Loch Lomond (Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ian_d/4411342680/)

Loch Lomond

Central Scotland is best thought of as the central ‘waist’, North of Glasgow. Its boundaries are with the North East, Loch Lomond and the West Highlands, encompassing Dunfermline, Falkirk, St Andrews and Stirling and Fife.

What's it like?

Well populated and mainly comprising relatively accessible lowlands, central Scotland is teeming with character and areas of great natural beauty, such as Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

Peace at the Loch (Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24235843@N00/4281558483/in/photolist-7wm7aR-6rHmEb-5LPQ6g)

Peace at the Loch

Outdoors activities

Scotland in general is well known for its being a great place for walking, cycling, horse riding and other outdoors activities, and the Central Scotland Forest epitomises this, being a populous area from Lanark to Stirling, and described on its website as “not a single forest but a mosaic of many woodlands spread throughout 620 square miles bounded by Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk/Stirling and Lanark”.

There are also a great number of golf courses in the central area –around 119 quality courses if you include those in Glasgow, which are very accessible. And of course, the world renowned St Andrews courses are in this Central Scotland area.

Stirling Castle (Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dun_deagh/6056086215/)

Stirling Castle

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

No visitor should make a trip to central Scotland without experiencing the majestic beauty of Loch Lomond for walking and mountain exploration, for river boat trips on the water bus, or for canoeing, sailing, fishing, swimming, water skiing and wind surfing. For those visitors who prefer to be land-based, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs encourage camping and walking, wildlife spotting, cycling and horse-riding, not to mention climbing activities. The Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park website lists a Top Ten of walks in this area of spectacular beauty at the following link (search for top ten walks):

Stirling Castle Exhibit (Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bertogg/4787680571/)

Stirling Castle Exhibit

Spotlight on Dunfermline and Stirling

Two of the central region’s main settlements, Dunfermline and Stirling, attract many visitors. The former started life in the Neolithic period and is now the central region’s main shopping town, but is also home to Dunfermline Abbey and Palace (overlooking the Firth of Forth), and Pitreavie Castle where a Robert the Bruce festival is held.

Stirling, the largest city in this area, is medieval in origin, built at the mouth of the River Forth. Modern and bustling, it boasts a cliff-top castle with origins of more than a thousand years ago. It was voted the UK’s finest heritage visitor attraction in 2012, beating the Tower of London and Edinburgh Castle. The National Wallace Monument (celebrating William Wallace) is positioned here to overlook the Battle of Stirling Bridge site - where Wallace used his strategic skills to overcome the mass of English troops. And not forgetting, the Battle of Bannockburn was fought nearby and the site’s visitor centre is definitely worth a visit.

How to get to Central Scotland

Central Scotland is eminently accessible, being reached by a network of motorways and A roads - from Glasgow, Edinburgh, North and South. Just take the M74 North past Glasgow and you’re there!

Where to stay

We are pleased to offer the visitor to Scotland’s central belt, a wide variety of accommodation of many types. Mainly in the form of self-catering holiday cottages and hotels, we also offer guest houses, pubs and apartments. Our accommodation - some grand, come contemporary, some traditional, some pet-friendly and some award-winning, will inspire you to take a break in Central Scotland, so browse our lists today.

Accommodation in Central Scotland

  • Prices from
    £25
    per room per night from
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 140 reviews
    Rating from 140 reviews
    Budget hotel in Perth ideal for short breaks or business travellers with ensuite guest rooms, adjacent restaurant & free parking. Wi-Fi service.
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 140 reviews
    Rating from 140 reviews
  • Prices from
    £25
    per room per night from
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 123 reviews
    Rating from 123 reviews
    Perth Travelodge A9 Hotel ideal for business or leisure, within 3 miles of the station with free parking, WiFi and pets welcome. Inn adjacent. 24 hour opening.
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 123 reviews
    Rating from 123 reviews
  • Prices from
    £25
    Per room, per night
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 224 reviews
    Rating from 224 reviews
    Travelodge hotel located just outside Falkirk near junction 5 of the M9. Family friendly, onsite parking. Book online for hotel rooms from £29 per night! Wi-Fi service.
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 224 reviews
    Rating from 224 reviews
  • Prices from
    £25
    per room per night
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 102 reviews
    Rating from 102 reviews
    Budget Loch Lomond Hotel conveniently located just a short drive away at Helensburgh on the Scottish coast with free parking & adjacent restaurant. Wi-Fi service.
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 102 reviews
    Rating from 102 reviews
  • Prices from
    £25
    Per room, per night
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 200 reviews
    Rating from 200 reviews
    Dundee budget discount hotel with en-suite rooms at cheap hotel rates. Perfect for families and the business traveller alike, with hotel rooms from £29. Wi-Fi service.
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 200 reviews
    Rating from 200 reviews
  • Prices from
    £25
    Per room, per night
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 164 reviews
    Rating from 164 reviews
    Newly refurbished Glenrothes Travelodge hotel just 2.5 miles from the town centre with free parking, family and double rooms, petrol station adjacent and WiFi. Ideal golf break.
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 164 reviews
    Rating from 164 reviews
  • Prices from
    £25
    Per room, per night
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 192 reviews
    Rating from 192 reviews
    Dunfermline hotel with cheap hotel room rates from £29! Quality en-suite accommodation with rooms that sleep up to four. WIFI wireless internet available.
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 192 reviews
    Rating from 192 reviews
  • Prices from
    £45
    per double/twin room per night B&B (2 sharing)
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 457 reviews
    Rating from 457 reviews
    Fabulous Fife leisure estate with stylish B&B en-suite rooms, restaurant, indoor pool, gym and extensive leisure facilities. Set in 130 acres of grounds. Wedding/events venue.
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 457 reviews
    Rating from 457 reviews
    star
    star
    star
    star
    no star
    Self Catering
    Call