Thankfully, what feels like the longest January in history is almost over, and after tightening our belts following the Christmas period it might be time to try to get out and escape the winter blues.
Scotland has plenty of incredible options for getting away from it all, and those looking to get away from the daily grind and explore our wee county’s stunning scenery will be spoiled for choice.
With the weather still on the cold side, you’ll be looking for somewhere cozy as a basecamp.
And what could be more welcoming than your very own countryside log cabin with its own hot tub?
The experts at LastMinute-Cottages.co.uk have picked out five unbelievable offerings.
Fingask Log Cabin, Perth: Sleeps 2
This Perthshire offering is perfect for a short break for a couple in a great location and fantastic views.
There is central heating and a double jacuzzi bath to keep visitors warm during winter, and a plush kingsize bed, plus smart TV for cozy evening entertainment.
Visitors can enjoy wonderful walks from their doorstep and can take in a viewpoint to the Ochil Hills and Lomond Hills of Fife.
Punch Tree Lodge, Carluke: Sleeps 2
Based in the beautiful Clyde Valley in the countryside of South Lanarkshire, perfect for woodland walks and wildlife watching.
The lodge is charmingly decorated, with the winter essential log burner inside, and firepit outside.
The bedroom boasts a double bed with cotton white linen, and the garden reveals a Hikki Bohemen Wood-burning Hot Tub.
Bluebell Lodge with Hot Tub, Newton Stewart: Sleeps 2
On the outskirts of Newton Stewart in the beautiful county of Dumfries and Galloway, this lodge is a paradise for nature lovers, within easy reach of fishing spots, walking trails and mountain biking routes.
There is a large master bedroom with king-size bed, a spacious living area with Freeview TV/DVD, and the decking holds its own private hot tub.
Squirrel Lodge, Newton Stewart: Sleeps 4
This rustic lodge sleeps up to four guests but is ideal for couples wanting extra space. There is a king-size bedroom, family bathroom and roomy kitchen/diner with French doors that lead out to the raised decking, complete with a private hot tub.
Cally Gardens is a local attraction and the area’s natural beauty can be seen at Clatteringshaws Loch and Galloway Forest Park.
Barn Lodge, Cupar, Fife
Set on the beautiful south-facing slopes of a rural farm, this lodge is the perfect countryside retreat.
There is a super king bedroom with ensuite, and spacious open plan kitchen-diner and living room. Patio doors lead onto a spacious decking with outdoor furniture and an all-important hot tub.
Couples can spend their days dining out in the neighboring towns and enjoying farm walks in the Scottish countryside.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.