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Travel: Cosy cabins to cuddle up and coorie in for a winter break

Nestling in the Highland wilderness, the Eagle Brae log cabins provide the ultimate, luxurious escape and activities for adventurous visitors
Nestling in the Highland wilderness, the Eagle Brae log cabins provide the ultimate, luxurious escape and activities for adventurous visitors

Scotland is famous for its breathtaking scenery, which is especially magical in the winter months, but you don’t always have to be outdoors to appreciate it.

From glamping and log cabins to treehouses and eco-cottages, there are plenty of cosy corners located in stunning surroundings that offer the perfect escape.

Here are a few of our favourite winter hideaways.

The Lazy Duck, Aviemore

Nestled in the Cairngorm National Park, this gem feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Slow down and enjoy a relaxing night watching the night sky, sitting in front of a cosy chiminea and recharging your batteries in one of three eco mountain huts.

Loch Tay Highland Lodges, Killin

With surrounding views of Loch Tay and Ben Lawers and on the shores of Loch Tay, visitors can pick whether to have a snug stay in a lodge, cabin, wigwam or even a delightful GeoDome. Spend the day exploring the local area and then unwind at night with a dip in a wood burning hot tub.


⚠️Covid restrictions mean many of us can’t travel at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream ahead for when restrictions ease, as long as we stick to Scottish Government guidance. Check before you travel at www.gov.scot


Eagle Brae, Beauly

Hidden in the heart of the Highlands, the luxurious log cabin village combines breathtaking scenery and untamed wilderness. Eagle Brae is a luxury self-catering eco-resort entirely powered by renewables. As well as a cosy stay, guests can try their hands at canoeing, pony trekking, bank fishing and mountain biking.

Inside Eagle Brae

Coorie Cottage, Ullapool

This relaxing, remote stone cottage is in the grounds of the old Altnaharrie Inn overlooking Loch Broom. It’s an idyllic sanctuary where you can experience true peace and tranquility. If you wish to do more than nothing, the picturesque setting is perfect for long country walks.

Brockloch Eco Retreat, Dumfries

Near Kirkpatrick Durham, and, with no TV or wifi, it’s perfect for those wanting a couple of days off the grid. Lose yourself in your thoughts as you take a long soak in the bathtub and watch the stars through the skylight at this quaint treehouse hideaway.

Galloway Activity Centre, Dumfries

The magical selection of properties includes an eco-friendly bothy powered by solar energy with wood-fired hot tub, or try a hand-crafted tent with cosy vibes and a log-burning stove for cooking a delicious loch-side dinner. Thrill seekers can get their adrenaline pumping with activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, climbing and laser tag.

Hot tub bothy at Galloway Activity Centre, Dumfries

Roulotte Retreat, Melrose

Romantic souls will adore the traditional Romany-style caravans. A country hideaway set in grassy meadowland near the Eildon Hills, each of these dreamy wooden caravans has been exquisitely crafted. Step aboard to enjoy a splendid visual feast of opulent colour, quirky styling and bags of character. Two of the roulottes, Zenaya and Devanna, even have Japanese-like eco hot tubs!

Muckrach Castle, Grantown-on-Spey

If you like a little luxury after a day’s adventuring, cosy up in a Scottish castle. The self-catering accommodation boasts vaulted ceilings, private grounds and a master bedroom with a four-poster and standalone roll-top bath.

Fingal, Leith

For a completely different cosy experience jump aboard Fingal, Scotland’s luxury floating hotel. Berthed permanently in the waterfront in Leith, Fingal boasts all the glamour and style of a superyacht but with an air of art deco elegance. With 23 luxury cabins, each named after Stevenson lighthouses, this unique stay is the ultimate in luxury accommodation and dining with a nautical twist.