Scotland is a magical land of contrasts; from its busy cities of culture to its majestic and captivating highlands and islands. Whatever kind of person you are and whatever kind of holiday you want, from a short and frantic weekend break to a longer, more peaceful sojourn, Scotland has something for everyone.
For lovers of the countryside there is no better place on earth than Scotland’s vast unspoilt areas teeming with wildlife. See the magisterial ‘Monarch of the Glen’ roaming free. Loch Garten at Inverness-shire is an ancient pine forest where rare ospreys are protected whilst they raise their young and where members of the public can see them at certain times of the year.
You can observe dolphins, otters and seals from on-shore or from a boat and you can even go whale-watching aboard a Hebridean cruise. What better way to enjoy these wonderful treats than from your own Scotland log cabins where you can holiday amidst the glorious Scottish countryside?
West Scotland awaits
The 3 bedroomed Woodland Cabin is situated on Loch Awe, Argyll in the west of Scotland. At £75 per night and suitable for up to seven people this luxurious cabin is in a beautiful and peaceful setting in one of Scotland’s best fishing spots.
The area is popular with mountain bikers and you can hire bikes locally. There are plenty of cycle routes for less adventurous cyclists. This is a pet-friendly cabin so Fido can enjoy his holiday too as the area is known for its many lovely walks amongst outstanding scenery.
Nearby there is a pub for those who like to eat out or just relax with a cool beer plus a shop for any essentials you may have forgotten or for if you just want a daily newspaper during your holiday. This authentic log cabin boasts a wood-burning stove, perfect for those chillier evenings when you and your guests want nothing more than to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate – or a hot toddy, perhaps made with whisky bought from one of the many old distilleries still dotted around Scotland!
For those who can’t bear to be without internet access Wi-Fi is provided, along with satellite TV. In short, the very well equipped Woodland Cabin has everything one could possibly need for a perfect stay.
Scotland Log Cabins near to the beach
For holidaymakers who prefer to be in a slightly less secluded area there is always the Bennan Lodge set in the Barend Holiday Village in Dumfries and Galloway.
This Scandinavian style cabin, with 2 bedrooms, would be just right for a couple or small family looking to enjoy a holiday which includes exploring the countryside or wildlife watching from a private balcony, swimming in the on-site swimming pool before relaxing in the sauna.
Both of which are free of charge. Additionally you can chill on the nearby beach, which is only five minutes away; or take advantage of the many activities available such as cycling on one of the two close by forest biking trails, fishing or golf.
There is a local golf course within walking distance and the prestigious Dumfries and County Golf Club is also nearby. Having a small kitchen equipped with all mod-cons you can dine in style in the open plan lounge/dining room while you watch Sky sports on TV. Again, Wi-Fi is available for those who want to spend a bit of time surfing the net.
Exploring Scotland’s history
For history and culture buffs there are numerous castles and museums to visit all across Scotland, including Drumranrig Castle and Sweetheart Abbey close to the Barend Holiday Village. There is a multitude of ways to explore the romance and history of this ancient country from roaming the coastal trails to sampling a dram or two whilst watching some traditional Scottish country dancing.
Of course Scotland is renowned the world over for its abundance of seafood and it would be a shame not to sample the local wild salmon, oysters, trout or lobster.
Argyll itself, formerly the centre of the old kingdom of Dalriada, was where the early kings were crowned and in the surrounding areas you will find archaeological features like historic burial cairns and standing stones.
At nearby Inverary, on Loch Fyne, you can sit inside a restored courtroom attached to a 19th century prison, where you can listen enraptured to excerpts of genuine trials which took place during the 1820s with staff acting the parts of warders and inmates dressed in authentic period costume. You could top the day off with a visit to one of Scotland’s grandest stately houses; Inverary Castle.
Visiting the Islands
You couldn’t say you have truly experienced Scotland until you have visited at least one her islands; but which one? Islay, with its seven working distilleries or Bute, the ‘Jewel of the Clyde’ with its Victorian seafront promenade and pier; Mull and the dungeons of Duart Castle or the legend that is MacKinnon’s Cave; or the spectacularly beautiful Isle of Skye, where you can visit the Fairy Dell in the north of the island or the museum dedicated to Ring of Bright Water author Gavin Maxwell.
While you are in Scotland a visit to one of the many woollen mill outlet shops can see you bag a bargain locally made garment which will last for years, or look to take home your very own Scottish kilt!
From the Highland Games to the Edinburgh Fringe; Burns Night to Hogmanay, with so many excellent road, rail and air links, it has never been easier to enjoy your holiday from one of the many Scotland Log Cabins around the area.