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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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  • Terryhorn Bungalow

    Huntly

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 8293

    Peaceful setting

    This is an attractive holiday bungalow in a peaceful rural setting on a farm near the River Deveron. Tour the castles or whisky trail in this historic area, visit the museums, and the city of Aberdeen, with its floral display and architecture is only an hour’s drive. Visit the nearby Falconry, forest walks and ½ hour drive to the lovely Moray coastline. Fishing permits may be purchased in Huntly, 4 miles away. Shop and pub 4 miles.

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

    Open fire in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine.Telephone-incoming calls only. Garden and chairs. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Soutar’s Cottage

    Templeford near Huntly

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC512086
    This delightful little cottage is set in the tiny hamlet of Templeford about 10 miles from Huntly in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire. The cosy ambience is enhanced by the extensive views over the countryside from the conservatory at the side of the cottage, while the warm and comfortable lounge and dining areas boast a wood burner and open fire respectively. Other features include a Rayburn and a freestanding roll top bath which further adds to the charm. There’s plenty to do in the area, from strolling round the town of Huntly with its interesting eateries and shops, to visiting the other castles and stately homes that make up the Castle Trail. Bird lovers can try their hand at falconry at the nearby North East Falconry Centre while lovers of a dram will enjoy the Whisky Trail which leads through the iconic distilleries of the region. Some superb walking and fishing can be enjoyed in the immediate locality and the wonderful beaches of Banff, Portsoy and Cullen are approximately 18 miles away. Many other leisure activities are available in the area from cycling and stalking, to wildlife watching and horse riding.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge 1: With wooden floor, wood burner, 32" Sky TV (basic package), DVD player and double sofa bed.
    Lounge 2/dining room: With wooden floor, open fire and 32" Sky TV (basic package).
    Kitchen: Galley style with Rayburn, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Conservatory.
    Bathroom: With shower over roll top bath and WC.
    Steep stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, Velux window and sloping ceilings.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and sloping ceilings.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for fires provided. Stairgate available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed, lawned garden and sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking. NB: 7 steps in garden.

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  • Lairds Cast

    Inchmarlo, Banchory

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: S99

    In an area renowned for superb fishing and golf, this wonderful property could not be in a better location! Just 50 yards from the rushing waters of the lovely River Dee and very close to Banchory Golf Course, this spacious and very comfortable accommodation makes full use of its situation, with patio doors from the living room offering an uninterrupted view of the river itself - where fishing may be arranged with the owner (subject to availability). With all modern facilities, it ensures a very relaxing stay in total comfort.
    Banchory is a superb base for a varied holiday with Crathes Castle and garden, and Castle Fraser both well worth a visit. Also boasting two golf courses in the town, there is a wider choice in the surrounding area with excellent hillwalking and skiing available in the Cairngorms just a short distance away. A short drive leads to Ballater, where Queen Victoria first arrived in Desside in 1848. Although the line has long since closed, visitors can still visit the elegant train station in the heart of the town centre. Ballater is also an excellent base for local walks and outdoor activities. A popular walk leads to Lochnagar, the much painted and written about mountain by the current Prince of Wales.
    Balmoral is easily accessible for the day and the local distillery at Lochnagar is well worth a visit, with tours and tasting of the local malt available. For an alternative day out, Aberdeen - Scotland’s third largest city, is well worth a visit. Many of the parks have been transformed into ‘flower gardens’ and are some of the most beautiful in Britain. There is also an excellent choice of restaurants and pubs and the livley city harbour comes alive in the evening with a number of theatres. Shops ½ mile.

    Spacious open plan living/dining room with open fire, patio doors and views over River Dee. Contemporary kitchen. Double bedroom with views over river. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower. Shower room. Separate toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Gardens with furniture
    • Parking (3 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Bank in garden leading to unfenced river

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  • The Cornmill

    Auchleven near Insch

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC512042
    Originally built over 150 years ago, The Cornmill is a beautiful old stone mill that has been lovingly and sympathetically converted to make a cottage style house in a rural location. The property provides a high standard of accommodation with a smart interior. Situated in its own natural grounds amidst open farmland, it offers the height of modern living inside and the romance of an old stone cornmill outside. The remains of the old mill wheel have been retained. The main accommodation is open plan. The superb reception room has high vaulted ceilings and large French windows and glass panelled walls that drink in the light. It has been superbly furnished and decorated by the owner, who is also an artist. Some of her paintings and works by other artists adorn the walls and the good sized bedrooms also have an artistic theme, such as an Indian double bedroom on the ground floor. There are two bathrooms and a well-equipped kitchen/diner. From inside there are views of open farmland and hills.

    The Cornmill is part of a complex of properties that once were part of the mill and are now cottages. The mill is located down a private lane in an old part of Auchleven. There are castles, gardens and a whisky trail nearby. The coast is only an hour’s drive away.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With Free view TV, DVD and radio/CD and French windows opening onto the garden area.
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and wash basin
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
    Second Lounge: With French windows opening onto the garden area.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and wash basin
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Enclosed garden with rockery area and original mill wheel on the side. Parking (3 cars).

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  • Sea Holly Cottage

    Macduff

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 30681


    This gorgeous link-detached cottage has been lovingly and carefully restored by the owner to make a wonderful choice for a holiday by the sea. It retains many of its original features such as beams and wood panelling, which have been carefully incorporated into the individual style of the cottage. Situated just a few hundred yards from the shore of the Moray Firth, there are lovely sea views from the living room and the bedrooms, and there is a small, pretty garden to the front and side of the house, offering guests the chance to enjoy the sunshine after a day out. The immediate area has a wealth of attractions, including Macduff Marine Aquarium is just across the road, an award-winning attraction that is both informative and entertaining. Puffin cruises operate from the harbour, offering visitors the chance to see the gannets at Troup Head, the only land based gannet colony in the UK. Other marine life, such as dolphins and seals, can also be regularly seen. For golfers, there is a wealth of choice, with Royal Tarlair just up the road, which has wonderful sea views over the fairways, or Duff House Royal which is a couple of miles away in neighbouring Banff. There are good eating places here and lots of little interesting shops, as well as supermarkets. Further afield, explore the other quaint fishing villages and lovely beaches strung out along this magical coastline. Beach 25 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Some rooms with low sloping ceilings.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD/Blu-ray. Stereo/CD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Skene House Cottage

    Westhill, nr. Aberdeen

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29020

    This unique holiday property forms an annexe of the stunning Skene Castle – a privately owned property in peaceful seclusion, west of Aberdeen. Enjoy leisurely days out touring this lovely area, from the wonderful landscapes of Royal Deeside to the golden sands of the coastline from Aberdeen all the way to Banff. Aberdeen enjoys a cosmopolitan reputation and offers plenty of good restaurants, bars, theatre and shopping. The region boasts more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK so take time to soak up the historic past in some of the many others in the surrounding area. For golfers, there are numerous excellent courses including Royal Aberdeen the venue for the 2014 Scottish Open, while walkers and wildlife lovers have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area and stone floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (four poster) with additional single and additional pull-out single (for alternative sleeping), one with additional single and wooden floor.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Use of 30 acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 7 steps and sloping banks in grounds.

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  • The Old Merchant House

    Portsoy

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 29468

    The Old Merchant House is a stunning 18th-century old smugglers’ house on the historic harbour front at Portsoy with stunning sea views. Built in 1726 the house is packed with original features including exposed beams, wooden floors and a woodburner situated in the original 18th-century stone fireplace. Accommodation is over three floors, sleeping 6 in three comfortable bedrooms, while from the kitchen and living room; guests can enjoy the marvellous seascape and activities of the 17th-century harbour. A good pub and coffee shop are within yards of the house, with all the other shops and eateries just a short walk away. This part of the north east of Scotland is often referred to as ’Castle Country’, being home to around a thousand castles or castle ruins, providing a wealth of history to explore. Along the coast there is an abundance of wildlife to see. Take a trip to Troup Head where you will see the RSPB gannet colony plus loads of other sea birds; see the seals basking at Port Gordon; go on a boat trip or just get your spyglasses out and spot the famous Moray dolphins or a minke whale. This part of Scotland lends itself to day trips with something for everyone. Beach 20 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Second floor: Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Ashlyn

    Whitehills, nr. Banff

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 15818

    This cosy holiday cottage sits within the fishing village of Whitehills, on the Moray Firth, famous for its small fishing boats, dolphin colony and boating marina. Just a short stroll from the harbour, visitors can buy locally caught fish. Whitehalls is within an AONB, with its imposing cliffs of Troup Head in the east and the RSPB nature reserve to the sands of Banff Links. Inland follow the River Deveron through woodland to the historic Bridge of Alvah or visit Duff House in Banff. Cullen and Banff are just a short drive, for shops, beaches and sports centre. Fyvie Castle, Pitmedden Gardens and Haddo House, are a short drive through rolling Aberdeenshire countryside.

    Ground floor: Living room/sun room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room, toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Large enclosed garden and furniture. Patio and gravel area. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Deer Park Cottage

    Finzean near Banchory

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC512081
    Deer Park 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 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.

    Deer Park Cottage is a lovely traditional property and stands in a secluded spot with its own garden to the front, in the private grounds of Finzean Estate.

    Deer Park Cottage can be booked together with The Kennels (CC512080) and Garden Cottage (CC512079) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has Biomass central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With twin beds and sloping ceilings.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed and sloping ceilings.

    All heating, electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Payphone. Welcome pack. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Use of tennis courts. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 150 yards away.

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  • Woodland Retreat

    Inverkeithny near Huntly

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC512072
    Woodland Retreat is one of six properties at Deveron Valley Cottages, on the edge of the Grampian Hills. Woodland Retreat 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.

    Woodland Retreat is a fully equipped self catering Finnish log cabin, set in two and a half acres of private wood overlooking the River Deveron.

    This property can be booked together with Swallow Cottage (CC512073), Deveron Lodge (CC512074), Bonnie View Lodge (CC512075), Anchingoul Cottage (CC512076) and The Bothy (CC512077) to accommodate up to 26 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Lounge area: With high cathedral ceiling, wood burner, TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and door to decking.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Wet room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With double bed and sloping ceilings.

    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. Decking with furniture. 2 ½ acres of private wood overlooking the River Deveron. Shared 11-acre natural grounds. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river within 50m.

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  • Birchland - Cairn View

    Strachan, nr. Banchory

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 30456

    These lovely detached holiday lodges are set in an elevated position with marvellous views towards Cairn O’Mount. Situated in 8 acres of natural woodland, all the properties are very stylishly furnished with good attention to detail. Mountshade (ref 30297) has been constructed to make the most of its surroundings with its concertina doors from the living room, relax and enjoy the views from the decking area after a busy day out exploring. Park Lodge (ref 17329) has an open-plan living room with a cathedral ceiling, opening on to a well-equipped kitchen. Cairn View (ref 30456), as its name suggests, boasts a wonderful view towards Cairn O’Mount and sleeps 6 in comfort, ideal for families or couples. All three lodges have plenty of space between them, ensuring good levels of privacy. Visit Balmoral Castle or tour Royal Deeside, which begs to be explored, with fantastic walks on moor and mountain, river and loch fishing, cycle trails and pony trekking, or take in the scenic majesty of Lochnagar. The popular town of Banchory is just 5 miles away with interesting shops and restaurants, and the area is renowned for its Highland Games in summer. Aberdeen is approximately 30 minutes’ drive with its theatres, bars, gardens and shopping centre. Shop 5 miles and pub ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating (underfloor in shower rooms) included. Travel cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. No smoking.

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  • 30 Crovie

    Crovie by Gardenstown

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: B5694

    Crovie village rests along the bottom of a cliff like a row of puffins gazing out to sea! Situated on the Moray Firth Coast, it’s one of the best preserved traditional fishing villages in Scotland. The spectacular views out to sea and the headlands beyond attest to a 19th-century chronicler’s description of its ’savage grandeur.’ The beach is a dream for children, dolphins are regularly sighted. The holiday cottage overlooks the pier and has the warmth and comfort of a modern home. Golf, fishing, swimming, gallery and harbours within 15 miles. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional single (for alternative sleeping). First floor: Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Central heating from open fire. Electricity heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Patio and furniture. NB: No cycling or skating in the village.

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