Go north to the remote and rugged landscapes of Scotland to appreciate a stay in one of the most beautiful wilderness regions in Britain. The Highlands offer dramatic scenery and places to walk where few people tread.
Perthshire is lovely and green in a gentle way with plenty of rolling hills, woodland and lakes. Visit the fish ladder in Pitlochry to see salmon making their way upriver to spawn. Go boating and cycling.
Seaside holiday cottages in Scotland
You may wish to book a seaside cottage for two in Scotland. Scotland's beaches are among the finest in Britain, very clean and often almost empty. Towns and villages along the coast all have a fishing heritage that has left numerous stone-built picturesque harbours behind that are now used for pleasure craft. There are also maritime museums to visit and a dramatic rocky coastline to explore. A holiday cottage perched on a cliff top is highly recommended for the very best views and amazing scenery. Birdwatchers would be in their seventh heaven in Scotland.
West coast Scotland beaches feature rocks, sand and rock pools. In many places, the mountains reach down to the sea and the scenery is outstanding. Tour the Scottish west coast and the Isle of Skye for remote places, morning mists and incredible wildlife. There are former crofters cottages tucked into hillsides, new log cabins for two and lochside houses with views over glassy waters.
Further south, the lochs and the Cairngorms offer acres of beautiful panoramic views. Scotland is one of the most scenic countries in the world. Scotland's two main cities; Edinburgh and Glasgow are also worth visiting for the artistic vibe, the culture and good eateries and entertainment.
A holiday in Scotland could be most romantic and there are plenty of secluded cottages in the middle of nowhere.
Unusual locations in Scotland for self catering breaks
A self-catered holiday in northern Scotland is highly recommended. Scotland can be a long way to go is you live in the south of England but a worthwhile and interesting trip. It is best to fly to a northern Scottish airport such as Inverness or Aberdeen and then hire a car to get about and see as much as possible of the stunning landscape during your holiday.
Even the city of Aberdeen, the granite city, has a superb sandy beach. Many beaches in the north east of Scotland, around Banff and the Aberdeenshire coast are backed by rolling sand dunes and marram grass. The north Sea is never warm, not even during the height of summer but little beats a walk or jog on the beach stopping to spot seals and other wildlife. Find somewhere to stay in this north eastern corner of Scotland to enjoy empty sand dune backed beaches, towering cliffs of the Bullers of Buchan, picturesque fishing villages such as Collieston, Whinnyfold, Cruden Bay, or further round the coast to Pennan and Crovie. Go wind surfing at Balmedie, fishing from numerous harbours. From Buckie take a boat out to sea to spot dolphins and whales. Other places to visit are Balmoral, Haddo House and Bennachie for hill walking.
The local people speak a dialect known as Doric; you may feel that you're visiting a foreign land. Visit in August and September for some of the best raspberries. There are whisky distillery tours and castles galore. This is a lovely location for a discovery holiday taking in the coast, hills and woodland. Book a cottage holiday for two people in Scotland to relax and have the time to explore.