The Best Rural Scotland Cottage Locations

For the most part, Scotland is rather sparsely populated, with large stretches of unpopulated land. Outside of the larger cities and towns most of the country is rural by nature, with a wealth of tiny villages, farms and ancient towns. For anyone looking for a rural getaway, escaping the fast pace of the city and relaxing in the wilderness, Scotland is one of the best places to head for.

The Islands

Scotland’s rugged coastline is host to a number of islands, small and large. For anyone really looking to breakaway from real life for a few days, heading to an island is the ultimate escape. The more well known Isles of Skye, Mull and Arran are packed full of great places to stay, as well as plenty to see and do.

For those looking for the ultimate in remoteness, the tiny Isle of Foula – population 30 – has a self catering cottage that can be booked. Burns cottage takes you far from the stress of everyday life, to a happy, relaxed place. No more worrying about whether you’ve got the latest updates from or if you remembered to put the washing machine on. Instead, enjoy the tranquility of a place with more sheep than people.

The Highlands

The mountainous landscape is wild and beautiful, but not too convenient for building on. In place of cities there are tiny villages to enjoy a more simple lifestyle for a while. Wester Ross is a fantastic area, with quaint villages such as Applecross, Torridon, Ullapool and Lochcarron. Breathtaking scenery and jagged mountains paired with sea lochs and small, pristine beaches make this a great place to get away from it all.

For the ultimate escape, head for Kinloch Lodge on the Novar Estate, Northern Highlands. This off the grid lodge is the ideal place for a digital detox. The surrounding forest is full of trails to explore undisturbed for hours, and fishing can be done in the nearby River Alness.