Scotland's history like most of the British Isles is peppered with battles against unwelcome invaders from the Norse Men from Scandinavia, the Romans and more recently, the Scots would argue, with good reason perhaps, the English. However it is exactly this marvellous rebellious history that makes Scotland holiday cottages such a great way to see this rugged, beautiful country that blends wild natural beauty with scars of its turbulent past and some beautiful contemporary architecture. Sites of interest such as Hadrian's Wall built by the Romans to keep the locals at bay, Edinburgh Castle or the simple drive across the Skye Bridge, just west of Kyle of Lochalsh, are wonderful examples of Scottish character and determination and pride.
Overlooking Loch Duich in a unique hillside location in one of the most awe inspiring glens in the Scottish Highlands, Tigh an Aullt is the ideal getaway property for up to 6 people.
Nuide Farmhouse is a charming, large and pet friendly 5-bedroom farmhouse in rural surroundings that sleeps 10. Set in its own rambling grounds the house is ideal for exploring the Cairngorms and has access to fishing on The Spey. Horse riding can be arranged locally in Newtonmore.
Glencarron is a beautiful Victorian shooting lodge near Strathcarron sleeping up to 18 in 11 bedrooms. This lovely large house enjoys breath taking views of the Glencarron Estate, which covers more than 12,000 acres of the Scottish Highlands. Pets welcome.
This dog-friendly countryside cottage is located within Douneside's beautifully maintained grounds (all available for guest to use), as are facilities such as the swimming pool, tennis courts, putting green, children’s play park, health club and restaurant.
Seatown Cottage offers traditional features combined with contemporary fittings making for a truly special cottage with outstanding views at the mouth of the River Lossie opposite the fabulous East Beach in Lossiemouth. Dog friendly. Children welcome. WIFI enabled. Sleeps 4.
Enjoy a unique holiday with a stay at Port na Mine, a large and child-friendly cottage near the Scottish village of Taynuilt, Argyll and Bute. The luxury cottage affords picturesque views of Loch Etive and Glencoe, featuring six bedrooms wood effect electric fire, and fully enclosed garden.
Luxury Tayside cottage with a hot tub near Aberfeldy on the banks of the River Tay. 11-acre garden and fishing rights. 2 King size sleigh beds. Log stove and open fires. Complimentary logs and Wi-Fi. Pool table, iPod docking station, games and books. Kitchen with all utensils. Pets welcome.
This spacious pet-friendly, large holiday home with a hot tub in Perthshire is set in beautiful countryside near Crieff. The Old Manse has a wealth of period features, including an open fire, a large garden with croquet lawn and trampoline. Perfect for a get-together with friends and large families.
Monastery 7 occupies a prime location within the Highland Club resort with a panoramic view of Loch Ness to the east and overlooking magnificent Benedictine Abbey cloisters to the west. This spacious and unique apartment is equipped with all you need to enjoy for a truly relaxing family holiday.
A large and spacious holiday retreat, Birch Cottage near Braemar has room for ten guests and an open plan living space with dazzling Highland views. An entire wall of windows admits plenty of natural light and offers panoramic views of the surrounding Cairngorms National Park. Sleeps 10.
Cor an Easan is a secluded traditional croft cottage in Talmine, Scottish Highlands, surrounded by beautiful mountains and ocean views. The pet-friendly cottage offers charm and a wood-burning stove as well as opportunities for horse riding, fishing and outdoor adventures along the coastline.
This self-catering cottage on Loch Ness is a secluded romantic bolthole for couples with riverside views from all rooms. Beautifully decorated and equipped for relaxation and ambience Guests also enjoy access to all facilities including a swimming pool in the Highland Club included in your rental.
Pansy Cottage is a quaint little cottage in Furnace, Argyll and Bute, combining the best of the country and the coast. The pet-friendly cottage sits near Loch Fyne and offers guests seclusion and lovely country views as well as trappings of its 100-year history, including a cosy wood-burning stove.
Located in the Cairngorms National Park, Alvey House is a Victoria-style Highland Villa in Newtonmore. Alvey, a pet friendly holiday home, sleeps 9 guests in 9 bedrooms (8 en-suite) above the River Spey, 15-miles from Aviemore. A superb location for cycling, walking and fishing holidays.
The Laggan Drey is an award-winning detached timber cottage with cathedral ceilings and access to the Cairngorms National Park and endless outdoor adventures. The pet-friendly cottage is built on stilts and boasts an open fire and stunning views of the countryside which is waiting to be explored.
Part of two unique single-storey chalets deep in the hamlet of Heights of Achterneed, the Larchfield Chalet 2 offers a remote Highlands holiday home near Strathpeffer. It offers unbeatable views of Scotland’s gorgeous hillsides. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Pets welcome.
A pretty stone-built cosy coastal cottage near Kirkcudbright with sea views, Cutlar's Cottage is set in its own fully enclosed garden overlooking a wildflower meadow. It's a glorious walk to the seashore and a 2-3 minute amble to the landscaped loch and pavilion.
The Coach House is a delightful romantic retreat in the Scottish Borders a few miles inland from the coast near Berwick.This semi-detached, holiday cottage for couples is in the rural hamlet of Allanton just outside Chirnside on the Scottish Borders - wonderful country for walking holidays.
Nantusi is a charming 17th Century Cottage offering pet friendly self catering accommodation for 2-6 guests in East Murthill village, 7 miles from Kirremuir. Facilities include shared use of an indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. It's a fabulous spot for walking, fishing and golf holidays.
Nestled amidst the natural beauty of the Monadhliath and Grampian mountain ranges, Feagour is a remote country cottage in the western approaches to the Cairngorms in the Central Highlands of Scotland, offering well-equipped, tastefully furnished self-catering accommodation. Sleeps 4.
Stuckdarach is a truly luxurious rural cottage in Loch Lomond, Scotland. The pet-friendly cottage on the shores of the loch boasts a lovely enclosed garden with hot tub as well as modern appliances, a private studio, wonderful views, contemporary chic and country charm including an open fire.
Balvonie House is a grand luxury cottage moments from the sea in Skelmorlie, Scotland. The pet-friendly property is ideal for large groups and special occasions and features sophisticated elegance, ocean views, cinema room, expansive grounds, an outdoor play area, a snooker table and an open fire.
Homestone Farmhouse is a large and traditional, stone-built farmhouse, on a 250-acre working farm, in an idyllic, secluded rural location, 5 miles from Campbeltown, on the Kintyre Peninsula. This child friendly farmhouse in Scotland sleeps 11 in 5 bedrooms. Pets welcome.
Set at the top of the historic Moat House, The Ross Apartment offers luxury self-catering accommodation in St. Benedict's Abbey at Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness. Guests enjoy access to the indoor pool, tennis courts, adventure playground and other facilities in the adjacent Highland Club.
If you are looking to escape to the "great outdoors" then Scotland has thousands of miles of rugged wilderness to roam in. The Highlands of Scotland is a "place of outstanding natural beauty" and that is an understatement. The mountains and the lochs and glens provide entrepid ramblers with a paradise to explore. There are myths and legends around every corner, Loch Ness even has it's own monster or so the legend will have us believe!