Q How should I search?
A Use Google Maps (at the top of their page) Enter “self catering” and your chosen location. Widen the area or narrow it as you search. Only a few properties shown, though
Q. Should I find a self catering property owner myself from the web or search with a Scottish directory of properties?
A. There are 2 kinds of directory - an agency which takes the bookings and allows no direct contact with the owners and a directory with a listing which quotes cottage e-mail and web addresses. The advantage of directories is that you’ll see many Scottish properties but agencies will stop you from contacting owners, and that is not good.
Agencies will charge you more than the owner. They not have the full information on the property, they don’t know how near is the pub, whether the garden is safe for children and so on. Most people prefer contact with the owner for good reasons. There are many top properties in the Highlands of Scotland, or the West Coast.