Best of beach cottages and self-catering holiday homes in Scotland
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We compare thousands of cottages to rent in Scotland for your trip to the stunning country in the north of the United Kingdom. Dog-friendly ✓ Hot tub ✓ Lochside ✓ Here you can discover cottages for holiday rent that are perfect for your trip to the most northern country of the United Kingdom, which is rich in wild natural scenery and an ancient cultural heritage waiting for you to explore from the comfort of our cottages with hot tubs in Scotland. At Hundredrooms we understand that there is always far too much choice when it comes to booking accommodation, and it can be difficult to know where to look. That is why we have compiled the best in holiday homes in Scotland in one place from a selection of our partners, and arrange them all in one screen in a matter of seconds. Scotland is a nation of warm and friendly locals known as Scots, a vibrant cultural scene in its thriving towns and cities and one of the most dramatic natural environments comprising of national parks in the Scottish Highlands, such as Loch Lomond and Trossachs, alongside over 700 magical islands such as the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Arran. If you’re looking for accommodation in Scotland’s cities, we have a great selection across Scotland’s most exciting cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee. If you’re looking for self-catering cottages in Scotland for your trip to play golf, we have accommodation in towns such as St Andrews and Fife, too. The Scottish are very proud of their rich Gaelic heritage which is flourishing all over, and it is a country of both modern and ancient means which you can enjoy in a cottage by the sea, or even in lighthouse or lochside accommodation for something that little bit different. All you have to is let us know when you want to travel and how many people will be travelling with you, and in a matter of seconds we will search hundreds of holiday accommodation in Scotland for your trip to this beautiful region of the UK. What are you waiting for? Book now!
Places to stay in Scotland
Scotland is a wild country with some of the most stunning landscapes across the world. Its history is vast and deep-reaching, and you are bound to be enchanted during your stay in your holiday homes to rent in Scotland. We have summed up the main regions of Scotland, so that you can get a better idea of where you can travel to.
- Edinburgh and the Lothians: This region comprises the vibrant and medieval capital city of Scotland and its surrounding luscious countryside, alongside the coastal beauty of the Lothian region. Find apartments in Edinburgh right here.
- Scottish Borders: The region closest to the English border, it has an interesting mixed history as it was an area often fought over. There are a selection of beautiful abbeys in the region such as Kelso Abbey, Melrose Abbey and Jedburgh which were established by Scottish kings. Here there are a large number of summer festivals to be found.
- South West Scotland: A coastal region of Scotland that is closest to Northern Ireland, and also comprises some of the most iconic islands such as the Isle of Arran. You will find some delightful coastal cottages in Scotland to rent here.
- The Highlands: This area in Scotland is perhaps the most iconic, in terms of its ability to stun you as you submerge yourself into one of the most solitary and tranquil places in Europe with lochside cottages in many spots. Here you will find rewarding adventures such as Ben Nevis, walks across incredible summits and explore the tradition and myth that surrounds you during your stay in one of the remote cottages in Scotland.
- Glasgow: The largest city in Scotland is a city of exciting culture and atmosphere and has become an important urban centre in the UK. It is a centre for shopping, nightlife and history, and is now also an artistic hub that pushes boundaries. Find apartments to rent in Glasgow here. It is a prehistoric city that dates back thousands of years on the River Clyde.
- The Hebrides: This makes up the archipelago on the west coast of Scotland, and are made up of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. They have been occupied for thousands of years, and are now a source of many Gaelic literature and music. Here you can travel to the Isle of Islay and the Isle of Skye and beautiful cottages by the sea in Scotland.
- Orkney and Shetland: Also known as the Northern Isles, these are archipelagos situated off the north coast. It has many luxury cottages in Scotland with a hot tub for you to stay.
When to visit Scotland
It is certainly worth considering when you would like to make the most of this wonderful country, and when is best to book your country cottages in Scotland. If you’re looking to visit depending on how the weather is faring, then spring is a great time to visit when plants and flowers are fresh. This is the time when mountains and lochs are particularly beautiful. This time of year is also particularly good to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, cycling and more because it is not as cold as it might be in the winter months. Both winter and summer have their attractive aspects in Scotland. If you want to visit in summer, you absolutely must visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This festival takes over the capital city for three weeks every August and is the biggest arts festival in the world. At this time, holiday rentals in Scotland are usually more expensive, particularly in the capital and surrounding areas. There is also the calendar for the Highland Games at play and the Braemar Gathering, alongside the Edinburgh Military Tattoo which is the biggest event of this sort worldwide. Winter is also a wonderful time to visit Scotland, and is for some, the most attractive time to visit its snowy scenery. If you’re looking to book remote holiday cottages in Scotland and you would like to make the most of skiing in Scotland, we recommend that you visit during January and February. The winter months are also when holiday rentals tend to be more expensive as there is the Burns supper that takes place in January to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet, and also the Hogmanay celebrations at New Year. It is during this time that prices for holiday accommodation can be a little higher in particular for rentals in the cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee.
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Things to see in Scotland
Scotland is a land of natural beauty, and of important cultural landmarks that tell you a lot about the colourful history of this country. The vast landscapes mean that there is plenty of activities to be enjoyed. The outdoors here are some of the greatest examples of untouched wilderness in this part of Europe. You will be stunned by the lochs and mountains in the Highlands from which you can easy reach your romantic cottage in Scotland. If you’re visiting during the winter time, Scotland is also popular for skiing and can be enjoyed in the mountains.
- Loch Ness: This freshwater lake in the Scottish Highlands has become famous due to old folklore of the mythical monster ‘Nessie’ which inhabits its waters. It is a popular spot for many visiting the country.
- Loch Lomond: A lake in the Highlands with plenty of outdoor recreational activities available. You will find a number of paths, boat cruises, golf facilities and many more. Many people look for holiday cottages nearby for their trip.
- Edinburgh Castle: One of the most iconic views in Edinburgh is the 11th century castle that sits high above the city and is an integral feature of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Edinburgh, and also the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It houses the Crown Jewels and the National War Museum of Scotland.
- Old Town, Edinburgh: This is the oldest part of the capital city, and has a medieval street plan that runs high and low throughout the city. During the Festival Fringe, it is an important part of the performances and is where the heart of the city lies.
- Holyrood Palace: This is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland. It is also known as the Palace of Holyroodhouse and has been the official residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century. it is located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh to Edinburgh Castle.
- Princes Street: One of the main streets in Edinburgh, this is most famous as a shopping street and stretches around a mile from Leith Street to Lothian Road. At the southern part of the street is New Town. Here you will find all major shops such as Boots, H&M;, Debenhams, Topshop, House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer.
- Ben Nevis: The highest mountain in the UK is also located in Scotland, in the Grampian Mountains close to Fort William. It is popular for scrambling, climbing, rock climbing and ice climbing. Approximately 10,000 ascents are made per year.
- Urquhart Castle: A castle next to Loch Ness in the Highlands. Its ruins date from the 13th to the 16th centuries, and it played a significant role in the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century.
- Arthur’s Seat: The main peak of the group of hills formed in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. It holds some of the most fantastic panoramic views over the city and is relatively easy to climb.
- Calton Hill: A hill in central Edinburgh which forms part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has some of the best views across the city, and is the headquarters of the Scottish government.
- Stirling Castle: One of the largest castles in Scotland on top of Castle Hill and before the union with England, was one of the most used Scottish royal residences. There have been various sieges of this castle which is located in Stirling, including those of the Wars of Scottish Independence.
- Staffa Island: Translating from Gaelic to mean ‘pillar island’, this place is formed of giant basalt columns that flank its deep caves within. You can take an excursion here via boat and from here you can easily explore Fingal’s Cave. It is also a great site for spotting guillemots and puffins.
- Glenfinnan Viaduct: An iconic curving train viaduct that has been used in several Harry Potter films. It has 21 arches and was built in 1901.
- Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park: A national park replete with glens, mountains and beautiful hills. The lochs are something quite spectacular, and is popular for walkers and hikers.
What to eat in Scotland
There are a number of culinary delights that you simply must try, whether you’re staying in a self-catering holiday home in Scotland or not. It is replete with fresh produce such as Scottish salmon from fresh water. ‘Haggis’ might be one of the most famous household names in Scottish cuisine, which is made of sheep’s pluck (liver, lungs and heart) and minced with various ingredients such as suet, onion, spices and salt. Don’t be put off by the intestines, it is a delicious local delicacy. Another famous dish is ‘neeps and tatties’ which is essentially turnips and potatoes with butter and chives. You might be surprised to find out that porridge is in fact also Scottish, but in true Scottish style, it is made with salt alone! Fish and chips in Scotland are better known as a ‘fish supper’, and it is the ultimate evening activity while watching the sun go down on the beach. Another important addition to this meal is the ‘salt n sauce’ in Edinburgh, that is the brown chip-shop sauce. Grouse is a delicacy in Scotland, and is a must try here. A strange delicacy that is considered the norm here is also the battered Mars Bar, which is the popular chocolate bar placed into the deep fryer to create a beautiful melted dessert. If you’re visiting for Burns Night, you will be sure to try the leek and tattie soup to celebrate the poetry of Robert Burns. You might be aware that Scotland is almost famous for its shortbread, which is a popular dessert option and is buttery and delicious. In terms of drinking, you certainly can’t visit Scotland without trying Scotch whisky, which has many different variations depending on where you’re looking.