The merest mention of a season will evoke special memories for everyone and autumn, no doubt, will do just the same. That point when the heating needs to be turned back on and your sandals are banished to the back of the wardrobe for another year to be replaced by gloves and scarves and walking means rosy cheeks and kicking up the fallen leaves.
And 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?
Every shade of red, amber, russet, golds are knitted together in a patchwork of woodlands and hillsides with stitching of mosses and lichens of greens and browns juxtaposed with the dark, imposing lochs that will play tricks on your eyes and have you believing the myths and legends of yesteryear.
If it’s wildlife you’re after, then Scotland in autumn is a thing of wonder. Whether you want to explore from land or water, the wildlife is in abundance; Scotland in autumn gives visitors the opportunity to spot golden eagles, red kites and the rarer gyr falcons soaring against the striking sky or majestic marine mammals such as seals, various dolphin species and minke whales playing in the waves. Walking, cycling, yachting or kayaking, you can do it all in Scotland.
They say the best thing about memories is making them and what better place to start than a stay at this magnificent baronial castle in Argyllshire (004b). Being just 200m from the beach, you can enjoy the views over Loch Long and the Firth of Clyde without even leaving the comfort of the plush sofa and open fireplace if you so desired! Being just 40 minutes from Glasgow airport, you’ll waste none of your precious time immersing yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Scotland in autumn. Book now for October 24th to 31st 2009 and make massive savings on this 11 bedroomed magnificent luxury castle and start to create your own memories.
When John Lennon wrote the words for “In my Life” for the 1965 Beatles album “Rubber Soul”, he was drawing inspiration on his happy memories of his own Scottish holidays. It is little known that he spent his childhood holidays with relatives in a croft at Durness in the north of Scotland.
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. However, the firing of the gun started in 1861 as a time signal for ship’s captains to set their chronometers in Leith Harbour 2 miles away.
Although the gun is no longer required as a time signal, the ceremony has become a popular tourist attraction and can be included as part of your visit to Edinburgh Castle. This is run by Historic Scotland, and is the most popular paid visitor attraction in Scotland with 1.2 million people each year.
To take advantage of the delights of Edinburgh, but still enjoy the countryside, why not stay at this Luxury Country House, and not worry about the time!
Is nothing sacred! Last month a security guard in Nottingham, Jason Cooke, claimed to have spotted the Loch Ness Monster using Google’s satellite mapping programme. The image, which can be seen by entering coordinates Latitude 57°12’52.13″N, Longitude 4°34’14.16″W in Google Earth, depicts a large object resembling an unknown creature clearly visible beneath or on the surface of the water.
Whilst this adds to the catalogue of sightings of “Nessie”, the legend of a mysterious creature endures and this monster remains the subject of mass intrigue and debate. Today, there is a “Loch Ness Exhibition Centre” at Drumnadrochit and a number of cruise boats which do organised trips on the water. And if you are lucky – you might get a glimpse of something lurking and then you will know the truth!
To find accommodation near to Loch Ness, then this Luxury Steading Lodge is only 6 miles from Drumnadrochit and provides an excellent base to explore the Highlands and to get that chance to spot “Nessie” for real!
“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. “Who wants to go for a bike ride?” He had decided to come up to Glasgow to watch U2 play at Hampden park the following day, but thought he might cycle in the morning first and was looking for some fellow bikers to join him.
As it was, the centre of Paisley came to a standstill and police had to cordon off the starting point to cope with the numbers involved. More than 300 cyclists turned up in the rain to get this once-in-a-lifetime chance to ride with their hero, and the day will go down in biking folklore.
Whilst Scotland has some excellent cyclists like Sir Chris Hoy – the geography lends itself more to mountain biking and this has proved to be a very popular holiday pastime.
By booking the Traditional Sporting Lodge, which has an 8 mile private road up Glen Tilt, you can cycle right up to the front door!
Many visitors come to the UK to experience its extraordinarily rich and diverse heritage and many choose to do so by booking one of the many impressive castles, large houses and mansions all of which can be rented on a self catered basis for spring and summer vacations and used as a base to explore the local area.
If you are bringing your family or friends over for that one in a lifetime vacation, whatever the reason let Scotts Castle Holidays take the worry and the work away from you. Once you have told us a bit about your needs, we will use our connections and experience to find your ideal self catering holiday property.
- You can be confident that we personally inspect the properties we market
- You can be confident that having been in this business for over 20 years we must be doing something right!
- You can be confident that as a professional agency bound by company law your legal and fiscal rights will be well protected
We take great pride in placing our guests first with a service that is friendly and personal. Our efficient and cheerful staff will do their best to ensure that your stay in one of our properties is a happy and memorable one.
Both the wattage and the shape of electrical sockets is different in the UK. Overseas visitors will be able to use electrical appliances (hairdryer, laptop, etc.) with the help of a plug adapter. These are available from the Internet, hardware and electrical goods stores, some dispensaries and many airports. They also come in sets of adapters for more than one country, useful if the UK is not the only country you plan to travel to. Be sure to buy one with three prongs (US) if your appliance requires it. Men’s electric razors sometimes require a unique plug adapter, which should be labeled as such.
Maybe obvious, maybe not: Do not attempt to plug in a US appliance into a UK socket without a plug adapter, as it may result in breakage, injury or fire.
Legal currency in the UK is pound Sterling (£). Please ensure that you have enough local currency during your stay to enjoy the the smaller attractions or amenities that will only accept cash. The majority of supermarkets, eateries, garages, dispensaries, and high street shops throughout the UK accept most or all the major credit cards (although sometimes surcharges may apply). The financial section of most newspapers publish the exchange rates. Our website has a link to a currency converter which you may find useful. Post Offices in the UK now buy and sell currency as well as the leading Banks. If in doubt, ask one of our staff members and we will be happy to advise.
There is no need to tip cash at the bar in hotels or pubs, although you can offer to buy a barman a drink if you are impressed with the service. As far as tipping for meals goes, it all depends on the establishment and how you feel about the quality of the service provided. You would not be expected to tip for meals if you booked a fully catered property, although on leaving if you felt you had received exceptional service you may choose to give the proprietor a 10% tip to be shared discretely amongst his staff. Some restaurants include a 10% service charge so make sure you check your bill. Minimum wage rules apply in the UK, which means tips supplement income rather than help provide it.
Please note that holiday accommodation descriptions may be interpreted differently from country to country. Below you will find the generally recognised definitions for self catering holiday accommodation as understood by UK citizens. Please note these measurements are a guideline only and may vary slightly from holiday property to holiday property.
- Single bedroom: one bed (3ft wide)
- Double bedroom: one bed (4ft 6 inches wide)
- Twin bedroom: two beds (3ft wide each)
- King size bedroom: one bed (5ft wide)
- Four Poster bedroom: one bed (4ft 6 inches wide) with canopy
- Ensuite bathroom: private bathroom attached to the room via connecting door
- Private bathroom: a separate room that may be adjacent to, or a short walk down a corridor not shared with any other guest
- Shared bathroom:a separate room that may be adjacent to, or a short walk along a corridor that is shared by the occupants of two or more bedrooms
If you wish to find out more about travelling to the UK, the British Home Foreign & Commonwealth Office website is always a good place to start: www.fco.gov.uk
If you require more specific information about the particular area you plan to visit, our staff can provide you with contact details of your nearest local Tourist Information office.
It’s always great to get feedback from the people who stay in our Scottish castles and large holiday houses. The two main criteria we look at (although the others are pretty important as well) are how visitors rate us (Scotts Castle Holidays staff that is) and how visitors rate the quality of the property they stay in.
As far as our customer service goes I am pleased to report that over the past five months, 100% of our clients felt our service exceeded their expectation. In fact not one visitor thought we had just ‘met their expectation’ or fallen below it! I am SO proud of my team at Scotts Castle Holidays, they are terrific to work with and according to all those they helped in the past five months – the sentiment is the same!
As far as the portfolio goes, 81% of our clients advised us that the standard of the properties they stayed in exceeded their expectations. Our goal now, in collaboration with the owners & housekeepers of these fabulous cottages & castles and large holiday houses, is to increase the score by 10% over the coming months.
If you want to Visit Scotland or learn more About Scotland in terms of how and where to rent a large holiday house, then we’d love to hear from you. You can contact our small team of friendly staff either by email [email protected] or by phone (01208 821 341).
If you are looking for something smaller you can view our range of Cottages & Castles apartments in Scotland, which include Hideaway Holidays in Sporting Lodges, Big Holiday Homes for Group Accommodation or House Parties in all areas of Scotland, including Perthshire, Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire, the East and West coasts of Scotland, the Borders, East Lothian and Southern Scotland.
Helping visitors find and rent self catering Scottish Castle Holidays and Large Holiday Houses for family and group holidays is what we do best, and what’s more WE LOVE IT!
Why not get in touch with us for some friendly advice, or alternatively have a look at our special offers page for last minute deals and discounts.
I woke to the sounds of my husband teaching our 6 year old how to play marbles this morning. I lay in bed a while listening to the pitter patter of rain and the banter going on in the other room as the rules of the game were discussed and the floor mapped. It was already a day of games for rainy days. The “tap tap” of marbles knocking against one other and delighted outcry as Emily obviously scored a point against her father made me think of family holidays.
· 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. This will save you having to wait (which could be a while depending on where they have to come from) when you arrive.
· To save you time and hassle, why not pre-order your food and provisions by asking the owner for details of supermarkets in the area who offer home delivery service.
· If travelling with children, check first whether the property you have rented comes with freeview and/or a DVD – always a helpful diversion when you’re trying to unpack or have a morning lie-in!
· Buy a local newspaper when you arrive. They will often advertise local events and offer special discounts that will help you plan your activities. Get the children involved by asking them to look through the paper and highlight anything that they might be interested in doing/visiting.
· Don’t always rely on your Sat Nav to be exact, so don’t forget to pack a map of the area as a backup.
· Ask in advance for details of the best local restaurants and pubs in the area that are within easy walking/driving distance
· Work out a rough meal plan before you go, taking into account when you are likely to eat out to save you on buying more provisions than you will really need
· Have a look at the website wherecanwego.com which lists events that will be taking place in your local area.
· Take a project book, some scissors and glue to keep the kids busy on rainy days. It’s a great way for them to learn about the area they are visiting by cutting and pasting tickets of places they have been to and articles of interest from the local paper.
· Take a small torch that can be left by your bedside in case anyone needs to get up the middle of the night to visit the bathroom, as it can be easy to get disorientated in an unfamiliar environment particularly at night.
· The owners often leave a visitors information folder at the property, which is always worthwhile looking at as they will provide you with their own recommendations on where to go and what to do.
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