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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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  • Glenrothay

    Dalfaber, Aviemore

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: SD35

    This quality cottage stands as one of a pair in Dalfaber, on the outskirts of Aviemore village. It offers bright, well-equipped and very comfortable holiday accommodation, with the added bonus of an attractive rear garden. The Cairngorm Mountains offer superb walking and challenging climbing, in addition to an opportunity to take in some lovely scenery while breathing in some fresh Scottish air. Golf is readily available here, with numerous good courses on which to shoot a round nearby. A blend of river, mountains, forest and Lochs combine in this region to ensure you can enjoy either an active holiday or an equally peaceful break. Shops and pub within walking distance.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath. Cloakroom with toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. STB 3 Star.

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  • Creag Mhor Cottage

    Sallachy, nr. Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43240

    Only 4 miles from Eilean Donan Castle and the A87 to Skye, this rustic holiday cottage is based on the edge of an active crofting community. The traditional, stone-built crofter’s cottage is situated in an ½-acre of grounds, with panoramic views over Loch Long to the Cuillin Mountains from the garden. A paradise for nature lovers and walkers with hill walking and wildlife nearby. An ideal location for walking the ’Five Sisters of Kintail’, the mountains of Skye or to the Falls of Glomach. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters (underfloor in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. TV (for DVD use only). DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. ½-acre woodland grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Drops and stream in grounds.

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  • Cruary

    Applecross

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: SRJ

    Enjoying a superb, secluded setting with outstanding bay views, this sympathetically extended, 18th-century shepherd’s cottage is set next to 2 miles of golden sand; a turquoise blue sea with twisting otters and bobbing seals; the Cuillins of Skye on the horizon, with mountains, moorlands and forests behind. Attractively and most comfortably refurbished, it has its own garden and conservatory with far-reaching views to Skye, and offers a cosy hideaway for all seasons, with a friendly hotel a short walk.
    Until the building of the coastal road from Shieldaig, Applecross was one of the most inaccessible parishes in mainland Britain, with the only route being the very scenic but hair-raising ‘Pass of the Cattle’, or Bealach na Ba. Rising up to 2053ft, it is the highest road in Scotland and affords truly panoramic views across the Minch to Raasay and the Isle of Skye. The other route gently winds along the coast round Loch Torridon from Shieldaig. In contrast to the surrounding moorland, Applecross is made up of sheltered fertile coast, where a row of cottages nestle along the shoreline. It was here that an Irish missionary monk, St Maelrubha, built a monastery on the quiet bay about 673 AD, and made it a place of refuge, although nothing of the building remains apart from part of the stone cross which resides in the parish kirk.
    To the north of the Applecross Peninsula and with the backdrop of the rugged mountains of Liathach and Beinn Eighe, is an area coming under the care of the National Trust, mostly made up of 750 million-year-old red Torridonian sandstone. A Countryside Centre at Torridon village describes the local wildlife and the Ranger Service offers guided hikes along the Liathach massif or more strenuous walks traversing Beinn Eighe. On past Kinlochewe, the Beinn Eighe Visitor Centre stands as the UK’s oldest wildlife sanctuary, with parts of it clad in Caledonian pinewood, which once covered the whole of the country. A delight for nature lovers, the area is home to pine martens, wildcats, badgers and foxes as well as buzzards and golden eagles, in addition to a fine selection of flora, displayed in natural alpine rock gardens. Loch and sea fishing available locally. Shop/P.O. 2 miles.

    Living room with coal-burning stove. Sitting room with coal-burning stove. Large kitchen/dining room. Conservatory. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Stairs to charming double bedroom with 5ft bed (can be twin) and combed ceiling. Separate toilet.

    • Coal-burning stoves - fuel included
    • Electricity, underfloor heating (ground floor), electric rads (first floor), bed linen and towels included
    • Additional convector heaters
    • Travel cot
    • Satellite TV
    • Video (films supplied)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Garden with furniture
    • Parking
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking

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  • Tigh na Bruaich

    Auldearn near Nairn

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511406
    Enjoying a peaceful yet central setting within the pretty village of Auldearn, this semi-detached, traditional holiday property has been furnished and equipped to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Just three miles from the seaside village of Nairn with its long sweeping sandy beaches and local amenities, Tigh Na Bruiach (Gaelic for ‘House on the Hill’) makes a super holiday base for exploring this wonderful part of the Northern Highlands. Visit Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, Inverness, and Loch Ness, all within a very easy drive. Brodie and Cawdor Castles are just a short distance and well worth a visit. You can meander along the Moray Coast and visit some of the beautiful, unspoilt beaches and hopefully catch sight of the dolphins, seals and large variety of birdlife this area is renowned for. Take a trip along the Malt Whisky Trail – the only one of its kind in the world! Further afield, go to the scenic West Coast, Fort William or the enigmatic Orkney Islands. Golf, mountain biking, kayaking, hill walking and photography are some of the many activities available.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric coal-effect fire, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Wet room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Wi-Fi. Front lawned area. Enclosed rear paved garden with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Shore Cottage

    Rockfield, nr. Portmahomack

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W41133

    Twenty yards from the sea

    ’Shore Cottage’ is a delightful fisherman’s cottage that has been renovated to a good standard to provide excellent holiday accommodation. Situated in the enchanting fishing village of Rockfield with its little harbour on the south east shores of the Moray Firth. Approached by a single track road, Rockfield seems untouched by time and remains a haven for wildlife. Dolphins are regularly spotted just off shore, together with otters and an abundance of sea birds. There are superb sea fishing opportunities – from crab and lobster, to cod, mackerel and salmon – all available in season. There are miles of coastal paths to explore directly from the cottage. Shops and restaurant 1 mile. Pub 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Garden leads direct to seashore.

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  • Links Apartment

    Brora

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: 29970
    Enjoying an ideal location with wonderful panoramic views towards the sea, this beautifully presented 4 star accommodation, on a select development of 24 apartments, makes a superb, convenient, holiday destination.
    Whether a family with children looking for a beach holiday, couples seeking a relaxing break or a group of friends wanting to golf, the apartments offer something for everyone. Just a few minutes’ walk from the unspoilt, sweeping, sandy beach and the James Braid designed links golf course, the apartments are light and spacious.
    It is furnished and equipped to a very good standard - from the granite worktops and quality appliances in the kitchen, to the stylish bathrooms with fluffy towels, good quality linen in the bedrooms and bath robes provided – everything is designed to ensure a relaxing and comfortable holiday.
    Guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the extensive range of leisure facilities at the nearby Royal Marine Hotel, just a 2-minute walk away. Facilities include a shared heated swimming pool, children’s pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. Also available is a wide range of beauty treatments from the in-house therapists, not to mention restaurants and bars serving snacks and meals to suit all tastes.
    Amongst the many activities available close by are golf, mountain biking, loch and river fishing, hillwalking, bowls, tennis and pony trekking. For the less energetic, relax and watch the ever-changing sea views through your own living room window.
    Brora is also an excellent base for visiting this unspoilt part of the Highlands – take a trip to John O’ Groats, the stunning Orkney Islands, Inverness, ‘the Highland capital’, Loch Ness and the Moray or West Coasts, or closer to hand, Dunrobin Castle or the Clynelish Distillery. Beach 100 yards. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurants ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: Lift to entrance. All on one level.
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Living area: With Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin on request) and en-suite with shower over bath and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin on request) and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared large lawned grounds. Use of shared indoor heated swimming pool (12m x 4m, max depth 1.12m) with Jacuzzi, shower and changing facilities in nearby hotel, open 7:30am-8:30pm daily, all year. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: These properties are allocated on arrival and they can be either on the ground, first or second floor (lift available to each floor).

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  • Mellon Sorbie

    Aultbea, Wester Ross

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W42960

    Enjoying views across Loch Ewe to the hills of the west coast, this detached holiday lodge is situated in a quiet location on the edge of the fishing village of Aultbea, Mellon Sorbie makes the perfect base for exploring this part of the Northern Highlands. Take a trip to the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve, the sub tropical NT Inverewe Gardens, or visit Loch Ewe Distillery, the smallest in Scotland, only 110 yards away! The area has hill walking, climbing, kayaking, golf, fishing and sea trips are amongst the activities available. Alternatively take a stroll along one of the beaches or even take a perfume workshop! Shop and pub/restaurant 880 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 heater, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden, decking area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Small stream in grounds, 5 yards.

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  • Old School Tomachlaggan

    Tomintoul, nr. Ballindalloch

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 11320

    An old rural detached school, converted to offer a comfortable holiday break, with attractive furnishing in keeping with traditional style. It is surrounded by farmland and forest on the Crown Estate of Glenlivet within the Cairngorm National Park. Visit distilleries in the area or follow the Castle Trail. Pony trekking and walking from Tomintoul with mountain bike trails through Glenlivet Estate. Lecht skiing area, 8 miles. Shop and pub 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with sofa bed/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with walk-in shower and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room. Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Cairns Cottage

    Port Henderson near Gairloch

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511378
    Cairns Cottage is a traditional stone cottage situated on the edge of the pretty hamlet of Port Henderson, a crofting community in the heart of Wester Ross. Built over two storeys, it is ideal for couples and small families. Its been fully renovated and modernised to offer all the benefits of central heating and insulation to make it feel warm and welcoming. The main lounge is bright and welcoming, with cottage-style furniture. The kitchen/dining room is well equipped with integral units and plenty of space for dining. Steep cottage stairs lead up to the first floor. The two double bedrooms are attractively presented, with good use of space for cupboards and storage.

    The gardens are a real delight. Mainly laid to lawn and bounded by a traditional dry stone wall, they enjoy superb views across the field to the sea and the Isle of Skye beyond. There is also a small patio area with picnic table and chairs; a wonderful spot to sit and admire the views.

    Cairns Cottage is situated on a small country lane that follows the contours of the coastline, with small bays, little fishing harbours, sweeping sands and stunning scenery. It finishes at Redpoint Bay, a renowned beauty spot, with a wide sandy beach.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with deep silled cottage windows, Freeview TV/DVD player and lovely sea views.
    Kitchen/diner: with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Steep stairs to...
    Bedroom 1: with double bed and Velux windows.
    Bedroom 2: with twin beds and Velux windows.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. Welcome pack. Wi-fi available. NB: steep stairs lead to the first floor. Enclosed cottage garden mainly stibo.STIBOSPELLlawned/stibo.STIBOSPELL with patio area, garden furniture,built in BBQ (please note that charcoal is not provided) and dry stone wall surrounds. Parking for 2 cars. 2 pets welcome.

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  • River View Cottage

    Altass, nr. Lairg

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W43053

    Situated in an elevated position, River View Cottage enjoys wonderful views over Strath Oykel. This spacious detached cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home has been furnished and equipped to a very good standard. The cottage makes the perfect base for exploring the many delights of the northern Highlands. The area offers an abundance of activities, including hill walking and climbing, mountain biking, loch and river fishing, and golf at one of the many fine courses. The beaches of the west and north coasts are within easy reach, as are Loch Ness and the Highland capital of Inverness. The area is rich in wildlife - see the seals and birdlife at Loch Fleet, take a wildlife cruise or watch the salmon leap at the nearby Falls of Shin. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Sun room. Kitchen. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas ’coal-effect’ fire included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Stream in owners’ grounds.

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  • Waterfall Cottage

    Mandally, nr. Invergarry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43232

    Enjoying a rural setting with views across open fields, this detached holiday cottage, with a decked balcony to enjoy breakfast or a barbecue on, ensures a comfortable and relaxing holiday and is 1 mile from Invergarry and the shores of Loch Ness. Climbers, walkers and mountain bikers are surrounded by a large number of hills and forest trails to test all skill levels. Inverness and Fort William, the UK Outdoor Capital are both within easy driving. Further afield, a trip to the Isle of Skye is recommended. So much to see and do for all ages. Shop, pub and restaurant within 1 mile.

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

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Decked area. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Sandcastles

    Nairn

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511462
    Located in the picturesque Fishertown area and only a few minutes walk from the award winning sweeping sands of Nairn beach and the numerous restaurants and pubs of the town, Sandcastles makes an ideal base to explore this wonderful part of the Northern Highlands. Inverness, the Highland capital, Culloden Battlefield, historic Fort George, Brodie and Cawdor Castles and Loch Ness are all within a short drive. Visit some of the small fishing villages dotted along the Moray coast – you may catch a glimpse of the famous bottlenose dolphins! Take a trip along the Moray Malt Whisky Trail – the only one in the world! Amongst the many activities available in the area there are a large variety of watersports, fishing, sea trips, mountain biking and golf with the town boasting a championship course just a short walk from the cottage. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and unwind in this lovely property where your every comfort has been thought of.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with wooden floor, wood burner, 42" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With wooden floor, electric double oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bathroom: Spacious with bath, shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Small enclosed lawned front garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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