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Green Holidays in Scotland

Cutting down travel cuts down on your carbon emissions, so why travel far when the breathtaking scenery of Scotland is so close at hand? Home to some of Europe's last wilderness areas, Scotland boasts aquamarine lochs, magical islands, majestic mountains, ancient forests, crumbling castles and dynamic, beautiful cities.

Make the most of what it has to offer with the Scottish tourist board's website (including a dedicated green page) and our guide to going green in the UK.

With such a variety of scenery and so much open space, it's no surprise that there are a huge range of places to stay, from ancient stone cottages to luxury properties in the Highlands, as well as innumerable activities to take part in, from walking to sea kayaking along the West Coast, mountain biking to whisky tasting.

>> See our section on Perthshire Greener Resorts

The Hotel is surrounded by rolling mature parkland and gardens

Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland

Set within the gentle beauty of 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, this five star Leading Hotel of the World is home to three championship golf courses, a sparkling, award-winning spa and an exhilarating array of outdoor activities.
Prices start from from £335 (1st May-30th September 2013),...

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Travel by train to Scotland

All of Scotland's major cities are reachable by train. Virgin Trains has a direct service from London Euston to Glasgow via Preston, Lancashire, Oxenholme (in the Lake District), Penrith and Carlisle. It also runs a service from Birmingham New Street to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

East Coast train services run from London Kings Cross via York and Newcastle to Edinburgh and Glasgow from where you can travel onwards to Dundee and Aberdeen with Scotrail.

To reach North Scotland, there is a direct from London Kings Cross to Inverness, including an overnight sleeper service. Alternatively, you could take the train up to Edinburgh then catch the Scotrail connection to Inverness.

To reach southern Scotland, travel to Preston from London Euston then take the Transpennine Express to Lockerbie.

To check train timetables and book train tickets go to the Trainline's website: Train to Scotland

The overnight sleeper train is a convenient way to travel between London and ScotlandThe overnight sleeper train is a convenient way to travel between London and Scotland

More places to stay in Scotland

Old Fisherman's Cottage, Harbour Green, Ballantrae

Ballantrae Cottages, South Ayrshire, Scotland

Three wonderfully secluded self-catering beach cottages tucked away in South Ayrshire, near the seaside village of Ballantrae. With private gardens, terrace and wonderful views, this is a great option for those looking to explore the Scottish coast.
6: 3 doubles, 2 double/twin, 1 twin

Old Fisherman's Cottage £620 per week (Sleeps 2), Shore Cottage £720 per week (Sleeps 4), Beach Cottage £900 per week (Sleeps 6)

Knoydart House luxury eco lodge self catering holiday house with giant hot tub

Knoydart House, Knoydart, Highlands, Scotland

A luxury, remote eco hideaway with one of the top hot tub views in the UK, overlooking Loch Nevis. You'll find oak beams, huge four poster beds and all completely off-grid. A great option for a green wedding.
Sleeps 10: 5 rooms 3 ensuite, 1 king, 3 s.king/twin, 1 twin

From £1200 low season - £1995 per week high season. Xmas £2000, New Year £2500. Extra bed by prior arrangement, cots and highchairs are included.

exterior of en-suite accommodation

Craibstone Estate, Aberdeen, Scotland

Just a short distance from the beaches, outdoor sports and walking trails of Scotland's North East coast, Craibstone Estate is a comfortable hostel with a walled garden and arboretum, surrounded by some 800 acres of glorious woodland.
45 single ensuite rooms, 15 twin ensuite rooms

single ensuite room costs £30 per person, twin ensuite room costs £50 per room

Private triple room

Smart City Hostels, Edinburgh, Scotland

Smart City Hostels redefines the hostel experience. A 5 star accredited hostel, just off the Royal Mile. Dorm with private rooms are available - all en suite. We have Bar 50 for food and drinks, a secure 24 hour reception and free wifi.
617 beds - mix of private and dorm rooms from 2-12 people

Prices vary by season. £12-£38/person dorm room; £19.50-£59.50/person private room

Chesters (Country Retreat)

Chesters, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders

Chesters (Country Retreat) has two lodges in a beautiful two-acre walled garden with its own croquet lawn, treehouse and vegetables that are yours to pick. The property lounges on the banks of the stunning River Teviot where you can fish for salmon.
2 Retreat Lodges available both sleep up to 6.

From £369 per week

A luxurious hideaway in Scotland. Relax and take in the stunning views.

The Hideaway Experience, Dundee, Scotland

Two private 5 star eco Hideaways for couples located on a farm just north of Dundee in Scotland. Perfect for romantic breaks with the luxurious four poster bed, cocktail bar and lovely private garden with panoramic views over three counties.
3 Hideaways each with one large king size bed. Sleeps 2.

5 Star Hideaways cost £650 to £900 per week, 4 star Hideaway is £525 to £750 per week. Short breaks from £125 per night.

East Heddle grass roof on cottage.

Orkney Crofts, Orkney, Scotland

Three beautiful and authentic 5-star self-catering cottages in the heart of the Neolithic Orkney West Mainland World Heritage Site. Famous for its cultural and natural heritage it is ideal for exploring historic sites and bird and wildlife watching.
One, two and three double bedroom cottages are available.

Range £445-£845 per week (Sat-Sat)

Double Room

My Edinburgh Life, The Glenora, Edinburgh, Scotland

A conveniently located 11-room historical guesthouse in the heart of Edinburgh. Serving a delicious all-organic breakfast, including Continental and traditional Scottish choices.
11: 3 singles, 3 doubles, 4 triples, 1 family

£150 per room per night including breakfast

The Beardmore Hotel & Conference Centre

The Beardmore Hotel & Conference Centre, Glasgow

A four star hotel in Glasgow described as Scotland's top residential meeting venue: all the quality, focus and high standards associated with a Conference Centre of Excellence. Locally sourced, seasonal Scottish produce available in the restaurant.
168 bedrooms, Double, Twins, King, Excutive and Suites

Prices from £79.00 - £160 per room per night including breakfast for two (double room)

Curlew Cottage, Orkney, Scotland

A luxurious double bedroom eco cottage on a native woodland plantation, ideally located in peaceful and beautiful central Orkney. Relax and unwind in the sauna and jacuzzi bath or simply enjoy the romantic setting.
A double bedroomed cottage. A cot can be requested.

Prices from £250-£400 per week (Saturday to Saturday)

More holidays in Scotland

Falling asleep whilst having a massage

The Real Retreat themed wellbeing breaks in Scotland

This historic country house is the perfect place to enjoy a wellbeing break, with a choice of detox, pampering, yoga, painting and belly dancing tuition. Set in the beautiful area of Angus with panoramic views over the Tay estuary.

From £255 per person based on two people sharing

Two days and two nights or longer
Check availability with the hosts, +44 (0)1382 350239
Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North Marine Wildlife

The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail North: The Gaelic Coast

A sea kayak holiday following the most northerly section of the Scottish Sea Kayak Trail. A fabulous opportunity to kayak past castles, seal colonies and other wildlife against the stunning backdrop of the Isle of Skye.

£975

6 days, 5 nights
Various departures from 4th July 2015 to 17th September 2016
Celebrations On The Summit

Coast to Coast Mountain Biking Holiday, Scotland

Spend 7 days exploring 200 miles of perhaps the most iconic mountain bike trail through the Scottish Highlands, combining forest tracks and mountain passes with challenging manmade mountain bike centres.

£630 pp (based on 2 people sharing)

7 days
Available between March and October
Knoydart Peninsula Hiking

Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula

Often described as the "last wilderness" in Scotland, the Knoydart peninsula has an island feel, isolated as it is from the rest of the Western Highlands by the ‘rough bounds’. A guided walk to the isles of Skye, Rum & Eigg, exploring the coasts.

£1,150

8 days, 7 nights
Various departures from 7th May 2015 to 10th September 2016
Orkney Isles Sea Cliff

Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Isles

Walking the archipelago of 70 small islands and skerries making up the Orkneys is the best way to discover them. Experience the long days and colourful night skies and witness a wealth of sea life and sea birds, remarkable flora and fauna.

£1,195

7 days, 6 nights
Various departures from 11th July 2015 to 20th August 2016
Sea Kayaking West Coast Explorer Camping

Sea Kayaking: West Coast Explorer

The West Coast Explorer includes the highlights of Scottish sea kayaking. Experience expedition style exploring in a kayak away from civilisation with overnight wild camping, outdoor cooking under starry skies.

£775

6 days, 5 nights
Various departures from 13th June 2015 to 20th September 2016
Scot Mountain Highland Family Adventure

Scot Mountains Highland Family Adventure, Aviemore Scotland

The best of active adventures mixed with cultural delights of Scotland: kilts, highland games and Nessie plus mountain biking, hiking, foraging, fishing and pot throwing. There is something for everyone with an interest in exploring the outdoors.

£727 per adult; £621 per child

one week
Available between April and October
Mountain biking in the Cairngorms

Mountain Biking - The Cairngorm Trail

This trip is designed to give beginners to mountain biking the opportunity to develop their skills with the help of our guide, while exploring the beautiful surrounding of the Cairngorm National Park.

£725

5 days
Various departures from 27th June 2015 to 9th July 2016
Walking holiday in Fife, Scotland, reachable by train

Fife Coastal Path Walking Holiday, Scotland

Running from the Forth Road Bridge in the South to the Tay Road Bridge in the North, this 81 mile coastal walk passes through wild and spectacular scenery passing quaint fishing villages and long sandy beaches.

From £310 pp (based on two people sharing)

3-7 days
March - October
Lochs and Islands Cruise, Scotland

Lochs and Islands Cruise, Scotland

This holiday involves a five night relaxing cruise beginning and ending in the historic town of Edinburgh. Admire beautiful sights such as the Isle of Mull, Neptune's Staircase, cruise along the Caledonian Canal and the famous Loch Ness.

From £1275

8 days
First departure 12 April 2014, Last Departure 19 October 2014
Western Isles Wilderness

Walking Western Isles Wilderness

It doesn’t get much wilder than Harris. Rugged, dramatic & complex, its mountains provide some of the finest hill walking anywhere. A mix of walking, wildlife, and culture, this trip is a must for visitors to Scotland.

From £963, not including transport to Scotland

9 days (incl, arrival and departure)
April to October
Real Family Holidays - Highlands

Real Family Holidays - Highlands - from £20.00

A family holiday with a difference, mixing exciting activities with plenty of time to do your own thing. Full board, comfortable accommodation and one free activity per night stayed from an affordable £20.00 per person per night.

£20.00 per person per night.

Stay anytime between 31st July - 16th August 2015
Various departure dates between 31st July and 16th August 2015

Greentraveller Guides

See our Greentraveller Guide to the Cairngorms National Park