Five Incredible Ideas For A Staycation In Scotland

Published . By Isobel Watkins.

With striking landscapes, boutique hotels and distilleries galore, Scotland is an obvious choice for a romantic UK getaway. Whether you’re opting for a sexy city break in Edinburgh, a cosy retreat on the Isle of Skye or a touch of luxe in the stunning St Andrews, we’ve rounded up five gorgeous ideas for a staycation in Scotland. All you need to do? Pack your raincoat.

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh Weekend breaks

For a slinky Edinburgh city break, Le Monde is a gorgeous choice.

STAY: Le Monde - Located on the ever-lively George Street, Le Monde is the boutique hotel that promises to take you around the world in just one night. Each room is themed on a cosmopolitan city from around the globe, with cutting-edge interiors and five-star service as standard.

EAT: Gaucho - For a dinner date to remember, head to Edinburgh city centre restaurant Gaucho. Specialising in all things Argentinian, the menu pays homage to premium cuts of beef, with rich sauces and fine wines to complement.

DRINK: The Raging Bull - No Edinburgh staycation would be complete without a round of cocktails at one of its many West End bars. The Raging Bull is one of our favourites thanks to its incredible espresso martini offering, with gingerbread, mint and berry twists on the classic sip.

DO: The Great Game Treasure Hunt With so many iconic landmarks, stunning bits of architecture and cosy pubs, the ideal way to see the city is by doing an outdoor treasure hunt. Follow clues, solve riddles and hunt down prizes, with plenty of refreshment breaks along the way, naturally.

Glasgow

Glasgow minibreaks

Step into the future with Yotel's sleek and contemporary cabin rooms.

STAY: Yotel - For a bargain weekend break in Scotland, Glasgow a stellar choice. Located just a stone’s throw away from Central Station, Yotel offers ultra-modern interiors at pocket-friendly prices, with rejuvenating rain showers and space age-style mood lighting in every room. 

EAT: Cubatas - While Glasgow’s climes may be less than desirable at times, that doesn’t mean you can’t be transported to sunnier shores for an evening. Cubatas is Scotland's best known Spanish restaurant, specialising in tasty tapas dishes. Chow down patatas bravas and seafood paella while sipping on sangria. 

DRINK: BrewDog - BrewDog’s Merchant City venue is a stellar spot to kick off a night in Glasgow. The Scottish craft beer mavericks have achieved world domination in recent years while still staying true to their roots, with all their signature beers still created at their Aberdeenshire distillery.

DO: Hillhead Bookclub - From drag bingo nights to bottomless brunches and ping pong showdowns, there’s never a dull moment at Hillhead Bookclub. Set in an old the cinema, the venue's striking interiors go hand in hand with its lively lineup of events.

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye Holidays

Start the morning right with a stove-cooked coffee looking out over the beautiful landscapes.

STAY: Bothan Beileag Shepherds Hut - Connected to the mainland via a 500m bridge, the Isle of Skye is home to rugged landscapes, cosy lodges and historic castles. Top of our list when it comes to incredible short breaks in Scotland, the small island is home to the charming shepherd hut Bothan Beileag. The quirky accommodation offers uninterrupted views, a roaring fire pit for those chillier evenings, and even some friendly donkey neighbours. 

EAT: Kinloch Lodge - A former 16th-century hunting lodge, Kinloch is now one of the island’s most prestigious restaurants. Headed up by Michelin-starred chef Marcello Tully, the kitchen offers a selection of tasting menus, lighter bites and afternoon teas, perfect for warming the cockles after a day of exploring the nearby Loch na Dal.

DRINK: Seumas’ Bar - A popular pub among Skye’s climbing community, Seumas’ Bar is the ideal place to rest your weary legs and warm up with a dram of something fiery. It’s home to a collection of over 400 malts, alongside a selection of real ales on tap, produced by the adjacent Cuillin Brewery.

DO: Take A Dip In The Fairy Pools - No trip to this charming Scottish isle would be complete without a morning at its mystical Fairy Pools. Found close to Glenbrittle and easily identified thanks to their aqua blue colour, these natural pools are a must for any wild swimmer. Just be sure to pack your wetsuit, as the 6°C temperatures are not for the faint of heart.

Fort William

Scottish staycation ideas

Stay in this gorgeous Scottish cabin near Ben Nevis before exploring all that Fort William has to offer.

STAY: Wild Nurture Luxury Off Grid Log Cabin - If you’re on the hunt for a Scottish Highland break, then Fort William is a great place to start. Available to book via Airbnb, the Wild Nurture Offgrid Eco Cabin is the perfect place to escape the stress of everyday life. Suitable for groups of up to five, the lodge truly disappears into its surroundings, allowing you to curl up by the fire while watching the sunset behind Ben Nevis.

EAT: Crannog - Somewhat precariously balanced at the end of Fort William Town Pier, Crannog is the quaint restaurant that allows you to get just about as close to the sea as possible without getting your toes wet. Serving the very best in Scottish seafood, from Lochaber mussels to Ardshealach smoked salmon, it's a cracking spot for a casual dinner.

DRINK: Grog and Gruel - Found on Fort William’s high street, The Grog & Gruel is something of an institution. Pop by for a pint and spend your evening meeting friendly locals and listening to West Highland tales while sampling a selection of craft brews.

DO: See The Glenfinnan Viaduct - Drive 30 minutes out of Fort William and you’ll find a very familiar looking bridge. The Glenfinnan Viaduct has a starring role in the Harry Potter films, and fans come from near and far to see the iconic Jacobean train (AKA the Hogwarts Express) chug along the grand structure.

St Andrews

St Andrews Scotland Staycation

There's more to St Andrews than historic universities and lush golf courses.

STAY: The Fairmont Hotel - St Andrews is a charming seaside town northeast of Edinburgh. While known for its rich golfing heritage, the spot is also perfect for a romantic getaway in Scotland. If you’re looking to really push the boat out then we recommend booking a room at five-star hotel The Fairmont. Expect roaring fires, grand dining rooms and a spa set to the stunning backdrop of the bay.

EAT: Seafood Ristorante - Serving seafood on the seashore, the team of chefs at Seafood Ristorante use locally sourced sustainable produce to create a daily changing menu of classic dishes with an Italian twist. Book as the sun goes down to enjoy a dinner setting quite like no other.

DRINK: The Keys Bar - A favourite among the town’s locals and students (and perhaps even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), The Keys Bar is a homely family-run boozer. Offering bags of charm and character, this is a gorgeous place to call in for a wee dram, with staff always happy to lend an ear.

DO: Take a Tour Around St Andrews Brewery - Found just outside the town centre, St Andrews Brewery offer regular tours around their on-site taproom, with plenty of pints to sample along the way and the chance to learn all about the beer-making process.

Looking for more UK staycation inspiration? Check out our guide to the best romantic breaks on a budget here.