The 10 most popular small Scottish towns searched for online in the UK in the last year

Staycations are booming and Scottish destinations are a clear favourite among holiday-makers up and down the country, but where are the most popular places to visit outwith the big cities?

The 10 most popular small Scottish towns searched for online in the UK in the last year. Pic: Catherine Graber via Unsplash.

Holidu, the search engine for holiday rentals, examined the search volume in the past year for all Scottish towns and villages with a population of less than 20,000.

The ranking was drawn up using the average number of monthly searches on Google for these locations with the terms "things to do in" and "what to do in” to determine the most popular destinations with holiday-makers.

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And here are the results...

A favourite with tourists every year due to its stunning Highlands location, whether for skiing and snowboarding in the winter or hiking in the summer. And Glenfinnan Viaduct, of Harry Potter fame, is only a short drive away.
Dubbed as the 'Gateway to the Isles', Oban is the perfect place to visit en route to the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Also known for its whisky and as the seafood capital of Scotland.
A favourite for travellers looking to explore the wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park. Majestic mountains, gorgeous lochs and dense forests surround the town and offer a range of year-round activities for its visitors.
Known as the 'home of golf' and has many magnificent courses. The University of St Andrews is the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world and there are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants to enjoy.
A perfect getaway for those who love active holidays in the outdoors. As well as the gorgeous scenery, Blair Atholl Distillery and Blair Castle are nearby, as are the Falls of Bruar, a scenic walk featuring a series of waterfalls.
The pretty fishing port of Ullapool is one of the main stops on the famous North Coast 500 route. It lies on the shores of Loch Broom surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and stunning beaches, as well as Rhue Point Lighthouse.
This seaside town, less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, is a fantastic place to visit in the summer with its classic fish and chip shops and ice cream parlours, as well as trendy coffee shops and sophisticated restaurants.
Quaint and traditional seaside town on the west coast. Nardini’s, described as the 'nation’s most iconic ice cream parlour', is a famous art deco shop and a must-visit, while Kelburn Castle & Estate is another popular attraction.
An hour drive from Fort William this bustling fishing port is situated at the end of the famous West Highland Railway and the ‘Road to the Isles’. A great base to explore with links to the islands of Skye, Rum, Eigg and Muck.
Situated on the Moray coast, its gorgeous white sandy beaches are a key attraction, the perfect location for dolphin spotting! An ideal base for a family holiday and fishing, cycling, windsurfing, and golfing are on all offer.