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The Heartland of Scotland —
        
HOME AT FIRST’s Central Scotland program is set in a romantic landscape of stunning beauty: the lochs and mountains of the very heart of Scotland. Our accommodations are cottages in or near picture-postcard villages and towns still undiscovered by tourist throngs.

 

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In our customers' own words —

       "Our pictures and stories of Scotland have dazzled our friends!"                                 — Sally MacDonald, California

 


    CENTRAL SCOTLAND — ROB ROY COUNTRY
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Rob Roy Country —
       
The Highlands of Central Scotland is a region of great history, where Britain’s civilized south clashed with the Celtic clans of the north. Here you can explore Scotland the brave, Scotland the beautiful. This is the home of Scotland's bad-boy hero Rob Roy Macgregor, and the setting for Scotland's rugged, scenic Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

SEE OUR MAP of Scotland's first National Park:

LOCH LOMOND & TROSSACHS NAT'L PARK

EXPLORE the outstanding beauty:

the home of Rob Roy MacGregor

CYCLING THROUGH THE NATIONAL PARK

ABOUT ROB ROY MACGREGOR:

ROB ROY: THE MAN & HIS LEGEND

HIKING: FOLLOWING ROB ROY'S FOOTPRINTS

KIRKTON GLEN & THE BRAES O' BALQUHIDDER

THE RUSTLER'S PATH TO BRIG O' TURK

 

A Great Touring Base —
          From the Highlands of Central Scotland, Edinburgh and Glasgow are each as close as 90 minutes away. The wild, lonesome MUNROS (highest mountains) and moors of the Highlands continue to extend to the north. This legendary landscape draws visitors looking to discover the secrets of Celts, Picts, Scots, Druids, and that greatest of Highland mysteries, Nessie, the reluctant dragon of Scotland’s deep, black Loch Ness.

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— CENTRAL SCOTLAND PROMISES MUCH; BUT IT DELIVERS MORE —

          Don’t take our word. Take that of Queen Victoria. And those of Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, Queen Elizabeth II, Andrew Carnegie, Sandy Lyle, and Ian Fleming. All of the above fell in love with Central Scotland. Most established homes here when they could have lived almost anywhere. And why not? The region offers outstanding natural beauty and great sporting traditions. Its towns and villages steadfastly maintain the practice of traditional Highlands hospitality. A dramatic history has been woven from the struggle between the region’s rugged natural setting and its hearty people. Local Scots understand of the challenges of living with Central Scotland’s ever-changing weather in a sometimes unforgiving landscape. If the rural Scots are often considered dour, know that as only one response to living in a kind of grudging harmony with Big Nature in the northern latitudes on an island in the North Atlantic. Commonly, Scots are also fiercely independent, scrupulously honest, tough, hard-working, fun-loving, a little shy, unpretentious, as well as welcoming to and interested in foreign guests. Intrigued? You should be. Come to Central Scotland. We have just the location for you.

 

Quality Lodgings!
        HOME AT FIRST’s Central Scotland cottages and apartments are well equipped with all the comforts of home. Moreover, they are perfectly located as bases for day trips throughout much of mainland Scotland.

 

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Each lodging is selected for its practical location, quality appointments,
landlord(-lady) hospitality, and authentic Scottish character.
Each provides "all the comforts of home" in a convenient location
that enable guests to get the most out of their holiday in Scotland.

CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS TO SEE SAMPLE HOME AT FIRST CENTRAL SCOTLAND LODGINGS:

 KEEPER'S COTTAGE

BALQUHIDDER         CENTRAL SCOTLAND

 LYNDSAY'S COTTAGE

KILLIN                  CENTRAL SCOTLAND

THE PATIO FLAT

CALLANDER              CENTRAL SCOTLAND

CASTLE VIEW LODGE

 LOCHEARNHEAD       CENTRAL SCOTLAND

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APARTMENTS

 

CALLANDER           CENTRAL SCOTLAND

AILSA'S

BUNGALOW

CALLANDER             CENTRAL SCOTLAND

DOCHART COTTAGE

 KILLIN                     CENTRAL SCOTLAND

JILL'S COTTAGE

BALQUHIDDER         CENTRAL SCOTLAND

 
 

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LINKS GOLFERS

 KINGDOM OF FIFE

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                                 NEAR ST. ANDREWS

 
 
 

 

In our customers' own words —

        "We really loved our cottage. House hosts were friendly, welcoming, helpful, and generous. Couldn't have been better. In hindsight, I wish I had toured less and just enjoyed this incredible location. Really lovely."

— C. von Kaenel, New York

 

 

Independent travel with help from Home At First.

                          Lots to do on foot, by bike, or with your rental car!

Home At First's exclusive Scotland Activity Guide.

        Central Scotland is a golfer’s paradise, and a fisherman’s nirvana. Hike the hills and glens. Trace family roots. Attend a Highland Games. Cycle on dedicated, marked bike routes. Explore dozens of castles and discover living architectural history. Shop for tartans and tweeds. Cruise mysterious lochs. Rail-cruise across the moors from the Highlands to the sea. Visit scotch distilleries on the Whisky Trail. Discover and enjoy fine restaurants throughout Central Scotland. HOME AT FIRST guests in Central Scotland receive our exclusive "Scotland Activity Guide", full of suggestions and maps for day trips and other activities for your visit.

  

CLICK HERE! To see a sample day trip from HOME AT FIRST's exclusive "Scotland Activity Guide".

 

 

In our customers' own words —

            "The highlight of our Scotland visit was probably the Highland Games at Kenmore. This was small enough that we could allow our 8-year-old son some freedom, and a nice cross between a country fair, ethnic festival, and athletic competition. The location was lovely, and the people were wonderfully friendly."

— Ellen & George M., Michigan

 

 


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A fully-staffed program —
         
Discover the best of Scotland with the help and support of HOME AT FIRST’s professional on-site team, who will meet you in Glasgow, provide you with Orientation in the Central Highlands, and host you at a sumptuous Scottish dinner.

 

 

HOME AT FIRST'S IAIN CAMPBELL
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EXPECT A WARM SCOTTISH
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SUGGESTIONS TO HELP YOU GET
THE MOST OUT OF YOUR VISIT.

                                            Photo Home At First.

 
Home At First's Iain Campbell on-site in Central Scotland. Photo  Home At First.
 

 

In our customers' own words —

           "At Orientation your staff did a marvelous job of introducing us to the area, acquainting us with day trip opportunities, reminding us about the roundabouts and just generally making us feel that we had help that was close by in case we ran into any difficulty."

— G. D. Sutherland, New Hampshire

           "Your Scottish staff persons are a wonderful asset to Home At First. We were very impressed with Alan meeting our arrival in Glasgow. We were also extremely happy with Iain's availability, expertise, and overall services in Central Scotland. Here really helped make our trip very successful and filled with warm, lifelong memories."

— Paul & Roberta G., Arizona

 

 

Guided Small Group Touring
& Private Driver/Guides

Options: we drive, you enjoy!

          HOME AT FIRST offers a new way to experience our most popular destination: Scotland, by small group escorted touring. Designed for those not wanting to drive themselves, but still wanting independence and flexibility in their daily travel planning, our small group escorted tours provide a combination of independent living in your own cottage or apartment in Central Scotland with daily options for guided excursions to locations throughout Scotland. Three one-week trips are planned each year: Spring (May), Summer (August), and Autumn (September). Groups are limited to a maximum of 12 persons. FULL DETAILS & PRICING.

          Want independent touring without having to drive yourself? HOME AT FIRST offers PRIVATE DRIVER/GUIDE arrangements, too. FULL DETAILS & PRICING.

Join us -- or not -- as your interests and lifestyle dictate, for up to 5 escorted day trips during our Spring and Fall Guided Scotland Tours. Photo  Home At First.
Join us — or not — as your interests and lifestyle
dictate, for up to FIVE
escorted day trips during
our Spring and Fall
Guided Scotland Tours.

Photo Home At First.

 

 

Fore! Golf is Great in Central Scotland!

St. Andrews, Home of Golf. Photo courtesy Greg Elwell  Home At First.
GOLF AT ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND
Photo courtesy Greg Elwell Home At First

       Central Scotland offers several fine inland courses, and is within reach of some of the famous coastal links courses. We even have cottages within 5 miles of St. Andrews in eastern Central Scotland. For information about golf in Scotland, including HOME AT FIRST's offer for pre-arranged tee-times at some Scotland's top courses, visit our SCOTLAND GOLF web page.

 

 

Scotland is Family Friendliest!

HOME AT FIRST'S CENTRAL SCOTLAND IS IDEAL FOR FAMILIES:

FAMILY LIFESTYLE: spacious cottages give everybody their own space.

FAMILY EFFICIENCY: cook & eat-in for breakfast & supper; picnic out for lunch.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES: Castles, walks, boats, animals, playgrounds, bike rides, trains, Highland Games.

FAMILY AFFORDABILITY: Kids Stay Free!

SEE OUR "FAMILY TRAVEL" PAGE FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION!

HIKE THE HILLS WHERE ROB ROY ROAMED!
Photo Michael Mullen HOME AT FIRST

 
Discover Scotland's wild beauty hiking Rob Roy's hills. Photo Michael Mullen  Home At First.
 

 

In our customers' own words —
 
"Killin, our town in Central Scotland, was a great location for kids because:
  The town was small enough that our 8-year-old could run around on his own.
  
Our 3-year-old enjoyed visiting the town's lovely playground.
  
Both kids met Scottish children of their own ages there.
  
The swings in the backyard & the children's videotapes in the living room at the cottage.
  
Nearby Campbell, Stirling, and Doune Castles were great kid destinations.
  
The steam train from Fort William to Mallaig allowed our older boy to meet his 'Thomas
        the Tank Engine' needs, and afforded some spectacular views. The driver invited him
        into the engine and allowed him to shovel coal in the firebox."

— Ellen & George M., Michigan

 

 

The Right Prices to Create Your Dream Trip:

CENTRAL SCOTLAND FIXED PACKAGE PRICING 2017

  OUR LOWEST-COST 2-WEEK FULL-PACKAGE BRITISH ISLES VACATION! 

NOTE: Any included airfares are subject to change until tickets are issued and may
be subject to fuel surcharges and tax increases.

NOTE: Any included car rentals may be subject to any locally charged taxes & fees.

NOTE: Prices subject to change in the event of major currency fluctuations affecting
foreign-purchased components.

PRICES PER PERSON

2 PERSONS

3 PERSONS

4 PERSONS

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SUPPLEMENTS
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1 Week
FULL

PACKAGE

• TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHTS

• 1-WEEK LODGING

• 1-WEEK CAR RENTAL

• ACTIVITIES GUIDE

$2192
 
PER PERSON

$2110
 
PER PERSON

$2091
 
PER PERSON

$1989
 
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
+$401/prs.

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$602
 
PER PERSON

$590
 
PER PERSON

$531
 
PER PERSON

$497
 
PER PERSON

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INCLUDES: One Additional Week at the Same Lodging & Extension of Car Rental.

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$636
 
PER PERSON

$549
 
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$502
 
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INCLUDES: 1 Additional Wk. at a Different Central Scotland Lodging + 1-Wk Car Rental.

1 Week
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• 1-WEEK CAR RENTAL
• ACTIVITIES GUIDE

$878
 
PER PERSON

$767
 
PER PERSON

$691
 
PER PERSON

$602
 
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
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INCLUDES: 1-Wk Central Scotland Lodging. No Transportation Items or On-Site Services.

 1 Week
LODGING ONLY

$796
 
PER PERSON

$706
 
PER PERSON

$599
 
PER PERSON

$549
 
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
+$98/prs.

INCLUDES: 1-Wk Central Scotland Lodging. No Transportation Items or On-Site Services.

SEASONS:

HIGH SEASON: MAY 13 – AUG 22, 2017

MAIN SEASON: All Other Dates

LOW SEASON: NOV 1 – DEC 15, 2016 and JAN 6MAR 17, 2017

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& Glasgow
Borders &
Far North
London Wales, Cotswolds
and Devon
Central
Ireland
Cork and
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Donegal, Sligo,
and Antrim
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K. Fowler, Oregon

 

 

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          You get all the elements your trip requires. You don't get more than you need. Your trip comes with the independence and flexibility that will let you travel at your own pace and explore according to your interests.
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Glen Coe, Central Highlands. Photo  Home At First.
GLEN COE IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Photo Home At First.

in Central Scotland during your visit, plus the

 

recommendations of its professional on-site staff.

 

In our customers' own words —
 
        "We did quite a lot of hiking. In Glen Coe we climbed
'The Devil's Staircase' on a gorgeous day."

— M. & J.  Meiklejohn, New Hampshire

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Pre-Arranged Outdoor Activities:
          Central Scotland guests looking to pursue
golf, fishing, or hiking in Scotland will want to review special options for pre-arranged, guided or independent activities in Scotland's Central Highlands. Please inquire.

 

Short Trips to Scotland's Distant Islands:

Callenish Stone Circle, in the Outer Hebrides. Photo  Home At First.

          Central Highlands guests wanting to explore the furthest corners of Scotland can opt for special partial-week packages to the WESTERN ISLES (Outer Hebrides) and to ORKNEY and the SHETLAND ISLANDS that include flights, car rental and lodging for a great price. Please inquire.

CELTIC STANDING STONE CIRCLE
AT CALLENISH, WESTERN ISLES

Photo Home At First.

 
 

In our customers' own words —
 
          "We had a great time! We loved our cottage and its setting. All went smoothly — even the ferry to/from the Western Hebrides!"

— Louisa Brown, Pennsylvania

 

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