Destination guide

Mystical mountains and historic cities in Scotland

Whether you want a cultural city break, or remote country walks, Scotland is full of vacation possibilities for all sorts of travelers. Pick Scotland vacation rentals such as city-center apartments, and you can explore historic Edinburgh or artistic Glasgow, both full of museums, galleries and world-class restaurants. Enjoy the Scottish countryside by planning a mountain hike, or simply visit one of Scotland's remote islands to enjoy a traditional way of life, with abundant natural beauty manifested by the lakes, hills and peaceful beaches.

Things to do

Visit Edinburgh Castle

As you wander around Edinburgh, the castle is almost always in sight, sitting atop a hill and seemingly watching over the city. Edinburgh Castle has architecture that dates back to the 12th century, with impressive turrets and towers giving it an imposing look. Enjoy views across Edinburgh from outside the castle, before stepping inside to see beautifully preserved rooms such as the Grand Hall, with its oversized paintings and shiny suits of armor. Take a guided tour and you'll be able to access areas from the servants' quarters to the makeshift jails, where prisoners of war were kept.

Activities

Spot the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland's iconic lake

Surrounded by rolling green hills, Loch Ness is a vast, serene lake where the famous monster is said to live, just under the murky waters. Take a guided boat tour to appreciate some of the natural beauty of the area, and spot sights such as the ruins of Urquhart Castle which overlook the lake. Close to Loch Ness, there are plenty of traditional Highland villages, where you'll find Scotland vacation rentals and endless hiking trails. Challenge yourself with a hike up Meall Fuar-mhonaidh, a hill walk that takes about 7 hours, rewarding you with panoramic lake views.

Weather

Chilly winters and short summers in Scotland

When you think of Scottish weather, you may assume it's always cold and wet, but Scotland has 4 distinct seasons. True, the winters can be long, but Scotland gets up to 20 days of snow in the cities, and up to 100 days in the Highlands, which has made it an emerging ski destination. March to May brings milder weather, although you'll need waterproofs if you are enjoying outdoor activities. The most popular time of year to book Scotland vacation rentals is between June and August, with the high altitude meaning long sunny days, with a comfortable heat.

Natural features

Lush green hills and rocky beaches in Scotland

Scotland has a mountainous landscape, including the snow-tipped peaks of Ben Nevis, and is known for its rolling green hills and large lakes. Just off the coast are 1000s of islands – some are only inhabited by wildlife, such as Handa Island, home to around 100,000 seabirds in the summer. Scotland also has an impressive coastline, with sandy beaches such as Saltcoats Beach in North Ayrshire, where 100s of meters of shallow water make it ideal for swimming. Or visit Sandwood Bay beach to the northwest, which is so remote that you'll often enjoy the slightly pink sands completely alone.

Can I find a vacation rental around Scotland?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 10,302 vacation rentals near Scotland. From 2,935 Cabins to 2,935 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Scotland for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Scotland?

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

  • Edinburgh: 1,914 vacation rentals
  • Glasgow: 473 vacation rentals
  • Isle of Skye: 381 vacation rentals
  • Inverness: 975 vacation rentals
  • St Andrews: 591 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Scotland! 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 Scotland?

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 Scotland:

  • Edinburgh: 1,914 rentals
  • Glasgow: 473 rentals
  • Isle of Skye: 381 rentals
  • Inverness: 975 rentals
  • St Andrews: 591 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 Scotland?

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

  • Edinburgh Airport (EDI): 2,210 vacation rentals
  • Glasgow Airport (GLA): 653 vacation rentals
  • Dyce Airport (ABZ): 155 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 Scotland?

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

  • Edinburgh Castle: 2,003 rentals
  • Dunvegan Castle: 207 rentals
  • Glasgow (ZGG-Glasgow Central Train Station): 615 rentals
  • Portree Harbour: 239 rentals
  • Oban Ferry Terminal: 358 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Scotland 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.

Explore destinations around Scotland

Edinburgh
1,914 vacation rentals
Glasgow
473 vacation rentals
Isle of Skye
381 vacation rentals
Inverness
975 vacation rentals
St Andrews
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Ft William
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Portree
250 vacation rentals
Oban
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Glencoe
149 vacation rentals
Stirling
197 vacation rentals
Aberdeen
138 vacation rentals
Ft Augustus
326 vacation rentals
Perth
515 vacation rentals
Pitlochry
405 vacation rentals
North Berwick
260 vacation rentals
Dundee
274 vacation rentals
Aviemore
358 vacation rentals
Dornoch
156 vacation rentals
Ayr
212 vacation rentals
Isle of Arran
96 vacation rentals