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A wide variety of Scotland cottage properties are provided by the rental companies featured below. They're situated on both the Scottish mainland and its islands and are available for rent throughout the year. Visit the sites for news of availability and reductions.
Cottages 4 You
- 500 Scotland holiday cottages
both on the mainland and its islands. Their properties are inspected with the vast majority attaining a minimum of three stars for quality and standards. Discounts are offered for a good number all the year round.
- Around 230 Scotland cottages
in places like Loch Rannoch, Kirkmichael and Shieldaig. Prices start at £250 for week-long holiday breaks and pets are allowed for many of their holiday cottages. Turn-around days are usually on Saturdays.
Over 200 Scotland self catering cottages situated throughout the county. Their range includes converted coach houses, semi-detached cottages and bungalows. Booking rates for seven day breaks start at £200 during low-season.
Independent Cottages -
More than 100 cottages in Scotland and the Isles, many of which have attained start gradings for their standards. Most are of the traditional type and include renovated cart sheds and farmhouses. Seven day breaks can be booked from £200 in some cases.
Scotland's varied landscape consists of mountain passes, rugged highlands and undulating lowlands. It is a popular destination for self catering holiday makers who come to experience the romantic, impressive setting of its countryside as well as the cultural delights of the capital Endinburgh.
To the North West lies Ben Nevis
, the highest mountain in Britain. The brooding Grampian Mountain Range in which it lies is popular amongst walkers and climbers who come from far and wide to ascend the famous peak. Scotland's gentle lowlands consist of fertile rolling green hills and dales, occasionally scarred by the remnants of the country's industrial past.
The Highlands of Scotland are perhaps its most famous attraction. They afford awe-inspiring views of hills and mountain passes, punctuated by icy, clear streams and wild sea-lochs that gouge deeply into the surrounding landscape. The Western seaboard is not as dramatic and remains largely agricultural. Scotland also has over 700 islands which are divided into four groups, the Shetlands
, Orkney and the Inner and Outer Hebrides.
Throughout Scotland there are reminders of it rich and varied history such as the Orkney Stone Circles and Edinburgh Castle
. It is a country, steeped in history and fine tradition. More information about major Scotland visitor attractions follows below.
Scotland visitor attractions
Scotland is renowned for its natural beauty and fascinating historical past and cottages holiday makers will find the perfect ingredients for a memorable holiday here with historic castles, abbeys and cathedrals to visit and a host of outdoor activities which the whole family can enjoy.
Golfers should head for St Andrews, the home of golf or perhaps play some of the famous courses at Gleneagles or Dornoch. Cycling is an excellent way to explore the countryside and it is worth contacting The National Cycle Network
There are long distance footpaths for experienced walkers and pony trekking and fishing are both very popular. Permits for fishing can be obtained locally. Sail Scotland
gives details of sailing schools and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy water sports. Scotland also has five ski areas for winter visitors, peaking in early January until late March, depending on the right snow conditions.
Food and drink
In cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow, the choice is wide. Curry houses are popular and café bars, internet cafes and bistros are on the increase. Try the modern Scottish menu at elegant Martins in Edinburgh or sample the menu at lively, informal Babbity Bowster
For atmosphere, try The River House Restaurant
in Inverness on the banks of Loch Ness. Most bars are open all day from 12 noon and provide bar meals, tea coffee and soft drinks as well as Scotch – the national drink! Children under 16 are only allowed in separate family rooms.
History and Culture
manages archaeological sites, castles and other monuments throughout the country. They offer Explorer tickets which give free admission to any of its properties for 3, 7 and 14 days. Skara Brae Prehistoric Village
in the Orkneys is open daily April- October 9.30 - 5.30 and October to March 9.30 - 4.30. Loch Ness, west of Inverness is a must for tourists and has an exhibition centre open all year with a car park and gift shop.
Another interesting venue is Edinburgh Castle
, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and the birthplace of James 1st. Open April - September 9.30 - 6.30 and October - March 9.30- 5.00. At Glencoe, the scene of the famous massacre, there is a Visitor Centre open Thursday to Sunday, 10a.m to 4p.m. Melrose Abbey
, the most famous ruin in Scotland, founded in 1136 is the burial place of many of the Scottish kings and is where the heart of Robert the Bruce is buried. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 4.30pm.