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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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  • Birch Lodge

    Torcastle, nr. Fort William

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    Ref: 28880

    Set in an enviable location on the banks of the Caledonian Canal with stunning panoramic views of Ben Nevis and the ski slopes of Aonoch Mor from all aspects, these holiday lodges are conveniently located 220 yards from the owner’s home. Oak Lodge (ref 28879) is detached, whilst Birch Lodge (ref 28880) is semi-detached. The properties have easy access via the Shengain Viaduct to the Great Glen Way, which is superb for dog walking. This area is an ideal base for touring the Highlands and West Coast of Scotland and there are many local amenities within easy reach. This is an excellent location for climbing, walking or mountain biking, and there are super forest trails. Travel on the West Highland Steam Train as depicted in the ’Harry Potter’ film, crossing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. Fort William, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, offers Highland culture, clan history, castles and museums. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking, and wildlife is in abundance. Inverness, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Oban and Glencoe are all easily accessed. Skiing, horse riding, fishing, golf and a variety of water sports are all available nearby. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Economy 7 central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Front decking area with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped, natural and wooded 2-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 3 steps to decking area. Fenced canal just outside the grounds, 30 yards.

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  • Stob-Ban View

    Achintee, Fort William

    Grade
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    Ref: S4582

    Spectacular mountain views across Glen Nevis are an impressive feature of this romantic retreat – its glass gable ensures maximum aspects even from the mezzanine floor bedroom. Very comfortably furnished and boasting its own garden and deck overlooking that glorious view, it sits within the grounds of the owners’ home, a mile from the town facilities. The UK’s best mountain bike tracks are close by (there are two bicycles available free of charge for exploring them) and, with a footpath to Ben Nevis just 0.5 miles away, the local hill walking, climbing and skiing (in season) are excellent. Trips to the Silver Sands of Morar and ferry port of Mallaig, passing Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745, are a must. Shop and pub 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Mezzanine with double bed (5ft).

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Garden with decked area and furniture. Parking. No smoking. No children.

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  • The Cottage

    Lyth, nr. Wick

    Grade
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    Ref: W42083

    Rural setting

    The Ivy Wing and The Cottage are situated in the courtyard of Barrock House, and surrounded by landscaped grounds and mature woodland. This provides shelter for an abundance of bird and wild life with pleasant walks close at hand and the scenic beaches of Sinclair and Dunnet Bay are just 5 minutes by car. The Cottage makes the perfect base for touring this unspoilt and tranquil part of the Highlands. Visit the Castle and Gardens of Mey, the Queen Mother’s Highland home, John O’Groats, Wick Heritage and Lyth Arts Centre, or take a wildlife or distillery tour. Golfing, fishing, sea trips or walking along the many miles of rugged coastline are just some of the many activities available. Lyth is situated just 10 miles north of Wick and 15 miles from Thurso, making the beautiful Orkney Isles easily accessible by car ferry for day trips. Both properties can be booked together for larger groups (ref’s W42082 and W42083). Shop, pub and restaurant 4.5 miles.

    All on first floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 30-acre grounds and shared lawned garden with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Achaneich Stable Cottage

    Spean Bridge near Fort William

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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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  • Hirta

    Plockton

    Grade
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    Ref: 18065

    Set in the heart of this picturesque National Trust village, this ground floor holiday apartment forms part of a sympathetically converted former church. Enjoy the fabulous scenery and the rich abundance of wildlife, particularly the seals and otters in Plockton Bay. Super area for walking, fishing and sea trips - lots to do and see. Plockton is a convenient touring base for the Isle of Skye and the beautiful West Coast. Take advantage of the traditional Highland hospitality in the hotels and restaurants which specialise in local seafood. Shop 400 yards, pub 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with French doors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio area leading to shared garden. Parking (1 car).

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  • Beaufort Cottages - The Kennels Bothy

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

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    Ref: CC511451
    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 Kennels Bothy 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 Larder (CC511452) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Lounge area: With wood burner and Freesat TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £5 per basket (honesty box). Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared external laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Small front lawned area with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Nevis Let

    Lochyside, nr. Fort William

    Grade
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    Ref: W42033

    Mountain views

    Set on the banks of the River Lochy with stunning views over Ben Nevis and the Aonach Mor Mountain Range, this holiday property is only two miles from Fort William town centre. Attached to the owner’s house it offers cosy accommodation and is in an ideal location for exploring the Highlands. Known as the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, Fort William boasts a large variety of outdoor pursuits with climbing, mountain biking, skiing, sailing and fishing all available locally. In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, wildlife is in abundance and Loch Ness, Aviemore, Inverness, Skye and Glencoe are all within easy reach. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a large river running outside the property.

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  • The Cottage

    Banavie near Fort William

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    Ref: CC511388
    This delightful semi-detached cottage, which is attached to the owner’s home, offers a very good standard of accommodation and makes a superb base for touring the Highlands. The area is renowned for its outdoor pursuits, breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Known as the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, activities include mountain biking, climbing, skiing, kayaking, walking, golf and fishing. Travel on the West Highland steam train to Mallaig, crossing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, as depicted in the Harry Potter movies, or visit some of the unspoilt beaches, castles, museums and distilleries. Boat trips to the inner isles are easily accessible, or cross on the Corran Ferry and explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Wildlife is in abundance and Oban, Aviemore, Glencoe, Inverness, Loch Ness and Skye are all within easy reach.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has Economy 7 central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Small lawned garden with patio and furniture. Cycle store. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Creigard Cottage

    Lochinver, near Ullapool

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    Ref: UK5092
    Set in a pretty garden, Creigard Cottage is a single-storey detached cottage that commands vast, endearing views across the hills to the sea beyond. With the owners living adjacent, the cottage is set in a very quiet location in the little hamlet of Badnaban, just 2 miles from the charming fishing village of Lochinver. With large picture windows, the cosy living room takes full advantage of the cottage’s beautiful surroundings. The open-plan kitchen/dining room is well equipped, offering plenty of space for two. The bedroom has an en-suite shower room and twin beds which can also be made up to a super kingsize if required. The cottage’s mature gardens surround the property, and there’s an outdoor table and chairs for al-fresco dining in the warm weather.


    There are superb hill and coastal walks direct from the cottage. Deer graze in the adjoining hills and a wide variety of bird life can be spotted in the immediate area. The nearby village of Lochinver has an excellent selection of local shops and restaurants, as well as two pubs, a tourist office and interesting craft shops. This region, known as Assynt, is renowned for its superb and unspoilt beaches, hills, mountains and wildlife. Water sports, fishing, golf and cycling are all local pastimes. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. Creigard Cottage can be booked together with Creigard Bungalow (UK5093) to accommodate up to 6 guests.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With 22" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With twin beds (can be super kingsize on request) and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric heaters, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Electricity by £1 coin meter. Welcome pack.Mature garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 steps in the garden.

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  • The Barn

    Mey, Thurso

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511324
    The Barn is one of three barn conversion holiday cottages situated on a working farm just a few yards from the Pentland Firth. Immaculately presented throughout and with stunning views across the sea with the Orkney Isles clearly visible, The Barn provides a wonderful base for a memorable get-away-from-it-all holiday. The main living accommodation is open-plan. The lounge area opens up through French windows to the garden beyond and affords the most incredible seascape views. The kitchen area is bright, modern and well-equipped and there is a modern dining table for four. The spacious bedroom is attractively furnished and has a 6’ zip and link bed which can convert to twin 3’ beds as required. There is a modern bathroom with walk in shower, WC and basin. The Barn is situated close to some of the most fantastic beaches in the UK.  With miles of golden sand and massive sand dunes forming a backdrop, the nearby Dunnet beach is simply spectacular.  Surfing, body-boarding, sand-buggying, swimming, horse riding and wild-life watching are all local pastimes, yet this superb beach is never crowded.   Please note The Barn may be available to let with the two other adjoining self-catering cottages that form the barn conversion – The Byre (sleeps 4) and The Stable (sleeps 2).

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on one level, has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen:
    Lounge area:  with Satellite Freeview TV/DVD, Radio/CD and French windows opening onto the garden area
    Dining area:  with dining furniture for 4
    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, larder fridge and washer dryer
    Bedroom:  with 6’ zip and link bed (can be converted to 3’ single beds as required)
    Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available. Garden area with patio and grassed area. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Gorten

    Strontian

    Grade
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    Ref: 30289


    Gorten is a charming and well-appointed holiday cottage, ideal for couples or singles, and is in a truly superb setting. It is the perfect base for peace and tranquillity within this spectacular area and is a true ’get-away-from-it-all’ experience. The historic oakwoods and lead mines of Aruindle are within walking distance of Gorten and the Ardnamurchan Peninsula has so much to offer holidaymakers including unspoilt beaches, dramatic scenery and so much history. Ardnamurchan Distillery, Nadurra, and a nature centre are only a short drive away. The Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, which is the most westerly point in Britain, and Sanna Bay with its pristine beach, are both a short drive away. Another favourite is the steam train journey from Fort William to Mallaig which was used in the Harry Potter movies. Also available in the area are activities such as mountain biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, shooting, and dolphin and whale watching. The views over Loch Sunart will amaze guests, as will the sunsets, so come and enjoy! Beach 1/2 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Small garden with sitting-out area. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 4 steps in garden.

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  • Pine Tree Cottage

    Altass, Lairg, Sutherland

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511305
    Pine Tree Cottage is situated in the grounds of the owner’s property. This delightful detached modern cottage is impeccably presented and provides a high standard of accommodation for two in a stunning setting. The main living accommodation is open plan, with the lounge/kitchen/dining room running the length of the cottage. The lounge area looks out across the open hills and countryside, with the river below. The bright, modern kitchen area is well equipped, with integral appliances. There is a spacious shower room adjoining. The double bedroom occupies the whole of the first floor. All furniture and furnishings are of exceptionally high quality, including Vi-sprung beds. The cottage gardens are a real delight. With lawns, flowering shrubs and a patio area with dining table and chairs; a delightful spot to enjoy a glass or two whilst drinking in the incredible views of the river and surrounding hills. The large shed in the grounds is also available for outdoor gear, canoes and cycles. Pine Tree Cottage is a wonderful base for a Highland getaway, either for relaxing completely or indulging in the wide variety of local activities.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/Kitchen: With high quality furniture and furnishings with stunning views across the river, hills and open countryside.
    Lounge area: With satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio. Wi-Fi.
    Dining area: With table and chairs.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob and extractor fan, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; superbly equipped with integral appliances.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With two single 3 foot 3 inches by 6 foot 6 inches vi-spring beds can be made into 1 double bed if required. Please let us know when telephoning to confirm arrival arrangements which alternative you would prefer.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available. Enclosed garden with patio area with picnic table and chairs. Use of shed for storage of bicycles/canoes etc. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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