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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  • West Coast Cottages - Grannda Mhor

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

    West Coast Cottages - Grannda Mhor

    Argyll, the Isles, Stirlingshire (17 miles from Oban)

    Sleeps up to 8

    Grannda Mhor is an incredibly special Scottish cottage set back into the hillside, its full length panoramic window taking advantage of the most spectacular seascape views to the south-west across Asknish Bay to the islands of Shuna, Scarba and Jura. Sleeps 8.

  • Yethouse, Luxury Farmhouse Cottage

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

    Yethouse, Luxury Farmhouse Cottage

    Scottish Borders (Newcastleton)

    Sleeps up to 8

    Spacious cottage in rural Borders. 2hrs: Edin Glasgow Newcastle 3 beds/3 baths, sleeps 8. Dog-friendly secure grounds. WIFI, real fires, 2 x 50-inch TVs. Kitchen/diner, dining room, parlour, lounge. Activity centre, swimming, mountain bike trails, pub, cafe, restaurants. 30 mins Kielder Dark Skies

  • Tappit Hoose, Crail

    • 1CtQ
    • Pets Welcome

    Tappit Hoose, Crail

    Kingdom of Fife (Anstruther)

    Sleeps up to 2

    Tappit Hoose is a beautifully converted one bedroom apartment right in the heart of the stunning conservation village of Crail in the East Neuk of Fife

  • Laich Cottage, Appin

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

    Laich Cottage, Appin

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

    Sleeps up to 4

    Wood fired Hot Tub; Tennis Court; Ping Pong Hut; beautiful gardens: Laich Cottage http://www.kinlochlaichgardenselfcatering.co.uk/accommodation/laich-cottage/ has its own private sunny garden with views to the hills and a garden table and chairs. New kitchen and bathroom. Cycling. Walking.

  • Perthshire Views - The Lookout

    • 11 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • 1CtQ
    • 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.

  • Lazy Day Cottages, Berwick upon Tweed

    • 33 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • 3CtQ
    • Disabled Access

    Lazy Day Cottages, Berwick upon Tweed

    Scottish Borders (7 miles from Kelso)

    Sleeps up to 4

    Lazyday Cottages offer three luxury log cabins each with private outdoor hot tub and sauna, for self catering accommodation in the Scottish Borders, between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Kelso and just one hour's drive from Edinburgh and Newcastle.

  • Marchmont Self Catering - Roseneath

    • 1CtQ

    Marchmont Self Catering - Roseneath

    Edinburgh and the Lothians (Edinburgh)

    Sleeps up to 5

    Large family-friendly Marchmont apartment. Fully equipped with all the comforts of home. It's ideal for holiday lets and short terms stays up to 3 mnths. Close to Edinburgh University, key Festival venues and attractions. Sleeps up to 5 (has a study making it ideal for business guests).

  • Sandford Country Cottages

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

    Sandford Country Cottages

    Kingdom of Fife (9 miles from St Andrews)

    Sleeps up to 6

    One, 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. Situated in the peaceful Fife countryside, just 9 miles from St Andrews and 5 miles from Dundee.

  • Tullochwood Lodges

    • 44 Properties with 3 star(s)
    • 44 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • 8CtQ
    • 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. Free Wifi in each lodge

  • Loch Lomond Waterfront Lodges

    • 1111 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • 11CtQ
    • Pets Welcome

    Loch Lomond Waterfront Lodges

    Argyll, the Isles, Stirlingshire (3 miles from Drymen)

    Sleeps up to 6

    Fabulous luxury self-catering lodges in waterfront location on the peaceful East side of Loch Lomond. Private hot tubs, steam cabins, all bedrooms ensuite, fully equipped kitchens all with loch views. Open all year.

  • Highland Holiday Cottages

    • 88 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • 8CtQ
    • Pets Welcome

    Highland Holiday Cottages

    Highlands and Skye (5 miles from Kingussie)

    Sleeps up to 6

    A warm, friendly welcome awaits you at Highland Holiday Cottages. All of our 8 comfortable, luxury self catering cottages have wood burning stoves, flat-screen TVs and well-equipped kitchens as well as free use of the on site gym, fly fishing, games room, mountain bikes, play area and laundry.

  • Dalkeith House

    • 11 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • 1CtQ
    • Pets Welcome

    Dalkeith House

    Scottish Borders (Newcastleton)

    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.

  • Marchmont Self Catering - Gladstone Apartment

    • 1CtQ
    • Disabled Access

    Marchmont Self Catering - Gladstone Apartment

    Edinburgh and the Lothians (Edinburgh)

    Sleeps up to 5

    A large, bright, centrally located two-bedroom apartment (sleeps 1–5) situated in a peaceful yet central location just beside The Meadows, and is within easy walking distance of the major tourist attractions, festival venues, shops, restaurants, cafes and transport connections.

  • Kinnaird Woodland Lodges

    • 8CtQ

    Kinnaird Woodland Lodges

    Perthshire, Dundee & Angus (2 miles from Pitlochry)

    Sleeps up to 2

    A select development of four star, luxury, spa cabins, just for couples, with on-site Spa, set amidst stunning Highland Perthshire scenery just outside Pitlochry. Open all year with patio decks, cosy wood burners, private hot tubs and panoramic views. Flexible arrival and departure days.

  • Thistle Lodges at Sandyhills

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

    Thistle Lodges at Sandyhills

    Dumfries and Galloway (7 miles from Dalbeattie)

    Sleeps up to 8

    Thistle Lodges at Sandyhills - three superbly equipped self catering A-framed lodges a few minutes walk from one of South Scotland's most magnificent sandy beaches. Each lodge has two bathrooms and sleeps up to 8. Ideal for couples, families or larger groups in two or three lodges.

  • Silverglades Holiday Homes

    • 1212 Properties with 4 star(s)
    • 44 Properties with 3 star(s)
    • 16CtQ
    • Pets Welcome

    Silverglades Holiday Homes

    Highlands and Skye (1 mile from Aviemore)

    Sleeps up to 10

    Silverglades self catering holiday homes lie to the north of the highland village of Aviemore set beneath the majestic Cairngorms Mountains, in the Cairngorms National Park.

  • Cuil Moss Cottage

    • 11 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • 1CtQ

    Cuil Moss Cottage

    Highlands and Skye (10 miles from Fort William)

    Sleeps up to 2

    Visit Scotland 5 Star. Green Tourism Gold. Highlands and Islands Best Holiday Accommodation 2015 Finalist.

    Cuil Moss Cottage is an idyllic stone built couples retreat nestled in a spectacular sea side location, offering total privacy with the benefit of being close to amenities and services.

  • Fife Historic Buildings Trust - John McDouall Stuart View

    • 1CtQ

    Fife Historic Buildings Trust - John McDouall Stuart View

    Kingdom of Fife (2 miles from Kirkcaldy)

    Sleeps up to 2

    B-listed period property, with stunning sea views and lots of history and character. Comfortable stylish bolt-hole on the Fife Coastal Path, sleeps 2. Ideal stopping-off point en-route to the Highlands, with close links to Fife's world-famous golf courses and 'Outlander' filming locations.

  • Stable Lodge

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

  • Perthshire Views - Locherlour Mill Cottage

    • 11 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • 1CtQ
    • 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.

  • West Coast Cottages - Feochan Bheag

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

    West Coast Cottages - Feochan Bheag

    Argyll, the Isles, Stirlingshire (5 Miles from Oban)

    Sleeps up to 10

    Fantastic NEW holiday home for 2018.
    Stunning rural location by the river in the heart of Kilmore Glen yet within 5 miles of Oban town centre.

    Sleeping 10 across 5 large bedrooms Feochan Bheag is a wonderfully social space with open plan kitchen and double sided log burning stove.

  • 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

  • Mangle Cottage,  Pittenweem

    • 11 Properties with 5 star(s)
    • 1CtQ
    • 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.

  • River Edge Lodges

    • 14CtQ
    • Disabled Access

    River Edge Lodges

    Perthshire, Dundee & Angus (3 miles from Perth)

    Sleeps up to 6

    River Edge Lodges - comfortable self-catering holiday accommodation on the banks of the River Earn, overlooked by Moncreiffe Hill and woods. Perfect for families, walking, fishing, relaxing. Central location, ideal for touring and exploring. Only three miles from Perth. Free Wi-Fi in all lodges.

  • Cloag Farm Cottages

    • 33 Properties with 3 star(s)
    • 3CtQ
    • 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.

  • Burnbrae Holidays

    • 3CtQ
    • Pets Welcome
    • Disabled Access

    Burnbrae Holidays

    Scottish Borders (3 miles from Kelso)

    Sleeps up to 2

    Relax in your south-facing conservatory while enjoying the amazing birds & view to the Cheviot Hills. Walk from your cottage, on the hills or along the coast. Cycle the local lanes or visit historical gardens & houses. Snuggle by your log fire in the peace of Burnbrae. All on one level from carpark