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Welcome to Cottages & Castles and our fabulous selection of self-catering properties across Scotland. From the epic wilds of the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands to the magic and mystery of the Scottish Islands – with so many beautiful places to visit and things to experience, a break to Scotland should not be missed. Our fantastic Scotland holiday cottages and castles will ensure a truly memorable getaway; make the most of heather-clad landscape, mirrored lochs or the vibrancy of city life.

Amongst our properties you’ll find something to suit every whim. Experience the peaceful tranquillity of a dog-friendly cottage for two in the countryside, celebrate a special occasion in a resplendent castle large enough for the entire clan, or indulge in homes where only the best will do: wallow in a hot tub, relax on a balcony or admire a view spectacular enough to take your breath away. Chic conversions and timeless classics abound – find a property perfect for you.

Take some time to discover our extensive collection of fantastic Scotland cottages and start planning your next adventure in Scotland.

Things to do in Scotland

Paw-friendly beaches in Scotland

Scotland is simply a haven for some stunning beaches. With the 700 plus islands, as well as the mainland coastline, there are over 10,000 miles of beautiful beaches to choose from which include some hidden and secret coves where you and your four-legged friend can run for miles and splash in the water in relative peace and quiet.

There is nothing better than feeling the sand between your toes and paws, but when you are in a new location, it can sometimes be tricky to find those sandy spots which welcome four-legged visitors as well as just the two-legged variety. So take some time to peruse our guide to find the best dog-friendly coastal destinations where you can roam free with your four-pawed pal.

From locations in the North of Scotland such as Balnakeil Beach through the Highlands and Scottish islands, you'll be spoilt for choice. Discover the secret beach in Kintyre or visit Cramond Beach, just a short trip from the vibrant city of Edinburgh. Wherever you are, you're sure to discover the ideal place for you and your dog to enjoy the coastline of Scotland.

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Paw-friendly beaches in Scotland

The Highland Games

When you think of Scottish culture, undoubtedly up there amongst their amazing hospitality and the food and drink, you can't help but conjure images of the renowned Highland Games and all of the things commonly associated with them: shows of sheer brute strength; quintessentially Scottish sports such as tossing the caber, as well as all of the centuries-old traditions which accompany all the sporting events.

The Highland Games have been around for hundreds of years, but these events taking places across the nation from May to September are just as popular now as they have always been. They create a huge sense of community and bring people together in celebration of a truly Scottish heritage in some beautiful locations, so it's no wonder that they are still a huge draw.

And it's not all about simply celebrating the sport: many involve parades, competitions, music and dancing too. If you want to find out more, take a look at our ultimate guide to the Highland Games.

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The Highland Games

Scotland's customs and traditions

Welcome to our guide on some of the most unique customs and traditions which make Scotland, well, Scotland. Whether you're considering spiriting a loved one away to one of the most romantic villages in the UK, Gretna Green, for a spontaneous wedding, you're considering seeing in the New Year like a true Scot in a Hogmanay celebration, you fancy seeing if you can spot Nessie amongst the depths of Loch Ness, or you're simply curious as to what the fine art of haggis hurling entails, then we suggest you take a look.

Scotland is a fine country of tradition, and many customs which date back centuries have become synonymous with this wild and vibrant land. However, some of us may not be aware of the origins or meaning behind them, despite knowing or their existence. From the thrill of the Highland Games and the patriotic national dress, to romantic, musical and mysterious traditions, there are so many fantastic reasons to explore this beautiful country.  

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Scotland's customs and traditions

Scottish movie locations

With the sheer drama and poetry of Scotland's landscape, from vibrant cities to rugged mountains, sweeping coastline to desolate moor, it's hardly surprising that some Scottish locales have become the inspiration for many filmmakers, who have immortalised these places forever in cinema.

If you're a film buff, or simply fascinated to see the reality of some of these places, why not take a look at our guide to some of the best Scottish movie locations that you can visit. You don't have to leave from platform nine and three-quarters to ride the railway line which spirited Harry Potter and his magical friends to Hogwarts and nor do you have to be a super spy to visit the castle which played a starring role in a Bond film.

In fact, Scotland is peppered with moors, valleys, villages, railways and castles which have all appeared through the decades on the silver screen. And,  because of their sheer beauty or drama have become more than simply the backdrop to many films which will stand the test of time. They have become iconic destinations in their own right. Read our guide and decide for yourself which of these locations will make it onto your list of must-see places.

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Scottish movie locations
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