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Price and Availability Index in Scotland
Holiday Letting Price Information in Scotland
We analysed holiday cottages, homes and apartments to display a price graph showing the average price per night in Scotland. Scotland is most expensive in August (03/08 - 10/08), when prices are on average £114 a night. Conversely, the cheapest average prices are in one week of February (01/02 - 08/02).
Holiday Home Availability Information in Scotland
Check out the graph above to find out how many holiday rentals are available in Scotland (in %). The week with the lowest percentage of available properties is in May (25/05 - 01/06). It is easier to find a rental during one week of September (28/09 - 05/10), when only 22% of the holiday lettings on offer are booked.
The Weather in Scotland
Above is a climate diagram for Scotland. This year, July will have the highest average temperatures. No heat wave is expected in January, when minimum average temperatures usally hit a 1° low. The rainiest month is July, while the driest month is March.
Discover captivating landscapes, history and culture with a Scotland holiday letting
If you're looking for a holiday that ignites all of your senses, Scotland will tick every box. Choose to kick back and relax, see some spectacular scenery, be inspired by creative genius, or throw yourself into some seriously adventurous action. Scotland holiday lettings are a great springboard into all the culture this land has to offer.
How to get to Scotland
The main airports are at Glasgow, Prestwick, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. There are regular flights from London, as well as from several European cities.
Driving through the stunning countryside and its cosmopolitan cities will give you a true flavour of all that that Scotland has to offer. Taking a car will allow you to make the most of every possible opportunity while staying in your holiday cottage in Scotland.
Food in Scotland: Eat, drink and be merry
For foodies, Scotland is the place to visit. Dishes that you can't get anywhere else include Aberdeen Angus beef, Stornoway black pudding, Arbroath Smokies, and Shetland salmon. The Scots are also justifiably proud of their homemade whisky, ales, scones, shortbread and haggis. Not to mention their love of curry - Glasgow has been named the curry capital of Britain four times!
The weather in Scotland
Scotland is coldest in January and February. However, the ever-popular ski season runs from November and April, and attracts visitors from all over the world. July and August are the best times to visit if you'd like to soak up some sun or hike the Highlands while staying in your Scotland holiday cottage.
Seeing Scotland's top sights
You won't fail to be impressed by the sights in the land of the thistle. If you're a fan of Shakespeare, Cawdor Castle is the fictional home of the Thane of Cawdor in Macbeth. Looking for the royal seal of approval? You won't go wrong with a trip to Balmoral, an official residence of the British Royal Family.
Choosing a holiday cottage in Scotland can also allow you to explore and find the best place to view the ethereal Northern Lights. Some of the best spots for seeing this spectacular natural phenomonon include the islands of Shetland, Orkney and Skye.
Soak up the culture in Scotland
History buffs will be in their element at the National War Museum in Edinburgh. The work of famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh features at the Glasgow School of Art and the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.
The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh and the Burrell Collection in Glasgow attract a global audience of art lovers, with works by Monet, Van Gogh and Cezanne.
For music events, Perth Concert Hall, the Music Hall in Aberdeen and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall all host a dizzying choice of treats for the ears.
Family holidays in Scotland
One of the great advantages of renting a holiday cottage in Scotland is the wealth of fun on offer for children. Why not try Active Kid Adventure Park near Perth? Kids can enjoy interacting with animals, climbing and jumping on trampolines and jungle gyms, or burning off all that energy in the indoor soft play area.
The Galloway Activity Centre in Castle Douglas offers sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, outdoor laser wars and much more, and is great for young people who like the sporty, adrenaline-filled side of life! The Glasgow Science Centre educates and delights in equal measure, and is fascinatingly fun for kids of all ages.
Nightlife in Scotland
Some evenings you'll probably be happy to kick back and relax in your Scottish holiday cottage, but venturing out will yield a whole host of opportunites to enjoy fun and frolics. The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh is sure to give you the giggles, or check out Justice Mill Lane in Aberdeen for a sophisticated evening of cocktails and live music.
Thrills and spills are de rigeur when you take a Ghost Bus Tour in Edinburgh, a spookily entertaining evening of fun. Or take an evening cruise along beautiful Loch Ness, where the infamous monster might surprise you!
Trips and tours in Scotland
The most difficult part of going on a day trip or excursion in Scotland is choosing from the huge variety available! The most notable include Hebridean Excursions, Orkney Uncovered, Photo Walk Scotland and Fishing Scotland Day Tours.
Where to go in Scotland: Explore Edinburgh, Fort William, and the Isle of Skye
Scotland lends itself to everyone – fans of history, adventurers, film enthusiasts, and admirers of art. Rich art collections and historic places await in the large cities, and striking landscapes surround you. See why some of the most popular films ever made were shot here.
- Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland This city, featuring Gothic architecture, is one of the world's top festival destinations. Walk along the Royal Mile, the main street, to Edinburgh Castle, perched atop a high hill and offering views of the city and nearby bay. Nearby attractions include the Museum of Edinburgh, displaying exhibits on archaeology, decorative arts, and war, and Camera Obscura, a viewpoint and house of illusions.
- Glasgow, the cultural hub of Scotland The country’s largest city boasts Art Nouveau and Victorian architecture. Admission-free Riverside Museum exhibits old locomotives, carriages, and other means of transport, while Kelvingrove Art Gallery displays everything from Bronze Age tools to a 20th-century fighting aeroplane.
- Ben Nevis To conquer Great Britain's highest mountain, consider booking a holiday cottage in Fort William, a town in the Scottish Highlands some 160km north of Glasgow. Go mountain biking and take a nostalgic train ride over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. While travelling over the 21-arch bridge featured in Harry Potter films, admire the groves and hilly landscape.
- Glen Nevis This neighbour of Ben Nevis is the site of Steall Falls, another Harry Potter filming location. The high waterfall, plummeting from a snow-capped mountain, is where Harry confronted a Hungarian Horntail dragon. Go to The Elephant House Café in Edinburgh, near the Royal Mile, to see where JK Rowling penned some of Harry Potter's adventures.
- Isle of Skye (Cloud Island) Here, you'll believe you've wandered into some legendary land. Discover colourful cliffs, rugged mountains, and misty waterfalls while admiring the Scottish Highlands from numerous viewpoints, and marvel at the pastel sky overhead emitting light from everywhere and nowhere.
Romantic breaks in Scotland: Soak in hot tubs at cosy holiday cottages or luxury apartments
You'll find a great selection of holiday lettings in Scotland, from quaint and cosy stone houses and castles in the countryside to luxurious apartments in cities.
Unique and historic castles are available to rent throughout the country, but mostly around Edinburgh and Glasgow. They may occupy hills with panoramic views or secluded areas surrounded by groves. Many offer Internet access so that you can keep in touch with loved ones, and a fireplace to warm up by.
Cosy holiday cottages are also available countrywide. Typically made of stone or wood, these dwellings often have parking and fireplaces. In some of them, you can reinvigorate in hot tubs, relax in pools, and connect to wireless Internet. Hidden from the neighbours by manicured gardens or surrounding woods, these holiday homes are ideal for romantic breaks.
Holiday apartments in the major cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow range from compact studios to larger, more luxurious spaces. If you're travelling to Scotland for a romantic vacation, there are many holiday lettings suitable for couples.
Holidays with pets in Scotland
Dogs (or 'dugs' here) and other pets are welcome to accompany you to holiday lettings in Scotland. They're also often permitted to join you at restaurants and several attractions, and they'll love frolicking in the countryside.
- Dining at restaurants Your four-legged family member can keep you company at many restaurants and pubs all over Scotland. Linen 1906 and Saint Luke's are some eateries you can visit with your dog in Glasgow, while Brewhemia and Cowan & Sons are good options in Edinburgh.
- Visiting attractions Numerous points of interest throughout Scotland are open for you and your dog. Some places you can visit together are Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders, Scone Palace near Perth, and Fort George, a short drive from Inverness.
- Walks in nature Lakes, beaches and designated walking areas are out there for you to explore with your dog if you adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Take your pet to the hills of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, or the flower-filled gardens of Aberdeen.
Special events in Scotland
Hogmanay, the Scottish celebration of New Year, is famous throughout the world. Start the new year with a bang that includes fireworks, dancing, drinks and the friendliest of banter. Staying in a Scotland holiday letting will mean you can party like a native. Scottish summers are vibrant with colour, sport, music and comedy: don't miss the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Highland Games - these are two of Scotland's most fun and festive annual events.
Top visitor attractions in Scotland
Arthur's Seat is an extinct volcano in Edinburgh, and viewsboasts excellent. On a clear day you can see across to Fife, and get superb views of the Castle and Old Town too.
Royal Yacht Britannia
After leaving the Royal Family in 1997, HMY Britannia came to Leith where it now is open to visit the Bridge, State Apartments, crew quarters and engine room.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Glasgow's most visited museum, Kelvingrove offers a world-class art collection upstairs, while the downstairs galleries are filled with objects telling the story of Glasgow's natural and industrial history.
Edinburgh Old Town
Lose yourself in the narrow streets winding down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle and experience life in this historic part of the city. Don't miss St Giles Cathedral, or the tall tenement buildings.
National Museum of Scotland
Scotland's national museum tells the story of the country and its people, from prehistoric times to the 21st century.
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