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Rural Retreats - Central Scotland

Staying with Scotland’s Best B&Bs means you can be sure of high standards and enjoy a rural retreat with a very personal, warm welcome from your hosts. We are all inspected by Visit Scotland Quality Assurance advisors and have been graded from 4 Stars right up to 5 Star GOLD.

Central Scotland is easily accessible and offers something for everyone from historic sites and picturesque villages to outdoor activities and local culinary delights.

  • LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS - the spectacular scenery of this National Park is one of the most romantic settings in Scotland.
  • THE LOTHIANS - explore the Lowland countryside around Edinburgh and take a boat trip on the Firth of Forth. Discover historic sites such as Linlithgow Palace and Tantallon Castle.
  • THE KINGDOM OF FIFE - famous for its golf courses, quaint fishing villages and scenic coastline.
  • PERTHSHIRE - great for outdoor activities and wildlife watching, as well as castles and picturesque small towns. 'Big Tree Country' is especially gorgeous in the autumn.
  • STIRLINGSHIRE - steeped in history with famous battlefields and castles.

Linlithgow Palace - Perthshire's autumn trees - Crail harbour
Linlithgow Palace / Perthshire's autumn trees / Crail harbour

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs in the Falkirk area

Easter Glentore Farmhouse near FalkirkEaster Glentore Farmhouse
This 4 Star GOLD farmhouse is on a 100-acre farm in a scenic setting between Falkirk and Airdrie in North Lanarkshire. With panoramic countryside views and a full Scottish breakfast, guests can relax in 2 kingsize double bedrooms (all on ground floor). Close to The Kelpies, Falkirk Wheel and the Antonine Wall. Excellent touring base for Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. Taste Our Best award. BOOK NOW

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs in The Kingdom of Fife

Tarskavaig Bed and Breakfast, FifeTarskavaig Bed and Breakfast
This idyllic 4 Star countryside retreat has panoramic views and amazing sunsets. Just 5 miles from St Andrews, it is ideal for exploring Fife and Dundee. 1 luxury suite with slipper bath, ensuite shower and private balcony. 3 kingsize/superking ensuite rooms with power shower and/or bath. All rooms are provided with designer toiletries, blackout blinds, flat screen TV, hairdryer, fridge with water and fresh milk, shortbread, etc. Champagne, flowers and chocolates can be ordered as extras for that special occasion. Discover the quaint little towns and villages of the picturesque East Neuk of Fife, or enjoy walking on The Fife Coastal Path & Pilgrims Way. Historic attractions, golf courses, watersports, wildlife watching. BOOK NOW

Bayview Bed and Breakfast, FifeBayview Bed & Breakfast
This 4 Star GOLD B&B in Upper Largo is a 19th century cottage with sea views in an idyllic location on a coastal path. Bayview is surrounded by famous Fife golf courses and Margaret can organise golf tee times at reduced rates at local clubs for her guests. Just 11 miles from historic St Andrews. Choose from 2 ensuite rooms offering a choice of double, twin or triple sleeping arrangements. Relax in the well tended garden where your hosts grow their own fruit, which you can enjoy fresh or in preserves for breakfast. Romantic Breaks - includings champagne, handmade chocolate delights, fresh flowers, fresh fruit, candles, bathrobes. BOOK NOW

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs in the Stirling area

Garvally House B&B in AlloaGarvally House
This 5 Star GOLD accommodation in the small town of Alloa is just 6 miles from historic Stirling. An ideal quiet location which is perfect for visiting the cities of Edinburgh and Stirling, or exploring Perthshire, Fife and the rest of central Scotland. Choice of 3 luxury ensuite rooms and wonderful food. Golf courses, castles and historic battlefields within a short drive. BOOK NOW

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs in The Lothians

Parkhead House B&B ScotlandParkhead House
This 4 Star former gamekeeper's cottage sits on the edge of the deer park near Hopetoun House, and offers direct access to over 600 acres of open countryside right on the doorstep. Built around 1720, Parkhead House is an idyllic country retreat in an historic setting, close to many 'Outlander' filming locations (your host can offer guided tours). Choice of 2 self-contained suites each with its own private sitting room and breakfast table: a ground floor suite with ensuite double/twin bedroom overlooking the garden, plus an upstairs suite for families with 1 double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom (both with ensuite bathroom). Full Scottish breakfast. It's only 13 miles from Edinburgh city centre and 8 miles from Linlithgow Palace. The proximity of the Queensferry Crossing means Parkhead House is within easy driving distance of Stirling, Perth, Falkirk, St Andrews, Dundee, etc. This B&B is also located right on two great long distance walks: The John Muir Way, and the Walk of St Andrews. Dogs welcome. BOOK NOW

Arden Country House ScotlandArden Country House
This 5 Star GOLD Country House sits in the grounds of a 100-acre estate, just 2 miles from the historic town of Linlithgow. Only 20 minutes from Edinburgh Airport. An ideal base for exploring the Central Belt with Linlithgow Palace and Outlander locations close by. This peaceful rural retreat has 3 ensuite luxury bedrooms (one on the ground floor). Your hostess is previous winner of the Friendliest Landlady award and can offer afternoon tea with home baking on arrival. Extensive breakfast menu. BOOK NOW

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs in The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Loaninghead Farm Bed & Breakfast - Loch LomondLoaninghead Farm
This 18th century hunting lodge offers 4 Star Gold B&B near the village of Drymen in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. This peaceful rural retreat is only 20 miles from Glasgow. 2 spacious bedrooms (1 super king double / twin and 1 king size double). Full Scottish Breakfast in the dining room with antique furnishings. Explore Loch Lomond, the Argyll hills, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park or the West Highland Way. Golf, fishing, cycling, pony trekking, watersports. Stirling, Perth and Edinburgh are all less than an hour's drive away. BOOK NOW

Westerton Bed & Breakfast in CallanderWesterton Bed and Breakfast
This impressively restored Victorian home offers 4 Star Gold B&B accommodation in the picturesque Trossachs town of Callander. Only 20 minutes drive from Stirling and 1 hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Set in a large garden on the banks of the River Leny. 3 ensuite super-king rooms all with mini fridge, TV/DVD, toiletries, free WiFi, etc. Exclusive use option available for 2021. Breakfast is served in the elegant dining room looking out over the landscaped gardens. Ideal for walking/cycling or touring the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. Numerous whisky distilleries, castles and other historic sites within a short drive. BOOK NOW

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs in Perthshire

Craigellie House Perthshire B&BCraigellie House
This elegant Country House near Blairgowrie is set in private grounds in the rolling countryside of eastern Perthshire. Recently renovated, it offers 2 ensuite bedrooms: 1 super king/twin and 1 king with a sofa bed (for up to 2 children). Woodland walks and cycle paths are nearby. This tranquil retreat is the perfect base for exploring Perthshire, the Angus Glens, Dundee, Fife and the Cairngorm mountains. Evening meals are available by special request. Your hostess Liz is a trained Nutritional Therapist who offers good home cooking with vegetables from the garden when in season. Enjoy home baking in the guests' sitting room in the afternoons. Only 90 minutes north of Edinburgh. BOOK NOW

Woodcroft House Perthshire B&BWoodcroft House
This 5 Star Victorian Arts and crafts mansion is secluded in its own garden, yet only 5 minutes walk from Perth town centre. Woodcroft House enjoys views across Perth to the Perthshire hills. Choice of 3 luxurious en-suite rooms including a Suite with an Emperor 7ft x 7ft bed (2 rooms have a bath tub as well as separate shower), plus an additional room for larger parties. Your host Claire is passionate about food and serves meals in the Peacock Dining Room. Enjoy an extensive Continental Buffet and healthy hot options for breakfast with local produce. Optional extras include homemade Afternoon Tea or evening meals in candlelight with a roaring log fire. Taste our Best award. Ideal for exploring Perthshire, Stirling, Dundee and Fife. Book direct to receive a 20% discount online (for stays until December 2021). BOOK NOW

Brae House, PerthshireBrae House
This 4 Star GOLD B&B offers a peaceful retreat in picturesque Aberfeldy in the heart of Highland Perthshire. Brae House has an elevated position overlooking the River Tay with panoramic mountain views. 2 superking/twin ensuite bedrooms with a choice of bath or shower. Children welcome. Tasty breakfasts with local produce. Lovely walks nearby including the famous Birks of Aberfeldy. Explore Loch Tay, Pitlochry, Dunkeld and the Trossachs. BOOK NOW

Northlands B&B PitlochryNorthlands B&B
This 4 Star GOLD B&B in the picturesque Perthshire town of Pitlochry is ideal for golf, gardens, historic sites and touring scenic Perthshire and Central Scotland. Regional winner of Scottish Thistle Award for the Most Hospitable B&B / Guest House in Central, Fife & Tayside 2019/20 and winner of a Special Commendation at the national finals. Relax in one of 3 elegant, stylish ensuite bedrooms, and enjoy breakfast served in the dining room overlooking the garden. BOOK NOW

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Discover the rolling countryside of the Lothians and Fife, and see where the Lowlands meet the Highlands in Perthshire. Explore walking trails such as the Rob Roy Way, Fife Coastal Path or the Cateran Trail. Why not take a wildlife safari to spot deer in the hills or a boat trip to see the seabird colonies on the Isle of May or Bass Rock? This part of Scotland offers plenty of opportunities for cycling, mountain biking, fishing, horse riding and sailing. There are many championship golf courses in Central Scotland not just the famous ones at Gleneagles and St Andrews.

Queen's View over Loch Tummel, Perthshire. Photo by Kenny Lam / Visit Scotland
Queen's View over Loch Tummel, Perthshire. Photo copyright Kenny Lam / Visit Scotland

EXPLORE MORE RURAL RETREATS IN SCOTLAND:

Rural Retreats in Southern Scotland (Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Borders)

Rural Retreats in North East Scotland (Angus and Dundee, Aberdeenshire)

Rural Retreats in the Scottish Highlands (Loch Ness, Lochaber, North Coast 500, Isle of Skye)

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