Explore Scotland from the Central Highlands
Mountainous Land of Lochs & Glens
between the Ocean & the Sea
Home At First’s Central Scotland destination is set in a romantic landscape of stunning beauty: the lochs, glens, and mountains of the heart of Scotland. You have your own cottage or apartment in the heart of Scotland. Driving your rental car and using our exclusive Scotland Activity Guide, you explore Scotland from the Central Highlands independently, taking driving day-trips and returning to your cozy Scottish lodging each evening. Our accommodations are cottages in or near picture-postcard villages and towns still largely undiscovered by tourist throngs, places you will quickly feel at home in, where you will happily return after each day’s adventures.
Home At First’s Central Scotland — How it Works: Locations & Lodgings
Home At First’s Central Scotland — How it Works: Touring Scotland
How far can we day-trip by driving? Despite the absence of high-speed motorways, Central Scotland’s Highlands make a great base for exploring its fascinating region and well-beyond into neighboring regions, two coasts, the larger towns of Stirling, Oban, Ft. William, Crieff, and Falkirk, as well as the small cities of Perth, Dundee, St. Andrews, and Dunfermline. Scotland’s biggest cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, are within day-trip reach but done best by driving to a commuter rail station then taking a train into the city. (We tell you how to do this in our “Scotland Activity Guide”.)
Can we hire a driver or even a driver/guide? Driving on the left side of mountain roads and along narrow village streets where finding parking can be challenging is not right for every visitor to Scotland. Home At First has experienced, qualified drivers and driver/guides available who can be contracted to drive you in your rental car or in their vehicle as you explore Scotland from the Central Highlands. You may hire a driver or driver/guide for all of your days in Scotland, or for just some. Our drivers know the scenic back roads, the shortcuts, and the quickest way home. Our driver/guides also know the history, geography, and cultural importance of the places you will visit. For complete information, including rates, contact us via email or telephone.
The Highlands of Central Scotland — Rob Roy Country
Explore Scotland from the Central Highlands.
Discover History Amidst Grand Scenery from an Unparalleled Touring Base
From your Central Scotland vacation cottage, explore Scotland from the Central Highlands by Independent Day-trips —
Begin your discovery of Scotland by exploring your home region, the Highlands of Central Scotland. The extraordinary beauty of its hills, glens, and loch will show you why this region was selected to become Scotland’s first national Park.
Explore Scotland north of the Central Highlands. Discover the wild, lonesome Munros (peaks above 3,000′ high, including Ben Nevis, at 4,411′ Britain’s highest mountain) and moors of the Highlands create a legendary landscape. Visitors explore this majestic, lonesome region hoping to discover the legends and secrets of Highland Clans, Celts, Picts, Scots, Druids, and that greatest of Highland mysteries, Nessie, the reluctant dragon of Scotland’s deep, black Loch Ness.
Explore Scotland south of the Central Highlands. The great cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are each as close as 90 minutes away, and most easily visited by driving to an outlying commuter railway station, parking your car for the day and taking a frequent commuter train into the city center while avoiding driving and parking in city congestion — we will show you exactly how to do this. Midway between Scotland’s two grandest cities is the handsome, small city of Stirling, castle-crowned crossroads of Scotland, and site of many important military battles. Stirling is permanently tied to many of Scotland’s great historic characters including: Mary Queen of Scots, King James VI & I (of Scotland and of England & Ireland), William Wallace (“Braveheart”), and Robert the Bruce.
Explore Scotland east of the Central Highlands. Two hours to the east, golf’s great foundation links courses, including the Old Course, line the Fife Coast north and south of the historic university town of St. Andrews.
Explore Scotland west of the Central Highlands. Two and a half hours west, the closest of the Inner Hebrides islands — picturesque Mull and tiny, ecclesiastically important Iona, its early medieval abbey the font of Scottish Christianity — are reached by ferry from Central Scotland’s primary coastal ferry port of Oban.