Top 10 Beach Holiday Cottages
Top 10 Holiday Cottages on the Beach
Calgary Bay Cottage, Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull
Address: Calgary Bay Cottage, Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull, Argyll. PA75 6QQ
Calgary Bay in the Isle of Mull is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful beaches of the British Isles. In summer photos, you could easily imagine that this beach is on some tropical, sun-drenched island.
Yet even beneath the dull Scottish skies on a dreich day, Calgary bay can put some sunshine in your life. The pristine white sands and clear waters must be seen to be believed.
Just across the single track road, at the southern end of the beautiful beach, Calgary Bay Cottage is the perfect place for a family holiday by the sea. The comfortable cottage sleeps six in two double bedrooms and a twin.
There is an open-plan living area on the ground floor, with a wood burning stove, a dining table well placed to take in the stunning sea views, and a kitchen with everything you will need for a self-catering stay. While there is no TV reception here, there is a DVD player, a collection of DVDs and broadband to keep everyone entertained.
A perfect, purpose built area in the hall is perfect for young children to do some art and crafts after shell collecting along the shore.
The Isle of Mull offers plenty of other attractions if you can tear yourself away from the beach, including the charming, colourful town of Tobermory, a plethora or nature walks and wildlife-watching opportunities, and several historic sites.
Shore Cottage, Isle of Iona
Address: Shore Cottage, Isle of Iona, Argyll. PA76 6SP
Literally a stone's throw from the silvery sands, on the magical isle of Iona, this cottage offers accommodation for 9 or 10 guests in a four bedroom property.
The cottage, overlooking the Sound of Iona to the Isle of Mull, is perfect for families looking to experience true tranquillity on the sea shore, on a tiny island with a number of beautiful beaches.
Just a few minutes stroll from the pier, pub and general store, on the south road, the cosy cottage has double glazing and oil fired central heating.
It is fully equipped with the things you need for a comfortable stay, including bed linen, towels, kitchen equipment, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier, digital TV & DVD plus wireless broadband. The cottage also has a garden with a patio area.
Iona has a number of cottages available for self catering stays, an since the island is just 4 miles long and only about a mile wide, the beautiful beaches of the island are never far away.
While on the island, guests can also enjoy a visit to the fascinating Abbey, Bishop's House and Nunnery, ascend the small hill Dun I, the location of an Iron Age Hill Fort, or head for the old Marble Quarry. You can learn more about the island and its culture at the Heritage Centre.
Traigh Mhor, Gott Bay, Tiree
Address: Traigh Mhor, Kirkapol, Isle of Tiree.
This cottage is located in a scenic spot just 200 yards off the beautiful white sands of Gott Bay, at Kirkapol on the Isle of Tiree. It is on a small, working croft and offers a relaxed and comfortable stay for those who wish to enjoy the beach, and the other attractions of this enchanting island.
The cottage sleeps up to 7 people in four bedrooms. It is traditional, yet has been lovingly modernised within, retaining many delightful period features, including the wood-panelled ceilings of what was once the island's registry office.
The large, enclosed garden has wonderful south-facing views over the bay. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Treshnish Isles, Iona and the Isle of Mull. Large, south facing windows from the inviting sitting room also afford fantastic sea views.
On Tiree, you are more likely to have a sunny day for beach combing than almost anywhere else in Scotland. This is one of the sunniest places in the British Isles.
The Gulf Stream keeps things relatively mild, while the windy conditions mean midges are not something you will have to contend with here in summer. This means that Tiree could be perfect for a relaxing summer seaside stay.
Beach Bay Cottage, Uig Bay, Lewis & Harris
Address: Beach Bay Cottage, Carnish, Isle of Lewis. HS2 9EX
Uig Bay is without a doubt, the location of one of the most stunning and most famous beaches of the Outer Hebrides. Beach Bay Cottage is an eco-friendly retreat just steps away from the stunning sands of Ardroil Beach and Uig Bay.
It was here, in 1850, that the world-famous Lewis Chessmen were found. Two more breathtaking beaches are found just ten minutes walk away.
The cottage is a stunning architectural design, based on the traditional Lewis blackhouse and on neolithic houses discovered in the Hebrides. It has stone walls and a turf roof – a roof with a view to die for! It was built by local craftsmen largely using local materials.
This is the ultimate in eco-friendly, five-star luxury and offers accommodation for up to four people in the two bedroom, two bathroom property. The property also boasts a multi-fuel stove, a 2-person sauna and a jacuzzi bath.
There are plenty of things to see and do on the Isles of Harris and Lewis, for family holidays or for romantic breaks for two. Enjoy stunning natural wonders and historic attractions galore on these idyllic islands.
Atlantic Cottage, Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris
Address: Atlantic Cottage, Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris, HS3 3HL
Another of the most beautiful beaches in the Outer Hebrides is Luskentyre Beach on the adjoining Isle of Harris. Just steps away from the stunning white sands and turquoise waters of this beautiful strand you will find a couple of holiday cottages.
One of these is Atlantic Cottage, five-star self-catering accommodation with stunning views over the bay and down the west coast of the island.
Atlantic cottage was built in 2005 and is well-equipped for up to four people to enjoy a comfortable stay within a fenced off area on a working croft.
There are two cosy bedrooms, a bathroom with spa bath and shower, a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, utility room and lounge. Patio doors lead to a decked area which is perfect for enjoying the lovely coastal views and spectacular sunsets.
The beach itself is just one of the natural beauty spots across the island. Several other stunning beaches, wildlife hotspots and historic sites are within easy reach. This could be the perfect home-away-from-home from which to explore this island and its neighbour Lewis, to the north.
Tir nan Óg, Sanna Bay, Ardnamurchan
Address: Tir Nan Óg, Sanna, Ardnamurchan. PH36 4LW
Sanna Bay is one of the most breathtaking beaches of Scotland's west coast. On the mainland, near the end of the remote Ardnamurchan Peninsula, close to Ardnamurchan Point – the most westerly point on the British mainland, Sanna Bay's soft, pristine, white sands must be seen to be believed.
Just two minutes meander over the dunes lies this traditional, 19th-century stone cottage.
The cottage, called Tir Nan Óg, sleeps up to six in three bedrooms. It is cosy and warm, with gas central heating. The cosy living room looks out over the lovely, enclosed garden and offers entertainment options for the whole family.
There is also a relaxed dining room, and a kitchen with everything you will need during your stay.
The short walk across the dunes to reach the breathtaking Sanna Bay beach is well worthwhile. Here you will be blown away by the stunning white-shell sands and turquoise waters.
You may well catch a glimpse of some of Scotland's most elusive wildlife as you explore the beach and the surrounding area. Sea eagles, otters and pine martens are all seen along the shoreline of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.
High Trodhigal, Machrihanish, near Campbeltown
Address: High Trodhigal, Machrihanish, Nr Campbeltown, Mull of Kintyre. PA28 6PT
The Mull of Kintyre is said by some to be Scotland in miniature. The west coast of the island is famed for its beaches and bays, the most stunning and best known of which is the sandy stretch at Machrihanish.
In an elevated position overlooking this beautiful beach you will find an eco-friendly holiday cottage called High Trodhigal, which offers five-star luxury in this most stunning of settings, with stunning views out over the bay towards the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha.
The one bedroom, earth-sheltered cottage is ideal for a romantic break. It offers the perfect place to enjoy a green retreat, and a base from which to explore the natural beauty of the area. Linens and towels are provided and the cottage has a fully equipped kitchen.
It is also equipped with bicycles, picnic backpacks, beach towels and binoculars to help you enjoy and explore the beach and beautiful scenery of this part of the country. Once you return to the cottage, you can relax and unwind with the spa bath, drench shower, sauna, organic toiletries and other little luxuries.
There are plenty of things to do, both on the beach and in the wider area, and there are a number of prime birdwatching and other wildlife-spotting locations nearby. Whether you want a relaxing romantic retreat or an active adventure holiday, this could be the perfect holiday destination for you.
Redpoint Cottage, Red Point, Gairloch
Address: Red Point Cottage, Red Point, Gairloch.
Red Point on the west coast near Gairloch is known for its two stunning sandy beaches, with lovely, golden sand. This holiday cottage is located directly opposite the nicer of these two beaches, in a secluded, idyllic location at the end of a nine mile stretch of single track road.
It affords panoramic views over Loch Torridon to the Applecross peninsula, and the Isles of Skye, Raasay and Rona. On a clear day, you can even see all the way to the Outer Hebrides across the Minch.
Red point cottage is a traditional croft house which has been extensively refurbished and offers all mod cons and everything you need for a relaxing and comfortable stay.
There is a conservatory from which to enjoy the stunning views, a lounge with a multi-fuel stove, an enclosed garden and two bedrooms that can sleep four (or five with use of a cot).
Those who enjoy hiking and other outdoors recreation will find plenty to do in the surrounding area, from hillwalking and mountain hikes, to coastal strolls. Pony trekking is also available at Red Point.
Seven Gables, Elie, Fife
Address: Seven Gables, South St, Elie KY9 1DN
While the beaches of the west coast and islands are rightly famed, the east coast of Scotland also has a number of stunning strands to choose from. Some of the best beaches of the East Coast are found in the East Neuk of Fife.
Here you will find a number of beautiful beaches, including those of St Andrews, West Sands, Castle Sands and East Sands, a lovely beach at Kingsbarns, and – perhaps the best of the bunch – the golden sands of Elie, just round the coast, on the Firth of Forth.
There are plenty of holiday cottages in Elie, and in the adjoining village of Earlsferry. One enchanting option in Elie is Seven Gables. Accommodation here is as close to the sea as it is possible to get. The living room windows are built into the sea wall, and when the tide is in, the water comes right up to the wall.
When the tide is out, a gateway leads through from the garden straight down onto the beautiful golden sands. The property sleeps up to eight in four bedrooms, and offers everything you will need for a relaxing and comfortable self-catering stay.
Elie has other beaches too, and many more bays and beaches stretch round the coast. The Fife Coastal Path allows for delightful walks along the shoreline from here to the other picturesque fishing villages of the East Neuk.
Foreman's Cottage, Lunan Bay
Address: Foreman's Cottage, Lunan Bay
Another of the best beaches of the East Coast of Scotland is Lunan Bay. Lunan Bay is a magnificent sweep of soft, golden sand on the coast of Angus. It is overlooked by the ruins of Red Castle and has an interesting history stretching back through the centuries.
The beach is popular with holidaymakers, surfers and horse-riders, yet you will never find it overcrowded and will often still have the beach almost entirely to yourself. You may even be lucky enough to find agates and other gemstones scattered along the shore, especially after storms.
Stylish yet accessible, the Foreman's Cottage is close to the River Lunan, which runs down onto the beach, and is just 300 yards away from the lovely sand dunes and the beautiful beach beyond. The cottage sleeps up to 6, and has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The cottage's interior, with all mod cons, has featured in a number of style and interior design magazines and has been kitted out to a very high standard, with an enchanting blend of old and new. The extensive grounds are largely laid to lawn and there is an area of decking for outdoors eating and relaxation.
This cottage could be the perfect base for a family beach holiday, and there is plenty more to see and do in nearby Arbroath and Montrose, and throughout the rest of Angus.