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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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  • Telford House West

    Banavie near Fort William

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511472
    Telford House West, a former lock keeper’s cottage, has been beautifully transformed by Scottish Canals. Originally built by the famed Scottish engineer Thomas Telford, this historic semi-detached property offers breathtaking views to Ben Nevis, Neptune’s Staircase and across the glen. This is a bright, spacious house with loads of character and plenty of charm. Situated in the village of Banavie, just north of Loch Linnhe, it is only a short distance from Fort William and there are plenty of walks and cycle paths in the village. Lochaber is known as the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’ and has the World Championship mountain bike course on its doorstep. Other outdoor activities include skiing, snowboarding, climbing, fishing, sailing, horseriding and golf. The breathtaking scenery has been used as the backdrop for many famous films including Braveheart and Rob Roy, whilst the Jacobite steam train (seasonal), also known as ’Hogwarts Express’ in the Harry Potter films, takes you across the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct. Wildlife is in abundance and offers the chance to spot golden eagles, deer, otters, porpoises and dolphins. The area is steeped in history and there are many castles, monuments, museums, gardens and craft shops to visit. The Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Glencoe, Oban, Loch Ness, Inverness and the Isle of Skye are easily accessible.

    Telford House West can be booked with Telford House East (CC511473) to accommodate up to eight guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, wood burner, 30" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining room/kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bathroom:
    With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

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

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden. Canal 20 yards.

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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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  • Island Bay View

    Sallachy, nr. Dornie

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: W43261

    Island Bay View is a detached bungalow on the shores of Loch Long, furnished and equipped to a very good standard. Set in one of the most spectacular glens on the west coast of Scotland, the mountain and loch views are superb. It offers peace and solitude for a ‘get away from it all holiday experience’, excellent hill walking (Falls of Glomach nearby) and wildlife to explore for the outdoor enthusiast. Watch otters feed and play on the shoreline around the property with access to the bay via your own private track. Only a short drive to Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Glenelg, Plockton, Lochcarron and Applecross. Visit historic sites like the Glenelg Brochs and Battle of Glenshiel, or nearby Attadale Gardens. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Table top freezer. Wi-fi included. Sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Loch frontage.

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  • Gardener’s Cottage

    Balnagown, Invergordon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    3
    Ref: SMMK

    "A true jewel in the crown..stretching north from the shores of the Cromarty Firth"

    Set in the Northern Highlands where the lochs are deep, the air clear and the long beaches perfect for meandering along, there is space and time to refresh the mind, indulge in passions and revive the spirits at Balnagown.
    Set amidst the natural splendour of Easter Ross, Balnagown Estate - historic seat of the Clan Ross - is a rich blend of farmland, woodland and heather-clad hills and is just a mere 30 minutes’ drive from Inverness, the Highland Capital and just north of the Cromarty and Moray Firths. Steeped in a history that spans generations, the Estate has been transformed into a breathtaking holiday retreat and offers a bespoke and professional service in the STB ‘5 Star’ properties: each property being exclusively furnished and equipped with every need. A superb base for touring this beautiful and unspoilt part of Scotland with easy access to many areas and attractions – so much to see and do for all ages. On the way to visit the nearby town of Dornoch, guests can stop at the Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Centre to discover the delights of their whisky. In Dornoch a visit to the History Links Museum is recommended or a game of golf can be enjoyed on the famous links world championship course or a stroll along the award-winning sandy beach. Shin Falls Visitor Centre, Dunrobin Castle (hunting seat of the Countess of Sutherland), the Timespan Heritage Centre, Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve and John O’Groats are all within easy reach. From the north coast a ferry can be taken over to the Orkney Islands which offer beautiful, rugged scenery with an abundance of wildlife and many archaeological sites. A trip to the stunning and dramatic west coast is recommended – Eilean Donan Castle, the lovely villages of Plockton, Glenelg, Gairloch and Ullapool or travel over the bridge to the enigmatic Isle of Skye with the Cuillin mountain range, the popular town of Portree with its colourful cottages which line the harbour, or sample the produce at the Talisker Distillery. To the north west and north of Ullapool, a trip up the coastline with the many rocky inlets and deserted beaches leads to Cape Wrath, the most northwesterly point of Great Britain. In addition to the many activities which are available on the estate, there are many more in the area – golf, mountain biking on the many forest trails, sea and loch fishing, kayaking, bird-watching and horse riding to name but a few. Shop 6 miles, pubs 1 mile.

    Spacious living/dining room/sun room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study/TV room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, each with TV and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet; one double and one twin.

    • Full oil central heating included
    • Three satellite TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Drying facilities on request
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Large enclosed lawned garden with furniture

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • No smoking

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  • Shore Wynd

    Invergordon

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: UK5050
    Situated on a small lane just off the high street in the Highland town of Invergordon Shore Wynd is a traditional two storey end of terrace cottage. The accommodation is attractively presented throughout. The large living room has a deep leather sofa and chairs. The kitchen/dining room is small but well equipped, with contemporary built-in units. Upstairs are two pretty bedrooms with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings.

    The cottage is just a few yards from the centre of Invergordon. Situated on the shoreline, the town is the deep docking port for the large passenger liners that visit Inverness and the Highlands. There are a good selection of small shops, cafes, bars and restaurants within easy walking distance. It is ideally located for exploring the whole of the Highland region, with hill and mountain walks, mountain bike trails, horse riding, sailing, kayaking, golf and fishing all enjoyed in the locality. Beach 200 yards. Shop and pub 200 yards, restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With electric coal-effect fire, 28" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Sitting-out area. Public car park, free of charge. No smoking.

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  • Oystercatcher Cottage

    Cullen

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: SKKB

    Oystercatcher Cottage is a traditional fisherman’s cottage on a tiny street in the old sea town of Cullen. Within 500 yards is a lovely, sandy beach and quaint harbour. One of two, it makes a lovely, cosy retreat. Renovated, it offers a good standard of accommodation with contemporary furnishings and modern conveniences, including a 27in flatscreen TV. Cullen, about 10 minutes’ walk, has interesting shops and eating places to suit all tastes, and is a lovely seaside village with fine views of the sea through the viaduct traversing the main street. The stretch of coastline is dotted with many quaint villages and marine life, including dolphins and minke whales which are regularly spotted, and there are lovely coastal walks from the doorstep. Inland, the castle and Whisky Trails are easily accessed and the majesty of the Cairngorms National Park is just an hour’s drive away. Shop ¼ mile, pub 300 yards.

    Cosy living/dining room with well-equipped kitchen area and laminate floor. Three steps up to utility room. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet, sky-light and Velux window. Steep, shallow stairs to first floor: Two bedrooms; one double, one twin (for +2 children under 16 yrs).

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen, towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Small drying yard (only accessible through cottage)
    • Roadside parking
    • Small book library
    • No smoking

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  • Camus Na Harry

    Nr. Gairloch

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: UDT

    Standing in 4 acres of garden which lead down to a shingle beach, this single-storey, wooden-clad property enjoys a gloriously secluded situation with breathtaking sea views. It offers spacious and very comfortable accommodation, with wildlife often coming right to the door and pine martens feeding just outside the window – otters and seals are regularly sighted in the bay. Sandy beach, shops and restaurants in Gairloch, 5 miles. Boat hire and water sports are available in Badachro Bay (1½ miles) and Gairloch. Shops 5 miles, good restaurant 1 mile.

    Spacious sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove, bar and door to balcony. Well-equipped kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Twin bedroom (en-suite bathroom and toilet) leading to library with sitting area, grand piano and table tennis table.

    • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
    • Electricity, NSH and convector heaters by meter reading
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blankets
    • TV (no reception)
    • Video and DVD (film library)
    • Hifi/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Garden of 4 acres
    • Balcony
    • Garden furniture
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Steep garden with burn

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  • Dairy Cottage

    Torlundy, Fort William

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 90025

    Enjoying a peaceful woodland setting, in a hamlet adjacent to the River Lundy and Leanachan Forest. This charming holiday cottage has been tastefully renovated to a very good standard. Ideally situated for exploring the Highlands. A great location for all outdoor activities. Nevis Range and World Championship biking course close by. The steam train to Mallaig, and the Caledonian Canal are within easy reach. Fort William 4 miles. Shops 4 miles.

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

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared woodland. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Song Bird Cottage

    Scaniport, nr. Inverness

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Mill House Cottages, John O’ Groats - Mill Cottage

    John O’ Groats

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42412

    Breathtaking views

    These detached holiday cottages, situated within walking distance of the famous village of John O’ Groats, make the ideal base to explore this lovely part of the Northern Highlands. John O’ Groats is famous for being the most north easterly point of Britain’s four corners, and renowned for the magnificent coastal scenery, unspoilt beaches and coastal walks, with a breathtaking array of bird life and opportunities to see seals, dolphins and killer and minke whales. Take a day trip to the Orkney Islands with ferries a few minutes away from the cottages. Visit Duncansby Head, the Castle of Mey, Thurso and Wick. For the energetic mountain biking, fishing, sailing and windsurfing are available. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 steps down to twin bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor.

    Gravelled area. Parking (2 cars) NB: Stream in grounds.

    All properties: electricity £20per week, £15 per short break. Electric central heating, bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. No smoking.

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  • Siobhan Cottage

    Dornie, By Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42421

    Beautiful loch and mountain views

    Nestling by the shores of Loch Long, this traditional former crofter’s cottage enjoys a peaceful location surrounded by magnificent scenery. Just a mile from the village of Dornie, stroll along the edge of the loch to the local shop, pub and restaurant. The cottage makes a super base for exploring this part of the western Highlands; visit the nearby Eilean Donan Castle or take a trip to the Isle of Skye, Plockton, Glenelg, Ullapool and Gairloch, all within easy reach. Nearby are the Five Sisters of Kintail for climbers, and mountain biking, sea fishing, boat trips and kayaking are just some of the outdoor pursuits in the area. Or just sit back and unwind in this cosy and peaceful cottage. Shop, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in living room, also heating 4 radiators (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river 8 yards.

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  • Hannah’s Cottage

    Inverasdale, nr. Poolewe

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28980

    This detached family holiday house is situated in the rural crofting township of Inverasdale, on the west coast of Scotland, offering views over the Loch Ewe and the open countryside. The area has so much to offer, including mountain and low level walking routes, dramatic seascapes and a variety of wildlife, with sea eagles, pine marten and otters being popular. Historic sites close by include Cove, which has a memorial stone for the Russian convoy fleet that sailed from Loch Ewe to Murmansk during World War II and Badachro, where the Fairy Lochs are a fabulous walk, and notable as the crash site of an American World War II bomber. Shop, pub and restaurant, 4 miles.

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

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Shared cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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