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Rent a Holiday Home and Discover the Beauties Of Scotland

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There is probably no country in the world that provides such an extraordinary variety of holiday destinations as Scotland.  If you are thinking of renting a holiday home in Scotland, your main problem will be deciding where to go.

Most people from south of the Border, when they think of Scotland, immediately think of the Highlands.  And of course, that’s where you can encounter some of the most sensational scenery in the world.  If you rent a loch-side cottage in late spring, you can imagine waking up in the morning to the sun glinting on the glorious crimsons, pinks and purples of the rhododendrons against the backdrop of the dark mountains sweeping down to the water, with no sound except the waves rippling on the little beach.  You will think you’re in heaven!

But of course there’s so much more to Scotland than the Highlands.  It’s just so incredibly varied for such a tiny country.  Have you thought of the quaint, pretty fishing villages on the East Coast, each with its own individual charms?  You can stay in a harbourside cottage looking straight out at the fishing boats and the smooth sandy beach.  If you fancy a golfing holiday, you can combine the charms of the East coast with the very special beauties of St Andrews, the “auld grey toon by the sea”.  Many think St Andrews, with its ancient grey university and quaint little streets running down to the gorgeous sandy beach with its rock pools, is one of the loveliest towns in the world.  And that’s without its legendary golf courses, including the renowned Old Course, one of the world’s greatest.  St Andrews and its neighbouring villages provide a wonderful choice of holiday properties of all types, but you still need to get in fast because there is a lot of competition, from golfers and non-golfers alike.

It may be fishing rather than golf that appeals to you, and Scotland is renowned for its fishing, especially salmon, trout and coarse angling.  You can take a holiday cottage close to a river or loch almost anywhere in the country.  Special places include the Tweed in the Borders and several rivers in Perthshire including the Tay, which combine unparalleled richness of fishing with extraordinary beautiful scenery.

In fact, whatever kind of holiday you fancy, you can find it in Scotland.  There is climbing in abundance in Highland, Grampian or Cairngorm – and skiing too at the right time of year.  Or if you are keen on abbeys, castles and ancient stately homes, there is a wonderful choice.  If you find a holiday cottage amidst the unique wild beauty of the Borders, for example near Melrose or Jedburgh, you have no less than four ancient abbeys within a short drive, as well as many enchanting old houses like Traquair House, all steeped in the special magical quality that only belongs to the Border country.

You may have hesitated about holidaying in Scotland because you may be afraid the weather won’t be very good.  Of course Scotland has its share of wet weather and nobody can guarantee what it will be like at any given time!  But many people who have stayed in Scotland will testify that they have had long periods of glorious sunny weather while the rest of the country has been wet and windy!  And the advantage of a holiday cottage, rather than an hotel or a B&B, is that there is always something to do.

If you’re new to Scotland, you have so many delights to discover – perhaps this is the year you will discover them.