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To ask for recommendations for a holiday cottage in Scotland?

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Mrsstarlord Tue 30-Dec-14 17:25:54

After yet another Christmas where I have catered for everyone else who just turns up and troughs and then soda off leaving me to clean up I want to book a holiday cottage just for the 4 of us and the dog next year. AIBU to ask for recommendations on here?

Mrsstarlord Tue 30-Dec-14 17:26:13

Soda? Sod!

HoHoGoveUckYourself Tue 30-Dec-14 17:28:43

Where abouts do you want to go? How remote do you want to be?

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Tue 30-Dec-14 17:29:21


AlpacaYourThings Tue 30-Dec-14 17:29:51

Yes, YABU.

Mrsstarlord Tue 30-Dec-14 17:32:34

Don't know Scotland at all so any recommendations, need to be able to get there without a 4wd and DH would like wifi but other than that I don't mind. Out of interest why do you think IABU? Using this board or going away for Christmas?

Chocolateteacake Tue 30-Dec-14 17:34:10

Anywhere in particular?

FlowerFairy2014 Tue 30-Dec-14 17:34:24

One of these two if you like remote. Summer is much better though , warmer.

Walkingonsunshine00 Tue 30-Dec-14 17:34:31

If your looking in the highlands strathpeffer is beautiful

HedgehogAtHome Tue 30-Dec-14 17:34:53

Ae and Arran are lovely. smile

HoHoGoveUckYourself Tue 30-Dec-14 17:35:56

We went to the Isle of Whithorn (not an island) in Dumfries and Galloway. There are loads of holiday cottages on the harbour front and an inn and a shop. No 4WD necessary. I have to say though that I don't know what it is like in winter as we went in late summer.

Mrsstarlord Tue 30-Dec-14 17:36:12

Thank you, cooking tea at the moment but will look later (am not ignoring your kind advice) fsmile

Fabulous46 Tue 30-Dec-14 17:37:33

It depends where you want to go in Scotland. We have 3 holiday cottages near the farm but most people tend to book from year to year. Perhaps a lodge on a hotel complex would be better? Crieff hydro and Forest Hills at Aberfoyle both do self catering lodges but you can use the hotel facilities. Both take dogs. Forest holidays are also good and most lodges come with an outdoor hot tubs.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Tue 30-Dec-14 17:38:40

Id recommend Newtonmore and the surrounding villages. Very easily accessible, lovely highstreet and good forest walks. Short drive to the Highland Wildlife park, Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountains (great Ferucular (sp?) up the mountain). good lakes around too.

ItsAllKickingOffPru Tue 30-Dec-14 17:38:48

Grace Holiday Cottages

ScrambledeggLDCcakeBOAK Tue 30-Dec-14 18:01:08

Hi everyone if you could add wether you need a car for any of these I'd be very gratefull blush

Mum grandmother and I want to go away but we don't drive

googoodolly Tue 30-Dec-14 18:07:08

We stayed in a lovely house near Ben Nevis/Fort William a few years ago. Huge garden (with chickens!), outdoor hot-tub, sleeps eight people. It's remote and you definitely need a car (and be a confident driver, the direct road to the house is narrow and could be lethal in ice), but it's stunning and has wonderful views.

grovel Tue 30-Dec-14 18:11:17

The holiday house at Spottes Castle (Dumfries and Galloway). A bit large for your needs but lovely.

grovel Tue 30-Dec-14 18:12:01

And you are not BU.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Tue 30-Dec-14 18:12:23

Scrambled - for the areas Iv suggested, its not the "getting there" that a car would be needed but the goibg places once there. There is a train station ij Newtonmore and Aviemore, but not much in the way of public transport

FantasticMrsFoxx Tue 30-Dec-14 18:18:36

YANBU but is self catering over Christmas, cooking in someone else's kitchen with strange pans / hob / oven going to be any less stressful / annoying? You don't want a holiday cottage, you need a spa hotel!!

bigbluestars Tue 30-Dec-14 18:24:12

Sounds idyllic but reality may be a little different. Winter can be very harsh, power supplies can be affected by storms, roads inaccessable. Cottages can be damp and freezing in Very dark too, so unless you leave to go for a walk before 2.30pm it will be dark when you get back.
Typical weather is 2 degrees and horizontal rain.

I would prefer a hotel.

ScrambledeggLDCcakeBOAK Tue 30-Dec-14 18:30:09



that's the sort of information that is hugely helpful! as there are some mobility issues and things that need to be catered for.

Puffykins Tue 30-Dec-14 18:30:12

Bear in mind that the further north you go the fewer hours of daylight you will have..... I was in Dumfries and Galloway just before Christmas and it wasn't light until nearly 9am, and got dark again shortly after lunch. And it rained, a LOT. It made entertaining the DCs (2&4) somewhat challenging.

JennyBlueWren Tue 30-Dec-14 18:32:24

No specific cottages to recommend but for Scrambledegg:
Aviemore itself is accessible by train -change at Inverness. Don't know what the bus service is like in winter as we've only been there in the summer (when it is very good) but if you are happy to walk then there is a lot you can reach.
If you fancy the islands then they are very reachable without a car but the buses tend to be rubbish outside of the summer (we've been to Orkney in October and it's great if you take bikes but not otherwise).

Depending on where you're travelling from and how many changes you mind you can reach a lot of Scotland very easily. The main thing to watch is whether where you stay is on a bus route or within walking distance from train station.

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