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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 Paddock

    Portmahomack, near Tain

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5049
    Tucked away on a quiet farm lane, The Paddock is a traditional terraced, single storey stone farm cottage located on a working, farm 1 mile from the charming seaside village of Portmahomack. The pretty cottage garden overlooks the owner’s farmland, with distant sea views. The cottage looks south over the Moray Firth and Moray Coast with views of Cairngorms and Ben Rhinnes. The accommodation is beautifully presented, with a large living room with lovely views across the open fields. The bright, kitchen/dining room is fully fitted and very well-equipped. There are three generously proportioned bedrooms, all thoughtfully decorated with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings. Exposed stone walls and large canvases of the surrounding area add to the cottage’s charm and ambience.

    Portmahomack is a thriving seaside village with a fishing harbour and pier, as well as a superb sweeping sandy beach; the mountains beyond act as a stunning backdrop. Portmahomack is the only village on the east coast of Scotland that faces due west and has spectacular sunsets. The village has a renowned seafood restaurant as well as a café, local store and a lovely traditional links golf course which is open to visitors. The area is renowned for its archaeological sites and at the nearby Tarbat Discovery Centre is a local heritage centre and museum, with a fascinating display of Pict, Norse and medieval artefacts, as well as a gift shop. Within 15-20 minutes’ drive lies the oldest Royal Burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built in local mellow sandstone, Tain is a charming historic town and offers an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities. Beach 1 mile. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 0.5 miles.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living room:
    With electric wood burner, 32" Sky TV (family package) and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With electric oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed and 21" TV.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and fibre optic Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Mary’s Cottage

    Mary’s Cottage

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 28427

    Mary’s Cottage is a croft house situated in the rural, coastal village of Port Henderson near Badachro. The retention of the traditional latched doors, sloping ceilings and open fire makes it a welcoming holiday cottage. There is a quiet beach within a 5-minute walk from the house. The area offers a truly ’escapist experience’, with walking and many local beaches. There are many outdoor activities locally, including mountaineering and hill walking, golf, pony trekking, fishing, argocat trips, sea life cruises and bird watching. The crash site of an American WWll bomber can be found at ’The Fairy Lochs’ nearby. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room 1: With open fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Living room 2.
    Dining room/kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and fuel for open fire included. Cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Bike store. Parking for 2 cars. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

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  • Split Rock Croft Cottage

    Clachtoll, near Lochinver

    Grade
    5
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5034
    Split Rock Croft Cottage is set on a traditional working croft in a stunning area of the north west Highlands. The croft rears sheep and cattle over 27 acres of land, on a peninsular jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. There are vast, unbroken views to enjoy from the property, and the variety of wildlife to be seen in the area is astonishing, for instance basking sharks, whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals to name a few that can be found locally. The owners offer sea fishing trips to visitors, and salmon and trout fishing is available locally.


    The cottage is attached to the owner’s large farmhouse, and boasts its own private patio and garden area. The cottage offers bright and spacious accommodation for up to five visitors. Regardless of the time of year, there’s a warm and cosy ambience emanating from the lounge/dining room thanks to the wood burner, and the well-equipped kitchen turns the chore of cooking into an absolute pleasure. Split Rock Croft Cottage provides a good standard of accommodation in a truly spectacular setting.

    Ground Floor: The property has ground source central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Large with wood burner, 42" Freesat TV, DVD player, double sofa bed, patio doors and sea views.
    Kitchen: With electric range, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, single divan bed and sea views.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Shared garden. Private patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Honey Bee Cottage

    Strathpeffer

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42972

    Situated in the lovely Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer, this quaint cottage enjoys a central yet private location within easy walking distance of shops and pubs. Furnished and equipped to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible, the detached cottage makes the perfect base for exploring the many delights of the Northern Highlands. Visit the Pump Room where you can sample the waters, the Highland Museum of Childhood, the Pictish Eagle Stone or just take a stroll around the village to see some of the fabulous Victorian architecture. A popular base for walkers and mountain bikers. Shop 10 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with dining table. Sun room. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional Z-bed, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Carness West

    North Ballachulish, Glencoe

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: SEEF

    Situated close to Loch Leven, Carness West was built to take full advantage of the breathtaking mountain views, with first floor panoramic windows and doors leading to two spacious balconies. Despite its seclusion, the house is ideally located for all outdoor activities including hill walking, climbing, golf, horse riding, mountain biking, skiing, fishing and kayaking. There is an abundance of wildlife to be seen in this stunning location. Locally there are craft shops, tea rooms and a visitor centre. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Laundry room. First floor: Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove and oak floor. TV snug with French doors to balcony. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with cooking island and French doors to large balcony with table and benches.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full ground source central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV (Freeview)
    • Video
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Set within natural grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • Springburn

    Stronaba, Spean Bridge

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511353
    Located in open countryside above the charming village of Spean Bridge, Springburn is a beautifully presented cottage for up to 5 people. The main lounge opens out through French windows to a private patio area. The views across open countryside to the mountains beyond are spectacular. There is a second lounge with sofa bed. There are two large double bedrooms on the first floor, both well presented with colour coordinated soft furnishings and enjoying the same superb views. With two bathrooms (one on each floor), this is an ideal cottage for two couples or for a family holiday in a superb location. Springburn is just 4 miles from the world famous Nevis Range Ski and mountain bike track at Aanoch Mor, which has the only mountain gondola ride in Britain.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With feature electric fire, satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD. French doors open onto patio area with superb views across the hills
    2 steps down to.......
    Second Lounge: With sofa bed (+1)
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
    Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer and sink
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included
    Cot and high chair available. Internet access is available in the residents lounge of the owner’s Bed and Breakfast which is on site. Open plan gardens, mainly laid to lawn (shared with adjacent property). Patio area for sole use. Off road parking for 2 cars. Private water supply.

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  • The Old School House

    Lonbain, by Applecross

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: STN

    This secluded and spacious cottage with its own walled garden, enjoys a gloriously sunny position on the seashore with spectacular views towards the islands of Raasay, Rona and Skye. Reached via a quarter-mile track, this former school house has been tastefully converted, whilst retaining interesting original features; formerly classrooms, the living-room and kitchen feature lovely high ceilings, and there is a large picture window in the hall, ideal for viewing wonderful sunsets and abundant wildlife.
    This is a superb location for touring the scenic Applecross and Torridon areas; for a truly memorable drive out, head for the Pass of the Cattle – at 626 metres above sea level, this is Britain’s highest pass and affords some dramatic scenery along its length. There is excellent walking and climbing terrain nearby, both inland and along the rugged coastline – watch out for seals and otters just off shore. Several NTS properties make for good days out, including Strome Castle, and the Countryside Centre at Torridon (open May to September), the latter providing an insight into local flora, fauna and geology. From Torridon village, a scenic drive takes in the shoreline before winding past cliffs and gorges up to Diabaig, whilst 8 miles to the north, Lake Maree is dotted with Caledonian pine clad islands and lies as a scenic gem. The surrounding area also offers some of Scotland’s best deer-sighting country.
    Sandy beaches are to be found at Sand (3 miles) and Applecross Bay (7 miles); the village of Applecross itself has a P.O./local store and a friendly inn serving fresh seafood dishes. The sheltered, fertile coast around the village is idyllic: you can wander along lanes banked with wild iris and orchids, and explore beaches and rock pools on the shore. Fishing and golf are both within driving distance. Shop 7 miles.

    Hall/sitting room with sea view from picture window. Large, part-panelled living room with multi-fuel burner and splendid views. Well-equipped, modern fitted, farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with multi-fuel burner and electric cooker. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. First floor: Three bedrooms with sloping ceilings; two bedrooms, each with Velux window with sea views, one double with 5ft bed, en-suite bathroom, wash basin and toilet, one twin, and one single.

    • Multi-fuel burners - coal included
    • Electricity, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Large walled garden with patio, furniture and sea views
    • Parking
    • Cycle storage
    • Natural spring water supply for sole use
    • No smoking
    • NB: Sea 100 yards

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  • Upper Bayfield Cottage

    Nigg near Tain

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC511460
    Upper Bayfield Cottage is a picturesque, semi-detached stone cottage surrounded by its own pretty gardens and situated in a quiet lane. The cottage has been sympathetically restored whilst retaining many of its attractive original features. The delightful lounge has a large welcoming wood burner and a deep, comfortable sofa. The bright kitchen has plenty of space for dining, and all rooms are well presented with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings and great attention to detail. This cottage is ideal for families and couples wishing to explore this lovely corner of the Highlands.
    With views across the sea and open countryside, Upper Bayfield Cottage is quietly located, yet has easy access to some of the most spectacular areas of the Scottish Highlands. An RSPB nature reserve is within easy walking distance. The coast is just three miles away, and golf, fishing, hill walking, mountain biking and horse riding are all available locally. There are numerous superb beaches in the region, and the area is also noted for its historical and archaeological sites. Within ten minutes’ drive is the oldest royal burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built of local sandstone, Tain is a charming, historic town and offers an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs as well as a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities, including tennis courts, public gardens, golf club and bowling club, all of which are available to visitors. Inverness, the Highland Capital, is about 45 minutes’ drive.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with tiled floor, electric range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Large, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 6 steps and sloping banks in garden.

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  • Squirrel Cottage

    Strone, Drumnadrochit

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511428
    Nestling at the base of a hillock with lovely views across towards the waters of Loch Ness and the hills beyond, Squirrel Cottage has been equipped and furnished to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Just a few minutes walk from the ruins of Urquhart Castle, and within easy distance of the centre of the bustling village of Drumnadrochit, the cottage makes a central base for exploring this lovely part of the Highlands. The village offers some good restaurants, pubs and shops along with the Nessie Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the legend of the loch Ness Monster. Explore Glen Affric and Glen Urquhart to see the stunning scenery and perhaps walk or mountain bike through the beautiful forests. Take a boat trip or enjoy some of the many watersports available on the loch, or horse riding at the nearby centre. Further afield take a trip to Inverness, the Highland capital, only 12 miles, or the beautiful Isle of Skye. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever changing scenery.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Internet access. Patio with furniture. Unspoilt woodland area to the rear. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Failte

    Grantown-on-Spey

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC512055
    Failte is a traditional stone cottage situated in a quiet backwater close to the centre of Grantown-on-Spey, in the heart of Speyside. One of a pair of cottages, it is ideally located for exploring the whole of the HIghlands. The pretty cottage lounge has a superb exposed granite stone wall with inglenook fireplace housing the welcoming wood burning stove. There is a well equipped kitchen and a good sized modern family bathroom. The two bedrooms on the first floor are attractively presented. The main bedroom has a king sized bed and the second bedroom a 3’ divan with small bunk beds, ideal for children. The cottage garden opposite provides an ideal spot for a BBQ or quiet drink whilst planning the next day’s excursion.
    For larger groups of friends or family, Failte may also be available to let with the adjoining cottage, Kangei, which sleeps 4/5

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises;
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, satellite Free view TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge. freezer and washing machine; dining furniture

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed
    Bedroom 2: With 2ft 6" bunk beds and 3ft single bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All bed linen included. Electricity allowance of £5 each day is included with additional usage by meter.  First supply of fuel for wood burning stove supplied. Cot and high chair available. Internet access availableLawn area with picnic table and chairs. Parking for 1 car.

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  • Isla Bank Cottage

    Keith

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: SF17

    The end cottage of a terrace of three, Isla Bank Cottage is under the same ownership as Isla Bank House; from which it is separated by about 200 yards of grassed orchard garden. In a quiet part of Keith, an agricultural centre on the Whisky Trail, it is approximately 15 miles from the sandy bathing beach at Cullen on the Moray Firth, famed for its sunshine and mild climate. Golf and public swimming pool, 1 mile. Guests also benefit from access to the well-maintained Isla Bank orchard. An ideal holiday base. Shops, hotels and other facilities within 400 metres.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional single, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electricity by £1 meter. Gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Payphone. Small rear garden. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack.

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  • Foresters Cottage

    Tarbat, Invergordon

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 23448

    This attractive, single-storey holiday cottage was formerly the forester’s cottage on a Highland country estate. Situated close to a hamlet it is tastefully refurbished to provide attractive accommodation in a quiet setting. There are woodland and riverside walks leading down to the shores of the Cromarty Firth, home of a large colony of seals. Easy access to the Black Isle with its pretty fishing villages and attractive coastline. Golf, fishing, hill walking, mountain biking and numerous water sports are all available in the area. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel) included. Oil central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, oil, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Oil Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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