Scotland offers visitors so much more than heather, hills, and the Hebrides. A diverse and unique country, it bears its yoke to the English with increasing impatience, struggling to assert its independence. At face value Scotland contains some of the most beautiful parts of Britain: renting a holiday cottage in the Highlands can be an amazing way to experience Scotland at its very truest. A West Coast holiday cottage would allow you to admire the clear skies in the North-West, free of the light pollution of Englandís South, allow you to see the stars in a way that will make you feel like you really have left the country, and civilization, behind. The crisp air will wake you in the morning, and the sunsets at night will tempt you into staying out. The scenery is magnificent: glens, valleys, lochs, beaches, moors, and mountains all combine to ensure Scotlandís vibrant and tough beauty, infrequently broken up by the odd village or castle. Added to this the uncountable number of amazing walks and treks you can undertake whilst staying up there, and you would be foolish to miss out on the Scottish outdoors.
But for those of you who like your life with a little less exercise in it, Scotland can also cater for you! The proliferation of historical sites means that you will never be stuck for something to do for a day. Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Robert the Bruce, and Robert Burns all left their mark, and the Scots are always keen and proud to share their heritage. Of particular note are Eilean Donan Castle, to visit Rabbie Burnsí home in Dumfries would be the perfect day out from if you were to rent a cottage in the Borders, and Edinburgh Castle, if you are planning on staying during January try to make time for Burns Night (25th), one of the most celebrated nights in the Scottish calendar and a real experience not to be missed.
Although the countryside of Scotland obviously has much to offer Scotlandís cities are Northern hubs of culture and excitement. Glasgow has emerged recently as a modern and vibrant city, reinvigorated by massive investments and an influx of students, for those looking for an amazing night out Ė look no further. Conversely the culture and history of Glasgow is very interesting, with parts of Glasgow exhibiting some classic Scottish architecture. Nonetheless, if it is beautiful buildings you are after, Edinburgh is the place for you. This relatively small city packs much into its punch, containing some amazing museums, parks (climb to the top of St Arthurís seat in Holyrood Park and see the whole of Edinburgh laid out like patchwork), and culture. Self catering cottages in Grampian and Tayside would be perfect for the not to be missed annual Edinburgh Festival Ė a world famous event and one which transforms the city into a merry carnival. The shopping and eating in this city are also first class and a definite attraction for the tourists who flock to this spot.
Finally the shooting, fishing, and golfing of Scotland can never be underestimated. A holiday cottage in Perthshire is ideal as Scotland boasts some of the finest fishing and shooting in the world, and its golf sites are recognised internationally as some of the most diverse and beautiful.