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Cottages in Scotland
Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, Peter Pan, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ... Scotland is home to those and many other fictional characters that we all love. Curious to see the land that inspired writers to create some of the greatest stories? Or perhaps you want to look for the legendary Loch Ness Monster? Visit Scotland and discover for yourself what it feels like to live in a fairytale of old times. In a secluded cottage surrounded by a vast wilderness you'll have the perfect atmosphere to create an enchanting story of your own.
What to do when staying in a cottage in Scotland?
It's normal if you're still doubting whether to book a holiday in the middle of nowhere. But let me tell you a thing about staying in the nature of Scotland - you won't get bored easily. The varied terrain across the country makes it one of the best outdoor-adventure playgrounds in Europe. Imagine a majestic green glen, a jagged coastline, a hilly farmland. Typical for Scotland are also soaring mountains, green forests, and the beautiful lochs (the country has no less than 30,000 of them!). To complete the picture for you, the wonders of Scotland's natural scenery include unique sea stacks and rock formations, spectacular waterfalls and gorges, and swirling tidal whirlpools. Did those images already inspire new ideas for activities to do?
Adventures on a rough terrain
Scotland is the most mountainous country in the UK, having all ten tallest mountains in the kingdom. No wonder that it is a world-class destination for downhill mountain biking. To prove worthy of the title, Scotland offers mountain biking to people of all ages. There are purpose-built trails and lessons for anyone who'd like to try this sport for the first time, and natural routes for the experienced bikers. If you're an expert, challenge yourself with the wild Sluggan route. You can expect a real thrill of whizzing through the steep climbs and descending to breathtaking views of the spectacular nature. Hiking in Scotland is also in the top outdoor activities to do in the country, and it's easy to plan with a group or just your family and friends. Other sport enthusiasts who will appreciate the rugged mountain terrain are climbers, mountaineers,
This rough terrain, however, is a characteristic solely to the Highlands region, situated in north west Scotland. The place to go for sports in nature is the town Fort William, also known as the outdoor capital of the UK. It's located at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain, and it offers an inspiring choice of outdoor adventure. Relaxing walks, pony trekking, boat trips, winter sports, water activities, sailing lessons, wildlife safari trips, you name it. If you're just starting to explore the greater outdoors it might be a cool idea to sign up for bushcraft and survival courses first. Learning something new is always fun! Note - if you indeed find yourself in this hub for adventure travelers, be sure to devote some of your time to board the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig. This 140 km journey is described as the most picturesque railway route in the world.
Water sports and activities
We certainly didn’t forget about the people who love adventures in the water. Scotland has more than 800 islands and an impressive coastline that would reach Australia, if straightened out. The coast takes different forms - from sand dunes and cliffs to saltmarsh and lagoons. Look for a villa near water because the sea, islands, lochs, and rivers, are all welcoming travellers for a thrilling adventure. Think about kayaking, canoeing, rafting, surfing, river padding, fishing, and more. Popular places are Fort William, the Shetland Islands, Thurso, and of course the River Tay - the finest salmon-fishing river on the continent. And if that’s a bit too adventurous for your style, but you still love the sea, you can always go for a walk on the beach and spend time with your loved ones. You can choose to explore the machair, for example. It’s one of the rarest environments in Europe, unique to the costline of Scotland and Ireland. What awaits you there are marvelous views of colorful plains by the shore. For the best views of the blossoms plan a summer trip to the Outer Hebrides in mid June or mid August. An abundance of wildflowers changes the seasonal landscape from yellow and pink to red, white, and blue.
You won’t be disappointed even if you just want to spend some relaxing time in nature. While the northern part of Scotland can keep you entertained with sporting adventures, the Scottish Lowlands is the best region if you want to slow down and get some rest. Picture a land curved by rolling hills and gentle valleys, a vast moorland with lush farmlands, and a south easterly coastline with sandy beaches and stone-built fishing villages. The tranquil natural twists of the land are a main characteristic of the Lowlands. They make up a calm rural setting where you can unwind from the stress. A longed-for escape from the bustle of the city. Are you ready for a soul-stirring holiday in the heart of Scotland? You can start by choosing the best accommodation for your trip, or continue reading for more ideas and practical advice.
Ramble in the countryside to refresh your mind, take a silent walk through the woods, observe the forest animals, play with your dog. The most important thing for a true relaxation is to let yourself immerse in nature and forget about your troubles. If you love exploring places off the beaten track you’ll have many opportunities to do this as soon as you step out of your home. With Nature.house you live in a self-catering cottage in a remote location, so you have all the freedom to plan your favourite activities whenever you want them. Eating out is always a pleasant experience. Throw a fun family picnic by the thrashing stream next to your Scottish house, or take your partner for a romantic dinner in the garden. If it's the autumn or winter season take a glimpse at the sky and you might catch the magical performance of the Norther Lights. Gather your friends and family for a lovely Christmas and New Year holiday in the mountains. In a cozy wooden chalet or cottage in Scotland you can observe the snow-capped mountain peaks and forests from your window or play fun games outside.
Even though the Lowlands of Scotland looks and feels serene, many places also offer exciting activities. If you think it’s time for you to try something new, then go for a surf lesson in Dunbar, East Lothian. Or else, visit the extraordinary St Abbs village for a dive or snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the nature reserve in the village. With its dramatic cliffs and rugged terrain it resembles the wild west coastline of the Highlands. You can spend hours sitting on a cliff and observing the rich seabird colonies. Scotland offers another unique way of exploring the vast southern countryside. In the region of the Scottish Borders you can climb a tree up to 20 meters high and enjoy the splendid scenery from there.
Cultural activities in the city
Spending time in nature is wonderful, but if you’d like to combine this with more cultural experiences, that’s more than possible in Scotland. Getting around this compact country is easily done by road or rail and there are many places worth your visit. Scotland is famous for its cosmopolitan cities that lure travellers with award-winning attractions, multicultural environment, and a social scene bursting at the seams with arts and entertainment. Scotland’s capital Edinburgh and the biggest city Glasgow represent two opposing sides of the country. Edinburgh is proudly distinguished by tradition and heritage, whilst Glasgow is a great backdrop for culture, the arts, music, and nightlife. It’s interesting to see how history competes with everything that’s cool and modern. Edinburgh itself is constructed in the same way - the Medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town are side by side. Another city that you should consider visiting is Dundee at the eastern part of the central Lowlands. Voted as one of Lonely Planet’s “Best in Europe 2018”, it’s a dynamic and friendly place with various attractions to offer.
Apart from the cities, it’s also worth giving your attention to the quaint small towns and picturesque villages across Scotland. The advantage of getting to know the smaller communities is that it gives a personal and authentic touch to the culture and people. To take a peek into the locals you simply have to get a drink (or two) with someone. Soon you’ll discover that the Scots are friendly and down-to-earth people. You can also get a good sense of the Scottish people by staying in a b&b. One of our landlords will give you a warm welcome, a delicious breakfast throughout your stay, and many valuable advice about the best places and activities of your region.
Why should you book a holiday with Nature.house?
With one of our cozy lodges in Scotland and its Highlands region you’ll find yourself surrounded by nature and only nature. No neighbours nor distractions. In that peace and quietness you have the right setting to disconnect from the outside world. Try to meditate, do some yoga, or just enjoy the sun sitting in your beautiful garden. You can rent a tiny hut for a week or two and work remotely - you already know that Scotland’s awe-inspiring scenery is a great source of inspiration. But you can also book a long weekend away from home to detox from technology and really come in peace with nature.
On this page you'll find different accommodations and it's up to you to decide which home would best suit your needs. In some homes you can even bring your pet with you! Before booking you should also consider the natural setting. Do you want to test your stamina and try hiking in Scotland's towering mountains? Or maybe you'd prefer a peaceful walk through the enchanted forests surrounding your cottage. Whatever you decide, one thing is for sure - spending time in nature will recharge your batteries and fill you with positivity. For more inspiration check our last minute deals .