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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.

  • 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
    • No smoking
    • NB: Drop and bank in garden

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Auchingoul Cottage

    Inverkeithny near Huntly

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC512076
    Auchingoul Cottage is one of six properties at Deveron Valley Cottages, on the edge of the Grampian Hills. Auchingoul Cottage 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.

    Auchingoul Cottage was originally the old farm workers’ cottage but now offers lovely, fully equipped holiday accommodation with everything you need in it.

    This property can be booked together with Swallow Cottage (CC512073), Deveron Lodge (CC512074), Bonnie View Lodge (CC512075), Woodland Retreat (CC512072) and The Bothy (CC512077) to accommodate up to 26 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With tiled floors.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With gas cooker and fridge with ice box.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.
    Open tread staircase to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and sloping ceilings.

    All oil, fuel for wood burner, bed linen and towels included. Cot available on request. Shared laundry with washing machine and tumble dryer. Optional Wi-Fi at £15 per week. Courtyard and furniture. Shared 11-acres natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river within 100m.

  • Stable Cottage

    Fordyce, nr. Portsoy

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28579

    This delightful, Grade B listed, holiday cottage is set in 8-acre grounds near the historic ruin of Glassaugh House, ancestral home to the Abercrombie, Duff and Ogilvy families. Attached to the owner’s home, it is sympathetically furnished with extensive lawns, where guests may spot the deer which pass through the grounds. Close by is the fairytale conservation village of Fordyce, where preserved cottages cluster round the ancient church and castle. Visit Sandend and enjoy freshly caught fish or stroll along the sandy bay. Tour Moray, Aberdeen and Inverness. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sunken terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. 8 acres of shared lawned grounds. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Public footpath passes through end of grounds.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Longcroft Cottage

    Oyne, nr. Insch

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 28233

    This detached holiday cottage has been renovated to provide superb accommodation, whilst still retaining its character and charm. Modern conveniences and a high level of comfort combine to make this an ideal base from which to tour this area rich in historical sites and places of interest, including Haddo House, Pitmedden and Tolquhon Castle, as well as many historical stone circles. Visit Aberdeen and Inverurie, or go fishing, cycling, horse riding, golf and walking nearby. Shops and pubs 4 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single.

    Woodburner in living room included. Underfloor electric central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps from patio to lawn with raised banking.

  • Number 10

    Crovie, nr. Gardenstown

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W41840

    Direct access to the sea

    This cosy, former detached fisherman’s cottage is situated in a marvellous setting right on the seafront. Typical of the village, the cottage sits gable end to the sea, a testament to Crovie’s rugged past, built to withstand the winter storms that can occur here.

    Crovie is built on a narrow ledge with the sea just yards from the door and in the summer it is lovely to sit and look out for the marine life which passes through the area, from dolphins to seals and birds. The sea can be viewed from the patio.

    Enjoy the walk to Gardenstown - a similar but larger village, or explore the villages further west, from Sandend to Portsoy and Cullen.

    Shops and pubs 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 single bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams and sloping ceilings.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating included (£30per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Elevated and landscaped patio with furniture. Public car park. No smoking.

  • Swallow Cottage

    Inverkeithny near Huntly

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC512073
    Swallow Cottage is one of six properties at Deveron Valley Cottages, on the edge of the Grampian Hills. Swallow Cottage 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.

    Swallow Cottage is a converted barn which has been transformed into a beautiful two bedroom holiday cottage with superb view of the river Deveron and Kinnairdy Castle.

    This property can be booked together with Woodland Retreat (CC512072), Deveron Lodge (CC512074), Bonnie View Lodge (CC512075), Anchingoul Cottage (CC512076) and The Bothy (CC512077) to accommodate up to 26 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With tiled floor, wood burner, TV, DVD player, CD player and doors to decking.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and sloping ceilings.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds, single bed and sloping ceilings.

    All oil, fuel for wood burner, bed linen and towels included. Cot available on request. Optional Wi-Fi at £15 per week. Courtyard with furniture. Shared 11-acre natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river within 100m.

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