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Cross Country Skiing in Scotland     “Cross-country skiing is much easier than is often thought…….”

Discounted winter offers in a 17th century stone cottage just five minutes from romantic Glamis castle in Scotland.  The cottage sleeps five people (is pet friendly so you can take your dog) and is the perfect base for a cross country skiing holiday away from the madding crowd!

Read more at: http://www.scotland-holiday-cottage.com/holiday/cross-country-skiing.htm 

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The Barn at Scammadale Farm, Nr Oban, Argyll

argyllshire holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 3 (1 kingsized, 1 twin, 1 twin/double). Sleeps: 6. Oban 13 miles. Sorry, no pets. Short breaks. Cat 3 for Disabled.

Discount of £100 per week for weekly lets in January 2011


Compass Cottage, West Wemyss, Fife

self-catering Wemyss

Bedrooms: 2 (either super kings or singles). Sleeps: 4. Kirkcaldy 4 miles. Short breaks welcome. Sorry, no pets.

£125 discount for weekly bookings over the festive period; £75 discount rest of December 2010, January 2011.
self-catering in Fife


Tomnagaske Cottage, Comrie, Perthshire

self-catering perthshire

Bedrooms: 2 (1 double, 1 double/twin). Sleeps: 4. Comrie. Short breaks available. Sorry, no pets.

Discount of £150 for weekly bookings for Dec 2010 and Jan 2011


Claypotts, Glenisla, Perthshire, Scotland

holiday house Perthshire

Bedrooms: 3 – 1 Kingsize, 2 twin. Bathrooms: 3, 1 ensuite. Sleeps 2-6. Non smoking. Short breaks and pets welcome. 30 minutes from Pitlochry.

£100 off weekly bookings December, January, February and March (Claypotts Cottage)

traditional cottage to hire


Brewlands Cottage, Glenisla, Perthshire

self-catering cottages perthshire

Bedrooms: 3 – 1 kingsize ensuite, 2 twin. bathrooms 2. Sleeps 2-6. Non smoking. North of Blairgowrie. Short breaks and pets welcome.

£100 off weekly bookings December, January, February and March (Brewlands Cottage)


Wester Brewlands, Glenisla, Perthshire
Glenisla holiday house

Bedrooms 8 – 3 double, 4 twins, 1 single. Bathrooms 6 – 5 ensuite. Sleeps 14. Self-catered, partially or fully catered. No smoking. Short breaks welcome. No pets. In the Highlands 1½ hours from Edinburgh.

£200 off weekly bookings December, January, February and March. (Wester Brewlands)

Holiday house Perthshire


Tralee Beach House, Oban, Argyll

holiday cottage for 2

Bedrooms: 3/4 (1 kingsized double, 2 twin, 1 futon sofa bed). Sleeps: 8. Oban. No pets. Short breaks in the low season.

£100 per week discount for full week booking during December, January and February.


Glencorse, Drumbeg, near Lochinver, Sutherland

self-catering assynt

Bedrooms: 4 – 3 double, 1 twin. Sleeps: 8. Lochinver. Short breaks Oct-Mar. Pets welcome.

£200 late availability discount if your booking is made within 28 days of arrival date


Balgonar, Saline, Fife

self-catering Fife

Bedrooms: 3 (1 kingsized double, 1 twin, 1 small double. Sleeps: 5-6. Dollar / Dunfermline. Short breaks. Pets by arrangement.

30% discount for Dec, Jan, Feb.

self-catering cottage Dunfermline


The Bothy at Balgonar, Saline, Fife

self-catering Angus

Bedrooms: apartment style with 1 kingsized bed. Sleeps: 2. Saline. Short breaks welcome. No pets.

30% discount for Dec, Jan, Feb.

self-catering cottage to rent


Blaemuir, Nr Buckie, Moray Firth

honeymoon holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 1 double. Sleeps: 2 . Moray
Firth. Small dog welcome.

Discounted offer – 22nd jan 2011 until 26th march fixed price £200 per week!

 


Banlicken, Imacher, Isle of Arran

holiday cottages Arran

Bedrooms: 5. Main farmhouse; 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk room, 1 small single. Byre; 1 large family bedroom (double bed, bunk beds and single bed)
Sleeps: 12. Short breaks low season only. Pets by arrangement.

£200 discount for weekly booking for Christmas 2010 and all January 2011


Gracie’s Cottage, Loch Kishorn, Wester Ross, Highlands

romantic holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 2 – 1 double, 1 twin. Sleeps: 4. Lochcarron
– 6 miles. No Pets.

New Year week commencing 28th December now reduced by 25% and all weeks in
January, February and March 2011 also reduced by 25%!

book cottage in Highlands


Seaview Holiday Cottage, Glenelg, Ross-shire, Scotland

5 star holiday house

Bedrooms: 4 – 4 doubles, one with additional bunks. Sleeps: 10. Kyle of Lochalsh 20 miles. Pets welcome.

large cottages for rent

20% discount for weekly bookings during January, February and March 2011


Keith Marischal Tower, Humbie, East Lothian

self-catering cottage East Lothian

Bedrooms 5: 1 double, 2 twin, 2 single. Sleeps: 8. Haddington 5 miles.  Short breaks welcome.

£100 discount for weekly bookings during December and £200 off January booking 2011

self-catering East Lothian


Creagmhor, Glenelg, Kyle of Lochalsh

Scottish country cottage

Bedrooms: 3 (1 double, 2 twins). Sleeps: 6. Glenelg. Pets welcome. Short breaks available

25% off for December, January, February & March bookings


Fisherman’s Cottage, North Kessock, Inverness-shire

seaside holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 2 – 1 double, 1 twin. Sleeps: 4. Inverness airport – 15 mins. No Pets.

£75 discount any week Jan 2011 till March 2011.

luxury holiday cottage


Country Cottage, Munlochy, Black Isle, Ross-shire

holiday cottage black isle

Bedrooms: 3 (1 double, 2 twin). Sleeps: 6. Inverness – 10 mins. Sorry, no pets. Short breaks available.

£75 discount any week Jan 2011 till March 2011.


Tigh Mo Mhiann, Roybridge, Fort William, West Highlands

self-catering Eilean Donan

Bedrooms: 2 – 1 double, 1 bunks, 1 sofa bed. Sleeps: 4 + 2. Fort William. Short breaks available. Sorry, no pets.

£80 off per week from 2 January to 19 Feb.


Carsebuie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

large holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 4 – 1 double, 2 twins (one is zip and link so can be 6ft double), 1 superking or twin. Sleeps 8/10. Newton Stewart. Pets welcome by arrangement. Short breaks.

15% discount on all January 2011 bookings at Carsebuie

Earlybird bookings for Summer 2011 save 10% on all bookings for stays between May and September 2011 if booked before 30 January 2011. Only £250 booking deposit required.

Romantic breaks: All couples staying at Carsebuie during low season save 20% off our standard rate.

Book a romantic break for stays of 3 nights or more between Jan and May and receive a bottle of champagne with our compliments.

All bookings by UK residents covered by our cancellation insurance free of charge.


Pavilion Cottage, Galloway House Estate, Garlieston, Dumfries and Galloway

self-catering vacation

Bedrooms: 4 – 1 double, 2 singles, 1 single with pull-out. Sleeps: 5/8. Wigtown. Pets welcome. Short breaks available.

15% discount on all January 2011 bookings at Pavilion Cottage

Romantic break offers: Book a romantic break for stays of 3 nights or more between Jan and May and receive a bottle of champagne with our compliments.


Old Balwill Cottage, Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire

holiday cottage with broadband

Bedrooms: 3 – 2 kingsized doubles, 1 twin. Sleeps: 6. Aberfoyle. Dogs and horses by prior arrangement. Short breaks.

£100 discount for weekly bookings over the festive period.

self-catering Trossachs


Golf Cottage, Elie, Fife

self-catering holiday cottage Elie

Bedrooms: 4. Sleeps: 8. Earlsferry. Elie. Short breaks. Pets welcome.

£120.00 discount on weekly bookings for the low season (December, January and some of February) – also short breaks negotiable.
self-catering cottage Elie


Ard Daraich Garden Studio, Fort William, Highland

eco-friendly cottage

Bedrooms: 1 open plan king-sized. Sleeps: 2. Fort William. Pets by special arrangement. Winter short breaks.

Late availability three Night Short Break between 7 and 17 December for £150.

4 day short break in April 9/10/11/12 for £300.


Parth Galen, Plockton, Ross shire

rent a sutherland cottage

Bedrooms: 4 – 3 doubles, 1 twin. Sleeps: 8. Plockton 2 miles. Pets welcome.

25% discount for weekly breaks and weekend breaks January-February March 2011.


Glenelg holiday cottage, West coast Scotland

holiday cottage in the highlands

Bedrooms: 3 – 1 twin, 1 double, 1 triple. Sleeps: 7/9. Kyle of Lochalsh 20 miles. Pets welcome.

25% discount for weekly breaks and weekend breaks January-February March 2011.

self-catering cottage with open fire


Clan Cottages, Kilmore, By Oban, Argyll

thatched holiday cottages

5 cottages. Bedrooms: 1-3. Sleeps: 2-6. Oban 4 miles. No pets. Disabled access and shower room in one cottage. Short breaks welcome.

£100 discount for weekly bookings during December 2010 and Jan & Feb 2011

Discounts also on short breaks


Sithean, Taynuilt, Argyll

Argyll holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 3 (1 family, 1 double, 1 bunk room). Sleeps: 8 or 6+2. Oban 12 miles. Pets welcome. Short breaks. Cat 2 for disabled.

Christmas week late availability, reduced from £900 t0 £650.


Woodlands, Glenshiel, Highlands

idyllic holiday cottage

Bedrooms: 5. Sleeps: 10/12. Glenshiel.

£100 discount on any week during December 2010 and January 2011 and £50 discount for any week during February and March.2011.


Mullach Dubh, Craobh Haven, by Lochgilphead

Argyll holiday cottages

Bedrooms: 2 (1 double, 1 twin/double, 1 sofabed). Sleeps – 6. Nr Oban. No Pets. Short breaks welcome. STB 4****.

Low Season is January to March (inc) and Nov and Dec (up to Xmas/New Year fortnight)

Mid is April to June (inc) September and October

£100 discount on all mid and low season weeks

NO DISCOUNT during High Season – July August Xmas and New Year


Tigh Na Cladiach, Kenmore, Nr Aberfeldy

self-catering in Perthshire

Bedrooms: 4 (2 doubles, 2 twins) Sleeps: 8. Aberfeldy 6 miles. Short breaks available. Pets considered.

£100 per week discount for all bookings betweek 7th dec – 30th Jan 2011


Kirkdale Bank, Kirkdale Estate, Carsluith, Dumfries and Galloway

self-catering dumfries

Bedrooms: 3 – 1 king, 1 twin, 1 bunk bed (full size beds). Sleeps 6. Gatehouse of Fleet. Pet friendly. Short breaks available.

10% off weekly bookings in December 2010 and January, February 2011


Knoydart House, By Mallaig, Inverness-shire

self-catering knoydart

Bedrooms: 5 – 1 twin, 1 king, 3 king/twin. Sleeps: 10. Mallaig. Short breaks out of season. Pets welcome.

4 night stay Dec 2011 5-9th Dec Special Offer £650 luxury stay with hot tub sleeps 10


  Methven House, Elie / Earlsferry, Fife

Elie big holiday house

Bedrooms: 6 (1 superking, 1 king, 2 twin, 1 triple, 1 single, 1 double sofa bed). Sleeps: 12-14. St Andrews 12 miles. Short breaks. Well behaved pets welcome.

20% discount on all week bookings in January/February 2011.

self-catering Fife for 12


 Scardroy Farmhouse, Dingwall, Ross-shire

self-catering Dingwall

Bedrooms: 4 – 2 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Sleeps: 7. Dingwall. Weekend/short breaks available. Pets welcome.

£100 off the farmhouse weekly bookings Jan and Feb 2011


 Braigh-na-Leitre, Dingwall, Ross-shire

remote self-catering

Bedrooms: 2 – doubles/twins. Sleeps: 4. Dingwell. Short breaks. Pets welcome. All on one level.

£50 off the farmhouse weekly bookings Jan and Feb 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


  Gairnshiel Cottage, West Calder, West Lothian

self-catering West lothian

Bedrooms 2: 1 king-sized double, 1 twin (+ sofa bed in sitting room). Sleeps: 4 +2. West Calder. Short breaks off peak. Pets by prior arrangement.

10% discount on all weekly bookings in all of January and first couple of weeks in March.

West lothian holiday cottage


Many Special offers are also advertised by owners on the booking page of their property on the main site.

http://www.scotland-holiday-cottage.com/index.htm

 We will  feature a different selection of properties on this blog  weekly leading up to Christmas.

Happy Holiday!

special offersWithin the next 48 hours we will be launching a NEW special offers blog space on Which Cottage. It will allow owners to highlight any special discounts for their cottages.

Please keep an eye out for this as there may be some spectacular opportunities if you are looking for self-catering properties in Scotland!

Why not enjoy the stunning winter scenery in Scotland or perhaps take the chance to experience skiing a bit closer to home with many cottages based close to the Scottish ski centres? Alternatively, you may be keen to find a last minute holiday let that gives you the chance to relax and enjoy reading a book in front of a log fire!

We’ll be up and running shortly so watch this space!

Looking for late availability cottages for Christmas and New Year?

Look no further for a wonderful selection of self-catering cottages with festive availability throughout Scotland.

Daily updates on festive availability.

The famous ‘Road to the Isles’ leads from Fort William to the village of Mallaig, approximately 40 miles between the two, and runs through dramatic highland scenery and alongside the West Highland Railway passing the Caledonian Canal, and the famous Glenfinnan viaduct used in Harry Potter films.

Mallaig and Morar

Before reaching the end of the road and the end of the line in Mallaig, (where the ferry leaves for the Isle of Skye and other Hebredian islands), your journey will bring you to the tranquil village of Morar only 2 miles from Mallaig. Morar has its own train station which is on the famous West Highland Railway, voted the most picturesque railway journey in the world.

Holiday by the sea

Morar is famous for its ‘Silver Sand’ white beaches and turquoise sea, its river that flows into the ocean, its peaceful loch (the deepest freshwater lake in Europe and home to the loch monster Morag) and the amazing views. The stunning village is set on a hillside backed by mountains and overlooking a calm bay and out to sea enjoying a view west to the islands of Eigg and Rum where the sun sets behind them.
White Sandy Beach
Time to explore

The area surrounding Morar offers great opportunities to explore local peaks, take wildlife walks, sea kayak around the coastline, play 9 hole golf at Traigh golf course (which overlooks the sea), take the ferry to the Isle of Skye or another Hebredian island, walk the stunning Camusdarach Beach or explore the wonderful wilderness of the Knoydart Peninsular. Knoydart is great for walking and camping and one of the remotest parts of mainland UK which is only accessible by boat from Mallaig or by a 20 mile hike on foot.

If you are considering visiting this stunning part of the West of Scotland, take a look at the newest property to Which Cottage, Cladach, which is set on a fantastic elevated location in the village of Morar. This spacious self-catering cottage in Morar is ideal for friends or a family who want to explore the area and be located on the West Coast of Scotland or near the Small Isles.

How do you decide where to go?

We are incredibly lucky in the UK as there are so many beautiful parts of the country that would surely satisfy all tastes and needs for a holiday. It is very difficult to know where to start but here are five suggestions of top holiday destinations in Britain.

The West Country

The West Country is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. This vast area covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. There is so much to offer from the wonderful beaches in Cornwall to the all weather family attractions in Devon. Dorset has its renowned blue flag beaches and Somerset has everything from underground caves to vineyards. The West Country is an ideal destination for everyone of all ages, whatever you’re looking for you’ll find what it takes to make great family holidays and an amazing selection of holiday homes to rent.

Nature lovers will appreciate the South West of England which includes the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor with 14 areas of outstanding natural beauty and don’t forget the famous Eden Project, a global garden for the 21st Century. Why not take a look at some West Country holiday cottages

County Cork, Ireland

County Cork is Ireland’s largest county and is a wonderful place for anyone thinking of a self-catering holiday in Ireland. Along the south west corner, the Cork Kerry coastline is stunning, with endless coves and sandy beaches. This area is very popular with golfers as the Irish Open Golf is often held here and there are numerous golf courses to enjoy, including many links courses by the sea.

For those looking for the ‘City’, Cork City, Ireland’s second largest city, is worth a visit with many restaurants and cafes around the harbour. Infact it was named by Lonely Planet travel guide for 2010 as one of the top 10 cities of the world to visit. Apart from Cork, Blarney Castle (and the famous Blarney Stone) is a must if you are in the area.  West Cork is renowned the world over for its wild countryside that is favoured by walkers and artists.

Have you considered Argyll in Scotland?

Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland is stunning and a great location for a self-catering holiday.  It has breathtaking scenery both on the mainland and the numerous islands off the coast. If you renting a holiday cottage near Fort William it will be a excellent base to explore much of the Highlands of Scotland. Fort William lies at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.  Further down the coast is Oban which is the largest ferry port on the West Coast, serving Mull and the Western Isles. Fort William, Oban and the surrounding area are a wonderful destination for a self-catering holiday as there’s so much to do on your doorstep.

Don’t forget Anglesey in Wales

There are so many beautiful spots in Wales but towards to top of many peoples’ places to visit must be The Isle of Anglesey which lies off the north west coast of Wales. The island is reached by crossing the bridge over the Menai Strait. This bridge, built in 1826, was the first suspension bridge in the world.

Anglesey has an unspoilt 125-mile coastline with cliffs and sandy bays – just perfect for a traditional seaside holiday with children! The island was declared an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ .  Many people looking for a ‘bucket and spade’ holiday head towards Rhosneigr and Amlwch which offers a wonderful variety of self-catering accommodation. In addition to the beaches there are also lots of historic sites to explore if you are staying in a holiday cottage in Anglesey. From the seaside town of Beaumaris, with its 13th Century castle, to Holyhead (where you take the ferry to Ireland)  to Llangefni . Apart from these attractions, there are some interesting prehistoric sites and wonderful birdlife too and finally, don’t forget to visit the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllla-ntysiliogogogoch!

Yorkshire

This is the largest county in England and it contains 3 of England’s national parks – the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and the Peak District. With extensive coastline there is the chance of a beach holiday, or equally a remote country holiday too. This amazing county has so much that it will surely suit all tastes and budgets for those looking for a self-catering holiday. It is possible to find everything from a cosy cottage in the dales to a remote home up on the Yorkshire moors or a house in the historic city of York, holiday homes in Yorkshire are varied.

York is a beautiful city with its narrow streets that wind within teh 13th Century city walls. At the centre is the impressive Minster , Britain’s largest medieval cathedral, which has the largest medieval stained-glass window in the world.

Enjoy the  difficult task of choosing out of these and have a fabulous holiday!

The town of Oban, the second largest town in Argyll, is known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’. It is the largest ferry port on the West Coast of Scotland, serving Mull and the Inner and Outer Hebrides (Western Isles).

Oban itself has much to offer including a whisky distillery, 18 hole golf course, whale, dolphin and seal watching trips, a sports centre, diving and sea kayak centres. As the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’, Oban has an excellent range of restaurants many of which serve freshly caught fish. There are beautiful local walks within the town taking in the surrounding countryside, waterfront and town highlights such as McCaig’s Tower which was modelled on Rome’s Coliseum and dominates the skyline – it’s worth the climb up the hill to enjoy the view.

Oban and the surrounding area offers many children’s attractions if you are planning a family holiday. The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary, just up the road from Oban is a good place for children to learn about local sea life and enjoy the seals’ feeding time! There is also Oban Rare Breeds Farm Park which includes apart from a chance to see many rare breeds, a children’s interactive pets’ corner, a woodland walk as well as a tea room.

Loch Etive Cruises are also worth a visit as they sail round this stunningly beautiful sea loch, which extends to the mountains of Glencoe so that you can enjoy birdwatching as well as keeping and eye out for sea life.

Other attractions close to Oban include the Cruachan Power Station and Visitor Centre and numerous forest walks and cycle routes. For the more adventurous the famous Glen Coe and its many Munroes are not too far away.

Argyll is a truly remarkable area in which to spend time exploring the magnificent scenery and offshore islands of Scotland. Take a self-catering holiday cottage for a break and enjoy all this area has to offer. The Gulf Stream means the area enjoys warm winters and lush sub-tropical scenery. In the summer months visitors can enjoy the area’s spectacular gardens, which are home to many exotic plants, some of which were brought back to Scotland by Victorian Botanists.

Self-catering ObanThe latest addition to Which Cottage is a beautiful house actually in Oban. It is an ideal Argyllshire holiday let for those wishing to explore Oban and the surrounding area.

Oban and the surrounding area are a truly great destination for a short-break, which the whole family can enjoy at any time of the year. The choice of holiday cottages is also as diverse as the attractions Oban has to offer, which make it a must for any family wishing to explore this part of Scotland.

Carmarthenshire is one of those counties that has a ‘bit of everything’. Bounded by the Cambrian Mountains and the famous Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Tywi Valley and the wonderful coastline to the west, it’s a visitor’s delight. There are fabulous beaches, some great fishing, wonderful gardens, flora, faunas and even the chance to visit the Dolaucothi Gold Mines in the Cothi Valley, one of sites of the UK’s gold rush!

Gardening Fans
Carmarthenshire is often referred to as the Garden of Wales as it is home to so many of South West Wales’ gardening and garden-orientated gems, including the National Botanic Garden of Wales near Llanarthne which has not only the world’s largest single span glass house but also the longest herbaceous border in the UK.

Speed Records
If gardening isn’t your thing and you are interested in British world records, Pendine Sands is where Malcolm Campbell broke three land speed records. The museum there has some of his land-speed record cars on display.

Fishing
Those seeking the best in salmon and river and sea brown trout fishing – families and the more serious angler alike – will enjoy a day in and around the River Teifi, reckoned to be one of the best locations in the world.

Dylan Thomas
Carmarthenshire is Dylan Thomas country and he captured the essence of this part of Wales in some of his writings, which inspired some of his greatest works. Carmarthen Bay has huge sweeping beaches and the verdant Vale of Towy is extremely pretty.

There is plenty of first-class self-catering accommodation throughout the county for those wanting a more homely place to stay whilst experiencing the county. A recent addition to the website is the beautiful Blaenfforest Granary which is a prime example of the wonderful self catering options in Carmarthenshire.

Stay in a self-catering cottage in Carmarthenshire and have a chance to explore the rich heritage of the area. There are spectacular castles, picturesque market towns and lots of stunning countryside to walk in – a perfect holiday for one and all!

Situated on the south coast of Fife, Scotland, Elie is a wonderful holiday destination for all ages. It was originally a fishing village but now is better known as an ideal base for those looking for a self-catering family holiday in Fife.

It has everything you would want for a dream family holiday, including a gently shelving blue flag beach, watersports centre, golf courses and tennis courts. There are miles of coastal path walks,  shops, cafes, cosy pubs, fine dining, historic sites and bird watching all close to this stunning town!

Activities in Fife

Any keen golfer will have heard of St Andrews, the ‘home of golf’ which is only 12 miles away from Elie. In fact there are over 30 golf courses within a 15 mile radius.

The town of St Andrews is worth a visit even if you’re not a golfer as it is an ancient university town and has stunning architecture and a thriving community with a good mix of shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars.

Another interesting visit is the Secret Bunker where you can explore the 24,000 square feet of nuclear proof accommodation built 100 feet underground. There are also castles and palaces to discover and the chance to browse the picturesque fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife. The area is rich in art and antique shops and has a lively arts scene including the annual Pittenweem Arts Festival which attracts many local artists and visitors from far afield.

Eating out or In!

Fife has lots of excellent restaurants. In Elie itself Sangsters, The Ship Inn and The 19th Hole are all recommended for a meal out. Within 10 miles of Elie there is a wealth of delicious places to eat but to single out a few: Michelin-starred Peat Inn, The Cellar in Anstruther, The Inn at Lathones, The Golf Hotel in Crail. Don’t forget all that St Andrews has to offer too. If you want to eat in, try the Ardross Farm Shop just outside Elie for locally sourced delicious food and home cooked ready meals. Check out the coffee and hot chocolate at The Cocoa Tree Shop in Pittenweem.

Gardens

During the summer months there are many Fife gardens open to the public under the Gardens of Scotland scheme – but if you are visiting at other times of the year then the Cambo gardens are open year round and The Botanic Garden in St Andrews also runs workshops and lectures.

Bird Watching

For keen bird-watchers Elie has much to offer. White-tailed Sea Eagles, with their 8-foot wing span, were first re-introduced to Fife in 2007 and are regularly spotted in the surrounding countryside. The nearby Isle of May has 40,000 occupied Puffin burrows, and offers the chance to see many rare species during the Spring and Autumn migration.

Whatever you are looking for in terms of a family holiday, you are sure to find it in this enchanting town of Elie. Methven House, which is situated close to the beach, is a beautiful holiday home that has just joined Which Cottage. It is a perfect solution to those looking for a family holiday let in Elie. Why not take a look at this property if you are thinking of holidaying in Fife either later this year or are looking for something in 2011?

Brecon Beacons Holiday

This part of Wales has so much to offer in terms of a holiday destination, you can enjoy stunning scenery, explore endless historical sites from castles to ruins and take part in many outdoor pursuits and even watch the Welsh National at Chepstow!

Chepstow

Chepstow is the home of the only horseracing course in the Wales and holds regular race meetings including the Welsh National in December. This medieval border town, is home to Chepstow Castle, one of the oldest castles in Britain. Renting a holiday cottage near Chepstow gives you a great place to stay in Wales and explore this fascinating town. In fact, why not take a look at our latest addition to whichcottage which is based just outside Chepstow, Monmouthshire Holiday Cottage

Discover Monmouth
The most English of Welsh towns is Monmouth, a Georgian town that sits at the head of the Lower Wye Valley. Monmouth was the birthplace of Henry V, a fact celebrated by Agincourt Square in the centre of the town, and has been both English and Welsh over the centuries. Self-catering cottages near Monmouth are plentiful and many offer luxury holiday accommodation for a Welsh holiday.

The Literary Centre of Hay-on-Wye

This small town is known throughout the world of book collectors, as this is where they come to browse amongst the forty or so second-hand shops, with their hundreds of thousands of volumes. There is a title for every size of pocket and every age, and the highlight of the year is the Hay on Wye Literary Festival every May/June. If you want to rent a holiday cottage in Hay-on-Wye then there is a great selection of cottages to chose from.

Abergavenny, Newport and Usk

The Usk valley centres on the two towns of Abergavenny and Newport. Abergavenny is a useful base for walking in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons with many self-catering cottages available. This northern part of the valley is known for its fine local produce including venison, lamb, beef, cheese, honey, and wine

The town of Usk, now much depleted, was once one of the largest in Wales and this is shown in the size of the castle ruins. Usk holds a regular, and very popular, farmers market every two weeks, and is a very busy place for fishermen – if you want a fishing holiday cottage near Usk then this is a great part of Wales for fishing.

On the edge of Newport is the Roman town of Caerleon, at one time the largest Roman garrison town in Wales. Archaeologists have uncovered a wide range of artefacts and buildings and these are shown off in an interesting museum. Newport, on the other hand, is much more modern having expanded from a humble fishing village to its present size during the industrial revolution. There is an ancient cathedral and a town museum, but it is perhaps better known for its rugby team.

There are some luxury holiday cottages to rent in the Wye valley and Usk valley – fabulous remote cottages near Abergavenny, isolated cottages in the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountain accommodation for a self-catering holiday, Chepstow cottages to rent for the races, luxury cottages to hire near Hay-on-Wye for the book festival, self-catering cottages near Monmouth – whatever kind of holiday home you are looking for in this idyllic part of Wales you will be able to find it at great prices.