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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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  • Beagan Bothan

    Kiltarlity

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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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  • Glenfield

    Nr. Lochailort

    Grade
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    3
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    Ref: SEU

    " In a land steeped in legends of the Bonnie Prince – close to Moidart’s sandy shores..."

    Where a tree-lined glen opens out onto Loch Moidart and in countryside steeped with tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie, these fine properties stand upon the Kinlochmoidart Estate, within half a mile of the coast and 4 miles from the beach at Glenuig. The Scottish Baronial mansion of Kinlochmoidart House, occupies a marvellous position amidst some of Scotland’s most magnificent West Country scenery. It has been sensitively formed into three residences; two are careful conversions of an extensive service wing, while the main house (part of which is still the owners’ home) is a substantial property laid out over three floors and forming the middle portion of the building. The remaining three properties presented here are separately set in secluded locations within the vast grounds, comprising extensive shared gardens and the surrounding 2,000 acre estate grounds, which grant opportunities for excellent hill walking and fine varied fishing (fly fishing is available by arrangement). Very comfortably furnished, cosily heated and well-equipped throughout, each provides the perfect holiday retreat from which to enjoy an abundance of interests and scenic splendour with which this area is blessed at all times of the year.
    Designed by William Leiper in 1884, Kinlochmoidart House is one of the finest examples of his work. It features a superb Art Movement interior – tilings, wallpapers, paint work, panelling and many other intricate architectural features have been painstakingly restored and represented, under strict architectural guidance, to return it to its former splendour. It occupies the site of a house which was once the resting place of Prince Charles Edward Stuart during the 1745 Jacobite Revolution – a connection commemorated in a nearby meadow, where seven beech trees symbolise the Seven Men of Moidart, the sum total of the army which he brought from France.
    Just a short walk away from the house lies Loch Moidart, where vast expanses of sand are thrown up by the sea at low tide. At the seaward end of this beautiful inlet, sit the ancient ruins of 14th-century clan castle of Tioram (once the stronghold of the Lord of the Isles), providing a focal point for gloriously scenic views. Between nearby Loch Shiel and Loch Sunart, a trail leads through the Ariundle Oakwoods Nature Reserve – a haven for wildlife – whilst southwards, the coast is punctuated by bays of white sand excellent for fishing and shell-collecting, or admiring the views over hill, loch and sea from horse back. Fort William, gateway to Ben Nevis, is a scenic drive away, and the Western Isles, Skye and Ardnamurchan are all accessible. Sailing at Acharade, 6 miles. Golf 30 minutes’ drive. Inn at Glenuig, 4 miles. Shops 7 miles.

    A spacious, attractively furnished conversion of the former service wing. Named after the ‘Glenfield’ generator, which was once housed in the building, it offers self-contained ground floor accommodation. Open-plan sitting/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom (5ft bed). Bathroom with toilet.

    • Electricity and full NSH by meter reading
    • Towels included
    • Cot
    • Microwave
    • Terrace with furniture

    • Bed linen included
    • TV
    • Shared gardens and grounds of 2,000 acres
    • Ample parking
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Fly fishing £30 per rod per day by arrangement
    • NB: Duck pond in grounds

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  • The Cottage

    Lyth, nr. Wick

    Grade
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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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  • Woodside Cottage

    Loch Ness-Side

    Grade
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    Ref: S4105

    Glorious views across the mysterious waters of Loch Ness and a lavishly appointed interior with luxuries for ultimate relaxation, combine to make this charming and romantic hideaway. It enjoys its own garden, set within 15 shared acres of grounds with access to 500 yards of private shoreline, a jetty and shingle beach. Woodside Cottage is nestled on a wooded hillside, is beautifully furnished throughout, and it enjoys loch views from the living room. Whisky distilleries, the Isle of Skye, Ben Nevis, the Cairngorm ski slopes and the Orkney Isles are all within easy reach. Inverness and a visit to the battlefield of Culloden is a must (9 miles). Fishing on the loch and golf, pony trekking and water sports close by. Shops 4 miles, pub/restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Payphone. Garden with patio and furniture. 15-acre grounds. Fly fishing foc. Private water supply. Parking. NB: Unfenced loch.

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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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  • Beachside - Beachside Bothy

    Golspie

    Grade
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    Ref: W43513

    Enjoying a central location within the village of Golspie, these semi-detached holiday cottages (refs W42901 and W43513) have been lovingly restored, retain many original features and provide a very good standard of accommodation. This seaside resort has a sandy beach and scenic walks, as well as tennis, bowling and a public swimming pool nearby. Golf courses including The Royal Dornoch Championship Course are within close proximity. Sea and loch fishing, boats trips, kayaking, karting and mountain bike trails are all within easy reach. Loch Fleet Nature Reserve is just 3 miles south of the village. Take a day trip to the beautiful Orkney Islands or the stunning west coast. Beachside Cottage (W42901) and Beachside Bothy (W43513) can be booked together to accommodate up to 6 guests. Shop 50 yards, pub 200 yards and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite toilet. Shower room (no toilet).

    Electric panel heaters included. Courtyard garden with patio and sitting-out area.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Badgers Den

    Kiltarlity, nr. Beauly

    Grade
    2
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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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  • Creigard Cottage

    Lochinver, near Ullapool

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5092
    Set in a pretty garden, Creigard Cottage is a single-storey detached cottage that commands vast, endearing views across the hills to the sea beyond. With the owners living adjacent, the cottage is set in a very quiet location in the little hamlet of Badnaban, just 2 miles from the charming fishing village of Lochinver. With large picture windows, the cosy living room takes full advantage of the cottage’s beautiful surroundings. The open-plan kitchen/dining room is well equipped, offering plenty of space for two. The bedroom has an en-suite shower room and twin beds which can also be made up to a super kingsize if required. The cottage’s mature gardens surround the property, and there’s an outdoor table and chairs for al-fresco dining in the warm weather.


    There are superb hill and coastal walks direct from the cottage. Deer graze in the adjoining hills and a wide variety of bird life can be spotted in the immediate area. The nearby village of Lochinver has an excellent selection of local shops and restaurants, as well as two pubs, a tourist office and interesting craft shops. This region, known as Assynt, is renowned for its superb and unspoilt beaches, hills, mountains and wildlife. Water sports, fishing, golf and cycling are all local pastimes. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. Creigard Cottage can be booked together with Creigard Bungalow (UK5093) to accommodate up to 6 guests.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With 22" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With twin beds (can be super kingsize on request) and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric heaters, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Electricity by £1 coin meter. Welcome pack.Mature garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 steps in the garden.

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  • Ghillies Rooms

    Braemore near Ullapool

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    Ref: CC511319
    The Ghillies Rooms forms part of a converted stable positioned on the first floor of a large historic stone house just 10 miles from Ullapool in the heart of Wester Ross. This attractively presented apartment has a lovely open plan living area with focal electric stove, deep leather sofas and a well equipped kitchen with dining table. There is a spacious double bedroom with colour coordinated soft furnishings and attractive pine furniture. A modern bathroom completes the picture.

    This large country house was built in 1840 and was once part of the Braemore Estate of the renowned Engineer, Sir John Fowler, who built the Forth Rail Bridge, the Pimlico Bridge, which carried the first railway across the Thames (1860) and Victoria Station and was a pioneer of the London Underground system. Examples of Sir John’s creativity can be found on the land and nearby, such as the suspension bridge over the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach, both popular places to visit close by. Visitors are welcome to wander through the grounds of the house, help tend the lambs and meet the friendly Kune pigs bred by the owners. Fishing can also be arranged on the owner’s private stretch of the River Broom, framed for its salmon, trout and sea trout. Just 10 minutes’ drive away is the charming fishing village of Ullapool, which has a good selection of small shops as well as excellent local bars and restaurants. This superb apartment makes an ideal base for a real Highland holiday, with spectacular walks, Munros to climb and cycling routes to explore. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Canoeing, sailing, fishing, riding, bird watching and golf are all enjoyed locally.

    This property can be booked together with The Tower House (CC511318), The Coach House (CC511320) and The Stables (CC511439) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric stove, Freeview TV, DVD and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available at £10 and highchair available at £5. Wi-Fi.Set in 40 acres of countryside and farmland with salmon and trout river in the grounds and open to visitors. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Stob-Ban View

    Achintee, Fort William

    Grade
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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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  • Woodpecker Cottage

    North Kessock, Inverness

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 23492

    With magnificent views over the Moray Firth to the Highland capital of Inverness just 4 miles away, this tastefully renovated holiday cottage is set next to the owner’s home in 2 acres of shared grounds. A garden gate leads to miles of forestry paths on Ord Hill, which boasts abundant wildlife and hill-fort. Inverness offers swimming, tennis, excellent shops and restaurants. The cottage is ideally situated within easy reach of Culloden Battlefield, Loch Ness, Glen Affric, several beaches, horse riding, 1 mile, and golf within 5 miles. Can be booked with 18177 to accommodate 4 guests. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom (open plan, no door) with sloping ceilings.

    Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 40" Smart TV. Video and small library. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Broomlands Cottage

    Dulnain Bridge near Grantown-on-Spey

    Grade
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    Ref: CC512057
    Broomlands Cottage is a traditional old stone cottage situated in the attractive Highland village of Dulnain Bridge in the heart of the Cairngorm region. It is known to be the oldest property in this historic village, dating back before the Jacobite rebellion. The cottage is small, warm and welcoming. With exposed stone walls and a large wood-burning stove in the lounge it engenders a sweet, twee cottage-style appeal. It has been well- modernised and updated in recent times and is ideal for couples looking for attractive and affordable self-catering accommodation close to all amenities. There are spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains and the Rivers Spey and Dulnain just a few minutes from the cottage.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge / diner:  with wood-burning stove, satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD; a pretty cosy cottage lounge with feature exposed stone wall and large wood-burning stove as a focal point; small dining table and chairs for 2
    Kitchen:  with electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice-box, dishwasher and washer / dryer
    Bedroom:  with double bed and en-suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. Bed linen and towels supplied.  All logs supplied. Cot and high chair available. Internet access available. Enclosed fenced garden with outdoor furniture. Off road parking. Cot and high chair available. 

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