Scotland offers a mixture of thriving cities full of interest, and some of the most sparsely inhabited countryside in the British Isles. From the lakes and mountains of the Northern Highlands, where Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, can be found, to the Central Lowlands and Southern Uplands, Scotland’s landscapes are breathtakingly unique. Scotland’s weather is often changeable, sobe prepared for both sunshine and rain, whatever the season. Visiting in spring or summer will offer you the best chance of fine weather. As one of the U.K.'s most popular destinations with much to offer visitors of all ages, Scotland has plenty of holiday homes to choose from. ay Owners Direct provides you with ample choice, from cottages with a pool to pet-friendly accommodation and larger homes that are ideal for family holidays. Here are some of the popular holiday destinations.


Built around the striking outcrop of the extinct volcano now known as Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh has much to offer. This Royal capital of Scotland since 1437 is overlooked by the magnificent castle, which has been in continuous use for 1,000 years. Both the Old Town along the Royal Mile and the Georgian New Town are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Inverness is regarded as the capital of the Scottish Highlands and is Britain's most northerly city. Situated within the Great Glen and once a stronghold of the ancient and mysterious Pictish race, Inverness is steeped in history. The city centre boasts many houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Holiday homes in this charming old city will also allow you access to plenty of golf and watersports. The city is also an ideal base for visiting the renowned Loch Ness, where you can enjoy a monster spotting cruise.


When it comes to scenic cottages Scotland can't be beaten, and there are some delightful holiday cottages to be found in Pitlochry, in the very heart of Scotland. This location developed as a holiday resort when Queen Victoria visited in the 1840s and has remained one of Scotland's best destinations since then. Pitlochry is known as an ideal destination for hiking enthusiasts, with nearby mountains such as Ben Vrackie and Schiehallion, but is also popular with anglers due to the superb salmon and trout fishing.


Another location that offers picturesque, traditionally Scottish cottages in which to enjoy self-catering holidays is Aberfeldy. Situated amidst the highlands of Perthshire in the Tay Valley, this delightful market town has plenty to offer those seeking an active holiday. Here you can go walking, cycling, bungee jumping, canyoning, and enjoy some of the country's finest white water rafting.


Located on a natural peninsula in the lowlands between the Firths of Tay and Forth, Fife boasts beautiful countryside, quaint fishing villages and quiet, lovely beaches. Popular holidays in this former Pictish kingdom can be spent nature watching, exploring the thousands of listed buildings, or enjoying a holiday home in St. Andrew's, the home of golf.


Scotland's largest city is Glasgow, which means there is a lot to enjoy in this bustling and exciting metropolis. Amongst the outstanding attractions to be found include the medieval Gothic cathedral and its adjacent necropolis, the Police Museum celebrating the history of Britain's oldest police force, and the interactive exhibitions and IMAX cinema of the Glasgow Science Centre. The city also has a thriving music scene with many fine venues.


Duns is a county town in the Scottish Borders that can trace its history back to the Iron Age. In fact, it still boasts a hill fort from that period, Duns Law, which is accessible to the public. A stay in a holiday home here is an experience that allows the visitor to sample small town Scottish hospitality. The 3 ½ mile town trail gives a delightful overview of Scottish history.


Known as The Granite City for its distinctive architecture, Aberdeen is the third largest Scottish city. There are holiday home available here that can place you at the heart of the action, enjoying such attractions as the Maritime Museum, the Art Gallery, and the Gordon Highlanders Museum, which displays the medals, weapons, and uniforms of this most famous and well-regarded of Scottish regiments. Alternately, you might wish to be nearer to the glorious sandy coastline or the splendours of the Cairngorms National Park, the largest of its kind in the country.