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6 Best Self-Catering Holidays in Scotland

Scotland is home to hundreds of self-catering accommodation options across the country, from cosy cabins and luxury apartments, to fancy chalets and exclusive use venues, there’s lots to choose from.

Cosy into some of the best self-catering accommodation in Scotland where you will feel right at home, with all the essentials, and luxury items, to make your stay that bit more special.

Here are seven smart reasons why self-catering in Scotland is every bit as spectacular as you imagined:

  • Space & Comfort – A real home from home

Having more space means you’ll feel more comfortable, and no shared communal spaces with other guests.  This is one for you if you like your home comforts, giving you the option to take all you need with you, and whether you have family or pets, you can all enjoy the perfect stay in one place.

  • Flexibility & Facilities

You’re definitely likely to appreciate the freedom to do things in your own time, such as your mealtimes, especially if you are travelling with kids, it’s a great perk of opting for self-catering.  You can enjoy fully equipped kitchens, which are particularly useful if you have varying dietary requirements to consider.

  • A chance to sample local culture and food

As a home away from home you can easily get to sample local produce and experience the real flavours of Scotland.  You’ll have the flexibility to have days out and explore, as well as take in the local scenery and culture.

  • More economical & more choice

One of the best things about self-catering is that you can have your pick of a wide variety of properties, from castles to cabins there is so much to choose from, with many budget self-catering accommodation options in Scotland too.

  • Customise your needs

With so many properties on offer the facilities available are huge. Choose a property with a hot tub, a pet friendly cottage, large country house for your family group, hire a butler, pre-book your shopping, pre-book day trips, the opportunities are endless.

  • More Privacy

If it is privacy you’re after, usually self-catering is the preferred option.  You can come and go as you please and with an entire property to yourself, you won’t be bumping into other guests.

  • Ideal for socialising and celebrating

If you are in a large group and planning a get-together, there are some great holiday houses and country retreats perfect for family holidays, celebrations, and gatherings. Choose to stay in a house with a hot tub, swimming pool, games room, tennis court or golf course, there is so much choice.

With a wide range of high-quality accommodation, from castles and city centre apartments, to lodges and farm stays, why not embrace the real side of our landscapes and choose from some of the best self-catering options in Scotland.

*The following properties have all won or been nominated for awards.

1. Ross Bay Retreat

Dumfries & Galloway
(Regional Finalist – best self-catering accommodation – Scottish Thistle Awards)

Ross Bay Retreat

Ross Bay Retreat

This quartet of self-catering cottages sits just a stone’s throw away from the sea. Listen to the waves lap whilst sitting out on the balcony, located on a 500-acre working farm with cattle, sheep, ponies, geese, hens, and lots of biodiversity for you to admire.

Situated within the UNESCO Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve, a world class environment is waiting for you to explore, along with the nearby Dark Sky Park, there is little to no light pollution in the area, so it’s a perfect base for the most amazing stargazing.

Book a stay at Ross Bay Retreat.

2. Eagle Brae

Beauly, Inverness
(Winner – Best Self-Catering Accommodation – Highlands and Islands Thistle Awards)

Eagle Brae

Eagle Brae

Located in-between the serene beauty of Glen Affric and Glen Strathfarrar, the finest remaining stands of pristine Caledonian pine-forest wilderness in Scotland, Eagle Brae is a luxury self-catering eco-resort like no other.

Eagle Brae exclusively offers guests their own online concierge service where they can order home-cooked prepared meals, fine wines, rare-breed meats and groceries. After a long day climbing Munros Eagle Brae’s ‘catered’ self-catering hits the mark!

Check availability at Eagle Brae.

3. Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort

Perthshire, Dundee & Angus
(Regional Finalist – best self-catering accommodation – Scottish Thistle Awards)

Forbes of Kingennie Resort

Forbes of Kingennie Resort

The resort is home to 14 tranquil self-catering lodges, sleeping from two to 10 guests. Onsite you’ll find five fishing pools, a nine-hole golf course, an 18-hole putting green, a driving range with two-covered bays, an Angus thistle maze, a play park, walking routes and more!

The resort is also dog friendly and surrounded by paths and local country parks that are waiting to be sniffed out!

Enjoy a stay at Forbes of Kingennie.

4. Craigengar, Crosswoodhill Farm Holiday Cottages

Edinburgh and The Lothians
(Regional Finalist – best self-catering accommodation – Scottish Thistle Awards)

Craigengar Crosswoodhill Farm

Craigengar Crosswoodhill Farm

A unique, contemporary 5-star stunning new house in West Lothian (sleeps 14) is ideal for groups of friends, celebrations and family get-togethers. The cottage caters for 14 people and is a peaceful rural setting with an atmosphere that wows the moment you walk in the door.

Contemporary, chic, romantic yet family and pet-friendly, this award-winning self-catering accommodation is just a 30 minute drive from Edinburgh Castle, and only one hour from Glasgow.

Check availability at Craigengar Holiday Cottages.

5. Hobbit Hideaway

Aberlour, Speyside
(Best Green Holiday Home in Europe 2019)

Hobbit Hideaway

Hobbit Hideaway

Hobbit Hideaway enchants its guests with the truly magical experience of staying in a beautiful and natural home. This hidden “hobbitsy” gem is found along the foothills of Ben Rinnes, in Moray Speyside, which is home to stunning landscapes and world-renowned whisky distilleries. It is a unique place designed to evoke a deep sense of relaxation to nourish the soul and delight all who enter… It has been described as being like a giant hug!

Book a stay at Hobbit Hideaway.

6. Little Briar Cottage

Lochearnhead, Perthshire
(Best Pet Holiday Home in Europe 2019)

Little Briar Cottages

Little Briar Cottages

Set within three acres of landscaped gardens on the naturally beautiful banks of Loch Earn lie two blissful cottages. Choose luxury self-catering in spacious Briar Steading or pet friendly cottage Little Briar. Views are enhanced throughout the year by ospreys, deer, squirrels, water skiers, regattas and more. Pets adore Little Briar as they can run straight onto the acre grassy paddock and stream from the door.

Enjoy a visit to Little Briar Cottages.

This was just a taste of self-catering options Scotland has to offer! Find out how EmbraceScotland can help you feel the freedom of being right at home on holiday. EmbraceScotland is the place to find Scotland’s best holiday homes, its super easy to book direct, with the property owners or managers straight from our website. Or why not explore more self-catering accommodation, and start planning your trip to Scotland now?