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Make a holiday rental cottage in the Scottish Highlands and Islands your home away from home

It is hard to describe the pure beauty of the Scottish Highlands and Islands to someone who has not seen the area with their own eyes. It seems that every twist in the road brings you to a new landscape or new little community to explore. Wildlife and nature play a large part in life in the Highlands and Islands, and there are few places in Europe where you can go on holiday in such unspoilt surroundings. Most people looking for self catering accommodation in the Highlands and Islands will already know a huge amount about the area and the possibilities for walking holidays, golfing breaks and fishing trips, but there is always more to see and do in the far north of the UK!

Things to do on holiday in the Scottish Highlands and Islands

Gaelic culture is still strong in the Highlands and Islands, and although the small communities which adorn the landscape have had to adapt to survive, there are still distinct features of Gaelic culture in music, food, arts and sport, which all come together perfectly at the frequent Highland Games competitions which occur throughout the summer. If the local games are on when you are staying in a holiday property in the Highlands and Islands, you are in luck. They provide a wonderful day, brimming with entertainment and Scottish delicacies! Local folklore is hugely regional, and there are some magnificent stories and tales to investigate, which really capture the imagination.

The Scottish Highlands and Islands have had a rough and highly innovative history, resulting in the landscape being covered with fascinating places of interest from huge, humbling castles and ancient monuments to whiskey distilleries and original steam engines.

Walkers, hikers and climbers who fancy a challenge and unrivalled peace will be in their own personal heaven whilst staying in a property in the Scottish Highlands. You could walk and climb for days without having to walk across a road, and there are an enormous variety of marked trails to embark upon, from the dramatic coastal paths to the timelessly secluded forest trails. Riding and mountain biking holidays thrive from Highlands accommodation too.

There are over 40 golf courses to choose from when staying in a cottage in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Golfers will already know of courses like Nairn, but wherever you decide to take self catering accommodation in the Scottish highlands and Islands, you are sure to be able to find a local course for a round.

The untainted rivers and lochs of the Highlands and Islands teem with fish, and although conditions may vary from the optimum conditions you are used to, finding someone willing to pass on a little local knowledge should not be too hard in the Highlands! Fishing permits are required, but are easily purchased from most towns. The waterways and coast of the Scottish Highlands and Islands are perfect for water sports, although wet suits are strongly advised for much of the year. Sailing, kayaking and windsurfing are among the most popular.

During the winter, the Scottish Highlands and Islands are the best place in the UK for skiing. The skiing in Scotland is highly enjoyable, with rewarding runs for beginners and experts alike. There are three main skiing centres which all provide everything you need for a fun skiing holiday or weekend break. These are to be found in the Nevis Range, (near Ben Nevis, and offering Scotland’s highest pistes), Cairngorm (the most popular) and Glencoe (which offers the longest runs in Scotland).

Anyone staying in a self catering holiday in the Scottish Highlands and Islands towards the southern region should also concider a quick exploration of the Aberdeen and Grampion region.

Weather in the Scottish Highlands and Islands

The weather in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland is famously unpredictable, largely due to their position on the edge of the European landmass. The weather is not as bad as it may appear by the number of jokes made, but it is nonetheless hard to predict! As long as you have a jacket ‘just in case’, there should be no problems!

Travel to the Scottish Highlands and Islands

There are numerous options for reaching self catering accommodation in the Highlands and Islands. Some of the more remote cottages will have specific instructions for arrival, but in general, Inverness Airport (INV) is the main entry point, with flights from London taking just over an hour. Alternatively, road and rail networks are surprisingly good across the region, but having the freedom to explore by car is a real luxury.


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Recent Reviews

Warm and cozy home from home deep in the Scottish highlands

5 of 5
A spacious, cozy cottage - perfect for a family of four to come home to after a long cold day yomping in the highlands! Things we really appreciated: the little welcome gift; how well the heating worked (and the fact that it was on to welcome us on our arrival!); the log burner; the comfy beds and good bedding; the fabulous book collection; the quality of the cookware. We had a family Scrabble tournament - playing every night in front of the wood burner (although this got rather heated at times....). We also loved the fact that someone came by when we were out and chopped more wood for us! And the simple, generous attitude the owners had towards eg. electricity and phone use. Really in a class of its own. We are very much hoping to come again next year.
  • Review Submitted: 22-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

Amazing peaceful haven

5 of 5
We really enjoyed our stay at Hunters Lodge last week. The lodge is fantastic and has everything needed for a full week's stay. The bed is really comfortable and when you open the blinds in the morning you can sit in bed with a cuppa and watch the fishing boats go past. The HD SMART TV and Now TV was a brilliant addition. We were able to watch a different movie every evening. The sofa's are not comfortable and needed daily "sorting", however we managed. The BOSE wireless speaker is a nice touch and we blue toothed music from our phone. The photographs do not do the lodge justice as it is large and has a separate dining room and table for 6. We had dinner at several differnt hotels and pubs in Glencoe. The best was Glencoe Gathering for fish and chips - the best we have ever eaten. The Loch Leven Hotel has an open fire and an extensive gin collection and the food was good. Special mention to the Clachaig Inn which was yummy. The Holly Tree Hotel was ok and we walked there and had a light lunch. The Ballachulish Hotel was fully booked the entire week so we only had a drink in the bar. We skied at Glencoe for half a day, however the snow was poor but the mountain restaurant was well worth the visit. We managed half a days skiing at the Nevis Range but the mountain was closed due to high winds. Nevis Sport in Fort William does a lovely cake and cuppa after a cold days skiing. We did several local walks in the area using Highland Walks. We cannot wait to return next year. The absolute quiet, privacy, scenery and facilities offered are the best we have had while holidaying in the UK. Much thanks and see you next year.
  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

Central location, very clean and modern. Very comfortable accommodation of a high standard.

5 of 5
The lodge is situated close to the owner's house. It is ideally situated for exploring the surrounding area as it is close to Inverness, Dores and Loch Ness. Scott, the owner, was very helpful and approachable but also respected our privacy. The lodge is of a high standard, modern and spacious. The kitchen is equipped with all the appliances and utensils needed for a self catering break. The great variety of birds and numerous squirrels were entertaining to watch. A lovely retreat that we would happily visit again.
  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017