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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 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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  • 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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  • Skellater Cottage

    Strathdon, Aberdeen

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC512029
    Situated in an elevated position with views of the surrounding farmland and hills, this delightful traditional stone cottage offers beautifully presented, comfortable accommodation.  Set in its own garden, Skellater Cottage offers the ideal place to relax on a summers evening and enjoy the peace of the countryside. During the winter months you have the welcome comfort of an wood burning stove to return to after a day out exploring this lovely area.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor with electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burning stove (fuel provided) free view TV and DVD with sofa bed (for + 2 with linen provided if required)
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge (with ice box) and washing machine.
    Bedroom : With double bed. A spacious room with built in wardrobes and a chest of drawers.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. High chair available.Garden with furniture and BBQ. Off road parking for 2 cars. Please note that should there be adverse weather conditions you will require a four wheel vehicle to be able to get directly to the property door, although of course you can park your car on the roadside and walk up to the property if necessary.  Access to the cottage (if no 4x4 vehicle) would still be available but parking right next to the cottage may not be. Assistance, in these unusual circumstrances, would be given.  The owner owns a stretch of local river from Luib Bridge to Ballater Bridge (20km), day/week/season permits are available, £20 per rod per day, discount given for weekly/season permits. Please ask the owners for details.

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  • 4 Lighthouse Cottage

    Aberdeen

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 31152
    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. 4 Lighthouse Cottage is a wonderful two-bedroomed holiday cottage, which has too a professionally designed interior throughout and still maintains its unique charm and character, including high ceilings, a Belfast sink in the kitchen and a feature roll-top bath.

    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.

    4 Lighthouse Cottage can be booked together with 1 Lighthouse Cottage (31151) and 2 Girdleness Lighthouse (UK5003) to accommodate up to 15 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With Sky TV (basic package) and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With roll-top bath, shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Sitting-out area and furniture. Large, shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

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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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  • Meall Darroch

    Braemar

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 10970

    This traditional cottage sits on the banks of the River Dee. Meall Darroch looks pretty as a picture and has the welcoming warmth of an open fire. The holiday cottage has been fully modernised, carefully furnished and fitted with numerous labour saving appliances to make your stay totally relaxing. In this idyllic location there is freedom and space amongst moorland, heather and mountains - great walking country with real challenges for climbers. Yet this spectacular area is close to the tourist route - Braemar famous for the celebrated Highland Gathering and the breathtaking Linn of Dee. Shop and pub 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Electricity heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Natural garden space. Parking (2 cars).

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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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  • 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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  • Dess Lodge

    Dess, Aboyne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: SGGP

    This most attractive, Victorian, detached baronial gatehouse is situated just off the road between Aberdeen and Balmoral and offers gracious living in the heart of Royal Deeside. The interior has been attractively furnished in traditional style with pitch pine finishings, open fire, tartan flooring and tasteful antiques. Surrounded on three sides by the gardens, its location is ideal for a holiday exploring this beautiful area. Enjoy the charms of the surrounding towns and villages - from Banchory with its bustling high street to Ballater, famed for its royal connections. Many historical places of interest, from the castles of Crathes and Balmoral to the standing stones of Tomnaverie. Superb scenery surrounding the area enhances any day out. Shops 2 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Living room with open fire in Portland surround, original shutters and sofa bed (alternative sleeping). Kitchen/dining room with slate floor, exposed granite walls, door to garden. Spiral staircase to first floor: Two bedrooms; one double with en-suite shower room and toilet, one twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel available locally
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Raised lawned sitting-out area with furniture
    • Private parking for 1 car; additional parking space on site
    • No smoking
    • Please note: There is a drop and bank in the garden

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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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  • Woodside Bothy

    New Deer, nr. Turriff

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29274

    Perfect for a peaceful break, this beautifully presented detached stone cottage has been converted from a bothy into inviting holiday accommodation. Its isolated, rural setting on a dairy farm offers lovely pastoral views over farmland and woodland, with cows grazing in the field. There is a stocked trout fishing lake within 2 miles, whilst the north-east coastline offers miles of spectacular coastal path walking. Duff House, with its collections of paintings and furniture, is well worth a visit, as is the charming coastal village of Pennan. Aberdeen’s shopping and nightlife are 33 miles. Horse riding nearby. Shop and pub serving food 4½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 10, except babies under 12 months.

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