Winter in Scotland transforms the landscape into a magical winter wonderland, and what better way to immerse yourself in its beauty than with a cosy self-catering retreat? Join us on a journey as we unveil our top “Coorie” picks of the season—each one a unique haven nestled in the heart of Scotland’s winter charm.
From pet-friendly cottages nestled in winter landscapes to waterside havens reflecting wintry skies, these retreats offer not just accommodation but an opportunity to make winter memories in the beauty of Scotland’s coldest season.
Location: Scottish Highlands, near Ullapool
Capacity: Red Squirrel: Sleeps 1-2, Pine Marten: Sleeps 2-4
Nestled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Ecotone Cabins exceeds the ordinary; it’s a commitment to regenerative tourism and a sanctuary for those seeking a truly unique winter escape. Comprising two bespoke, architecturally designed cabins, Red Squirrel and Pine Marten, these retreats cocoon you in Coorie comforts.
With underfloor heating, expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, and covered deck spaces, Ecotone Cabins become a warm haven, creating a profound connection to nature even in the coldest weather. For those who brave the chill, an outdoor fire pit with wood and kindling awaits, encouraging gatherings under the starlit sky. Luxurious robes add a touch of luxury to your winter escape, while bird and animal feeders outside each cabin attract red squirrels and pine martens, offering delightful wildlife encounters.
To explore the surrounding beauty, the owners recommend a winter walk through Lael Forest and a stroll to Rhue Lighthouse in Ullapool. Wrap up warmly and return to the welcoming cosiness of Ecotone Cabins.
Booking a stay here goes beyond securing a winter retreat; it supports innovative projects at Leckmelm Wood, ensuring your escape is not only magical but purposeful.
Find out how Ecotone Cabins have embraced the essence of “Coorie”:
“We built our cabins ourselves using Passivhaus building concepts, with deep sheep’s wool and wood fibre insulation to keep in the warmth, and careful construction to keep out the drafts. In the festive season, we provide a real tree from our forest and some simple and tasteful decorations.”
Discover the enchanting Bairnkine Holiday Cottages, Wild Rose and Owl Cottage, nestled on the scenic, organic Bairnkine Farm just south of Jedburgh. Immerse yourself in rural life, surrounded by abundant wildlife, including barn owls, buzzards, lapwings, badgers, deer, and foxes. Take leisurely walks along the farm’s numerous routes, with spectacular views extending over open countryside towards the Cheviots—a breath-taking backdrop for your stay.
What makes this the perfect “Coorie” winter escape?
Picture being greeted with the aroma of fresh home-baking on arrival, a comforting welcome that sets the tone for your stay. After your adventures on the farm or nearby countryside, return to the inviting cottages where a snug wood-burning stove awaits, providing the perfect sanctuary from the winter chill.
Experience an extra layer of magic with the winter-exclusive Dark Skies experience. Spend an hour stargazing on the farm, seated in a comfy chair with hot chocolate in hand and binoculars provided. A true Coorie memory in the making, adding a touch of enchantment to your winter escape.
Nestled at the foot of the Eildon Hills in Melrose, Eildon Melrose offers a collection of holiday cottages and luxury log cabins, providing a unique retreat for those seeking a cosy escape. The traditional hand-crafted log cabins, boast bespoke and eco-friendly designs. Their luxurious interiors, characterised by expansive log walls and panoramic views, set the stage for group getaways, family retreats, or romantic escapes. Both cabins, equipped with wood-fired hot tubs, offer a perfect way to stay warm on winter nights while embracing the cold weather.
The cosy stone cottages, bright and airy inside, provide stunning views across the river Tweed valley. Situated in a secluded farm location, less than half a mile from Melrose’s historic town centre, Eildon Melrose is known for its independent shops, cafes, and restaurants. Serving as a gateway to local events, outdoor activities, and historical sites, it becomes an ideal retreat catering to diverse interests and preferences.
Find out how Eildon Melrose have embraced the essence of “Coorie”:
“We blend traditional warm woollen fabrics, throws…modern efficient underfloor heating and wood-burning stoves to create a cosy sanctuary of snuggleness.”
Step into the embrace of Coorie charm at Moray Coast Cottages, where enchanting properties along the picturesque Moray Firth seamlessly blend coastal wonders with warm, inviting cottages, crafting the perfect setting for your winter getaway. The coastal cottages are thoughtfully adorned to provide a snug and memorable experience for guests.
6 Seatown Cottage is a delightful family-friendly haven featuring a modern galley kitchen with a real log stove for those long, cosy winter evenings. Ideal for a family stay, the cottage boasts a playroom upstairs and offers plenty of woodland and coastal walks, along with winter activities like mountain biking, paddleboarding, and surfing!
Driftwood Cottage and The Old Police Station, both nestled in Portsoy, add a touch of seaside charm to the experience. Located near the serene River Lossie, these cottages not only provide a warm sanctuary but also easy access to East Beach and West Beach, making them an ideal base for surfing, coastal walks, and marine wildlife watching. Immerse yourself in the community spirit and historic charm of Portsoy, where local events and attractions weave stories, creating lasting memories in this often-overlooked corner of Northeast Scotland.
A note from the Owner:
“Nothing beats a hot bowl of Cullen Skink after a hike outdoors. The best place to get it is The Rockpool in Cullen”
And here’s an extra treat: When booking, don’t forget to mention “Embrace Scotland” for an exclusive 10% discount on Driftwood Cottage.
Nestled in the heart of Aviemore, Coorie Lodge beckons with tranquillity, offering a haven with floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase panoramic views of the picturesque Spey Valley golf course. The lodge is strategically located, just a 15-minute walk away from Aviemore’s town centre. For the adventurous spirits, the Speyside Way provides an invigorating walk to Boat of Garten, where you can hop on the Strathspey Steam Railway for a delightful return journey to Aviemore.
Designed with families in mind, Coorie Lodge ensures accessibility for all, featuring a wide decking area that wraps around the house. Immerse yourself in the warm glow of a log burner, creating a cosy atmosphere that resonates with the essence of “Coorie.” The dining area, adorned with French doors leading to the deck, invites you to enjoy the outdoors without leaving the comfort of the lodge.
As an extra touch of enchantment, Christmas decorations are included for festive weeks, transforming the lodge into a magical winter escape. Coorie Lodge stands as the ideal family retreat, offering both the serenity of nature and the convenience of proximity to Aviemore’s town centre.
A note from the Owner:
“Santa and his reindeer can be found in Aviemore on Christmas Eve”
Favourite nearby comfort food: “Cullen Skink at the Old Bridge Inn”
At EmbraceScotland, our owners and partner agencies offer the best self-catering holiday cottages that Scotland has to offer, with properties that focus on quality accommodation and friendly service. Continue your search for a holiday cottage, lodge, log cabin, apartment, glamping pod or castle, and start your Scottish adventure here!