Writing Retreats in Scotland

Sometimes, we all need a chance to break away from our normal routine. A writer’s retreat is the perfect opportunity to spend some concentrated time on your writing in beautiful, inspiring surroundings.

Here are some of the retreats Scotland has to offer.


Scottish Highlands

Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre is located in the Scottish Highlands, just fourteen miles from the city of Inverness. Since 1993 Moniack Mhor has been running creative writing courses tutored by some of the finest authors in the UK and beyond. The centre offers a variety of courses and retreats.

Telephone: +44 (0)1463 741675

Email: info@moniackmhor.org.uk

Website: http://www.moniackmhor.org.uk

Culnaskeath Farm Cottage is perched on a hill overlooking the Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle, about 17 miles north of Inverness.  Surrounded by fields and woods, it has two double bedrooms, a wood-burning stove, a new kitchen and bathroom, and a large private garden. The cottage is attached to the home of author Cynthia Rogerson, which makes it ideal for any mentoring or literary feedback. This can be tailor-made to your needs. However, it may be that a solitary time is all that is needed, and we are very good at keeping a low profile. 

Email: cynthia.rogerson@btinternet.com 

Website: http://www.cynthiarogerson.com/writing-retreat.php


Glencanisp Lodge, in the North West Scottish Highlands, is host to a programme of residential leisure and learning courses, retreats and workshops throughout the year.

Telephone: 01571 844100

Email: info@glencanisp-lodge.co.uk

Website: http://glencanisp-lodge.co.uk/courses/


Argyll and Bute

Cove Park offers an annual programme of residencies enables national and international artists, working in all art forms, to undertake research and develop new projects.

Telephone: 01436 850123

Email: information@covepark.org

Website: http://covepark.org/residencies


St Mary's Space is a boutique multi-disciplinary creative space with accommodation on the west coast of Scotland. A welcoming, cosy & affordable retreat nestled in the Scottish mountains available for artists from all disciplines to hire.

Telephone: 01631 730 449

Email: owlhouse@gmail.com

Website: www.stmarys.space



Crear is an inspirational working space with accommodation for up to 11 people. It provides a unique resource to hire for special occasions and celebrations, holidays and retreats, arts and business.

Telephone: +44 (0)1880 770369

Email: info@crear.co.uk

Website: http://crear.co.uk/



An annual writing retreat is held on Iona, usually in the Argyll Hotel. The course is led by Angela Locke, a writer, poet and Creative Writing tutor.

Telephone: 017687 79901

Email: angelic@globalnet.co.uk

Website: http://www.angelalocke.co.uk/blog/?cat=10




The Melting Pot provides spaces for individuals and organisations to work, connect, meet and hold events.

Telephone: 0131 243 2626

Email: enquiries@TheMeltingPotEdinburgh.org.uk

Website: http://www.themeltingpotedinburgh.org.uk/

The Scottish Storytelling Centre offers several spaces ideal for workshops or writing groups for a unique creative atmosphere.

Telephone: +44 (0)131 652 3273

Email: moira@scottishstorytellingcentre.com / asta@scottishstorytellingcentre.com

Website: http://www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk

Writers' HQ offer a day-long retreat in Portobello. Spend the day in a room with a bunch of writers, limitless caffeine and no internet. A scoreboard, gold stars, general silliness and supportive competitiveness will help you reach your targets and break you out of your bad habits. These are on the second Sunday of every month (except September - first Sunday).

Is there a fee to enter? £37




Another day-long retreat from Writers' HQ, but in Glasgow. Facilitated by Melissa Stirling Reid. Last Sunday of every month



Scottish Borders

Heriot Toun Studio is a purpose built eco-friendly live/work space in the Scottish Borders providing living/ workspace under one roof with self-catering accommodation for up to five. The studio is perfect as a temporary place to work on a project or run a workshop, or for anyone looking for a creative break in an inspiring setting.

Telephone: 01875 835 229

Email: info@heriot-toun.co.uk

Website: http://www.heriot-toun.co.uk/

Further Information

Supported by Creative Scotland, Scottish Book Trust also offer the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship.The fellowship consists of four residencies of one month each at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing in France.  


For more retreats see the Writer’s Compass.


Read Kirsty Logan's experience when she went on a writing retreat!