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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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  • Cairns Cottage

    Aboyne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 18910

    This extremely well appointed self contained holiday property forms a wing of the owner’s house, delightfully situated on the outskirts of the village of Aboyne in the heart of Royal Deeside, away from main roads and with marvellous uninterrupted views over the River Dee to the hills and woods beyond. Activities close at hand include walking, fishing, golf, swimming and even gliding. In the winter, skiing at the Lecht or Glenshee is readily accessible. In the surrounding area there are many gardens and castles to visit, including Balmoral. The choice of restaurants nearby ranges from village pubs to gourmet dining. Shops and pubs 500 yards.

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

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No children under 10 years.

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  • Starfish Cottage

    Portsoy

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30024


    This delightful, single-storey, detached holiday cottage sits at right angles to a quiet lane, which runs between Portsoy’s quaint harbour on one side and the sandy beach on the other. Well furnished throughout, providing good quality accommodation, it is a great base for exploring the delights of the area. Portsoy is a bustling village renowned for its wonderful Boat Festival each summer. Enjoy freshly caught fish from the local shop just a few hundred yards away at the harbour, or sample the famous Portsoy ice cream further up on the high street. Take a boat trip to glimpse the diverse marine life in these clean waters. There are several fine golf courses nearby, and the Whisky and Castle Trails beg to be explored. The rugged coastline of this stretch of the Moray Firth has many gems, including interesting villages, historic properties and fine beaches waiting to be explored. Beach 300 yards. Shop and restaurant 400 yards, pub 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed and dining area. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Smart TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Small garden. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. 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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  • 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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  • Craigievar Castle - Steading Cottage

    Alford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29919

    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.

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

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). NSH. Cot. Microwave. Washer/dryer.

    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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  • 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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  • Birchland - Mountshade

    Strachan, nr. Banchory

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 30297

    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 with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms, one 5ft, one twin, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating included. Travel cot on request. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Garden with decked area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 9 acres of natural woodland. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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

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  • Thornton Cottage

    Drumoak

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SPPR

    This attractive, traditionally built, stone holiday cottage is ½ mile from Drumoak village in Royal Deeside. Within easy walking distance are the River Dee, Drum Castle with its 13th-century tower and the Drum Garden Centre. There are castle trails, malt whisky trails and the Cairngorm National Park close by. In the area are 70 golf courses and anglers have a choice of well-stocked fisheries. Aberdeen, 10 miles, has many facilities and a long sandy beach front. Shops ½ mile, pub 2 miles.

    Spacious living room with multi-fuel stove, wooden floor and two sets of French doors to patio. Sitting room with wooden floor and French doors to patio. Large kitchen/dining room. Utility. Separate toilet with vaulted ceiling and Velux window. First floor: All rooms with Velux window. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Step down to large twin bedroom with TV and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with corner bath, walk-in shower and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel stove - fuel included
    • Full oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor, bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs
    • Two DVDs
    • CD
    • DAB radio
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • American fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small enclosed grassed area to side; small, enclosed patio area with furniture to rear
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Seatown

    Gardenstown, nr. Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 27122

    Set just a few yards from the seafront this cosy, detached, holiday cottage is an ideal retreat for visitors to this charming village, set at the foot of the cliffs. Gardenstown has a long history of sea fishing with a lovely harbour, hotel and interesting shops. Soak up the atmosphere whilst on the lookout for dolphins which often pass by in these waters. Outside the village there is much to do including visiting the award winning Macduff Aquarium, or explore the Castle Trail. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceiling, 1 twin with sloping ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). NSH and electricity, first £25 included, remainder by keycard. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi (£8per week).Telephone-honesty box. Sitting-out area. Garden furniture (May-September). On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced sea, 10 yards.

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  • Bonnie View Lodge

    Inverkeithny near Huntly

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC512075
    Bonnie View Lodge is one of six properties at Deveron Valley Cottages, on the edge of the Grampian Hills. Bonnie View Lodge is ideal for people who want to get away from it all. This very beautiful part of Scotland offers many activities for the discerning visitor including walking, golfing, salmon and trout fishing, skiing in the Highlands and surfing the waves of Scotland’s sandy beaches at Sandend and Banff. The unspoilt fishing villages of Crovie, Pennan, Gardenstown, Portsoy and Cullen are well worth a visit and although rural, the cottages are within an easy drive of Huntly, Turriff and Banff. The area boasts many festivals throughout the summer including Fochabers Speyfest, Dufftown Whisky Festivals, Portsoy Boat Festival, Turriff Show, Keith Show and various local highland games. Explore the rugged coastline, try pony trekking, golf, tracing your ancestors or visiting National Trust properties. An ideal base to explore this lovely part of Scotland.

    Bonnie View Lodge is a scottish built log cabin all on one level. It is the place to come and relax and unwind. Outside there is a large decking area overlooking the River Deveron and surrounding countryside.

    This property can be booked together with Swallow Cottage (CC512073), Deveron Lodge (CC512074), Woodland Retreat (CC512072), Anchingoul Cottage (CC512076) and The Bothy (CC512077) to accommodate up to 26 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors to balcony with wonderful views.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All fuel for wood burner, bed linen and towels included. First £10 of electric included, remainder payable by coin meter. Cot available on request. Optional Wi-Fi at £15 per week. Balcony with furniture. Shared 11-acre natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river within 100m.

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  • Garden Cottage

    Finzean near Banchory

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC512079
    Garden 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 an 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.

    Garden Cottage, with its charming décor and spacious kitchen, is situated across the courtyard from Finzean House and as its name suggests, has a lovely sunny garden at the rear, ideal for enjoying the afternoon sun.

    Garden Cottage can be booked together together with The Kennels (CC512080) and Deer Park Cottage (CC512081) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has Biomass central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and door to garden.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large, Farmhouse style with wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beamed with double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and dorner windows.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All heating, electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Payphone. Welcome pack. Large lawned garden with terrace 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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  • 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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