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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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  • 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.

  • 1 Lighthouse Cottage

    Aberdeen

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 31151
    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.

    1 Lighthouse Cottage is a very special three-bedroomed holiday cottage, being the original lighthouse keeper’s cottage inside the walled compound. Built in 1833, it is now professionally interior designed within, yet retains its unique charm and period features including working window shutters; even the brass door hinges are originals and stamped NL (Northern Lighthouse).

    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.

    1 Lighthouse Cottage can be booked together with 4 Lighthouse Cottage (31152) and 2 Girdleness Lighthouse (UK5003) to accommodate up to 15 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With wood burner, Sky TV (basic package), DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, fridge with ice box and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Telephone - incoming calls only. Welcome pack.Sitting-out area and furniture. Large, shared grounds. Parking (2 cars).

  • 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.

  • Seaview Cottage

    Sandhaven, Aberdeenshire

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC512053
    Seaview Cottage is a traditional fisherman’s cottage that enjoys superb views across the sea. The cottage has been completely refurbished in recent years and now offers bright, spacious accommodation for 6. The ground floor has been transformed from the original small rooms into two large living areas. The spacious lounge is dual aspect, with views to the front and full length windows to the rear that overlook the gardens. The kitchen/dining room runs the full length of the cottage and provides plenty of room for families and larger groups. Upstairs all the bedrooms are beautifully presented and enjoy superb sea views. There is a good sized bathroom and a second ground floor shower room.

    Ground Floor: The property has calor gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With satellite Free view TV, DVD and radio/CD with sea views across the bay
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box
    Utility: With freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With super king size 6ft bed
    Bedroom 2: With double bed
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds
    Bathroom; With bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Garden on two levels enclosed by fence. Patio area with steps leading up to lawned area with picnic table and chairs. Off road parking for one small car at rear. NB: Unprotected drop from higher level in garden onto patio level below.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Old Mill

    Portsoy, nr. Banff

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 3526

    This charming 18th century listed mill has been converted and renovated by its architect owner and featured in ’Traditional Homes’ magazine. The mill is in a large private garden accessed by a quiet country lane. The many interests of the Moray Firth include, the sandy beaches, picturesque fishing villages of the Moray and Buchan coastline. There are many historic castles and gardens to visit from the spectacular ruined Findlater Castle to Duff House in Banff. The River Devron is famous for its salmon fishing and the Spey has countless whisky distilleries to visit. The coastline provides many golf clubs all of which welcome visitors. An ideal holiday base. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Payphone. Garden and chairs. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars).

  • The Steadings at Mains of Tolquhon - The Coach House

    Tarves, nr. Ellon

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W42796

    Excellent views

    These four fabulous houses have been sympathetically converted from old farm buildings and stables to provide excellent accommodation for a family holiday in peaceful surroundings. Each house has its own private garden and has been cleverly designed to ensure privacy. The very spacious accommodation is warm and very comfortable (with air source heating and woodburners) and the ample living areas provide plenty of space to relax or enjoy family gatherings. The Stables is a lovely spacious property with high ceilings and a woodburner, while The Barn and The Byre are great family houses with lovely views and plenty of room. The Coach House features a super master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and rolltop bath. The properties are next to Tolquhon Gallery and Tolquhon Castle - known as one of the most pictureque castles in Grampian. This is ’castle country’ and there are many to explore in the area. There are many golf courses at hand, while Pitmedden Gardens and Haddo House are close by. Within easy reach of Balmedie Beach, Cruden Bay and Forvie Sands. Aberdeen is just half an hour’s drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Second living room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 double with sloping ceilings and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Central heating by air source heat pump included. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. No smoking.

  • The White Ship

    Portsoy

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: SWWK

    This 300-year old, detached holiday home has magnificent views over Portsoy harbour and out to the sea. Portsoy is renowned for its boat festival in summer and is a great base to explore this rugged coastline which is home to dolphins, minke whales and birds. The Whisky and Castle Trails are easily accessed and the Cairngorm National Park is an hour away. Shop 300 yards, pub 200 yards.

    Living room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen/dining room with breakfast bar, Aga and harbour view. Utility. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with laminate floor and harbour view. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Second floor: Beamed sitting room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Double bedroom (bed only accessed from one side, for 1+1).

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVDs
    • Video
    • Aga
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Terraced garden, patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steep bank and steps in garden, harbour across road

  • Bearberry Cottage

    Ballater

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W43359

    Fully refurbished for 2014, this lovely detached bungalow is situated in a quiet area of Ballater, in the heart of Royal Deeside within the Cairngorms National Park. Surrounded by mature gardens backing onto woodland, it is warm and bright, offering all conveniences for your comfort with parking for approximately 3 cars on the driveway. The property further benefits from an enclosed and secluded rear garden with an excellent view of Craigendarroch Hill and a patio to enjoy al fresco entertaining on sunny days. Ballater’s shops, restaurants and pubs are just a short stroll. Ballater is renowned for its Royal connections, with several shops displaying Royal patronage whose variety will suit all tastes. This delightful village is an excellent choice for exploring Royal Deeside’s rich heritage including the Balmoral Estate (8 miles) and a number of other historic castles in the area. Ballater and the surrounding area offer a wide range of summer and winter activities to suit all ages including hillwalking, cycling, climbing in the Cairngorm Mountains, wildlife watching, gliding at nearby Aboyne and skiing at Glenshee and The Lecht. Go fishing in the Dee or visit the numerous golf courses which pepper the area, including Ballater’s own 18 hole course in its beautiful setting on the banks of the Dee. The city of Aberdeen with all its facilities is just 40 miles. Alternatively, enjoy some scenic touring through Glen Muick, Braemar, Linn of Dee and Strathdon. Shop, pub and restaurant, 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs and library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

  • 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.

  • 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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