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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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  • The Stable

    Mey, Thurso

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    Ref: CC511323
    The Stable is one of three barn conversion holiday cottages situated on a working farm just a few yards from the Pentland Firth. Immaculately presented throughout and with stunning views across the sea with the Orkney Isles clearly visible, The Stable provides a wonderful base for a memorable get-away-from-it-all holiday. The main living accommodation is open-plan. The lounge area opens up through French windows to the garden beyond and affords the most incredible seascape views. The kitchen area is bright, modern and well-equipped and there is a modern dining table for four. The spacious bedroom is attractively furnished and has a 6’ zip and link bed which can convert to twin 3’ beds as required. There is a modern bathroom with walk in shower, WC and basin. The Stable is situated close to some of the most fantastic beaches in the UK.  With miles of golden sand and massive sand dunes forming a backdrop, the nearby Dunnet beach is simply spectacular.  Surfing, body-boarding, sand-buggying, swimming, horse riding and wild-life watching are all local pastimes, yet this superb beach is never crowded.    Please note The Stable may be available to let with the two other adjoining self-catering cottages that form the barn conversion – The Byre (sleeps 4) and The Barn (sleeps 2).

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on one level, has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen:
    Lounge area:  with Satellite Freeview TV/DVD, Radio/CD and French windows opening onto the garden area

    Dining area:  with dining furniture for 4

    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, larder fridge and washer/dryer

    Bedroom:  with 6’ zip and link bed (can be converted to 3’ single beds as required)

    Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available. Garden area with patio and grassed area.  Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Stob-Ban View

    Achintee, Fort William

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    Ref: S4582

    Spectacular mountain views across Glen Nevis are an impressive feature of this romantic retreat – its glass gable ensures maximum aspects even from the mezzanine floor bedroom. Very comfortably furnished and boasting its own garden and deck overlooking that glorious view, it sits within the grounds of the owners’ home, a mile from the town facilities. The UK’s best mountain bike tracks are close by (there are two bicycles available free of charge for exploring them) and, with a footpath to Ben Nevis just 0.5 miles away, the local hill walking, climbing and skiing (in season) are excellent. Trips to the Silver Sands of Morar and ferry port of Mallaig, passing Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745, are a must. Shop and pub 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Mezzanine with double bed (5ft).

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Garden with decked area and furniture. Parking. No smoking. No children.

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  • Achaneich Stable Cottage

    Spean Bridge near Fort William

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    Ref: CC511258
    Achaneich Stable Cottage stands in the grounds of an historic Highland house which dates back to 1600. Set in 2 ½ acres of landscaped gardens with the Grey Corries and Aonach Mor providing a dramatic backdrop, this delightful cottage provides an exceptionally high standard of accommodation for 2 in a spectacular and peaceful location. The cottage is believed to have been built by General Wade during the Jacobite rebellion to house his troops, with horses accommodated below. The cottage has been sympathetically converted whilst retaining some charming original features, such as a superb exposed stone in the main living area, vaulted ceiling and original arrow-slit windows. The open-plan lounge/dining room is separated from the kitchen area by a modern breakfast bar. The pretty double bedroom has fitted wardrobes and enjoys lovely views across the beautiful woodland gardens. Visitors are welcome to wander the garden grounds, and the caring owners even provide croquet on the lawn and various other outdoor children’s games during the summer months. Achaneich Stable cottage is ideally situated for exploring this renowned area of the Highlands, known as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’.
    Please note Achaneich Chalet (sleeps 4 /5), also situated in the grounds, may also be available to let, subject to availability.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen
    Lounge / dining area:  with satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD,   A lovely space with exposed stone wall, good sized dining table and kitchen separated by breakfast bar
    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box and washer / dryer
    Bedroom:  with double bed
    Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available.Wi-fi available (A small charge of £5 for the use is payable to the owner)Patio area with outdoor furniture. Set in 2.5 acres of owner’s landscaped woodland grounds. Off road parking for 1 car. NB: Burn in grounds and sloping hills lead down to river below. .

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  • Apartment At No 3

    Spean Bridge near Fort William

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    Ref: CC511199
    This pretty ground floor apartment provides an ideal retreat for two in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Apartment At No 3 is a faultlessly presented ground floor apartment which adjoins the owner’s architect-designed house. With its own access and separate, secluded, patio garden it provides a wonderful place for couples to unwind and enjoy this superb area known as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’.  The main living area is open plan, with large deep leather sofa, dining area and small kitchen, all superbly presented. The good-sized bedroom is warm and welcoming, with colour-coordinated soft furnishings and there is a bright, modern shower-room off. Apartment At No 3 lies just outside the village of Spean Bridge and only 10 miles from Fort William.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all at ground floor level, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge / Dining / Kitchen:
    Lounge area: with feature electric fire, Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Dining area: with dining furniture for two; French doors open onto a charming, secluded garden
    Kitchen area: with electric  hob,combination  microwave/ oven / grill, fridge with ice-box, dishwasher and washing machine, small but well equipped kitchen area
    Bedroom: with double bed and en-suite facilities comprising enclosed shower, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels supplied. Use of owner’s freezer available.Garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Off-road parking for one car.

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  • Ellon Cottage

    Laggan, nr. Newtonmore

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    Ref: W43335


    Offering very comfortable accommodation in the heart of the Spey Valley, this holiday cottage is conveniently located on the roadside, with the Monadhliath Mountains as a backdrop and with beautiful views across the River Spey from the front of the cottage. It is ideally situated for a walking or cycling holiday. Within a short drive, the villages and towns of Glentruim, Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore are easily accessible and Laggan is just a short walk away. A mini haven for bird watchers, you may catch sight of an eagle soaring over the valley, and lots of river and marsh birds can be spotted from the windows. Recognised as one of the most popular walking areas of the Central Highlands, the scenery alone keeps people returning throughout the year. Shop, 7 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining room. 1 double bedroom. Lower ground floor: Kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared courtyard with decked patio and sitting-out area. Shared gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • Second Fiddle

    Drumnadrochit

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    Ref: CC511373
    Second Fiddle is a delightful traditional stone cottage situated in the heart of Drumnadochit. Boasting many original features, including original solid wood floors and exposed stone walls, it oozes charm and is a fantastic location for exploring the nearby great outdoors, with your four legged friend. Along with a central village location (no car required to stay as on bus route), it is within walking distance of three good restaurants, one next door (please check Winter opening dates), a small shop across the road and a take way close by. The pretty lounge is attractively presented, with a fishing theme. The kitchen/dining room is surprisingly spacious, with fitted cupboards, a dining table and chairs and lovely feature wood-burning stove set into the exposed stone wall. Cottage stairs lead up to the beautifully colour co-ordinated double bedroom and modern bathroom.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with satellite Freeview TV, DVD, radio/CD and Wi-Fi.
    Kitchen/diner: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box, washing machine and wood-burning stove.

    First Floor: Bedroom: with double bed (some height restriction due to original coombed ceiling).
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity and oil included. Bed linen and towels supplied. Please note: some height restriction in the bedroom, due to sloping ceiling.Off road parking for 2 cars

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  • Caberfeidh

    Dulnain Bridge, nr. Aviemore

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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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  • Bona Lighthouse Stables

    Lochend near Inverness

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    Ref: CC511465
    Built almost 200 years ago to guide ships into the Caledonian Canal, the beautiful Bona Lighthouse to which Bona Lighthouse Stables is part of, has been lovingly restored retaining many period features along with the introduction of the cosy comforts of modern living to create this beautifully presented property.

    Overlooking the waters of Loch Ness and set on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, Bona Lighthouse Stables, one of two holiday cottages in the historic building, enjoys breathtaking scenery and a peaceful setting amidst the majesty of the Great Glen. Sleeping two and perfect for a romantic retreat, the Stables features a glass-fronted lounge which is the focal point of the cottage, and is the ideal spot to cuddle up and while away the hours gazing out onto the inky blue waters of the loch in search of Nessie. Interior designed throughout, the cottage offers the perfect mix of modern flourishes and period features. The spacious lounge, with its wood burner and cosy furnishings, is the perfect spot to relax after a day spent exploring the many wonders of the Northern Highlands. Outside is the large courtyard which is ideal for a canalside barbecue or picnic. Set amidst the myth and majesty of Loch Ness and the Great Glen, a romantic getaway in Bona Lighthouse Stables, whether you’re exploring the spectacular landscapes of the Highlands or simply relaxing and watching the world, is truly unforgettable.

    You don’t have to go far to enjoy this part of the world, you don’t even have to leave the garden. Just relax and watch the boats sail peacefully past. If you’re feeling more adventurous, a 15-minute drive will take you to Inverness where you will find something for everyone. From high street shopping in the Eastgate Centre, to boutique browsing in the Victorian market. Travel on open-top bus tours or enjoy forest walks, visit Inverness Castle, St Andrew’s Cathedral, the Pictish Fort on Craig Phadrig or the museum and art gallery to name but a few. Canal cruises will take you to Loch Ness, where you could be the next to catch sight of Scotland’s best-loved monster. But in case she doesn’t make an appearance, there’s plenty of other wildlife to enjoy, including red and roe deer, ospreys and eagles – you might even be lucky enough to spot rarely-seen wildcats or pine martens.

    On the Moray Firth the dolphin centre is the perfect place to see the world’s biggest bottlenose dolphins. Depending on the time of year you might even be able to do some whale-watching. Minke and killer whales both visit these waters and there have been sightings of sperm whales and pilot whales also. The centre offers hourly guided tours and a very informative learning centre children will love. A little further afield you may like to visit the lsle of Skye and the stunning beauty of the west coast or even take a day trip to the Orkney Isles.

    Bona Lighthouse Stables can be booked with Bona Lighthouse (CC511464) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Large with wooden floor, wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and views of Loch Ness.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and views of Loch Ness.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and washing machine.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Courtyard with furniture. Shared garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • MacKenzie Cottage

    Ballachulish

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    Ref: 26400

    Situated in the village of Ballachulish, just 1 mile from historic Glencoe, this semi-detached property offers an ideal holiday base from which to explore Argyll and the Highlands. The area is surrounded by spectacular scenery, mountains, lochs and hidden glens with an abundance of wildlife. Glencoe’s famous rugged mountain range is popular with climbers and walkers, whilst mountain biking, skiing, golf, sailing and forest walks are a few of the activities available. Nevis Range Gondola and the West Highland steam train are a short drive away in Fort William. Oban, Loch Ness and Skye are also accessible. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in shed). Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Drop in garden.

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  • The Cottage

    Strathcarron, Wester Ross

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    Ref: CC511238
    The Cottage is a charming single storey white-washed stone cottage situated in the quiet hamlet of Achintee in the heart of Wester Ross. Surrounded by hills, the Loch Carron sea loch and open countryside and enjoying quiet seclusion in its well established cottage gardens, it provides an ideal base for two. Originally a traditional crofter’s cottage, it has (in 2015) undergone complete refurbishment throughout with a brand new kitchen, the latest appliances, free Wi-Fi and furnished to a very high standard. The Cottage has been attractively restored and renovated, whilst retaining a wealth of original features, such as an original open fireplace and  exposed stone wall in the lounge, stripped pine doors and beautiful wood-lined tongue and groove panelling in the bedroom. There is a large farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room and a modern bathroom. The Cottage looks out across the gardens to the hills and mountains beyond with nearby views of Loch Carron.

    The small village of Strathcarron is approximately ¼ mile away and within easy walking distance. The small railway station is a halt on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh railway route; voted as one of the most scenic railway lines in the world. The surrounding area is renowned for its magnificent landscapes, incorporating mountains, rivers, lochs and sea. A paradise for lovers of the great outdoors, it offers unlimited sporting opportunities: climbing, hill-walking, fishing, canoeing, diving, sailing and mountain-biking are all available close by. There are some wonderful walks direct from the property, with miles of hills, riverside and forestry to explore, either on foot or by bike.

    The nearby village of Lochcarron is particularly charming. 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. There are a number of pubs, cafes and shops here, as well as a golf course open to visitors which has a fantastic 9 hole golf course (12 tees) situated right on the banks of the loch with stunning views, open all year round. This club is over a hundred years old and is one of the most beautiful spots in the highlands, with a short but demanding course for all levels. A visit to the Carron pottery and restaurant, less than a mile away, is a must with fantastic crafts and renown food (open year round), with the seafood bar at Kishorn another culinary favourite which has won countless awards for its local sustainably sourced fresh seafood, 13 miles. Lochcarron Weavers, also based in Kishorn, stock a wonderful range of handmade tartans and luxury knitwear and are some of the finest in the whole of Scotland.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on the ground floor, has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, 32" Freeview LED HD Smart TV (with web enabled apps such as Netflix), smart Wi-Fi, DVD player, Blu-ray player, CD/radio player and a selection of DVD’s, and CD’s.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric belling cooker, microwave, slow cooker, fridge with ice box, washer/dryer and huge selection of maps.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed with luxury foam and feather topper (can be made to twin beds - please advise when booking), down duvets and pillows, hairdryer, curling tongs, storage, books and games.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, heated towel rail and luxury hand and body wash.

    All, electric, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Wi-Fi available. Enclosed gardens. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Arden

    Clovullin, near Fort William

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    Ref: UK5140
    In a quiet village setting with views towards Loch Linnhe and the mountains beyond, this semi-detached, single-storey cottage is well equipped and offers comfortable accommodation with a lovely garden. Situated just south of Fort William, the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’, it is ideally located for exploring the Western Highlands and the Inner Hebrides. The area is renowned for its spectacular scenery, climbing, forest and hill walking, mountain biking, skiing and kayaking, and there are lovely forest walks from the doorstep. There is an abundance of wildlife with porpoises and minke whales often spotted at the Corran Narrows. Ardnamurchan Peninsula, the most westerly point in Britain, Glencoe with its magnificent mountain range, and Glenfinnan Viaduct (as depicted in the Harry Potter movie) all make for terrific days out. Oban, Loch Ness and the beautiful islands of Mull and Lismore are also easily accessible. Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room: With electric coal-effect fire, 32" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
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    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • The Cottage

    Lyth, nr. Wick

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    Ref: W42083

    Rural setting

    The Ivy Wing and The Cottage are situated in the courtyard of Barrock House, and surrounded by landscaped grounds and mature woodland. This provides shelter for an abundance of bird and wild life with pleasant walks close at hand and the scenic beaches of Sinclair and Dunnet Bay are just 5 minutes by car. The Cottage makes the perfect base for touring this unspoilt and tranquil part of the Highlands. Visit the Castle and Gardens of Mey, the Queen Mother’s Highland home, John O’Groats, Wick Heritage and Lyth Arts Centre, or take a wildlife or distillery tour. Golfing, fishing, sea trips or walking along the many miles of rugged coastline are just some of the many activities available. Lyth is situated just 10 miles north of Wick and 15 miles from Thurso, making the beautiful Orkney Isles easily accessible by car ferry for day trips. Both properties can be booked together for larger groups (ref’s W42082 and W42083). Shop, pub and restaurant 4.5 miles.

    All on first floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 30-acre grounds and shared lawned garden with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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