Short Breaks in Scotland

Behold stunning natural beauty with a weekend break in bonny Scotland

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

Scotland vistaNot so long ago, Scotland proudly declared itself to be “the greatest small country in the world”. This slogan has since adorned airport walls, postcards and any number of artefacts found in your typical tourist gift shop. A bold statement you may think, but for anyone who has explored this beautiful and diverse country, it’s not much of a stretch to accept this as fact. From the convivial bustle of the cities to the breathtaking natural beauty of the Highlands, there is enough diversity to please any short term traveller.

Even if you’re only visiting for a few days, Scotland is compact enough that you needn’t restrict yourself to one area. For example, in a matter of three hours you can leave behind the urban pleasures of Glasgow and find yourself basking in the shadows of Fort William’s mountainous terrain. Regardless of where you go, HomeAway has your accommodation covered. Choose from a wide selection of rental accommodations the length and breadth of the country, ideal for party animals and nature lovers alike. Start planning your getaway now with our short list of suggestions.




Edinburgh Short Breaks in Edinburgh

Simply put, Edinburgh is tailor made for any short break. A proud yet often macabre history alloys seamlessly with a vibrant modern scene that has made the city a haven for tourists and students over the years. If scenery is your thing, don your hiking shoes and ascend Arthur’s Seat for a bird's eye view of the entire region. If not, the famous castle dominates the city skyline on its volcanic perch in the heart of the capital. The zoo is also amongst the most revered in the entire UK, particularly with the recent addition of rare giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang. If you’re feeling brave, the countless ghost tours on the historic Royal Mile will give you some insight into the bloodier side of Edinburgh’s heritage.

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Glasgow Short Breaks in Glasgow

Those in the know will often tell you that if Edinburgh is a hotbed of culture, Glasgow is the place to be for a party. It’s difficult to argue. The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow offers more in the way of bars, nightclubs and shops than tourist-orientated allurements. Not that it doesn’t have these things as well; the majestic Kelvingrove Museum, George Square and Charles Rennie Mackintosh Art School are all fine architectural achievements. The West End is the real jewel in the crown, with Ashton Lane the perfect place to enjoy a few cocktails, whiskeys or a pint or two of locally brewed Tennent’s.

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Highlands Short Breaks in Highlands

The northern areas of Scotland could scarcely be more antithetical to the madness of the concrete jungles, and as such this is what you will find in any postcard or tourist brochure. The haunting valleys of Glencoe sweep towards the rugged terrain of Fort William, home to the Britain’s largest mountain in the form of Ben Nevis. Keep heading North and you’ll find yourself coasting along the shores of Loch Ness. Realistically, you probably won’t spot its most famous resident rearing her head from the depths, but the awe-inspiring view is reason enough to make the trip. Inverness is the northernmost city, a charming and picturesque port to spend one or two nights.

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St Andrews Short Breaks in St Andrews

A town fit for a prince. The ancient university here is, after all, where William and Kate first gazed into each other’s eyes. This building and the cathedral are popular tourist haunts, whereas golfers will recognise St Andrews as the home of their cherished sport. Its coastal location and ecclesiastic charm are ideal for anyone looking for a relaxed getaway, but if you have access to a car, the surrounding region of Fife is also worth exploring. Head down the coast to Anstruther, for example, and tempt your taste buds with fish and chips widely regarded as the best in the country.

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Orkney Islands Shot Breaks in Orkney Islands

There are so many offshore outposts scattered around the Scottish mainland that you can really take your pick, but the Orkney Islands are the pick of the bunch. Easily accessible by ferry from Aberdeen or John O’Groats, the islands are a world away in terms of lifestyle and culture. To walk around main town Kirkwall is to step back in time, with the looming Viking Cathedral just one of many evident nods to the area’s Scandinavian heritage. Elsewhere, you can visit Skara Brae, an astonishingly preserved Neolithic village that outdates Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt, wander around the captivating Italian Prisoner of War Chapel or check out the shipwrecks at the Churchill Barriers.

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Cottages in Scotland

Beautiful Detached House On Accessible Scottish Island

About our home Lovely 6-bedroom fully restored Victorian villa on the Isle of Bute in Scotland. With gorgeous sea views, a large walled garden with a gate out to the beach it sleeps 12 and would suit a large family or groups of friends. A cottage...

Riverside Apartment in Newport-on-Tay

Convenient for St Andrews, the Braemore Apartment comprises the entire upper floor of this extensive modern bungalow, privately situated in half an acre of waterfront garden commanding fantastic panoramic views across the Tay Estuary. The letting ...

Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh

About our home This apartment is on the ground floor level of the original bell tower of church, and is entered from the front of the main church building through the original church door, set slightly back from the main street, benefiting from t...

Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh

About our home This Duplex Apartment conversion covers the ground and first floor of what was the church hall and therefore has the feeling of a house rather than an apartment. Accessed through the side court yard entrance Ideally positioned with...

6 Bedroom Georgian House

On the western coast of the beautiful Cowal Peninsula, the village of Kilfinan offers a great escape from busy city lives. Standing in one acre of walled gardens, this former manse dates from the early 1800s and is newly renovated and furnished to...
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