In Scotland, self catering accommodation is a popular choice, and there is a wide range of properties available from wigwams to mansions.
Self-catering can generally be defined as a property that you occupy exclusively for the length of your stay. Typically a detached house or cottage, you can also rent apartments, lodges, log cabins, chalets or even mansion houses on private estates.
The main advantage is that it gives you more freedom as there are no set mealtimes or curfews, it’s usually more convenient to park right outside, offers flexibility for kids and equipment such as bikes, kayaks, etc, and if you’re remote enough, you don’t have to worry about making too much noise.
Is glamping classed as self-catering?
More recently, and perhaps a bit of a cross-over into glamping, are pods, small units of wooden construction that have a bed, small kitchen and a bathroom. These are usually found on campsites and are sometimes considered an upgrade into glamping. However, more recently, sites exclusively offering pod accommodation in pods have emerged as an alternative self-catering. You will find pods also listed under ‘caravan and camping‘ until they merit a section of their own!
Self-catering properties will include furniture, kitchen appliances, cutlery, crockery, and bedding. Some will offer towels and laundry service, but often there .
Food can often be ordered in advance through the host, or from a mobile shopping service. Self-catering has been particulalry popular throughout the pandemic, due to its ‘disconnection’ with other people.