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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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  • Nethermill Cottages - Pennan Lodge

    Pennan, nr. New Aberdour

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 26818

    Area of outstanding natural beauty

    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 with double sofa bed/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Convector heaters included. Worktop freezer in garage.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ocean View

    Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 28045

    With sea views over Boyndie Bay this is a cosy semi-detached holiday property set at the end of a cul de sac, yet within easy reach of Banff’s good facilities. The patio doors in the living room and the picture windows in the main bedroom make this a stunning location, and the private sitting-out area looks onto a coastal path alongside the property. Guided tours are available, where you can take in the architectural highlights. Inverboyndie and Banff Bay, two of Scotland’s finest beaches are within walking distance. Enjoy a boat trip to experience the dolphins, excellent golf at Duff House and Macduff and the Whisky trail, these are all highlights of this part of Scotland. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft, one 4ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Work top freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • 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.

  • Nethermill Cottages - Mill Shore Cottage

    Pennan, nr. New Aberdour

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 26817

    Area of outstanding natural beauty

    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.

  • 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 - 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.

  • 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.

  • 33 Crovie

    Gardenstown, nr. Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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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