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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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  • Beaufort Cottages - The Kennels Bothy

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

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    Ref: CC511451
    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 Kennels Bothy 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 Larder (CC511452) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Lounge area: With wood burner and Freesat TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £5 per basket (honesty box). Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared external laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Small front lawned area with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Rowans

    Glencoe near Fort William

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    Ref: UK5029
    In an area renowned for its magnificent mountain ranges and spectacular scenery, this cosy apartment, above the owner’s home in the heart of Glencoe, is yards from the shores of Loch Leven and ideal for exploring the Highlands and west coast of Scotland. The towns of Fort William, classed as the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, and Oban, known as the ’Gateway to the Isles’, are both easily reached and offer plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. The Jacobite Steam Train (seasonal) in Fort William allows you to view some of the most magnificent scenery, or for the more energetic the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven offers climbers the chance to climb the indoor ice wall. Travel by gondola up Aonoch Mor and enjoy the restaurant with panoramic views, or visit the dry ski slope and world class mountain bike track. Wildlife is in abundance with wild deer, porpoises, mink whales, otters and a variety of birds often spotted. Cross on the Corran Ferry and head for Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point in Britain, or sail to the Inner Hebrides. A wide range of outdoor activities are on offer nearby including climbing, skiing, golf, mountain biking, fishing and a variety of watersports. There are also plenty of gentle forest walks, beautiful gardens, museums and ruined castles to visit. The area is famous for its rich historical legacy and Inverness, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye are all within easy reach.

    The Rowans is located 50 yards from The Willows (26353) and can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests.

    First Floor: The property has 15 open tread stairs to the entrance, is all on the first floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 24" Freeview TV, DVD player, double sofa bed on request (for children) and patio doors to the verandah.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Verandah with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Railway Cottage

    Ballachulish

    Grade
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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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  • The Hay Lodge

    Nairn

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    Ref: W43043

    This delightful, totally self-contained holiday apartment forms part of The Hay Lodge, an attractive stone-built Victorian house, now a B&B, situated 5 minutes from Nairn’s sandy beach. The property is decorated and furnished to a very good standard, offering warm and welcoming accommodation in a seaside town setting. For those warm evenings there is a verandah area for guests to sit and enjoy a glass of wine. Ideally located for touring, there are award-winning sandy beaches, harbours, marinas, the Whisky and Castle Trails and 2 championship golf courses, as well as numerous forest walks. One of the driest and sunniest places in the UK, Nairn offers a fine selection of shops and restaurants. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV (sports package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Shared verandah with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Heather Cottage

    Laggan, nr. Newtonmore

    Grade
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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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  • 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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  • The Cottage

    Lyth, nr. Wick

    Grade
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    Ref: W42083

    Rural setting

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

    All on first floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

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

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  • Tsitika Holiday Apartment

    Beauly, nr. Inverness

    Grade
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    Ref: W40637

    Quiet location with stunning views

    This bright and attractive first floor holiday apartment, situated in the grounds of the owner’s property, enjoys stunning views across Strathglass. The balcony overlooks spacious gardens set in mature birch woodlands, bordered by a pretty stream. It is an ideal base to relax and explore the Highlands, with many tourist attractions a short drive away. Local amenities include fishing, walking and bird watching in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Glen Affric and Strathfarrar are both close by. Cruises on the Moray Firth and Loch Ness are highly recommended. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Open tread stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom (zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Courtyard garden and balcony with furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children due to open tread stairs. NB: Sloping ceilings.

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  • St Orans

    Dunphail, Forres

    Grade
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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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  • Glencoe Cottage

    Glencoe

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    Ref: 26296

    Adjacent to Glencoe Lochan, this quiet and secluded holiday property is in the wing of the old Glencoe estate house. Built in 1785 it incorporates parts of the home of MacIain, chief of the MacDonalds of Glencoe. Renowned for its magnificent mountain ranges, scenery and wildlife, it is ideally situated for exploring the Highlands and the Inner Isles. Activities in the area include climbing, skiing, golf, mountain biking, fishing and watersports and plenty of gentle forest walks, museums, distilleries, castles and gardens to visit. Fort William and Oban are easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room. 1 double bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Shared 2-acre landscaped grounds and woodland. Sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 5 steps to garden.

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  • Beachside - Beachside Bothy

    Golspie

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    Ref: W43513

    Enjoying a central location within the village of Golspie, these semi-detached holiday cottages (refs W42901 and W43513) have been lovingly restored, retain many original features and provide a very good standard of accommodation. This seaside resort has a sandy beach and scenic walks, as well as tennis, bowling and a public swimming pool nearby. Golf courses including The Royal Dornoch Championship Course are within close proximity. Sea and loch fishing, boats trips, kayaking, karting and mountain bike trails are all within easy reach. Loch Fleet Nature Reserve is just 3 miles south of the village. Take a day trip to the beautiful Orkney Islands or the stunning west coast. Beachside Cottage (W42901) and Beachside Bothy (W43513) can be booked together to accommodate up to 6 guests. Shop 50 yards, pub 200 yards and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite toilet. Shower room (no toilet).

    Electric panel heaters included. Courtyard garden with patio and sitting-out area.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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