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Last minute trip end of May

My daughter and I are surprising my husband with a trip to Scotland from 5/22-5/28.  We would really like to rent a small cottage in a quintessential Scottish village (i.e. pub, farms, etc.)  I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed trying to figure out where to go.  My husband is a Grant so he's interested in seeing the homeland!  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hello @goodkarma, what a lovely surprise! I'm sure your husband will be absolutely thrilled :)

    You're a bit spoiled for choice in Scotland so I'm sure you'll find something that fits your brief quite easily!

    One to consider would be making your way to Dumfries and Galloway - you could always stay in New Abbey which has one pub, a corn mill, a ruined abbey and is absolutely delightful.

    I'm sure others will join in with their recommendations too, like I say, spoiled for choice :) 
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  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Hello @goodkarma, this seems like such a pleasant surprise for your husband :smile: As I am not Scottish, I googled Clan Grant and what struck me was the crest of the clan saying "Craig Elachie". It struck me because I have been to the village of Craigellachie in Speyside and it 100% fits your model of an ideal village while being the crest of Clan Grant! Sharing a couple of pictures I took there here so you get an idea of how this wee beautiful village looks.

    The flip side is that the village has very few homes. Google suggests there are a few good looking cottages in the village : You can also try VisitScotland & Airbnb to find cottages in the area.
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  • YourScotlandTourYourScotlandTour Member ✭✭✭
    There's a charming log cabin in the heart of the mearns which would put Craigellachie a 2 hour drive away. 

    Marykirk has a lovely wee hotel / pub, it is quite rural but only a 40 minute drive to the UNESCO city of design Dundee, and the bustling Aberdeen. You could easily arrive into Aberdeen airport...

    A local distillery Glencadam offer brilliant personal 'manager' tours and the other one in Fettercairn offer excellent tours too. 

    The amazing Glamis and Dunnottar castles are within easy reach and there's loads more to fill your week!! 

    It's a different option, maybe to what you were looking for... 
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  • New Abbey is lovely little village! For the dates that you are intending to travel, you would also be right on time for the 'Spring Fling' artist open studio event, and there will be several extra special places to visit, almost on your doorstep!
    Busy baking cakes and serving coffees, lunches and afternoon tea at our family owned tearoom right next to Sweetheart Abbey.  
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