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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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  • The Steading

    Aultbea

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 31011


    The Steading is a beautifully converted, detached, stone holiday cottage, set in its own pretty gardens with superb sea views. The cottage is bright and spacious, with high ceilings and large windows which drink in the wonderful views across the bay. The main living room has a welcoming woodburner and deep sofas. The large kitchen/dining room opens out onto a conservatory overlooking the gardens and the sea. There are two good-sized bedrooms which sleep up to five people, with the double having its own en-suite shower room, and a further family bathroom. Situated in the charming seaside village of Aultbea, there are good facilities close by, including a store and post office, and hotel with bar and restaurant. Set in a horseshoe shape, straddling the shoreline and surrounded by hills and open countryside, Aultbea is a lovely place for walking, cycling, canoeing and kayaking, as well as just enjoying the scenery and drinking in the wonderful views. This area of the West Highlands is renowned for its superb sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery. Noted for its temperate climate and warmed by the Gulf Stream, an exceptional variety of plants flourish in the region. The sub-tropical gardens of Inverewe, located here, are simply stunning and offer visitors a memorable day out. The surrounding area offers a wealth of activities and places of interest. Golf, pony trekking, cycling (bike hire available locally) and fishing in loch, sea and river, as well as the opportunity for hill walking and climbing in some of the most spectacular mountain scenery to be found anywhere in the Highlands. Close by is the Ben Eighe Nature Reserve, in the heart of the spectacular Torridon mountains. Here there are walks and climbs for all abilities as well as some lovely picnic areas. Along the coast, there are a variety of water sports and boat trips. The nearby village of Gairloch also has superb beaches, interesting small shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as a whale watching boat which leaves from the harbour. Stone shore 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining area. Conservatory. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Close proximity to the sea.

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  • Tarrel Lodge

    Portmahomack

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 29675


    Tarrel Lodge is single-storey, wooden, detached 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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  • Woodside Cottage

    Nether Bellandy, Glenrinnes, near Keith

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 27126
    Nestling in 24 acres of natural grounds and woodland, this lovely detached holiday cottage is in a beautiful, remote, sheltered location within easy reach of Dufftown. It enjoys direct views of heather clad hills and the majestic Ben Rinnes from the back garden, and regular sighting of local wildlife including red deer. Guests can collect fresh eggs from the hens, and are welcome to explore and enjoy of the grounds surrounding the property. Enjoy walking, fishing, skiing, horse riding and birdwatching locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With wood burner and Freeview TV.
    2 steps to...
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and sloping ceiling.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed, Velux window and sloping ceiling.
    Separate toilet.

    Eco-friendly biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with garden furniture and BBQ. Use of owners’ grounds. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring, there is an unfenced pond, 22 yards and a pond in the owner’s grounds.

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  • Upper Bayfield Cottage

    Nigg near Tain

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC511460
    Upper Bayfield Cottage is a picturesque, semi-detached stone cottage surrounded by its own pretty gardens and situated in a quiet lane. The cottage has been sympathetically restored whilst retaining many of its attractive original features. The delightful lounge has a large welcoming wood burner and a deep, comfortable sofa. The bright kitchen has plenty of space for dining, and all rooms are well presented with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings and great attention to detail. This cottage is ideal for families and couples wishing to explore this lovely corner of the Highlands.
    With views across the sea and open countryside, Upper Bayfield Cottage is quietly located, yet has easy access to some of the most spectacular areas of the Scottish Highlands. An RSPB nature reserve is within easy walking distance. The coast is just three miles away, and golf, fishing, hill walking, mountain biking and horse riding are all available locally. There are numerous superb beaches in the region, and the area is also noted for its historical and archaeological sites. Within ten minutes’ drive is the oldest royal burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built of local sandstone, Tain is a charming, historic town and offers an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafés 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. Inverness, the Highland Capital, is about 45 minutes’ drive.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with tiled floor, electric range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Large, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 6 steps and sloping banks in garden.

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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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  • Heronwood House

    Inverness

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: CC511369
    Heronwood House is a detached Victorian stone built house enjoying stunning views from its vantage point overlooking the River Ness. It is presented uniquely and artistically to a high standard throughout, incorporating many unusual and charming period features. A superb feature of the house is a large Victorian balcony that looks down on the famous river Ness that flows through the grounds below. Arranged over two floors, this spacious self-catering house can accommodate up to 5 guests with ease. The main lounge is a delightful room, with its own access to the large balcony with outdoor dining furniture; an ideal spot to sit and enjoy a drink whilst listening to the river below. The kitchen / dining room is bright and spacious, with integral units and plenty of room for dining. There is a single bedroom with en suite shower room on the ground floor, again with access to the balcony. On the first floor there are two stunningly beautiful double bedrooms (one en suite), both with zip and link 6’ beds, as well as a family bathroom. It is ideally placed, just one mile from Inverness city centre and within close proximity of numerous tourist attractions

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with feature gas fire, satellite Freeview TV, DVD, radio/CD and Wi-Fi
    Doors opening onto balcony overlooking the river Ness.
    Kitchen/diner: with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer. Dining table and chairs for 6.
    Bedroom 1: with single bed, door to balcony with river views. En-suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: with super-king size (6ft) bed zip n link to make 2 single beds if preferred, en-suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 3: with super-king size (6ft) bed zip n link to make 2 single beds if preferred
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All gas and electricity included. Bed linen and towels supplied. Enclosed garden with small lawn and paved area for parking. Large balcony with outdoor dining furniture. Off road parking spaces for 3 cars. No children under 10 years.

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  • Ardview

    Reraig, Balmacara, Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC511279
    Ardview is a traditional two storey holiday cottage overlooking Loch Alsh just 5 minutes from the Skye bridge. The cottage has recently been refurbished and renovated in a caring and sympathetic manner throughout. It now offers bright, modern facilities whilst exuding a charming seaside cottage ambience. The main living area is open plan. The pretty lounge area focuses on the wood burning stove and original cottage windows look out across the bay to the surrounding hills. The kitchen/dining area is separated by a dividing bar. The kitchen is fully fitted and well equipped. There are three good sized bedrooms and with bathrooms on both floors it is an ideal cottage for two couples, extended families or group holidays. The cottage enjoys superb views across the sea, both upstairs and down. There is a public slipway to launch boats/kayaks across the road opposite the cottage.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen.
    Lounge Area: With wood burning stove, Freeview TV/radio, DVD player, free Wi-fi broadband and views over the loch.
    Dining Area: With large dining table and seating for 6. Also hi-fi music centre with CD, I pod docking, SU/USB input etc.
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box .
    Utility Room: With washer/dryer, WC, wash basin and shower.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and travel cot with bedding and highchair.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single 3’ bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All oil, power, bed linen and towels included. First supply of logs for wood burning stove provided. Cot and highchair available.Steeply terraced grass bank area with low stone walls with picnic table and chairs. There is an unprotected drop from the stone wall to the ground of approximately 5 ft. Front garden with bench and shingle area. Off road parking for 3 cars. There is a public slipway to launch boats/kayaks across the road opposite the cottage.

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  • Vatersay Cottage

    Kytra Locks near Fort Augustus

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511469
    Vatersay Cottage is part of a three-cottage hamlet at Kytra Lock and is a detached heritage property. It sits on the opposite bank from its neighbours. Like them, it enjoys all the benefits of a completely secluded spot but offers easy access to loads of activities.
    Kytra Lock is the ideal location for people who really want to get away from it all. It’s as sheltered and secluded a spot as you’ll find anywhere, yet it’s only two miles from Fort Augustus and a range of activities. Surrounded by Scots pines and overlooked by Tor Dhuin hill fort, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into a postcard. The hamlet feels a million miles away from the normal everyday life – exactly what you want from a holiday home. There’s also a private garden, just the place to enjoy a quiet drink while watching the boats sail by.
    Sitting on the southernmost tip of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus is well worth a visit and has a good village pub and restaurant. An impressive system of locks brings canal boats into the village and watching the boats trying to negotiate the locks is a popular pastime. The Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre will allow you to find out more about traditional Highland life, or for a more gentle occupation, visit the Rare Breeds Croft. Kids will love the deer, highland cattle, sheep goats and pheasants – not to mention the pot-bellied pigs!
    Take a cruise on Loch Ness to hunt down the Loch Ness Monster, whilst enjoying magnificent views of Urquhart Castle. Visit Invermoriston where the Moriston Falls, complete with salmon jumping, can be viewed from the Thomas Telford Bridge. Or drive to the Isle of Skye, passing Eilean Donan – Scotland’s most photographed castle.
    The area also hosts a large number of outdoor activities including mountain biking, hillwalking, golf, fishing, horseriding, kayaking and windsurfing.
    If all the peace and quiet gets too much, Fort William and Inverness are less than an hour’s drive away.

    Vatersay Cottage can be booked together with Eriskay Cottage (CC511468) and Sandray Cottage (CC511467) to accommodate up to 13 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge 1: With wooden floor and Freeview TV.
    Lounge 2/dining room: With wooden floor and wood burner.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair.Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks and unfenced canal 20 yards.

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  • Glengowan

    Inverasdale

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 28242

    This detached, single-storey holiday property is situated in the rural, crofting township of Inverasdale on the west coast of Scotland and offers views over mountains and open countryside. This peaceful place is an ideal location for exploring, with the sandy beach and dunes of Firemore Sands just 2 miles and the exotic Inverewe Gardens 5 miles away. Nearby historical sites include Cove, with its memorial stone for the Russian Convoy Fleet, and Badachro with the Fairy Lochs, known as the crash site of an American World War II bomber. Walking, boat trips, kayaking, whale and dolphin spotting are available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Old Post Office

    Kentallen, nr. Glencoe

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: SDDM

    Overlooking the waters of Kentallen Bay and on towards the hills of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, this lovely detached house is set in large grounds just yards from the shore of Loch Linnhe. It is centrally located for exploring the beautiful West Highlands, Mull and Skye. Close to Glencoe and Fort William - ‘outdoor capital of the UK’ - the area is wonderful for climbing, hill walking, mountain biking, skiing, sailing and much more. Also nearby, the Victorian town of Oban is popular for its daily boat trips and sealife centre. There are many options for dining out locally including a popular seafood restaurant which is within close walking distance of the property. Shop 3 miles.

    Two steps up to living room with patio doors to garden. Formal dining room. Spacious well-equipped kitchen. Sun room. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft 6in bed. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Blu-ray player with a selection of films
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed garden with rear terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Roadside parking
    • No smoking

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  • Corrieviews Lodge Two

    Spean Bridge near Fort William

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511185
    Corrieviews Lodge Two is one of two lodges situated on the edge of the charming west Highland village of Spean Bridge.  Finished and presented to the exacting 4 star standard set by Visit Scotland, it provides a high level of comfort in a spectacular and renowned area.  There are fantastic views across the glen to the Grey Corrie and Ben Nevis mountain ranges.  On the ground floor there are two good-sized bedrooms, sleeping up to five people, and a family sized bathroom.  The main living area is on the first floor.  This bright, spacious open-plan room drinks in the amazing panoramic views. It has a large lounge area, well-equipped kitchen and a dining area.  Patio doors open onto a lovely balcony that looks out across the glen to the famous Ben Nevis mountain range.
    Please note: if Corrieviews Lodge Two is booked please try Corrieviews Lodge One Ref CC511229.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, wash basin, TV and DVD
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and the option of a further single bed to accommodate a family of 5.
    Bathroom: With over bath shower and WC.
    Storage Area: Housing freezer and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge/Dining Area: With feature electric fire, satellite TV with sky + DVD and radio/CD with iPod dock.
    Kitchen Area: Fully fitted kitchen with electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave and fridge.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Patio area with BBQ hut. Bike storage. Private off road parking. 2 well behaved pets welcome, however there is a charge of £25 for the second pet which is payable direct to the owner on arrival.  Wi-Fi internet connection available.

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  • Ach na Ben

    Sallachy, nr. Dornie

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W43198

    Ach na Ben is a charming, comfortable, traditional, detached highland cottage set in its own large gardens with natural stream and located in one of the most spectacular glens on the west coast. There is excellent hill walking for all abilities from the nearby Falls of Glomach and Killilan hills to the Five Sisters of Kintail and the Cuillins of Skye. For outdoor enthusiasts, enjoy bird watching, sea and loch fishing, cycling and watersports. Visit historic sites such as Glenelg Brochs, Eilean Donan Castle and Battle of Glen Shiel or many gardens and Kylerhea Otter Hide. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric woodburner in dining room/kitchen included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area. Natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). M/cycle/cycle store. No smoking. NB: Stream in garden.

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