Self-Catering in Scotland
Discover the real Scotland from a self-catering holiday cottage
EmbraceScotland will help you discover the real Scotland, from a range of quality and varied self-catering holiday accommodation options, scattered across Scotland’s regions. If you have your heart set on a fisherman’s cottage by the sea, a classic country house apartment, a log chalet or a chic city retreat, EmbraceScotland can help you find the perfect location and self-catering accommodation for you and your party.
Please explore the links below for a good overview of Scotland’s regions, geography, culture, activities, history and climate to assist in deciding where to go and when.
If you have never visited Scotland before, these links should help you to decide which of the many wonderful regions is most attractive to you for your self-catering break. If you are a returning visitor, the links below should inspire and inform you to assist in planning your next self-catering holiday. With so many wonderful accommodation options to choose from, in such a wide range of locations, your most challenging decision is likely to be deciding how quickly you are able to return to explore some more!
Loved by Locals
Suzie's Panini Van, Lochinver
Lochinver mobile catering van, known locally as The Panini Van, has a 5 star rating on Trip Advisor. Using local produce where possible, everything is freshly prepared to order at affordable prices. Find it in the village car park, Monday to Friday.
Dripping with greenery, padded with moss, a tumbling burn: the magical world of Puck’s Glen is surely one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets. The paths weave and wind over the hillside and though the forest, past spectacular waterfalls, viewpoints and stunning rhododendrons. A hidden gem.
Salmon Fishing at Knockando
The River Spey is one of Scotland’s most prolific salmon and sea trout fisheries. Knockando is one of the local estates that offer day and weekly permits to fish on the river. Fishing permits are also available from local angling clubs. The season runs from 10 Feb to 30 September.
Nevis Gorge and An Steall
The walk along The Nevis Gorge to the An Steall falls has been described as one of the best short walks in Scotland. The walk starts at the upper falls car park at the top of Glen Nevis. The car park can get busy, so best to arrive early or out of the main holiday season. A truly amazing walk.
A Charming Little Ruined Tower House
This little mid-15th century circular tower house is unique in Scotland. Built by John Cairns in 1456, Orchardton Tower is quite special and in a lovely location. The main body of the tower is 17ft in diameter and stands at around 33ft high. Managed by Historic Scotland.
The 3 Clava Cairns at Balnuaran are one of the finest examples of Bronze Age circular chamber tombs in the North East of Scotland. The stone chambers were built, and then stones were build up around them to form a mound with a long passage so that the tomb could be accessed.
The name Inchcailloch means "Isle of the old woman" or "Isle of the Cowled Woman" in the Scottish Gaelic. Saint Kentigerna came to Scotland from Ireland to preach and spread Christianity and the island is thought to be named after her. Ruined church and MacGregor burial ground with woodland walks.
MacLellan's Castle in the town of Kirkcudbright, southwest Scotland, was built in the late 16th century. It stands in the centre of Kirkcudbright, on the south side of the River Dee which flows into the Solway Firth.
Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Course
It is thought that golf has been played here since 1702. One of the finest links golf course in Scotland, with play down and back along the peninsula with the sea on both sides. Described as a gem of a course.
Five minute ferry to remotest Scotland
Turn right when you leave Springwell and catch the Corran Ferry. Land at Ardgour, doorstep to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and Morvern, most westerly point of mainland Britain - ancient oakwoods, stunning beaches, views to the Western Isles, amazing wildlife. The best of the West at your fingertips.
The finest of all mountains, taken on by three-peak climbers, serious climbers with bone-domes and ropes and day trippers who can take a cable car high enough to enjoy a great view.
Truly a must-see wherever you are visiting in Scotland.
Speysideway Long Distance Walk
The Speyside Way is a wonderful long distance walk from Buckie to Aviemore. There is an optional spur to Tomintoul which gives magnificent views over the Cairngorm mountains and you cannot fail to be impressed by the fantastic landscape in this whisky distilling region of North East Scotland.
Deer Stalking in the Cairngorms
The area around Tomintoul is renowned for the number and quality of deer. Professional guides accompany stalkers for roe-buck and red stags up to medal class, or doe and hind. A mixture of wooded and hill terrain serves to provide excellent and challenging sport.
The Spirit Of Scotland Monument
The Spirit of Scotland Monument marks the site on Loudounhill where William Wallace and his small army won the Battle of Drumclog in 1679 against the much larger English army.
On the largest island on the Lake of Menteith is Inchmahome Priory, established around 1238 by a small community of Augustinian canons. Their founder and patron was Walter Comyn, Earl of Menteith. Visitors include Mary Queen of Scots. Great for a picnic with the family by boat from Port of Menteith.
Kirkcudbright Riding of the marches
Riding of the Marches Kirkcudbright became a Royal Burgh in 1455 and, in common with Royal Burghs across southern Scotland, we celebrate the Riding of the Marches each year, where around 100 horses and riders take part in this important tradition, riding out to check Kirkcudbright’s boundaries.
Mount Stuart House
Mount Stuart is Britain's most spectacular Victorian Gothic house. It is set in 300 acres of landscape and woodlands. Picnic areas, courtyard tearoom, visitor centre and restaurant.
Cycle Route 7, Rob Roy Way, National Trail
Enter Sustans Cycle Route 7 off road from the A84 Craggan signposted 7 and St Angus church. Walk or cycle up hill to the junction. Turn right for Glen Ogle to Killin 3 - 7 miles or left for Balquhidder MHOR84 and on to Strathyre 3-7 miles. This is also part of the Rob Roy Way and Scotland's Trail.
Innerpeffray is the first free lending library in Scotland, founded in 1680. It's a gem of a visit - unique and fascinating. The collection contains books and manuscripts by Robert Burns and John Knox amongst many others. Visit the chapel too, and there's a tearoom.
Brooding, powerful, full of history and breathtaking in its beauty, Glencoe is a stop that everyone touring Scotland should try to make. For the winter traveller, it also offers fantastic skiing and makes up a spectacular back-drop to those walking the West Highland Way.
Not to be missed.
Ballindalloch is one of the most beautiful and romantic castles in Scotland. It is first and foremost a family home and has been lived in continuously by its original family, the Macpherson-Grants since 1546. It has extensive gardens, river walk, children's play area, dog walking area and a cafe.