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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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  • The Bothy at the House of Keil

    Duror near Dallachulish

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    Ref: CC511418
    In a wonderful location on the shores of Loch Linnhe, just south of Duror village, this cosy, single-storey holiday apartment is situated on a small working farm. The farm has a variety of livestock including wonderful, gentle llamas and a large pig. Literally on the doorstep the farm has one and a half miles of shore front for you to explore, with a shingle beach and an abundance of opportunities for fishing, bird watching, beach combing or, just watching the sun setting over the Morven Hills. Guests can launch a canoe or small dinghy from the beach or for larger boats a slipway is available for a small fee at Linnhe Marina, five miles away. Otters, seals, porpoises, buzzards, golden and sea eagles, and barn owls can be seen from the farm. There are plenty of attractions to visit, including the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, Castle Stalker and Cruachan Hollow Mountain. Glencoe and Fort William are a short drive away, offering excellent skiing, walking and climbing. There is a superb cycle track running close to the farm, allowing miles of easy cycling for all the family, whilst enjoying magnificent views. The town of Oban offers a full range of shops, excellent restaurants, a leisure centre and cinema. From the bustling harbour, you can catch a boat to the Hebridean islands of Mull, Staffa and Iona, or from Port Appin, you can hire a bike and take the little passenger ferry to Lismore. The Isle of Skye and the Arnamurchan Peninsula are also easy to reach and make for great days out. Organised boat trips are available from Ballachulish and Port Appin.

    First Floor: The property has eight steep steps to entrance, is all on the first floor, has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric coal-effect fire, Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area
    : With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and WC.

    First £5 electric included, remainder by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included.Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Loch in grounds, 25 yards.

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  • Pen-Bryn

    Fort William

    Grade
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    Ref: 24082

    With views to Loch Linnhe and Ben Nevis, and direct access to local walks from the property, this well furnished holiday apartment is attached to the owner’s property and is approximately 1 mile from Fort William town centre. Enjoy complimentary use of the Ben Nevis Leisure Club in Fort William, 2 miles, including sauna, spa, steam room and pool. As part of the UK outdoor capital, there are plenty of activities for all ages including climbing, skiing, fishing, mountain biking, sailing and walking. Perfectly located for touring the Highlands, visiting Skye, Glencoe, Oban and Loch Ness, or relaxing on the West Highland Steam Train (summer only) to Mallaig. Shop ¾ mile, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor.
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Living area: With electric wood burner, satellite TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs, CD player and French doors leading to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With super kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over whirlpool bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Beaufort Cottages - The Larder

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Beagan Bothan

    Kiltarlity

    Grade
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    Ref: S4475

    Enjoying stunning views down Strathglass, across The Aird and over the nearby lochan from its elevated croft setting, this very comfortable property makes a peaceful base for couples to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Standing just 400 yards from the River Beauly and backed by historic woodlands, it adjoins the owners’ home 4 miles from the interesting shopping and choice of restaurants in flower bedecked Beauly village, a past winner of ‘Britain in Bloom’. Visitors can enjoy wonderful bird and wildlfe watching, gloriously scenic walking, fly fishing on the Beauly, climbing and canoeing as well as exploring castles and whisky distilleries. Majestic Glen Affric and Loch Ness (12 miles) are easily accessible. Shops and pubs 4 miles.

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

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Access to shared grounds. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. NB: Steep slopes and pond in shared grounds.

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  • Corrieour Lodges - The Shieling

    Glenrinnes, nr. Dufftown

    Grade
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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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  • Arden

    Clovullin, near Fort William

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

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

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

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  • The Coach House

    Braemore near Ullapool

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511320
    The Coach House forms part of a converted stable positioned on the first floor of a large historic stone house just 10 miles from Ullapool in the heart of Wester Ross. This attractively presented apartment has a lovely open plan lounge/kitchen with focal electric stove and deep leather sofas. There is a separate dining room which can also be used as a second occasional bedroom if required. There is a spacious double bedroom with colour coordinated soft furnishings and attractive pine furniture. A modern bathroom completes the picture.

    This large country house was built in 1840 and was once part of the Braemore Estate of the renowned Engineer, Sir John Fowler, who built the Forth Rail Bridge, the Pimlico Bridge, which carried the first railway across the Thames (1860) and Victoria Station and was a pioneer of the London Underground system. Examples of Sir John’s creativity can be found on the land and nearby, such as the suspension bridge over the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach, both popular places to visit close by. Visitors are welcome to wander through the grounds of the house, help tend the lambs and meet the friendly Kune pigs bred by the owners. Fishing can also be arranged on the owner’s private stretch of the River Broom, framed for its salmon, trout and sea trout. Just 10 minutes’ drive away is the charming fishing village of Ullapool, which has a good selection of small shops as well as excellent local bars and restaurants. This superb apartment makes an ideal base for a real Highland holiday, with spectacular walks, Munros to climb and cycling routes to explore. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Canoeing, sailing, fishing, riding, bird watching and golf are all enjoyed locally.

    This property can be booked together with Ghillies Rooms (CC511319), The Tower House (CC511318) and The Stables (CC511439) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    First Floor: the property is all on the first floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.

    Lounge area: With electric stove, Freeview TV, DVD and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwaher and washer/dryer.
    Dining room.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available at £10 and highchair available at £5. Wi-Fi.40 acres of countryside and farmland with salmon and trout river in the grounds and open to visitors. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Badgers Den

    Kiltarlity, nr. Beauly

    Grade
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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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  • Ellon Cottage

    Laggan, nr. Newtonmore

    Grade
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    Ref: W43335


    Offering very comfortable accommodation in the heart of the Spey Valley, this holiday cottage is conveniently located on the roadside, with the Monadhliath Mountains as a backdrop and with beautiful views across the River Spey from the front of the cottage. It is ideally situated for a walking or cycling holiday. 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.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining room. 1 double bedroom. Lower ground floor: Kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared courtyard with decked patio and sitting-out area. Shared gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • The Hay Lodge

    Nairn

    Grade
    2
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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. Wi-fi. Shared verandah with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Glencoe Cottage

    Glencoe

    Grade
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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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  • Achaneich Stable Cottage

    Spean Bridge near Fort William

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511258
    Achaneich Stable Cottage stands in the grounds of an historic Highland house which dates back to 1600. Set in 2 ½ acres of landscaped gardens with the Grey Corries and Aonach Mor providing a dramatic backdrop, this delightful cottage provides an exceptionally high standard of accommodation for 2 in a spectacular and peaceful location. The cottage is believed to have been built by General Wade during the Jacobite rebellion to house his troops, with horses accommodated below. The cottage has been sympathetically converted whilst retaining some charming original features, such as a superb exposed stone in the main living area, vaulted ceiling and original arrow-slit windows. The open-plan lounge/dining room is separated from the kitchen area by a modern breakfast bar. The pretty double bedroom has fitted wardrobes and enjoys lovely views across the beautiful woodland gardens. Visitors are welcome to wander the garden grounds, and the caring owners even provide croquet on the lawn and various other outdoor children’s games during the summer months. Achaneich Stable cottage is ideally situated for exploring this renowned area of the Highlands, known as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’.
    Please note Achaneich Chalet (sleeps 4 /5), also situated in the grounds, may also be available to let, subject to availability.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen
    Lounge / dining area:  with satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD,   A lovely space with exposed stone wall, good sized dining table and kitchen separated by breakfast bar
    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box and washer / dryer
    Bedroom:  with double bed
    Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available.Wi-fi available (A small charge of £5 for the use is payable to the owner)Patio area with outdoor furniture. Set in 2.5 acres of owner’s landscaped woodland grounds. Off road parking for 1 car. NB: Burn in grounds and sloping hills lead down to river below. .

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