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Weaver’s Cottage beach getaway
PLUS
Entire cottage · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Weaver’s Cottage beach getawaySit outside watching the waves with a cosy fire on chilly evenings. Climb the oak library ladder and drift off to sleep to the sound of the sea. Curl up next to the log burner with a good book, or stroll along the beach to spot seabirds and seals.

Fairy Hill Retreat. One bed annexed croft
Entire guesthouse · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Fairy Hill Retreat. One bed annexed croftRelax at this unique and tranquil getaway. Private and secluded accommodation with all the home comforts you require, providing the perfect base to explore the Highlands. Stunning views over Glen Urquhart towards the mountains of Glen Affric in the distance, only 5 miles from Loch Ness.

Island View Pods - Cruachan
SUPERHOST
Tiny house · 2 guests · 3 beds · 1 bath

Island View Pods - CruachanModern luxury pods situated amongst a croft (farm) where there is usually cows and sheep roaming about. We are a few minutes walk to the shores of Loch Etive through a woodland path.

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Popular amenities for Scotland vacation rentals

  • Kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free parking on premises
  • Air conditioning

Other great vacation rentals in Scotland

SUPERHOST
  1. Entire cabin
  2. Dalavich
Number 25 - Feorag Ruadh
$178 per night
  1. Entire cottage
  2. Highland Council
Charming cottage beside the River Feshie
$109 per night
  1. Tiny house
  2. Shandon
Highland Hideaway
$183 per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire chalet
  2. Langbank
Fox Lodge - Panoramic, stunning views, rural .
$342 per night
  1. Entire cottage
  2. Highland Council
Owl Cottage, dog-friendly 2-bed near Loch Ness
$137 per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. West Wemyss
Stylish Getaway Flat in Fife Coastal Village
$81 per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Lake View
The Mews - a cottage with a spectacular view
$137 per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire place
  2. Smithton
Chalet In The City with Hot Tub.
$126 per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire cabin
  2. Highland Council
Feagour Lodge Highland Hideaway
$178 per night
  1. Entire cabin
  2. Pitlochry
Delightful and cosy Lodge in the Cairngorms.
$140 per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire cottage
  2. Perth and Kinross
Cosy Riverside Cabin near Crieff
$195 per night
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Morvich
A cosy wee house amongst the hills.
$109 per night

Top-rated things to do in Scotland

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  • Whisky and Folklore
    We meet on the iconic Royal Mile by the eminent Scottish thinker and drinker Adam Smith. It is then a short walk to one excellent whisky bar that we use. We have the entire upstairs area reserved for us, ensuring lots of space for the group. During the course of two hours we will sample four outstanding Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from the four major whisky producing regions of Scotland. We will discus some of the history of Scotland and explore the reasons as to why whisky is now so ingrained as a staple of Scottish culture and we have some great tales from Scotland and the world of whisky to share with you. Other things to note This tour departs promptly and we can not wait for guests who are late. You must meet us at our start point at least 15min before the tour departs to secure your space. People under the age of 18 are not permitted on this tour. This is due to licencing at the venue we use.
    From Price:$20 / person
  • Underground Beer Tasting
    We'll start off with our 1st beer and a tour of our building, a 16th Century prison and courthouse. We have some original features untouched for hundreds of years. We'll make our way down to the hidden vaults under our building, where you'll try a selection of 4 other local beers in the most hidden tasting room in Edinburgh! Along with learning about the beers from an expert guide and the history of brewing in Edinburgh, participants will get to see the secret rooms hidden in the old prison, as well as stories of prisoners who were held here, the dark and grimy history of Auld Reekie, and how beer shaped the way we live our lives today. Other things to note Please be aware that the vault is accessed via about 20 steps- there is no lift/ramp access to the lower level. Check-in with reception staff at The Hostel above
    From Price:$14 / person
  • Small group Harry Potter walking tour
    We'll discover the streets and secret alleyways of the Old Town area of Edinburgh, starting at Edinburgh Castle, then we'll wander down to "Diagon Alley" and find the gravestones of "Voldemort" and some other well known names in the Harry Potter series. We'll also spot "Hogwarts School" of Wizardry and find where the writer found her inspiration from. Learn about the famous and not so famous cafes where J.K. Rowling began her writing career and finished in the realms of luxury. The tour will last approximately 1 hour. However, please allow for an additional 20 minutes if tour runs over depending on group size, photo opportunities and question time. Other things to note The tour will be outdoors, whether rain or shine so come prepared to walk around for over an hour. If it is raining, I suggest to wear sturdy shoes - the graveyard can be muddy. We won't wait if you are late, please arrive 5 mins early. Call me on +44(0)7884558365 *No refunds if late or no show.
    From Price:$17 / person
  • Exploring Loch Tay by Packraft
    We will meet in Killin (Loch Tay). Having checked weather conditions we will prepare for a day on the water. Due to the circumstances of Covid-19 all equipment will be sprayed with antibacterial cleaner before we begin and after use. Let's not let it spoil the fun though. I will familiarise you with the equipment and describe our route once at the waters edge. You will be using a packraft which suits a wide weight/height range. The river Lochay offers a still and sheltered environment for access to Loch Tay. When we are ready we will get you comfortable in the packraft and adjust back support. Then its time to get on the water. I offer coaching and guidance but won't bombard you with the technicalities. The best way to learn is to relax and take your time. Loch Tay is surrounded by mountains and offers an impressive backdrop to your experience. We will go at your own pace as we explore the west end of Loch Tay and there are two islands. The sense of peace and freedom is wonderful here. There are some lovely, small beaches where we can have lunch. This is a day away from the stresses of daily life and an immersion in nature. You will feel very safe, stable and comfortable in the packraft due to their design. I will take plenty photos. Please also note that if you're looking for a day where I'm not scheduled it's worth checking with me anyway.
    From Price:$83 / person
  • ⭐ Scottish Gins & Cheese Tasting
    Scottish gin and cheeses takes you on a fun journey around Scottish gin styles. We give you an understanding of how gin is made, how to pair with great mixers and discuss how to garnish your drinks. The class is full of useful gin brand information and helps both the novice and the experienced gin lover who has an interest in the ever growing Scottish gin scene. We sample 8 different gins ranging from the classic to the newly more established to the tiny craft brands. Everything is paired with premium mixers and stunning cheese boards for the group. Run-time is around 90-120 mins. Other things to note Our tasting room is down a set of stairs in our old town building so sadly isn't accessible to wheelchair users. If you have any questions please just message us and we're happy to help
    From Price:$54 / person

Your guide to Scotland

Welcome to Scotland

Every corner of Scotland seems to have a dramatic story to tell: This is an ancient landscape marked by crumbling castles, green hillsides where clans once battled, and, of course, deep lochs said to hide at least one mythical monster. The northernmost country in the United Kingdom claims rugged mountains, craggy shores, and cities that look like medieval fantasies. Yes, you’ll probably notice a few kilted street performers puffing on bagpipes as you explore heritage sites like Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the historic heart of the regal capital. But there’s a lot more to this proud nation than its most visible clichés.

In the Lowlands, the majority of the Scottish population resides in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the largest city. Together they form an area known as the Central Belt. Where Edinburgh delivers on Scottish landmarks and grandeur, Glasgow gives you counterculture hot spots. As you move into the Highlands, some of Scotland’s most romanticized vistas come into view, with villages wedged into narrow valleys and towering mountains like Ben Nevis reaching monumental heights. As you explore the mysterious ruins, misty islands, and sprawling national parks, you’ll find Scotland retains some of Western Europe’s wildest and most remote places.


How do I get around Scotland?

The main airports in Scotland are both in the Lowlands: Edinburgh Airport (EDI) and Glasgow International Airport (GLA). The main air hub in the Highlands is Inverness Airport (INV) in Inverness. Flying between Scotland’s major and regional airports is, of course, the quickest way to get around. But the comprehensive rail network — locally operating as ScotRail — is a far more scenic and sustainable way to go. While many tour companies offer guided coach trips through the major outdoor sites, you’ll want a car to explore wild places such as Cairngorms National Park and the many miles of twisty highways through the most northern reaches.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Scotland?

Scotland is a country known for its internationally famous festivals, culminating in August with the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe taking over the capital for a month of performances and events. Summer is also the warmest and driest season, when Scotland’s northerly position makes for long, sunny evenings and a festive vibe wherever you go. Crowds are noticeably thinner in spring and early fall, when you can experience the major cities and tourist sites more like a local. Winter gets unrelenting rain and occasional snow, but you’ll still find plenty of cozy indoor hubs, historical and otherwise, where you can stay warm.


What are the top things to do in Scotland?

Glasgow’s West End

Glasgow’s fashionable and leafy West End comprises several low-key neighborhoods filled with art museums and galleries, locally owned shops, and some of the most celebrated Scottish restaurants. Take a gander at Argyle Street or duck in cobbled Ashton Lane to get the pulse of Glasgow’s resurgence as a cultural epicenter. This is also home to one of the city’s favorite greenspaces, Kelvingrove Park, where you’re treated to views of the iconic gothic architecture of Glasgow University.

Eilean Donan Castle

Cross a stone bridge to a tiny tidal island, where several castles have stood guard since the 13th century. In the early 20th century, reconstruction efforts turned the foreboding ruins into one of the most photographed landmarks in Scotland. Its scenic position at the meeting point of several sea lochs makes Eilean Donan Castle alone worth the detour to the Western Highlands to witness the sight for yourself. It’s a popular stop on the way to the nearby Isle of Skye, a magical place with several of its own photogenic castles as well as the iconic Fairy Pools, a series of waterfalls in the Glen Brittle forest.

North Coast 500

From Inverness, take one of Scotland’s most scenic drives along the narrow, twisting roads looping through the lesser-traveled North Highlands. The 516-mile (830-km) trip, designated as a touring route in 2015, passes some of the United Kingdom’s most remote fishing villages and harbor towns. You’ll see barren beaches, jagged coastal cliffs, and islands just offshore. While you could drive the North Coast 500 in a day, take a slower roll and give yourself several days to sightsee castles, trek natural trails, and maybe even spot the Northern Lights here at the tip of Great Britain.