When you book your log cabin holiday in Scotland, you’re opting for ancient castles, majestic surroundings, and a land rich with legend. No matter what your holiday intentions may be – adventure, relaxation, exploration, family fun, or satisfying an intrigue – the choices for holidaymakers are endless.
There’s so much going on in Scotland that it may be hard to choose exactly what you want to do when you step out of your log cabin for the day. While mapping out a plan may seem like a challenge, there truly is something for everyone.
Outdoors on your log cabin holiday in Scotland
Scotland is one of the best regions for outdoor enthusiasts, with a wide variety of ways to take in some fresh air and natural beauty. Travelers looking for wild nature will enjoy the open expanses of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, which is home to endless green forests, jagged mountains, and the largest freshwater lake in Britain. The park is the perfect choice for hikers, bikers, and walkers. Climbers and other high-adrenaline adventure-seekers will do well with a visit to Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most awe-inspiring regions, full of unbridled natural beauty. What’s more, both Glencoe and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park are easy to reach from Edinburgh and Glasgow, making them top destinations no matter where your log cabin is located.
Visitors who prefer to enjoy the outdoors in a more controlled setting will enjoy settings Crarae Garden and Mertoun Gardens, among others. Exotic flowers, bushes, and trees cover the quiet grounds of the Crarae Garden while the Mertoun Gardens feature lush green lawns, fruit trees, a walled garden, and a breathtaking arboretum.
If you want more than trekking and gardens from your log cabin holiday in Scotland, there’s plenty by way of culture and history. It’s easy to spend a day visiting ruins, churches, castles, and cathedrals that date back hundreds, even thousands of years.
Scotland – specifically Aberdeen – has more castles than anywhere else in the United Kingdom, so no matter how remote your log cabin may be, chances are you’re never too far from a castle worthy of a visit. The best place for visitors to find quick access to a variety of castles is Aberdeen and the surrounding shire, which is home to more than 300 castles.
For haunting ruins, visit Huntly and Mossat; Fyvie Castle offers a glimpse into what was once a vital stronghold; Balmoral Castle, Craigievar Castle, and Crathes Castle were home to royals and nobles, and feature portrait galleries, gardens, and public grounds. Visitors hungry for even more Scottish history should visit what’s left of the 13th century Balermino Abbey, the once grand St. Andrew’s Cathedral, and the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel.
For those in search of a little local color, Scotland’s events and festivals are vast, diverse, and always on. If you’re taking the family on their log cabin holiday in Scotland, the Ochils Festival is perfect for children: the festival features tours of the forests and rivers, musket-firing demonstrations, animal encounters, and Victorian life dress-up to name a few.
Those travelling with an appetite should visit the Loch Lomond Shores Farmer’s Market for fresh seafood and the Perth Farmer’s Market for locally grown produce. Gourmet foodies will love the Eat, Drink, Discover Scotland festival in Newbridge, while connoisseurs of a different sort will delight in the Drambusters Whisky Festival in Dumfries.
Literature lovers can take in a mix of Scottish and international writers at the Aye Write book festival, while fans of traditional Scottish music should head to the annual Celtic Connections festival – both events are in Glasgow.
There is so much to do and see in Scotland that one visit may not seem like enough. Don’t be too surprised if you find yourself planning your next log cabin holiday in Scotland well before you’ve finished the first. If you need somewhere to stay check out our lodges here