For the best experience in the Highland region of Scotland book one of our secluded cottages in the forests, hills, and lochs. Admire the amazing landscapes from your window, say hello to the resident wildlife in the region, read a book in your garden, and get warm by the fireplace after an active day in nature. These are only a few of the things you can do in your Highland cottage. On this page you can find the best home for your stay and book right away!Read more about holiday cottages in Highlands
For the best experience in the Highland region of Scotland book one of our secluded cottages in the forests, hills, and lochs. Admire the amazing landscapes from your window, say hello to the resident wildlife in the region, read a book in your garden, and get warm by the fireplace after an active day in nature. These are only a few of the things you can do in your Highland cottage. On this page you can find the best home for your stay and book right away!
Activities to do when staying in Highland’s nature
Adventures on a rough terrain
Scotland is the most mountainous country in the UK, having all ten tallest mountains in the kingdom. This rough terrain, however, is a characteristic solely to the Highlands region, situated in north west Scotland. It makes the country a world-class destination for downhill mountain biking. To prove worthy of the title, Scotland and the Highlands offer 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 Highlands is also in the top outdoor activities to do in the region, 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, skiers. Rent a cozy cottage in the Highlands and explore the beauty of nature on foot, by bike, on skis or a raft! Excited to find even bigger adventures? Try a karabiner or even paraglider!
The outdoor capital of Britain
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 travellers, 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, and it goes through a few of the most remarkable sights in Scotland. One of the pinnacles of the train experience is the Glenfinnan viaduct, where you can marvel at the Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. Have you seen the movie Harry Potter? Remember the 21-arched bridge that Harry and his friends passed by when going to Hogwarts? Well, that’s it!
Visit some of the best natural features of the Highlands
The best part about our cottages in Highland is that they are all located in nature and away from the crowds. You have the wilderness on your doorstep! Even though there are numerous outdoor activities you can do in proximity to your cottage, you can still pay a visit to the splendid coastline, dense forests, calming lochs, and the resident wildlife of Scotland’s Highlands. Are you a passionate birdwatcher? Take a spring walk through the Caledonian Pine Forest and observe the capercaillie, and the tiny crested tit and parrot crossbill. The forest is located within the Cairngorms National Park where you can encounter eagles, but also mountain hares, red deers, pine martens, and badgers. Rare bird species like the puffins and gannets can be observed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site St. Kilda. Visit the volcanic archipelago located outside the Hebrides, enjoy incredible natural scenery, and meet the traditional Highland stone houses. Another natural area that’s worth your attention is the famous Glen Coe. The glen has some awe-inspiring natural features that are best presented by the high mountain trails contrasted with lightly wooded valleys and lochen shores. Test your stamina with a challenging hike through the towering mountains, it’s beauty beyond comparison.
Weather in the Highlands
If you’re planning a Christmas holiday, Highland is a great choice of a destination. The temperatures rarely drop below zero, and you can have an amazing time with the whole family. Prepare some delicious meals in your self-catering cottage, and enjoy a heart-warming holiday by the fireplace. But you know, it can’t all be perfect. Like all of Scotland, the Highlands are characterised by cold and windy weather, with many rainy days. The daily weather is completely unpredictable, and it is always part of the daily conversations of Scots. You can book a b&b cottage and see it for yourself. You never know if there will be sea fog from the North Sea, called “haar”, to restrict the view from the scenery. But don’t let this stop you from getting active in nature. This rain is responsible for creating this epic variety of windswept landscapes and you don’t want to miss! In comparison to England, the Highlands are largely more cloudy, but the weather is just a few degrees cooler. You’ll barely notice any difference. The winter temperatures usually drop to 5°C, while the peak of the summer comes in June and August with average temperatures of 19°C. Just pack some warmer clothes and jackets for rain, and you’re all set to go! If you want to take a peak in that remarkable region, just book a long weekend in nature before planning a long stay.