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Aberdeenshire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Seaside Hoose

    Gardenstown

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30457


    This charming cottage is centrally situated in the quaint village of Gardenstown. Fully renovated with a cosy atmosphere and a mix of contemporary and French style furnishings, it is a superb base to spend a holiday in this lovely area. Ideally positioned to take in lovely views of the sea from the living rooms and bedrooms, it is within a short walk of the quaint harbour and beach beyond. Sample the delights of the owner’s teashop next door which serves a selection of light refreshments though the day or enjoy a drink or evening meal in the local hotel nearby. Gardenstown is on the Coastal Trail, one of several delightful fishing villages strung out along this rugged coastline where dolphins and seals are often spotted. Macduff Marine Aquarium features the diverse marine life of the Moray Firth, while a few miles past Macduff is historic Portsoy, known for its annual boat festival. Discover pretty churches and cottages, castles and cliff top walks, seabirds and quiet beaches all along the coast, from Aberdeen to Inverness. For the birdwatchers, RSPB Troup Head is just 1½ miles, or an hours walk, from the property. Shop ¼ mile, pub and rstaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: 1 small step to living/dining room/kitchen with slate floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Internet connection. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Birchland - Park Lodge

    Strachan, nr. Banchory

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 17329

    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.

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

    NSH included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Tumble dryer. Payphone. Natural woodland gardens and grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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

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  • Westerpark

    Glen Deveron, by Huntly

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: UYN

    "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.

    Spacious lodge, ideal for groups, with all bedrooms en suite. Living room with open fire and wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen/dining area with Aga and tiled floor. Utility. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity included
    • Oil-fired central heating by flow meter
    • Oil Aga included
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Freezer
    • Lockable cycle storage
    • NB: Unfenced burn and sloping bank
      in garden

    • 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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  • 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).

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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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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