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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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  • Badgers Den

    Kiltarlity, nr. 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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  • 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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  • The Cottage

    Banavie near Fort William

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    Ref: CC511388
    This delightful semi-detached cottage, which is attached to the owner’s home, offers a very good standard of accommodation and makes a superb base for touring the Highlands. The area is renowned for its outdoor pursuits, breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Known as the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, activities include mountain biking, climbing, skiing, kayaking, walking, golf and fishing. Travel on the West Highland steam train to Mallaig, crossing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, as depicted in the Harry Potter movies, or visit some of the unspoilt beaches, castles, museums and distilleries. Boat trips to the inner isles are easily accessible, or cross on the Corran Ferry and explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Wildlife is in abundance and Oban, Aviemore, Glencoe, Inverness, Loch Ness and Skye are all within easy reach.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has Economy 7 central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Small lawned garden with patio and furniture. Cycle store. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Beaufort Cottages - The Larder

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

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    Ref: CC511452
    A warm Highland welcome awaits you at this holiday property, located in the Beaufort Estate. It enjoys a tranquil setting only a few miles from Beauly in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and without doubt, make a super base for exploring the many attractions and activities this area has to offer. The cottage has been equipped and furnished to ensure as relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible, and it has its own individual character and style. You can explore the extensive grounds of Beaufort Estate with its abundance of wildlife, idyllic picnic places and easy walking routes and also travel further afield to experience some of the stunning scenery, interesting and historic attractions and a large variety of sports.

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

    Slightly further afield is the beautiful Isle of Skye and the wonderful unspoilt scenery of the West Coast where you will find some wonderful restaurants to sample to local produce particularly seafood. From Skye, you can hop on to a ferry to the Outer Hebrides – a truly unspoilt part of Scotland with its rugged landscape and sweeping white sandy beaches. A day trip to the Orkney Islands is recommended where you can visit numerous archaeological sites such as Skara Brae, the Eagles Tomb and The Ring of Brodgar to name just a few. For the energetic and outdoor enthusiast, there are numerous mountain bike and forest trails, walking and climbing in the nearby glens of Strathfarrar, Cannich and Affric, golf with a large number of acclaimed courses such as the Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart within easy reach. Snow sports are available in Aviemore, Glencoe or Glenshee. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and unwind and enjoy this tranquil setting which is Beaufort Estate.
    The Larder can be booked together with Dairy Cottage (CC511444), Checkers Cottage (CC511445), Duffs Lodge (CC511446), Kennels Cottage (CC511447), Mercy Cottage (CC511448), Rose Cottage (CC511449), The Retreat (UK5004), Stables Cottage (CC511450) and The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared external laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Laroch Cottage

    Ballachulish, nr. Fort William

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    Ref: W43259

    In an area renowned for its fabulous mountain ranges and scenery, this semi-detached holiday cottage lies in the heart of Ballachulish, a great base to explore the West Coast and Highlands of Scotland. The area is steeped in history and is ideal to relax in, watch the wildlife or enjoy many activities. Take the Jacobite Steam Train ‘Hogwarts Express’ along the ‘Road to the Isles’ or test the world championship mountain bike course. There are plenty of forest walks, museums, distilleries, castles, gardens and monuments to visit. Glencoe 1 mile, Fort William ‘Outdoor capital of the UK’ 14 miles and Oban ‘Gateway to the Isles’ 38 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 800 yards.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Ness-Side Cottage

    Loch Ness-Side

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    Ref: S4249

    Glorious views across the mysterious waters of Loch Ness and a lavishly appointed interior with luxuries for ultimate relaxation combine to make this charming and romantic holiday hideaway. It enjoys its own garden, set within 15 shared acres of grounds, with access to 500 yards of private shoreline, a jetty and shingle beach. Whisky distilleries, the Isle of Skye, Ben Nevis, the Cairngorm ski slopes and the Orkney Isles are all within easy reach. Inverness and a visit to the battlefield of Culloden is a must, 9 miles. Fishing on the loch and golf, pony trekking and watersports are all close by. Shops 4 miles, pub/restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet. Sauna room.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Garden with patio and furniture. Shared 15-acre grounds. Parking. Fly fishing foc. Sauna. NB: Unfenced loch in grounds.

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  • The Stable

    Mey, Thurso

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    Ref: CC511323
    The Stable is one of three barn conversion holiday cottages situated on a working farm just a few yards from the Pentland Firth. Immaculately presented throughout and with stunning views across the sea with the Orkney Isles clearly visible, The Stable provides a wonderful base for a memorable get-away-from-it-all holiday. The main living accommodation is open-plan. The lounge area opens up through French windows to the garden beyond and affords the most incredible seascape views. The kitchen area is bright, modern and well-equipped and there is a modern dining table for four. The spacious bedroom is attractively furnished and has a 6’ zip and link bed which can convert to twin 3’ beds as required. There is a modern bathroom with walk in shower, WC and basin. The Stable is situated close to some of the most fantastic beaches in the UK.  With miles of golden sand and massive sand dunes forming a backdrop, the nearby Dunnet beach is simply spectacular.  Surfing, body-boarding, sand-buggying, swimming, horse riding and wild-life watching are all local pastimes, yet this superb beach is never crowded.    Please note The Stable may be available to let with the two other adjoining self-catering cottages that form the barn conversion – The Byre (sleeps 4) and The Barn (sleeps 2).

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on one level, has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen:
    Lounge area:  with Satellite Freeview TV/DVD, Radio/CD and French windows opening onto the garden area

    Dining area:  with dining furniture for 4

    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, larder fridge and washer/dryer

    Bedroom:  with 6’ zip and link bed (can be converted to 3’ single beds as required)

    Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available. Garden area with patio and grassed area.  Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Kentra Cottage

    Dunire, Ballachulish, Glencoe

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    Ref: CC511072
    Kentra Cottage is a delightful cottage located adjacent to the Dunire Guest House in the famous Glencoe village and enjoy’s stunning views up to the Pap of Glencoe. The accommodation benefits from being all on ground floor level and is tastefully furnished throughout. The shoreline of the delightful Loch Leven, with its fringe of loch side hotels where it is possible to enjoy a spot of lunch and a swim, is only a short stroll away Glencoe village itself has a few shops and a local museum situated in an old thatched croft house.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, has electric under floor heating and comprises:
    Lounge Area: With satellite TV and DVD
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With king size bed enjoying views onto the hills
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC and two wash basins

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Small garden. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Forest Lodge

    Wester Lovat, nr. Beauly

    Grade
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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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  • Clisham Cottage

    Lochcarron, Wester Ross

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    Ref: CC511139
    Clisham Cottage is tucked into the hillside above the picturesque village of Lochcarron on the West Coast of the Scottish Highlands.  This wee cottage is approached via a flight of stone steps leading from the main street in the heart of this scenic village.  Set right on the shores of the loch, surrounded by the spectacular hills and mountains of Wester Ross, Lochcarron is bounded by the sea-loch on one side and attractive cottages and houses that straddle the main street on the other and is one of the prettiest villages in the Western Highlands. The cottage is within easy walking distance of the local facilities, which include excellent restaurants, café, pub, and small shops.  Clisham Cottage has recently been refurbished and re-decorated throughout and offers bright and attractive accommodation for two in a wonderful setting. There is an open-plan lounge / dining / kitchen area, a modern shower-room and good-sized twin bedroom. 

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has electric heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner:
    Lounge Area: With TV/DVD’, a soft leather sofa and use of occasional/child single bed by request.
    Kitchen Area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
    Bedroom: With two single beds
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Propery will only accept children up to 10 Years old (As put up bed is not big enough for older children ).Off road parking for 2 cars.1 Small dog only accepted no bigger than a Spanial

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  • Baltinna West

    Newtonmore, nr. Aviemore

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    Ref: UTY

    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.

    Living room with wood-burning stove, rugs on oak floor and well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen/dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with feature roll-top bath, wash basin and en-suite shower room (no toilet).

    • Freesat TV
    • Tumble dryer

    • 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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  • Arden

    Clovullin, near Fort William

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    Ref: UK5140
    In a quiet village setting with views towards Loch Linnhe and the mountains beyond, this semi-detached, single-storey cottage is well equipped and offers comfortable accommodation with a lovely garden. Situated just south of Fort William, the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’, it is ideally located for exploring the Western Highlands and the Inner Hebrides. The area is renowned for its spectacular scenery, climbing, forest and hill walking, mountain biking, skiing and kayaking, and there are lovely forest walks from the doorstep. There is an abundance of wildlife with porpoises and minke whales often spotted at the Corran Narrows. Ardnamurchan Peninsula, the most westerly point in Britain, Glencoe with its magnificent mountain range, and Glenfinnan Viaduct (as depicted in the Harry Potter movie) all make for terrific days out. Oban, Loch Ness and the beautiful islands of Mull and Lismore are also easily accessible. Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room: With electric coal-effect fire, 32" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
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    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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