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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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  • 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
    • No smoking
    • NB: Drop and bank in garden

  • 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.

  • 33 Crovie

    Gardenstown, nr. Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 28658

    This delightful holiday cottage, in the historic conservation village of Crovie sits in an elevated position, 200 yards back from the sea. Walks lead to Gardenstown one mile away, or look for the famous Moray Firth dolphins from the comfort of your armchair. Furnished on three levels and with two living rooms, there is plenty of space. Crovie has a history steeped in fishing and the cottages are typical of the area. Enjoy locally caught fish or visit Cullen and Portsoy, home of the famous boat festival. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Lower ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with beams. Ground floor: Living room. Bathroom with shower and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (4ft), each with Velux.

    Woodburner in dining room/kitchen and open fire in second living room (initial fuel included). Electric coal-effect fire included. Electric central heating, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Terraced garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park 200 yards. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 10 steps on terrace and drops in garden.

  • Woodside

    Boyndie, Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    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.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has gas central heating and solar panels and comprises;
    Lounge/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, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Two well behaved dog welcome (Sorry  no cats)Garden grounds with patio area and outdoor dining furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars.

  • Bryn Awel

    Macduff

    Grade
    4
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: W40994

    Excellent touring base

    This cosy traditional semi detached fisherman’s cottage is tucked away in the corner of a quiet side street in the fishing town of Macduff. The owners’ family home for several generations, it has retained its original character yet offers contemporary facilities. The rear of the house offers partial sea views and there is a steep rear terraced garden with a patio, for sitting out on sunny afternoons. Macduff has its history steeped in fishing and boasts an aquarium showcasing the marine life found in these parts. Banff is noted for its architecture, in particular Duff House which contains masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. Golfing, walking, cycling and fishing are available in the area. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (for alternative sleeping). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electricity ’coal-effect fire’ included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video/DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed gravelled garden with patio and furniture. On road parking.

  • The Chalet

    Keith, Banffshire

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: B5765

    This attractively furnished holiday chalet is situated in a quiet rural area, adjacent to a farm in expansive countryside. This chalet is light and airy with exposed wooden beams and a patio door opening onto a veranda. Extensive hill and woodland walks in the immediate vicinity. Aberdeen, Inverness and Aviemore are all 50 miles. An ideal centre for visiting whisky distilleries, castles and golf courses and exploring the beautiful Moray Firth coast with its dolphins. Keith itself is 2 miles and has shops and restaurants, swimming pool, tennis courts and bowling green.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio door. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Ladder stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. Beams throughout.

    First £5 electric panel heaters and electricity included, remainder by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Verandah and chairs. Ample parking.

  • Craigievar Castle - Steading Cottage

    Alford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29919

    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.

    All on ground floor: 3 steps down to living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). NSH. Cot. Microwave. Washer/dryer.

    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.

  • Nethermill Cottages - Mill Shore Cottage

    Pennan, nr. New Aberdour

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 26817

    Area of outstanding natural beauty

    These two very comfortable semi-detached holiday cottages (26817 and 26818) occupy a stunning elevated position on the headland just outside the beautiful village of Pennan. Both properties boast fantastic sea views; Mill Shore Cottage has a cosy living room which features windows on two sides allowing uninterrupted viewing of Mill Shore below – a secluded shingle beach with sandy shallows beyond, offering a unique perspective on the abundant marine life – seals can be spotted easily in the bay, whilst further out whales and dolphins are often sighted. Pennan Lodge again has marvellous views of Pennan itself and the bay beyond. In addition to the amazing marine life, just round the corner and visible from the cottages is Troup Head, a renowned nature reserve featuring the only UK mainland colony of gannets. Next door is Cullykhan Beach, another secluded cove reached by a steep walk down to the shore. Pennan is renowned for its famous phone box as featured in the film ’Local Hero’ but it is a lovely village in its own right, typical of those strung out along this rugged coastline, including Crovie and Gardenstown, reached by steep winding roads to the bottom of the cliffs from which they cling. This is an AONB providing wonderful areas for walking. Shop and restaurant 4 miles, pub ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Freeview TV. Microwave.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Two tumble dryers in garage. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Shared cycle store. Shared external games room with air hockey, table tennis and small pool table. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • 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.

  • Stable Cottage

    Fordyce, nr. Portsoy

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28579

    This delightful, Grade B listed, holiday cottage is set in 8-acre grounds near the historic ruin of Glassaugh House, ancestral home to the Abercrombie, Duff and Ogilvy families. Attached to the owner’s home, it is sympathetically furnished with extensive lawns, where guests may spot the deer which pass through the grounds. Close by is the fairytale conservation village of Fordyce, where preserved cottages cluster round the ancient church and castle. Visit Sandend and enjoy freshly caught fish or stroll along the sandy bay. Tour Moray, Aberdeen and Inverness. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sunken terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. 8 acres of shared lawned grounds. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Public footpath passes through end of grounds.

  • 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).

  • 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.

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