Short breaks and weekend breaks in Scotland

Scotland is a great destination for short breaks or weekends away. From adventure holidays and family days out, to city breaks and guided tours, there are plenty of activities and attractions to choose from and an excellent selection of accommodation.

Adventure & activity holidays

Scotland is a fantastic destination for those looking to spend the weekend away on an exciting adventure holiday or activity break. There is a diverse range of activity centres across the country catering for all thrill levels and group sizes.

The rugged coastline offers exciting opportunities for watersports enthusiasts and the mountains are great for those who enjoy hillwalking, mountaineering and mountain biking. There is an excellent network of cycling routes across the country and you can also try skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Scotland is also renowned for the quality of its fishing and as well as having some of the world’s finest golf courses.

Family holidays

There is a wide range of family days out in Scotland for you and the kids to enjoy. Many attractions offer family tickets and passes to make your weekend breaks away excellent value for money. You can also get free admission to many museums, galleries and country parks throughout the country.

City breaks

Scotland has many fabulous city breaks for you to enjoy, with an exciting calendar of events and festivals. Choose from world-class cultural attractions and sight-seeing tours to guided walks or a relaxing day at the spa to fill your day. You can also indulge in a bit of retail therapy in the style capital of Scotland, Glasgow, or immerse yourself in the history of Edinburgh. Later, spend the evening sampling Scottish food and drink in one of the many trendy cocktail bars, traditional pubs and award-winning restaurants. There is also a great selection of accommodation to choose from including luxurious 5-star hotels, friendly B&Bs, and city centre apartments. 

Seasonal breaks

Whatever time of year you decide to take a short break, Scotland has a superb selection of seasonal breaks for you to enjoy.

In January, Scots celebrate the birth of national bard, Robert Burns. The February mid-term sees the arrival of the stunning Scottish Snow Drop Festival. The Easter holidays are a fantastic time for wildlife watching and an Easter egg hunt. In autumn you can spot thousands of migratory birds and on 30 November the nation celebrates St Andrew’s Day, the patron saint of Scotland. During the Christmas break there are lots of winter festivals to enjoy and the year finishes with our legendary Hogmanay celebrations.

Guided/package tours

Make the most of your short break with an expert-led guided tour. There are lots to choose from, including tours of whisky distilleries, historic castles or an adventurous walking or cycling holiday. Visitors will also find guided bus tours to the Highlands, through the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and day boat trips around Scotland’s many fascinating islands.

Accommodation types

Visitors to Scotland will find a wide variety of accommodation catering for all needs and budgets. This includes luxury 5-star accommodation, hotels, hostels, B&Bs, guest houses, serviced apartments, accessible accommodation, pet-friendly accommodation, green accommodation, self-catering or caravan parks.

The view of Ulva, in the Inner Hebrides

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