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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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  • Ardgarry

    Inverness

    Grade
    9
    6
    0
    4
    Ref: CC511365
    Ardgarry is a spacious traditional stone house situated in a central yet peaceful location in the heart of the Highland capital, Inverness. It just a stone’s throw from the River Ness, Inverness Castle, Cathedral, Eden Court Theatre and all the shops, restaurants and amenities of this delightful city. There are six bedrooms (two en suite), accommodating up to 9 guests. With two separate shower rooms, Ardgarry is ideal for families and larger groups looking for a large house in Inverness. The main lounge is bright and welcoming, with deep leather sofas and high ceilings. At the rear of the house there is a large kitchen / dining room, with patio doors opening onto a fully fenced patio area, with outdoor dining furniture. Ardgarry is ideally located for exploring the whole of the Highland region as well as having all the amenities and facilities of Inverness right on the doorstep.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with satellite Freeview TV, DVD, radio/CD and Wi-Fi
    Kitchen/diner: with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. (tumble dryer in outbuilding).
    Large kitchen divided by low wall from dining area. Patio doors lead out to fully enclosed patio garden.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed, Freeview TV. Leads through to dressing room and thence to en-suite shower with WC and wash basin.
    Cloakroom: with WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: with double bed, Freeview TV and en-suite shower with WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 3: with two single beds, Freeview TV and wash basin
    Bedroom 4: with single bed, Freeview TV and wash basin
    Bedroom 5: with single bed and Freeview TV
    Bedroom 6: with single bed and Freeview TV
    Shower room 1: with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
    Shower room 2: with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels supplied. Cot and highchair availableEnclosed patio garden with furniture. Tumble dryer in outbuilding. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Glenfern

    Kingussie

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    6
    Ref: SNNP

    Set within ¾ of an acre of private land, this stunning Victorian villa has been renovated to a very high standard offering a boutique experience in a quiet rural location. Ideally located in the village of Kingussie, the capital of Badenoch, and right in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, there are numerous activities to keep you busy. The Cairngorm Funicular Railway transports visitors to the Ptarmigan Top Station, situated just below the Cairngorm summit. The Highland Wildlife Park is home to wildlife from around Scotland as well as many endangered animals from international mountains and tundra. Waltzing Waters offers the world’s most elaborate water, light and music production, and there are a variety of castles, garden and distilleries to visit. Stunning scenic walks, horse riding, cycling, mountain climbing, golf, shooting, fishing, watersports and skiing are available locally. Inverness (the highland capital), Loch Ness and Fort William are also easily reached. Shops 300 yards, pub 400 yards.

    Large drawing room with open fire. Dining room with wooden floor. Well-equipped breakfast kitchen with patio doors to garden and wooden floor. Conservatory. Utility/drying cupboard. Billiard room with bar and TV. Master suite double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Sauna. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with TV and en-suite bathroom and toilet; one with over-bath shower and one with separate shower cubicle.

    • Open fire - logs included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Eight flatscreen satellite TVs
    • Eight DVDs (small library)
    • CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Large, enclosed garden with courtyard, patio and furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Private hot tub
    • Children’s climbing frame with swings and slide
    • No smoking
    • NB: 5 steps in garden. Significant drops within boundaries of property

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  • Holm Lodge

    Inverness

    Grade
    12
    6
    1
    6
    Ref: SSAG

    This outstanding holiday property enjoys an enviable and peaceful setting amidst the beautifully tended grounds of Ness Side Estate, just yards from the banks of the River Ness on the outskirts of the Highland capital of Inverness. Holm Lodge offers spacious, beautifully presented accommodation, furnished and equipped to a very high standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible, and is the perfect setting for family gatherings, special occasions or just a relaxing break. Egyptian sheets and towels are used for that extra quality and comfort.
    The location makes this the perfect base for exploring the many delights of this beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. Take a cruise on nearby Loch Ness with Urquhart Castle on its shores, visit the Cairngorm National Park with Aviemore at its centre, or slightly further afield, take a day trip to the beautiful Isle of Skye or north to the Orkney Islands. The area is renowned for the large number of historical attractions, which include Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, Cawdor and Brodie Castles to name just a few. Inverness has a large variety of restaurants, pubs and shops along with Eden Court Theatre and a 10-screen cinema.
    Amongst the many activities available include golfing on some of Scotland’s most spectacular courses – Macdonald Spey Valley, Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart with the Fairways Course and driving range just a very short drive from the lodge. Mountain biking, watersports, fishing, climbing and hill walking are also widely available. Salmon fishing on the River Ness is also available subject to availability and by prior arrangement with the Estate. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove, wooden floor and French doors to kitchen with central island and tiled floor. Sitting room with electric fire. Study. Two utility rooms. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two further double bedrooms. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two bathrooms with over-bath showers and toilets.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Two TVs (one 48" Freesat)
    • DVDs
    • Gas/electric Rangemaster
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Two dishwashers
    • Two fridge/freezers
    • Wi-fi
    • Large beautifully landscaped garden with furniture
    • Shared 90-acre grounds
    • Gas barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store by prior arrangement
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, 200 yards

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  • Isla Bank House

    Keith

    Grade
    12
    7
    1
    2
    Ref: UWW

    This magnificent, baronial-style mansion provides a stunning setting from which to tour the Moray coast and the Grampian Highlands. Standing within its own spacious grounds on the edge of Keith, on the Whisky Trail, it offers guests supreme comfort and the chance to savour the elegant lifestyle of a bygone era. There are fine antique furnishings selected to blend in with the sumptuous surroundings, which include a huge mahogany dining table, and even a grand piano, making this an unforgettable ‘live like a laird’ experience. Built in 1892, a room accommodating a full-size snooker table also features, where guests can enjoy a friendly game. The colourful and extensive gardens include formal herbaceous beds, a walled kitchen garden, vinery, greenhouses, orchard and sweeping lawns, providing space to relax and unwind in gloriously tranquil surroundings.
    Isla Bank is only 10 miles from the Moray Firth, with its beautiful sandy beaches and charming fishing villages to explore, and is renowned as one of the best places in Scotland to view dolphins at play. To the south lies the stunning Cairngorm mountain range, stretching for fifty miles and offering outstanding climbing, hill walking and winter skiing. The area also boasts superb fishing on the Spey and Deveron rivers, and an 18-hole golf course and swimming-pool just a mile away. Lying in the heart of distillery country, Dufftown, the acclaimed ‘Malt Whisky Capital of the World’, is found just a short distance away. Here the Glenfiddich Distillery produces one of Scotland’s lighter and sweeter varieties of fiery amber spirit, bottled on the premises, and offering visitor tours. Behind the distillery, the Stewart stronghold of Balvenie Castle survives as a ruin, whilst several other castles abound – one of the smallest and prettiest in the area at Huntly, 10 miles away, which is also the birthplace of children’s author George MacDonald. There are many fascinating places to visit in an area with a long and colourful history. Aberdeen and Inverness airports are both an hour by road or rail, making this a very convenient holiday location. Shop 1 mile.

    Entrance to porch. Dining room with 14ft mahogany table and chandelier. Music room with Bechstein piano. Library. Well-equipped kitchen. Snooker room with full-size table. Separate toilet. Utility. First floor with two landings: Four double bedrooms, one with tower room, three with hand basins. Twin bedroom with tower room. Two single bedrooms one with wash basin. Two bathrooms with over-bath shower and toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Nine TVs
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Payphone
    • Garden with furniture
    • Grounds of 4½ acres
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Full-size snooker table
    • Cleaning service by arrangement

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  • Ness Castle Estate - River Lodge

    Inverness

    Grade
    14
    7
    1
    7
    Ref: SYYA

    "River views and a wealth of glorious countryside combine to make this a wonderful setting for lovers of the great outdoors..."

    Perfect for a relaxing break, Ness Castle Estate lies in the heart of magnificent game fishing and golfing country, and with lovely walking on the doorstep, it is an ideal location for nature lovers and sporting enthusiasts alike. River Lodge (ref SYYA) is a magnificent, detached, ‘Colorado’-style lodge providing complete relaxation and seclusion for larger parties. For smaller parties, Weir Cottage (ref SXXS) and Red Squirrel Lodge (ref SYYB) are single storey and adjoin one another, whilst spacious Ghillie’s Lodge (ref SYYC) and Benula Lodge (ref SYYM) stand detached. All have river views and are just minutes away from the city of Inverness.
    Your Ness Castle Lodges experience can be augmented with personalised beauty treatments with their specially appointed therapist. Take time out to enjoy a full day of pampering, or book a morning session to set you up for the day. From facials and Swedish massage to relaxation techniques, eyelash tinting and more treatments like Hopi Ear Candles, a spa session - or two! More information on what’s on offer is available on arrival.
    Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness cruises and dolphin spotting on the Moray Firth are among the myriad of delights within easy reach. For those wishing to explore a little further afield the magical Isle of Skye, visiting the beautiful, romantic Eilean Donan Castle on the way, or a leisurely boat trip to the Orkney Isles which offer beautiful, rugged scenery with an abundance of wildlife and many archaeological sites make great days out. Whisky lovers can visit one of the many distilleries on the famous Strathspey Whisky Trail, sampling some of the finest whiskies in Scotland. At nearby Inverness, visitors will find a wealth of historic and cultural attractions as well as good shopping, bars and restaurants. Salmon fishing, by arrangement is 1 mile. By arrangement, guests also have the use of the shared steam room and small gym, both located at The Bothy. For those wishing to explore a little further, day trips to the Orkney Isles, Isle of Skye and Glencoe are possible. Shop 1 mile, pub 2½ miles.

    With a magnificent entrance, vaulted cathedral ceilings and double height window overlooking the river, this lodge is stunningly furnished in multicultural fashion. Large entrance hall. Spacious beamed living/dining room with open fire. Well-equipped kitchen with wooden floor. Library with 42" TV. Twin bedroom with TV, en-suite shower room with double cubicle, toilet and tiled floor. Cloakroom with two toilets and twin wash basin. First floor: Utility. Six double bedrooms, each with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin) and TV; two with patio doors to balcony, and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, two with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, and two with en-suite shower room with double cubicle and toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Full oil central heating included
    • Eight TVs (42" Sky full package in living room)
    • Radio/CD/iPod dock
    • 6-ring gas hob and electric double oven
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Two dishwashers
    • American-style fridge/freezer
    • Large, lawned garden with decked area
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Shared hot tub by arrangement
    • Meals delivered or cooked in the lodge by arrangement at cost
    • Wheelchair access

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden furniture
    • Shared 30-acre landscaped and woodland grounds with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared steam room and small gym by arrangement
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, 100 yards

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  • The Laird’s Wing

    Brodie, nr. Forres

    Grade
    14
    7
    2
    4
    Ref: 29843

    This spacious holiday property, set over 3 floors and furnished with antiques, is a wing of Brodie Castle, a 16th-century tower house which is set in 175 acres of parkland. The original castle was built in 1567, but after coming under attack in 1645, parts of it were destroyed. Today, the castle is filled with art and antiques, including French furniture, Chinese porcelain, 19th-century English watercolours and early 20th-century works. There is also an impressive library which contains around 6000 volumes. Guests have access to the extensive grounds and can explore the many woodland walks or observe the varied wildlife, including red squirrel, roe deer, pine marten, hare and badgers. For bird watchers, there are 2 bird hides situated next to the pond. Also on site is a tea room/shop, picnic area and a children’s play area. For the more active visitor, there are plenty of activities available in the local area. A number of golf courses can be found nearby, including the championship golf courses at Nairn Dunbar and Royal Dornoch. Walking and cycling trails can be found at Culbin Forest, the Dava Way and Speyside Way long distance routes are within easy reach, and boat fishing can be enjoyed at Blairs Loch, Forres or Lochindorb. Spend a day at one of the sandy beaches in the area or visit the Cairngorm National Park, where a funicular railway can be taken to the top. Other attractions within easy reach include the Moray Motor Museum, Strathspey Steam Railway, Culloden Battlefield, the Highland Wildlife Park and local distilleries. During the summer, visit one of the local towns which host Highland Games, including Forres, Nairn, Inverness or Elgin. Beach 4 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: Living room. Study/TV room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: 5 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 3 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 46" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area. 175-acre shared landscaped grounds. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Hill View

    Ballindalloch near Dufftown

    Grade
    14
    6
    3
    3
    Ref: CC511487
    This extremely well-appointed, detached house offers a high standard of comfort in a wonderful rural setting in the heart of the Crown Estate of Glenlivet, which consists of nearly 90 square miles of glens, forestry and moorlands between the Ladder and Cromdale Hills within the Cairngorm National Park. Literally next door to the famous Glenlivet Whisky Distillery (open to visitors), the house commands fine views from the upstairs over glorious countryside which is teeming with excellent walks, a diverse range of wildlife and historical places of interest including Drumin Castle and Packhorse Bridge. All the family can find something to do on a holiday in Glenlivet. In addition to walking, the landscape of rolling hills also provides excellent mountain biking and horse riding on an extensive network of waymarked trails. The community welcomes visitors, and traditional courtesies remain, in an area where there is still a sense of peace and quiet that is fast disappearing elsewhere. The village of Tomintoul is just a short drive away with some interesting shops, eateries, a museum and leisure activities including tennis and riding school. Skiing is available in the winter months with easy access from the house to the Lecht and Cairngorms slopes. Further afield, Grantown on Spey, Aviemore, Inverness and the Moray coastline make for some good days out.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, open fire, smart TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors.
    Lounge 2: With open fire.
    Four steps down to...
    Kitchen/dining room: With wooden floor, open fire, electric range, microwave, fridge/freezer, coffee machine and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With walk-in shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed, en-suite with shower and WC, and Velux window.
    Bedroom 3: With double and twin beds.
    Bedroom 4: With double bed and Velux window.
    Bedroom 5: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 6: With twin beds and coombed ceiling.
    Bathroom: Large with shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for open fires provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Rear grassed garden. BBQ. Hot tub (£65pw). Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 2/3 steps in garden.

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  • Kinlochmoidart House

    Nr. Lochailort

    Grade
    18
    10
    0
    4
    Ref: SEQ

    " In a land steeped in legends of the Bonnie Prince – close to Moidart’s sandy shores..."

    Where a tree-lined glen opens out onto Loch Moidart and in countryside steeped with tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie, these fine properties stand upon the Kinlochmoidart Estate, within half a mile of the coast and 4 miles from the beach at Glenuig. The Scottish Baronial mansion of Kinlochmoidart House, occupies a marvellous position amidst some of Scotland’s most magnificent West Country scenery. It has been sensitively formed into three residences; two are careful conversions of an extensive service wing, while the main house (part of which is still the owners’ home) is a substantial property laid out over three floors and forming the middle portion of the building. The remaining three properties presented here are separately set in secluded locations within the vast grounds, comprising extensive shared gardens and the surrounding 2,000 acre estate grounds, which grant opportunities for excellent hill walking and fine varied fishing (fly fishing is available by arrangement). Very comfortably furnished, cosily heated and well-equipped throughout, each provides the perfect holiday retreat from which to enjoy an abundance of interests and scenic splendour with which this area is blessed at all times of the year.
    Designed by William Leiper in 1884, Kinlochmoidart House is one of the finest examples of his work. It features a superb Art Movement interior – tilings, wallpapers, paint work, panelling and many other intricate architectural features have been painstakingly restored and represented, under strict architectural guidance, to return it to its former splendour. It occupies the site of a house which was once the resting place of Prince Charles Edward Stuart during the 1745 Jacobite Revolution – a connection commemorated in a nearby meadow, where seven beech trees symbolise the Seven Men of Moidart, the sum total of the army which he brought from France.
    Just a short walk away from the house lies Loch Moidart, where vast expanses of sand are thrown up by the sea at low tide. At the seaward end of this beautiful inlet, sit the ancient ruins of 14th-century clan castle of Tioram (once the stronghold of the Lord of the Isles), providing a focal point for gloriously scenic views. Between nearby Loch Shiel and Loch Sunart, a trail leads through the Ariundle Oakwoods Nature Reserve – a haven for wildlife – whilst southwards, the coast is punctuated by bays of white sand excellent for fishing and shell-collecting, or admiring the views over hill, loch and sea from horse back. Fort William, gateway to Ben Nevis, is a scenic drive away, and the Western Isles, Skye and Ardnamurchan are all accessible. Sailing at Acharade, 6 miles. Golf 30 minutes’ drive. Inn at Glenuig, 4 miles. Shops 7 miles.

    With spacious accommodation over three floors, this substantial property forms a self-contained wing of this Baronial mansion (middle portion of the house). Entrance via steps to main door, leading via the main staircase to the first, second and third floors. First floor: Spacious and elegant drawing room with open fire, friezed ceiling and rugs on wooden floor. Spacious dining room with open fire in coombed fireplace, long picture windows and rugs on wooden floor. Large, well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with two electric cookers. Utility. Billiard room with full-size table. Second floor: Four double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, one with wash basin and one with splendid Victorian panelled bath. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Two bathrooms with toilet. Third floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, one with wash basin. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom with 3ft 6in bed. Two bathrooms with toilet.

    • Electricity included
    • Full oil central heating £60 per week
    • Travel cot
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer

    • Bed linen included
    • TV
    • Shared gardens and grounds of 2,000 acres
    • Ample parking
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Fly fishing £30 per rod per day by arrangement
    • NB: Duck pond in grounds

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