Cottage Vacations in Scotland
Scotland is a small country and it is quite easy to base oneself in a place of one’s choice and see the rest of the country by making day trips. A popular way of doing this is to rent a cottage in a rural area, small town or village in Scotland for the duration of one’s stay. A major advantage of a cottage vacation in Scotland is the freedom of movement and activity that goes with it.
You can explore the surroundings at leisure and simply hang around your vacation cottage if you do not feel like going around the country. It is a great way to meet locals and learn what life in Scotland is all about .This rarely happens when you stay in a hotel or elsewhere where most of the people you interact with are tourists too.
There are several agencies who can locate a cottage that will meet your needs. The cottages are usually well maintained and the owner or key-holder is usually near by if you need any help or advice. A local guide to local places and events of interest is usually kept in your cottage. This is an excellent way to imbibe the local history of this wonderful country and live in a style you may have never experienced before.
The usual practice is book for a week or multiples thereof. Most weekly bookings run from one Saturday to the next. Sometimes you can rent properties for just a week-end or a few days mid-week too. Usually payments are taken in advance and details of how to find your cottage, and where to collect your keys on arrival sent to you. One added advantage is that pets are welcome too.
Part of the charm of a cottage vacation in Scotland is that many of the cottages are a few hundred years old and have a lot of character and charm. They may not be equipped with modern damp proofing and cavity insulation so be prepared for a different experience in winter. Hire a car and feast on the natural and historic wonders of Scotland or just potter around in your cottage garden. Life can be very beautiful!