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.
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.
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Featured places to stay in Scotland
single ensuite room costs £30 per person, twin ensuite room costs £50 per...
High Season Weeks from £725-£995 depending on property type
From £490 to £760 for 7 days, £320 to £470 for 3 day weekend/4 day mid-...
Prices start from from £335 (1st May-30th September 2013), from £285 (...
B&B Standard £140, Superior £160, Junior Suite £180, Fairway Suite £...
£4750 per week high season, 2 nights 70%, 3 nights 75%, 4 nights 80% of...
Double / Twin rooms £95.00 per night, Family Room (2 adults & 2...
Prices from £69 to £119.
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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
More places to stay in Scotland
Old Fisherman's Cottage £620 per week (Sleeps 2), Shore Cottage £720 per week (Sleeps 4), Beach Cottage £900 per week (Sleeps 6)
single ensuite room costs £30 per person, twin ensuite room costs £50 per room
Prices from £250-£400 per week (Saturday to Saturday)
From £369 per week
Prices vary by season. £12-£38/person dorm room; £19.50-£59.50/person private room
2 bedroom cottage costs £550 for 3 night stay (4 people), 3 bedroom apartment costs £700 for 3 night stay (6 people).
Range £445-£845 per week (Sat-Sat)
£150 per room per night including breakfast
5 Star Hideaways cost £650 to £900 per week, 4 star Hideaway is £525 to £750 per week. Short breaks from £125 per night.
Prices from £79.00 - £160 per room per night including breakfast for two (double room)
A former hunting lodge of the Duke of Fyfe, this grand house is the centrepiece of an estate covering nearly 30,000 hectares of the wildest land in Scotland. Today managed by the National Trust for Scotland, the lodge offers accommodation ranging from the Base Camp – a bunkhouse with 12 budget beds – to luxurious apartments in the uber-grand main house, sleeping from two (Braeriach, often used as a bridal suite) to 15. Two luxurious cottages in the grounds offer even more upmarket options. Really, though, the star of the show is the estate itself, offering bountiful opportunities for exploring the ancient Caledonian pine forest, heather moorland and high Cairngorms plateau. Beds at Base Camp £20; four-night short breaks in Braeriach for two people from £350.
The Glen Lui Hotel
Warmth – that’s the defining characteristic of this beautifully sited small hotel, nestling in a wood on the banks of the Dee. You certainly won’t feel the chill here: open fires and wood-burning stoves crackle in the lounge and bar and, as a Malt Whisky Embassy, there’s an array of fine drams to warm the cockles. But what really makes the heart glow are the comfort of the 19 individually styled rooms – ranging from cosy to grand (yes, there’s a four-poster) – and a host of special touches. The locally sourced produce. The drying facilities and storage for walkers, golfers, fishers and cyclists. The red squirrels scampering outside at breakfast time. In short, it’s an ideal location for discovering the east of the park. From £100 for two. (special offers and discounts for longer stays)
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From £255 per person based on two people sharing
from £735 pp (based on 2 people sharing)
From £590pp based on twin sharing
£1,175 per person
£727 per adult; £621 per child
From £320 pp (based on two people sharing)
From £963, not including transport to Scotland