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.

  • 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.

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 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. 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 Break for £209 for 2 nights bed and full Scottish Breakfast for 2 people sharing a room (includes champagne, handmade chocolate delights, fresh flowers, fresh fruit, candles, bathrobes). BOOK NOW

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs in Perthshire

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 23 December 2020). 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

Mill House B&B Scottish BordersNorthlands 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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