5 Stunning Scottish Winter Retreats

It was certainly feeling chilly today and I’m pretty sure most people are feeling it across the country.  It’s the time of year that you start to think about wrapping up in cosy knitwear and sitting beside a wood burning stove in the evening.  As lovely as that is to do in your home, it’s even better to get away for a weekend and visit somewhere new.

I love Scotland and to me there is so much potential for winter adventures and cosy retreats.  Have a read of these five cosy Scottish winter retreats.

Off grid Woodman’s Hut – Couples retreat

The Woodman’s Hut, by Nethy Bridge, is a gorgeous off grid cabin in the woods.  The cabin veranda looks South to the Cairngorms mountain range and has plenty of opportunities for wildlife watching, including red squirrels and the elusive pine marten.

There is no electricity but you are provided with all the essentials, including candle light and a wood burning stove for heat and a traditional cosy box bed for two.  There’s a even a sauna and hot tub just a two minute walk away from the cabin.  Just don’t forget the torch!

Website: http://lazyduck.co.uk/woodmans-hut/

Price: From £95/night for 2 people sharing

Whale Cottage – Family Holiday

Whale cottage is as it sounds, right beside the sea in the perfect location for watching whales and other sea life.  This typical fisherman’s cottage has two sitting rooms, one with a cosy fire to snuggle beside and the other is the whale watching snug which looks directly out onto the ocean.

Situated in Whitehill on the Moray coast, it’s only an hour journey to the Lecht where you can spend hours skiing on the hills knowing that you have a cosy cottage to return to and relax at the end of the day.

There are 2 double bedrooms and one single bedroom, all beautifully furnished.  The kitchen has all the essentials and there are plenty of places to visit around the area, or just relax and watch the sea.

Website: http://www.self-catering-scotland.com/seaviewcottagescotland/#3

The Chapel – Quirky Holiday House


If you are looking for a quirky quintessentially Scottish retreat then The Chapel is it.  With plenty of space for a larger groups and families (up to 10) you’ll love staying in this converted chapel.

There is gorgeous dark wood everywhere, which makes the whole house seem very cosy and homely, plus the Aga range will be brilliant for keeping the living area warm and cooking meals.

There are plenty of activities around the estates, from walking to fishing and photography.  Just remember that you will need a 4×4 if you visit in the winter!

Website: https://www.cottages-and-castles.co.uk/self-catering/the-chapel-1796/

Price: From £750/week

Covesea Skerry – Lighthouse Cottage

Have you ever wanted to be a lighthouse keeper?  You can live out your dreams (well, almost!) by staying in one of the lighthouse cottages beide Covesea Lighthouse.  Clearly you will have fantastic views of the sea and a cosy cottage to watch the waves crash into the shore sounds perfect to me!

The property is situated below the lighthouse in the courtyard and as the lighthouse cottages are fenced it is ideal for families with children.  Right beside the lighthouse is a stunning sandy beach, just waiting for adventures and long walks.  You can even book a guided tour of the lighthouse itself!

Website: http://www.nts.org.uk/Holidays/Accommodation/Covesea-Skerry-Covesea-Lighthouse/#

Price: From £295/week

Mint Croft – Couples Gourmet B&B

Mint Croft is located near Dunvegan on Isle of Skye and it’s the perfect luxury bed and breakfast.  There are two different suites available, both are absolutely stunning and filled with contemporary furnishings and textiles, many of which are from Scottish artisans.

Breakfast and afternoon tea is included in the price and the food is sourced from around Scotland, providing gourmet food for every taste bud.  Take your favourite person away here for a unique and delicious weekend getaway!

Website: http://www.mintcroftskye.com/bedroom-suites/

Price: From £175/night for 2 sharing


So where would you stay?

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  1. October 6, 2017 / 11:53 am

    Wow, these all look amazing! I love the idea of The Woodman’s Hut, but perhaps that’s just the appeal of going away without the kids haha!

  2. November 17, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Now it’s cold and frosty outside, a break to one of these would be perfect! x

  3. November 22, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Hi Jenny, What a fab post!
    We’d love to be included in your list of winter retreats if possible?! 🙂 We have 3 very cosy cottages on our hill sheep farm hidden in a peaceful glen of the Pentlands Hills. Families are very welcome to explore the farm and hills or nip into Edinburgh for the day. See http://www.eastsidecottages.co.uk
    Thanks x

  4. January 14, 2019 / 7:08 am

    Lovely places I’m sure! The Woodman’s Hut does sound nice, being in the mountain area and being able to watch wildlife. However, the no electricity thing – I’m afraid that would be a deal breaker for me.
    Thanks for sharing this list! You’ve definitely given some great options to keep in mind!
    ~ Ray

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