Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice. You can now search our website to see what businesses are open and signed up to the Good to Go scheme. Find more advice on exploring Scotland during Covid-19 on our dedicated page.

The Blog

9 Summer Retreats for the Perfect Staycation in Scotland

With Scotland now beginning to open up more, it’s the perfect time for a short break. To make life easier for you, we’ve listed some of our favourite places to stay across the country. Will it be a jam-packed glamping holiday full of adventure or a luxury lodge in the Highlands? Whatever you decide to choose, Scotland’s wide range of accommodation and beautiful scenery gives you plenty of options to plan the perfect summer getaway.

COVID-19 PHASE 3 RESTRICTIONS

In light of COVID-19, everyone’s health and safety is the most important thing.

Self-catering without shared facilities is reopening on Friday 3 July, and all other accommodation on Wednesday 15 July. We’d ask everyone who is considering future day trips and overnight stays to please plan ahead carefully and check opening arrangements with the businesses directly.

Find out more about the current Covid-19 restrictions of Phase 3 and future phases.

1. Escape to the countryside with Crieff Hydro

Take things at an easier pace this summer by booking a stay at Crieff Hydro! Situated in West Perthshire, you will certainly feel right at home in its cosy and luxury surroundings. With the hotel set to welcome back guests from the 15th July, spend some much-needed family time together by booking the hotel’s exclusive online Welcome Back bundle. Choose from a wide range of free activities including golf, tennis, archery and much more to kick start your stay. There’s even an evening gin tasting session!

Staying with kids but want to enjoy some quality time together with just the two of you? No problem at all! With up to two hours of free childcare at Big Country included when booking direct, the kids will have endless hours of fun with more games to be introduced on the outdoor football pitch.

Itching to get away sooner? With self-catering accommodation open from the 3rd July. Escape to your own utopia in the Scottish woodlands. From lodges and apartments to cosy cabin stays, you will be able to switch off and relax in no time!

2. Surround yourself in luxury at Monachyle Mhor

If you’re looking to enjoy the finer things in life, look no further than Monachyle Mhor in the village of Balquhidder. This 18th century farmhouse is the place to be with each room individually designed with original pieces of artwork, beautiful furnishings and spacious bathrooms. No two bedrooms or bathrooms are the same! Families will get the chance to tour the farm where they will learn how to work with the animals and crops as well as understand how high quality and fresh produce is created. With Loch Lomond & the Trossachs right on your doorstep, explore Scotland’s natural bounty with its many walking and cycling paths. Feeling brave enough? Why not take a dip nearby Loch Voil for a swim or paddle.

After a jam-packed day full of adventure; wine and dine at the farmhouse’s own restaurant where chef-owner Tom Lewis is bound to cook up a storm in the kitchen. Tuck into a selection of delicious meats from venison to Highland beef accompanied with fresh, organic vegetables from the farm. Simply delicious!

Looking for more unusual accommodation? Try the groovy Ferry Cabin or its wacky 1950’s style retro wagon to add something a bit extra to your regular farm stay!

3. Be at one with nature at Dam View Glamping

Switch off from the real world and reconnect with nature at Dam View Glamping. Located at Gartmorn Nature Reserve, sit back and relax with a glass of wine in hand as you enjoy the breath-taking scenery and sounds of wildlife. With two types of lodges to choose from, camp in style while still enjoying the very best of your home comforts with three bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, a roll top bath and a wood burning stove all included.

Fancy a day trip? There are plenty of cycle paths around the area to soak up the great outdoors or visit the beautiful village of Dollar, with scenic walks to  Castle Campbell and through the hills.

4. Enjoy a cheap summer getaway at Resipole Farm Holiday Park

View this post on Instagram

Sunset over the inner Ardnamurchan peninsula from the beach at Resipole. If you’ve ever driven the road to fort William from the south, this is on the far side of the big stretch of land visible across the inner seas off the west coast of Scotland. It’s such a hidden gem, nestled away and so unspoiled. The landscape is an unusual mix of what I would normally associate with the north Argyll coast combined with what is typically of the north west highlands. It makes it a very scenic location – gentle and rugged at the same time. Very unique. This is, of course, the road to Ardnamurchan, which is spectacular to drive and leads to the most westerly point of what is currently mainland Britain. ——- #sunset #sea #seascape #scotland #ukpod #argyll #resipole #ardnamurchan #fortwilliam #westcoastlife #beach #beachlife #scottishsunset #scotland_ig #scotlandtravel #highlandcollective #highlands #highlandernetwork #scottishphotographer #scotlandexplore #thisisscotland #myscotland #scotlandshots

A post shared by Sarah (@sarah_in_scotland) on

Looking for a place to stay this summer without breaking the bank? Resipole Farm Holiday Park in the  Highlands is just the ticket! With the touring park set to reopen from the 1st August, embrace the great Scottish outdoors with your campervan or motorhome in Lochaber, home to arguably Scotland’s most dramatic scenery. It’s not just its landscape that Lochaber is renowned for though. Oh no! Keep your eyes peeled for stunning wildlife where you might catch a glimpse of deer, red squirrels, badgers, pine martens and even bats. Explore the wild west of Scotland in all its glory, with Resipole being the perfect base to set off on long, scenic walks or hop on a bike for a cycle along Sunart Oakwood, with 11 off-road cycling routes to choose from. Thinking of having a lazy day? Take a stroll along Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide on the shores of Loch Sunart. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a whole variety of seabirds including golden eagles and white-tailed eagles.

5. Travel for a sense of escapism at Busta House Hotel

Experience the rich history and character of Busta House Hotel with each room individually decorated and named after Shetland’s islands. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, then you don’t need to travel very far to find it! Sample some of the finest food at the hotel’s very own restaurant. From Shetland lamb to locally sourced haddock, foodie lovers will certainly be in their element.

Shetland is of short of things to see and do either. Here are just some of the things you can experience while staying here:

  • Take a scenic walk along the ‘Hams’ at Muckle Roe
  • Explore Eshaness, north-west of Hillswick. Just a 20-minute drive from the hotel, make sure to take pictures of the magnificent cliff scenery
  • Swing by for a round of golf at Dales, Shetland’s main 18-hole golf course

6. Have heaps of fun at Galloway Activity Centre

Looking to let your hair down this summer and enjoy a break away with the kids? Galloway Activity Centre is a paradise for all outdoor pursuits. Set among the banks of Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway, fill your days with unforgettable memories as you choose from a wide array of activities, from mountain biking and stand up paddle boarding to night-time laser tag, there’s something for everyone. Galloway Activity Centre has plenty of accommodation options to suit a range of tastes and budgets, whether you and the whole family wish to camp under the stars in the Safari Tent or glamp in style at the Glamping Dome. So, what are you waiting for? Get planning now and book today!

7. Go Glamping at Chesters Feather Down Collection

Head down to Jedburgh this summer for a glamping experience like no other. Chesters Collection is a great place to stay with loads of fun things to see and do, not just for the little ones but for the big kids young at heart too. Wander through the magical walled garden and pick your own fruit and veg, look out for different species of wildlife including cattle, roe deer and ospreys, build a den, or if you want to step it up a notch, relax in your very own hot tub. For those who can’t bear to leave their pet alone this summer, you can even bring your four-legged friend along – all dogs are welcome on the site.

8. Stay in award-winning accommodation at Mackays Hotel

You will feel very much at home when you book a stay at Mackays Hotel. Nestled in the centre of Wick along the North Coast 500 Route, feel like royalty as you relax in comfortable surroundings. If you’re looking for adventure, no trip to the Highlands would be complete without exploring its beautiful and untamed landscape. Make a trip to Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of the British mainland and a haven for all lovers of the outdoors. From walking and fishing to mountain biking at Highland Wildcat in Golspie, just further down the coast.

9. Explore the wonders of Arran at Auchrannie Resort

*Please note that there are fewer ferry sailings available and the capacity is significantly constrained. If you’re considering travelling, please visit the CalMac website for all the latest travel information before booking. 

Book a summer holiday with the whole family at Auchrannie Resort. With its extensive list of accommodation options including its luxury lodges and retreats, you are bound to find something to suit your family’s needs for a sense of escapism. The Isle of Arran is a beautiful and diverse island where you will never be short of things to do, however long you decide to stay here. For the thrill seekers, enjoy gorge walking, mountain biking and even kayaking, and for those who want to take things at an easier pace, take a nice, long walk and enjoy some wildlife spotting. Feeling peckish after being on your feet all day? Choose from the resort’s three restaurants for a delicious meal catering for even the fussiest of eaters.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading our round-up of the best summer retreats for the ultimate staycation. Still looking for more staycation ideas? Head to the Borders for a glamping experience like no other, if it’s beautiful scenery you’re after, look at some of the best campsites around Scotland to pitch your tent in or find out more about our amazing hotel accommodation.

 

Comments

Cookie Policy

VisitScotland uses cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By using our website you consent to our use of cookies. Please read our privacy and cookies statement for more information.