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Holiday cottages in Scotland offer the perfect opportunity to relax in some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery. With an abundance of culture, fantastic heritage, stunning cities and a wealth of activities to suit all ages and interests, you’ll find more than enough to entertain all kinds of holidaymakers. So, whether you’re on two feet or two paws, a holiday in Scotland is guaranteed to have something to offer, and we’re going to make a few suggestions for the best things to see and do in the region.

With such a rich history, Scotland’s past is all but unavoidable. Thankfully, it’s equally fascinating, and some of the country’s best attractions combine the colourful tale of Scotland with some stunning landscapes. The Speyside Whisky Trail is just one such example. One of the main reasons so many choose Scottish holiday cottages, the trail takes in some of Scotland’s most renowned distilleries, offering a history lesson, a ‘wee dram’ and a showcase of stunning views. If you fancy a more vibrant experience from your holiday in Scotland then you may prefer to stay in and around Edinburgh. The capital city offers an intoxicating mix of medieval history, Georgian architecture and contemporary culture. A wealth of festivals and some fantastic shopping opportunities are just the icing on the cake, but if you fancy a more tranquil view then the views from Arthur’s Seat are unrivalled. Scotland’s wilder side is justly celebrated through the Cairngorms National Park. Larger than the Lake District, and boasting beautiful moorland, rivers, mountains, lochs and forests, it’s an unforgettable journey taking in some of Scotland’s most iconic topography. If you’d like to experience the more mythical side of Scottish history then our final recommendation is the legendary Loch Ness. Admire the dramatic ruins of Urqhart Castle and gaze over the loch’s gentle lapping waters to see if you can spot Nessie!

Thanks to a prevalence of wide-open expanses, many choose to enjoy Scottish cottages for a wealth of outdoor activities. Hiking, climbing, boating, cycling, horse riding and more are all perfectly suited for making the most of your stunning surroundings. Pet owners will be equally spoilt for choice with a wealth of fantastic locations to treat their four-legged friends. If you fancy somewhere to relax and explore at your own pace then you will be equally satisfied with Scotland. There are plenty of beautiful heritage attractions and a wealth of city break destinations offering a fun-filled and vibrant urban experience.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration, take a look at our featured holiday cottages in Scotland today.
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  • Beach Bay Cottage

    Carnish, Uig, Isle of Lewis

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: SRRM

    In a truly unique location amid the spectacular scenery of the Island of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides, Beach Bay Cottage is nestled on the edge of the unspoilt white sands of Uig Bay, a National Scenic Area and one of the most beautiful beaches on Scotland’s Atlantic Coast. A stunning natural stone and turf roofed single-storey detached cottage built into the hillside reflecting an ancient neolithic design with breathtaking beach views, and with access to a family friendly beach less than 110 yards from the door. In a very secluded and magical location, Beach Bay Cottage and the surrounding area is a paradise for artists, photographers and bird-watchers. There are many outdoor activities nearby, such as hill walking, surfing, kite surfing, fishing, golf, wildlife watching, boat trips (including to the World Heritage Site of St Kilda), diving, sea kayaking and cycling. The landscape and history of the Outer Hebrides, together with the hospitality of its people, provide a wonderful escape from the pressures of modern life and offer an active or relaxing family holiday or the perfect romantic retreat. The holiday property benefits from a 2-person sauna as well as having a Jacuzzi bath in the en-suite of the twin bedroom. There is a whisky distillery within 550 yards and the local community shop is only 3 miles away. There is a community café within 10 minutes drive and the nearest restaurant is a 15 minute drive away.

    Living/dining room with 180-degree bay window looking directly onto beach, multi-fuel stove and patio doors to stone patio, open plan with well-equipped kitchen with slate floor. Two-person sauna. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite shower room with twin basins and toilet. Twin bedroom with TV and zip and link beds (can be 6ft double) with en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet (access also from hall).

    • Multi-fuel stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full LPG, underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Three Freeview TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • 2-person sauna
    • Welcome pack
    • Special occasion/honeymoon hampers with local produce available by prior arrangement directly with owner
    • No smoking
    • Wheelchair access
    • NB: Drop in grounds

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  • Carness West

    North Ballachulish, Glencoe

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: SEEF

    Situated close to Loch Leven, Carness West was built to take full advantage of the breathtaking mountain views, with first floor panoramic windows and doors leading to two spacious balconies. Despite its seclusion, the house is ideally located for all outdoor activities including hill walking, climbing, golf, horse riding, mountain biking, skiing, fishing and kayaking. There is an abundance of wildlife to be seen in this stunning location. Locally there are craft shops, tea rooms and a visitor centre. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Laundry room. First floor: Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove and oak floor. TV snug with French doors to balcony. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with cooking island and French doors to large balcony with table and benches.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full ground source central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV (Freeview)
    • Video
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Set within natural grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • Tigh An Iasgair

    Fearnbeg, nr. Applecross

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: SZZM


    Nestled into the hillside, in a sheltered and secluded position, and enjoying some of the most spectacular views imaginable, Tigh An Iasgair is a superb, detached, architect-designed house situated on the Applecross Peninsula. This stunning, warm and light-filled property is beautifully presented throughout, with great attention to detail. The main living area is open plan. With high vaulted ceilings and large patio doors it is exceptionally light and spacious. A large multi-fuel stove acts a focal point. The patio doors open onto a paved patio, a wonderful spot to sit and drink in the views of sea, mountains and open countryside. The grounds lead down to the sea shore below. There is a beautiful sheltered beach 4 minutes away at the end of Fearnbeg village.

    There are three large bedrooms, all superbly presented. Tigh An Iasgair, Gaelic for The Fisherman’s House, is completely eco-friendly, with a ground source heat pump supplying the underfloor heating throughout. Applecross Peninsula is renowned for its wild, rugged and unspoilt beauty. Until the building of this coastal road from Shieldaig, Applecross was one of the most inaccessible parishes in mainland Britain, with the only route being the very scenic but hair-raising ‘Pass of the Cattle’, or Bealach na Ba. Rising up to 2053ft, it is the highest road in Scotland and affords truly panoramic views across the Minch to Raasay and the Isle of Skye. The other route gently winds along the coast round Loch Torridon from Shieldaig.

    This is a fantastic area for hill walking, climbing in the Torridon Hills, kayaking around the coast and cycling the quiet lanes with amazing views around almost every corner. The surrounding region is a delight for nature lovers and the area is home to pine martens, wildcats, badgers and otters as well as buzzards and golden eagles. Shop, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

    Large living/dining room with multi-fuel stove, vaulted ceiling and patio doors, open to large kitchen area with wooden floors. Sitting room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Utility. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full ground source heat pump underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV (DVD use only)
    • Blu-ray
    • DVD
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Harbour View

    Maidens

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: SFFV

    This detached villa is set in a spectacular beachside location in Maidens village, with uninterrupted views over the harbour and towards the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran. Maidens is a small village situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the picturesque Clyde coast, and the village offers a range of amenities including a shop, post office, very popular restaurant, hotel and harbour.
    This corner of South West Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate throughout the year. The area is the perfect holiday spot for the outdoor enthusiast. There are excellent golf courses: the world famous Turnberry is only a mile from Maidens and there are also 18-hole golf courses nearby. There are the usual field sports, excellent rivers for fishing and superb routes for walking.
    Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore. Inland there is walking, gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) is spectacular and is Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction. Remodelled by the Scottish architect Robert Adam, it houses a small exhibition displaying President Eisenhower’s military civilian and military career and his association with Culzean. The surrounding country park (extending over 550 acres) has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Craft shows, country dancing and walks spotting fungi are attractions hosted during the year. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, whilst a drive north leads to Ayr (14 miles), a traditional seaside town. Glasgow/Prestwick airport is 20 miles. Shop 300 yards, pub 2 miles, restaurant 100 yards, bar 1 mile.

    Large well-equipped kitchen/dining room with solid oak floor and French doors to rear garden. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two twin bedrooms. Fully tiled bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Large living room with oak floor and harbour views. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and fully tiled en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included (October-April £25 per week)
    • Two high chairs
    • Two satellite plasma TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone - incoming and emergency calls only
    • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced harbour 150 yards

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  • Old Port Store

    Stairhaven, nr. Newton Stewart

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: SZZT

    In a stunning coastal location, Old Port Store is a charming and most distinctive detached home with its origins dating from circa 1820. The house is Category B listed by Historic Scotland and is situated about 200 yards from the shores of Luce Bay amidst beautiful rural surroundings. From the garden and the west side of the house there are wonderful views across the bay. The house was originally a grain store serving the long since gone harbour at Stairhaven, and has been converted into a distinctive three-storey holiday home, with the exterior having changed very little over the years. Ideal for families, couples or groups, the house is arranged over three floors with four en-suite bedrooms. A particularly attractive feature of this beautiful property is the impressive living room with a picture bay window to Luce Bay, and a large dining kitchen. This truly is a house of character where the traditional stone exterior marries with the well-proportioned interior. The Old Port Store is perfectly placed for easy access to many of the attractions that this corner of Wigtownshire offers, including Mull of Galloway, beautiful gardens typified by Logan Botanic Gardens and Castle Kennedy Gardens. The Galloway Forest offers exceptional walking and cycling and has been designated the first Dark Sky Park outside the USA. There are many beautiful coastal walks to be enjoyed, stone circles and ancient ruins and an RSPB reserve. There are other sporting opportunities such as trout and salmon fishing on the numerous local lochs. Sea angling is available from both the rocks along the coastline as well as by boat. Beach 200 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Spacious living room with picture window. Spacious kitchen/dining room with breakfast area. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, each with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet; one double with 5ft bed, one twin. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, each with TV and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet; one with 6ft zip & link bed.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Five Freeview TVs (one 44")
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Wii
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced sea frontage 200 yards

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  • Cedar Lodge

    Portpatrick

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    4
    Ref: 31315

    Cedar Lodge is a superb wooden lodge, decorated in a New England clapper board style, and with its stylish, quality interior, is an absolute gem. Located next door to the Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Course in this charming coastal village, it offers magnificent sea views across the Irish Sea from the floodlit timber deck. This magnificent property has everything from the well-equipped kitchen to the thick, feather-filled duvets and pillows, and crisp white linen. All four bedrooms have en-suite facilities.

    Portpatrick is a charming and pretty fishing port with a small sandy beach and harbour as the focal point of the village. Take a stroll along the harbour and stop off at one of the waterfront pubs for a drink or a meal whilst enjoying the sea view!

    There are lots of walks right on your doorstep - a pretty walk across Dunskey golf course takes you into the Dunskey Estate with its pretty woodland walks and walled garden. Test yourself in the Hedge Maze then relax in the tea room.

    Portpatrick is the ’Gateway to the Southern Upland Way’, a 212 mile coast to coast walk from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath in the east. Join the route on the cliffs above the harbour and walk along the coast enjoying the beautiful views over the sea to Ireland.

    There are lots of other pretty little ports and bays to discover in the area too. Killantringan Bay is a short drive outside Portpatrick, and a short walk from the village will bring you to Laird’s Bay.

    There is a host of other local attractions including the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway Nature Reserve, where thousands of seabirds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. There are many beautiful gardens to explore, including the world renowned Logan Botanical Gardens at Port Logan.
    The area is a cyclist’s paradise with the famous ’7Stanes’ world class mountain biking trails within easy reach.

    Beach ¼ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    10 steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. 4 bedrooms: 3 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 40" Freeview/smart TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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