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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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  • Dalriada Bungalow

    Keith

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 17405

    This well designed and spacious holiday bungalow is located down a quiet lane in the centre of Keith, a rural market town on the Castle and Whisky Trails, and well placed for touring Aberdeenshire and Moray. The cities of Inverness and Aberdeen are easily reached by car or train. Follow the Whisky Trail by rail from Keith to Dufftown, or spend time exploring Royal Deeside, Loch Ness or the fine sandy beaches of the Moray coastline. Many golf courses, pony trekking, horse riding and good walks can be found in the area, or visit the Falconry Centre at Huntly, 11 miles. Skiing at Braemar. Shops and pubs 20 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small patio. Parking (2 cars). No children under 16 years.

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  • Mill House Cottages, John O’ Groats - Horsemans

    John O’ Groats

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W42413

    Breathtaking views

    These detached holiday cottages, situated within walking distance of the famous village of John O’ Groats, make the ideal base to explore this lovely part of the Northern Highlands. John O’ Groats is famous for being the most north easterly point of Britain’s four corners, and renowned for the magnificent coastal scenery, unspoilt beaches and coastal walks, with a breathtaking array of bird life and opportunities to see seals, dolphins and killer and minke whales. Take a day trip to the Orkney Islands with ferries a few minutes away from the cottages. Visit Duncansby Head, the Castle of Mey, Thurso and Wick. For the energetic mountain biking, fishing, sailing and windsurfing are available. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Tumble dryer. Lawned garden with gravelled area. Parking (3 cars).

    All properties: electricity £20per week, £15 per short break. Electric central heating, bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. No smoking.

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  • Silverlea

    Aviemore, Speyside

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W2591

    Fishing, golf and pony trekking within easy reach

    This modern semi-detached bungalow set in a quiet cul-de-sac within an exclusive private development near the Dalfaber Country Club is 1 mile from the centre of Aviemore. A variety of sports and leisure activities are within easy reach including fishing, golf, pony trekking and hill walking on the Cairngorms. The Aviemore to Boat of Garten Steam Railway passes nearby and a trip is not only nostalgic but provides the perfect opportunity to view the magnificent scenery. It is an ideal base to tour the Highlands and the North of Scotland from. The RSPB reserve at Boat of Garten is well worth a visit to view the famous ospreys. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk with additional bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Video. Microwave. Dishwasher. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Old Church Hall

    Portessie, by Buckie

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC512036
    The Old Church Hall is a truly stunning award-winning conversion of an historic Church building. Voted "Best Conversion of an Old Building in the UK" as well as winning the prestigious Scottish Homes Award for the best conversion, this spectacular property represents the height of luxury in every respect. Originally owned by the Earl of Seafield, the current architect-owner has incorporated the very best of modern living whilst retaining the amazing features of this lovely old stone building. The main living accommodation is situated on the first floor. A massive open plan lounge / kitchen / dining area with high vaulted ceilings has its focus on the incredible seascapes afforded by the original Church window area. The floor to ceiling windows drink in the ever-changing seascapes of the Moray Firth. They cleverly incorporate French doors which open the room to sea breezes and views of the dolphins and seals that frequent these waters. Enjoy spectacular evening sunsets from the deep leather suites and watch the fishing boats as they head out in the early morning. The three spacious bedrooms are on the ground floor, together with a very large luxury bathroom. With solid oak flooring, under floor heating and a state-of-the-art kitchen this property has the ’wow’ factor in every respect.

    Ground Floor: The property has under floor gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: with double bed, TV and en-suite large shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: with two single beds
    Bedroom 3: with double bed
    Bathroom: with bath, shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen area – a truly spectacular room occupying the entire first floor with the original massive arched church window looking out across the Moray Firth with French windows open to drink in the sea air and enjoy the panoramic view.
    Lounge area: with satellite Freeview TV/DVD/home cinema,wood burning stove and radio/CD
    Kitchen / dining area: with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer / dryer 
    Cloakroom: with WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available. Wi-fi access available Courtyard patio garden with picnic table and chairs.  Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • Saffron Lodge

    Cragganmore, near Ballindalloch

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 30618


    This lovely detached holiday lodge is situated in a very peaceful position with views over fields leading to the River Spey. Attractively furnished and very comfortable, it welcomes visitors with its cosy open fire, supplemented by central heating. It is ideal for families or couples and makes a wonderful base for rambling or fishing on the River Spey, where trout and salmon fishing (permit only) can be arranged. The Speyside Way runs alongside, an excellent long distance walk running from the Moray coast to Aviemore. There is a 9-hole 18-tee golf course, 1 mile away at Ballindalloch, with other superb courses less than an hour away. Within easy reach are the ski slopes of the Lecht and Cairngorm, or by contrast enjoy the wonderful sandy beaches of the Moray Firth around Lossiemouth and Nairn where the famous Moray Firth dolphins can be regularly spotted. Visit the fairytale Ballindalloch Castle, 2 miles, or the ruins of Drumin Castle and its walled garden. The malt whisky trail starts close by, with Cragganmore Distillery (tours April to October) less than one mile from the house. Supermarket and deli at Aberlour, 9 miles, large supermarkets in Elgin, 25 miles, and Inverness, 47 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. Sauna. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room and toliet, one with balcony.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced river bordering gardens.

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  • Dove Cottage

    Nairn

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UK5033
    Enjoying a central yet quiet setting and only a few minutes walk from the centre of Nairn, this semi-detached, former fisherman’s cottage is furnished and equipped to a very good standard. This quaint cottage has everything you need to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. It offers beautifully presented accommodation and makes a super base for exploring this lovely part of the northern Highlands. The vibrant harbour and marina are a short walk away, along with the beautiful award-winning beach, where you can perhaps catch sight of the famous Bottlenose dolphins of the Moray Firth, and enjoy a stroll whilst watching the playful seabirds foraging on the shoreline. Visit some of the lovely fishing villages dotted along the Moray Firth coastline, or take the Moray Malt Whisky Trail, the only one in the world. Inverness, the Highland capital, Culloden Battlefield, the historic Fort George, Cawdor Castle and Loch Ness are all within easy reach. Amongst the many activities available in the area are a large range of water sports, as well as fishing, sea trips, mountain biking and golf, with Nairn boasting a championship course just a short walk from the cottage.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, wood burner, 37" Freesat TV, DVD player, Blu-ray player, CD player and iPod dock.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Wi-Fi. Enclosed sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Hill View

    Drumnadrochit, near Inverness

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5105
    With easy access to the east and west coasts, this very well presented, semi-detached property enjoys its peaceful setting within easy walking distance of the village centre, and makes a central base for exploring this lovely part of the Northern Highlands. Set on the shores of Loch Ness and at the head of Urquhart Bay, the popular village of Drumnadrochit is home to a number of good restaurants, pubs, the Loch Ness Centre and the ruins of Urquhart Castle.


    There are many attractions of scenic and historical interest within easy reach, including Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, Cawdor and Brodie Castle, and you can also take a trip along the Malt Whisky Trail - the only one of its kind in the world! Visit some of the beautifully scenic fishing villages along the Moray coastline, which has been voted one of the world’s top 20 coastal destinations! Inverness, the ’Highland capital’, is only 14 miles away, and you will find a large variety of shops, restaurants, pubs, museums, galleries and a theatre in and around the city centre. There are many activities available in the vicinity, including boat trips and water sports on the Moray coast and on Loch Ness (a good place to search for monsters), mountain biking and walking in the many forests nearby, and with an abundance of bird and wildlife on your doorstep, be sure to bring your camera! For more leisurely holidaymakers, sit back and relax at Hill View, where happy memories in the Scottish Highlands will be made. Shop 600 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: 2 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room: With wood burner, 32" Freesat TV and CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and Freeserve TV.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Economy 7 central heating, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request.Enclosed, lawned garden to rear with sitting-out area and picnic bench. Front garden. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Allt-na-Mara

    Achosnich, nr. Ardnamurchan Point

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 2869


    Ardnamurchan, the most westerly point of the British mainland, is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt areas of the Highlands. There are mountains, glens, forests, white coral sands and turquoise waters warmed by the gulf stream. The village is remote with few services, although a local hotel serves meals and there is a well-stocked convenience store with post office and petrol pumps. The detached holiday property stands in a sheltered valley approached by a rough, unmade road. The road from Corran Ferry is single track. An alternative route through Fort William, Lochailort and Moidart is 12 miles longer but offers better roads. The wildlife in the area is exceptional. Buzzards, along with sea and golden eagles dominate the skies. Red, roe, fallow and muntjac deer roam forest and moor, and the rare pine marten and Scottish wildcat have a haven here. Fishing is available locally at Loch Mudle and the local hill lochs. The Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, built in 1849, is well worth a visit. There are several stunning beaches nearby; Portuairk beach is within 1½ miles, Sanna beach is 5 miles by road, but only 1½ miles on foot. Kilmory and Achateny beaches are about 7 miles away on the north coast. Achateny has a reef, in which there are sea anemones, eels, fish and sea cucumbers. Shop 3½ miles, hotel ½ mile, beach 1 mile, Isle of Mull car ferry 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (4ft) with additional single.

    Electric heaters and electricity included. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden chairs. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Two pets welcome, dogs must be kept on lead (crofting country).

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  • Glenloch Cottage

    Drumnadrochit

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 23538

    A delightful, tastefully furnished, little semi-detached cottage close to Loch Ness. Drumnadrochit is a lively little village where there are shops, places to eat, and information available about all the things to see and do in the area. This holiday property is an ideal central base for touring the scenic Highlands or visiting the Isle of Skye and Inverness city, as well as for walking and mountain biking on the Great Glen Way. The ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness are just a short walk away. Glen Affric and the West Coast are well worth a visit. Shops, pubs and restaurants a short walk.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed rear fenced garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Narrows

    Wester Aligin, near Torridon

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 29474

    Breathtaking views

    200 yards from loch shore

    The Narrows is a spacious and well-appointed family holiday home, sitting in a prime lochside location with breathtaking views over Loch Torridon to the mountains and beyond. Situated in the north west Scottish Highlands, it provides a truly get-away-from-it-all experience with dramatic mountain and loch views. This area has so much to offer in the way of outdoor activities, with all levels of walking from munro-bagging to low level coastal routes. Activities available locally include fishing, clay pigeon shooting, kayaking, gorge scrambling, mountain biking, boat trips and so much more. An abundance of wildlife from eagles to pine martens and mountain hares can be spotted throughout the area. Just a short drive away from The Narrows you can enjoy golf at Gairloch or Lochcarron, or visit Inverewe Gardens and the Applecross Peninsula, so do come and enjoy. 200 yards from loch shore. Shop and restaurant 5 miles, pub 7 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Sun room. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (6ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. 1-acre garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Garage (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • The Cottage

    Toftingall, near Watten

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: W42084

    Situated on a working farm

    Set on a working farm, this simply and cosily furnished property enjoys a quiet and unspoilt location in the Caithness countryside. Just a mile or so off the A9, The Cottage makes a super base for touring this lovely part of the Highlands. Caithness is popularly described as one of Europe’s last wildernesses, where you could walk, climb or mountain bike all day without meeting anyone else. Visit castles, distilleries, and miles of unspoilt and dramatic coastline where you can surf and kite buggy, or for the less energetic, just take a stroll and watch the abundance of bird and sea life. Easy access to Wick and Thurso with their variety of amenities and also to the beautiful Orkney Islands – a ferry can be taken from Scrabster, Gill’s Bay or John O’Groats. Shops, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 single bedrooms.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared courtyard. Sitting out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Two pets welcome (working farm).

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  • The Old Store

    Kentallen of Appin

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    3
    Ref: 15821

    Overlooking Kentallen Bay and just beside the Oban/Fort William road. The Old Store is a beautifully built stone house (c1840) and is located on the Ballachulish cycle track. There is a large landscaped garden with patio areas just yards from the sea. There is fishing on a pier across the road which is ideal for sea fishing. Kentallen is central for touring the Southern Highlands, Skye, Mull, Inverary or the many boat trips which leave Oban daily. Skiing is available in Glencoe and Fort William. 9-hole golf course and cycle route nearby. Shop and pub 1½ miles, restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining/sun room. Kitchen. Conservatory with patio doors. Twin bedroom (elec adjustable beds) with en-suite wet room with bath, shower and toilet. Shower room and toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. NSH, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Video. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Payphone. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Private parking for 2 cars.

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