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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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  • Beaufort Cottages - Dairy Cottage

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

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    Ref: CC511444
    A warm Highland welcome awaits you at this holiday property, located in the Beaufort Estate. It enjoys a tranquil setting only a few miles from Beauly in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and without doubt, make a super base for exploring the many attractions and activities this area has to offer. The cottage has been equipped and furnished to ensure as relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible, and it has its own individual character and style. You can explore the extensive grounds of Beaufort Estate with its abundance of wildlife, idyllic picnic places and easy walking routes and also travel further afield to experience some of the stunning scenery, interesting and historic attractions and a large variety of sports.

    The popular village of Beauly is only four miles and offers a very good range of shops and restaurants with Inverness, the Highland Capital, just 12 miles. You can visit Culloden Battlefield and its interactive visitor centre, Fort George, Cawdor and Brodie Castles all steeped in local history or explore the picturesque fishing villages and beaches of the stunning Moray coastline. Take a boat trip and perhaps catch sight of the famous bottlenose dolphins or go to Drumnadrochit, which is set on the shores of Loch Ness, as well as Fort Augustus, where you can watch the boats coming through the locks in the centre of the village.

    Slightly further afield is the beautiful Isle of Skye and the wonderful unspoilt scenery of the West Coast where you will find some wonderful restaurants to sample to local produce particularly seafood. From Skye, you can hop on to a ferry to the Outer Hebrides – a truly unspoilt part of Scotland with its rugged landscape and sweeping white sandy beaches. A day trip to the Orkney Islands is recommended where you can visit numerous archaeological sites such as Skara Brae, the Eagles Tomb and The Ring of Brodgar to name just a few. For the energetic and outdoor enthusiast, there are numerous mountain bike and forest trails, walking and climbing in the nearby glens of Strathfarrar, Cannich and Affric, golf with a large number of acclaimed courses such as the Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart within easy reach. Snow sports are available in Aviemore, Glencoe or Glenshee. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and unwind and enjoy this tranquil setting which is Beaufort Estate.
    Dairy Cottage can be booked together with Checkers Cottage (CC511445), Duffs Lodge (CC511446), Kennels Cottage (CC511447), Mercy Cottage (CC511448), Rose Cottage (CC511449), Stables Cottage (CC511450), The Retreat (UK5004), The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) and The Larder (CC511452) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen: With wooden floor, wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player, CD player, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Dining room/conservatory: With wooden floor.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £5 per basket (honesty box). Travel cot and highchair available on request. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Badgers Den

    Kiltarlity, nr. Beauly

    Grade
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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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  • 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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  • Snookies Cottage

    Milton, nr. Drumnadrochit

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    Ref: 29360


    Nestling in the peaceful community of Milton, on the outskirts of the popular village of Drumnadrochit, Snookies is a cosy and charming, detached, traditional highland cottage that makes a perfect holiday base for exploring the delights and spectacular scenery of the Highlands of Scotland and the west coast. Set in a small glen with adjacent stream and being over 300 years old, this historic cottage retains many of its original features including open stonework. At the heart of Loch Ness there is much to see and do, including mountain biking, skiing, fishing, birdwatching, walking in the Great Glen, horse riding and golf. For the less energetic, take a gentle stroll along one of the many forest trails or the unspoilt beaches of the Moray Coast, relax on a boat trip down Loch Ness, or take in some of the historic sites the surrounding area has to offer. Inverness is just a short drive and Fort Augustus and Fort William, slightly further. The nearby village of Drumnadrochit is home to the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition, and a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Historic Urquhart Castle is situated nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, split-level garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack.

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  • Woodpecker Cottage

    North Kessock, Inverness

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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).

    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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  • The Bothy at the House of Keil

    Duror near Dallachulish

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    Ref: CC511418
    In a wonderful location on the shores of Loch Linnhe, just south of Duror village, this cosy, single-storey holiday apartment is situated on a small working farm. The farm has a variety of livestock including wonderful, gentle llamas and a large pig. Literally on the doorstep the farm has one and a half miles of shore front for you to explore, with a shingle beach and an abundance of opportunities for fishing, bird watching, beach combing or, just watching the sun setting over the Morven Hills. Guests can launch a canoe or small dinghy from the beach or for larger boats a slipway is available for a small fee at Linnhe Marina, five miles away. Otters, seals, porpoises, buzzards, golden and sea eagles, and barn owls can be seen from the farm. There are plenty of attractions to visit, including the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, Castle Stalker and Cruachan Hollow Mountain. Glencoe and Fort William are a short drive away, offering excellent skiing, walking and climbing. There is a superb cycle track running close to the farm, allowing miles of easy cycling for all the family, whilst enjoying magnificent views. The town of Oban offers a full range of shops, excellent restaurants, a leisure centre and cinema. From the bustling harbour, you can catch a boat to the Hebridean islands of Mull, Staffa and Iona, or from Port Appin, you can hire a bike and take the little passenger ferry to Lismore. The Isle of Skye and the Arnamurchan Peninsula are also easy to reach and make for great days out. Organised boat trips are available from Ballachulish and Port Appin.

    First Floor: The property has eight steep steps to entrance, is all on the first floor, has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric coal-effect fire, Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area
    : With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and WC.

    First £5 electric included, remainder by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included.Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Loch in grounds, 25 yards.

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  • The Coach House

    Dulnain Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: SRRT

    Set in the grounds of the Edwardian Auchendean Lodge, this holiday apartment shares unbeatable views of Strathspey, from the double bends of the River Spey, the Cromdale Hills and Abernethy Forest, right to the Cairngorm Mountains. A variety of fresh herbs from the organic garden are usually available late spring to autumn. Explore the area, perhaps even the isolated Loch Avon, by foot, horse or bike. The Strathspey Steam Railway stops at Broomhill station, offering a scenic ride in the style of a by-gone era. Day trips include Balmoral, Royal Deeside, Loch Ness and much of the west coast. Bird watching, golf and fishing locally. Shop and restaurant 1 mile.

    First floor: Living room/dining room with open fire, sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, shower attachment, toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blanket
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod/mp3 dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Drying facility available
    • Use of owner’s freezer in shared utility
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 1½ acre grounds, sitting-out area, pitch & putt, access to 350 acres of quiet conservation forest from garden
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Drops, unfenced pond and steps in grounds

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  • Gows Cottage

    Tomintoul near Grantown-on-Spey

    Grade
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    Ref: CC512068
    This delightful ground floor holiday property is a totally self contained annexe of the owners’ house, and has been really well designed and furnished to offer very good quality and comfortable accommodation. It is a lovely base for exploring this wonderful area, full of mountains, rivers, forests and abundant wildlife. An ideal destination for walking, climbing, fishing and skiing (the Lecht and Cairngorm Range are just a short drive), within an hour you can also be on the beautiful Moray coast with its long sandy beaches. Wildlife safaris and clay pigeon shooting are available on the Glenlivet Estate and of course the area is in the heart of the Whisky Trail. Tomintoul itself has a good selection of shops, galleries, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants all within a short walk.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric and oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: With Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Shared garden with patio and furniture. 1 dog welcome. On street parking for 2 cars.

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  • Heather Cottage

    Laggan, nr. Newtonmore

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    Ref: W43336


    Conveniently located on the roadside, with the Monadhliath Mountains as a backdrop, this holiday cottage offers very comfortable accommodation and enjoys beautiful views across the River Spey. It is ideally situated for a walking or cycling holiday and 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.

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

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

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  • Apartment At No 3

    Spean Bridge near Fort William

    Grade
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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

    Grade
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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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  • Airidh Bheag Cottage

    By Lochaline, Morvern

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    Ref: CC511356
    Airidh Bheag Cottage ("small sheiling") is a lovely semi detached holiday property which nestles by the banks of the Savary River on the Morvern peninsula in the West Highlands. This self catering accommodation provides a fantastic retreat for a couple, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The lounge has low windows which means you can relax and enjoy a lovely view down to the river and onto the bird feeders where an array of birds, and if you are lucky, even a cheeky pine Marten may come to visit! You can access the owner’s large garden and gain a splendid view over the fields to the Sound of Mull. Access to the seafront is only a 10 minute walk. The local village of Lochaline is two miles away and it provides all the essential amenities including a shop, post office, hotel with pub and an award winning restaurant - the Whitehouse. There is also a ferry which runs regularly over to the Isle of Mull. This is an ideal location to explore the surrounding areas of Morvern,

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level heated by electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD, freeview, view down to Savary River and onto bird table
    Dining Room: Within lounge, folding wooden table and chairs
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer
    Hall Cupboard: With washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bathroom: With bath (with grab rail), spray head shower attachment from taps, WC, small wash basin.

    All power, bed linen and towels included. Selection of books and games. Wi-fi is available but speed is limited.Private area at river side and shared use of larger garden area. Outdoor seating available. Access across fields to seafront approx 700 metres. Private water supply - filtered and certified. Off road parking for 1 car. Private water supply. NB: There is a small water feature and a large pond within the grounds of the property.

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