Holidays in Scotland and special places to stay by Sawday's

Dig a little deeper into Scotland and you’ll find a place far more diverse than Hogmanay, hiking and kilted men. The wilderness ranges from white beaches to high crags, there’s fabulous food beyond the fryer and the cultural scene goes deeper and wider than Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe. 

We find, inspect and select places that will put you in touch with everything that a holiday in Scotland has to offer. There are arty family homes in Glasgow’s bustling West End, lochside hotels in the Trossachs National Park and modern Scottish cottages on remote, beautiful Skye. 

Our collection brings you hotels, B&Bs and holiday cottages in Scotland that give you the chance to experience everything from fresh scallops in the distant Hebrides, to historic castles in the borders and the best haunts in vibrant cities.

Places to stay on holiday in Scotland

Choose from cosy self-catering cottages overlooking Skye’s beautiful coastline, quaint bed and breakfasts in the mountains,
smart hotels in the Outer Hebrides, and inns with lots of charm and lovely log fires.

Our favourite collections for holidays in Scotland

Find your perfect holiday in Scotland. Choose to bring your dog for an outdoorsy weekend away, head to one of the remote islands for some peace and quiet, or come for a romantic getaway with your loved one.

Why we love Scotland

  • Going from the busy streets of Glasgow to the tranquillity of the Isle of Bute in just a couple of hours
  • Loch Ness and Ben Nevis might grab the headlines, but there are over 30,000 lochs and lochans, as well as 282 munros, across the country to be visited
  • Exploring the unique flavours of the nation’s world-famous whisky, from Speyside and Highland to Islay and Lowlands
  • The eclectic choice of places to stay, from grand estates with panelled drawing rooms to smoky bothies in the woods.

Great things to do in Scotland

  • Turn up in August and see great comedy, theatre, dance, opera and film at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • Tick off a section of the West Highland Way, a 96-mile footpath from Milngavie to Fort William, or take on one of Scotland’s huge hiking trails – the Cape Wrath up the west coast, or the John o’ Groats trail up the east
  • Visit the breathtakingly beautiful Isle of Skye, or one of hundreds of other islands off either coast
  • Travel around the country by train, enjoying the stunning coastal approach to Edinburgh as you head north or the scenic five-hour Glasgow to Mallaig route that passes Loch Lomond.

Where to stay on holiday in Scotland

This wild and rugged area is known for incredible mountainous landscape, such as the Cairngorms and the Highlands,
impressive blue coastlines, rich history, delicious local whiskey, and a great community culture.

More Scotland inspiration

Travelling through the Scottish Highlands is stunning – large mountains rise above winding roads and vast green and brown landscape. Come and explore a region of thriving culture, complex history, friendly locals and seafood served just as it should be.

Head to one of our favourite mountain lakes for a dose of nature. Whether you’ve hiked for miles or just strolled over from your hotel, fresh air and still water make a perfect pairing for an adventure.

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