Short Breaks in Scotland

Self-catering is perfect for mini breaks!

whiskyPlanning a weekend away? Whether it’s a short mid-week stay or a long weekend to explore one of Scotland’s cities, why not make it a self-catering mini break?

From the cities to the coast, there are a wide range of quality apartments, lodges, cottages and houses across Scotland that welcome short breaks. Live like a local and enjoy all the comforts of a ‘home-from-home’, even if it’s just for a short while.

Weekend and Short Breaks in Scotland

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  • Cathair Dhubh Estate

    • 55 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome
    • Disabled Access

    Cathair Dhubh Estate

    Highlands and Skye (4 miles from Lochinver)

    Sleeps up to 6

    Five luxury modern self catering holiday cottages, sleep 4-6 with Jacuzzi baths, Wireless Internet and Satellite TV, (3 bedroom cottage all en-suite). Set in an 80 acre coastal estate in the North Highlands, this is a paradise for iconic scenery, fishing, walking, kyaking, wildlife and fine eating.

  • Perthshire Views - The Lookout

    • 11 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome

    Perthshire Views - The Lookout

    Perthshire, Dundee & Angus (Crieff)

    Sleeps up to 4

    A unique luxurious recently decorated apartment in an outstanding church conversion. Two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area are on the lower level. A large sitting room with doors leading to a balcony with breathtaking views is on the upper level.

  • Pitcairlie Holiday Apartments, Auchtermuchty - Sable

    • 11 Properties with 4 star(s)

    Pitcairlie Holiday Apartments, Auchtermuchty - Sable

    Kingdom of Fife (16 miles from St Andrews)

    Sleeps up to 4

    Set within a 100 acre estate of woods, streams and parkland, Pitcairlie is a 16th Century Castle offering luxury self-catering holiday cottage accommodation near St Andrews. With distinctive rounded and vaulted ceilings, Sable offers excellent spacious accommodation for a family of four.

  • Newburgh Holiday Lets - Ettrick View

    • 1CtQ
    • Pets Welcome
    • Disabled Access

    Newburgh Holiday Lets - Ettrick View

    Scottish Borders (13 miles from Selkirk)

    Sleeps up to 14

    Ettrick View sleeps 14 people and is nestled in the undiscovered gem of the Scottish Borders.
    6 bedrooms, big lounge, kitchen and eating areas, an enclosed garden and beautiful rural setting - a perfect venue for family and friend celebrations.

  • Treshnish & Haunn Cottages

    • 44 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome
    • Disabled Access

    Treshnish & Haunn Cottages

    Argyll, the Isles, Stirlingshire (15 miles to Tobermory (45 minutes by car) from Mull)

    Sleeps up to 6

    Accessibly remote & situated on 'RSPB UK Nature of Farming Award' farm, our eco-friendly, simple yet comfortable cottages provide a perfect base for exploring this beautiful area. Great wildlife & wildflowers on the farm, & lovely family beaches nearby. Well behaved dogs welcome too! Open all year.

  • Pitcairlie Holiday Apartments, Auchtermuchty - Kudu

    • 11 Properties with 4 star(s)

    Pitcairlie Holiday Apartments, Auchtermuchty - Kudu

    Kingdom of Fife (16 miles from St Andrews)

    Sleeps up to 4

    Set within a 100 acre estate of woods, streams and parkland, Pitcairlie is a 16th Century Castle offering luxury self-catering holiday cottage accommodation near St Andrews. Kudu is a charming two-storey apartment offering cosy holiday accommodation with a spiral staircase to the bedrooms.

  • Mains of Taymouth Country Estate

    • 3434 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • 99 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome
    • Disabled Access

    Mains of Taymouth Country Estate

    Perthshire, Dundee & Angus (6 miles from Aberfeldy)

    Sleeps up to 12

    Voted No 1 "Cottage Complex in Great Britain" Sunday Times and often featured in Homes and Interiors Magazine. Situated in Kenmore our luxury holiday houses offer the very best self catering amidst Scotland's finest scenery. Selection of houses sleeping from 2-12 in 4&5 star comfort. Open all year

  • Tullochwood Lodges

    • 44 Properties with 3 star(s)
    • 44 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome
    • Disabled Access

    Tullochwood Lodges

    Aberdeen, Grampian & Moray (4miles from Forres)

    Sleeps up to 6

    Eight self catering lodges near Forres, Moray on Scotland’s north east coast. Set in beautiful grounds beside a private lochan or in natural woodland - enjoy peace, relaxation and comfort.

  • Tomich Holiday Cottages & Lodges

    • 55 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • 77 Properties with 3 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome

    Tomich Holiday Cottages & Lodges

    Highlands and Skye (15 miles from Drumnadrochit)

    Sleeps up to 6

    Peaceful self catering en-suite Cottages or Woodland Lodges in beautiful Highland setting beside Glen Affric and near Loch Ness. Ideal for walking, touring, cycling, nature watching or relaxing. Price includes leisure pass, all bedding, heating, electricity and swimming pool. Wi-Fi. Bike Hire.

  • Farleyer Lodge

    • 11 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • 1CtQ
    • Pets Welcome

    Farleyer Lodge

    Perthshire, Dundee & Angus (2 MILES from Aberfeldy)

    Sleeps up to 22

    Hidden in the heart of Highland Perthshire, this stunning holiday house is a fine example of a traditional highland lodge with breathtaking scenery . Sitting in its own mature, 17 acre Garden Farleyer Lodge is a warm and welcoming property.

  • Stable Lodge

    • 11 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome
    • Disabled Access

    Stable Lodge

    Argyll, the Isles, Stirlingshire (2 miles from Drymen)

    Sleeps up to 4

    NEW ***Stable lodge is a luxury 2 bedroom Scottish Highland lodge close to the village of Drymen on the east side of Loch Lomond. A great location for exploring Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.
    Panoramic mountain views, deck and wood burning stove. Pet Friendly.

  • Hillview Cottage

    • 1CtQ
    • Pets Welcome

    Hillview Cottage

    Aberdeen, Grampian & Moray (8 miles from Tomintoul)

    Sleeps up to 14

    Hillview Cottage is located in the Cairngorms Mountain Park, situated next to the Glenlivet Whisky Distillery. This is great party house for old friends and family or can be a romantic break for couples. With views of Glenlivet wildlife its no wonder our guests keep coming back.

  • Sandford Country Cottages

    • 44 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome
    • Disabled Access

    Sandford Country Cottages

    Kingdom of Fife (9 miles from St Andrews)

    Sleeps up to 6

    Two and three bedroom 5 star self-catering cottages and apartments which are part of Sandford House, a ‘B’ Listed Arts and Crafts House designed and built around 1902. Located in Newport on Tay in the glorious Fife countryside, just 9 miles from St Andrews and 5 miles from Dundee

  • Cloag Farm Cottages

    • 33 Properties with 3 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome

    Cloag Farm Cottages

    Perthshire, Dundee & Angus (7 miles from Perth)

    Sleeps up to 4

    Three comfortable, family-run farm self catering holiday cottages. Located away from main roads, and with panoramic views, this is a great base for visiting east and central Scotland. Open all year.

  • Kinlochlaich Tree House, Appin

    • 11 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • 1CtQ

    Kinlochlaich Tree House, Appin

    Argyll, the Isles, Stirlingshire (18 miles from Oban)

    Sleeps up to 4

    Kinlochlaich Tree House is an unique and beautiful building designed for an extra special, totally original, self catering holiday in Appin, Argyll, located between Fort William and Oban. Ideal get-away for couples, or those looking for an extra special location to escape to. Sleeps 2+2 children

  • Lomond Luxury Lodges

    • 22 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • 33 Properties with 5 star(s)

    Lomond Luxury Lodges

    Argyll, the Isles, Stirlingshire (1 mile from Drymen)

    Sleeps up to 8

    It doesn't get any better than this!!! 4 and 5 Star Luxury Lodges with huge private hot tubs, saunas, full SKY, wood burning stove, complimentary wine and chocolates on arrival. What more could you want?

  • Perthshire Views - Locherlour Mill Cottage

    • 11 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome

    Perthshire Views - Locherlour Mill Cottage

    Perthshire, Dundee & Angus (2 MILES from Crieff)

    Sleeps up to 2

    A delightful one double bedroom, double bathroom cottage which has recently been renovated to a high standard and is an annex to Locherlour Mill. Guests enjoy their own privacy in this luxurious and spacious well furnished dwelling, amid a tranquil setting with woods and spectacular views.

  • Mangle Cottage,  Pittenweem

    • 11 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome

    Mangle Cottage, Pittenweem

    Kingdom of Fife (10 miles from St Andrews)

    Sleeps up to 4

    Fabulous and quirky Mangle Cottage, perched above Pittenweem harbour, combines nautical surrounds with touches of modern luxury and truly amazing seaviews. This cottage is so much more than your average coastal bolt hole. The ultimate luxury retreat.

  • Dalkeith House

    • 11 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome

    Dalkeith House

    Scottish Borders (20 miles from Hawick)

    Sleeps up to 10

    5* Lux Manse heart of village. 2hrs Edin/Glas/Newc. Perfect for groups, celebrations, special occasions, sleeps 10; 5 dble beds/4 baths Loads of living space. Dog friendly, secure garden. WIFI, 2 x 50inchTV's. Restaurants, cafes, pubs, catering. Dark skies 30 min, activity centre, 7stanes MTB.

  • Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort

    • 1414 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome
    • Disabled Access

    Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort

    Perthshire, Dundee & Angus (6 miles from Dundee)

    Sleeps up to 10

    14 luxury self-catering lodges offer first class accommodation in an outstanding countryside location sleeping from 2 to 10 guests per lodge. On site facilities include Waterside Restaurant, Cairn O' Mount Bar, 5 fishing ponds, 9 hole golf course, putting green, driving range, maze and play park.

  • Moray Cottages

    • 22 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome

    Moray Cottages

    Aberdeen, Grampian & Moray (14 miles from Tomintoul)

    Sleeps up to 5

    An exceptional barn conversion creating 2 luxury self catering holiday cottages, equipped to the highest standard; just ouside Dufftown at the heart of Malt Whisky country in beautiful rural surroundings.

  • The Steadings, Auchteralyth

    • 33 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • 4CtQ
    • Pets Welcome

    The Steadings, Auchteralyth

    Perthshire, Dundee & Angus (10 miles from Blairgowrie)

    Sleeps up to 4

    The Steadings at Auchteralyth are four luxury self-catering cottages , with stunning views, in beautiful, rural, north-east Perthshire. Ideally situated for sight-seeing, walking, fishing, field sports and golfing holidays. Dogs are very welcome at no extra charge, maximum 7 in largest cottage

  • Yethouse, Luxury Farmhouse Cottage

    • 11 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • Pets Welcome

    Yethouse, Luxury Farmhouse Cottage

    Scottish Borders (20 miles from Hawick)

    Sleeps up to 8

    Spacious farmhouse rural Scottish Borders. 2hrs Edin,Glas, Newc. 3 beds/3 baths, sleeps 8. Dog friendly secure grounds. WIFI, real fires, 2 x 50 inch TV's. Kitchen/diner, dining room, parlour, lounge. Activity centre, swimming, mountain bike trails, pub, cafe, restaurants. 30 mins Kielder Dark Skies

  • Perthshire Views - Tay Views

    • 11 Properties with 4 star(s)

    Perthshire Views - Tay Views

    Perthshire, Dundee & Angus (Perth)

    Sleeps up to 4

    Delightful, luxurious B listed historic two bedroom 1st floor apartment with stunning views over the River Tay. The apartment is centrally located in Perth with shops and restaurants close by.