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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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  • Moss Cottage

    Badenscallie near Achiltibuie

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511382
    Moss Cottage is a single storey detached cottage just 200 yards from the sea. Situated in the quiet hamlet of Badinscallie on the picturesque West coast of Scotland, it offers peace and tranquility in a superb setting.

    Set in its own gardens, with small tumbling Highland burn and with superb views across the bay, it is ideal for couples and families. The cottage is attractively presented throughout, with bright, modern furniture in the lounge, a well equipped kitchen and two pretty bedrooms with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings. The gardens are fully enclosed and look out across the sea.

    Just two miles away is the charming crofting community of Achiltibuie. There are two local pubs/restaurants here. The immediate area is an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise. From hill walking and climbing to sailing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing, which are all enjoyed locally. This is an area designated as a National Scenic Area and wildlife enthusiasts are spoilt for choice.

    Ground Floor: With electric radiators and convector heater and comprising:
    Lounge: with Freeview TV, DVD player, electric fire and views towards the sea.
    Kitchen: with electric cooker, microwave, fridge with small freezer, washing machine, tumbler dryer and dining table and chairs.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed.
    Bedroom 2: with twin beds.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available. Enclosed lawned garden with small burn, patio and garden furniture. Parking for two cars. Strictly no smoking. One pet welcome at an additional charge of £25 - to be kept on a lead at all times. NB: there is a small burn to one side of the garden - young children may require supervision. NB: There are two steps in the garden.

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  • Beaufort Cottages - Kennels Cottage

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511447
    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.
    Kennels Cottage can be booked together with Dairy Cottage (CC511444), Checkers Cottage (CC511445), Duffs Lodge (CC511446), Mercy Cottage (CC511448), Rose Cottage (CC511449), Stables Cottage (CC511450), The Retreat (UK5004), The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) and The Larder (CC511452) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Conservatory.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

    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. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • St Enodoc

    Ullapool

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UQR

    Exuding great charm and character, this traditional holiday cottage is set within the bustling town of Ullapool, on the shores of Loch Broom. Commanding marvellous panoramic sea views which stretch towards the mountains beyond, it is close to a wealth of family-orientated amenities and attractions – shops, pubs, restaurants, a shingle beach, museum, 9-hole golf course, sailing and fishing are all easily accessible. There is a nature reserve at Inverpolly (10 miles), and boat trips depart for the splendid scenery of the Summer Isles. Shops 400 yards.

    Living room with open fire. Dining room. Large modern fitted kitchen. Small utility. First floor: Two bedrooms with marvellous sea and mountain views; one double and one twin. Shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire – initial fuel included
    • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • No garden
    • Roadside parking
    • No smoking

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  • Song Bird Cottage

    Scaniport, nr. Inverness

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43203

    Nestling within beautiful wooded grounds, this former farm steading now provides accommodation in a lovely part of the Highlands. Song Bird Cottage makes an ideal holiday base for exploring the many delights of the Northern Highlands. Located on the outskirts of the Highland capital of Inverness and close to Loch Ness and the Moray Coast, the area is renowned for its natural beauty along with the many activities available – golf, kayaking and water sports, mountain biking, climbing and hill walking to name just a few. Discover some of the many historic castles, Culloden Battlefield and Fort George or stroll on the many unspoilt beaches – so much to see and do for all. Shop 1.75 miles, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Utility room.

    Electric central heating included (£40per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Over The Square

    Dornoch

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42778

    This lovely apartment set over two floors enjoys a central location within the town of Dornoch and is furnished and equipped to a good standard. Located between the Dornoch Firth, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Loch Fleet Nature Reserve where bird lovers from around the world congregate. There are so many things to see and do in this area. Take a stroll along the nearby sandy beach, play golf at the nearby Royal Dornoch Golf Club, visit the beautiful 11th century Dornoch Cathedral and the Old Jail, all within easy walking distance. Amongst the many activities available are mountain biking in the many forest trails, walking through Skelbo Woods with its sculpture trail or exploring some of the many unspoilt beaches. Shops 50 yards, pubs and restaurant 30 yards.

    First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Tomnahurich Bridge House

    Inverness

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511463
    Tomnahurich Bridge House enjoys a semi-rural waterfront position alongside the Tomnahurich Swing Bridge on the Caledonian Canal, just a mile from Inverness city centre. The house has been renovated in a simple yet elegant style that blends beautifully with its 19th century roots. Sit at the upstairs window seats and watch the world go sailing by, or relax outside in the private garden. You can take a 15-minute stroll to the city centre to enjoy the many activities and amenities the Highland capital has to offer. Tomnahurich has its own sights to see so before you hit the city, take a tour of your surroundings.

    Tomnahurich Hill is the stuff of legend. In former times and according to local folklore, it was the home of the fairies. There are tales of a fiddler taken captive by the fairy queen and after spending a night in her kingdom, he returns to find hundreds of years have gone by. Look out for a confused musician while you’re on your rambles! The hill is also said to be the resting place of Scottish seer Thomas the Rhymer. According to legend he lies with his men and their white horses ready to rise again should Scotland need them. He’s in good company. The cemetery built on the hill in the 19th century contains memorials for two Scottish recipients of the Victoria Cross. Major-General Sir Robert Adams won his for bravery during the Indian mutiny and Rear Admiral Sir Anthony Capel Miers received his during World War II action.

    As if local legends weren’t enough, you can also explore Nessie’s story. Tomnahurich Bridge is a pick-up point for cruise boats heading to Loch Ness to search for the elusive monster. Yet all of this is only a mile from Inverness city centre with all the attractions it has to offer. Shop in the Victorian Market, the award-winning Eastgate Centre, visit the Castle or the St. Andrews Cathedral, or Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Get a taste of the tropical at Inverness Floral Hall or a flavour of fine dining at restaurants throughout the city.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With 4ft double bed and Freeview TV.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and Freeview TV.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Enclosed lawned areas with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Canalside location.

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  • Brightwater Cottage

    Arnisdale, nr. Glenelg

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 10295

    Near Kyle of Lochalsh, the stunning village of Arnisdale nestles below Beinn Sgritheall (Munro), on the shores of Loch Hourn. It overlooks Knoydart peninsula and Sound of Sleat with the Isle of Skye Cuillin in the distance. Neighbouring Glenelg, 9 miles, has a shop, pub, restaurant, craft shop and Skye ferry (Apr - Oct). Amid idyllic mountainous scenery, ideal for a holiday escaping with wildlife (deer, porpoises, eagles, seals and otters), walking (including the Five Sisters of Kintail, South Cluanie ridge, Ladhar Bheinn), cycling, fishing, touring (Eilean Donan Castle, Pictish Brochs, 18th century Bernera Barracks, Plockton and Skye) or just savouring highland peace and tranquillity.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Weavers Cottage

    Glenbuchat, Strathdon

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC512066
    Weavers Cottage is situated amidst rolling hills in a quiet, steep lane that leads onto open countryside. This delightful single storey cottage has been upgraded and refurbished to provide bright and cosy accommodation. Set in its own charming cottage gardens it is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the quiet beauty of the surrounding countryside. The main living area is open plan, with feature wood-burning stove. The double bedroom is beautifully presented and there is a modern shower room. The sun-lounge acts as dining room and is a lovely sunny spot to sit and view the local wildlife. Deer, red squirrels and a wide variety of birds can be spotted here.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on one level has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / kitchen
    Lounge area:
    with wood-burning stove, satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD with sofa bed (for +2)
    Kitchen area: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine
    Dining/conservatory: with superb views across open countryside.
    Bedroom: with king-size (5 ft) bed
    Shower room: with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. A supply of logs for stove provided. Bed linen and towels supplied. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi available.Garden backing onto open farmland with large pond, separated from main garden by fence. Off road parking space for 2 cars.

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  • Riverside Cottage

    Inchnadamph, nr. Lochinver

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29339


    This holiday cottage, accessed by a rough track, is situated in the rural village of Inchnadamph, a perfect get away from it all location. This area is part of the first Geopark in Scotland, with its dramatic land/seascapes, geology and history. Traligill Glen, which leads to the impressive entrances of the largest cave system in Scotland, is a short walk from the cottage. The area has much to offer for the outdoor enthusiast, including hill walking, with Stac Pollaidh, Canisp and Suilven all close by, and several lochs for trout fishing (permits available locally). Boats can be hired in Lochinver for sea angling. Knockan Crag, a National Nature Reserve, is also nearby. For bird watchers, Handa Island is a great day out, with hundreds of breeding seabirds, or spot mountain hares and otters. Shop 12 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. No TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Access by rough track.

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  • Heatherwood Cottage

    Dornoch

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W41346

    This detached wood lodge is set in attractive grounds within close proximity to the renowned Royal burgh of Dornoch. A walk across the world-famous championship golf course takes you to the centre of this seaside town, with its centrepiece the stunning Dornoch Cathedral. Enjoy exploring the selection of unusual specialist shops, restaurants and pubs. The spectacular wide sweeping award-winning sandy beach makes it an ideal location for a truly superb Highland holiday. The owners have thoughtfully provided surfing body boards and wet suits for visitors’ use. Riding, tennis, squash, mountain-biking, fishing and, of course, some of the best golf courses in Britain are all available close by. Ideally located for exploring the spectacular coast of the far north. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (alternative sleeping)/ kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Moidart Cottage

    Lochyside, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W22

    Riverside location, magnificent mountain views

    In an ideal situation on the banks of the River Lochy, with delightful views to Ben Nevis. This detached bungalow, furnished and decorated to a good standard, is only 2 miles out of the Highland town of Fort William which has a supermarket, lots of shops, cafés and good restaurants. The bungalow offers holiday accommodation of a very good standard, with patio doors overlooking the river; an excellent base for touring and walking. Fort William offers superb scenery, Highland culture, clan history, Ben Nevis, mountains, lochs and rivers, fresh clean air, outdoor sports, Highland games, golf, unspoilt beaches, castles, distilleries, quiet country roads, shopping, and friendly people with a big welcome. Shop 500 yards, pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French window/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Stone Ewe Croft

    Inverasdale near Poolewe

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511413
    Stone Ewe Croft is a pretty whitewashed stone cottage situated on the owner’s working croft, in the charming hamlet of Inverasdale, near Poolewe. With an open hillside to the back and lovely sea views from the pretty stone walled garden it offers peace and tranquillity in a quiet and unspoilt setting. The kitchen/dining room has a welcoming wood burning stove. There is a cosy cottage sitting room on the ground floor and two attractive bedrooms on the first floor.

    The owners farm the surrounding land and ponies graze in the adjoining fields. There are superb hill, loch and seaside walks direct from the cottage. The owners also own and run the Sealife Glass-Bottom boat trips from nearby Gairloch and operate wildlife cruises from the renowned sub-tropical garden at Inverewe, just four miles away. There is a wealth of sporting activities in the area, including sea kayaking, sailing, climbing and mountain biking. Wildlife abounds with sea eagles, pine marten and otters all seen locally.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With parquet flooring, gas fire, 18" Freesat TV, DVD and radio.
    Kitchen/dining room: With parquet flooring, wood burner, gas cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and dining furniture.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.
    Steep, open tread stairs to...

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

    All gas, bed linen and towels included. First £15 for electric included, remainder at cost. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Cot, highchair and stairgate supplied on request. Laundry service available from owner free of charge. Enclosed garden with furniture. BBQ. Surrounded by 12 acres of grounds, which is the owner’s farm. Parking (2 cars). Sorry, no dogs - small pets only.

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