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Scotland holiday accommodation and holidays
These days Scotland is quicker and easier to reach than ever before, thanks to no-frills airlines. With plenty of Scottish holiday accommodation available on this site holidaying in Scotland couldn't be easier. Find out more about the area below and choose between self catering holiday accommodation and cottages in Southern Scotland, the Highlands and the Scottish Islands.
The thing about Scotland is that it's a big country, with far more to offer than just the Highland image of bagpipes, kilts and haggis. Its beautiful rugged mountain scenery aside, all round its amazingly indented coastline are little towns and ports that offer a real chance to get away. And while you may not think the words 'Scotland' and 'beach holiday' go naturally together, the country has many completely unspoilt beaches and the water on the west coast is warmer than you think, thanks to the Gulf Stream.
Cottage holidays in southern Scotland
For a gentle introduction to Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway is easily reached from England (head up to the top of the M6 and turn left at Gretna Green) and has lots of self catering accommodation and cottages on offer. In the south it borders the Solway Firth, with a huge beach at Southerness. The fishing port of Kirkcudbright, at the top of a deep bay, is a favourite with artists and holidaymakers alike, and there are plenty of other attractive towns like Wigtown, which is Scotland's answer to Hay-on-Wye, with dozens of bookshops and a literary festival in September. A little further on is the intriguingly-shaped Rhinn of Galloway (a bit like the business end of a hammerhead shark) which shelters the ferry port of Stranraer.
The Scottish Islands and Highlands
The whole of the west coast of Scotland is of course a mass of islands, deep inlets and long peninsulas that make a fabulous holiday destination. Ever fancied driving to the end of the Mull of Kintyre, standing on the beach at Machrihanish and singing that famous ditty to the incurious seals (they've heard it all before)? You can! Or catch the ferry to Islay, home of the Laphroaig single malt.
Further north are the islands of Mull, Skye (now reached by bridge) and the Inner and Outer Hebrides, on many of which you can find self catering accommodation to rent. And if you want to go to extremes, there are the Orkneys and Shetlands north of John O'Groats.
Eastern Scotland has a different (and drier) character. The Borders, north-east of Newcastle, offer both fine moorland walking country in the Southern Uplands (read John Buchan's 'Thirty Nine Steps' for a flavour) and pretty farming country around towns like Coldstream, Jedburgh and Hawick.
North of Edinburgh lies the Kingdom of Fife, whose easternmost part (the East Neuk) is a popular holiday area with pretty fishing villages and the university and golf town of St Andrews. Not too far away is the elegant city of Perth, and then suddenly you're into the Highlands Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Aviemore and whisky galore. Its exceptional walking country and breathtaking scenery make it an ideal area for self catering holidays in Scotland. Enjoy!
Getting to your Scottish holiday destination
Getting to Scotland couldn't be easier these days, daily there are dozens of flights to Scottish airports such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Prestwick and Aberdeen, often available at knock-down prices at off-peak times and seasons. Fly to any of these airports, pick up a hire car and you could be at your self catering holiday cottage by some delightful Scottish loch only a few hours after leaving home.
For instance, Ryanair flies from Stansted and Bournemouth to Prestwick. Not the most convenient airport for Glasgow, but fine if you want to stay in the pleasant town of Ayr, or catch a ferry from nearby Ardrossan to the Isle of Arran. You could head south to the golf at Turnberry, or a little further on sample the delights of Dumfries and Galloway.