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Scotland holidays - Holidays in Scotland

Scottish self catering holidays

Stunning scenery, thrilling history and friendly locals all conspire to make Scotland a number one destination. From the gorgeous rolling hills of the Scottish Borders to the majesty of Edinburgh Castle or the beautiful lochs, castles and mountains, as well as unforgettable National Parks, Scotland truly has something for everyone.

Unforgettable Experiences in Scotland
Aberdeenshire is dominated by Aberdeen itself, the sparkling granite city. See the historic Castlegate and Mercat Cross before heading for the fabulous shopping on Union Street. Loch Muick near Ballater is a must for visitors to Aberdeenshire, with its abundant wildlife and spectacular views. Go in autumn and hear the red deer bellowing to each other across Glen Muick. Aberdeenshire is where you'll find some of the most beautiful castles in the country. A unique trail takes in 17 of the region's castles, it's a cornucopia of romantic historical castles such as Fraser Castle and Crathes Castle, as well as spectacular scenery.

The Magnificent Mountains
As perfect for family holidays as for a romantic break, the Highlands is hugely popular. Miles of dog friendly trails and beautiful scenery make Cairngorm National Park, home to some wonderful birds including the golden eagle, a top choice. Take a chairlift to the top of the Cairngorms for fabulous views. Stay in nearby Aviemore, or visit Inverness. For lovers of mountain scenery, marvel at the magnificence of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain, near Loch William. The famous Ben Nevis race is run on the first Saturday in September and attracts many visitors, as does the Ben Nevis Malt Whisky distillery at the mountain's foot. The Highlands is home to many great Malt Whisky distilleries. Visitors can see Dalwhinnie's single malt made near Aviemore and Dewar's World of Whisky tour at Aberfeldy makes a great day out in a superb location.

The Most Beautiful Scenery
Everyone's heard of John o' Groats, it's the most northerly village in the UK and scene of many a sponsored walk start or finish line. Have your photo taken at the famous 'Journey's End' signpost before setting out on the road to the Western Isles. Wester Ross is the gateway to the islands and boasts gorgeous sea views and spectacular marine life, as well as a good golf course on the banks of Loch Broom at Ullapool. Wester Ross is one of Scotland's truly unspoiled areas. Plenty of terrific child friendly accommodation, as well as great self catering cottages, is available throughout the region. The Western Isles or Outer Hebrides has some of the most abundant birdlife in Scotland, or take one of the many dog friendly walking trails through the pretty flower meadows which the islands are famed for.

Famous Attractions
One of the most iconic images of Scotland, and one that's recognisable all over the world is that of Eilean Donan Castle on the Kyle of Lochalsh at Dornie. Standing on a promontory where three sea lochs meet and surrounded by mountains, it's one of Scotland's best loved castles. Self catering cottages make the ideal base for seeing more of Scotland and a day trip to the Isle of Skye is a great day out. Just across the Kyle from Eilean Donan and now connected by bridge, it's where Flora McDonald famously sent Bonnie Prince Charlie on his way to France. Visit Portree on the Isle of Skye and take the ferry to Raasay for some of the most memorable sea views in the world.

Inspiring Cities
Glasgow is home to some of the best arts and entertainment facilities in Scotland, as well as fabulous shopping in Buchanan Street, Princes Square and the famous Style Mile. Child friendly accommodation is reasonably priced in Glasgow and the city is perfect for trips to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where some of Scotland's most wonderful scenery awaits. Historic Mary King's Close, a unique underground area where people really lived and worked, gives visitors to Edinburgh an insight into the city's past. Take one of the many 'ghost walks' for an unforgettable evening out. 12th century Edinburgh Castle is an image of Scotland that's recognisable far and wide. Looming over Princes Street, it's one of Scotland's most famous castles.

Visit the Scottish Borders
Visit the wonderful Scottish Borders. Steeped in history, it's one of Scotland's most exciting areas and has miles of dog friendly walking trails, self catering cottages to let and many great attractions. The beautiful market town of Jedburgh is a must, with 12th century Jedburgh Abbey the most well preserved Border abbey. See other abbeys at Melrose, Kelso and Dryburgh, or if you prefer castles, Jedburgh has a fantastic Castle Jail, open daily. Jedburgh also boasts Mary Queen of Scot's House, and a beautiful square with Mercat Cross. Spend a day at Kelso Races, or stroll on the banks of the River Tweed. Visit Melrose or get a round of golf in, the best courses are at Jedburgh and Selkirk. Visit the Scottish Borders in June and July for the famous festivals and common ridings, Jethart Callant's Festival, Hawick Common Riding and Kelso Civic week are just some of them.

From a warm welcome in Jedburgh, gateway to Scotland, till you reach 'Journey's End' at John o' Groats, Scotland is sure to provide many wonderful memories and inspiring thoughts.

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Ayrshire

Whether you are a couple, a family, with a group of friends or travelling solo, this is a region that will captivate any age group. Heaving with natural beauty, this area of Scotland is a haven for walking, cycling and sporting enthusiasts. Visit magnificent castles dotted around the region. A spectacular location for all types of holidays, South West Scotland is irresistible.

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Central Scotland

Whatever your personal interests and whatever you hope to find in the way in of accommodation, scenery, entertainment and fun for all ages, you'll be certain to find it in Central Scotland. Perfect for a short break, this is the place for spectacular sea views and sports based holidays.

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Edinburgh and Lothian

Perfect for romantic breaks, the scenery - gorgeous sea views and beautiful countryside. With something to suit every possible interest, age or taste, Edinburgh and Lothian is as versatile as it is beautiful. Family holidays to Edinburgh are bound to be a success, with some great shopping, attractions and lots to keep everyone happy. Edinburgh and Lothian is a truly inspired choice for many kinds of holiday.

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Glasgow and Surrounding Areas

Whatever your particular favourites - history, golf or shopping, you can be certain that Glasgow and its surrounding area will fit the bill. From spectacular scenery in West Dunbartonshire to the coastal treasures of Inverclyde, there are perfect spots for family holidays and days out. Glasgow is a stylish and vibrant city and is an excellent short break choice. As perfect for history lovers as it is for those who love to shop, it's also the ideal base for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside.

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Highlands and Islands

The Scottish Highlands and Islands form a diverse environment ideal for family holidays and romantic breaks alike. Rolling countryside contrasts with the barren moorland just as bustle of Inverness varies from the solitude of the most remote log cabin. Enjoy a short break walking or skiing in the Cairngorms National Park or climbing Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. You'll find atmospheric towns and Scotland's newest city, Inverness. But whether you stay in a luxury boutique cottage or a simple farmhouse, you'll find a destination unlike any other.

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Lowlands

Book a stay in a holiday cottage in Dumfries and Galloway or the Scottish Borders and you can look forward to exploring stunning countryside, enjoying dramatic sea views and learning all about the region's fascinating history. There are dog friendly and child friendly accommodation options, so there really is something to suit everyone. If you would prefer to stay in Dumfries and Galloway, Castle Douglas is an excellent choice. The village is located on the shores of Carlingwark Loch and close to the Galloway Hills, so there are lots of activities available and a wide selection of wildlife to spot.

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North East Scotland

The counties of Aberdeenshire and Moray have endless places to see and things to do for all the family. With castles, whisky and golf galore, this area of Scotland is not to be missed. With main line public transport linking the major towns within Aberdeenshire and Moray to the rest of the country, this is an area of Scotland accessible for all. The fascinating county of Aberdeenshire is home to the river Dee and Don, Balmoral Castle, Cairngorms National Park and the capital of the region Aberdeen, to mention just a few of its admirable attractions.

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