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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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  • Corrieour Lodges - The Shieling

    Glenrinnes, nr. Dufftown

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    Ref: 27926

    These two detached holiday lodges occupy a marvellous situation in the heart of whisky country, with the impressive Ben Rinnes as a backdrop. The very comfortable interiors give way to sunny sitting-out decking areas where guests can soak up the peace and admire the wonderful views. For a real taste of Scotland there are weekly ceilidhs and whisky sampling, as well as traditional music sessions in the local area. The very popular Whisky Festival is held in May and September every year. Fishing, walking and hill climbing are available from the door whilst slightly further afield there is dolphin watching on the fantastic Moray Coast. Golf, skiing at the nearby Lecht, or mountain biking are just some of the other activities for which the area is renowned. Shops, pubs and restaurants 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen with Velux window and French doors. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine (100 yards). Shared freezer (in laundry room). Shared garden. Decked sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Thistle Dubh

    Drumnadrochit

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    Ref: 25865

    This delightful detached holiday cottage (pronounced ‘Thistle Doo’) enjoys a peaceful setting in the picturesque village of Drumnadrochit close to the shores of Loch Ness. The cottage makes an ideal base for exploring Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, the scenic west coast and Inverness, the Highland capital. Super area for mountain biking, forest walks, climbing, and boat trips – also with an abundance of wildlife a wonderful area for the nature lover. Near to the Great Glen Way, Glen Affric and Glen Urquhart there is plenty to do, or simply relax and take in the atmosphere and enjoy the Highland hospitality. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Built-in barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Pine Tree Cottage

    Altass, Lairg, Sutherland

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    Ref: CC511305
    Pine Tree Cottage is situated in the grounds of the owner’s property. This delightful detached modern cottage is impeccably presented and provides a high standard of accommodation for two in a stunning setting. The main living accommodation is open plan, with the lounge/kitchen/dining room running the length of the cottage. The lounge area looks out across the open hills and countryside, with the river below. The bright, modern kitchen area is well equipped, with integral appliances. There is a spacious shower room adjoining. The double bedroom occupies the whole of the first floor. All furniture and furnishings are of exceptionally high quality, including Vi-sprung beds. The cottage gardens are a real delight. With lawns, flowering shrubs and a patio area with dining table and chairs; a delightful spot to enjoy a glass or two whilst drinking in the incredible views of the river and surrounding hills. The large shed in the grounds is also available for outdoor gear, canoes and cycles. Pine Tree Cottage is a wonderful base for a Highland getaway, either for relaxing completely or indulging in the wide variety of local activities.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/Kitchen: With high quality furniture and furnishings with stunning views across the river, hills and open countryside.
    Lounge area: With satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio. Wi-Fi.
    Dining area: With table and chairs.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob and extractor fan, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; superbly equipped with integral appliances.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With two single 3 foot 3 inches by 6 foot 6 inches vi-spring beds can be made into 1 double bed if required. Please let us know when telephoning to confirm arrival arrangements which alternative you would prefer.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available. Enclosed garden with patio area with picnic table and chairs. Use of shed for storage of bicycles/canoes etc. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Ben view - Ben Nevis Lodge

    Lochyside, nr. Fort William

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    Ref: 28824

    Stunning views towards Ben Nevis

    Located in the owners’ grounds in a quiet area on the outskirts of Fort William, these two holiday properties are well placed to enjoy the best of this area of the West Highlands. With stunning views to Ben Nevis and surrounding mountains, the delightful, detached Ben View Cottage (ref 28823) sits within its own private, award-winning garden. Ben Nevis Lodge (ref 28824), is well-maintained and stands detached along with two other lodges, within the owners’ grounds, benefiting from its own decked and gravelled area with furniture. Lochaber is known as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’ and boasts the World Championship Mountain Bike course on its doorstep. Other outdoor activities include skiing, snowboarding, climbing, fishing, sailing, horse-riding and golf. The breathtaking scenery has been used as the backdrop for many well-known films including ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Rob Roy’, whilst the West Highland Steam Train (seasonal) takes you past the Glenfinnan Viaduct as depicted in one of the ‘Harry Potter’ movies. Wildlife is in abundance and offers the chance to spot golden eagles, deer, otters, porpoises and dolphins. The area is steeped in history and there are many castles, monuments, museums, gardens and craft shops to visit. Glencoe, Oban, Loch Ness, Inverness and the Isle of Skye are easily accessible. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters (underfloor in shower room) included. Freeview TV. Decked and gravel garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2½-acre grounds. No smoking.

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  • Stob-Ban View

    Achintee, Fort William

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    Ref: S4582

    Spectacular mountain views across Glen Nevis are an impressive feature of this romantic retreat – its glass gable ensures maximum aspects even from the mezzanine floor bedroom. Very comfortably furnished and boasting its own garden and deck overlooking that glorious view, it sits within the grounds of the owners’ home, a mile from the town facilities. The UK’s best mountain bike tracks are close by (there are two bicycles available free of charge for exploring them) and, with a footpath to Ben Nevis just 0.5 miles away, the local hill walking, climbing and skiing (in season) are excellent. Trips to the Silver Sands of Morar and ferry port of Mallaig, passing Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745, are a must. Shop and pub 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Mezzanine with double bed (5ft).

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Garden with decked area and furniture. Parking. No smoking. No children.

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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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  • 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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  • Bona Lighthouse Stables

    Lochend near Inverness

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    Ref: CC511465
    Built almost 200 years ago to guide ships into the Caledonian Canal, the beautiful Bona Lighthouse to which Bona Lighthouse Stables is part of, has been lovingly restored retaining many period features along with the introduction of the cosy comforts of modern living to create this beautifully presented property.

    Overlooking the waters of Loch Ness and set on the banks of the Caledonian Canal, Bona Lighthouse Stables, one of two holiday cottages in the historic building, enjoys breathtaking scenery and a peaceful setting amidst the majesty of the Great Glen. Sleeping two and perfect for a romantic retreat, the Stables features a glass-fronted lounge which is the focal point of the cottage, and is the ideal spot to cuddle up and while away the hours gazing out onto the inky blue waters of the loch in search of Nessie. Interior designed throughout, the cottage offers the perfect mix of modern flourishes and period features. The spacious lounge, with its wood burner and cosy furnishings, is the perfect spot to relax after a day spent exploring the many wonders of the Northern Highlands. Outside is the large courtyard which is ideal for a canalside barbecue or picnic. Set amidst the myth and majesty of Loch Ness and the Great Glen, a romantic getaway in Bona Lighthouse Stables, whether you’re exploring the spectacular landscapes of the Highlands or simply relaxing and watching the world, is truly unforgettable.

    You don’t have to go far to enjoy this part of the world, you don’t even have to leave the garden. Just relax and watch the boats sail peacefully past. If you’re feeling more adventurous, a 15-minute drive will take you to Inverness where you will find something for everyone. From high street shopping in the Eastgate Centre, to boutique browsing in the Victorian market. Travel on open-top bus tours or enjoy forest walks, visit Inverness Castle, St Andrew’s Cathedral, the Pictish Fort on Craig Phadrig or the museum and art gallery to name but a few. Canal cruises will take you to Loch Ness, where you could be the next to catch sight of Scotland’s best-loved monster. But in case she doesn’t make an appearance, there’s plenty of other wildlife to enjoy, including red and roe deer, ospreys and eagles – you might even be lucky enough to spot rarely-seen wildcats or pine martens.

    On the Moray Firth the dolphin centre is the perfect place to see the world’s biggest bottlenose dolphins. Depending on the time of year you might even be able to do some whale-watching. Minke and killer whales both visit these waters and there have been sightings of sperm whales and pilot whales also. The centre offers hourly guided tours and a very informative learning centre children will love. A little further afield you may like to visit the lsle of Skye and the stunning beauty of the west coast or even take a day trip to the Orkney Isles.

    Bona Lighthouse Stables can be booked with Bona Lighthouse (CC511464) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Large with wooden floor, wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and views of Loch Ness.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and views of Loch Ness.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and washing machine.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Courtyard with furniture. Shared garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Broomlands Cottage

    Dulnain Bridge near Grantown-on-Spey

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    Ref: CC512057
    Broomlands Cottage is a traditional old stone cottage situated in the attractive Highland village of Dulnain Bridge in the heart of the Cairngorm region. It is known to be the oldest property in this historic village, dating back before the Jacobite rebellion. The cottage is small, warm and welcoming. With exposed stone walls and a large wood-burning stove in the lounge it engenders a sweet, twee cottage-style appeal. It has been well- modernised and updated in recent times and is ideal for couples looking for attractive and affordable self-catering accommodation close to all amenities. There are spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains and the Rivers Spey and Dulnain just a few minutes from the cottage.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge / diner:  with wood-burning stove, satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD; a pretty cosy cottage lounge with feature exposed stone wall and large wood-burning stove as a focal point; small dining table and chairs for 2
    Kitchen:  with electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice-box, dishwasher and washer / dryer
    Bedroom:  with double bed and en-suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. Bed linen and towels supplied.  All logs supplied. Cot and high chair available. Internet access available. Enclosed fenced garden with outdoor furniture. Off road parking. Cot and high chair available. 

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  • St Orans

    Dunphail, Forres

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    Ref: CC511327
    Situated in the heart of an historic country estate St Orans is a charming whitewashed stone crofter’s cottage for two; an idyllic pied a terre for couples. This delightful olde worlde cottage oozes character whilst encompassing modern living. The interior consists of three rooms off a central hallway. The main lounge / kitchen / dining area is small but beautifully presented, with all modern amenities. A wood-burning stove acts as cosy and welcoming focal point and provides the heating, with back up electric heaters. Double doors open onto the pretty terrace area. The bedroom has twin 3’ beds which can be converted to a 6’ double if required.  This bright and airy room has three windows that look out across open countryside and woodland. There is a large wet room with modern shower, WC and basin. Set in its own garden grounds on a woodland track and surrounded by unspoilt countryside it is an ideal cottage for honeymooners and those wishing to get away from it all whilst at the same time being easily accessible. This is an excellent walking base with numerous river and forest trails right on the doorstep, including the renowned Sluie Walk.   Please note: St Orans may be available to let with Fishermans Bothies (sleeps 4) and/or The Muir of Sluie (sleeps 4) which are also located on the same country estate.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level heated by wood-burning stove with radiators plus electric heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen
    Lounge/dining area:  with modern wood-burning stove that fuels the central heating, satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD.  Dining table and chairs for 2.
    Kitchen area:  with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom:  with two single beds (or presented as one 6ft double if preferred)
    Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included.  All wood provided.  Bed linen supplied.  Grounds mainly laid to grass with patio area with bench. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Railway Cottage

    Ballachulish

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    Ref: 30757


    Situated in the quiet village of Ballachulish, this cosy mid-terraced, single-storey holiday property offers a good standard of accommodation in a fabulous area for climbing, skiing, mountain biking and walking. Surrounded by spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife, it is a superb base for touring the Highlands. Take a trip on the famous ‘Harry Potter’ train, ride the gondola up Aonoch Mor Mountain, or cross on the Corran Ferry and explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Ferries to the Inner Hebrides including Mull and Iona leave from Lochaline and Oban. Visit historic castles, famous gardens, distilleries and museums. Ballachulish has a shop, post office, pub, café and gift shop. Glencoe, Fort William (the outdoor capital of the UK), Oban (the seafood capital of the UK), Inverness and the Isle of Skye are all easily reached. Shop and pub serving food 200 yards.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, gravelled area with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Pen-Bryn

    Fort William

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    Ref: 24082

    With views to Loch Linnhe and Ben Nevis, and direct access to local walks from the property, this well furnished holiday apartment is attached to the owner’s property and is approximately 1 mile from Fort William town centre. Enjoy complimentary use of the Ben Nevis Leisure Club in Fort William, 2 miles, including sauna, spa, steam room and pool. As part of the UK outdoor capital, there are plenty of activities for all ages including climbing, skiing, fishing, mountain biking, sailing and walking. Perfectly located for touring the Highlands, visiting Skye, Glencoe, Oban and Loch Ness, or relaxing on the West Highland Steam Train (summer only) to Mallaig. Shop ¾ mile, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    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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