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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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  • Carinish Beag

    Achaphubuil near Fort William

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    Ref: CC511434
    In a quiet setting by the shores of Loch Lihnne, this semi-detached cottage adjoins the owners home and boasts lovely views of the loch and beyond to Corpach. Located 12 miles from Glenfinnan, the famous ‘Road to the Isles’ and within easy reach of Fort William, the outdoor capital of the UK, Achaphubuil is an ideal base for those looking to explore the west coast of Scotland. The islands of Skye, Rum, Muck, Eigg and Canna can be visited from nearby Mallaig and Arisaig, or from Lochaline, a short ferry crossing will allow you to explore Mull, Staffa and Iona. For those who enjoy a day on the beach, the white sands of Morar are a short drive away, or Ardnamurchan Peninsula the most westerly point of mainland Britain is home to Sanna Bay. Take a trip on the famous Jacobite Stream Train (Hogwarts Express) from Fort William to Mallaig. Experience historic Glencoe with its magnificent mountain ranges, or enjoy a visit to Oban known as the seafood capital of the UK. The area is great for outdoor pursuits and there are various forest trails for cycling and walking. For the less energetic it is a great place to relax and unwind.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen: With wooden floor, electric wood burner, Sky TV, patio doors to verandah, electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Dining room.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and Sky TV.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Lawned garden with verandah and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Wheelchair access. NB: 3 steps to verandah.

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  • Ardlussa Cottage

    Gairlochy near Spean Bridge

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    Ref: CC511471
    Ardlussa Cottage is a former lock keeper’s cottage set on the banks of the Caledonian Canal at Gairlochy. The soothing bath in the bedroom and the wood burner in the lounge makes this cottage ideal for a romantic break or a honeymoon. The fantastic location adds to its charm. Gairlochy is a small hamlet on the southern shores of Loch Lochy and boasts tranquil and picturesque scenery. Situated between the Caledonian Canal and the Commando Memorial, it is surrounded by several other small crofting settlements. The Great Glen Way and the Great Glen Mountain Bike Trail are literally on your doorstep. Fort William the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, Nevis Ski Range and Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, are all nearby. The area is renowned for its spectacular mountains, lochs, glens and abundant wildlife with golden eagles, wild deer, pine martens, seals and porpoises often seen. Take a trip on the Jacobite Steam train as seen in the Harry Potter movies, visit stunning castles and gardens, sail to the beautiful Isle of Mull, spend a day exploring the Ardnamurchan Peninsula or just take a leisurely walk along the banks of the canal. For the outdoor enthusiast climbing, walking, skiing, mountain biking, fishing, horse riding and various watersports are available locally. Spean Bridge is home to a nine hole golf course, a restaurant, pub and a small village shop. Inverness, Loch Ness, Aviemore and the magical Isle of Skye are easily accessible.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, wood burner, 30" Freeview TV, DVD player and views over the Caledonian Canal.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and freestanding bath.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Canal 20 yards.

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  • The Stables

    Braemore near Ullapool

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    Ref: CC511439
    The Stables occupies the ground floor of a converted stable block in the grounds of a large and historic old stone house just 10 miles from Ullapool in the heart of Wester Ross. This attractively presented apartment has a lovely open plan living area with a deep leather sofa and a well-equipped kitchen with dining table. The double bedroom is a real delight, with colour coordinated soft furnishings and attractive pine furniture. A bathroom completes the picture.

    The large country house where The Stables sits was built in 1840 and was once part of the Braemore Estate of the renowned Engineer, Sir John Fowler Bart, who built the Forth Rail Bridge, the Pimlico Bridge, which carried the first railway across the Thames (1860), and Victoria Station and was a pioneer of the London Underground system. Examples of Sir John’s creativity can be found on the land and nearby, such as the suspension bridge over the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach, both popular beauty spots close by.

    Visitors are also welcome to wander through the grounds of the house which meander down to the river below. Fishing can also be arranged on the owner’s private stretch of the River Broom, famed for its salmon, trout and sea-trout.

    Just 10 minutes’ drive away is the charming fishing village of Ullapool, which has a good selection of small shops as well as excellent local bars and restaurants. This lovely converted stable makes an ideal base for a real Highland holiday, with spectacular walks, munros to climb and cycling routes to explore. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Canoeing, sailing, fishing, riding, bird watching and golf are all enjoyed locally.

    The Stables can be booked together with Ghillies Rooms (CC511319), The Coach House (CC511320) and The Tower House (CC511318) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Lounge area: With electric fire, 28" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge with ice box, dishwaher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Shared communal grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Badgers Den

    Kiltarlity, near Beauly

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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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  • The Boatmans Cottage

    Glaick, Balmacara, Kyle

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    Ref: UXH

    This delightful detached little cottage is set in an enviable position just yards from the sea, and with breathtaking views towards the Lochalsh and the Skye Mountains. Set within the tiny hamlet known as Glaik on the edge of the Lochalsh Woodland Garden, it is just a short drive away from the enchanting Eilean Donan Castle. The Skye bridge is within 5 minutes’ drive, and picturesque Plockton (which was the location for Hamish MacBeth) is just 20 minutes’ away, with its beautiful bay and palm trees. There are many good pubs and restaurants within the area. Shops 1 mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room with feature wooden floor and modern kitchen area. Sun room. Utility. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV
    • Video (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Small sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Sitting-out area leads to sea

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  • Ivy Cottage

    Laggan Locks, Loch Lochy

    Grade
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    Ref: SD40

    This little, detached, single-storey holiday cottage, adjacent to the owner’s boat hire business, is attractively situated by the water’s edge at the north end of Loch Lochy, surrounded by some of Scotland’s most beautiful Highland scenery. An ideal base from which to fish the loch, guests can also ski at Aonach Mor on Ben Nevis or visit Loch Ness, Inverness, Fort William and the Isle of Skye. Alternatively you can simply sit in the waterside garden and relax while watching the passing boats. Loch fishing rights included. There is a hotel, restaurant, shops and other facilities at Invergarry 3 miles or Fort Augustus, 12 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Electricity and bed linen included. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Well-fenced garden and furniture. Parking. NB: Garden borders loch.

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  • Ghillies Rooms

    Braemore near Ullapool

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Pen-Bryn

    Fort William

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    Ref: 24082
    With stunning views to Loch Linnhe and Ben Nevis, and direct access to local walks from the property, this well furnished apartment is attached to the owner’s property and is approximately 1 mile from Fort William town centre. Lochaber is known as the ’outdoor capital of the UK’, has a huge variety of activities for all ages including, climbing, walking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, mountain biking, sailing, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking and much more!
    Perfectly located for touring the Highlands, visiting Skye, Glencoe, and Oban, you might even catch a glimpse of Nessie at Loch Ness, or take in the stunning West Highland Steam Train (summer only), a must for Harry Potter fans!
    Fort William has a fantastic collection of shops, restaurants and plenty of other things to do such as the West Highland Museum, Ben Nevis Distillery and the Nevis Centre. The owners of Pen-Bryn, offer a warm welcome and will be more than happy to chat to you about your break and give advice on local attractions, walks, climbs and everything about the area. Shop ¾ mile, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    Ground Floor: 3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor.
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Living area: With electric wood burner, satellite TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs, CD player and French doors leading to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over whirlpool bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included.Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Forest Lodge

    Wester Lovat, near Beauly

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    Ref: 29276

    This spacious, detached holiday lodge, set above the Beauly Firth, has far reaching views across Ben Wyvis. Set in beautiful surroundings with a leafy woodland to the rear, visitors can enjoy the ever changing views from the wide surrounding deck. Only 3 miles from the lovely village of Beauly with good shops and a choice of restaurants. The owners can provide clay pigeon shooting, or day or night excursions on a Rib on Loch Ness (both at cost). Fishing, golf and walking all close by. Shop 3 miles, pub serving food 1½ miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity included (£30 per booking November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry facility available. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children, including babes in arms.

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  • Achaneich Stable Cottage

    Spean Bridge near Fort William

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    Ref: CC511258
    Achaneich Stable Cottage stands in the grounds of an historic Highland house which dates back to 1600. Set in 2 ½ acres of landscaped gardens with the Grey Corries and Aonach Mor providing a dramatic backdrop, this delightful cottage provides an exceptionally high standard of accommodation for 2 in a spectacular and peaceful location. The cottage is believed to have been built by General Wade during the Jacobite rebellion to house his troops, with horses accommodated below. The cottage has been sympathetically converted whilst retaining some charming original features, such as a superb exposed stone in the main living area, vaulted ceiling and original arrow-slit windows. The open-plan lounge/dining room is separated from the kitchen area by a modern breakfast bar. The pretty double bedroom has fitted wardrobes and enjoys lovely views across the beautiful woodland gardens. Visitors are welcome to wander the garden grounds, and the caring owners even provide croquet on the lawn and various other outdoor children’s games during the summer months. Achaneich Stable cottage is ideally situated for exploring this renowned area of the Highlands, known as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’.
    Please note Achaneich Chalet (sleeps 4 /5), also situated in the grounds, may also be available to let, subject to availability.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen
    Lounge / dining area:  with satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD,   A lovely space with exposed stone wall, good sized dining table and kitchen separated by breakfast bar
    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box and washer / dryer
    Bedroom:  with double bed
    Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available.Wi-fi available (A small charge of £5 for the use is payable to the owner)Patio area with outdoor furniture. Set in 2.5 acres of owner’s landscaped woodland grounds. Off road parking for 1 car. NB: Burn in grounds and sloping hills lead down to river below. .

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  • The Cottage

    Lyth, near Wick

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    Ref: W42083

    Rural setting

    The Ivy Wing and The Cottage are situated in the courtyard of Barrock House, and surrounded by landscaped grounds and mature woodland. This provides shelter for an abundance of bird and wild life with pleasant walks close at hand and the scenic beaches of Sinclair and Dunnet Bay are just 5 minutes by car. The Cottage makes the perfect base for touring this unspoilt and tranquil part of the Highlands. Visit the Castle and Gardens of Mey, the Queen Mother’s Highland home, John O’Groats, Wick Heritage and Lyth Arts Centre, or take a wildlife or distillery tour. Golfing, fishing, sea trips or walking along the many miles of rugged coastline are just some of the many activities available. Lyth is situated just 10 miles north of Wick and 15 miles from Thurso, making the beautiful Orkney Isles easily accessible by car ferry for day trips. Both properties can be booked together for larger groups (ref’s W42082 and W42083). Shop, pub and restaurant 4.5 miles.

    All on first floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Dining room/kitchen. Bedroom: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request). Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 30-acre grounds and shared lawned garden with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Baltinna East

    Newtonmore, near Aviemore

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    Ref: SGGW

    In a romantic setting amid stunning scenery, made famous by the BBC’s Monarch of the Glen TV series, these two architect-designed, timber clad, adjoining properties (Baltinna West UTY and Baltinna East SGGW) make a truly tranquil holiday retreat. They can be booked individually or together for two couples, and are set within an enclosed garden, each with its own private sitting-out area. Oozing character and warmth, each have their own charms and both benefit from cosy wood-burning stoves in the living room and sheepskin rugs on oak floors. Nestling between the Cairngorm and Monadhliath mountain ranges, Newtonmore is situated in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, a walker’s and birdwatcher’s paradise. Outdoor pursuits found locally include 7 golf courses, fishing on the River Spey, mountain biking, skiing, tours taking in distilleries, RSPB sites, interactive museums, and the towns of Aviemore and Inverness. Shops ¼ mile. Pubs serving very good food within 1 mile. Excellent restaurants locally.

    Partially open, double-height living room with wood-burning stove and rugs on oak floor, open-plan with modern kitchen/dining area and drying room with pulley. Fully tiled wet room with body jet shower and toilet. First floor: Spacious beamed double bedroom with large windows and wash hand basin.

    • Satellite TV
    • Cycle store

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Enclosed garden with own decked area
    • Parking (for 1 car)

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