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Welcome to Scotland!

Well, it’s official. The Scottish have always had a reputation for being welcoming and now a Cambridge University study has labelled us the friendliest people in Britain!

So with stunning scenery, amazing wildlife, delicious food and drink, activities galore and the best welcome in Britain – what better place to come for a break?

Of course you’ll need somewhere fabulous to stay while you’re here and that’s where we come in with our collection of beautiful cottages of all shapes and sizes. We’ve spent years searching the length and breadth of Scotland for the best holiday cottages, most of which are exclusive to us.

blog-island-house-externalWhy not watch the sun go down on the beautiful island of Tiree surrounded by friends and family? Island House is a charming lochside property that can sleep up to 15 people so is perfect for get-together getaways. It can take two dogs as well so your furry friends don’t have to miss out on all the fun. We have a wide selection of other dog friendly properties, but more on that in a future blog…

blog-corglass-cottage-externalYou will find one of our lovely ‘cottages-for-two’ tucked amongst the hills of Strathspey, less than an hour’s drive from Inverness airport. Corglass Cottage is a delightful Highland hideaway with stunning uninterrupted views from large picture windows in every room. You can even enjoy a magnificent panorama of the Glenarder valley from the bath.

blog-killiecrankie-lodgeIf you fancy hiding out in a log cabin in the woods, then Killiecrankie Lodge, set deep in the Perthshire countryside could be perfect for you. It has a picturesque garden stream, decking and an enclosed garden. With a location close to the pretty town of Pitlochry, there are lots of activities for families or couples to enjoy.

Or how about this stunning property on the shores of one of the most photographed lochs in Scotland? Achnacarran Boathouse on Loch Awe in Argyll is architect-designed, expertly furnished and has a private pier, slipway and fishing rights. blog-achnacarron-boathouse-upstairsThe house has views to die for particularly from the upstairs sitting room, and there is an abundance of wildlife nearby including deer, pine martin, red squirrel, otters, barn owls and osprey so you can experience Scotland’s outdoors in all its glory.

We have hundreds of beautiful properties to choose from and add new properties to our portfolio on a regular basis, so why not follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or sign-up to our e-newsletter to make sure you receive all the latest news and suggestions on where to take your next break.

Our cottages have rolled out their welcome mats and are ready to give visitors Scotland’s famous warm welcome, so all you need to do is visit our website or give us a call on 01835 822227 to start your search for the perfect cottage and perfect holiday.

Barking up the right tree.

We are proud to say that the winning dog at this year’s Crufts was Scottish!  Jet, a flatcoated retriever and winner of the Best Gundog Category, beat 21,000 other dogs to get the prestigious title of Best in Show at the National Championships as the show celebrated its 120th anniversary.  Jim Irvine, Jet’s breeder who is based in South Queensferry, Edinburgh, was understandably delighted by Jet’s win.  A Kennel Club representative stated that it was clear that Jet and Jim had a great relationship and that this contributed towards Jet’s success, then going on to say that Crufts celebrates “the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners.”

The mention of a “special and unique bond” between man and dog reminded me of another celebrated relationship between a Scotsman and his four-legged friend. It’s a story that still sends a shiver down my spine when I hear it, a story of a bond so strong that even death could not sever it.

John Gray was a gardener who moved to Edinburgh around 1850 when work was hard to come by.  Unable to find employment in his chosen field, John joined the police force as a night watchman thus avoiding the workhouse.  They were long lonely nights trudging through the street of Edinburgh, especially in the winter months when the colder, wetter weather would further add to John’s feelings of solitude.  John decided to find a partner to join him on his lonely rounds, and ‘Bobby’ a wee Skye Terrier was soon by his side each night.  John and Bobby went everywhere together, watchman and ‘watchdog’, loyal and faithful friends.

 John’s health began to fail him, possibly a consequence of so many nights patrolling the street and on a number of occasions he had to be treated for tuberculosis by the police surgeon.  In February 1958 John Grey died due to the disease that had plagued him, and he was buried in the town’s Greyfriars Kirkyard. 

 Bobby, still faithful to his beloved master, stayed by the grave after John was buried, refusing to leave the graveside even in the most horrible of weather.  Numerous times Bobby was evicted from the kirkyard by the keeper of the grounds, but each time Bobby returned to be close to his master.  Eventually the groundskeeper gave up ejecting Bobby, instead putting a piece of sacking in between two flat, table stones to provide shelter for Bobby beside his master’s grave. 

 Soon the dog and his remarkable behavior became renowned in the local area and people would gather at the gates to the kirkyard on a daily basis to see Bobby.  Each day, at the sound of the one o’clock gun, Bobby would leave the graveside for his lunch, with one thing guaranteed, after his meal he would return to the side of his best friend John.

Bobby kept watch over his master’s grave for 14 years before his own death in 1872.

The amazing loyalty and faithfulness demonstrated by ‘Greyfriars Bobby’, as the wee terrier came to be known, demonstrates just how strong a dogs bond with its owner can be.  The unconditional love a dog gives can give such comfort and joy to its human companion; I know this from when I had my own canine comrade Sully the Pomeranian.

Always pleased to see me, Sully would go with me almost everywhere – but fitting in my handbag made traveling with him easy!  For those of you who have larger dogs, or more than one furry pal, going on holiday can be hard if you to have to leave them behind.  So, if you’re looking for a holiday or short break where your loyal mutt can join you and avoid the loneliness of a stay at the kennels, Unique Cottages has a wide range of pet friendly properties where both of you will be welcomed!