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Self-catering holiday cottages in Scotland

Enjoy your Scottish break from the comfort of your own cosy cottage

Scotland is a beautiful country, steeped in history and culture, but it also offers endless activities: from fishing for wild salmon and trout in Argyll and Perthshire; to visiting the many Scottish castles and whisky distilleries scattered throughout the Highlands; to sampling the sensational mix of history and nightlife in cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh, Stirling and Aberdeen. Indeed, wherever you head, the landscape alone may be enough to tempt you to retire permanently to a self-catering holiday cottage in Scotland! Scottish holiday cottages are perfect for weekend breaks or regular holidays. They're easy to reach and offer fantastic value for money. That way, you have more time and money with which to really get the most from your stay, and by using the HomeAway search service, you can also save time and money when finding your perfect self-catering cottage, log cabin or even Scottish castle.

Holiday cottages in Scotland: Edinburgh

Edinburgh is an international city of the highest calibre, with galleries, museums and attractions as far as the eye can see. There's also a bustling nightlife, ranging from cosy neighbourhood pubs to up-scale cocktail bars, whose unique and delicious potions are made my 'mixologists'. The Edinburgh Festival brings visitors – and acts – from across the globe, and of all the Scottish castles, Edinburgh Castle, which towers majestically over the city, is the undisputed jewel. There might not be many cottages in the city itself, but there are plenty located on the outskirts from which you can travel to and from the centre each day.

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Holiday cottages in Scotland: Highlands and Islands

The Scottish Highlands are the perfect place to get away from it all. Here you can enjoy the finest walking, climbing and fishing holidays – all framed by swards of heather and that stately sombreness for which the Scottish countryside is renowned. Certainly, then, the Scottish Highlands are the most spectacular place to rent a holiday cottage in Scotland; choose one in Inverness, and find yourself within reach of Ullapool, and the ferry to Isle of Lewis, or simply sample the beauty of island life with a cottage on the Isle of Skye.

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Holiday cottages in Scotland: Perthshire

The green heart of Scotland, Perthshire, is a magnificent – and often underrated – region to visit. With 30 top golf courses, fantastic fishing holidays and a vast range of terrains perfect for everything from climbing to river rafting, sailing to skiing, Perthshire is sure to please those who long for outdoor activities without, perhaps, wanting to dare the quietude and isolation of the Scottish Highlands.

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Holiday cottages in Scotland: Fife

The wonderfully peaceful Fife, blessed with miles of golden beaches, many top class golf courses and thick, unspoilt woodlands is a great place to take a self-catering Scottish cottage, especially for golfers, walkers and beach lovers. But should the desire for a night out – as it so often does on holiday – strike, Edinburgh's only about an hour away!

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Holiday cottages in Scotland: Argyll and Stirling

Scotland's West Coast is a fantastically rugged, natural, wild region where Gaelic culture continues to thrive. Filled with historic monuments, Argyll and Stirling also boast such totemic Scottish wildlife as otters, puffin and eagles – it's little wonder that cottages here are in such demand.

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                                                                                                      Spacious lovely house in a fabulous scenic area.

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                                                                                                      Lovely house with everything we needed. Excellent base for our holiday. Plenty of space for the 6 of us. The lovely Glen Affric right on the doorstep with pony trekking at Cougie. Glen Strathfarrar not too far away. Dolphin spotting at Channory Point on the Black Isle with a lovely beach for the children to play on. Would highly recommend.
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                                                                                                      Great apartment for family stay in Edinburgh

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                                                                                                      Great apartment. Very spacious and comfortable with very well equipped kitchen. Easy access to the trams and walkable from Haymarket (10 mins or so). We were staying for the festival so not there a lot but when we were it was a great place to unwind. Maya was very helpful before and during our stay. Edinburgh is great too!
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                                                                                                      Stunning property in a fabulous location

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                                                                                                      I have stayed in many holiday rentals but this property beats them all for the quality of the interior and the stunning view. Tastefully decorated in neutrals, with comfortable, quality furnishings, an excellent shower in a large bathroom and high quality bedding on the most comfortable bed I think I have ever slept in. The kitchen was very well equipped, but missing a coffee maker and an extra frying pan (there is a cafetiere at the house now!). The view out of the living room window takes some beating as it is right on the edge of Loch Duich with views over to Ratagan (opposite) and Shiel bridge (to the side). Porpoises and seals swim by and the owners have kindly provided binoculars to watch them. The living room also has plenty of books, games, maps and guidebooks, a very large screen television with freesat and wifi. It was handy to have a separate utility room with it's own entrance that has a washing machine, tumble dryer and a place to store coats and boots. The walking in the area is stunning - I stayed two weeks and hiked almost every day, with very little travelling in the car. Skye is a short drive away. Although on a main road, there is little noise disturbance - the house is lower than the road and shielded with lots of trees and bushes. There is parking for two cars right next to the house. The owners have provided plenty of outside seating, fire pit and barbecue and there is access onto the pebble beach from the front door. I would wholeheartedly recommend this property for anyone wishing to stay in the Highlands - I would be delighted to revisit it.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016