Find the best place to stay — Scotland

Where to stay around Scotland?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 7,693 vacation rentals near Scotland. From 3,093 cottages to 2,709 apartments, 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: 1,689 vacation rentals
  • Glasgow: 639 vacation rentals
  • Inverness: 718 vacation rentals
  • Edinburgh Castle: 1,733 vacation rentals
  • Isle of Skye: 318 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: 1,689 rentals
  • Glasgow: 639 rentals
  • Inverness: 718 rentals
  • Isle of Skye: 318 rentals
  • Saint Andrews: 367 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): 1,709 vacation rentals
  • Edinburgh Waverly Station Airport (ZXE): 1,759 vacation rentals
  • Glasgow Airport (GLA): 595 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: 1,733 rentals
  • Inverness Castle: 366 rentals
  • Duns Castle: 386 rentals
  • Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel: 298 rentals
  • Glasgow Green: 549 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.