Skye has once again been chosen as one of the top getaway destinations in Scotland.

This time Cottages & Castles holiday lettings company has named the islamnd amongst its top five alongside Arran, Inverness, Cairngorms National Park region) and Fort William & Glencoe when it comes to self-catering holidays and mini-breaks.

They say that that staycations are now as popular as ever and attract a wide range of holidaymakers, from families to young couples and large groups of friends. 

The company reported a 25% increase in the total volume of bookings for 2016 compared to the previous year, with the majority of bookings being from holiday makers in the UK.

A steady increase in the number of international visitors booking self-catering properties was also witnessed, with the company reporting a 10% increase on last year’s figures, with holiday makers from Germany and America supporting this trend.  

Sue Bourne, manager of Cottages & Castles, said: “One of the growing trends we have experienced throughout the year is the increase in popularity of large properties for group bookings. Destinations including the Highlands and the West Coast have enjoyed a surge in popularity this year where a large group of family or friends can enjoy their own private house located in some of the most spectacular scenic locations around.

“The draw of Scotland, steeped in history, is evident with its numerous castles, beautiful scenery and fantastic outdoor activities for all ages to enjoy.”

Cottages & Castles has grown its portfolio of large top quality self-catering houses to cater for the demand from group bookings. With a self-catering holiday at home offering an affordable getaway, the firm predicts a continuing increase in bookings for 2017, as the popularity of self-catering holidays in Scotland remains ever strong.