If you love the natural beauty of Scotland, but the unpredictable weather makes you dismiss the idea of visiting during the winter months, think again. You could be missing out on one of the most spectacular times of the year to visit. Those short, chilly days are a time when you can experience the magic of romantic walks in crisp, snowy landscapes, the challenges and triumphs of hill walking and winter climbing, and the thrills of skiing and snowboarding. If you decide to stay in one of our luxury holidays homes, you have the twin benefits of the independence to set your own schedule and the knowledge that, however cold the weather may get outdoors, you will be coming back to a warm and comfortable place.

Winter brings beautiful and dramatic changes to Scotland’s landscapes that many summer visitors may never have the opportunity to witness for themselves. During the colder months, places that are havens of tranquillity during the summer become even quieter and you may even find that you can walk along an entire beach without seeing another soul. The stillness and peace, often with a thick blanket of snow covering the hills and mountains, gives Scotland’s landscapes a mysterious beauty – perfect when you feel the need for a break from noise and crowds. If you are out on a crisp winter’s night in northern Scotland, the low levels of light pollution mean that you may even be lucky enough to observe the magnificent natural light show of the aurora borealis – the Northern Lights.

A self-catering winter break in Scotland is the perfect escape into a snowy wonderland of mountains, hills and beaches, but to enjoy it to the full, it’s best to come fully prepared. Remember to bring plenty of warm, windproof and waterproof clothes. If you’re planning any mountain walks, the usual safety precautions apply, including bringing adequate supplies of food and drink, a first aid kit and, of course, the relevant maps and navigation equipment. If you’re planning to use public transport at any point during your stay, check the timetables as they may be different from the summer ones.