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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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  • 1 Mayfield Cottage

    Weydale near Thurso

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511110
    1 Mayfield Cottage is a traditional croft cottage that has been lovingly restored and transformed to provide modern, bright and attractive accommodation in a superb setting. A large kitchen/ dining room opens onto an attractive conservatory which looks out over open countryside across to the sea at Dunnet Head on the far north coast. The gardens are a real feature of the cottage. Surrounded by beautifully maintained dry stone walling, with lawned areas, the owners have cleverly incorporated the old sheep shearing walls, planting the thick stone walls with a variety of small plants and flowers, creating a unique and attractive garden area that enjoys truly spectacular views across to the Orkney Isles.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With flat screen TV, DVD player and radio/CD.
    Conservatory: With amazing views across to Dunnet Head and the Orkney Isles.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and feature fireplace
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Shower Room: With large, double shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Wi-fi access availableTerraced garden with lawns and patio area. Outbuilding available for storage of bicycles and outdoor equipment. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Skye View

    Big Sand near Gairloch

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511458
    Skye View is a quintessential seaside cottage, tucked away down a quiet no-through lane that leads directly onto the shoreline, in the pretty hamlet of Big Sand. It is a delightful, traditional stone, detached cottage providing warm and welcoming accommodation in a lovely setting. The charming lounge has a large open fireplace, deep-silled windows and captivating sea views. There are two beautifully presented bedrooms on the first floor and a well-equipped kitchen with dining table and chairs on the ground floor. Garden grounds surround the cottage and a patio with picnic table and chairs provide an ideal spot to sit and enjoy the wonderful views across the sea, with the Isle of Skye clearly visible. There are superb coastal walks direct from the cottage, just a 10-minute walk along the shoreline leads to the sweeping sandy bay of Big Sand, with miles of unspoilt beach and high sand dunes. There are also some interesting caves to explore close by. The village of Gairloch is just four miles along the coast. It is renowned for its beaches, with the awe-inspiring Torridon mountain range acting as a backdrop. Here, there are a good selection of small shops as well as some excellent restaurants and bars. The area is famed for its wealth of wildlife. Dolphins, seals, whales and a wide variety of sea birds are all spotted in the region. Golf, fishing, pony trekking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking and sailing are all local pastimes. With unspoilt sandy beaches and superb scenery, this is an ideal holiday location for all ages.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, 32" Freesat TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With wooden floor, electric cooker and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.
    Cloakroom: With WC.
    Very steep stairs to...

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

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Wi-Fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Shoreside

    by Inverinate, Kyle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UHG

    With splendid views of the Five Sisters of Kintail and Loch Duich, these three very comfortable, single-storey cottages are ideally placed for touring north-west Scotland and the Isle of Skye, making this an ideal holiday location for walkers and mountain climbers. Furnished and equipped to the S.T.B. ‘4 Stars’ grading, each has its own garden where a resident pine marten visits all three properties, and a slipway is available for visitor’s boats. Abundant wildlife, such as seals, porpoises and otters can be seen in the loch. All three properties have a wildlife observation hide at the water’s edge. Good sea fishing can be enjoyed from nearby rocks. Kyle (12 miles) has shops, a good seafood restaurant and the bridge to Skye. Further up the loch lies Dornie, with access to the dramatic Falls of Glomach. Guests can enjoy a free 1-hour cruise (or hire on an extended trip) on the owners’ private cruiser (Apr-Sep, weather permitting) around Loch Duich and even up to the unforgettably beautiful Eilean Donan Castle (3 miles) which is set at the confluence of three lochs. Fishing tackle and tea/coffee is supplied on the boat. Shop 200 to 300 yards, pub nearby.

    This aptly-named property enjoys fine views from its situation, perched above the shores of Loch Duich with wildlife observation hide at the bottom of the steps to the shoreline. Open-plan living/dining room with electric fire, well-equipped kitchen area and doors to patio and garden. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Electricity, electricity fire and full NSH (Total Control) – initial £10 included, thereafter by meter reading
    • No smoking

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi foc
    • Unfenced natural garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking
    • Sea fishing foc
    • Private slipway
    • NB: Garden leading to shore

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  • Muirdean

    Laide, Ross-shire

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC511126
    Muirdean is a detached cottage, separated into two apartments, situated in its own lovely gardens overlooking Gruinard Bay on the stunning West Coast.  The accommodation occupies the whole of the ground floor. The apartment has bright, spacious rooms and is furnished and equipped to a high standard. The main lounge has large picture windows which look out across the adjoining Gruinard Bay to the Summer Isles beyond. The Dundonnell and An Teallach mountain ranges form a stunning backdrop. Completely enclosed and backing onto open hills, it is perfect for children and pets to play in. The apartment is situated on a quiet no through road that leads to the quaint village of Mellon Udrigle, with its beautiful white sandy beach.
    For a joint family holiday or for larger groups, this cottage can also be let with Kildonan Lower and Kildonan Upper, which are situated next door.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is on the ground floor only has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric fire, satellite free view TV/DVD and  enjoying lovely views across the bay.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Utility Area: With tumble dryer
    Bedroom 1: With one double  bed and en suite facilities with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and stunning views across the bay
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    Oil , electricity and Bed linen included.   Cot and high chair available.Fully enclosed lawned gardens leading directly out onto hillside. Property and grounds adjoin the sea. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Fyvie Cottage

    Fort William

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W40411

    Superb views of Ben Nevis

    This single-storey property, in the heart of Britain’s outdoor capital, enjoys superb uninterrupted views to Ben Nevis and the ski slopes of Aonach Mor. This is a well-equipped, bright and spacious, detached holiday cottage and offers all the comforts of home. Local activities include skiing, canoeing, mountain biking, fishing, pony trekking, walking, golfing and climbing. During the summer months the Jacobite Steam Train runs from Fort William to Mallaig crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct - as seen in the Harry Potter movies. Beautiful scenery, excellent restaurants, sea cruises, wildlife, all making this a desirable holiday destination. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Langside

    Kingussie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 26643

    Ideally located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, this 100 year old semi-detached stone cottage makes a stylish holiday base, offering mountain walks from the door and a terraced garden with mountain views. Within a few miles, Cairngorm Funicular Railway, winter ski area, Highland Wildlife Park, the Rothiemurchus Highland Estate and Aviemore offer everything for the outdoor explorer, and spa facilities, tea rooms and shopping. Historic sites, distilleries, golf, castles, scenic walks, skiing, fishing, RSPB reserves, horse riding, cycling and water sports locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors/kitchen with Velux. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. DAB radio. MP3 connection. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with terrace. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 30 steps to garden with sloping banks.

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  • Rams Cottage

    Glenelg, nr. Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 14464

    Sea views

    Stunningly located at the edge of Glenelg Bay where the tide ebbs and flows providing a haven for birdlife and otters. This comfortably furnished and well equipped holiday home enjoys a splendid location, offering a base for touring the Isle of Skye from Glenelg on the short ferry crossing. Fishing, climbing and walking from the doorstep, with a good pub, restaurant and shop 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden and furniture. Gas barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Oran Na Mara

    Kilchoan, nr. Fort William.

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 31252

    Oran Na Mara is a beautifully restored traditional croft house, sitting in its own secluded garden just a 5-minute walk from the local village store, and offers stunning views across the sea to the Isle of Mull and the Morvern Hills beyond. It provides contemporary facilities, whilst retaining a wealth of charm. Character features include varnished wood flooring downstairs, stripped wooden doors throughout, charming painted shutters upstairs and a beautiful multi-fuel burner in the open plan dining/kitchen area. Ideal for families, the cottage is perfectly situated to take advantage of all that the area has to offer. Facing south-east, the attractive sun room at the front of the property catches the sun for most of the day, as well as the beautiful views which can still be enjoyed on days when it is too cool to sit outdoors. The house is situated in the township of Ormsaigbeg at the far end of the village of Kilchoan and is well placed for the ferry to Tobermory. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Sun room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams.

    Multi-fuel burners in living room and dining room/kitchen (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towel hire. 37" freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Croft Holidays - Loft Cottage

    Newtonmore

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 31130

    Enjoying a peaceful rural setting with views across the open countryside, Barn Cottage (31131) and Loft Cottage (31130) have been furnished and equipped to ensure a comfortable and relaxing holiday. Just half a mile outside the lovely village of Newtonmore, these terraced cottages, adjacent to the owner’s home, make a good base for exploring this lovely part of the Highlands. Newtonmore nestles within the upper reaches of the Spey Valley and the Cairngorms National Park, where there is a good variety of local shops, restaurants and pubs. Mountain biking, horse riding, golf, climbing, hill walking, skiing and water sports are just some of the many activities available in the area. Excellent bird watching from the door and nearby, with the RSPB reserves at Insh Marshes and Loch Garten within easy reach. There are many visitor attractions including the Highland Folk Museum, Cairngorm Mountain Railway, Strathspey Steam Railway, Highland Wildlife Park and the Landmark Forest Adventure Park. Visit the highland capital of Inverness, Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, the beautiful west coast villages and the Isle of Skye. Beach 40 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with additional single, futon and low ceiling.

    Digital TV. Electric cooker.

    Both properties: Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Wi-fi. Large, shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store on request. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Ben View

    Gairloch, Wester Ross

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511389
    The cottage is the first in an attractive row of white cottages along the seas edge, off the centre of the village, a tranquil, secluded outstanding spot. A couple of minutes walk over a burn to a convenience store, newsagent, butchers, bookshop, restaurant, cafe and pub.
    It is a magnificent area to spot and hear wildlife right from the cottage, such as red and black throated divers, gannets, terns, otters, seals, porpoises and curlew and oystercatchers on the rocks. Enjoy the surrounding beautiful scenery, gorgeous sea views to the hills and beaches of Gairloch, the Torridon hills islands and over to the Isle of Skye. The front of the house is a sun trap, a perfect spot to relax, and take in the view. There are spectacular sunsets over Skye.
    Cosy Ben View is a traditional west coast cottage which has been renovated but kept its characteristics. There is a multi fuel stove, central heating and double glazing so you will be warm in any weather admiring the drama outside the pretty lounge.
    There is a fabulous view from the upstairs living room furnished with comfortable recliners, sofa and TV. Likewise from the twin opposite. All the beds are solid wood and all rooms are carpeted apart from the kitchen and downstairs WC and W H B. The double bedroom downstairs also enjoys good views so relax enjoy the sound of the waves.
    Gairloch is a thriving West coast community. There are a variety of boat trips from the harbour for sea whale watching and visits to the Shaints in a R H I B. which speeds it’s exciting way over the water. There is pony trekking, hill walking, led walks of all abilities, golf, a museum and stunning Inverewe Gardens and lots of other activities waiting for you here. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards

    Ground Floor: Living Room 1: With multi fuel stove, 30" Freeview TV and CD/DVD player
    Kitchen: Small with breakfast area, electric double oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dining table.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds and shower.
    Cloakroom: With toilet.

    First Floor: Living Room 2: With single sofa bed (for relaxing) and Freeview TV
    Bedroom 2: With double bed
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, bidet, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, bed linen, towels and WiFi included. Starter supply of coal for multi fuel stove included. Electric charged by meter reading. Cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2) cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a grass slope leading to a rocky shoreline.

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  • Cuil View

    Duror near Ballachulish

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC523172
    In an idyllic lochside setting with stunning views of the Morven Hills and Cuil Bay, this detached cottage is located between Fort William and Oban, making it an ideal base for exploring the west coast of Scotland. With direct access leading onto two miles of coastline, it is perfect for a lazy day’s beachcombing, fishing, bird watching or enjoying the abundant wildlife.

    You can launch a kayak or small dinghy from the shoreline or for larger boats a slipway is available for a small fee at Linnhe Marina, five miles, where boats can also be hired. There is a superb cycle path nearby with easy cycling for all the family and from Port Appin you can hire bikes and cross on the passenger ferry to Lismore. The area is steeped in history and there are many ruined castles and museums to visit. Fort William and Glencoe are both very popular for climbing, skiing, walking and mountain biking. Oban, a small bustling harbour town, offers regular ferries to the Inner Isles including Mull, Iona and Staffa and boasts a variety of excellent seafood restaurants, a leisure centre and cinema. The Isle of Skye, Lochness and the Ardnamurchan Peninsula are also easily reached for memorable days out.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With electric wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    Electric by meter reading. Towels at £2pppw. Bed linen included. Cot available on request. Enclosed, lawned garden and sitting-out area with garden furniture. Parking (2 cars). 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (sheep country). No smoking. NB: Fenced access to shoreline.

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  • Keepers Cottage

    near Rogart

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511417
    This lovely, traditional, detached holiday cottage enjoys a wonderful, peaceful setting and benefits from open views across the surrounding fields, the Blackwater River and on towards the rugged Sutherland hills. Keepers Cottage has been equipped and furnished to a very good standard to ensure a comfortable and relaxing holiday, and makes a super base from which to explore this unspoilt part of the Northern Highlands. Steeped in historic and archeological sites along with romantic castles such as Dunrobin, historic buildings, spectacular scenery and sandy beaches, the area has plenty to offer those who prefer an active holiday, with mountain biking in lovely forest trails, golf and for the nature enthusiast, unending opportunities to see the large variety of birds and wildlife. Visit the picturesque seaside town of Dornoch or Golspie, where road cycling, a swimming pool, bowling green and tennis court can be enjoyed, or travel further north to experience the wonders of the Orkney Islands. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever changing scenery of this lovely area.

    The owner of Keepers Cottage also owns The Girnal (CC511416) and Old Customs House (SXXC) which are located in Littleferry in the Northern Highlands.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD/radio.
    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 king size four poster bed, original bedheads from Dunrobin Castle and sloping ceiling.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds, original bedheads from Dunrobin Castle and sloping ceiling.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Decked area and furniture. Cycle store. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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