Sometimes the average Scottish holiday cottage just won’t do. When you’re getting all the children (and their children) together for a holiday. When you’re organising a reunion for a group of old friends. Or when you and your nearest and dearest are gathering for that special birthday or anniversary.

For all these occasions, you need a selection of large holiday homes in Scotland.

Award winning, private, luxurious, sleeps 20

This is where we step in. We know where to find the best selection and value for money. We can source you the perfect quirky, historically interesting, uber-modern or just family-friendly group accommodation in Scotland. Thinking big so all of you have the space you need is our speciality. And to give you some pointers, here are ten things to think about when you’re choosing big Scottish holiday homes.  

1. Is it big enough?

Once your guest list runs past six, you know the average holiday house just isn’t going to cut it. Even if the ad promises extra beds and convertible sofas, what about the bathrooms? The accommodation might sleep ten, but with only two showers, your dream holiday could soon turn sour.

Hugely popular, 18th century, royal visitors, sleeps 24

So, you need to find a house that’s big enough to accommodate everyone comfortably. But finding a self-catering holiday home in Scotland for a large group that ticks all your boxes (including your budget) might seem a little daunting. No worries – Scotts Castle Holidays offers an eclectic range to suit your criteria. From basic but comfortable to luxury accommodation, from stylish and elegant mansions to rugged and magnificent self-catering castles, we can find a big house with everything you need for your stay.

2. Do you know the must-haves?

A fundamental part of any holiday preparation is thinking about what sort of accommodation you need. Have a chat with your group to gather ideas for a ‘must have’ list and a ‘nice to have’ list. The ‘must have’ list should include:

  • Number of people in your party
  • Bedrooms needed to comfortably accommodate everyone
  • Bathrooms needed to satisfy everyone
  • Dates of arrival and departure
  • Preferred location.  

The ‘nice to have list’ might include:

  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Grounds to explore and play in
  • Separate space for children to play
  • Luxury touches.

Large holiday homes come with amazing kitchens

3. Is there the right space?

No two large holiday homes in Scotland come with the same configuration. When you’re looking at candidates for your holiday, check the bathroom to bedroom ratio (especially if there are teens in your party!). Find out if the beds are twin, double or bunk – if there are zip-lock beds don’t forget to let the owner know if you want them single or double.

Another thing to bear in mind is that big properties have several floors and that access may be via multiple staircases, not ideal for elderly or very young guests. Take a look at the number of reception rooms and check there’ll be enough sofas and seats at the dining table for when you’re all together. And for a touch of luxury, see if there’s a billiards or snooker room – large mansion and castle rentals in Scotland often include one.

This amazing house sleeping 24 comes with games room, cinema room and gym

4. Do you need separate accommodation too?

The great thing about Scottish large holiday homes is that their size often includes separate accommodation. Some members in your party might be arriving later than the main group. Or you might have some guests who would prefer not to be part of the full melee 24/7. That’s why we offer a number of properties with separate estate cottages or lodges for rental.

5. Fancy a touch of luxury?

One of the best things about our Scottish collection is that they give you the chance to enjoy some of those luxuries most of us don’t have at home. How does a holiday let with a swimming pool sound? Or what about a hot tub?

Sit in comfort and soak up hte view

If gardens and grounds are your thing, our long list of big holiday houses comes with plenty. If there’s anyone for tennis, many of our listings have private courts.

6. How’s this for a wow factor?

As well as treating your guests to a luxury or two, you’ll all want a wow factor. And this is where our listings come into their own. Our Scottish holiday lets offer amazing views, four-poster beds, open fires, turnpike stairs and grand pianos. If you fancy your holiday home in Scotland with a dash of history, we’ve got suits of armour, vaulted ceilings, ancient castle walls, ghost stories and more

Vaulted ceilings and grand pianos

But don’t think it’s just about history, traditional features and antiques. Far from it – our large holiday homes in Scotland come with central heating and modern fittings in kitchens and bathrooms. And for your guests who simply cannot lose touch with the virtual world, most have WiFi.

7. Call for a celebration?

Chances are that your Scotland holiday will include a special celebration. You might need a particularly spacious dining room (some Scottish country homes come with banqueting rooms!). Or a large area for a ceilidh (a Great Hall perhaps?). Or beautifully manicured grounds for the perfect garden party. Let us know if this is the case and we can source the right holiday let for your group. Owners may be able to help you with catering services including private chefs and additional housekeeping, and recommend local services for entertainment during the event.

Sleeps 36 in luxury

8. Are your furry friends coming too?

If you or your guests just can’t be without your pets on your Scottish holiday, check that you’re opting for pet friendly accommodation too. The good news is that a good number of our listings do allow dogs – and there’s more than enough room for them!

9. Want to explore the Scottish landscape?

One of the biggest attractions in Scotland is its scenery and natural surroundings. This is a country offering big, wide open spaces, perfect for exploring when you’re on holiday. And this getting out and about can be as active as you like.


Many of our large holiday homes in Scotland are within easy reach of great hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, skiing… As the world’s home of golf, Scotland has over 550 courses spread across the country, some of them at championship standards, so you’ll never be far away from a round or two.

10. Want a lazier holiday?

If a sporting holiday isn’t your thing, Scotland also offers plenty to do. Book your special occasion near one of the Whisky Trails, like The Malt Whisky Trail. With over 50 distilleries open to visitors, you’re certainly spoilt for choice on where to enjoy a wee dram or two! Or plan some visits to Scottish castles and historic homes. If you’re a city lover, choose your large holiday home near Edinburgh or Glasgow to discover the best of Scottish urban life.

Let us help you find large holiday homes in Scotland

A holiday is all about relaxing and that includes the preparations. So, make things as easy as possible and ask us. We’re here to help you find just the right holiday house for your party and plans. Contact us to find out how we can help you have the best break ever!