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Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire in Scotland’s north east offers fantastic access to some of the best that the country has to offer; and as well as having plenty of holiday cottages in the region for you to choose from, you’ll also discover breath taking landscapes, rich history and lots of activities for all the family. With such an abundance of things to see and do, you won’t have to travel far from your cottage to find some fantastic ways to enjoy your holiday.

It’s an area that is tailor-made for relaxing outdoor holidaymaking, offering a wealth of activities and attractions to help make the perfect Scottish holiday break. For example you can enjoy some of the most stunning walks in the highland fells, explore the region’s rich history through its many archaeological sites and castles, or head for the coast to relax and enjoy the fresh air, with the most beautiful coastal views.

The region’s history is perfectly encapsulated in the incredible Dunnottar Castle. This stunning 14th century fortress offers breathtaking views and thanks to its cliff-top location allows you to bask in some of the region’s most beautiful scenery.

Staying in a holiday cottage is also the perfect way to explore the region’s whisky heritage. The Speyside Cooperage in Craigellachie grants a uniquely fascinating insight into the production of oak casts. The only one of its kind in the UK, it forms part of the celebrated Malt Whisky Trail.

The outdoor pool in Stonehaven is equally unique. The last of its kind in Scotland, it offers clean seawater heated to 29 degrees C and makes for a uniquely relaxing way to enjoy your break in Aberdeenshire.

Skiing in the Cairngorms is of course one of the highlights of the winter months but thanks to a number of dry slopes it’s also possible to pursue your passion in the summer season if you like!

For those after the simple pleasures in nature the region has a multitude of rivers and waterways, making it a haven for anglers and wildlife lovers keen to relax and enjoy the unrivalled tranquility offered by their surroundings.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Aberdeenshire to find your perfect retreat.
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  • Snipie’s Bothy

    Insch

    Grade
    3
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 30924


    Snipie’s Bothy is a cosy, compact holiday cottage converted to a very good standard from the original farmhouse and is adjacent to the owners’ home. Suitable for all year use, its quiet rural location, surrounded by farm and woodland, makes it ideal for couples or small family. A private tarmac road leads to the cottage which has lovely views to Bennachie and direct access to country walks. Everything you need for a relaxing holiday is provided for. Eat out in one of the many good establishments in the area or stay in and relax. Visit Scotland’s Castle and Malt Whisky Trails, Speyside, distilleries, coastal villages and Royal Deeside. There are National Trust and Historic Scotland properties and castles, forest walks, mountain bike trails and golf courses throughout the region. The busy town of Inverurie is just a short drive with many good shops and eating places, whilst Aberdeen, slightly further away, offers all the cosmopolitan activities of a city. Shop and restaurant 1½ miles, pub 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams/kitchen with dining area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owner’s tumble dryer and freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Cranna-by-the-Sea

    Gardenstown, nr. Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 27499

    With uninterrupted sea views from every window, this semi-detached holiday cottage is only 32 yards from the seashore. Enjoy the most beautiful sunsets or look out for dolphins in the bay. Climb up to the old ruined churchyard of St John’s on the headland, or take the stone steps around the cliff at low tide for an interesting walk to the pretty hamlet of Crovie. Cranna-by-the-Sea would love to welcome everyone, but access via several steps and a short steep brae, means that it may be unsuitable for people with limited mobility. A further selection of larger shops and eateries can be found in the historic town of Banff just 9 miles away. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with shower cubicle, 1 twin. Bathroom with jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. On road parking (30 yards). Welcome pack. NB: Significant drops at side and rear of house.

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  • Dess Lodge

    Dess, Aboyne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: SGGP

    This most attractive, Victorian, detached baronial gatehouse is situated just off the road between Aberdeen and Balmoral and offers gracious living in the heart of Royal Deeside. The interior has been attractively furnished in traditional style with pitch pine finishings, open fire, tartan flooring and tasteful antiques. Surrounded on three sides by the gardens, its location is ideal for a holiday exploring this beautiful area. Enjoy the charms of the surrounding towns and villages - from Banchory with its bustling high street to Ballater, famed for its royal connections. Many historical places of interest, from the castles of Crathes and Balmoral to the standing stones of Tomnaverie. Superb scenery surrounding the area enhances any day out. Shops 2 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Living room with open fire in Portland surround, original shutters and sofa bed (alternative sleeping). Kitchen/dining room with slate floor, exposed granite walls, door to garden. Spiral staircase to first floor: Two bedrooms; one double with en-suite shower room and toilet, one twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel available locally
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Raised lawned sitting-out area with furniture
    • Private parking for 1 car; additional parking space on site
    • No smoking
    • Please note: There is a drop and bank in the garden

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  • Netherton

    Ballater

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5055
    Netherton is a very well presented, semi-detached property occupying a quiet position in Ballater, a popular village that is well known for its royal connections. Just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village, it is an excellent choice for those seeking to explore Royal Deeside’s rich heritage. Stylishly renovated and beautifully furnished, the property is ideal for both short breaks and relaxing weeks away. With a good-sized, enclosed rear garden, you can really make the most out of those sunny days.


    Located within a 30-minute drive of Glenshee ski area, and within an hour of the Lecht ski area, Netherton offers a warm, homely welcome after a day out in the mountains or countryside. The property has storage in the basement for ski equipment, hiking gear and bicycles. Ballater has a wealth of shops and eateries, and is a wonderful base to explore the area’s many leisure facilities. Fishing, shooting and horse riding are all available locally, as well as golf on the numerous courses that are scattered throughout the area, not to mention one in the village itself. Enjoy some scenic touring through Glen Muick, Strathdon or further afield towards the majestic Cairngorms. Shop and pub 300 yards, restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: 2 steps to entrance.
    Living room: With wood burner, Smart Sky TV (basic package) and DVD player.
    Family/dining room: With TV.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and TV.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack.Large enclosed, lawned garden with decking area, sun house and garden furniture. Equipment store/drying area. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Craigievar Castle - North Mains

    Alford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30463

    Situated within the grounds of Craigievar Castle, these picture perfect holiday cottages are surrounded by 90-acres of parkland. The castle is a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture and has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower looks just as it did when it was completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture. Stroll around the castles kitchen garden, or enjoy waymarked trails through the surrounding parkland, where swallows, fieldfares and redwings can be spotted. Alford, with its butchers, bakers, pubs and restaurants can be reached in an easy 15 minutes by car. Visit Alford Heritage Centre, which contains displays on village and farm life from the past. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen. Crathes Castle is less than 20 miles away and Aberdeen can be reached in 40 minutes’ drive. Care has been taken to furnish the properties as they would have been when they accommodated the workers who kept the castle looking splendid. Shop and restaurant 7 miles, pub 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided), Electric heaters. Washing machine. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. NB: Sloping bank in garden.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Shared landscaped and woodland grounds with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Starfish Cottage

    Portsoy

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30024


    This delightful, single-storey, detached holiday cottage sits at right angles to a quiet lane, which runs between Portsoy’s quaint harbour on one side and the sandy beach on the other. Well furnished throughout, providing good quality accommodation, it is a great base for exploring the delights of the area. Portsoy is a bustling village renowned for its wonderful Boat Festival each summer. Enjoy freshly caught fish from the local shop just a few hundred yards away at the harbour, or sample the famous Portsoy ice cream further up on the high street. Take a boat trip to glimpse the diverse marine life in these clean waters. There are several fine golf courses nearby, and the Whisky and Castle Trails beg to be explored. The rugged coastline of this stretch of the Moray Firth has many gems, including interesting villages, historic properties and fine beaches waiting to be explored. Beach 300 yards. Shop and restaurant 400 yards, pub 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed and dining area. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Smart TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Small garden. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Hobbit

    Cairnbulg near Fraserburgh

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC512078
    Situated near the shore within the twin villages of Inverallochy and Cairnbulg, this cosy former fisherman’s cottage is aptly named due to its diminutive front door although inside there is plenty of room for couples or families. Bright and contemporary furnishings ensure a very comfortable standard and the upstairs bedroom also has a large sofa and television in it, making it a good choice for children or teenagers wanting their own space. Outside is a small enclosed sitting out area ideal for soaking up the afternoon sun. The cottage is just a few hundred yards from the shingly shore, where traditional cottages still make use of the seashore washing lines to dry their laundry, recalling the atmosphere of times past when every cottage had a boat pulled up in the narrow alleys between them. Within walking distance of the village is a wonderful marina. The beach stretches for three miles around St Combs in one direction and Faserburgh in the other. Along this stretch of coastline boast golden sands and impressive dunes, and are ideal for wildlife lovers, in fact south of St Combs is what has been described as one of the best stretches of sand dune and beach in the country, extending ten miles past Rattray Head to Peterhead. Visit Strathbeg Nature Reserve with its RSPB visitor centre or explore the other villages along this sandy stretch of coastline to Pennan, the setting of the film ’Local Hero’. Inverallochy itself also boasts a charming golf course, a beautiful links golf course and many other hidden treasures. Whether you enjoy challenging activities like windsurfing, or prefer relaxing walks, this area has something for everyone.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Step down from entrance to...
    Lounge: With Freeview TV.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and a step up to the dining area.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.
    Steep, narrow, ladder style stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With double bed (for one, accessed by one side only), sofa, TV, DVD player and low sloping ceilings.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Stairgate available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Small, enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • 4 Lighthouse Cottage

    Aberdeen

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 31152
    This charming and unique property can be found on the Aberdeen coastline, inside the original, walled, Aberdeen Girdleness Lighthouse compound, designed by Robert Stevenson (grandfather of the author RL Stevenson of Treasure Island fame). The lighthouse has a Grade A listing with Historic Scotland as a building of architectural and historic interest. 4 Lighthouse Cottage is a wonderful two-bedroomed holiday cottage, which has too a professionally designed interior throughout and still maintains its unique charm and character, including high ceilings, a Belfast sink in the kitchen and a feature roll-top bath.

    The coastal location is superb, on a headland south of Aberdeen harbour yet only a 10 minute drive to the centre of Aberdeen, suitable for both business and leisure visitors. Aberdeen city centre, including Aberdeen’s shopping and leisure mall, railway station, ferry and harbour are only two miles away. The surrounding area is a natural beauty spot with the dramatic coastline forming part of the District Wildlife Site. The surrounding cliffs attract a wide range of wild birds and bottlenose dolphins, which are a popular sight swimming up and down the coast. In fact the nearby mouth at Aberdeen harbour is one of the best places in Europe to see dolphins. Balnagask Golf Club is within walking distance and shares the headland with the lighthouse; it offers nine and 18-hole golf courses, as well as pitch and putt.

    4 Lighthouse Cottage can be booked together with 1 Lighthouse Cottage (31151) and 2 Girdleness Lighthouse (UK5003) to accommodate up to 15 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With Sky TV (basic package) and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With roll-top bath, shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Sitting-out area and furniture. Large, shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

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  • Woodside

    Boyndie, Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC512063
    Woodside is a spacious, detached, single storey cottage situated in open countryside with lovely views across the sea. This modern bungalow is set in its own large gardens with lawns, mature shrubs and patio areas, it offers peace and seclusion in a pretty country setting.

    All the rooms are generously proportioned and have a warm, welcoming and homely feel. The main lounge has patio doors that open onto the gardens with fields and sea views beyond. There is a separate dining room adjoining. The spacious kitchen is well equipped and looks out across the bay. There are two good sized bedrooms, one en suite and a large family-sized bathroom. This is an ideal cottage for two couples or a family holiday.

    Nearby Whitehills harbour on Scotland’s Dolphin Coast is packed with yachts - the historic fishing village has pubs and restaurants and you can enjoy freshly caught fish from ’Downeys’ famous fish shop. Less than 10 minutes walk away is a golden sandy beach, home to Banff Surf Club. Inland is Boyndie, which was home to an RAF Strike Wing in WWII, where Mosquito planes took off to attack U-boats in the North Sea.

    Along the coast, picturesque old ’seatoun’ Portsoy was used as a film location for a remake of the Ealing classic ’Whicky Galore’. In Banff, golfing, fishing, cycling and walking are all available. ’The Whisky Trail’ begins in Aviemore and follows the Speyside Way ending in banff, where Duff House is one of the stops on ’The Castle Trail’ walk. The cottage is ideally placed for exploring the spectacular coastline of the Moray Firth - named as one of the top 12 of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled coastlines by National Geographic Travel magazine.Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level
    Living Room/Diner: With gas fire, satellite Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD and Wi-fi. Dining area. Patio doors lead to garden.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer and sink
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en suite shower cubicle and toilet
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet
    Cloakroom: With toilet

    Gas central heating and solar panels fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Garden grounds with patio area and outdoor dining furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars. Please note: This property has a security deposit of £50.

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  • Garden Cottage

    Finzean near Banchory

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC512079
    Garden Cottage is situated in the beautiful grounds of Finzean Estate, in the heart of Royal Deeside and is surrounded by rich woodland, heather hills and an abundance of wildlife. It has been sympathetically restored to provide very attractive and cosy accommodation in a secluded, peaceful environment. Visitors are welcome to explore the estate grounds, where fishing (no licence required), rough shooting, stalking and wildlife safari trips are available by arrangement with the gamekeeper. Finzean House was the former home of the renowned artist Joseph Farquharson and many of his works were based on the local scenery. There are fantastic walks at every turn, views aplenty and the cottage is ideally located for exploring the whole of Royal Deeside. Horse riding, golf and other numerous pastimes can all be accessed locally. This is a super choice for a truly relaxing break.

    Finzean, meaning ’the fair place’ in Gaelic, is very beautiful and has been the home of the Farquharson family for 400 years, including the twelfth Laird, Joseph Farquharson R.A., who loved this place, and made it known in artistic circles all over the world. The estate also boasts a lovely farm shop and café, where visitors can enjoy homemade cakes and tea. A diverse range of activities including walking, birdwatching, and cycling are all available.

    Garden Cottage, with its charming décor and spacious kitchen, is situated across the courtyard from Finzean House and as its name suggests, has a lovely sunny garden at the rear, ideal for enjoying the afternoon sun.

    Garden Cottage can be booked together together with The Kennels (CC512080) and Deer Park Cottage (CC512081) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has Biomass central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and door to garden.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large, Farmhouse style with wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beamed with double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and dorner windows.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All heating, electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Payphone. Welcome pack. Large lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Use of tennis courts. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 150 yards away.

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  • Woodside Bothy

    New Deer, nr. Turriff

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29274

    Perfect for a peaceful break, this beautifully presented detached stone cottage has been converted from a bothy into inviting holiday accommodation. Its isolated, rural setting on a dairy farm offers lovely pastoral views over farmland and woodland, with cows grazing in the field. There is a stocked trout fishing lake within 2 miles, whilst the north-east coastline offers miles of spectacular coastal path walking. Duff House, with its collections of paintings and furniture, is well worth a visit, as is the charming coastal village of Pennan. Aberdeen’s shopping and nightlife are 33 miles. Horse riding nearby. Shop and pub serving food 4½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 10, except babies under 12 months.

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  • Bonnie View Lodge

    Inverkeithny near Huntly

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC512075
    Bonnie View Lodge is one of six properties at Deveron Valley Cottages, on the edge of the Grampian Hills. Bonnie View Lodge is ideal for people who want to get away from it all. This very beautiful part of Scotland offers many activities for the discerning visitor including walking, golfing, salmon and trout fishing, skiing in the Highlands and surfing the waves of Scotland’s sandy beaches at Sandend and Banff. The unspoilt fishing villages of Crovie, Pennan, Gardenstown, Portsoy and Cullen are well worth a visit and although rural, the cottages are within an easy drive of Huntly, Turriff and Banff. The area boasts many festivals throughout the summer including Fochabers Speyfest, Dufftown Whisky Festivals, Portsoy Boat Festival, Turriff Show, Keith Show and various local highland games. Explore the rugged coastline, try pony trekking, golf, tracing your ancestors or visiting National Trust properties. An ideal base to explore this lovely part of Scotland.

    Bonnie View Lodge is a scottish built log cabin all on one level. It is the place to come and relax and unwind. Outside there is a large decking area overlooking the River Deveron and surrounding countryside.

    This property can be booked together with Swallow Cottage (CC512073), Deveron Lodge (CC512074), Woodland Retreat (CC512072), Anchingoul Cottage (CC512076) and The Bothy (CC512077) to accommodate up to 26 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors to balcony with wonderful views.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All fuel for wood burner, bed linen and towels included. First £10 of electric included, remainder payable by coin meter. Cot available on request. Optional Wi-Fi at £15 per week. Balcony with furniture. Shared 11-acre natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river within 100m.

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