If you’ve never been to Scotland before, then what are you waiting for? Boasting incredible beaches, amazing countryside, party-loving cities and quieter market towns, there really is something for everyone. One day you might head off into the rugged unknown to explore what’s on your doorstep. Next, you might hop onto a train and visit one of the city’s biggest attractions. One thing’s for sure, no two days are the same.
Plus, the accommodation is just as varied too. If you’re looking to book a family break, you’re sure to be impressed with our range of properties that boast child-friendly features and large enclosed gardens. We even have properties with their very own pool, games room and bar, and some are dog-friendly too! That’s not all as there are also party pads for celebrations, smaller cottages for couples and staycation hotels with all the home comforts.
At Staycations, we can also recommend a few activities and the best places to go for food and drink – whatever your budget. You see, when it comes to UK breaks, we’re the experts. So why not take the stress away from planning your next holiday and allow us to do it all?
On the shores of Loch Lomond, this magnificent property is set in 98 acres of landscaped grounds and woodland and provides superb accommodation for a family get-together or special occasion.
From £160 pppn | Sleeps 22
A wonderfully stylish house, perfect for family holidays with a private heated outdoor swimming pool with slide. Enjoy the fantastic private hot tub and games room, or relax in front of the open fire or wood burner.
From £73 pppn | Sleeps 13
Set within a grade A listed gothic monastery, this ground floor apartment is ideally situated for guests looking to explore Loch Ness, Fort William and beyond.
From £100 pppn | Sleeps 4
With views out across rolling fields, this impressive stone Aberdeenshire holiday house has been renovated to offer airy, stylish accommodation for large groups of guests.
From £60 pppn | Sleeps 14
Accommodating up to 16 guests across eight plush bedrooms, this holiday retreat of both US Presidents Bush on the edge of the Caingorm National Park offers a truly luxurious group break in the Highlands.
From £173 pppn | Sleeps 16
Luxurious house located on a 1000-acre family run crop farm with private hot tub, gym, 16ft sunken trampoline, fantastic fire pit, 6-meter Bell tent and large dining area perfect for al fresco dining.
From £120 pppn | Sleeps 16
Located in An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this fantastic bespoke stylish house is nestled in an elevated position with spectacular mountains views, private hot tub and wood burner to enjoy.
From £95 pppn | Sleeps 10
This magnificent house boasts everything needed for a special occasion for the family or a reunion of friends and is the perfect base to explore the wonders of the Highlands and surrounding areas.
From £62 pppn | Sleeps 37
This striking, spacious holiday home stands proudly in 1,500 acres of woodland, paddock and lawn, perfect for large groups to enjoy the serenity of the setting.
From £75 pppn | Sleeps 25
Standing impressively on the banks of Loch Tummel, this remarkable holiday home is a magical haven for large groups seeking elegance, style and a property with an abundance of grandeur.
From £168 pppn | Sleeps 24
Elevated above acres of unspoilt countryside, this magnificent Victorian property has unrivalled views of Perthshire, famous for its many distilleries and historical landmarks dotted throughout the countryside.
From £115 pppn | Sleeps 20
Magnificent B-listed Edwardian Arts & Crafts house nestled amidst spectacular landscaped grounds, with stunning original features including solid oak panelling, stained-glass windows and open fires.
From £94 pppn | Sleeps 16
Situated on the outskirts of Inverurie within a private estate, this spectacular castle is a wonderful location for a large family and friends gathering, amid luxurious interiors and tranquil woodland.
From £250 pppn | Sleeps 16
Nestling in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, this luxurious, spacious Georgian mansion is set in an elevated position with stunning sea and country views and six acres of gardens and woodland.
From £171 pppn | Sleeps 14
Stunning original stable with courtyard set on the 400-acre Fasque Castle estate, offering luxurious spacious accommodation with lots of activities on offer in the local area.
From £78 pppn | Sleeps 12
This unique luxurious property, sleeping ten, is set in an elevated position with uninterrupted views over the Firth of Forth and the famous Forth Bridges, close to all local amenities.
From £150 pppn | Sleeps 10
Stylish and luxurious city Penthouse with wonderful Juliet Balcony’s, benefits from spectacular views of Holyrood, Arthurs Seat and sea views over the city towards the firth of forth and Berwick Law.
From £93 pppn | Sleeps 4
Best towns for a staycation in Scotland
From coastal towns, countryside villages and vibrant city centres, these are the best places to go for your Scottish staycation.
Isle of Skye
Best for: Somewhere the whole family will enjoy
Whether you like to sit back and relax or there’s some adrenaline-seekers in your group, the Isle of Skye will definitely impress. Sitting off of the Northwest Coast, this tiny island is the perfect place to forget about your daily stresses. Instead, your time can be spent fishing, hiking, eating and simply enjoying the views.
Best for: A classy city break
Edinburgh might be a popular UK city but it offers a sophisticated retreat for all ages. Combining the best of shopping, eating, sightseeing and relaxing, there’s plenty to do here. Edinburgh Castle has got to be on your list as has the Dungeons if you’re looking for a scream. Those who prefer to take things slower will be pleased to know there’s lots of luxury spas in the area too.
Best for: Large groups
The perfect place for a group of people with all different enjoyments – Aberdeen has a fantastic arts and entertainment scene, is home to the first ever BrewDog and even has an incredible beach. That’s not all though as the nearby countryside is also great for mountain climbing, biking, hiking and even paddleboarding.
Best for: A child-friendly beach break
One of the best things about Stornoway is that you’re highly likely to see some dolphins in this area. But that’s not all. This beautiful island has some of the best beaches around as well as coastal cafes and pubs, and more watersports than you could ever dream of. It might not be as hot as Europe but, once you’re done, you can all head back to your cottage and put the fire on!
Best for: Getting those picture-perfect snaps
Whether you’re a budding photographer or not, you’ll be inspired to snap away here. Durness is nestled in the Scottish Highlands and is the most north-westerly village in the whole of Britain’s mainland. Spend your days exploring bays and beaches, and in the evening head to one of the nearby pubs and grab a seat in the warmth.
Best for: Being adventurous
Loch Lomond can be found in one of Scotland’s National Parks and offers plenty of activity opportunities for all the family. Walk, swim, hike and boat – and why not bring your dog out too? With lots of walking routes, a mountain range and golf course, you definitely won’t go bored here.
Best walks in Scotland
With such amazing countryside and coastal paths everywhere you look, it’s no surprise that Scotland is renowned as one of the best places to go for a walking holiday in Europe.
Location: Isle of Skye
Walk length: A mile and a half
As one of the most famous landmarks on the Isle of Skye, Fairy Pools provides visitors with the chance to see incredible crystal-clear waters amidst some amazing landscapes. If you’re feeling brave, you could even dip your toes in. The Pools themselves are close to the car park making it a great trip for all ages.
Difficulty: Easy/ medium
Walk length: Around two and a half miles
Edinburgh might be home to lots of shops, bars, restaurants and clubs but there’s also a walking route that takes you up to the tourist spot – Arthur’s Seat. In fact, there’s a few different paths that take you there meaning you can choose which one will suit your group. Being so close to the city also means that you’re never too far from a pub afterwards.
Oxen Craig and Mither Tap
Walk length: Just under six miles
Whilst not suitable for everyone, if you are able to do the Oxen Craig and Mither Tap route, it’ll definitely be worth it. The circular trail takes on not one but two of Aberdeen’s highest peaks. You’ll want to pack a jumper though as it can get very cold at the top.
Lews Castle Grounds
Walk length: Four miles
The Lews Castle Grounds walk begins in the centre of Stornoway and takes you around the grounds of the coastal fortress. Covering an amazing 270 hectares, there’s lots of routes to choose from – including those in woodland and gardens. Keep your eyes peeled for the on-site cafe which serves up sweet treats and hot drinks.
Kyle of Durness Circular
Walk length: Five and a half miles
The circular Kyle of Durness route begins in the hamlet of Balnakeil and will take you through a lovely golf course before coming out at some inspiring clifftops. On sunny days, you really can see for miles. But the route is just as impressive on a winter’s morning. Along the way, you’ll pass lots of secluded beaches so why not pack a picnic and sit down for a while?
Location: Loch Lomond
Walk length: Four miles
The Inversnaid walk is a fantastic way to explore the Loch itself as well as the Trossachs National Park. Keep a lookout for the vast range of wildlife that call this area home and get the kids involved by trying to spot as many different plants as possible. In total, it should take you around two hours but it’s the perfect chance to get the whole family out and about.
Must-see places in Scotland
Home to a variety of activities and tourist attractions, if you’re visiting Scotland, these are the must-see places that need to be on your list.
Best for: Learning about the history of the city
It’s hard to miss Edinburgh Castle and once you’re here, it’s easy to spend a few hours wandering around. Discover tales of years gone by, take a look across the city and enjoy afternoon tea – and a shot of Edinburgh Castle Gin – in the on-site restaurant.
Best for: Challenging yourself
The Storr is a mountain hike that encompasses the Old Man of Storr, one of the area’s best-known landmarks. Along the way, and once at the top, you’ll be treated to amazing views so be sure to take your camera. It’s about five miles to the summit but it’s definitely worth it.
Inverness Botanic Gardens
Best for: Taking in the real beauty of the area
Those green-fingered members of the group will love a day out at the Inverness Botanic Gardens. Away from the vibrant city centre, an afternoon here is relaxed and tranquil. Discover a range of different plants and wildlife and take some inspiration home. There’s even an exotic cactus house!
Best for: Tasting some Scottish delicacies
A trip to Scotland isn’t complete with a taste of artisan whiskey from the Tobermory Distillery. Book onto a tasting experience, enjoy the single malts and find out tips and tricks of the trade. If whiskey isn’t your thing, then why not try the Hebridean gin? The on-site shop is full of goodies too.
Best for: A family-friendly day out
Kids will love trying to spot Nessie at Loch Ness, and adults are sure to enjoy a day in the great outdoors too. The Loch contains more water than all of Wales’ and England’s lakes combined, and there’s plenty of picnic spots to enjoy for an hour or two.
Best for: Getting up close with some animals
Edinburgh Zoo houses the UK’s only koalas and also has lots of other exotic animals, reptiles and more, as well as activity centres and an on-site cafe. It’s the perfect day trip in the city, whatever the weather, and is sure to put a smile on your little one’s face.
Best pubs in Scotland
Beer, wine, whiskey and mocktails – whatever your drink of choice, there’s a pub in Scotland just waiting to serve you, and the food menu is just as tempting.
If you’re exploring Scotland’s North Coast 500, this pub has got to be one of your pitstops. Not only does it have amazing coastal views but a fantastic seafood menu that’s all locally caught. It does get busy with tourists though so we’d advise booking a table if you want to eat.
Looking for a traditional pub in the heart of the city? The Abbotsford is popular with tourists and locals and has been a firm favourite in the local area for years. Inside, you’ll find an Edwardian interior with a menu of real ales to choose from. It’s friendly, inviting and the perfect place to warm up on a cold Edinburgh day.
The Ship Inn
The Ship Inn might be hidden in the quiet coastal town of Elie but it’s definitely worth a trip. You’ll be treated to sea views, good pub grub and a unique boat-themed bar. On a nice day, the terrace is open too which makes for a great place to enjoy the sunset.
Famous for its hundreds of malt whiskeys, Bon Accord is a popular haunt in Glasgow city centre. It’s not just about drinking here though as the food is also popular and really good value. With several rooms to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect spot – whether you’re looking for a quiet drink or a family-friendly lunch.
Whilst this place might technically be a hotel, the pub on site has built up a reputation for great food and an even better atmosphere. It’s even been voted as Scotland Dining Pub of the Year and has an impressive range of malt whiskey. Just a short walk away, you’ll find the burial site of Robert The Bruce too.
Sitting pretty on the canalside, the Bridge Inn dates back to the 18th century and offers everything you’d want from a traditional and cosy pub. On the menu, you’ll find honest pub grub and a great selection of drinks. It also attracts a great variety of tourists and locals, which is always a welcome sight.
Best places to eat in Scotland
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, whatever your budget and taste, there’s plenty of places to enjoy in Scotland.
This simple eatery focuses on bringing homemade meals to the table which aren’t just good for you, but also the environment. Boasting a range of vegan, gluten-free and organic options, it’s a guaranteed win for large groups. There’s also an extensive menu of drinks including apple tea!
Kinloch Lodge Restaurant
Location: Isle of Skye
Not only does this place boast incredible views but the food here is just as amazing. It’s no surprise that it’s won awards. Start with canapes in the drawing room, before heading to the dining room to savour a tasting menu using local ingredients. The chefs work behind a glass wall which provides fantastic entertainment for all ages.
This cafe offers veggie and vegan-friendly dishes throughout the day, and is a great choice for breakfast and lunch. Here, the food is simple and honest and the service even better. Think pastries, salads, sandwiches and more, as well as a great range of teas, coffees and soft drinks.
If you’re looking for a fine dining experience in the city, this is definitely the place to go. Serving up michelin-starred dishes that combine French and Scottish produce, each plate is also matched with a specific champagne or wine. It might be slightly pricey but, for a special occasion, it’s worth it.
Hidden away underground in Glasgow’s West End, this casual restaurant serves up delicious Scottish grub. Here, they use local produce, some of which are grown in their garden in the city, and the range of drinks on offer really does put the cherry on top. If you want some of the finest food in the city, look no further.
A windswept tower along the Sinclair Bay, and a great pitstop for those on the North Coast 500, this restaurant offers fine dining food in a castle! It’s not just about the food here though as every dish is matched with a bottle of wine and the setting itself is enough to make you come back
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