In the north-east of Scotland, close to the highlands. Moray is a famous whisky producing region, with fabulous mountains for ski-ing and walking in, wide bays and some of the largest sand dunes in Britain. A great area for walking, cycling and observing a wealth of wildlife from ospreys to red squirrels.
Self-catering cottage holidays in the UK and Ireland can still be a green option. You can have the comforts of home and the flexibility to do what you want; when you want - without the hassles of air travel!