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.
Luxury meets peaceful isolation at the wonderful Glenuaig Lodge, a dog friendly, large and truly remote four bedroom self catering cottage sleeping 8 guests set in the heart of the Glencarron Estate near Strathcarron. The Lodge enjoys beautiful views and is accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles.
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, an open fire, a large garden with croquet lawn and trampoline. Perfect for a get-together with friends and large families.
Baronial Bliss is a luxurious grand cottage on sumptuous grounds near Roughpark in Scotland. The regal castle sits among woodlands and ponds and offers majestic views, delightful outdoor entertaining areas and exquisite furnishings with log fires. The 17th-century property promises special memories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Orrinside is truly Scottish. The rural cottage near Muir of Ord in Ross-Shire sits at the foot of the Scottish Highlands and offers whisky Masterclasses. The pet-friendly cottage also boasts beautiful grounds, authentic décor, a hot tub and open fire, plus accessibility for people with disabilities.
Keeper Cottage West stands at the most westerly point of mainland Britain, nestled below the majestic Ardnamurchan Lighthouse on the shores of Loch Linnhe, the gateway to Ben Nevis. This cosy granite, pet-friendly seaside cottage with WiFi sleeps 4 in a lovely remote rural location.
Kintillo is a traditional detached coastal property which rises from the fields of Holmisdale in a secluded rural corner of the Isle of Skye. The pet-friendly property sits on a hillside and boasts uninterrupted views of the countryside and is well placed for exploration of this mystical isle.
This large Perthshire holiday cottage was built by the Duke of Atholl as a shooting lodge and offers beautiful rural views from its hillside location near Dunkeld. Riechip now offers pet friendly self-catering accommodation in 8 bedrooms for up to 16 guests. Perfect for walking or golfing holidays.
A remote Scottish holiday cottage found on the Trotternish Peninsula in the far north of the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides, Ridge End Cottage in the isolated township of Conista promises a memorable holiday for groups of up to six looking to relax in cosy and comfortable rural accommodation.
Comraich (Gaelic for sanctuary and protection) is a well-furnished and homely wooden holiday let sleeping 6, with every self-catering amenity a family can enjoy. Situated on a remote rural hillside behind the village of Kilchoan, it has wonderful sea views over to the Isle of Mull. Pets welcome.
East Gable is a gorgeous church wing conversion sitting beside a river near Gatehouse of Fleet in the Dumfries and Galloway region. The rural cottage boasts a delightful interior encased in stone walls, including oak floors and remains of the original pews. Explore the countryside and the coast.
Set in the grounds of 17th century Press Castle in The Old Coach House, a stunning semi-detached cottage near Coldingham in the Scottish Borders region. The 400-year-old cottage boasts luxury and traditional charm and includes an open fire, extensive manicured grounds and views of the countryside.
National Trust for Scotland offers Courtyard Cottage, a romantic apartment set inside Drum Castle in Drumoak. The pet-friendly dwelling in Aberdeenshire dates back 700 years & boasts antique furnishings in keeping with its history, as well as an open fire, contemporary comforts & beautiful grounds.
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!