Looking for ideas for family holidays in Scotland? Thinking about where to go during the October break? Why not make your next family holiday a self-catering holiday? Self-catering gives you great value for money, as well as the freedom to do your own thing in your own time. Mealtimes don't have to be restrictive or expensive if you stay in a family holiday cottage, and you can cater for specialist diets. You can even take the four-legged members of the family with you - just search for pet friendly accommodation.
Give the family an authentic experience of Scotland whilst spending time together in home-from-home holiday accommodation. Stay on a working farm, get active in the outdoors, learn about local history and wildlife... whatever family holiday you're looking for you can find it right on the doorstep of Family Cottages in Scotland. Here are just a few ideas.
1. Highlands & Skye
Experience the Highland way of life and the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands and Skye.
Stay on a working family farm near the Capital of the Highlands, at Easter Dalziel Holiday Cottages - also an ideal base for exploring local attractions around Inverness, such as Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield, and for day trips further into the Highlands.
For spectacular Highland scenery, Tomich Holiday Cottages & Chalets is centrally located near the enchanting Loch Ness and only 2 miles from the Glen Affric NNR. After a day of Nessie spotting, bike riding or walking in beautiful Glen Affric, you can have a swim in the heated swimming pool.
Or take your family on a trip over the sea to Skye, and explore the stunning island from the mountains to the coast. Edinbane Self Catering Cottages is a great base in North Skye - 20 minutes from the main town of Portree and an hour from the Skye bridge.
2. Aberdeen, Grampian & Moray
To experience what Aberdeenshire has to offer, Arbuthnott Holiday Cottages is ideally located in scenic countryside, only 25 minutes south of Aberdeen city. Learn about the heritage of the area at the adjacent Grassic Gibbon Centre, visit the ruined fortress of Dunnottar Castle, or relax in your enclosed garden, with a children's play area to keep the little ones entertained.
These self-catering properties are ideal for exploring the historic towns of St Andrews and Dunfermline, in the Kingdom of Fife.
Woodland Holidays, in the small picturesque village of Kincaple, is only a few minutes' drive west of the medieval town of St Andrews. Perfect for walking, cycling and sightseeing in the local area.
Choose between self-catering cabins and lodges at Yellowscott Country Park Self Catering - and for a truly relaxing family holiday why not stay in a lodge with your own private outdoor hot tub and verandah? With the forest and lake nearby, it's a tranquil setting and within easy access of some key attractions.
4. Perthshire, Dundee & Angus
What better way to really get to know Perthshire, Dundee & Angus than from your home-from-home base in a self-catering cottage?
Modernised estate cottages in secluded settings, Dunalastair Holiday Houses are perfect for exploring scenic Perthshire. Relax on the Dunalastair Estate, cosy up by your log fire or enjoy local outdoor activities and sightseeing. Or spend time learning something new - both trout fishing and tennis are free.
Enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside at Cloag Farm Holiday Cottages, near Perth. Ideally positioned for visiting the historic sites and castles around Perthshire, these family-run farm holiday cottages will give the children a real taste of country life.
For family holiday ideas in Edinburgh, Argyll, Dumfries and the Scottish Borders, don't miss Fantastic Family Holidays in Scotland: Part 2.
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