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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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  • Bryn Awel

    Macduff

    Grade
    4
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: W40994

    Excellent touring base

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

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

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

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  • The Coyles Cottage

    Ballater

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: SBH


    This holiday property stands near another similar property in its own grounds, with its own garden, and enjoys a convenient setting close to the heart of the delightful small market town of Ballater with good shops, hotels, restaurants and golf course. The Coyles Cottage is set in a delightful part of the garden and is well equipped throughout with a lovely sunny conservatory, and benefits from triple glazing and central heating throughout, affording year-round comfort. An excellent centre from which to discover the many places of interest nearby; Ballater itself is a lovely base with many links to the Royal family and historic castles nearby include Balmoral, Crathies and Craigievar. The Grampians offer wonderful hill walking and wildlife, and the surrounding area of Deeside is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Leisurely walks abound on the banks of the River Dee or alternatively tackle some of the Monros and other mountains in the Cairngorms - a short drive away via some majestic scenery. Skiing is 35 minutes’ drive going through parts of the Whisky Trail, and canoeing and mountain biking are also readily available throughout the region. Shops and pub 100 yards.

    Living room. Well-equipped kitchen with dining area. Conservatory. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Garden with furniture
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Mar Lodge Estate - Dalvorar

    Braemar

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30759


    At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge Estate, a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine. Visited by nobility since the medieval period, Mar Lodge Estate is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain’s highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country’s most iconic landscapes. Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) and Claybokie (ref 30188) are two delightful properties connected via an illuminated woodland path and make fantastic bases to enjoy this magnificent Highland paradise; Claybokie (ref 30188) is a miniature lodge furnished in classic antique style offering the quintessential country retreat. Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) is named after the nearby hill that rises between Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich. Set among Mar Lodge’s pine woodland, this exclusive Highland hideaway has been furnished in true country sporting style, with wood panelling and open fires. With uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, the privacy of both Claybokie and Creag Bhalg with their old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make them an unparalleled base for a clan gathering. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the four properties, sleeping 16 people. This large apartment spreads over two floors with views of the Mar Lodge Estate’s heather and pine forests. It can comfortably accommodate 17 guests around the dinner table, making it ideal for family gatherings in a historic Highland setting. Open log fires in the lodge’s public rooms and acres of rambling walks around the estate will help you relax into Royal Deeside’s majestic country charm. Along with Dalvorar (ref 30759), it is one of the five apartments that make up Mar Lodge itself. Dalvorar (ref 30759) is a delightful property; the views from the balcony of this first floor apartment are breathtaking in the morning light; acres of pine forests on dramatic mountains. The apartment centrepiece is a unique semi-circular sitting room with classic dark wood bookcases built into the walls and is a snug retreat to come back to after a day’s walking on the estate. It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats. Deeside’s most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge Estate is Braemar where you’ll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing. Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside. Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away. The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement, ‘Live like a laird’- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, then return to the lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast. ‘Shoot with a camera’- accompany the estate’s stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts or try traditional field sports which include stag stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. These lodges are a popular base for weddings, large events or corporate gatherings. Claybokie’s dining room seats 18 people and properti...

    Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms, one with French doors. Bathroom with shower over roll-top bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Biomass central heating included. Travel cot on request. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Payphone. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned grounds. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome tray. No smoking. NB: River and drop in grounds.

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  • Netherton

    Ballater

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5055
    Netherton is a very well presented, semi-detached property occupying a quiet position in Ballater, a popular village that is well known for its royal connections. Just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village, it is an excellent choice for those seeking to explore Royal Deeside’s rich heritage. Stylishly renovated and beautifully furnished, the property is ideal for both short breaks and relaxing weeks away. With a good-sized, enclosed rear garden, you can really make the most out of those sunny days.


    Located within a 30-minute drive of Glenshee ski area, and within an hour of the Lecht ski area, Netherton offers a warm, homely welcome after a day out in the mountains or countryside. The property has storage in the basement for ski equipment, hiking gear and bicycles. Ballater has a wealth of shops and eateries, and is a wonderful base to explore the area’s many leisure facilities. Fishing, shooting and horse riding are all available locally, as well as golf on the numerous courses that are scattered throughout the area, not to mention one in the village itself. Enjoy some scenic touring through Glen Muick, Strathdon or further afield towards the majestic Cairngorms. Shop and pub 300 yards, restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: 2 steps to entrance.
    Living room: With wood burner, Smart Sky TV (basic package) and DVD player.
    Family/dining room: With TV.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and TV.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack.Large enclosed, lawned garden with decking area, sun house and garden furniture. Equipment store/drying area. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Bayview

    Collieston, Ellon

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC512065
    Bayview is a charming traditional seaside cottage occupying a prime position in the picture postcard village of Collieston. Originally two fisherman’s cottages; Bayview has been sympathetically converted and extended and now provides a high standard of accommodation in a superb setting. Situated in a quiet no through lane in an elevated position above the harbour, it looks down onto the pretty horse shoe shaped sandy beach and harbour.
    All rooms enjoy fantastic sea views. The pretty lounge has a welcoming open fireplace and modern sofas. The conservatory at the far end of the cottage has large windows that maximise the views; an ideal venue to spot the passing sea life; porpoises, dolphins and seals are frequently seen close to shore. There is a bright, modern kitchen/dining room. Upstairs are two beautifully presented double bedrooms and a modern family bathroom. The gardens consist of small lawn terraces let into the adjoining slopes that lead down to the sea, via a series of meandering paths.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, Freesat/ Freeview TV, DVD, Wi-fi and blue tooth speaker. Stunning sea views
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. DAB radio
    Conservatory: With superb views across the harbour to the sea beyond

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and trundle bed underneath to make additional full size single bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available on request.Terraced gardens mainly laid to lawn. Lawned area with outdoor dining furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: Some unprotected drops from the terraced garden slopes to the path below - no more than 113 cms at the most.

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  • Owl Cottage

    Gardenstown, nr. Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 26021

    This holiday property is a delightful fisherman’s cottage, set in a wonderful location just 60 yards up steps from the sea. Tastefully modernised with paved patio, ideal for BBQs, in a charming scenic village with harbour and sandy beach, it is ideal for sea and river fishing, walking, golf, shooting, bird watching and observing dolphins and seals. Easy driving distance to follow the Whisky and Castle Trails. Visit Duff House with exhibitions, tea rooms and gardens in Banff. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with wooden floor. Shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Solid fuel central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-honesty box. Patio with furniture. Public car park, 150 yards. No smoking.

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  • Straitinnan

    Glen Deveron, by Huntly

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: SGD

    "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.

    This baby-friendly bolthole is especially suitable for young families, with its wealth of baby-friendly equipment. Living room with open fire. Open-plan kitchen/dining room with open fire. Sunny conservatory overlooking small loch. Bathroom with toilet. Additional toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom.

    • Open fires - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Secure garden
    • Toys and games

    • 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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  • Nethermill Cottages - Mill Shore Cottage

    Pennan, nr. New Aberdour

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 26817

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

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

    Oil central heating included. Freeview TV. Microwave.

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

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  • 33 Crovie

    Gardenstown, nr. Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28658

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

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

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

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  • Craigievar Castle - North Mains

    Alford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30463

    Situated within the grounds of Craigievar Castle, these picture perfect holiday cottages are surrounded by 90-acres of parkland. The castle is a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture and has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower looks just as it did when it was completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture. Stroll around the castles kitchen garden, or enjoy waymarked trails through the surrounding parkland, where swallows, fieldfares and redwings can be spotted. Alford, with its butchers, bakers, pubs and restaurants can be reached in an easy 15 minutes by car. Visit Alford Heritage Centre, which contains displays on village and farm life from the past. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen. Crathes Castle is less than 20 miles away and Aberdeen can be reached in 40 minutes’ drive. Care has been taken to furnish the properties as they would have been when they accommodated the workers who kept the castle looking splendid. Shop and restaurant 7 miles, pub 2½ miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided), Electric heaters. Washing machine. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. NB: Sloping bank in garden.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Shared landscaped and woodland grounds with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Aul’ Bank

    Whitehills, nr. Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: S26

    This unusual holiday property has been imaginatively converted from the local bank to extremely good effect. It features a wonderful spiral staircase which ascends from the bright, airy living room to the master bedroom. Set in the heart of the quiet traditional fishing village of Whitehills, visitors can easily walk down to the quaint harbour and marina, where locally caught fish can be bought. A walk along the rocky shoreline towards Boyndie Bay with views towards Banff makes an enjoyable afternoon, or visit the villages of Crovie and Pennan (of Local Hero fame), which cling to the rocky coastline further to the east. The Moray Firth is known for its mild climate, lovely sandy beaches and dolphin sightings. Shop 10 yards.

    Living room/dining room with electric woodburner, rugs on wooden floor and spiral staircase. Galley-style kitchen with wooden floor. Utility. Double bedroom. Shower room with double power shower and toilet. Open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Double bedroom.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Table-top freezer
    • No garden
    • Roadside parking
    • No children under 6 yrs

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  • The Kennels

    Finzean near Banchory

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC512080
    The Kennels 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.

    The Kennels is a charming, holiday cottage providing excellent accommodation for four people. The Kennels is situated at the end of a private road on the Finzean Estate. It has spectacular, uninterrupted views across the Feugh valley to Clachnaben.

    The Kennels can be booked together with Deer Park Cottage (CC512081) and Garden Cottage (CC512079) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has Biomass central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
    Lounge area: Spacious with wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: Spacious with twin beds and built in wardrobes.
    Shower room 1: With shower, WC, heated towel rail and Velux window.
    Shower room 2: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All heating, electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Payphone. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Use of tennis courts. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 150 yards away.

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