Scotland’s Islands proving popular tourist destination in 2016

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Scotland’s beautiful islands have been experiencing a renaissance as top holiday destinations according to Scotland’s leading holiday lets company, with the Isles of Arran, Harris and Skye coming out on top.

Cottages & Castles, which offers premium self-catering holiday lets across the whole of Scotland, has experienced a surge in interest and bookings from foreign holiday makers and staycationers for properties on some of Scotland’s most scenic islands throughout the summer months of 2016.

Booking figures for the popular and easily accessed Isle of Arran rose by 46% in the first five months of 2016 compared to the same period last year, whilst the Isle of Harris remains ever popular.

Demand was also high for holiday homes on the spectacular Isle of Skye; booking figures rose by 44% from January to May in comparison to last year’s bookings.

Overall, the company has recorded a 25% increase in bookings for properties on the Scottish islands during the first five months of this year compared to the same period of 2015.

Sue Bourne, manager of Cottages & Castles, commented on the popularity of the Scottish isle: “The Scottish isles are renowned for their unique characters, dramatic landscapes and some of the most stunning beaches around, so it’s no surprise that holiday makers are drawn to them in large numbers.

“We have had more second home island property owners join our portfolio this year who have recognised the increasing demand from visitors keen to enjoy the delights of a Scottish island holiday.

“Our bookings in this segment of the market have risen considerably this year as a result of more families and couples choosing to explore the beautiful holiday destinations that Scotland has to offer, minus the worry of foreign travel.”