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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.

  • 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.

  • Thornton Cottage

    Drumoak

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SPPR

    This attractive, traditionally built, stone holiday cottage is ½ mile from Drumoak village in Royal Deeside. Within easy walking distance are the River Dee, Drum Castle with its 13th-century tower and the Drum Garden Centre. There are castle trails, malt whisky trails and the Cairngorm National Park close by. In the area are 70 golf courses and anglers have a choice of well-stocked fisheries. Aberdeen, 10 miles, has many facilities and a long sandy beach front. Shops ½ mile, pub 2 miles.

    Spacious living room with multi-fuel stove, wooden floor and two sets of French doors to patio. Sitting room with wooden floor and French doors to patio. Large kitchen/dining room. Utility. Separate toilet with vaulted ceiling and Velux window. First floor: All rooms with Velux window. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Step down to large twin bedroom with TV and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with corner bath, walk-in shower and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel stove - fuel included
    • Full oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor, bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs
    • Two DVDs
    • CD
    • DAB radio
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • American fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small enclosed grassed area to side; small, enclosed patio area with furniture to rear
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

  • 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.

  • The Kennels

    Finzean near Banchory

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC512080
    The Kennels is situated in the beautiful grounds of Finzean Estate, in the heart of Royal Deeside and is surrounded by rich woodland, heather hills and 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.

    The Kennels is a charming, holiday cottage providing excellent accommodation for four people. The Kennels is situated at the end of a private road on the Finzean Estate. It has spectacular, uninterrupted views across the Feugh valley to Clachnaben.

    The Kennels can be booked together with Deer Park Cottage (CC512081) and Garden Cottage (CC512079) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has Biomass central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
    Lounge area: Spacious with wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: Spacious with twin beds and built in wardrobes.
    Shower room 1: With shower, WC, heated towel rail and Velux window.
    Shower room 2: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All heating, electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Payphone. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with sitting-out area 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.

  • 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.

  • Viewington Cottage

    Ballater, Aberdeenshire

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC512050
    Viewington Cottage is a charming Victorian terraced cottage situated close to the centre of Ballater in the heart of Royal Deeside. This delightful self catering cottage has undergone complete refurbishment by its current owners and now provides bright, modern accommodation for four, whilst retaining many of its attractive original features. The main living area is open plan and runs the length of the cottage. The lounge area has deep leather sofas and a feature wood burning stove. The kitchen and dining areas at the far end of the room are modern and well equipped. A small French window door opens out onto the cottage garden for visitor’s sloe use. There are two pretty bedrooms upstairs and family sized shower room which is immaculately presented. Ballater is a picturesque and historic Victorian village situated on the banks of the famous river Dee.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage and panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area:With feature wood burning stove, Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD, Wi-fi
    Dining Area: With table and chairs for four to dine; glass panelled door leads out to garden
    Kitchen Area:With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With 3ft bunk beds
    Shower Room:With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Wi-fi facilityGarden area accessed through French window to lawned area (not fully enclosed). On street parking opposite property.

  • Mar Lodge Estate - Dalvorar

    Braemar

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30759


    At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge Estate, a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine. Visited by nobility since the medieval period, Mar Lodge Estate is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain’s highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country’s most iconic landscapes. Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) and Claybokie (ref 30188) are two delightful properties connected via an illuminated woodland path and make fantastic bases to enjoy this magnificent Highland paradise; Claybokie (ref 30188) is a miniature lodge furnished in classic antique style offering the quintessential country retreat. Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) is named after the nearby hill that rises between Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich. Set among Mar Lodge’s pine woodland, this exclusive Highland hideaway has been furnished in true country sporting style, with wood panelling and open fires. With uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, the privacy of both Claybokie and Creag Bhalg with their old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make them an unparalleled base for a clan gathering. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the four properties, sleeping 16 people. This large apartment spreads over two floors with views of the Mar Lodge Estate’s heather and pine forests. It can comfortably accommodate 17 guests around the dinner table, making it ideal for family gatherings in a historic Highland setting. Open log fires in the lodge’s public rooms and acres of rambling walks around the estate will help you relax into Royal Deeside’s majestic country charm. Along with Dalvorar (ref 30759), it is one of the five apartments that make up Mar Lodge itself. Dalvorar (ref 30759) is a delightful property; the views from the balcony of this first floor apartment are breathtaking in the morning light; acres of pine forests on dramatic mountains. The apartment centrepiece is a unique semi-circular sitting room with classic dark wood bookcases built into the walls and is a snug retreat to come back to after a day’s walking on the estate. It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats. Deeside’s most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge Estate is Braemar where you’ll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing. Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside. Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away. The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement, ‘Live like a laird’- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, then return to the lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast. ‘Shoot with a camera’- accompany the estate’s stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts or try traditional field sports which include stag stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. These lodges are a popular base for weddings, large events or corporate gatherings. Claybokie’s dining room seats 18 people and properti...

    Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms, one with French doors. Bathroom with shower over roll-top bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Biomass central heating included. Travel cot on request. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Payphone. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned grounds. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome tray. No smoking. NB: River and drop in grounds.

  • Ocean View

    Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 28045

    With sea views over Boyndie Bay this is a cosy semi-detached holiday property set at the end of a cul de sac, yet within easy reach of Banff’s good facilities. The patio doors in the living room and the picture windows in the main bedroom make this a stunning location, and the private sitting-out area looks onto a coastal path alongside the property. Guided tours are available, where you can take in the architectural highlights. Inverboyndie and Banff Bay, two of Scotland’s finest beaches are within walking distance. Enjoy a boat trip to experience the dolphins, excellent golf at Duff House and Macduff and the Whisky trail, these are all highlights of this part of Scotland. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft, one 4ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Work top freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Kelpie

    Banchory

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC512090
    Kelpie is a tastefully decorated and very comfortable semi-detached holiday home to use as a base for exploring Royal Deeside, visiting family or just to relax in. Its quiet location away from the interesting shops and eateries in Banchory’s town centre makes it a great choice at any time of the year. Banchory is a vibrant market town on the banks of the River Dee, set within spectacular hill and mountain scenery much loved by tourists. Royal Deeside, with Crathes and Balmoral Castles and Gardens, has so much to offer the visitor, and Aberdeen with all amenities is just 16 miles away. Golf and bowling can be found just a mile away and there is excellent rambling and hill walking nearby. Fishing, winter sports and other leisure activities are readily available within the town and the surrounding area.

    Ground Floor: The property has six steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With smart TV and wireless speaker.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Meall Darroch

    Braemar

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 10970

    This traditional cottage sits on the banks of the River Dee. Meall Darroch looks pretty as a picture and has the welcoming warmth of an open fire. The holiday cottage has been fully modernised, carefully furnished and fitted with numerous labour saving appliances to make your stay totally relaxing. In this idyllic location there is freedom and space amongst moorland, heather and mountains - great walking country with real challenges for climbers. Yet this spectacular area is close to the tourist route - Braemar famous for the celebrated Highland Gathering and the breathtaking Linn of Dee. Shop and pub 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Electricity heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Natural garden space. Parking (2 cars).

  • Straitinnan

    Glen Deveron, by Huntly

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: SGD

    "Beautiful surroundings with forests, river and countryside walks all waiting to be discovered and savoured..."

    These three charming holiday cottages (refs SGD, SAAF and UYN) are located within the extensive grounds of Aswanley, in the River Deveron Valley. All are peacefully set in secluded locations, enjoying uninterrupted views across beautiful scenery and each has a large LCD TV and its own private garden. Visitors are welcome to explore the Aswanley grounds, where there is an abundance of wildlife, with fishing, rough shooting and deer stalking available by arrangement. The proximity to the River Deveron makes the cottages ideal for fly fishing holidays, especially for those trying trout or salmon fly fishing for the first time, and there are deep pools for swimming. Visitors can explore the area on foot or on mountain bikes - the Moray Monster Trails are 20 miles away. The famous Whisky Trail is nearby and many of the distilleries offer guided tours and the chance to sample the local malts - the local inn has a collection of over 700 bottles of finest whisky! Shops 6 miles.

    This baby-friendly bolthole is especially suitable for young families, with its wealth of baby-friendly equipment. Living room with open fire. Open-plan kitchen/dining room with open fire. Sunny conservatory overlooking small loch. Bathroom with toilet. Additional toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom.

    • Open fires - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Secure garden
    • Toys and games

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD with iPod/MP3 aux input
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Natural water supply from spring

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