Destination guide

An escape to Highland vacation rentals

Set in a world of windblown peaks and echoing bagpipes, of stone-built castles and mystical lochs, Highland vacation rentals promise to get you out to one of the UK's most iconic wildernesses. The Scottish Highlands cover half the country, encircling the fells of the Cairngorms and the wooded glens of the Trossachs. They are centered on the folksy city of Inverness, which rolls down to the icy North Sea and offers a gateway to the deep, mysterious waters of Loch Ness – keep the eyes peeled for that monster.

Things to do

Unravelling the myths and history of Highland Scotland

The Highland region is a place steeped in myth and ancient history. The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, in Drumnadrochit, just south of Inverness, is a great place to begin unraveling its mysterious tales – it has 7 themed exhibits that chronicle the ages and sightings of Scotland's iconic water-based beast. There's the Highland Folk Museum, in Newtonmore, an immersive glimpse at a 300-year-old Highland village. And there's the Inverness Museum, a perfect rainy day escape that's laden with local heritage and art.

Activities

Highland adventures abound

You don't have to don the kilt and blow the bagpipes to herald that Highland adventure, although you can, if you want to. The fact is, most Highland vacation rentals will have Scottish hinterland right on the doorstep. You'll wake to sweeping views of rock-ribbed mountains and cascading fir forests or stroll just yards from the door to join long-distance hiking paths that wiggle past glens and lochs. Between outdoor explorations, you can settle in a hearty pub and sample a warming dram (or 2) of the whiskey that the region is famous for.

Weather

A routine of snows and sunshine in Highland Scotland

The Scottish Highlands cap the northernmost reaches of the United Kingdom. That makes them one of the coldest and wildest places to vacation in Britain. Summers, which go from May to August, bring the best hiking conditions, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures regularly in the 60s and 70s. Winters mean snow. The Cairngorms even have ski fields and a season running from December to early March, most years. That's the perfect time to seek out Highland vacation rentals with cozy country architecture and a crackling wood fire.

Natural features

From glens to peaks to islets in Highland Scotland

Primeval and wild, like few other places in the United Kingdom, Highland Scotland is a land of grassy, heather-clad valleys and rocky summits. National Parks – like the Cairngorms, and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs – hide within, covering great swathes in arctic tundra and barren heath, or dropping to deep glens where clusters of fir woods ring murky lochs. Off the coast are breathtaking islands, like Skye and the Orkneys, home to mountains, waterfalls and cliffs. Seals and whales can be spotted from the pebble coves, there, while even wild reindeer wander the inland plateaus.

How to get there

How to get to and around Scottish Highlands

The nearest airport is in Inverness (INV), located 30.4 mi (48.9 km) from the city center.

If you prefer to travel by train, Achanalt Station, Lochluichart Station and Garve Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay around Scottish Highlands?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,182 vacation rentals near Scottish Highlands. From 1,514 Cottages to 1,514 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Scottish Highlands for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Scottish Highlands?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Scottish Highlands. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Isle of Skye: 381 vacation rentals
  • Inverness: 940 vacation rentals
  • Ft William: 339 vacation rentals
  • Portree: 244 vacation rentals
  • Glencoe: 150 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Scottish Highlands! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Scottish Highlands?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Scottish Highlands:

  • Isle of Skye: 381 rentals
  • Inverness: 940 rentals
  • Ft William: 339 rentals
  • Portree: 244 rentals
  • Glencoe: 150 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Scottish Highlands?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Scottish Highlands are:

  • Inverness Airport (INV): 467 vacation rentals
  • Wick Airport (WIC): 57 vacation rentals
  • Stornoway Airport (SYY): 55 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Scottish Highlands?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Scottish Highlands. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dunvegan Castle: 206 rentals
  • Portree Harbour: 234 rentals
  • Cairngorms National Park: 676 rentals
  • Inverness Castle: 499 rentals
  • Glen Coe Mountain Resort: 258 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Scottish Highlands listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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