The South of Scotland boasts a rich heritage with many traditions and unique cultural quirks. The main towns and cities in southern Scotland are Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. Further south
you’ll find Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Bute and the Scottish
Borders, whilst further north lies Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Each
region has its own individual flavour; visiting one town or region is
never enough to get a true taste of
Holiday Cottages in South Scotland
Our traditional Scottish lodges in Perthshire are perfect for anybody looking to experience rural Southern Scotland. The landscape is truly spectacular with acres of natural woodland, impressive mountains and narrow glens. Ben More at 1174m is the highest mountain in the area and it is joined by close friend Stob Binnein near Crianlarich.
In fact, there is no higher land in the British Isles south of Ben More, so it is well worth climbing and a must for munro-baggers.
The Perthshire lodges have wonderful views of the mountains and surrounding landscape. For a relaxing holiday in amongst the mountains, valleys and stars our Perthshire resort at Portnellan is ideal.
Loch Lomond Lodges
Loch Lomond is equally as beautiful with our 5 star lodges situated directly on its shores. Loch Lomond is an amazing area with acres of natural woodland scattered with spectacular rivers, lochs and waterfalls. The region is brilliant for all manner of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, canoeing, water skiing, mountain climbing and fishing. If you fancy a livelier atmosphere, Glasgow and Edinburgh are just 30mins or 1hr away respectively.
Sitting on the bank of Loch Tay you'll find Taymouth Marina, with an impressive variety of luxurious accommodation. A range of apartments, townhouses and cottages are available, all overlooking the gorgeous loch and the hills which lie beyond. It's easy to get out on the water thanks to the resort's watersports centre, which runs all kinds of aquatic activities including kayaking, paddleboarding and water trampolining.
If you'd rather just relax and take in the stunning scenery of Highland Perthshire, you'll be equally well catered for, with a luxurious lochside restaurant serving delicious local produce. You can also unwind in the Hot Box, a giant wood-heated sauna with sweeping views across the water.
Things to do in South Scotland
There are lots of historical and cultural treasures in Southern Scotland. One such example is the Crannog Centre situated near Loch Tay, the largest loch in the region. Another historical place of interest is Inveraray Castle. Its fairy tale exterior is amazing to behold and the castle has played host to a number of filming crews in its time, most notably Downtown Abbey. The castle is home to the 13th Duke of Argyll and has an 18th century neo-gothic style. The castle boasts a wonderful selection of rooms including the tapestry room, dining room and saloon. There are also some beautifully maintained gardens and grounds to explore.
In Perthshire you’ll find everything from championship golf courses, medieval castles and beautiful National Parks through to whisky distilleries. For shops, restaurants, art galleries and theatres head into the city of Perth. Enjoy a Michelin starred meal in one of Perth’s fine restaurants or take in a museum exhibition or art gallery. The city is alive with culture, art and history and regularly hosts a fantastic selection of events and festivals. For a true taste of Scottish hospitality, culture and history, Perthshire is a great place to visit.
The Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park is another great place to explore and is particularly renowned for its unique beauty and rare wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for otters, deer, ospreys and the elusive red squirrel. There are some fascinating attractions to visit in the Loch Lomond National Park including the National Wallace Monument, The Deanston Distillery and Stirling Castle.
One interesting pursuit you might consider whilst staying in Loch Lomond is exploring some of the Loch's many islands. The islands can only be reached by boat. Many day trippers enjoy exploring the different islands before choosing one to stop off for lunch.There are approximately 50 islands in total and each one is individual with its own charms. Inchconnachan Island, for example, rather bizarrely has its own colony of wallabies and is one of the few places not in Australia to host a wild colony.
Visitors can hire their own private rowing or motor boat or catch an organised cruise with one of the local boating companies. Alternately, you can use your own boat and launch it at the resort. Loch Lomond Lodges has its own private beach which is perfect as a launching site.