Destination guide

Something wild in Scotland

Although it's only 7 hours up the motorways from the hustle of London, Scotland can seem like a world away. With its thistle-topped Highlands and bagpipe-echoing lochs, there's something that makes this country seem wilder, rawer and more primeval than spots south of Hadrian's Wall. You see, even the Romans wouldn't venture beyond. Whisky drams and wee walks up big mountains are there for adventurers. Fantastical cities like Edinburgh beckon families. Festivals of comedy and seafood abound, while spine-tingling stories of kings and rebellions still twist in the castles. Scotland holiday rentals are a ticket to it all.

Things to do

A history chaser in Scotland

Start with Edinburgh Castle. Scotland holiday rentals in the capital could mean a pad in the shadow of its soaring towers and turrets, close to the Royal Mile and the National War Museum with its broadswords and WW2 relics. More Jacobite immersion is on offer at Stirling Castle, where battle re-enactments and stories of Scottish kings and queens await. Others will be wowed by the vaulted Gothic roofs of Glasgow Cathedral, or left speechless by the prehistoric remains of Skara Brae on the Orkneys – older, even, than the pyramids of Egypt.

Activities

Feel the Highland breezes in Scotland

Lochs and lonely mountains make Scotland one of the UK's most enticing outdoorsy destinations. Ready to pull on the walking boots? National parks peek out from the bald tops of the Trossachs, while the corries and grykes of Glen Coe and Ben Nevis are hard to resist. Prefer skis? Wait for winter to bring its dusting of powder to the Cairngorms – the apres is in the fire-crackling pubs down below. Cyclists or motorcyclists have no shortage of wiggling touring roadways to navigate, either. Montages of peaks and massifs and rugged islands are theirs for the taking.

Weather

Seasonal changes in Scotland

Scotland changes greatly from season to season. Summers are when most people seek out Scotland holiday rentals, with cities like Edinburgh coming to life during the Fringe Festival and other events between May and August. For walkers and outdoorsy types, summer, along with spring and autumn – anytime between April and October – means prime conditions for exploring the Highlands and lochs. Winter is an altogether different story. It's cold, sometimes sub-zero, with snow on the peaks and Hogmanay blowouts in the towns.

Natural features

Untamed Scotland

Scotland's natural side rarely fails to draw a gasp. Leaving behind the castles of Edinburgh and the cathedrals of Glasgow, travellers are soon immersed in the wild Highlands. They start with the gorgeous Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and then rise to peaks of more than 1,300 metres where Ben Nevis – the highest in the UK – tops out near Fort William. The waterfalls, pine forests and fells of the Cairngorms National Park soon take over, hiding lochs and hearty country villages within. The Scottish coast is raw and windswept, extending out to the far-flung Orkney Islands and summit-carved Skye.

Where to stay around Scotland?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 9,657 holiday lettings near Scotland. From 2,556 Cabins to 2,556 Cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Scotland is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Scotland?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Scotland. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Edinburgh: 2,018 holiday homes
  • Skye: 355 holiday homes
  • Glasgow: 868 holiday homes
  • Scottish Highlands: 4,017 holiday homes
  • Aviemore: 326 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Scotland! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Scotland?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Scotland with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Edinburgh: 2,018 holiday lettings
  • Skye: 355 holiday lettings
  • Glasgow: 868 holiday lettings
  • Aviemore: 326 holiday lettings
  • Inverness: 904 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Scotland?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Scotland are:

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI): 2,079 self catering accommodations
  • Glasgow Airport (GLA): 724 self catering accommodations
  • Kirkwall Airport (KOI): 21 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Scotland?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Scotland. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ben Nevis: 262 holiday rentals
  • Elie Beach: 744 holiday rentals
  • Morar Beach: 111 holiday rentals
  • Luskentyre Beach: 19 holiday rentals
  • Arran Heritage Museum: 86 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Scotland listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Scotland

Edinburgh
2,018 holiday rentals
Skye
355 holiday rentals
Glasgow
868 holiday rentals
Aviemore
326 holiday rentals
Inverness
904 holiday rentals
Fort William
340 holiday rentals
Isle of Arran
60 holiday rentals
Oban
515 holiday rentals
Saint Andrews
581 holiday rentals
Anstruther
476 holiday rentals
Pitlochry
346 holiday rentals
Isle of Mull
215 holiday rentals
Isle of Harris
65 holiday rentals
North Berwick
264 holiday rentals
Glencoe
153 holiday rentals
Aberdeen
135 holiday rentals
Ayr
201 holiday rentals
Dundee
360 holiday rentals
Dunbar
170 holiday rentals
Aberfeldy
405 holiday rentals