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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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  • Oak Lodge

    Torcastle, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 28879

    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.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 kingsize with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. 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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  • Glenloch Cottage

    Drumnadrochit

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 23538

    A delightful, tastefully furnished, little semi-detached cottage close to Loch Ness. Drumnadrochit is a lively little village where there are shops, places to eat, and information available about all the things to see and do in the area. This holiday property is an ideal central base for touring the scenic Highlands or visiting the Isle of Skye and Inverness city, as well as for walking and mountain biking on the Great Glen Way. The ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness are just a short walk away. Glen Affric and the West Coast are well worth a visit. Shops, pubs and restaurants a short walk.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed rear fenced garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Cowrie Cottage

    Portknockie, Banffshire

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC511091
    Cowrie Cottage is a pretty, traditional stone fisherman’s cottage situated just a few steps from beaches of Portknockie. The cottage takes its name from the cowrie shell, which is avidly searched for and can be found on the nearby shoreline. Cowries have been valued for centuries in many parts of the world. In China and Africa they were used as currency (the Chinese character for money is a cowrie shaped shell) and these marine gastropods are still sought by collectors today. There is a collection of these tiny, ribbed shells left in the cottage and visitors are welcome to add to the collection (or take their finds home as a unique memento!). The caring owners have upgraded and refurbished this lovely cottage over the years and it now provides a high standard of accommodation, whilst retaining many attractive original features, including stripped pine doors, super fast broadband and a Sauna. With sleeping accommodation for 6 people, together with two lounges and a separate dining room, it offers an ideal holiday for a larger family or combined holiday.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating, full double glazing and fitted carpets and comprises:
    Entrance Hall: With hanging space for coats and stairs to first floor
    Lounge: With feature electric fire, free view TV/DVD and radio/CD
    Dining Room: With dining table and chairs for six.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and telephone for incoming and emergency calls
    Bedroom 1: With double bed (limited access to one side) and large fitted wardrobe.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, wash basin and shaver point
    Rear Hall: With pantry, freezer and access to outside.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and sea views
    Bedroom 3: With two 3ft beds and sea views.
    Small Second Lounge: With free view TV and DVD and full length window to rear.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, W.C. and hand basin.
     

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and traditional cot and highchair available on request. Wi-fi Super fast broadband availableSmall enclosed courtyard with furniture. Sauna. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • The Narrows

    Wester Aligin, nr. Torridon

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 29474

    Breathtaking views

    200 yards from loch shore

    The Narrows is a spacious and well-appointed family holiday home, sitting in a prime lochside location with breathtaking views over Loch Torridon to the mountains and beyond. Situated in the north west Scottish Highlands, it provides a truly get-away-from-it-all experience with dramatic mountain and loch views. This area has so much to offer in the way of outdoor activities, with all levels of walking from munro-bagging to low level coastal routes. Activities available locally include fishing, clay pigeon shooting, kayaking, gorge scrambling, mountain biking, boat trips and so much more. An abundance of wildlife from eagles to pine martens and mountain hares can be spotted throughout the area. Just a short drive away from The Narrows you can enjoy golf at Gairloch or Lochcarron, or visit Inverewe Gardens and the Applecross Peninsula, so do come and enjoy. 200 yards from loch shore. Shop and restaurant 5 miles, pub 7 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Sun room. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (6ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. 1-acre garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Garage (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Iscoyd

    North Watten near Wick, Caithness

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC511263
    Iscoyd is a superb, modern detached house set in its own generous garden grounds amidst open countryside. It is beautifully presented throughout with high quality furniture and furnishings. With three large bedrooms, two bathrooms and an en-suite it provides ideal self-catering accommodation for two families, couples or larger groups. The main living area is open plan. The stunning lounge / dining room look out across the gardens to open countryside beyond. Deer are often spotted on the edge of the adjacent woodland. French doors lead through to an attractive patio area with outdoor dining tables and chairs. There is a bright, modern kitchen with separate utility room. With miles of open countryside, quiet lanes and woodlands, it is an ideal location for walkers, cyclists and those seeking quiet seclusion in a lovely countryside setting.  The owner is an avid angler with his own boat on nearby Loch Watten. Fishing trips can be arranged for visitors on this lovely scenic loch if required.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating- underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs- and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / diner / kitchen:
    Lounge area: with Freeview TV and DVD and Radio/CD; an extremely spacious lounge area with views over open farmland and woodland beyond

    Dining area: with dining furniture for six, French windows open onto patio area and gardens

    Kitchen area: with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher; bright, well equipped kitchen with Belfast sink

    Shower room: with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    Utility room: with  washing machine and separate dryer, space for outdoor gear storage

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with king-size bed and en-suite shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    Bedroom 2: with two single beds

    Bedroom 3: with two single beds

    Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power provided. Bed linen and towels supplied. Wi-Fi. Enclosed garden and patio area. Parking for 4/5 cars.

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  • Sparrowhawk Lodge

    Aviemore

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: CC512084
    Enjoying a peaceful setting on the edge of the popular, bustling village of Aviemore, Sparrowhawk Lodge has been equipped and furnished to a high standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Aviemore is set in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park and is the outdoor enthusiast’s paradise – skiing, snow boarding, mountain biking, hill walking, climbing and zip lining are just a few of the myriad sports available. The Spey Valley golf course is within easy walking distance with a golfing country club adjacent to this. Take a trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway and see some of the most stunning scenery the area has to offer, or enjoy the funicular railway at the base of the Cairngorms. Water sports are available at nearby Loch Morlich and Loch Insh. The lodge makes a super base for exploring the area, with Inverness, the Highland Capital, a short drive, and a day trip to Loch Ness and the beautiful beaches of the Moray Coast is highly recommended. So much to see and do for all ages.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With double shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and en-suite with double shower and WC.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Wi-Fi. Enclosed, lawned rear garden with patio and furniture. Front lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). Additional on road parking. Cycle store (in garage with pool table). No smoking.

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  • Ziggy’s Neuk

    Grantown-on-Spey

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 29611


    Enjoying a quiet setting within a few minutes’ walk of the town centre, this lovely detached holiday property has been equipped and furnished to a very good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing a holiday as possible. Grantown-on-Spey is located in the spectacular Cairngorms National Park and makes a superb base for exploring the many attractions and experiencing the activities this area has to offer. The house is just a short walk from the Speyside Way and the Anagach Woods, a beautiful natural Scots pine wood where you can birdwatch, walk or take your bike. The town is situated halfway between the Cairngorm and Lecht ski centres. It is also perfectly placed for following the Castle and Malt Whisky Trails. Visitors can go dolphin watching by boat off the Moray coast and explore the many beaches just 20 miles away. Fishing, golfing and mountain biking are all available in the area and there is so much to see and do for all ages. Shops and restaurants 300 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freesat TVs. DVD. DAB Radio. Electric range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Garage with pool table. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Dalriada Bungalow

    Keith

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 17405

    This well designed and spacious holiday bungalow is located down a quiet lane in the centre of Keith, a rural market town on the Castle and Whisky Trails, and well placed for touring Aberdeenshire and Moray. The cities of Inverness and Aberdeen are easily reached by car or train. Follow the Whisky Trail by rail from Keith to Dufftown, or spend time exploring Royal Deeside, Loch Ness or the fine sandy beaches of the Moray coastline. Many golf courses, pony trekking, horse riding and good walks can be found in the area, or visit the Falconry Centre at Huntly, 11 miles. Skiing at Braemar. Shops and pubs 20 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Video. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small patio. Parking (2 cars). No children under 16 years.

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  • Sgurr Mor Lodge

    Balmacara, By Kyle of Lochalsh, nr. Plockton

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: SMMD

    These three adjoining holiday properties (refs SMMC, SMMD and UVO) are set in beautiful, landscaped grounds with spectacular views across the Sound of Sleat to Skye and are only 500 yards away from the shoreline and village of Balmacara. The properties are ideally placed for exploring some of the most dramatic scenery in the West Highlands and visitors can enjoy private fishing on hill lochs during their stay. Minutes away by car is the enigmatic Isle of Skye dominated by the Cuillins, Eilean Donan Castle, the pretty village of Plockton and the Five Sisters of Kintail. The breathtaking drive across the ‘Pass of the Cattle’ leads to the village of Applecross, recently featured in Monty Hall’s Great Escape on BBC television. Experience wildlife safaris such as marine life, sea/loch fishing, water sports and magnificent mountains for hill walking, climbing and biking. A network of National Trust paths, signposted from the grounds of Sgurr Mor, affords views of the surrounding area. Shop and pub 500 yards and excellent restaurants in and around Plockton.

    Entrance hall. Three steps up to double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip & link) and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite Jack and Jill bathroom with bidet and toilet (access also from hall). Further large double bedroom with 6ft bed, access to Jack and Jill bathroom, rosewood floor and feature panoramic windows. Split level to stunning, spacious living room with feature stone wall with open fire, rosewood floor and panoramic windows. Superb, large kitchen/breakfast room. External access via stairs to basement utility.

    • Private lawned garden to rear

    • Open fire - initial fuel included (November-March)
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Large shared lawned garden at front
    • Parking
    • No smoking

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  • Ladybird Cottage

    Scaniport, nr. Inverness

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 29327

    Close to the Highland capital of Inverness

    Enjoying a peaceful, wooded setting on the outskirts of the Highland capital of Inverness, this lovely barn conversion, close to the owners’ home, is equipped to a very good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Ladybird Cottage makes a super base to explore this lovely part of the Highlands with the renowned Loch Ness only 4 miles away. Slightly further afield, you can visit the stunning, unspoilt beaches of the Moray coast, where you may catch sight of the famous dolphins. Also, visit the Culloden Battlefield and Fort George, both steeped in history. For the energetic, there are many activities available, including mountain biking, hill walking, climbing and a large variety of watersports. For the less energetic, just sit back and relax in the peaceful surroundings. Shop 1¾ miles, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, walk-in shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating included (£60per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed garden with covered sitting-out area and furniture. Enclosed courtyard. Ample parking. Cycle store on request. Private water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Owl Cottage

    Lothmore, Helmsdale

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W42361

    Uninterrupted views, peaceful location

    Enjoying views across the fields and the waters of the Moray Firth. Within a 5-minute drive of a sandy beach, this extended former croft house makes the perfect holiday base for touring this part of the Highlands. Situated between Golspie and Helmsdale. Travel north and visit John O’Groats, the Castle of Mey and the Orkney Isles and south to the Black Isle and Inverness, the Highland capital. Golf, fishing, mountain biking, hill walking and surfing are just a few of the activities available. Shops, pubs and restaurants 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors/kitchen. Utility room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms.

    Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Use of natural woodland. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced drops in grounds.

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  • Pebble Cottage

    Aviemore

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC512048
    Pebble Cottage is an attractive detached villa situated in a quiet no through road just a short walk to the centre of Aviemore. This beautifully presented self catering cottage incorporates some unusual and charming features in the design, including a lovely arch window to the front, a superb open plan living area with feature wood burning stove and chandeliers, and a lovely gallery style double bedroom with balustrade on the first floor. There are two further bedrooms on the ground floor. The fully fitted kitchen opens onto a charming conservatory that leads out onto decking and thence to a very private garden area. With distant views across to the Cairngorm Mountain range and just 0.25 mile walk through the quiet lanes to the centre of Aviemore, the hub of the Cairngorm National Park, it is ideally located for exploring this wonderful outdoor centre of the Scottish highlands. The owners of Pebble Cottage have also included membership entrance (up to 4 people) to the MacDonald Dalfaber Golf and Country Club, just a few minutes walk from the property. This renowned leisure centre offers a wealth of facilities, including swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, indoor sports, gymnasium, golf course and lots more.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space
    Lounge Area: With wood burning stove, Free view TV and DVD, Wii console and Radio/CD; wide, full length steps leading down to...
    Dining Area: With large, modern dining table and seating for six with chandelier above; feature coloured lighting built into stairs
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Utility Area: With washing machine and tumble dryer
    Bedroom 1: With two single beds
    Bedroom 2: With 3’ bunk beds
    Shower room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
    Conservatory: Leading from kitchen with lovely views over gardens to mountains beyond and leading out onto decked area and gardens.

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With double bed; room accessed via independent staircase from lounge area, gallery style timber overlooking main living space.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity, first supply of logs for wood burning stove, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Enclosed gardens to rear with large decking area; garden shed for visitors’ use. Guest membership (up to 4 people) for entrance to the MacDonald Dalfaber Golf and Country Club included. Off road parking for two cars.

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