Planning guide for Holiday Cottages in Scotland

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Planning guide for cottage and self-catering holidays in Scotland – search for a Scottish cottage to rent, check out holiday attractions, find things to do, places to eat or check on the roads or the weather – the things you need to help plan a great cottage holiday in Scotland

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Scotland cottage holiday planning guide

map for scottish holiday accommodationIf you are planning a cottage holiday in Scotland the following resources may help. We are building these pages so you will have all the information you need to support your Scottish cottage holiday, including weather forecasts and travel information for Scotland, visitor attractions, activity providers and information about where to eat, drink and find entertainment.

If you know of or run a site you think we should list in this section then please contact us with details.

Scotland weather

Met Office weather reports for Scotland are split into four main areas: North-west Scotland, North-east Scotland, South-west Scotland, and South-east Scotland, each providing a current general forecast plus 5 day forecasts for locations within these areas.

If you're in Scotland for the mountains, be it walking, climbing or skiing then you'll need the the Mountain forecasts, the Mountain Weather Information Service has forecasts for the East and West Highlands and can tell you the conditions at the Scottish ski resorts.

Travel information for Scotland

Information on the roads and traffic in Scotland can be found on the RAC site, for details of current congestion and roadworks.

The Traveline Scotland site will help you plan public transport journeys within Scotland and journeys from Scotland to main points within the UK.

Attractions in Scotland

Here's our choice of some of the main attractions in Scotland:

Find listed buildings and ancient monuments cared for by Historic Scotland, from ancient standing stones to medieval abbeys and magnificent houses, castles and gardens.

Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns is celebrated at his birthplace in Ayrshire, at the Burns National Heritage Park, a year-round attraction for visitors.

The Royal Yacht Britannia is now berthed at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh and makes a fascinating day out, visit the Royal Apartments and the working ship.

Discover the history of Scotland's national drink, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre in Edinburgh, invites you to learn about the art of Scotch whisky making.

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