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Highlands

The Highlands of Scotland epitomises all that magnificent wild and natural Britain has to offer. It’s the place to head for if you want to immerse yourself in wonderfully contrasting and every changing landscapes and tranquil locations devoid of mass tourism.

This region extends coast to coast taking in dramatic mountains, majestic lochs, heather clad moors and picturesque glens; quiet and unspoilt, nature as it was intended. It’s the perfect location for relaxing breaks, activity holidays, family holidays and romantic get-aways.

Full of historic interest at every turn, with ancient monuments and castles that tell the tale of the Highland clans, and there are plenty of great day outs, places of interest and activities to keep visitors fully occupied in this most beautiful part of the British Isles.

The Highlands region consists of distinctive sub-regions each with their own characteristics and unique charms, extending from Fort William and Lochaber in the south to the Northern Highlands.

Fort William is considered by many as the ‘outdoor capital’ of Scotland, this bustling town situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe has lots of places to eat and drink, interesting shops and is a great base for a wide selection of outdoor activities. The town is handy for trips into the dramatic and brooding Glen Coe and is the ‘road to the Isles’ which takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. The town is also right next to the world famous Ben Nevis (and its glen), Scotland’s highest mountain.

To the north is the iconic Loch Ness, some 23 miles long and 700 feet deep; in fact deep enough for a monster. Take a cruise to visit Urquhart Castle a once famous Great Glen fortress; there’s a visitor centre both here and on shore at Drumnadrochit.

‘The city of the Highlands’ Inverness is today a modern thriving city on the banks of the River Ness. It has a rich historical and cultural history with plenty of attractions including a great castle. Close by is Fort George a well preserved 18th century fortification built in the terrible aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, facing out over the Moray Firth.

To the east are the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, dotted with traditional fishing villages, hidden bays and golden sandy beaches. It’s a renowned dolphin watching area where you can see them quite close up from the shore if you’re lucky.

Further north still is the awe inspiring Northern Highlands, with plenty of castles and ancient monuments, massive lochs, atmospheric mountains and glens and magnificent coastlines that stretch for miles. This is a sparsely populated region where you can really get away from everyday life and connect with nature.

If you’re ready to begin your adventure take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in the Highlands today.
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  • Beach Cottage

    Clachangarbh, Gairloch

    Grade
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    Ref: W41902

    Beach location

    A warm welcome awaits you at this wonderful holiday cottage. Just yards from the beach, it is perfectly placed in the heart of the popular village of Gairloch. It enjoys wonderful views of the waters of Loch Gairloch and on towards the Wester Ross Hills, and boasts a two-person steam shower house. The area is renowned for stunning, unspoilt scenery with a wealth of activities available - fishing, water sports, golf, climbing and mountain biking to name but a few. A visit to the National Trust Inverewe Gardens and the Isle of Skye is recommended. Shops and pubs 100 yards, restaurant 30 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Laminate floors throughout.

    Oil central heating and electricity included (£15per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Two satellite TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children.

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  • Baltinna West

    Newtonmore, nr. Aviemore

    Grade
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    Ref: UTY

    In a romantic setting amid stunning scenery, made famous by the BBC’s Monarch of the Glen TV series, these two architect-designed, timber clad, adjoining properties (Baltinna West UTY and Baltinna East SGGW) make a truly tranquil holiday retreat. They can be booked individually or together for two couples, and are set within an enclosed garden, each with its own private sitting-out area. Oozing character and warmth, each have their own charms and both benefit from cosy wood-burning stoves in the living room and sheepskin rugs on oak floors. Nestling between the Cairngorm and Monadhliath mountain ranges, Newtonmore is situated in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, a walker’s and birdwatcher’s paradise. Outdoor pursuits found locally include 7 golf courses, fishing on the River Spey, mountain biking, skiing, tours taking in distilleries, RSPB sites, interactive museums, and the towns of Aviemore and Inverness. Shops ¼ mile. Pubs serving very good food within 1 mile. Excellent restaurants locally.

    Living room with wood-burning stove, rugs on oak floor and well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen/dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with feature roll-top bath, wash basin and en-suite shower room (no toilet).

    • Freesat TV
    • Tumble dryer

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Enclosed garden with own decked area
    • Parking (for 1 car)

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  • The Byre

    Kilchoan

    Grade
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    Ref: 31253

    This perfectly located holiday cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, has been tastefully decorated with character and provides comfortable accommodation and a cosy woodburner, a perfect romantic retreat for couples. From the bedroom and living room, there are picturesque views of the sea and after a good walk, you can relax in a luxurious bath or sit out on the peaceful patio. Conveniently situated in the quiet village of Kilchoan, all the local amenities are within easy walking distance, including a friendly pub which serves food, a shop and the ferry with daily sailings to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, which is a 15-minute walk away. Built in 1886 and converted in the early 1980s, The Byre is a semi-detached cottage with a homely, spacious living room with high ceilings. From the living room, a quirky cast-iron spiral staircase coils its way up to the cosy bedroom with a king size bed. Round the back of the cottage, there is a seating and patio area which allows you to enjoy the mature garden full of fruit trees and bushes. The village of Kilchoan is a haven for hill walkers and wildlife enthusiasts, as well as those just wanting a quiet or romantic break away. Beach 1/2 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 40" Freesat TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden at front. Patio at rear. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Unfenced stream, 50 yards.

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  • Beaufort Cottages - The Larder

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

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    Ref: CC511452
    A warm Highland welcome awaits you at this holiday property, located in the Beaufort Estate. It enjoys a tranquil setting only a few miles from Beauly in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and without doubt, make a super base for exploring the many attractions and activities this area has to offer. The cottage has been equipped and furnished to ensure as relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible, and it has its own individual character and style. You can explore the extensive grounds of Beaufort Estate with its abundance of wildlife, idyllic picnic places and easy walking routes and also travel further afield to experience some of the stunning scenery, interesting and historic attractions and a large variety of sports.

    The popular village of Beauly is only four miles and offers a very good range of shops and restaurants with Inverness, the Highland Capital, just 12 miles. You can visit Culloden Battlefield and its interactive visitor centre, Fort George, Cawdor and Brodie Castles all steeped in local history or explore the picturesque fishing villages and beaches of the stunning Moray coastline. Take a boat trip and perhaps catch sight of the famous bottlenose dolphins or go to Drumnadrochit, which is set on the shores of Loch Ness, as well as Fort Augustus, where you can watch the boats coming through the locks in the centre of the village.

    Slightly further afield is the beautiful Isle of Skye and the wonderful unspoilt scenery of the West Coast where you will find some wonderful restaurants to sample to local produce particularly seafood. From Skye, you can hop on to a ferry to the Outer Hebrides – a truly unspoilt part of Scotland with its rugged landscape and sweeping white sandy beaches. A day trip to the Orkney Islands is recommended where you can visit numerous archaeological sites such as Skara Brae, the Eagles Tomb and The Ring of Brodgar to name just a few. For the energetic and outdoor enthusiast, there are numerous mountain bike and forest trails, walking and climbing in the nearby glens of Strathfarrar, Cannich and Affric, golf with a large number of acclaimed courses such as the Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart within easy reach. Snow sports are available in Aviemore, Glencoe or Glenshee. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and unwind and enjoy this tranquil setting which is Beaufort Estate.
    The Larder can be booked together with Dairy Cottage (CC511444), Checkers Cottage (CC511445), Duffs Lodge (CC511446), Kennels Cottage (CC511447), Mercy Cottage (CC511448), Rose Cottage (CC511449), The Retreat (UK5004), Stables Cottage (CC511450) and The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared external laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Beagan Bothan

    Kiltarlity

    Grade
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    Ref: S4475

    Enjoying stunning views down Strathglass, across The Aird and over the nearby lochan from its elevated croft setting, this very comfortable property makes a peaceful base for couples to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Standing just 400 yards from the River Beauly and backed by historic woodlands, it adjoins the owners’ home 4 miles from the interesting shopping and choice of restaurants in flower bedecked Beauly village, a past winner of ‘Britain in Bloom’. Visitors can enjoy wonderful bird and wildlfe watching, gloriously scenic walking, fly fishing on the Beauly, climbing and canoeing as well as exploring castles and whisky distilleries. Majestic Glen Affric and Loch Ness (12 miles) are easily accessible. Shops and pubs 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Access to shared grounds. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. NB: Steep slopes and pond in shared grounds.

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  • Badgers Den

    Kiltarlity, nr. Beauly

    Grade
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    Ref: 30499

    Badgers Den is a first floor holiday apartment that sits within rural woodland, and lies on the outskirts of the village of Kiltarlity. The property makes an ideal base for exploring this largely unspoilt part of the Highlands, with many attractions and activities within a short drive. Locally there is mountain biking amongst spectacular forest trails, hill walking in nearby Glen Affric and Strathfarrar and kayaking and loch trips on Loch Ness. Inverness offers a variety of facilities including restaurants, theatres and wide range of shops. Further afield, guests can take a trip to the scenic west coast or the Moray Firth. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Stereo/ CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Large shared grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Snookies Cottage

    Milton, nr. Drumnadrochit

    Grade
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    Ref: 29360


    Nestling in the peaceful community of Milton, on the outskirts of the popular village of Drumnadrochit, Snookies is a cosy and charming, detached, traditional highland cottage that makes a perfect holiday base for exploring the delights and spectacular scenery of the Highlands of Scotland and the west coast. Set in a small glen with adjacent stream and being over 300 years old, this historic cottage retains many of its original features including open stonework. At the heart of Loch Ness there is much to see and do, including mountain biking, skiing, fishing, birdwatching, walking in the Great Glen, horse riding and golf. For the less energetic, take a gentle stroll along one of the many forest trails or the unspoilt beaches of the Moray Coast, relax on a boat trip down Loch Ness, or take in some of the historic sites the surrounding area has to offer. Inverness is just a short drive and Fort Augustus and Fort William, slightly further. The nearby village of Drumnadrochit is home to the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition, and a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Historic Urquhart Castle is situated nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, split-level garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack.

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  • Laundry Cottage

    Ceannacroc

    Grade
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    Ref: SUUL

    This delightful, peaceful, detached holiday cottage is just yards from the River Doe. Lovingly restored, it lies in the heart of Glenmoriston on a large hill farm (with three munros) in acres of land. There is free trout fishing, a variety of wildlife, and tracks for leisurely walks and biking. Take a boat trip on Loch Ness, or watch the activity on the Caledonian Canal in picturesque Fort Augustus. Superb base for touring the Isle of Skye, Fort William and Inverness. Shop 15 miles, pub 10 miles.

    Spacious living/dining room with electric woodburner and wooden floor. Large kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Shared natural and woodland grounds with three munros
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Small stream in grounds, 15 yards

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  • Ardlussa Cottage

    Gairlochy near Spean Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511471
    Ardlussa Cottage is a former lock keeper’s cottage set on the banks of the Caledonian Canal at Gairlochy. The soothing bath in the bedroom and the wood burner in the lounge makes this cottage ideal for a romantic break or a honeymoon. The fantastic location adds to its charm. Gairlochy is a small hamlet on the southern shores of Loch Lochy and boasts tranquil and picturesque scenery. Situated between the Caledonian Canal and the Commando Memorial, it is surrounded by several other small crofting settlements. The Great Glen Way and the Great Glen Mountain Bike Trail are literally on your doorstep. Fort William the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, Nevis Ski Range and Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, are all nearby. The area is renowned for its spectacular mountains, lochs, glens and abundant wildlife with golden eagles, wild deer, pine martens, seals and porpoises often seen. Take a trip on the Jacobite Steam train as seen in the Harry Potter movies, visit stunning castles and gardens, sail to the beautiful Isle of Mull, spend a day exploring the Ardnamurchan Peninsula or just take a leisurely walk along the banks of the canal. For the outdoor enthusiast climbing, walking, skiing, mountain biking, fishing, horse riding and various watersports are available locally. Spean Bridge is home to a nine hole golf course, a restaurant, pub and a small village shop. Inverness, Loch Ness, Aviemore and the magical Isle of Skye are easily accessible.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, wood burner, 30" Freeview TV, DVD player and views over the Caledonian Canal.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and freestanding bath.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Canal 20 yards.

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  • Caberfeidh

    Dulnain Bridge, nr. Aviemore

    Grade
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    Ref: 16926


    Situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Caberfeidh is a cosy, detached, single-storey holiday cottage set in enclosed gardens overlooking the River Dulnain. The adjacent Scots pine woodland is a haven for birds and red squirrels, and a cacophony of bird song often greets you as you step outside. In its rural setting on the Skye of Curr road, on the outskirts of the small Highland village of Dulnain Bridge, Caberfeidh is easily accessible, and is just a short drive from the larger towns of Grantown-on-Spey and Aviemore. Whatever your passion, whatever the season, the Cairngorms have something for everyone. Enjoy strenuous high-mountain treks or relaxing lochside strolls, mountain biking, water sports, winter snow sports, fishing, golf, wildlife watching, castles and culture, whisky and fine dining, or just enjoy the fresh air, peace and quiet. There is no shortage of space to find your own tranquil picnic spot set against the spectacular scenery of the mountains. Caberfeidh is well placed for exploring further afield too; in little more than an hour’s drive you can be dolphin watching at Chanonry Point on the Moray Coast or exploring Royal Deeside on the other side of the Cairngorms. After an active day, you can look forward to returning to Caberfeidh for a relaxing evening by the woodburner. Grantown-on-Spey with its shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, 3 miles. Restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed gardens and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Oak View

    North Ballachulish, nr. Glencoe

    Grade
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    Ref: 27262

    In a peaceful setting with lovely mountain views, this cosy wooden holiday cottage is set on a small croft, 12 miles south of Fort William and 4 miles north of Glencoe. Forest trails offer leisurely walks and mountain biking, or Glencoe’s rugged mountains allow for excellent climbing. Skiing, horse riding, fishing, golf and a variety of watersports are also available. Visit the Isles of Mull, Staffa and Iona, or cross on the Corran Ferry to explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The area is renowned for its spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Inverness, Loch Ness, Oban and the Isle of Skye also make for great days out. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    4 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric ’coal-effect’ fire in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Clisham Cottage

    Lochcarron, Wester Ross

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511139
    Clisham Cottage is tucked into the hillside above the picturesque village of Lochcarron on the West Coast of the Scottish Highlands.  This wee cottage is approached via a flight of stone steps leading from the main street in the heart of this scenic village.  Set right on the shores of the loch, surrounded by the spectacular hills and mountains of Wester Ross, Lochcarron is bounded by the sea-loch on one side and attractive cottages and houses that straddle the main street on the other and is one of the prettiest villages in the Western Highlands. The cottage is within easy walking distance of the local facilities, which include excellent restaurants, café, pub, and small shops.  Clisham Cottage has recently been refurbished and re-decorated throughout and offers bright and attractive accommodation for two in a wonderful setting. There is an open-plan lounge / dining / kitchen area, a modern shower-room and good-sized twin bedroom. 

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has electric heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner:
    Lounge Area: With TV/DVD’, a soft leather sofa and use of occasional/child single bed by request.
    Kitchen Area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
    Bedroom: With two single beds
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Propery will only accept children up to 10 Years old (As put up bed is not big enough for older children ).Off road parking for 2 cars.

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