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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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  • Jocky’s View

    Brora, Sutherland

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511161
    Jocky’s View is a delightful, modernised fisherman’s cottage situated right on the edge of the sea with panoramic views across wide sweeping sands to the Sutherland hills beyond. Adjoining the renowned sandy beach of Brora with its traditional golf links above, it is ideally located for enjoying a seaside holiday with all the amenities of an attractive Highland village. The main superb open plan lounge / kitchen / dining area is on the upper floor, taking full advantage of the magnificent views across the sea, with the lovely river Brora in the foreground and the mountains of Sutherland forming a dramatic backdrop.  There are two bedrooms on the ground floor together with a bright modern shower room.
    (Please note, this property adjoins Failte, ref number 511140, and may be available to let together to

    Ground Floor: The property has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: with double bed
    Bedroom 2: with single bed
    Bathroom: with shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and washer / dryer.

    First Floor: Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen:
    Lounge area: with feature electric fire, Freeview TV and DVD boasting stunning views over the sea and sand-dunes with Brora River in the foreground and the Sutherland Mountains beyond
    Kitchen area:  with electric cooker, microwave, washing machine/dryer and fridge.

    All power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.Garden. On street parking. NB: Steep stairs.

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  • Shandwick Cottage

    Shandwick

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W41626

    Adjoining stunning sandy beach with fantastic views

    Shandwick Cottage backs onto a spectacular sandy beach and enjoys stunning views around the bay. This quaint fishing cottage has been thoughtfully and meticulously renovated, whilst retaining a wealth of traditional features, including solid wood flooring, exposed stone walls and cosy open fire. The second bedroom doubles as a second lounge upstairs, with panoramic views across the sea. The garden leads directly onto the broad sandy beach. The little fishing village of Shandwick offers a variety of local amenities, including restaurants, pub and local store. Visit Skye, Isles or Orkney for a day out. Can be booked with W41627. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single/second living room.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: The garden leads directly onto the beach.

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  • Red Roof Cottage

    Heathmount, Tain

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511286
    Red Roof Cottage is a traditional solid cottage set in its own expansive gardens offering peace and seclusion within an accessible location. Bordered by high hedges and rose bay willow herb, with mature shrubs and a massive lawned area, it oozes rural charm. There are superb views across open countryside to the sea in the distance. This comfortably furnished rustic cottage is ideal for couples and those seeking a base from which to explore the heart of Highland Scotland. The small lounge has a lovely original Victorian open fireplace. The kitchen/dining room is small but adequate and there is a  cottage bathroom adjoining. Very steep and narrow  cottage stairs lead up to the two steeply combed bedrooms.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, Freeview TV/DVD and radio/CD; small, cosy lounge with original Victorian fireplace
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and hob,  fridge (with icebox) and washing machine, dining furniture for four; a rustic country cottage kitchen.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With 4’6" bed; steeply combed ceiling
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds; steeply combed ceiling

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of coal for open fire provided. Wi-Fi available.Large, secluded gardens, mainly laid to lawn with picnic table and chairs. Off road parking for two cars. NB: Property not suitable for small children and those with mobility difficulties due to very steep and exceptionally narrow cottage stairs.

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  • Rockview

    Hilton near Tain, Ross-shire

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511209
    Rockview is the epitome of the traditional seaside cottage. With pretty gardens leading onto the shore and stunning views of the sea from its attractive deep-silled windows, this sympathetically renovated and restored cottage offers quiet charm right on the edge of the sea. Built during the early 19th century to accommodate the salmon and herring fishing boom, Rockview is typical of the period, built of local stone with combed ceilings upstairs and an attractive ‘fisherman’s landing’.  There is a cosy lounge with original open fireplace, a good-sized double bedroom downstairs, bright modern bathroom and an attractive upstairs bedroom with traditional sloping ceilings.  The garden is a real delight. Approached via a set of stone steps across the access lane, it is mainly laid to lawn, with seaside shrubs and plants. A small gate opens onto the shoreline leading down to the sea.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With original open fire, Free View TV and DVD and radio/CD; pretty cottage style main living space with views over garden to sea beyond
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge (with ice box) and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Shower Room: With shower, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With single bed; and occasional bed (for + 1) some restricted headroom due to sloping ceilings.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of coal only for open fire provided. Travel cot and high chair available.Gardens opposite cottage (over quiet access road); fully enclosed with picnic table, shed for outdoor equipment storage, gate leading directly down to shoreline. Private off street parking for one car.

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  • Driftwood Cottage

    Hilton, near Balintore

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42551
    This terraced cottage is set in an enviable location, just a few steps from the seaside with an enclosed garden area where you can watch the wildlife. Sea trips, distilleries, mountain biking, kayaking and fishing, golf and dolphin spotting are some of the attractions this area has to offer, along with fantastic scenery, beaches and forest trails. Inverness, Loch Ness, and to the north, Dornoch and John O’ Groats all within easy reach. A visit to the lovely west coast is also recommended. Shops, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and a selection of DVD’s.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.

    Electric central heating (underfloor in bathroom) (£30 per week Nov-Mar), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner included.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: There are steps in the rear garden.

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  • Bisgeos Cottage

    Shandwick

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W41627

    Stunning views

    Bisgeos Cottage is situated in the quaint old fishing village of Shandwick. The property has been superbly renovated to provide excellent holiday accommodation. This holiday property enjoys fantastic views of the sweeping sands and the sea beyond and dolphins can be seen off-shore. Boat trips are available and are a great way of exploring the coastline. The small fishing village of Shandwick and Balintore offer a good variety of local amenities. Golf, mountain-biking, riding and surfing are all enjoyed in the area. Attractions nearby include Dunrobin Castle, the Falls of Shin salmon leap, Skye, Isles and Orkney and Tain, and Dornoch, with its championship golf course. Can be booked with property W41626 to accommodate up to 7 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden, patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: The garden leads to the sea.

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  • Cross Tides

    Hilton near Tain

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511415
    Cross Tides is the quintessential seaside cottage. Situated in a quiet backwater lane in the fishing village of Hilton and with gardens that open directly onto the shoreline, this pretty 19th Century stone cottage is ideal for couples. There is a cosy lounge downstairs with welcoming open fire and a second lounge upstairs with stunning sea views, ideal for sitting and watching the ever changing seascape and the small fishing boats along the shoreline. There are two pretty bedrooms and a modern shower room on the ground floor. The terrace garden is attractively set with tubs and flowering plants. A small gate opens onto the beach and small fishing harbour.

    The village of Hilton is one of several pretty ‘seaboard’ villages that straddle this lovely Ross-shire coastline. They all possess beautifully kept seafronts and little harbours, with rocky outcrops interspersed with stunning sandy beaches. 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. 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 are all 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, including tennis courts, golf club and bowling club, all of which are available to visitors. This part of the Highlands is easily accessible for exploring the whole of the north.

    Ground Floor: The property has economy 7 electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge 1: With open fire, 24" Freeview TV, DVD player and dining furniture.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Lounge 2: With lovely sea views.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 12 years allowed (except babies under six months). NB: Direct access onto the shoreline.

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  • Gardener’s Cottage

    Balnagown, Invergordon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    3
    Ref: SMMK

    "A true jewel in the crown..stretching north from the shores of the Cromarty Firth"

    Set in the Northern Highlands where the lochs are deep, the air clear and the long beaches perfect for meandering along, there is space and time to refresh the mind, indulge in passions and revive the spirits at Balnagown.
    Set amidst the natural splendour of Easter Ross, Balnagown Estate - historic seat of the Clan Ross - is a rich blend of farmland, woodland and heather-clad hills and is just a mere 30 minutes’ drive from Inverness, the Highland Capital and just north of the Cromarty and Moray Firths. Steeped in a history that spans generations, the Estate has been transformed into a breathtaking holiday retreat and offers a bespoke and professional service in the STB ‘5 Star’ properties: each property being exclusively furnished and equipped with every need. A superb base for touring this beautiful and unspoilt part of Scotland with easy access to many areas and attractions – so much to see and do for all ages. On the way to visit the nearby town of Dornoch, guests can stop at the Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Centre to discover the delights of their whisky. In Dornoch a visit to the History Links Museum is recommended or a game of golf can be enjoyed on the famous links world championship course or a stroll along the award-winning sandy beach. Shin Falls Visitor Centre, Dunrobin Castle (hunting seat of the Countess of Sutherland), the Timespan Heritage Centre, Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve and John O’Groats are all within easy reach. From the north coast a ferry can be taken over to the Orkney Islands which offer beautiful, rugged scenery with an abundance of wildlife and many archaeological sites. A trip to the stunning and dramatic west coast is recommended – Eilean Donan Castle, the lovely villages of Plockton, Glenelg, Gairloch and Ullapool or travel over the bridge to the enigmatic Isle of Skye with the Cuillin mountain range, the popular town of Portree with its colourful cottages which line the harbour, or sample the produce at the Talisker Distillery. To the north west and north of Ullapool, a trip up the coastline with the many rocky inlets and deserted beaches leads to Cape Wrath, the most northwesterly point of Great Britain. In addition to the many activities which are available on the estate, there are many more in the area – golf, mountain biking on the many forest trails, sea and loch fishing, kayaking, bird-watching and horse riding to name but a few. Shop 6 miles, pubs 1 mile.

    Spacious living/dining room/sun room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study/TV room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, each with TV and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet; one double and one twin.

    • Full oil central heating included
    • Three satellite TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Drying facilities on request
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Large enclosed lawned garden with furniture

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • No smoking

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  • Tarrel Lodge

    Portmahomack

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 29675


    Tarrel Lodge is single-storey, wooden, holiday lodge situated in open countryside just 2 miles from the charming seaside village of Portmahomack. Accessed via a private track amidst open fields it provides peace and tranquillity in a lovely setting. The main living area is open plan with the kitchen and dining area being well-equipped with plenty of room for up to 5 guests. The lounge area is warm and welcoming with fantastic features, such as electric fire and deep leather suites. There are three good-sized bedrooms and a shower room. The generously proportioned decking that surrounds the lodge provides an ideal spot to sit and drink in the uninterrupted views across open countryside. The village of Portmahomack has a superb sweeping sandy beach, with stunning views to the Sutherland Mountains beyond. The village also boasts an excellent seafood restaurant, pub, café and a lovely traditional links golf course which is open to visitors. The area is renowned for its archaeological sites and at the nearby Tarbat Discovery Centre there is a fascinating display of Pictish, Norse and Medieval artefacts. Within ten minutes’ drive lies the oldest Royal Burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built 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, including tennis courts, public gardens, golf club and bowling club, all of which are available to visitors. It is ideally located for exploring the whole of the Highland region. Golf available nearby. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room. Electric heaters, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Decking with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 4 steps to decking.

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  • Polgarrie House

    Edderton

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W43051

    Enjoying a private location with country views, Polgarrie House has been furnished for a comfortable and relaxing holiday. Just over a mile outside the pretty village of Edderton and within easy reach of Tain and Dornoch, the detached house makes an ideal base for exploring. Local activities include golf, mountain biking, kayaking, river and sea fishing along with many wonderful hill or beach walks. Visit John O’Groats, the Orkney Islands or the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre. Shop and pub 1.5 miles, restaurant 6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Second living room. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study with single bed (for alternative sleeping). 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in second living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Car port. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • The Paddock

    Portmahomack, near Tain

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5049
    Tucked away on a quiet farm lane, The Paddock is a traditional terraced, single storey stone farm cottage located on a working, farm 1 mile from the charming seaside village of Portmahomack. The pretty cottage garden overlooks the owner’s farmland, with distant sea views. The cottage looks south over the Moray Firth and Moray Coast with views of Cairngorms and Ben Rhinnes. The accommodation is beautifully presented, with a large living room with lovely views across the open fields. The bright, kitchen/dining room is fully fitted and very well-equipped. There are three generously proportioned bedrooms, all thoughtfully decorated with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings. Exposed stone walls and large canvases of the surrounding area add to the cottage’s charm and ambience.

    Portmahomack is a thriving seaside village with a fishing harbour and pier, as well as a superb sweeping sandy beach; the mountains beyond act as a stunning backdrop. Portmahomack is the only village on the east coast of Scotland that faces due west and has spectacular sunsets. The village has a renowned seafood restaurant as well as a café, local store and a lovely traditional links golf course which is open to visitors. The area is renowned for its archaeological sites and at the nearby Tarbat Discovery Centre is a local heritage centre and museum, with a fascinating display of Pict, Norse and medieval artefacts, as well as a gift shop. Within 15-20 minutes’ drive lies the oldest Royal Burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built in 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. Beach 1 mile. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 0.5 miles.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living room:
    With electric wood burner, 32" Sky TV (family package) and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With electric oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed and 21" TV.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and fibre optic Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Foresters Cottage

    Tarbat, Invergordon

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 23448

    This attractive, single-storey holiday cottage was formerly the forester’s cottage on a Highland country estate. Situated close to a hamlet it is tastefully refurbished to provide attractive accommodation in a quiet setting. There are woodland and riverside walks leading down to the shores of the Cromarty Firth, home of a large colony of seals. Easy access to the Black Isle with its pretty fishing villages and attractive coastline. Golf, fishing, hill walking, mountain biking and numerous water sports are all available in the area. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel) included. Oil central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, oil, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Oil Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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