Your guide to Midhope Castle March 12, 2020 - The latest in our series on castles in Scotland travels to Midhope Castle, a historic monument that might not class as one of the country’s oldest or grandest but does rank as a star of the screen.
10 of the best Large Holiday Homes in Scotland to Rent February 1, 2020 - Renowned for its glorious scenery, Scotland is also famous for its grand homes. But did you know that you stay in some of them? Here, we’ve picked ten of the best large holiday homes in Scotland to rent for your next holiday.
Your guide to Dunrobin Castle January 29, 2020 - Castles dot the Scottish landscape almost at every turn, but none sits as far north as Dunrobin Castle – also one of the finest great houses in the UK.
Your guide to Floors Castle November 11, 2019 - When it comes to fairytale architecture, you can’t beat Floors Castle. This sandstone delight is picture perfect. Add to this, magnificent grounds with tree plantations dating back centuries, and a prime position on the banks of the River Tweed, and you have one very special Scottish castle.
Your guide to Crathes Castle October 8, 2019 - Picture the quintessential Scottish castle – think turrets and towers set in beautiful woodlands – and the chances are that Crathes Castle fits the bill. Set on the north side of the Dee Valley and just 12 miles from the city of Aberdeen, Crathes ranks among one of the best preserved and most authentic Scottish [...]
Your guide to Glamis Castle September 26, 2019 - Tucked away to the north of Dundee and a stone’s throw from the Cairngorms National Park, sits one of Scotland’s most fascinating castles. Glamis Castle with its impressive array of turrets, towers and battlements is the very picture of a fairytale palace. And, as in the best stories, this castle comes with a long list [...]
Your guide to Balmoral Castle September 26, 2019 - As well as defences against hostile forces, Scottish castles were also built to provide accommodation for the aristocracy. One of the best examples of castle accommodation in Scotland comes in Balmoral, renowned the world over as the Queen’s holiday home. Sitting in acres of those landscapes Scotland does so well, Balmoral Castle ranks among the [...]
School holidays Scotland 2019/20 September 6, 2019 - The start of the school year ruffles everyone’s feathers, one way or another. Those with school age children are madly adding name labels and holding back tears (some, admittedly, are jumping for joy!). While everyone else is cheered by the hope of an Indian summer, more choice and lower prices for an imminent holiday. Neither [...]
Your guide to Culzean Castle August 19, 2019 - Next in our guide to the best Scottish castles, we visit one of the most elegant with a simply stunning location. Culzean Castle, located 12 miles (19km) south of Ayr on Scotland’s wild west coast, lays claim to one of the most spectacular in the country. Designed as the ultimate castle accommodation in Scotland, this [...]
Dunnottar Castle – history & fast facts August 12, 2019 - As far as castles go, it’s difficult to imagine a more remote and dramatic location than Dunnottar. Perhaps with the most impenetrable position of all Scottish castles, this one sits on top of its own cliff peninsula on the road to Aberdeen, defended on all sides by the forces of nature. Dunnottar Castle also comes [...]
Urquhart Castle – all you need to know July 29, 2019 - When it comes to location, Urquhart Castle ticks the boxes for both strategic and scenic. Dominating a rocky promontory on the iconic Loch Ness, the castle takes in the whole of the Loch and the surrounding countryside. Situated just south of Inverness, it also makes a prime spot on the route to the Highlands.
Eilean Donan Castle – all you need to know July 17, 2019 - As far as Scottish castles go, they don’t come more romantic than Eilean Donan Castle. Perched in a stunning location at the head of no less than three sea lochs, the Castle features as one of the most photographed spots in the country. Its iconic status ranks alongside bagpipes, tartan and the Loch Ness Monster [...]
Stirling Castle – all you need to know July 3, 2019 - In the first of our guides about great Scottish castles we visit perhaps the grandest of them all: Stirling Castle. Equidistant between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Stirling Castle stands very tall and boasts one of the best vantage points in Britain. It also offers a unique insight into life at the Royal Scottish Court in the [...]
Highlands Tourist Route | Great Scottish Road Trips #13 June 5, 2019 - The final instalment in our Scottish road trips series takes us to perhaps the most famous landscapes of all: the Highlands. The Highlands Tourist Route includes stunning scenery, amazing outdoor activities, a more than generous dose of castles, a dash of rather bloody history and, of course, a distillery or two. The 116-mile journey (187km) [...]
All you need to know about castles in Scotland May 14, 2019 - Along with tartan, bagpipes and thistles, castles represent one of the most iconic symbols of Scotland. The Scottish landscape is dotted with castles at almost every turn. In fact there are more than 1,500 castles in Scotland with their architecture and styles reflecting the country’s history. Many lie in ruins while many others continue to [...]
14 Scottish castles with royal connections May 9, 2019 - Who doesn’t love a named connection, a celebrity tie-in, a famous face to associate with? Admittedly not everyone, but castles with royal connections are certainly high on the hit list for those looking to stay in a castle.
Perthshire Tourist Route | Great Scottish Road Trips #12 May 6, 2019 - The Perthshire Tourist Route might be short, but it’s certainly sweet and offers almost everything. While you drive the 43 miles (69km), you’ll take in simply gorgeous scenery, plenty of distilleries, golf courses and history with a good dose of castles.
North & West Highlands Route | Scottish Road Trips #11 April 25, 2019 - Next up in our Scottish road trips series, we explore the north-west coast, home to some of the wildest landscapes in Great Britain. The North and West Highlands Route meanders around the coastline from Ullapool to John o’Groats along 158 miles (254km).
Dog Friendly Accommodation for Groups April 11, 2019 - The United Kingdom has turned into a nation of Pet Lovers There is no denying that we treat our beloved pets like part of our family, with most of the little (or large) critters now entitled to more freedom and rights around our houses than our kids! (Ahem… sleeping at the end of your bed!) [...]
7 reasons to visit Stirling April 10, 2019 - Google Stirling in Scotland and you’ll discover everything from ancient history to a contemporary arts scene. With more than a handful of activities and attractions stretched along this spectrum there are plentiful reasons to visit Stirling as part of your stay in a castle.
Tips on planning a successful house party April 5, 2019 - Planning a successful party is all about organisation. First of all you’ll need a venue for your house party and we’ve got plenty of party houses to stimulate your thinking.
North Coast 500 Route | Scottish Road Trips #10 April 2, 2019 - In the next of our series of road trips around Scotland, we drive the most epic of them all: North Coast 500 Route. Also known as the NC500, this biggie ranks as one of the world’s best road trips.
Moray Firth Tourist Route | Scottish Road Trips #9 April 2, 2019 - The next in our series of Scottish road trips ventures to the Northern Highlands to explore one of the most remote parts of the country. The Moray Firth Tourist Route follows no less than three stunning firths, takes in some simply glorious views and gives you the chance to discover Scottish drinks, castles and ancient [...]
Hogmanay (New Year) in Scotland March 22, 2019 - Arguably the biggest and best celebrated festival of the year, Scotland knows how to usher in a New Year. The celebration of the turn of the year is called Hogmanay in Scotland, and the country rolls out a host of spectacular winter festival events across the regions.
Group Accommodation for New Year 2020 March 22, 2019 - Hosting your very own group party over New Year doesn’t need to be an expensive occasion. In fact we’ve thought of 3 reasons why it will save you money… plus you get to choose everything down to the venue, decorations and food!
Stay in a castle in Scotland March 21, 2019 - Scotland has lots of castles! The rugged and wild landscapes of Scotland are resplendent with the sights of imposing and majestic Scottish Castles. From sprawling castellated mansions, to romantic ruins, these castles tell of a unique history belonging to the Scots. And you too can stay in a castle in Scotland – come with us [...]
Christmas Holidays 2020 March 21, 2019 - Book your Christmas Holiday now, before it’s too late! Christmas is a fantastic and exciting time of year for a family to get together. As a traditional season of meeting up and getting festive in large groups, what better way to really push the boat out, than to rent a beautiful holiday house.
Large Holiday Homes in Scotland March 20, 2019 - Whether you are gathering a group of old friends for a reunion, assembling the family for a holiday, or taking a choice selection of your nearest and dearest for a celebration, finding a large property to suit your needs is paramount to the success of your holiday.
Happiness is in a Hot Tub in Scotland March 20, 2019 - Hot Tub health benefits It’s commonly believed hot tubs help with minor aches and pains. The warm bubbling water helping to improve circulation, easing pressure on sore joints and muscles, and providing therapeutic massage. All in all, just the sort of occupation that’s required on holiday.
What’s on – 17 Scotland events for 2019 March 12, 2019 - Scottish heritage and culture come to life through events all year long. Scotland events for 2019 vary in type, theme and hobby. There’s something for everyone from sports enthusiasts and charity fundraisers, to arts, music and comedy fans. Some just get you out of bed of a weekend morning, others provide fabulous justification for a [...]
10 ideas for large group holidays in Kent February 26, 2019 - The Garden of England boasts a long, long list of attractions for any holidaymaker. But there’s something about this part of the country that makes it extra special when there are plenty of you. Read on to discover ten great ideas for large group holidays in Kent.
Galloway Tourist Route | Scottish Road Trips #8 February 20, 2019 - The next in our series of Scottish road trips heads for the southeast of the country to discover some simply stunning landscapes and quintessential Scotland. The Galloway Tourist Route takes in glorious lochs, deep forests, whisky, serious cycling and two very famous Roberts. Join us as we set off on one of the best Scottish [...]
Forth Valley Tourist Route | Scottish Road Trips #7 February 6, 2019 - In the next of our series of road trips around Scotland, we drive along the famous Forth of Firth. On this road trip we discover some of the country’s most ingenious engineering feats from Roman times to the 21st century. The Forth Valley Tourist Route offers history and modernity as well as some of the [...]
Scotland school holidays 2019 January 31, 2019 - For School holidays in Scotland in 2020 Planning a holiday in Scotland this year? Guests with and without children often ask us when the Scotland school holidays are because they want to know whether to expect places to be busy or quiet during their visit. Scottish school holidays do vary from UK school holidays in [...]
6 reasons to choose large luxury holiday homes January 29, 2019 - If indulgence is your thing, or you want to spoil your guests just this once, have a peek at our large luxury holiday homes. From stately homes and stunning castles to exquisite palaces and bijou lodges, our choice of luxury group accommodation offers an experience you’ll never forget.
9 fascinating Easter facts January 7, 2019 - How do you tackle a January detox when Easter chocolate eggs appear in the shops before the last of the Christmas decorations are down?! Easter is another major cause for family get togethers and celebrations and as we get caught up in the fun of it all it’s easy to forget where it all began [...]
10 considerations when booking large holiday homes in Scotland December 8, 2018 - 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.
5 compelling reasons to choose group accommodation in Scotland November 20, 2018 - As one of Europe’s favourite holiday destinations, Scotland offers a wide choice of places to stay. From budget campsites to high end hotels with just about everything in between. But what if there are lots of you going and you all want to stay in the same place? Group accommodation in Scotland is easily your [...]
10 UK Bonfire Night events October 20, 2018 - We’ve put together a list for you of our top 10 best Bonfire Night events to visit this year. These organised events pull in massive crowds; with professional firework displays and a dramatic musical backdrop… it sure beats standing in your back garden with a few sparklers 🙂
Short breaks in Scotland with a foodie twist | 2019 Michelin stars September 27, 2018 - With an abundance of natural resources, both surf and turf, Scotland boasts a long list of foodie treats. The autumn heralds a particularly bumper harvest making September the perfect time for short breaks in Scotland with a foodie twist. To give you some inspiration, in this article we look at the Scottish restaurants with the [...]
Deeside Tourist Route | Scottish Road Trips #6 September 27, 2018 - Next up in our series of road trips around Scotland, we go to one of the country’s most spectacular natural spots and discover its highest mountains. But the Deeside Tourist Route isn’t just about height – this Scottish road trip includes picturesque scenery along two lush rivers, a good dose of castles and one big [...]
Clyde Valley Historic Route | Great Scottish Road Trips #5 September 5, 2018 - The next route in our series of great Scottish road trips follows one of the country’s most emblematic rivers, the Clyde. This is one of the shortest designated road trips in Scotland. With just 38 miles (61km) the Clyde Valley Route makes an easy day out. But while it’s short, it’s also sweet and showcases [...]
Your guide to the Edinburgh International Festival 2018 July 30, 2018 - The Edinburgh International Festival is ample proof that no other city does festivals quite like Edinburgh. The Scottish capital hosts no less than nine big festival events throughout the year and showcases the best of the world’s talent from literary to jazz, from art to military and from dance to stand-up comedy. You name the [...]
Borders Historic Route | Great Scottish Road Trips #4 July 30, 2018 - Next up in our road trip around Scotland, we go as far south as you can to explore the stunning Borders Historic Route. Less rugged and remote than other Scottish road trips, this one is nevertheless packed to the brim with stunning scenery and offers plenty to do along the way. Join us as we [...]
Argyll Coastal Route | Great Scottish Road Trips #3 June 29, 2018 - Next in our guide to the best Scottish road trips, we head for the rugged western coast and follow Scotland’s lochs and islands between Loch Lomond and Fort William. Known as the Argyll Coastal Route, this road trip covers 129 miles (208km) – one of the longest Scottish road trips – with almost all of [...]
Your guide to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival June 29, 2018 - For anyone who’s a fan of arts and culture the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a must-visit at least once in a lifetime. The 3-week long bonanza of theatre, performance, comedy, circus, music and dance celebrates the world’s up-and-coming artists. The event also showcases the magnificent city of Edinburgh, transforming it into one vibrant, buzzing stage [...]
The Angus Coastal Route – Great Scottish Road Trips #2 June 29, 2018 - Next in our guide to great Scottish road trips, we take the eastern coastal way and follow Scotland’s cliffs and coves between two historic cities, Dundee and Aberdeen. Known as the Angus Coastal Route, this road trip covers 68 miles (109km), almost all of them following the contours of the coastline.
A Game of Thrones wedding at Wardhill Castle June 28, 2018 - On a scorching weekend in June 2018 the world’s media descended on Meikle Wartle. This otherwise peaceful spot of rural Aberdeenshire was playing host to a Game of Thrones wedding. The temporary yet glaring media spotlight honed in on Wardhill Castle.
6 reasons to book a large group holiday house in Cornwall May 21, 2018 - Planning a get-together with everyone? And fancy staying in one of the prettiest spots in the UK? Then taking a group holiday house in Cornwall ticks all your boxes. Not only do you all get to stay in comfort and space, you can take in some of the most magical scenery in the county and [...]
Your Guide to the Open Championship Courses in Scotland May 21, 2018 - The Open needs no introduction when it comes to major golf championships. Not only does it rank as the oldest in golfing history, this annual tournament always showcases the best in world golf when players compete for the famous Claret Jug. Founded in Scotland, The Open is still held at five top courses in the [...]
5 Golf holidays in Scotland with a championship course on their doorstep April 25, 2018 - Scotland is, of course, the home of golf. With more than 550 courses it offers golfers more tee options than anywhere else. The country boasts some of the finest courses in the world including several that regularly host the top competitions. To help you take your pick of the best, we’ve chosen five golf holidays [...]
Fife Coastal Route | Great Scottish Road Trips #1 April 23, 2018 - With its show-stopping scenery and unique heritage, Scotland lends itself well to road trips. The 12 officially designed national tourist routes also offer an easy way to take in the best of this vast country and a quiet one too – all avoid main roads and motorways. In this post, we focus on one of [...]
Take the family away this Spring March 30, 2018 - Our castles and large holiday houses are perfect for groups of families. That’s why, this Spring, we’ve put together our favourite pick of family friendly activities across the UK. There’s bound to be something here for everyone!
10 reasons to put a Scottish road trip on your bucket list March 27, 2018 - While Scotland might be classed as a pint-sized country, it packs a surprising lot in within its borders. It’s home to picture-postcard after picture-postcard of the world’s finest scenery, stunning towns and cities as well as a long list of historic monuments. Seeing all the best in one trip is at the very least something [...]
Why are bucolic farm stays so good for a spring break? March 20, 2018 - The spring equinox officially marks the arrival of spring in the astrologers calendar. And it’s followed a few days later by the clocks springing forward. Enter stage left British Summer Time. Hurrah! With the daffs in full bloom and the bluebells on their way, lambing in full swing and Easter looming, farm stays and spring [...]
Fascinating facts about our royal castles and palaces March 18, 2018 - The UK is famous for its royal castles and palaces, used by reigning monarchs and members of their family. Some date back centuries while others are more modern residences. They all attract thousands of tourists, keen to get a glimpse of what royal life is really like. This year, one of the most famous royal [...]
The Fabulous February Four: our newest castle rentals February 20, 2018 - As spring threatens to burst into technicolour bloom, we’re riding the tide of joy with the addition of these four fabulous castle rentals to our portfolio for 2018. All comfortable homes away from home, they bring an stand-out contribution to the fold and are all strikingly individual. Fancy a stay in a castle with the [...]
Shake it up a bit this Mother’s Day February 15, 2018 - Mothering Sunday more commonly referred to as Mother’s Day is only a month away. It’s an age old festival born from Christian roots to celebrate mothers and mother figures. The date changes annually as it’s held on the 4th Sunday of Lent and this year it lands on Sunday, 11th March 2018. Whilst the day [...]
9 reasons to stay in a castle February 8, 2018 - With stunning backdrops of picturesque gardens, beautiful interiors and even a few corgis making the cut, we’ve put together our very own list of luxurious castles that will make even the most modest individuals feel like they’ve been transported to The Crown’s estates.
Why would you take a shoulder season holiday? February 8, 2018 - Unless you’re bound by school holidays and have to go away in high season it’s well worth thinking about taking a break in the quieter months. Shoulder season getaways offer a long list of advantages. Not only do you have the chance to save money on accommodation but you can enjoy fewer crowds, reasonable weather [...]
9 large holiday homes with hot tubs January 19, 2018 - Detox doesn’t have to be the buzz word of January alone. We all need a little pamper time every now and then, whether that’s going the whole hog with a spa day or simply submerging into a hot tub with a glass of our favourite tipple surrounded by our favourite people. Enter stage left this [...]
10 most romantic spots for a Valentine’s Day proposal January 10, 2018 - As the most romantic day of the year, it’s unsurprising that Valentine’s Day ranks as the most popular occasion to make a marriage proposal. But before you pop your question – perhaps the most important one of your life – take a moment to consider the setting. None less than the most romantic and stunning [...]
11 Most Common New Year’s Resolutions January 10, 2018 - All the craziness associated with Christmas, the parties, the celebrations, the feasting. Then before you know it’s done and New Year’s resolutions are the next hot topic. How many of us set resolutions these days? How few of us actually stick to them? We’ve grilled the team to create this list of most common New Year’s [...]
February half-term in Scotland January 8, 2018 - February half-term offers a welcome break for many after the uphill slog through the longest month of the year: January. Go to work in the dark, come home in the dark, nothing on the horizon to look forward to. Or is there?
10 commandments of group holidays December 26, 2017 - If you’re planning a group holiday, you might be thinking about the adventures you’ll have, the exciting days out you’ll spend together and the experiences you’ll share. You might not be thinking about the unwritten rules that make sure everyone has memories that make them smile, not cringe or roll their eyes. Follow these 10 [...]
All you need to know about a Scottish Christmas December 19, 2017 - While you’ll find lots of trees, tinsel and turkey north of the border at Christmas, the festive period in Scotland isn’t quite the same as the rest of the UK. It’s a much younger celebration for a start, Father Christmas goes under a different name and there’s a real penchant for all things fiery. Then [...]
Tips for anyone away from home this Christmas December 4, 2017 - Christmas is a fantastic and exciting time of year for a family get together. As a traditional season of meeting up and getting festive in large groups, what better way to really push the boat out than to rent a beautiful holiday house?
10 reasons to spend New Year in Scotland October 18, 2017 - Spending New Year in Scotland is more than just a holiday, it is a celebration. The image of Hogmanay in Scotland spread across the world on TV or by social media is of fireworks going off above Edinburgh Castle and a massive party going.
Autumn is coming August 15, 2017 - The merest mention of a season will evoke special memories and autumn holidays, can be a favourite time of year for some, particularly with the changing of colour in woodlands and hedgerows. Autumn is when heating is turned back on and sandals banished to the back of the wardrobe to be replaced by gloves and [...]
50 things to do before you’re 50! February 28, 2017 - What have you always wanted to do? But work, kids, money and life in general has got in the way, so it’s been put back to the back of your mind? Bucket lists are common terminology these days so there’s no harm in having one to tick off alongside everyday life. We bring you our [...]
3 Reasons why hosting a group holiday over New Year could save you money January 6, 2017 - Hosting your very own group party in a holiday home over New Year doesn’t need to be an expensive occasion. In fact we’ve thought of 3 reasons why it could save you money. Plus you get full control over the choice of venue, guests, decor and food!
Ideas for your 50th Birthday December 21, 2016 - I don’t know about you but my 50th is looming and I’ve given this auspicious event a good deal of consideration by reflecting on past milestones.
10 Amazing Places to stay for your 50th! December 21, 2016 - If you’re about to embrace your 50th and are looking for ideas on what to do or where to go, filling a castle or a beautiful stately home with friends and family might just tick all the boxes. To get you started, here are some 50th birthday ideas to mark this very special occasion.
Keeping the family entertained over Christmas December 16, 2016 - Never is there a better time to get together and play silly games with the family than at Christmas. If you have teenagers, this is probably the only time you’d get their cooperation! We have thought up a few ideas of games you can play, some requiring a bit of pre-planning, but others just needing [...]
Why holiday away from home this Christmas? November 24, 2016 - It may seem a strange idea to leave your home over the festive period, but in case you needed persuading we’ve put together our top three reasons to book a holiday home for Christmas. As well as using up that last bit of annual leave you’ve been hanging on to, this is also a fab [...]
4 reasons you’ll want to avoid an off-season holiday November 21, 2016 - Christmas, Easter and the summer months are undoubtedly the most popular months for a holiday. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best time for a break – higher prices and crowded attractions are major drawbacks for a start. Booking an off-season holiday on the other hand comes with lots of advantages and with some [...]
7 reasons you’re going to love Fort William July 4, 2016 - It’s one of the Highland’s best-known resorts, and once you’ve seen the dramatic setting of Fort William you’ll easily understand why. With just over 10,000 inhabitants, the town swells as thousands visit the region every year to enjoy the skiing, walking and scenery. Here are just a few of the best things to do in [...]
21 reasons Scotland should be on your travel bucket list June 7, 2016 - In today’s interconnected world you can travel almost anywhere and do almost anything you fancy. Swimming with dolphins, skydiving in the Grand Canyon, going to a masquerade ball for the Venice carnival… who doesn’t have a travel bucket list? Unfortunately, to tick your way through the list of must-dos and must-sees you usually need plenty [...]
7 amazing views from big holiday homes in Scotland June 6, 2016 - Scotland’s more than famous for its amazing views. Almost wherever you are in the country you’re guaranteed something awesome to look at. Views of spectacular castles, dramatic mountains, serene lochs, rare wildlife, remote isles… And the good news is that you can claim them as your own while you’re on holiday.
5 simple recipes for large groups on holiday May 23, 2016 - Cooking for large groups on holiday can be a challenge – do you cook what you normally do but double the quantities? Or maybe you just bake a few regular dishes and give people a small portion of each…?
9 incredibly real group holiday problems (and how to solve them) May 10, 2016 - Let’s face it: group holidays are more popular than ever. If we’re not dreaming of a once-in-a lifetime holiday with all our favourite people, we’re planning a surprise party for a loved-one and with everyone there. Or we’re thinking of getting all our nearest and dearest together for the ultimate family reunion. But lots of people [...]
Which Mr Men character are you on holiday? April 29, 2016 - Take the holiday personality quiz to discover which Mr Men character you are most like on holiday – this information could make your next group holiday a whole lot easier….
Holiday houses your pet will love April 27, 2016 - When it comes to travelling and holidaying as a dog owner, holiday houses your pet will love are typically a major factor in the decision process.We’re a nation of animal lovers. Around 46% of households in the UK have pets, which is a lot of people having to ask friends and family to dog-sit when [...]
Hiring a chef in group accommodation April 20, 2016 - Going on holiday is about recharging your batteries, relaxing, catching up with friends and family and spending your days doing what you enjoy.
Why group holidays are better for your stress levels than yoga April 11, 2016 - How are you? I mean, really. How are you? On a scale on one to ten, how stressed are you at the moment? If you’re higher than an average of five then you’re not alone – stress is one of the biggest causes of absence from work in the UK.
10 of the best Scottish castles to rent April 7, 2016 - There’s nothing like opening the large heavy front door to your very own Scottish castle for the first time, letting the sights, sounds and smells of history excite your senses as you explore every room, snug, secret passageway and staircase.
5 fabulous Edinburgh beaches March 21, 2016 - As the UK’s most popular city after London, Edinburgh needs no introduction. The fine city attracts over 13 million visitors a year, drawn to its iconic castle, historic Royal Mile, elegant New Town and of course, its excellent shopping. But what about Edinburgh beaches? It’s a coastal city, remember. The beautiful Edinburgh beaches may not [...]
Best places to eat out in Edinburgh March 19, 2016 - Best places to eat out in Edinburgh If you’re lucky enough to visit the beautiful city of Edinburgh, you’ll want to explore the wonderful restaurants and cafes on offer, from the grand Signet Library to the more informal cafes and delis. But how do you choose where to eat?
Seven of the best children’s books to read together March 1, 2016 - Some of my fondest memories growing up are snuggling up on the sofa with my dad while he read Roald Dahl or Enid Blyton to me and my brother and sister aloud – he always did excellent voices for the characters – the BFG had a booming Yorkshire accent while Julian from the Famous Five [...]
Why a group holiday is the best thing for your marriage February 13, 2016 - You have the same conversations every year – where shall we go away this year? What shall we do? When shall we pay the deposit? Have you booked the time off work yet? How do we get there? Have you packed your shaver? By the time you finally arrive at your destination, after a long [...]
The 10 biggest areas of tension on a group holiday (and how to defuse them) January 29, 2016 - You’ve been planning it for months: time off work is sorted, the accommodation is booked, the agenda is finalised and everyone is looking forward to their first ever large group holiday together. But bringing together lots of families and personalities for one single holiday can present challenges. You’ve not lived together before, you all have [...]
10 reasons to make your 60th the biggest and best bash of your life January 19, 2016 - You’ve seen England win the World Cup (a rare feat), the Beatles take the world by storm, Britain join the European Union and you have ushered in a whole new millennium.
Burns Night Programme January 14, 2016 - January 25 marks the annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.
Edinburgh in 10,000 steps January 11, 2016 - If you’re the proud owner of a fresh and sparkly activity tracker, your new unit of currency will most likely be ‘steps’ and distance walked – discover Edinburgh in steps and easily hit your daily goal. You wake up each morning, optimistic that today will be an activity-packed day when you easily smash your goal [...]
Are you looking for Lallybroch? December 4, 2015 - Outlander recently completed its forth series after receiving nominations for the Golden Globe and Emmy awards, and delighting millions of viewers across the world. But as well as reaping accolades and gaining fans, transferring the “Outlander” series of books to the small screen has showcased Scotland beautifully. It’s left many fans searching for Lallybroch, so [...]
Have a whale of a time on holiday on the west coast of Scotland November 30, 2015 - What was the best thing about your summer holidays this year?
For your eyes only – holiday house with links to James Bond November 13, 2015 - Travelling in late October, I was lucky enough to get one of those days in the Highlands of Scotland, when everything is crisp and clear, and the horizon goes on for miles.
10 steps to planning the best big birthday bonanza ever (without losing a wink of sleep) November 6, 2015 - You’re approaching the big one. Another year older and another cake. Another birthday lunch to think about, plan and prepare. What can you cook this year that’s a bit different and that everybody will eat?
Historic occasion in the Scottish Borders September 28, 2015 - On the 9th September 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked two landmark occasions. Firstly, she travelled by steam train from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank to officially open the newly formed Borders railway network.
Discovering Aberfeldy September 20, 2015 - Aberfeldy is located north west of Perth situated beside the river Tay, with Loch Tay and Glen Lyon beyond. Whilst there is evidence of previous settlements here, including a Roman fort, this sleepy market town was created in 1796. Its creation would have been accelerated once General Wade had built the crossing bridge over the [...]
A guide to Adam mansions in Scotland August 31, 2015 - With the addition earlier in the year of the Magnificent Adam Mansion to the Scotts Castle Holidays portfolio of self-catering holiday houses in Scotland, we have been asked a number of times – what is an Adam Mansion?
Happiness is…choosing to holiday in Scotland July 20, 2015 - Happiness is….choosing to holiday in Scotland and getting the balance right between entertaining the whole family and actually enjoying your holiday. Whilst I was in Blair Atholl in Perthshire last week there seemed to be so many people around and they all seemed happy. I am not surprised as Blair Castle is the focal point [...]
Historic Tales from the North of Scotland June 29, 2015 - Following in the footsteps of ancestors or famous people is what many people who come to Scotland are actually doing. Genealogy Tourism may be a recent phrase, but it has been part of the tourism business in Scotland for years.
Scotland’s history and architecture – cracking the code at Rosslyn Chapel June 4, 2015 - Rosslyn Chapel is located south of Edinburgh and is a hidden gem. In fact, its “hidden” nature would have remained just that, if it had not been for a certain Dan Brown who made his own visit and subsequently wrote it into his best-selling book “The Da Vinci Code”.
Outlander holidays in Scotland May 12, 2015 - Gripping TV series, Outlander, has put Scotland on the map, featuring some of the country’s most dramatic castles and breath-taking landscapes – if you’re ready to immerse yourself in the land of Claire and Jamie, take a trip to Scotland and see the beauty of the country for yourself. Here is just one of many [...]
The Firth of Clyde Coastline, West of Scotland’s playground May 11, 2015 - Travelling west from Glasgow on the coastal road, the A78, following the Firth of Clyde, it is easy to see why this area is popular with the locals as a short break destination. With quaint villages and towns and good access to the sea, you can see why the hard working Glaswegians of old would [...]
History and Architecture, tales from the crypt April 28, 2015 - Anyone staying at the Stylish Converted Church near Kelso will be aware that they have booked a historic building that has been beautifully converted into an up-market self-catering holiday house, but what they may not know are its connections to Lily Langtry and the local grain merchants! Whilst a church had been on this site [...]
Legends of a Scottish Castle March 30, 2015 - Having recently returned from a trip to the west coast of Scotland which consisted of travelling over mountain, through glens and past lochs to get to my castle destination, it got me thinking about the old legends and stories. At the Baronial Castle, where the clan chief has resided for [...]
Holiday state of mind, body and soul March 25, 2015 - With Easter nearly upon us, thoughts turn to holidays again, and it is time to get back to a holiday state of mind. Firstly with the short break ahead and secondly in planning what it is you want out of your main summer holiday. As a family group looking ahead – where do you want [...]
Visit Scotland, Rosneath Peninsula March 17, 2015 - Rosneath peninsula, is one of those easily accessible but rarely discovered places, as most people either enjoy the Loch Lomond views before or continue to drive on by to get further west. Located 30 minutes north west of Glasgow, it is surrounded on three sides by water, with Loch Long, Gare Loch and the firth [...]
Visit Scotland – Top 3 sites to visit in Dunfermline February 16, 2015 - Whilst Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle the most visited attraction, back in older times it was a different story. It was Dunfermline which was the capital of Scotland (prior to 1437), with its Abbey being the centrepiece. Located a few miles away once you cross the Forth Bridge travelling north from [...]
Take a closer look at…… February 3, 2015 - Visiting castles in Scotland is special at any time of the year, but there is always a particular resonance in winter, with the contrast of the soft snow and the hard stone. I recently returned to this 16th century Castle, a few miles from Selkirk and it looked as pretty as a Christmas card on [...]
10 must-see places to visit in Scotland this half-term January 19, 2015 - Whether it’s the daffodils poking their yellow petals up through the grass teasing spring, a cluster of post-Easter spring bank holidays or the imminent changing of the clocks, we sense there’s a half term looming. Residents of and visitors to Scotland will be clambering for days out with the kids in half term. Look no [...]
Lochhouse Tower near Moffat January 14, 2015 - Lochhouse Tower a 16th Century Borders Tower in Dumfries-shire was built in about 1533 and restored in the 1970’s with a complete refurbishment in 2014.
When is the best time to visit Scotland? December 30, 2014 - When is the best time to visit Scotland? This is a question that pops up on a regular basis at Scotts Castle Holidays. Whilst we can give a comprehensive response and describe the advantages of each season, ultimately the answer depends on the one asking the question and what it is that you are looking [...]
Top 12 holiday home fireplaces December 24, 2014 - Winter coats and sturdy boots ward off the chilly day. Forced inside by long dark evenings, with windows shut and curtains drawn. The warmth of a log fire pulls in the crowd, the perfect conduit for family interaction. Whether you’re roasting chestnuts, toasting crumpets or warming toes, a home with a hearth is a happy [...]
Top 6 reasons to visit Scotland November 12, 2014 - There have been a number of lists issued recently about some of the amazing places to visit in Scotland and it was pleasing to see that the traditional favourites like Edinburgh Castle remain at the top and refreshing to see so many other attractions being talked about that were less well known. In that theme [...]
Choosing a holiday house near Pitlochry October 20, 2014 - Travelling up to Perthshire last week during the October holidays I was struck by how busy the area was. Not surprising as it is so beautiful here and there is so much to do for all the family. I stopped off at Blair Atholl to take some images of Blair Castle and when I was [...]
David Beckham films at a Scottish Highland Lodge September 8, 2014 - It was reported in the weekend papers that David Beckham is filming a whisky advert in Scotland and various grainy images of him in a green velvet smoking jacket at a lodge in the Highlands were on display. This came as no surprise to Scotts Castle Holidays as a few months ago we were involved [...]
10 Outlander filming locations in Scotland August 10, 2014 - Season 5 of Outlander premiered earlier this year (on Starz in America and in the UK on Amazon Prime). And so we reflect upon how the drama that has unfolded on screen does so with a stunning Scottish backdrop.
20th anniversary of Mel Gibson’s film Braveheart June 23, 2014 - Hard to believe, but it is the 20th anniversary of the filming of Braveheart this year. Mel Gibson’s film about William Wallace, which went on to win five Oscars, including best picture, was filmed in 1994 and released in 1995. Whilst there is great pride in Scotland about the film, with its heroic deeds and [...]
Now available on a self-catering basis – near Edinburgh May 12, 2014 - Fenton Tower, a 16th century tower house, has now made itself available to accept self-catering bookings throughout the year for the first time. This amazing castle is the height of luxury and is a 5 star Visit Scotland graded “exclusive use” venue and should prove to be very popular for those who want to stay [...]
10 reasons why people choose to holiday in Scotland March 21, 2014 - Up there in the north and with no guaranteed sunshine, a holiday in Scotland might not be the obvious choice. But for many people, Alba (as it’s known in Gaelic) ticks lots and lots of boxes. Not for nothing was Scotland one of Rough Guides’ must-visit destinations in 2017. The travel guide chose it for [...]
Donald Sutherland’s best fish and chips was in Arbroath January 20, 2014 - Whilst 25th January is known in Scotland and around the world as “Burn’s Night”, in celebration of the national bard, Robbie Burns, where haggis is eaten, whisky is drunk and poetry is recited. For the celebrated Canadian actor, Donald Sutherland, his early memory of Scotland is of a different type of supper – a fish [...]
Scotland and its castles will feature in “Outlander”, the TV series December 9, 2013 - Sam Heughan, the 33 year old Scottish actor, who is cast as Jamie Fraser in the forthcoming TV series of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” has said he has been amazed at how good Scotland looks from the footage produced from the filming on the show, which is being made for the Starz cable network in the [...]
Border Tales of Scotland and England November 25, 2013 - On ITV on Monday nights, there is a series presented by Robson Green, the well known actor and fisherman from the North East, who presents a show all about Northumberland. The show is called “Tales from Northumberland” and is another generic TV show with a well known presenter explaining an area they know, like Ade [...]
Sir Alex Ferguson makes time to holiday in Scotland November 11, 2013 - What does British football’s most successful manager do after blowing the final whistle on his career? Sir Alex Ferguson, having been the most successful manager in the modern era of Manchester United for 27 years, it was time to take a break. So once the final whilst blew on the last game of the season [...]
Halloween, scary ghosts and haunted castles October 28, 2013 - Halloween is always a great occasion for families across the land. Where the children (and adults) enter in the spirit by dressing up, get their pumpkins carved out, enjoy sparklers and either have a party or go out guising. Trick or Treat – may be the phrase, but the origins of this are becoming lost [...]
Scottish Wedding Venues and Costs Survey October 21, 2013 - According to the recent survey by “You and Your Wedding”, the costs for a wedding held in the UK in 2012 have risen 14% since 2009. The average total wedding bill now comes to a sum between £17,000 and £22,000. With figures like these it is no surprise that there has been a significant rise [...]
Time to discover the North West of Scotland October 7, 2013 - When inspecting holiday houses for inclusion within Scotts Castle Holidays, it is best to get an all round picture of what is in the area as well as the property. The North West is one of the most picturesque parts of the Highlands of Scotland, but one of the least visited. The reason for the [...]
Autumn Gold holidays in Scotland September 24, 2013 - Autumn brings with it a fantastic array of colours and a fresh feel in the air. In Scotland, the start of autumn between September and late October is known locally as Autumn Gold. It is easy to see why the locals enjoy this period so much and why it’s such a popular time for tourists [...]
Large Holiday House in Andy Murray country now available for holiday letting July 4, 2013 - New to Scotts Castle Holidays is this fabulous Holiday House with a View overlooking Dunblane. With an impressive first floor drawing room with large picture windows, this is an old fashioned country house offering comfort and style. Ideal for up to 21 people on a self-catering basis, it is set within its own estate with [...]
Luxury Holiday House by the Beach now available April 16, 2013 - John Lennon spent some of the happiest times of his life in Durness..
Five star holiday house with four poster bed April 3, 2013 - Situated in the Scottish Borders only 30 miles from Edinburgh...
Scottish Icon – Monarch of the Glen March 25, 2013 - Wildlife photography trips are available..
Downton Abbey comes to Scotland December 14, 2012 - Live like a lord with a castle holiday in Scotland..
Iconic images of Scotland – Scott’s View October 29, 2012 - This popular viewpoint can be found just off the A68..
Scotland’s medallists at the Olympics August 24, 2012 - A reminder of the real value of Olympic spirit from all around the world..
Humanist ceremonies can take place in the holiday house of your choosing August 17, 2012 - Scotland is one of only six countries in the world where Humanist marriage ceremonies are legally conducted..
The James Bond film “Skyfall” filmed near large holiday home in Scotland February 13, 2012 - This Scottish Holiday House can now be linked with “Skyfall”, which is due out in October 2012...
Fishing Holiday Houses in Scotland November 28, 2011 - Book a Scotts Castle Holidays property and have fishing included within the rental..
Wild food, wild life, wild Scotland June 21, 2011 - The Scottish Outdoor Access Code, is always worth reading before you go out into the Scottish countryside...
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been revamped March 17, 2011 - Whilst the Tattoo is one of the highlights of a stay in Scotland, choosing the right accommodation will be paramount..
Fishing for Arbroath Smokies March 1, 2011 - Built over an ice-house, this holiday house forms part of the history of the fishing industry...
Hungry like a wolf September 13, 2010 - Princess Anne officially opened a new wolf enclosure at the Highland Wildlife Park near Kincraig earlier this month.
Outdoor Access Code August 16, 2010 - Enjoy Scotland and the countryside responsibly...
Farmer’s markets in Scotland May 4, 2010 - Proper food at its most fresh, with some of the best quality products that only Scotland can produce....
The Pope’s visit to Scotland April 13, 2010 - A ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse will take place, before travelling to Glasgow for an open-air mass at Bellahouston Park.
How Scottish was Elvis Presley? January 4, 2010 - Descending from this Scottish line came Elvis Presley, who went on and shook up the world with rock and roll......
Brigadoon or Brig o’ Doon October 9, 2009 - The 1954 MGM musical feature film “Brigadoon” still has a resonance today with many people, even if they have never seen the film, as they have an idea of this Scottish idyll. The thought of arriving in a small place in Scotland
Visit Scotland in autumn October 3, 2009 - Scotland is just the place to create memories of all things autumn. With vast national parks dedicated to celebrating the impressive and imposing scenery of the mountains and lochs, where else could you think to lose yourself for a few days?
John Lennon loved his Scottish holidays September 25, 2009 - If you wish to visit Durness and the John Lennon memorial garden created by the Beachgrove Garden team which opened in 2002, why not base yourself near Lairg in this Traditional Highland Lodge
What time does Edinburgh’s one o’clock gun fire? September 13, 2009 - This is a classic question that has been asked in Edinburgh about this famous gun! Today, this “one o’clock” gun is fired every day, apart from Sunday, at precisely 13.00 hours. Since 2001 the gun in question is a L118 Light Gun, which is fired from the north face of Edinburgh Castle.
Biking in Scotland with Lance Armstrong August 24, 2009 - "Hey Glasgow, Scotland! I'm coming your way tomorrow," Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner wrote on his twitter page on 17th August 2009
Tips for overseas guests June 30, 2009 - Many visitors come to the UK to experience its extraordinarily rich and diverse heritage
Games for rainy days on self-catering holidays May 20, 2009 - I woke to the sounds of my husband teaching our 6 year old how to play marbles this morning. The "tap tap" of marbles knocking against one another made me think of family holidays
Scotts Travel Tips April 17, 2009 - Don’t forget to phone the key holder who will be letting you into the property a few days beforehand to let them know when you are coming.
Rent a castle in Aberdeenshire April 14, 2009 - From mountain to sea this underrated area, the north-eastern corner of Scotland, is known throughout the world as castle and malt whisky country
Spend Easter in affordable luxury March 23, 2009 - If you are still looking for somewhere to book last mintue for Easter then I might just have the property for you.
Holiday Reading February 12, 2009 - holidays are the one occasion you allow yourself to sit back and relax in someone else’s comfy armchair and lose yourself in a thriller
Escape to the Highlands January 12, 2009 - A recent addition to our portfolio of holiday houses is a fabulous collection of lodges/cottages on an estate
Happy New Year! January 5, 2009 - I'm sure I'm not the only one with an out of kilter work/life balance. If you are one of them - then resolve like me to be proactive
Touring Scotland (Part 2) December 8, 2008 - As we drove up the long and beautiful driveway, we were greatly impressed by the beauty of the stunning mansion house as it swung into view.
Holiday Cancellation Cover November 18, 2008 - Due to circumstances beyond your control, your holiday must be cancelled .. ... Oh boy! This is always a tricky one for agencies to have to deal with
Upgrade Your Holiday Property October 20, 2008 - Hiring a butler, housekeeper or cook can be a welcome break for those who would also like to feel they are on ‘holiday’ from those boring but important chores! Particularly with the large holiday houses sleeping 15+ where the practicalities of who does what at mealtimes can fall on the same shoulders. If you are thinking [...]
What is Self catering? October 14, 2008 - Because we are in the holiday lettings industry, we assume everyone understands the term self catering but of course, there may be many of you out there – particularly if you don’t reside in the UK – who don’t.