Remote Holiday Destinations in Scotland
Want to know more about which parts of Scotland are best for remote cottage breaks? Scotland has got to be one of the UK’s best choices for remote breaks. This country offers a great choice of remote and far off destinations for those seeking solitude, natural beauty, and a break from the fast pace of the cities or towns.
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5 of Scotland's Best Areas for Remote Cottage Breaks
From secluded islands to remote Highland landscapes, some of the best remote holiday destinations in Scotland include:
1. The Isle of Skye
Known for a magical kind of light and a stunning landscape and seascape, Skye has it all. Located off Scotland’s west coast, Skye is truly remote (reached by bridge or ferry) and features rugged landscapes, dramatic high cliffs, hills, the Cuillin mountains and quaint fishing villages. If you want to get away from it all, Skye is a great place to get back to nature, discover deserted beaches, enchanting Fairy Pools, and to spot wildlife like Sea Eagles and deer, as well as visit castles and see the famous Old Man of Storr. Whether you want to enjoy a take it easy break, a hiking break, a walking holiday or the chance to enjoy wildlife watching, Skye has lots to offer for remote cottage breaks.
2. Cairngorms National Park
As Britain’s largest national park, the Cairngorms is made up of miles and miles of remote wilderness, glens, mountains, lochs, forests and is a stunning landscape. For holidaymakers who enjoy exploring the great outdoors and activities such as walking, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking, the Cairngorms could be an excellent choice. Keen wildlife watchers should love it too as the area is known for wild cats, red deer and golden eagles. Located on Scotland’s mainland, you can usually drive to this part of Scotland without the need for ferry trips or plane journeys, making it more accessible than some other remote parts of Scotland. Home to mountains, glens, rivers, and forests, it's an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or simply revel in the tranquillity of nature.
3. Orkney Islands
Located just off the coast of the northern most part of the Scottish Highlands, the Orkney islands are one of Scotland’s most remote holiday destinations and can be reached by plane or by ferry.
Visit Orkney and discover Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, quaint fishing villages and a wealth of wildlife including seals, orcas and seabirds, Orkney is an ideal get away from it all holiday destination and the islands' isolation adds to their appeal, making this a great place to escape.
4. The Outer Hebrides
If you want to discover a truly far off and unspoilt part of Scotland, then the outer Hebrides (also known as the Western Isles) have to be one of the very best choices. A number of islands make up the Outer Hebrides including Lewis & Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, Barra and South Uist. Some holidaymakers like to island hop and explore all on a break whereas others like to focus on one island.
If you want to discover clear waters, pristine white sandy beaches, stunning views and a wealth of wildlife and unspoilt scenery, a break in the Outer Hebrides could be the ideal choice. Whether you want to take it easy, enjoy wildlife watching, watersports or discover the heritage and culture of the Outer Hebrides, this is a stunning part of Scotland to discover on a cottage break.
Located further north to Orkney, the Shetland islands too offer an isolated far off destination, where you can enjoy getting back to nature, wildlife watching and exploring the great outdoors. Discover pristine beaches, high cliffs, a rugged coastline, as well as stunning wildlife like puffins, seals and orcas, and fascinating Viking related heritage sites. The Shetland islands are so unique and stunning in fact that they have been designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
We hope we’ve inspired you with our guide to Scotland’s best remote destinations and that you find the perfect place to relax, unwind, reconnect with nature and escape for some solitude on holiday in Scotland.