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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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  • 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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  • 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 and Wi-Fi 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 and towels included. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. No smoking.

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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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  • 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.

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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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  • Harbour View

    Gardenstown, Aberdeen

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC512014
    Harbour View is a sea view apartment in the idyllic and picturesque fishing village of Gardenstown. Occupying an elevated position above the pretty harbour the accommodation is on three levels, maximising the breathtaking views across Gamrie Bay. The property has been renovated to an exceptionally high standard. The bright open plan living area with large windows overlooking the harbour and sea beyond is a real feature of the property. A  beautiful bathroom with deep Jacuzzi bath and three lovely bedrooms on the various levels complete the picture. Outside there is large decking area built into the hillside. A wonderful place to eat, drink and savour the incredible views and amazing sunsets across the bay below. Gardenstown oozes charm and tranquillity. The small winding streets, picturesque harbour and old stone fisherman’s cottages seem untouched by time. It truly is the quintessential fishing village.

    Ground Floor: Accommodation is split over three levels
    Lower Level
    Living Area: With 42" TV with BT sports, DVD, radio/CD and sofa bed (for + 1 at £25)
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine. A lovely modern kitchen with built in appliances throughout. Large deep-silled windows look out across stunning seascape with harbour, rock island and surrounding hills straight down to the sea.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet.
    Ground Floor
    Bedroom 2: With  two single beds.

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With double bed. This lovely bedroom is accessed via its own staircase. Please note, some restricted height space due to sloping ceilings.

    Electric heating,fuel, power, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot and high chair available. An additional put me up bed may be made available (at additional charge) to accommodate 8 in total - please request on booking.This property is accessed by 10 steps from the side and 25 steps leading from Harbour Road below. Large decking area. There is also a fenced grassed area beyond. On street parking.

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  • Shoreline House

    Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: CC512049
    Shoreline House is a large detached modern cottage situated right on the edge of the sea in the charming fishing village of Rosehearty. With waves breaking on the rocks below there is an ever changing seascape to be seen from all the main rooms. The house is bright and exceptionally spacious with a large hall, galleried landing and high ceilings throughout. The generously proportioned lounge drinks in the amazing sea views. A telescope provided assists in spotting passing dolphins and the myriad of seabirds that frequent this coastline. There are four good sized bedrooms, a formal dining room and a large farmhouse - style kitchen/breakfast room. A raised terrace with outdoor dining table and chairs provides a wonderful vantage point from which to enjoy the superb sea views, with further lawned area below.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With satellite Free View TV, DVD and radio/CD; a large lounge with windows looking directly out to sea below with telescope provided for dolphin and bird watching
    Dining Room: A formal dining room with polished wood table and six chairs
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer; super sea views.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed an en suite facilities with shower, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: With double bed (to sleep one)
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds
    Bedroom 4: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With large corner bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available Wi-fi availableTerrace with outdoor dining table and chairs. Further garden area laid to lawn, enclosed by low wall. Off road parking for 3 cars. NB: Situated right on the edge of the sea.

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  • Strowan

    Ballater

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: 30638

    Situated close to the village centre and just a short walk to all of Ballater’s excellent amenities, this very attractive, comfortably furnished, end-terraced holiday property has been lovingly restored to a very good standard throughout. Great for families or couples who enjoy a varied holiday, there is a multitude of activities on the doorstep; Ballater is a popular area with walkers and cyclists, and is close to both Glenshee and the Lecht for skiing. There is a gliding airstrip near Aboyne within a 15-minute drive. Ballater golf course is a 5-minute walk away, and the area is renowned for its stunning scenery and fantastic walks and wildlife. A picturesque Victorian village in the heart of Royal Deeside, Ballater is surrounded by glorious countryside, including Craigendarroch Hill, the Dee River, and is located in the Cairngorms National Park. Ballater is 43 miles west of Aberdeen and 8 miles from Balmoral Castle. Renowned for its royal connections, the village has many shops and businesses displaying the Royal warrants of the Queen and Prince Charles. A short drive will take you to the slopes of the Lecht, a popular, seasonal destination for skiers and snowboarders. If you prefer a more sedate holiday, there are plenty of shops, cafes and eateries just a stroll from the house. An ideal destination at any time of year. Beach 43 miles. Shop, pubs and restaurants 300 yards.

    Ground floor: 2 steps to living room/kitchen with laminate floor. Dining room with patio doors and laminate floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with sloping ceiling, 1 twin, 1 single with additional pull-out single and sloping ceiling. Separate toilet. Second staircase to first floor: Study/play room.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs (one Smart). DVD. Bluetooth speaker/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with decking, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Horsechestnut Cottage

    Braemar

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: 14027

    The River Clunie is at the rear

    This is one of a delightful group of four houses set on the fringe of this Royal village with the River Clunie gently flowing past at the rear. Very well furnished and equipped to a good standard offering a pleasant, comfortable holiday break. Braemar has easy walking, climbing for the ambitious, golf, salmon and trout fishing or just peace and tranquillity to enjoy the majestic scenery. Braemar is famous for its celebrated Highland Gathering and the breathtaking Linn of Dee. Ballater 17 miles, Aberdeen approximately 50 miles. Shop and pub 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Video. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). NB: The garden overlooks the river.

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  • Dail na Feidhe

    Braemar, nr. Ballater

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: 30927


    This lovely, detached holiday home is situated in a peaceful, secluded position on the edge of the village of Braemar, in the heart of Royal Deeside. It is 100 yards from the Princess Royal Park, home to the world-famous ‘Braemar Gathering’. The property boasts bright, spacious accommodation in a wonderful environment, where deer are frequently seen in the garden. It is a lovely base for a relaxing holiday break. It is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within the Cairngorm National Park and offers access to some of the best walking and climbing in Scotland. The challenging Cairngorm Mountains are within easy reach. Fishing, stalking and shooting may be arranged locally at Mar Lodge Estate, which was used as a location of the TV documentary "Winterwatch". Winter sports are also catered for with skiing at Glenshee only a 20-minute drive. For the less energetic, a visit to the 16th century Crathes Castle and Gardens at Banchory, 40 miles, offers an exciting day out. There is also a children’s adventure playground. Closer to Braemar is Balmoral Castle, the royal family’s highland residence, which offers the opportunity to pony trek and the chance to view various exhibitions, including one on the local wildlife. Golf is available at Braemar golf club which claims to be the highest course in the UK.There are also excellent courses at Ballater and Aboyne. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite Jack ’n’ Jill shower room and toilet, 1 twin, both with Velux and sloping ceilings.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Rear enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Front garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Sloping bank in garden.

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  • Little Blackhall Lodge

    near Banchory

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: UK5134
    A stunning location and wonderful gardens make this a real stand-out property! This lovely semi-detached fishing lodge, built on the site of the demolished Blackhall Castle, is a real home from home. Its tastefully furnished interior is beautifully complemented by sweeping lawns and mature trees which were once part of the old castle gardens, and being in a superb position just a couple of hundred yards from the River Dee, there are lovely walks along this delightful river. With plentiful wildlife, you may encounter ospreys, otters, squirrels and other fauna during a relaxing stroll. The seldom used owner accommodation is attached to the house but the gardens and grounds are all available to be enjoyed by guests at any time. A well stocked trout pond nearby is available for fishing by arrangement with the manager.
    Banchory, a bustling market town, is just a couple of miles away and has plenty of interesting shops and eateries as well as being the gateway to Royal Deeside. The area, a favourite haunt, first of royalty and ever since of tourists, has many delights to offer and makes an ideal base from which to explore castles, mountains and coastlines, all within an hour’s drive. Watch the salmon leap at the nearby Falls of Feugh, or visit Crathes and Drum Castle, just two of the many on the Castle Trail which winds its way through the area. A spectacular drive over the high pass of Cairn o’Mount will take you to the village of Fettercairn where there is one of the oldest whisky distilleries in Scotland. Slightly further afield is the delightful village of Ballater, Balmoral Castle (open most of the year to visitors) and skiing at the Lecht, only an hour’s drive. Quad biking, cycling, archery, horse riding and golf (two courses in Banchory itself) are all easily available and walking in the beautiful scenery (try Lochnagar and the Lairig Ghru) adds to the many outdoor activities available in abundance in this magical area. Beach 20 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With open fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, 2 dishwashers and Freeview TV.
    Utility room: With electric cooker, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Separate toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for open fire included. Payphone (honesty box). Welcome pack. Large lawned garden with terrace and garden furniture. 99 acres of shared grounds with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Fishing on-site by arrangement (at cost, licence required). Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is direct access from the grounds to the River Dee, 200 yards and there is a fenced pond in grounds.

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