The Most Beautiful Cottage Rentals in Scotland

Escape to one of Scotland’s charming cottage rentals
Escape to one of Scotland’s charming cottage rentals | © Damian Waters / Alamy Stock Photo
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21 October 2020

Scotland is often associated with romantic images of but and bens (the Scots term for a two-roomed cottage) in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but some heather and the odd pheasant. If you’re looking to take a well-deserved break and head for the hills, the country offers a variety of beautiful cottages for rent. So, draft the mandatory “gone fishing” note and head to one of these charming spots – or one of these incredible hotels in the Scottish Highlands if you’re looking for something more upmarket.

Croft 103

Eco-Lodge, Cottages
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Durness Croft | Courtesy Of Croft 103
Courtesy of Croft 103

The brainchild of Fiona and Robbie Mackay, Croft 103 is a sight for sore eyes, resembling a set from a Bond film, and offers the ultimate immersive cultural experience and stay. Bask in the glory of Scotland’s rugged landscape and natural beauty on the shores of Loch Eriboll near Durness in North West Sutherland. Although they don’t resemble the quintessential Scottish cottages of popular imagination, these eco-friendly buildings represent the crème de la crème of craftsmanship and contemporary design. The stunning fan-shaped Hill Cottage features a state-of-the-art entertainment system, and its outside bath, 7ft (2m) feather-topped bed, Anta tweed accents and wood-burning stove are simply magnificent. The Shore Cottage is equally impressive with its bold barrel-esque design, sensational views of the surrounding mountains and bespoke furnishings.

The Lodge at Glengorm Castle

Bed and Breakfast, Lodge, Cottages
4.9/5 (7 Reviews)
From $279 Per night per room
Just a stone’s throw away from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull sits Glengorm Castle, a 19th-century country estate that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Experience the awe-inspiring views for yourself by renting one of the few cottages, or stay in the castle bed and breakfast. Perhaps the most beautiful pick is the Lodge – a former post office for the estate – surrounded by rhododendrons and foxgloves. With one double bedroom and a twin room, this cosy cottage can happily fit four people, and although it has modern amenities, there is something spectacular about sitting around the wood-burning stove. It is no surprise that this critically acclaimed spot has been voted one of the best places to stay in Scotland.
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The Green House

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The Green House | Courtesy Of The Green House
Courtesy of The Green House
Those longing for a break from the relentless hum of city life should start packing and head for the Green House in Glenelg. This stylish hunter-green cabin, originally designed by revered Scottish architect Ian Begg, gazes over the water to the Isle of Skye. French fabric curtains complement the Spanish-esque stone floor tiles, timber bath chest, handmade four-poster bed and other furnishings. Absorb the majesty of nature from the Finnish wood-burning hot tub on the large timber deck and enter into a welcome trance.

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  • Little Court

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    Little Court is the kind of place that dreams are made of, where you can experience the fantasy of retreating to a cottage by the sea and leave all the unnecessary cares of the world behind. Blink and you may miss this beautiful little two-bedroom abode situated in North Berwick, a picturesque seaside suburb of Edinburgh. Its wonderfully whitewashed walls and adorable design accents make it a perfect getaway spot. Bask in the Scottish sun from the private courtyard graced with flowers, or read a book in the nautical- and nature-inspired bedroom. From nearby beaches to boats, hiking trails and shopping, this cottage is the full package.

    Lochside Knoydart

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    From the stunning setting by the enchanting Loch Nevis (“heaven” in Gaelic) to idyllic views, the Lochside Knoydart is the perfect spot to fall off the radar. The three bedrooms comfortably fit six people, and the two wood-burning stoves add that extra cosy feel. Swing by the Old Forge (the most remote pub in mainland Britain) and banter over a pint or two with the area’s residents. The nearby Knoydart Pottery and Tearoom is a prime pick to indulge in some home-baked goods, too.

    Blue Cabin by the Sea

    Cabin, Cottages
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    The Blue Cabin by the Sea is a magical retreat, with hardly a soul around – you’ll instantly fall in love with it. Owned by prominent architect Ben Tindall, the talent behind the Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, it’s no surprise that this treasure attracts many a literary lover and writer. From the perfectly picked miniature library with books of local lore and history to the many maps adorning the walls, zany green bedrooms fit for fairies and seaside accents, the Blue Cabin is a thousand leagues ahead of the rest. Ocean lovers can get lost touring the sea caves, rock pools, private harbour and smuggling tunnel.
    These recommendations were updated on October 21, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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