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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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  • Dess Lodge

    Dess, Aboyne

    Grade
    4
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    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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  • Puffin Cottage

    Gardenstown, Aberdeen

    Grade
    4
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC512052
    Puffin Cottage is a self-contained ground floor cottage situated close to the edge of the sea in the charming coastal village of Gardenstown. This traditional cottage has been completely refurbished inside. The bright, contemporary interior offers the height of open-plan living whilst retaining many attractive original features such as deep silled windows and traditional front door.
    The main living area is a real delight. Bright red sofas contrast with the white-painted walls, with charming paintings by the artist/owner adding a unique touch. The kitchen area is well-equipped with integral appliances and provides plenty of room for up to four. There is a large bedroom at one end of the cottage. A small corridor leads through from the main living area to a superb fully tiled bathroom with spacious shower.  Situated right on the edge of the sea, at the bottom of a small winding lane that leads down from the cliffs, Gardenstown oozes charm and tranquillity. It has the allure and ambience of a Cornish fishing village, but without the crowds!  The small winding streets, picturesque harbour and old stone cottages seem untouched by time.  It really is the quintessential seaside village and Puffin Cottage is just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge. The spectacular views, headland and bays have been the setting for a number of television programmes and the village has become a haven for artists.  Sandy beaches and rocky coves make it an ideal location for all ages. 
    The owner is also happy to provide a catering service for visitors, cooking on an ad hoc basis by prior arrangement. Even Christmas dinner can be provided; ideal for couples wishing to have a relaxing Christmas break by the sea with all the stress and strain taken care of!  A romantic retreat.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/dining:
    Lounge Area: With TV and DVD, radio/CD and satellite Free view access to Wi-fi from adjoining property, spacious contemporary living area with sofa bed (for +2)
    Kitchen/Dining Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; dining furniture for two.
    Bedroom: With king size bed
    Shower Room: With walk in shower, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Paved patio area with small steps down to seating area; picnic table and chairs. On street parking approximately 100 yard.

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  • The Aul’ Bank

    Whitehills, nr. Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Cranna-by-the-Sea

    Gardenstown, nr. Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 27499

    With uninterrupted sea views from every window, this semi-detached holiday cottage is only 32 yards from the seashore. Enjoy the most beautiful sunsets or look out for dolphins in the bay. Climb up to the old ruined churchyard of St John’s on the headland, or take the stone steps around the cliff at low tide for an interesting walk to the pretty hamlet of Crovie. Cranna-by-the-Sea would love to welcome everyone, but access via several steps and a short steep brae, means that it may be unsuitable for people with limited mobility. A further selection of larger shops and eateries can be found in the historic town of Banff just 9 miles away. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with shower cubicle, 1 twin. Bathroom with jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. On road parking (30 yards). Welcome pack. NB: Significant drops at side and rear of house.

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  • Woodside

    Boyndie, Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC512063
    Woodside is a spacious, detached, single storey cottage situated in open countryside with lovely views across the sea. This modern bungalow is set in its own large gardens with lawns, mature shrubs and patio areas, it offers peace and seclusion in a pretty country setting.

    All the rooms are generously proportioned and have a warm, welcoming and homely feel. The main lounge has patio doors that open onto the gardens with fields and sea views beyond. There is a separate dining room adjoining. The spacious kitchen is well equipped and looks out across the bay. There are two good sized bedrooms, one en suite and a large family-sized bathroom. This is an ideal cottage for two couples or a family holiday.

    Nearby Whitehills harbour on Scotland’s Dolphin Coast is packed with yachts - the historic fishing village has pubs and restaurants and you can enjoy freshly caught fish from ’Downeys’ famous fish shop. Less than 10 minutes walk away is a golden sandy beach, home to Banff Surf Club. Inland is Boyndie, which was home to an RAF Strike Wing in WWII, where Mosquito planes took off to attack U-boats in the North Sea.

    Along the coast, picturesque old ’seatoun’ Portsoy was used as a film location for a remake of the Ealing classic ’Whicky Galore’. In Banff, golfing, fishing, cycling and walking are all available. ’The Whisky Trail’ begins in Aviemore and follows the Speyside Way ending in banff, where Duff House is one of the stops on ’The Castle Trail’ walk. The cottage is ideally placed for exploring the spectacular coastline of the Moray Firth - named as one of the top 12 of the world’s most beautiful and unspoiled coastlines by National Geographic Travel magazine.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has gas central heating and solar panels and comprises;
    Lounge/Diner: With gas fire, satellite Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD and Wi-fi. Dining area. Patio doors lead to garden.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer and sink
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Garden grounds with patio area and outdoor dining furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Meall Darroch

    Braemar

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • 33 Crovie

    Gardenstown, nr. Banff

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 28658

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

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

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

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  • Mar Lodge Estate - Dalvorar

    Braemar

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
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    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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  • Craigievar Castle - Steading Cottage

    Alford

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Birchland - Mountshade

    Strachan, nr. Banchory

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • 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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  • 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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