Now that Christmas is just around the corner, it is the ideal time to plan a festive winter staycation to get away from the hustle and bustle of the season.

For anyone looking to avoid the waves of shoppers and instead spend some time this winter amidst the gorgeous Scottish scenery, there is one "tranquil haven" that looks perfect to enjoy a relaxing festive season.

As reported by the Scottish Daily Express, the Ederline Estate Holiday Cottages in Argyll and Bute have been described by VisitScotland as a "tranquil haven away from the busy world. Set near a range of historic castles and scenic lochs, it is ideal for both keen walkers and fishermen.

With winter just about here, it can be harder to find outdoor activities, but luckily even in the cold weather, there is plenty to see and do in the region. The cottages that are available to hire out at the site include log fires and burners to keep you warm as the temperatures drop.

Ederline is a private hill farm estate located around 12 miles north of the scenic town of Lochgilphead. The area is home to plenty of picturesque scenes that wouldn't look out of place on a Scottish postcard.

Among these are unspoilt mature woods, wild moors, a network of babbling burns and lochs, breathtaking rocky hills, and of course an abundance of wildlife.

Ederline Estate road
There are plenty of scenic walks to enjoy while you are staying in the area

Some of the most popular tourist hotspots are the archaeological and historic sites that sit within Kilmartin Glen. The area is home to cairns, standing stones, carved rock, stone circles, forts, and castles — some of which date back thousands of years.

The site is thought to be among the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland, with more than 350 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of the nearby village. Around 150 of these are believed to date back to prehistoric times.

Within Ederline Estate itself there is also plenty to see, such as two ancient chapels and the historic Finchairn Castle. The latter is one of the oldest ruined castles in Scotland, believed to date back to 1240.

Meanwhile, the abundance of nearby lochs offers plenty of opportunity for fishing, with wild brown trout found in the hill lochs and pike and perch in Loch Ederline. There are also rowing boats that can be hired out, as well as paddle boards and kayaks.

Wildlife lovers will also have plenty of opportunity for spotting, with sea eagles, ospreys, red deer, and golden eagles calling the area home.

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