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Overlooking the beautiful Dornoch Firth lays the ancient Royal Burgh of Tain. With the sea on one side and the mountains behind, this Highland town is perfect for exploring both the east coast and the open, empty and beautiful north Highland countryside.

Tain is a thriving ancient town and is the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland, renowned for its striking architecture with many of its building designed by the celebrated Maitland family of architects. In town there are all the facilities you’ll need during your cottage holiday with plenty of shops and restaurants serving up good local produce.

Two large events in the Tain diary is the week long gala in May / June, including a country show and Red Arrows display, together with the Tain Highland Gathering in August which attracts worldwide visitors to these traditional Highland Games.

Close by there are white sandy beaches and magnificent surrounding countryside, with endless walks for all abilities and of course the town’s Tom Morris designed golf course, overlooking the Firth, is another opportunity to spoil a good walk!

For local arts and crafts, Scotland’s largest ceramic manufactures are at the Tain Pottery using traditional craft techniques which can be viewed in their showrooms and shop. In addition the Glasstorm studios and shop, gives you the opportunity to try your hand at this skilful craft.

A visit to the Highlands would not be complete without a trip to the world famous Glenmorangie Distillery half a mile from Tain. Here you can take stroll to the Tarlogie Springs, the source of this fine whisky, and take a personal tour around the distillery followed by the visitors centre and finally the shop to purchase a wee dram!

To explore this delightful corner of the Scottish Highlands, search Tain Holiday Cottages.

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  • The Cottage

    Bayfield, Nigg

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: 19987

    Set amidst Easter Ross countryside with views towards the water of Nigg Bay, this comfortable, well appointed, semi-detached holiday cottage is ideally situated for touring the northern Highlands. Within walking distance of an RSPB reserve. Golf, fishing and boat trips are close by. Beaches, and historical or archaeological sites make this a super destination. Shops 41/2 miles, pubs 3 miles. Can be booked with 19986 (which has adjoining garden) to sleep up to 12 guests.

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

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating and electricity included (£25per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large landscaped garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There are steps and sloping banks in the garden and an unfenced mill stream, 5 yards.

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  • Stittenham House

    Ardross near Alness

    Grade
    7
    4
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511384
    Stittenham House is a spacious granite farmhouse situated in its own generous grounds with superb views across open countryside to the Cromarty Firth beyond. Originally a Georgian coaching inn, the house retains many original features, including high ceilings and in the main living room a large open fireplace. The dining room doubles as a second lounge with additional comfortable seating. There are four large bedrooms and a bright, modern farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast table.

    The gardens and grounds are a real delight. Set in over one acre, with lawns and mature trees and shrubs, the gardens lead directly onto woodland. Stittenham House is ideal for nature lovers seeking a quiet location, yet within easy access of all the amenities and attractions in the Highlands. There are stunning beaches, golf, fishing, mountain biking, sailing and hill walking all within close proximity and Inverness, the capital of the Highlands is just 20 minutes’ drive away.

    Ground Floor: The property has full oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Living room: large with open fire, 47" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining room/second living room: large with easy chairs, gas fire and TV.
    Kitchen: large farmhouse style with breakfast table, electric oven and hob, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Utility room: with fridge/freezer and tumble dryer.
    Shower room: with shower cubicle and WC.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed.
    Bedroom 2: with twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: with single bed.

    First Floor: Bedroom 4: with king size bed.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. First basket of logs for open fire provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Set in over one acre of gardens with mature trees and shrubs. Patio with furniture. Unrestricted access to woodland and Pictish Cist. Parking for four cars. One pet welcome.

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  • Dolphin View

    Balintore

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: UK5063
    Dolphin View is a semi-detached, traditional stone house overlooking the sea in the delightful seaside village of Balintore. Just yards from the shoreline, it enjoys superb views across the bay. Dolphins, porpoises and a wide variety of seabirds are regularly spotted from the windows. The attractive living room leads through to a formal dining room, with access to the gardens via patio doors. There is a well-equipped kitchen/dining area. There are four large bedrooms (one with en-suite facilities) and a family bathroom, making this ideal for larger families or groups. There is a further large grassed garden area opposite the house, which leads directly down to the sand and shingle beach.
    Balintore is one of the pretty ‘seaboard’ villages that straddle this lovely Ross-shire coastline. With a beautifully kept seafront, small harbours and rocky outcrops interspersed with stunning sandy beaches, they are completely unspoilt and provide an idyllic seaside holiday away from the crowds.


    Just a short walk from the cottage there is an excellent pub, restaurant, café and a small local store. The area is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Cycling, hill walking, golf, fishing, horse riding, sailing, canoeing and surfing can all be enjoyed locally. Within ten minutes’ drive lies the oldest Royal Burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built of local mellow sandstone, Tain is a charming historic town and offers an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities.


    The region has a fascinating history as it was the homeland of the Picts who inhabited the region even before the Vikings. A variety of fascinating, modern sculptures have also been placed along the shoreline – the most notable is the Balintore mermaid that sits on a rock in the sea. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With electric coal-effect fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining room: With patio doors leading to garden.
    Kitchen/dining area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Utility room.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and TV.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and TV.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Failte

    Lower Brora, Sutherland

    Grade
    8
    5
    1
    2
    Ref: CC511140
    Failte is a superb conversion of two former fishermen’s cottages, which have been combined to form a beautiful and spacious house situated right on the edge of the sea.  The property enjoys wonderful panoramic views of the sweeping coastline, with a traditional Scottish golf links beyond.  It adjoins the beautiful sandy beach of Brora.  Continually owned by generations of MacRae fishermen since the 1820’s, the current owner (a direct descendent) has carried out a stunning refurbishment whilst integrating the adjoining cottage.  The main living area is on the upper floor, taking full advantage of the magnificent views.  The four large windows overlook the mouth of the River Brora, beach and North Sea with stunning uninterrupted views over 20 miles northwards to Berriedale Head. Exposed beams and a feature fireplace of Caithness flagstone and original decorative local sandstone add to its distinctive charm and ambience.   A generous dining room and attractive sun lounge on the ground floor overlooking the estuary, golf course and beach ensure there is plenty of living space.  Five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a downstairs cloakroom make this spacious property ideal for a two-family or extended family holiday.  There is a fully enclosed private garden to the rear and at the front of the house a parking area, further gardens both grassed and paved (ideal for barbeques) are for visitor’s use.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and a large wood burning stove and comprises:
    Snug: With large wood burning stove,  TV and views overlooking the sea
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With single bed
    Bedroom 3: With single bed
    Bathroom:With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
    Sun Room/Dining Room:  With views across enclosed garden and beyond to the Brora river, sea,sandy bay and mountains
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Lounge: With wood burning stove, Sky TV including sports, DVD and radio/CD with large windows overlooking the sea, river, sweeping sands and mountains
    Bedroom 4: With king size bed
    Bedroom 5: With two single beds
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for stove provided. Wi-Fi available.Front and rear meadow garden. Off road parking for 4 cars. No smoking.

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  • Summer Cottage

    Brora

    Grade
    10
    5
    2
    4
    Ref: SXXD

    Perfect for family holidays and relaxing short breaks, this exceptional property is situated just two minutes’ walk from a glorious sandy beach and links golf course in the charming seaside village of Brora. Beautifully furnished, and boasting a lovely, spacious interior, it stands within its own attractive, well tended and fully enclosed garden beside the Royal Marine Hotel, where Summer Cottage visitors enjoy full use of the leisure club’s superb facilities, including a heated indoor swimming pool, gym, steam room and services of a beautician. The hotel also has an excellent restaurant. Stunning coastal scenery and an unspoilt, rugged landscape provide a wonderful backdrop for wildlife spotting, bird watching, walking and fishing, and sea angling is available from the village harbour. The Clynelish Distillery (2 miles), Dunrobin Castle, Loch Fleet Nature Reserve, the Castle of Mey (the late Queen Mother’s home) and day trips to Orkney are all easily accessible. Shops ¼ mile, pubs and restaurants 400 yards.

    Spacious open-plan living/dining room with central wood-burning stove, French doors to garden and well-equipped kitchen area with tiled floor. Utility. Sun room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet, with access to further double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed (for +2) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Landing with TV, DVD and games. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, separate en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet, and door to balcony. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom with sloping ceiling (for +2 children).

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, oil central heating (underfloor heating on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two plasma Freeview TVs
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, enclosed landscaped grounds with gravel terrace and furniture
    • Balcony with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Shared use of indoor, heated swimming pool at adjacent hotel, with sauna, gym, steam room and beautician services
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Seaside House

    Balintore, near Tain

    Grade
    10
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: UK5064
    Seaside House is a spacious, detached house situated right on the shore in the delightful seaside village of Balintore. With large rooms throughout and superb sea views, it is ideal for families and larger groups. There is a bright, contemporary kitchen/dining room with Aga cooker, and plenty of dining space for 10 people. The living room is on the first floor and it has high ceilings, open fireplace and large bay windows, taking full advantage of the panoramic views across the sea. A large balcony, accessed from the living room and double bedroom, has plenty of room for al fresco dining, and provides an ideal spot for wildlife watching. There is a second living room on the ground floor, and all the bedrooms are generously proportioned, and there are two bathrooms, as well as an en-suite, making it ideal for a combined family holiday. The grounds lead down onto the sand and shingle beach direct from the house. Balintore has good local facilities including a pub, restaurant, café and a small local store, all within walking distance. While nearby Shandwick is renowned for its beautiful golden sand and is used for a variety of activities, including sailing, surfing and sea kayaking. Dolphins and porpoises are regularly seen in Shandwick Bay, and even the occasional basking shark and Beluga whale have been spotted close to shore.

    Ground Floor: 1 step to entrance.
    Living room 1: With 22" TV.
    Kitchen/dining room: With oil Aga, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, 22" TV and wooden floor.
    Utility room: With two washing machines.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Shower room: with shower cubicle and toilet.

    First Floor: Living room 2: With open fire, 52" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and shared balcony.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and en-suite shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With kingsize sleigh bed and shared balcony.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 5: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Fuel for open fire available locally. Welcome pack. Large lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: The garden leads down onto the shoreline and rocky beach.

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  • Seaboard House

    Balintore, Ross-shire

    Grade
    10
    5
    3
    3
    Ref: CC511488
    Overlooking the sea in the charming seaside village of Balintore, Seaboard House is a large traditional house enjoying superb sea views. Originally, it was the village bakery, dating back to 1880. Seaboard House has since been beautifully restored throughout whilst retaining many original features, such as cleverly exposed stone walls, original solid wood flooring and welcoming wood-burning stove. It provides a good standard of accommodation for groups and larger families. The large lounge is situated on the first floor. This stunning room has uninterrupted views across the sea, with plenty of comfortable seating to add to the ambience. The spacious farmhouse kitchen is well-equipped. There is a five ring range cooker, a well-laid out fully fitted kitchen and large dining table for up to 10 guests. All the bedrooms are attractively presented with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings. Set right on the seafront, with large open gardens across the road that lead directly down to the beach, this really is the quintessential seaside holiday home. At the back is a secluded fully enclosed garden with patio and garden furniture.

    Balintore is one of the ‘seaboard’ villages in Ross-shire which straddles this lovely coastline. They all possess beautifully kept sea-fronts and little harbours, with rocky outcrops interspersed with stunning sandy beaches. Nearby, Shandwick is renowned for its beautiful golden sands and is used for a variety of sporting activities, including sailing, surfing and sea kayaking. This coastline is completely unspoilt and provides an idyllic seaside holiday away from the crowds. Dolphins and porpoises are regularly seen in the bay and even the occasional basking shark and beluga whale have been spotted close to shore. Balintore has good local facilities including a pub, restaurant, café and a small local store, all within easy walking distance. The area is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with cycling, hill walking, golf, fishing, horse riding, sailing, canoeing and surfing all enjoyed locally. The nearby town of Tain, just 10 minutes’ drive away, has an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs as well as a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities, including tennis courts, golf club and bowling club, all of which are available to visitors. It is also home to the renowned Highland malt whisky distillery Glenmorangie. This is an ideal property for larger groups and families wishing to enjoy a Highland seaside holiday.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Kitchen/dining room: With range cooker, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Lounge: With exposed stone walls, wood floor, wood burner, 38’’ Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Bedroom 3: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 5: With bunk beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi.Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). NB: There are 6 steps in garden.

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