Want to escape to a self-catering cottage in Scotland? From rural boltholes to ultramodern hideaways, here is Love From Scotland’s favourite self-catering cottages in Scotland. They have all been tried and tested by us, so you are guaranteed a truly fabulous place to stay in Scotland.
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Self-catering cottages in Scotland
The Hideaway Experience, Dundee
With views across seemingly endless barley fields, choose between one of three ultra-modern lodges at the Hideaway Experience – the Dreamers, the Honeymooners, or the Lovers, or the cute and cosy (and dog-friendly) the Romantics cottage and settle into your own tiny piece of rural heaven.
Inside you have our own miniature boutique hotel complete with a bathroom which could grace a five-star spa, a sauna, a wood-burning stove in the bedroom, a dining table with a very big view – and all the privacy you need for a romantic weekend away – including your own hot tub outside.
Nearby: Emerging from a waterfront make-over to become Scotland’s coolest design city, Dundee is a 15-minute drive or taxi from the Hideaway Experience. Art fans will love the newly opened and rather spectacular V&A Dundee, as well as Dundee Contemporary Arts and the ‘McMenace’ Gallery.
History buffs? Explore Discovery Point, which tells the tale of ‘Scott of the Antarctic’. Foodies will love the fine dining on offer at The Tayberry Restaurant or The Newport. For lunch try Gidi Grill in the docks, or Sol y Sombra or Project Pizza.
The Birdwatcher’s Cabin, Golspie
The North Coast 500 might be right outside your door, but hidden on its own beach, the silence at the Birdwatcher’s Cabin is only interrupted by the whistling cry of an osprey taking flight over Loch Fleet’s endless stretch of sand dunes, mudflats, and 100-year-old Scots pinewoods.
Inside, the cabin is a lesson in minimalist luxury. Designed by Anta, East Sutherland’s famous architects & interior firm, there is a stunning rainfall shower in local Caithness slate, beautiful vintage furniture, stylish rugs and cosy blankets and an incredibly comfy bed with really thick sheets – the sheer quality of the cabin will just blow you away. If you need it there is wifi and satellite TV, but I promise you won’t want to turn it on once
Nearby – visit the fairy tale, Dunrobin Castle, to explore the gardens and watch the daily falconry displays. Visit the waterfalls at the Big Burn, and if you are feeling energetic there are mountain bike trails on Ben Bhraggie – or you could climb to the top for a view!
Westside Woodshed, Edinburgh
In the hills just to the south of Edinburgh is Westside Woodshed, an incredibly stylish Scandi-inspired self-catering cottage for two hidden amongst the trees.
The cabin sits in 3000 acres of the beautiful, rolling hills and valleys of the Pentland Hills Regional Park on a working free-range blackface sheep farm which has been in the Cowan family since 1850.
With sleek retro style, all that’s left to do is swing open the patio doors, pour yourself a gin & tonic and slip into the outdoor hot tub – bliss. It is the perfect place to escape the city.
Nearby: From your doorstep, you can walk up into the Pentland – hike the Kips to Scald Law, or the Capital View Walk for incredible views across to the Forth Bridges – look-out for pheasants, deer, highland coos and rare black grouse on the way. History buffs will love Rosslyn Chapel and the walk around Roslin Glen.
Dipper at Loch Tay Boat Houses
If you are looking for somewhere to unusual to stay in Scotland, I have just the place for you – Loch Tay Boathouses– ‘Otter’ and ‘Dipper’ are beautiful Scandinavian-style boat houses, perched on the edge of Loch Tay.
Hidden down by the loch, this is seclusion at its very best. With your own lochside beach for a candle-lit bbq and red squirrels visiting for breakfast, I promise you won’t want to leave.
On a hillside above Loch Kirkaig in remote Assynt sits Batbox, a luxury wooden hut with incredible views.
With a comfy double bed, full kitchen and luxury bathroom, this is hutting in style. Just 10 minutes from the foodie village of Lochinver, the Batbox gives you total seclusion in touching distance of an excellent meal.
Be warned up on the hillside there is no internet or phone signal – you are truly remote from the world here – and if you can’t live without it, then the owner’s other log cabin, the Lazy Bed cabin, closer to the wifi signal might be a better option.
Nearby: Lochinver is the perfect base to explore Assynt. Climb Suilven or Stac Pollaidh, two of Scotland’s most iconic mountains, or just head to Achmelvich or Clachtoll Beaches to relax on perfect white sand. Batbox is also well located for those doing the North Coast 500.
Loch Lomond Waterfront, Balmaha
On the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond sits Loch Lomond Waterfront – eight five-star luxury lodges and three wooden chalets. Flanked on one side by the looming Conic Hill and on the other the endless waters of Loch Lomond, you can’t get many more iconic locations for a holiday in Scotland.
Whether you are looking for a romantic break or a family group trip to Loch Lomond, each lodge sleeps between two and six people, most are dog-friendly, and all have stunning views over the loch.
Nearby – the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is right on your doorstep so you have no excuse to get out and explore. A 10-minute walk from your Loch Lomond lodge is Conic Hill. Sitting on the Highland Fault line, Conic Hill’s slopes offer up one of Scotland’s best views and you don’t have to climb up far to see it.
After your walk, pop into the Oak Tree Inn for a pint of real ale and haggis rolls! Weather not so great? drive the Scenic Route to discover more of the National Park’s best views – discover Woven Sound at Falls of Falloch, The Lookout at Loch Voil, Faerie Hollow at Loch Lubnaig and An Ceann Mor at Inveruglas.
Tign Na Mara, Portavadie, Argyll
‘Tigh Na Mara’ is a one-bedroom couple’s retreat hidden around in the next bay from the Portavadie marina, but just a 10-minute walk away from the spa and restaurants of the resort. Inside, the cottage had everything we needed to escape for the weekend – complete with a wood burning stove and plenty of cosy fluffy throws to keep the Argyll winter breezes away.
With no phone signal in the cottage (although there is wifi if you really need it) you can just switch off and watch the light change across the throughout the day…
Nearby: Say hello to Scotland’s ‘secret coast’ – the Cowal Peninsula. Forming part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and sitting on the spectacular Loch Fyne, the Cowal Peninsula stretches from the pretty town of Inveraray to the stunning Ostel Bay – and right out to sea.
Explore Puck’s Glen, a spooky walk through a deep glen, visit Ostel Bay – arguably Cowal (and Argyll’s) best beach with a view of Arran, find Benmore Botanic Garden – a huge mountain garden filled with redwoods and Hike the Kyles of Bute along the coastal path from Tighnabruaich.
Elderburn lodges, St Andrews
Elderburn Lodges are a cluster of six luxury self-catering cottages located just 10 minutes drive from St Andrews.
If you are looking for a self-catering cottage in Scotland, Elderburn Lodges are perfectly located for exploring both the town and the coastal villages of the East Neuk but are set in the quiet rolling Fife countryside with views for miles.
Elderburn Lodges are based around a traditional Scottish steading but with all the mod-cons you need, sleeping up to six with squishy sofas, comfy beds, free wifi, full kitchens and dining spaces.
Nearby: Whilst most famous for golf and Scotland’s oldest university, St Andrews is actually a buzzing little town surrounded by spectacular Fife countryside. With Michelin-starred restaurants, quirky traditional bars, beaches galore, the villages of the East Neuk of Fife are arguably Scotland’s prettiest.
From Crail to Elie, fishing villages hug the coastline, joined up by the 117 mile Fife Coastal Path. Stroll from village to village, grab fish and chips or a lobster roll and sit on a seawall and watch the fishermen come and go.
Lochinshelloch Cottage, Cawdor Estate, Inverness
In the Highlands of Scotland, 12 miles from Inverness, and home to a castle dubiously connected to Shakespeare’s Scottish Play is the Cawdor Estate.
Sleeping up to six, downstairs at Lochinshelloch Cottage there is a large country kitchen, a huge well-scrubbed dining table and a cosy lounge complete with open log fire and the ultimate in squishy sofas. There is also a three double bedroom and a luxury shower room – perfect for scrubbing up for dinner after a long muddy walk.
With four more cottages across the 42 thousand-acre estate – Ivy Cottage in the village, and Achneim Cottage next door (ok, nearby) to Lochanshelloch. To the south down by the River Findhorn is a hunting lodge for 22, the delightfully retro wooden Fisherman’s Cottage and a three-bedroom whitewashed bothy which was what was once the home of the Cawdor Estate gardener. Take your pick – they are all gorgeous.
Nearby: the Culloden Battlefield is just a short drive from Cawdor, then day trip to Inverness – walk along the River Ness and the Caledonian Canal, discover Leakey’s Bookshop, take a boat trip out on Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle, visit the Nessie centre and then head back into town to the Black Isle Brewery Bar which serves up organic beers accompanied by delicious pizzas. The Castle pub also serves a huge range of beer overlooking the river.
Eagle Brae, Beauly
Eagle Brae is a small and exclusive village of seven utterly beautiful self-catering cedar log cabins in Scotland surrounded by the business of Highland life; grouse moors, wandering red deer, wheeling birds of prey.
Part of an 8000 acres estate, for those looking for unique Scottish Highland accommodation, Eagle Brae offers true luxury – an incredible sense of place in the landscape, wonderful peace and quiet and a genuine warmth in welcome.
Nearby – Eagle Brae offers all the sporting estate activities a budding Highland laird could wish for – from camera stalking to husky racing and fly fishing. Visit Glen Affric and Glen Strathfarrar and Loch Ness where you can explore Urquhart Castle. Further afield is the Highland capital of Inverness – don’t miss the organic pizza & beer at the Black Isle Bar.
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