Whether you’re dreaming of a remote beach holiday or a historic little fishing village full of charm, there are so many luxurious coastal cottages fully equipped for a comfortable self-catering getaway in Scotland. Scotland’s stunningly beautiful coastline is enchanting – it’s full of golden sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and rock features, curious marine life, watersport activities, as well as bags of history and heritage. There’s so much to discover during our Year of Coasts and Waters!
Nothing will blow out those cobwebs better than some fresh sea air and beautiful coastal walks. Here are just some of the wonderful options available to choose from. Most of our accommodation picks below are pet-friendly, so you can plan a much needed break away in a dog friendly coastal cottage without leaving your beloved pooch behind. Check out our top pet-friendly recommendations for more inspiration.
1. Sanderling, Galloway Coast Cottages
Location: Port O’Warren, Dumfries & Galloway
Just a two-minute walk from the beach, Sanderling’s charm will enchant you. This delightful two-bedroom cottage (sleeps four) offers an idyllic coastal self-catering retreat in a peaceful haven, with luxurious bedrooms and a cosy lounge where you can curl up in front of an open fire. Port O’Warren beach is right on the doorstep, with several other beaches also very close by. Sanderling is also a pet-friendly coastal cottage, so don’t forget to bring your pooch!
2. The Old Lobster House
The Old Lobster House (sleeps three) sits in a picturesque setting right on the seafront in the fishing village of Lower Burnmouth. Just 3 miles from the seaside town of Eyemouth, this quaint cottage was converted from an old lobster holding pen and has stunning views out to sea. There’s a spacious dining kitchen and cosy sitting room with comfortable seating around the wood-burning stove. Upstairs is a double and a single bedroom, both of which have large windows from which to further admire the captivating sea views. Dogs are also welcome.
3. Shore Cottage
Shore Cottage (sleeps four) is one of three whitewashed stone beach houses right on the sea front, tucked away in a peaceful location at the edge of the village of Ballantrae. It’s situated next to the picturesque old harbour within a conservation area. The well-equipped cottages have homely interiors and offer spectacular sea views across the bay to Ailsa Craig, Isle of Arran and Mull of Kintyre. High Mains Cottage sleeps six. Dogs are also welcome.
4. Crosple Cottage
Crosple Cottage is a secluded shoreline hideaway (sleeps two) which is beautifully furnished with a lovely interior. In a stunning rural setting near the harbour town of Oban and with stunning views over Fearnach Bay, it’s perfect for a romantic coastal getaway. French doors open out onto a sheltered suntrap of a garden offering a terraced patio, BBQ area, garden furniture and a hard-to-beat vista. You’ll even get his and hers mountain bikes and wellington boots included!
5. Weavers Cottage
Weavers Cottage (sleeps four) is equipped with everything you’ll need for a comfortable self-catering stay. It has a double bedroom on the mezzanine above the lounge and there’s a double sofa bed in the sea-facing sunroom for additional guests. You might find yourself gazing out to sea for hours from the sunroom and spotting seals on the rocks. Outside, the cottage has an area for BBQs and watching the sun go down. The local sheep might come and say hello! Dogs are also welcome.
6. Burrastow Cottage
Location: Mainland Shetland
Burrastow Cottage (sleeps five) is located on the Burrastow peninsula on the west side of Shetland. Here you can find spectacular scenery and peace for the perfect tranquil retreat! The cottage is a 19th century grade C listed building with three bedrooms, providing self-catering accommodation on a weekly or nightly basis. Right on the epic Shetland shoreline, you’ll even have access to a private pier.
7. The Beach Bothy
At Balnakeil Beach Bothy (sleeps two) you can step out of the door onto the beach and walk a mile and a half along the amazing white sands past some of the most spectacular dunes. It is well known as a bird watchers’ paradise. On the estate of Balnakeil House, the inside is finished to a high standard and there’s a window where you can gaze across the bay whilst enjoying your meals. This is a perfect place for solitude or romance for those who love the best of undisturbed coastal scenery and surroundings. However, it’s just a mile walk to the village pub, local shop or chocolatier, and you can play golf, fish, bird watching – or just enjoy the incredible walks! Dogs are also welcome.
8. Fuchsia Cottage
Location: Fortrose, Black Isle
Fuchsia Cottage (sleeps five) is situated right on the shorefront in the charming village of Fortrose beside its beach, small harbour and sailing club. This listed 1800s cottage is comfortable inside, with two bedrooms and all conveniences required for an enjoyable self-catering stay by the sea. It’s ideal for observing the wildlife and Moray Firth dolphins as well as exploring the Highlands. Restaurants, shops and pubs are within very easy walking distance, you could enjoy the Black Isle Villages walking route, and Inverness is 12 miles away with a regular bus service.
9. Sailmaker’s Cottage
The newly refurbished Sailmaker’s Cottage (sleeps five) has incredible views over a cliff-side onto the Moray Firth, situated in the old fishing village of Portknockie. The two-storey cottage has two bedrooms and uninterrupted sea views from within the first row of houses on the shore. Located just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Bow Fiddle Rock, it’s ideally located for watching dolphins and exploring this beautiful stretch of coastline, full of cliff-side walks and deserted golden beaches.
10. Mill of Nethermill
At Mill of Nethermill you’ll find three stand-alone cottages (all sleep four) which are well-equipped for a comfortable self-catering stay with homely interiors. Situated near the picturesque historic fishing village of Pennan which featured in the film Local Hero, the cottages are located in a secluded bay where you can watch the waves crash on the beach, look out for dolphins and seals, or explore the boot-leggers caves! There also Millshore Pottery and Collectables onsite which has local art, pottery, and antiques to peruse. Dogs are also welcome.
11. Dram Cottage
Dram Cottage is a quaint little fisherman’s cottage (sleeps four) which has recently been completely renovated to provide a comfortable self-catering stay right on the historic harbour of Sandend. It has a double bedroom and a sofa bed. Sandend is located just 3 miles from the coastal village of Portsoy or 7 miles from Cullen. There are many beaches, coastal related attractions and natural features to discover in this beautiful area, as well as Glenglassaugh Distillery and a pleasant walk between Sandend and Portsoy. Dogs are also welcome.
12. Pew with a View Seafront Cottage
Location: Sandhaven, Aberdeenshire
Pew with a View Seafront Cottage is a 1600s fisherman’s cottage (sleeps four) which has a double bedroom and a sofa bed. It boasts a lovely modern interior, is situated just 5 metres from the sea and even has a boathouse. It offers direct access to a boat ramp which leads into Sandhaven’s small harbour, allowing easy access for boats, kayaks and divers. Wake up to the sight and sound of the sea and enjoy the spectacular sunrises through the floor to ceiling windows or while breakfasting on the deck in the garden, which also has a small burn running through it. It’s a perfect spot to birdwatch or to enjoy the many dolphins, minke whales and seals which frequently pass by! Dogs are also welcome.
13. Harbour View
Harbour View (sleeps four) is a charming self-catering cottage sitting right on the historic harbour of Stonehaven. This 18th century grade C listed building is situated over three floors with one double and one twin bedroom, both with sea views. There’s also a luxury bathroom with roll-top bath. With stunning harbour and sea views, restaurants on the doorstep and a wealth of attractions to explore including Dunnottar Castle nearby, it’s the perfect luxury coastal cottage for a peaceful getaway! Dogs are also welcome.
14. Cardy Cottage
Cardy Cottage (sleeps four) is a traditional cottage with two bedrooms, located on the shorefront of the historic seaside village of Lower Largo in the picturesque East Neuk of Fife. Sitting right on the Fife Coastal Path and only 10 miles from St Andrews, it has been lovingly restored in a modern contemporary style with everything you need for a relaxing self-catering holiday. Literally a stone’s throw from the expansive sandy beach, it has open views across the Firth of Forth to the Lothians and Bass Rock. Largo Cottages have three other self-catering cottages available in the area to choose from. Dogs are also welcome.
15. The Barn
The Barn (sleeps six) is set in beautiful farmland on the edge of the well-loved seaside town of North Berwick and is in easy walking distance of sandy beaches or restaurants. The Barn has been beautifully restored while retaining all the character of this grade B listed building. The gorgeous lounge area has a large vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, stone walls and a mezzanine level with a double sofa bed. Downstairs there are two bedrooms and upstairs has a master bedroom, all with the option of super-king or twin bed setup. Dogs are also welcome.
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