches and small, unspoiled fishing villages. It may be a bit too chilly to bathe in the waters of Broughty Ferry beach, but it’s never too cold to enjoy fish and chips by the water, before visiting the local castle. Too wet for walks? Head to Dundee’s Science Centre to learn all about the five senses.

View apartments in Tayside

 
   
 

   

Edinburgh October half term breaks in Edinburgh

If placing yourself amidst Scotland’s wilder landscapes doesn’t appeal, Edinburgh’s a great spot for a city break. Alongside the staple must-sees of the Old Town such as the castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile, there are dozens of family attractions. Spend a day at Edinburgh Zoo (spotting the resident pandas is in high demand, so book in advance!), or enjoy an afternoon at the expansive Museum of Scotland, learning all about the animal kingdom through its interactive displays. Rare spot of sunshine? Walk along the beautiful Water of Leith, taking in the unspeakably pretty Dean Village.

View rentals in Edinburgh

 
   
 

   

Dumfries and Galloway October half term holidays in Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries is packed with family attractions, but Galloway Forest Park and Mabie Farm are surely two of the best. At the former, there are some 300 square miles to explore on foot or by bike: the heather-laden hills, dotted with picturesque lochs and burns, are inhabited by wild goats and native red deer. If you’d rather treat the kids to a close animal encounter, Mabie Farm will tick all the boxes: grab a bag of feed and pet the Shetland ponies and Highland cows, all before taking a ride around on the ‘Choo Choo Express’.

View cottages in Dumfries

 
   
 

   

Argyll October half term holidays in Argyll

Take a lodge in or near Argyll, and you could take the 20-minute ferry ride from Tayinloan, on the Kintyre peninsula, to Ardminish, on the Isle of Gigha. Known as ‘God’s Isle’, this serenely beautiful and virtually untouched piece of paradise is a great spot for a day out: stroll amidst the Achamore Gardens, or spot seals off the coast, before taking the kids for some fun in the play park. After you’ve explored its history and ancient relics, head back to Tarbert just 20 miles north, where you can enjoy delicious local produce: smoked salmon, venison, black pudding and - of course - whisky are all Argyll menu specialities.

View rentals in Mid Argyll

 
   
 
 

Scotland rentals for October half term breaks

Craiglea Is The Perfect Location For Family Holidays And Corporate Events

Craiglea is the perfect location for family holidays, corporate events, celebrations and special occasions. Craiglea opens its doors for exclusive or partial use to enjoy the calm and isolated Highland treasures. Craiglea is a 4 star Scottish High...

Large modern cottage with Hot Tub in Garden

Birchbrae enjoys a quiet rural location, 5 miles from the town of Keith. It is set in 1 acre of natural woodland, overlooking open countryside. An ideal base for exploring the local towns and charming fishing villages or enjoying the great outdoor...

Beautiful modern house in stunning prestigious Craobh Haven Marina.

Mullach Dubh (pronounced Doo!) is a beautiful modern two bedroom two bathroom house in the prestigious Marina village of Craobh Haven (pronounced Croov!), near Oban. Our sunny light spacious home with its open plan living, well equipped kitchen an...

Stylish Apartment in Edinburgh City Centre

Leopold Place is a large (100 m2), quiet, city centre basement flat with small private garden to the rear. The front of the property faces south making the living/dining room bright and airy whilst the bedrooms are situated to the rear. There is a...

Delightful City Centre Apartment With Stunning Interior.

This is an amazing city centre apartment, newly refurbished to an outstanding standard. Located right in the centre of Edinburgh, you couldn't get a better location. This, put together with the delightful interior make for ideal short breaks in th...

MapCroatia Slovakia Russia Finland Greece Greece Cyprus Turkey Albania Bulgaria Montenegro Serbia Bosnia Hercegovina Slovenia Austria Czech Republic Hungary Romania Poland Belarus Lithuania Latvia Estonia Afrika Luxembourg Andorra Monaco Malta Italy Italy Sweden Norway Denmark Germany Netherlands Belgium France Portugal Spanien Gibraltar Switzerland Iceland UK Ireland Channel Islands World USA UK
       

Search for holiday rentals

Search for holiday ideas
 


WIN £10,000 FOR YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY

Sign up to our newsletter

Our latest updates and special offers, direct to your inbox

Advertise with HomeAway

Related Articles


 

Other Categories



Popular Articles