Amzy84, if you are new to gardening you might start with an easy indoor houseplant like an African violet just to get into the rhythm of caring for plants. I'm trying to think of some herbs that might be easy indoor plants too, but I haven't kept any in a while so I'm not sure. My immediate experience this winter -- pineapple sage transplants has been easy, 1" green onion bottoms with 1/4~1/2" snuggled into a pot of soil has been producing green tops, and basil transplants (but someone else mentioned hers died probably from exposure to cold drafts).
When it's warm enough (is it yet where you live?), get some transplants of your favorite vegetables and herbs. Think about what you'll want to get and read up on their growth habits and care now so you'll have some idea of what to expect. (Look for early maturing varieties.) Things like radishes and beans are ridiculously easy to grow from seed direct-sown in the ground. Peas are easy too, but they need to go in the ground NOW (or very soon -- if it's too warm already where you are ... but I doubt it, in Scotland... wait until later in the year and sow fall peas).
Honestly, in my own experience, outdoor container gardening can be tricky. (Personally, I can't be bothered to go out and water them twice a day in the heat of the summer...
) I think it's much simpler to convert a patch of ground -- start small -- into a garden bed, this way you have Mother Nature buffering your mistakes and shortcomings. If you search for turning lawn/grass into vegetable garden, you'll come across some of my own contributions in that area (as well as others'
) Take your pick of the method you want to go with and read up on it before you begin.
Start thinking about soft fruits like berries and currants and gooseberries, and tree fruits. A book I came across in the library and eventually purchased a copy that I found helpful even though the author is based in England is Success with Organic Fruit (Success with Gardening)
by Yvonne Cuthbertson. Some things you could plant this spring, others you might wait until this fall and get the ground really ready in the mean time.
I just borrowed a book from the library. I came across it in Googlebooks, so you CAN read it on-line. It's called YOUR GARDEN WEEK BY WEEK
by HELLYER, A.G.L It's an older book, written by an author based in London area, so some of the information is not pertinent to my own situation, but it appears to be a very detailed description/gardening journal of a serious gardener. (I don't have a greenhouse or a cold frame either, but this book gives you a good idea of HOW to use them.) Some of the information and the sheer scope of the book might be overwhelming/daunting to a beginner, but I think it conveys an interesting seasonal PROCESS of gardening.
Another book I just got from the library is The New Victory Garden
by Bob Thomson. It's also arranged seasonally. This one by an American author based in Connecticut or Boston area (I'm drawing a blank). A little further north than where I am, and liberal application of what sounds like commercial fertilizer, which I don't use, but otherwise good info.
I've come across great book recommendations here on the forum too. (Do we have a sticky of good gardening books somewhere?)
Me, I love reading about gardening techniques. I think they're fascinating. Some things look way too hard to grow, others look way easy. But you won't know until you try yourself. Just remember: There is NO ONE RIGHT WAY. People have been learning from trial and error since agriculture was discovered. It's all about what fits into your lifestyle and personal philosophy.
p.s. BTW, cynthia_h is a good sort. I can TOTALLY relate to what she's saying because I've been a member less than a year and I'm finding that I'm repeating myself over and over, and frankly, I'm too lazy to to re-type everything, and too busy to keep going back to find my own posts and providing links like I used to.