Media Release: Top five Scottish getaway destinations

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THE top five getaway destinations in Scotland are revealed today.

Perthshire, Argyll, Sutherland, Wester Ross and Speyside come out tops for self-catering holidays and mini-breaks.

Cottages & Castles, one of Scotland’s pre-eminent holiday lettings companies, said today that the traditional areas for do it yourself holidays are proving increasingly attractive to a wide range of holidaymakers, from families to young couples and groups of friends.

Sue Bourne, manager of Cottages & Castles, said: “One of the growing trends we have experience throughout the year is the increase in popularity for short breaks with people waiting to assess weather conditions.

“Another interesting trend this year has been the level of demand for top quality self-catering properties offering luxury accommodation in some of the most stunning settings.

“The draw of Scotland, steeped in history, is evident with its numerous castles, beautiful scenery and fantastic outdoor activities for all ages to enjoy.”

With a self-catering holiday at home offering an affordable getaway the firm predicts a continuing increase in bookings for 2014, as the popularity of self-catering holidays in Scotland remains strong.

The number of short breaks taken in 2013 has increased by 35 per cent over the past two years and Cottages & Castles are the only self-catering agency able to offer an online booking and payment service for this market segment.

Examples of some of the holiday lets being rented in the most popular areas of Scotland are listed below:

Miss Ballantines Cottage,

Highland Perthshire

A singularly pretty stone built cottage on the banks of the River Tay, this cottage is simply delightful.

Newly-renovated with great style and comfort the cottage exudes quality. http://www.cottages-and-castles.co.uk/properties/Central-Scotland/Perthshire/Highland-Perthshire/Miss-Ballantines-Cottage*A1012/

Achnasmeorach House,

Loch Awe, Argyll

Achnasmeorach House enjoys an exceptional loch side position with its own private shoreline, jetty, boathouse and slipway. http://www.cottages-and-castles.co.uk/properties/Argyll-And-The-Isles/Argyll/Oban-And-Loch-Awe/Achnasmeorach–House*A978/

Balnakeil House,

Scourie, North West Sutherland

Set above Balnakeil Bay near Durness, Balnakeil House is an A listed nine=bedroom highland lodge which sleeps up to 17. Now fully restored it has been sympathetically refurbished to provide a unique and luxurious experience. http://www.cottages-and-castles.co.uk/properties/Highlands-And-Islands/Sutherland/Scourie-And-North-West-Sutherland/Balnakeil-House*P146/

Beul na Mara,

Gairloch Ullapool And Wester Ross

A couple of minutes from the village centre, and with the sea on your door step, this is the perfect setting and cottage for a very memorable holiday.http://www.cottages-and-castles.co.uk/properties/Highlands-And-Islands/Ross-And-Cromarty/Gairloch-Ullapool-And-Wester-Ross/Beul-na-Mara*N881/

Lower Burnside,

Aviemore Speyside And The Cairngorms

The house stands on the Ballindalloch Castle beat of the River Spey and has all the necessities that you would expect as well as a log burning stove and a three oven Aga. http://www.cottages-and-castles.co.uk/properties/Central-Highlands/Aviemore-Speyside-And-The-Cairngorms/Lower-Burnside*N831/


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About Cottages & Castles Ltd:

Cottages and Castles Ltd, established in 1983, is a specialist holiday lettings company with over 500 properties in their portfolio and is privileged to be the official letting agents for The National Trust of Scotland.

The company’s dedication and attention to detail has made them one of the largest self catering companies in Scotland offering an enviable range of holiday cottages exclusive large houses, holiday castles, Scottish mansions and country lodges.

Cottages & Castles is operated by CKD Galbraith, one of Scotland’s leading independent property consultancies with offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen.

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