Holiday accommodation in Scotland

Scottish Tourist Board 5 star Grading

When self-catering cottages in Scotland are awarded 5 stars from Visit Scotland (formerly known as the Scottish Tourist Board) then they are classified as exceptional self-catering accommodation. The VisitScotland star grading is often criticised but if you want to stay in a Scottish holiday cottage with 5 stars then it does have their highest star grading possible so you can book with confidence that it offers top quality accommodation and facilities. The 5 star cottages in Scotland listed on (and there are some in all areas) represent the top quality Scottish cottages and offer luxury self-catering. Many top quality cottages don't apply for the listing and so lots of the holiday homes on the site are of a 5-star quality and standard (or 6 star !) but don't have the logo from Visit Scotland.

The difference between 4 stars and 5 stars can be just whether the glasses are crystal or there is a TV in every bedroom - and not all visitors would welcome or value these additional extras! Many of us looking for a vacation rental home would appreciate the charming holiday cottage set in an idyllic, peaceful location with an amazing view. All Which Cottage Scotland cottages offer fabulous self-catering holiday accommodation to rent whether they have the 5 stars awarded from the Scottish Tourist Board or not!

5 Star self-catering holiday cottage

Exceptional, self-catering accommodation

4 star and other grading logos may be found at: Accommodation standards for Scottish self-caterers

Many of the holiday cottages listed on Which Cottage Scotland belong to the ASSC ( Association of Scotland's Self-caterers ). Members of ASSC are Scottish self-catering owners who offer a very high standard of cleanliness and friendliness. The Association of Scottish Self-caterers ( ASSC ) is the self-catering trade association in Scotland for holiday cottage owners. The self-catering cottage owners who are members of ASSC often recommend the best websites to advertise holiday cottages in Scotland on so has been highly recommended amongst their members to other ASSC self-catering cottage owners. ASSC is an excellent trade body for self-catering cottage owners in Scotland and provides a collective voice for Scottish holiday home owners and offers many other benefits.