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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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  • Croftronan Cottage

    Croftronan, nr. Boat of Garten

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 26466

    This detached holiday bungalow is set in a delightfully peaceful location, surrounded by fields and moorland. The house features an attractive dining room/kitchen with French doors opening on to a small enclosed area of the extensive gardens. The open fields surrounding the house give way to native woodland that is the home of an osprey nest at Loch Garten. The area is renowned for outdoor pursuits. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two digital TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream beyond garden.

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  • Mountain View

    Tomintoul near Grantown-on-Spey

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511457
    Travel north to the highest village in the Scottish Highlands, Tomintoul, where a warm welcome awaits. This detached holiday home is set on the outskirts of this quaint village and backs onto fields with the Avonside Hills as a panoramic backdrop. Furnished with style and comfort in mind, it is an ideal base to explore this magical region. Whisky lovers will enjoy the delights of the Whisky Trail, of which the famous Glenlivet is only a short drive away. Plenty of outdoor adventures can be had, horse riding from the village, skiing at nearby Lecht and the Cairngorms where fabulous hillwalking and mountain climbing can be enjoyed. Cyclists will love the Glenlivet Mountain Bike centre too! In addition, Landrover safaris or gorge walking at nearby Bridge of Brown will surely get the adrenalin going. Alternatively, bird watching or deer spotting will suit the less adventurous and for interesting shops and eateries, Tomintoul, Ballater, Grantown-on-Spey and Aviemore are all within easy reach. By total contrast, the beautiful Moray coastline is within an hour’s drive.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps (with ramp access) to the entrance, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Large with wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, Wii and lovely views.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With electric range cooker, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Wet room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available. Welcome pack. Large, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Watercolour

    Ardgour, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: 26616

    Adjoining one of the finest recording facilities in Scotland and offering a quiet, inspiring location for musicians, writers, artists and families. Close to the village of Ardgour with views across Loch Linnhe, this semi-detached holiday cottage is ideal for those wishing to explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and the Inner Hebrides with its stunning scenery, walks and wildlife. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Wooden floors throughout. Utility room. Snug. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk with additional bunk and en-suite shower room with toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, underfloor heating (downstairs), electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. ¼-acre gravelled garden with raised beds, patio and furniture. 5-acre shared grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Private water supply from hillside. No smoking. NB: Stream close by.

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  • Heatherdale

    Gairloch

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    4
    Ref: CC511436
    Situated in the charming Charleston area of Gairloch, Heatherdale is a large, detached house offering great accommodation in a lovely setting. It is within easy walking distance of the pretty harbour, golf course and stunning beaches. It is surrounded by its own pretty gardens, with a superb decking area that drinks in the beautiful sea views, Heatherdale is ideal for a large family holiday. Set into the hillside, the house is built on various levels. There is a superb lounge with deep leather suite and plenty of seating for six (although the photographs show a wood burning stove in the lounge, it is not available to guests, it is display only). Sea views from the picture windows add to the charm. There are three large bedrooms, all en-suite, as well as a family bathroom. The bright kitchen is extremely well-equipped and a separate dining room adds to the feeling of spaciousness.
    Heatherdale makes an ideal base for exploring the beautiful area of Wester Ross. Hill walkers will be spoilt for choice, with the Torridon mountains to the south and the Assynt range to the north. From Gairloch harbour, you can choose from a variety of boat trips, which include whale and dolphin watching, to sea-angling, and there are pontoons available for those who wish to bring their own boat. The area is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise. Sea eagles are common to the region and otters, seals and a superb array of birdlife can be seen in the area. There are a number of excellent sea and wildlife boat trips that can be booked from the harbour, as well as sea fishing trips and excursions. There is also a wonderful voyage out to the uninhabited Shaints islands (the only trip from mainland Scotland to these remote islands) to view the millions of nesting sea-birds, spotting whales and dolphins on the way. The excellent nine hole golf course is just a few minutes along the road and is situated beside a golden sandy beach. Another popular activity is pony trekking at Red Point. The world famous Inverewe Gardens at Poolewe and the Gairloch Heritage Museum are both worth a visit. The Gairloch Leisure Centre provides many sporting activities and there is an indoor swimming pool at Poolewe, six miles. Gairloch also has a good choice of pubs and restaurants, which specialise in sea food dishes and other local fare, the nearest one being just a five minute walk from the cottage. There are also many small coffee and craft shops in the area. With unspoilt sandy beaches and superb scenery, this is a superb holiday location for all ages.Pub 300yards, shops 500 yards and restaurant 300 yards

    Ground Floor: Four steps down to...
    Living Room: Large with 48" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and sea views.
    Large dining room.
    Kitchen: Large with electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toiletC.
    Bedroom 2:
    With king size bed, TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds, TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet
    Bathroom: Large with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating l oil, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Large, lawned garden with sitting-out area, decking and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Gentle slopes and steps in the garden.

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  • Beach Lane Cottage

    Nairn

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30829


    Located in a quiet residential area of the lovely town of Nairn, this semi-detached bungalow has been well-equipped and furnished to ensure as relaxing holiday as possible. Only a 10-minute walk from the award-winning sandy beach and the town centre, Beach Lane Cottage makes an ideal base for exploring the town and the surrounding countryside. Nairn, a former fishing village enjoys a large variety of shops, restaurants and pubs along with the vibrant harbour and marina, and a wonderful championship golf course. Inverness, the Highland Capital is just a short drive with Culloden Battlefield, the historic Fort George and Loch Ness all within easy reach. There are many activities available including golf, mountain biking, fishing and sea trips, and a large variety of watersports. Along the Moray Coast you can visit some of the most picturesque villages and also take a trip along the Moray Malt Whisky Trail – the only one on the world! Beach 1 mile. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small, front and rear, lawned gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Gardeners Cottage

    Ardelve, near Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5106
    This semi-detached, converted farm cottage is located in the grounds of Conchra House, enjoying an elevated location above Loch Long. Only minutes from the historic Eilean Donan Castle, you can sit back and watch as the castle comes to life at night. An excellent base to tour the surrounding area, the property is only a short drive from Glenelg, Plockton and the Isle of Skye. The area is a hotspot for historical sites including Glenelg Brochs and The Battle of Glenshiel, and Scottish native wildlife thrives in this region. With boat trips, pony trekking and excellent hill walking to try, this property is equally ideal for outdoor enthusiasts as it is for leisurely holidaymakers looking for a "get away from it all" experience. The owners live on-site, so help is always at hand. Beach 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. Gardeners Cottage can be booked together with Farmers Cottage (UK5107) and Shepherds Cottage (UK5108) to accommodate up to 15 guests.

    Ground Floor: Living/dining room: With electric coal effect fire, 23" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Separate toilet.
    Narrow and steep stairs to...

    First Floor: Sloping ceilings throughout.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot and highchair available on request.Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Shared 4-acre maintained grounds with woodland. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Tighe-Mo-Cridhe

    Dornie

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 28708

    This holiday cottage is located in the most spectacular scenery of West Coast Scotland – overlooking Loch Long and close to Eilean Donan Castle. The area has much to offer, with its varied walking and hiking and the Falls of Glomach close by. The sea lochs, rugged mountains and spectacular scenery make an ideal backdrop for photographs. Visit Glenelg over Mam Ratagan, Applecross with a popular drive over Bealach-na-Ba and the historic sites of Glenelg Brochs and Eilean Donan Castle. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms, 2 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (no fuel provided). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Playstation 2 and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Dove Cottage

    Nairn

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UK5033
    Enjoying a central yet quiet setting and only a few minutes walk from the centre of Nairn, this semi-detached, former fisherman’s cottage is furnished and equipped to a very good standard. This quaint cottage has everything you need to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. It offers beautifully presented accommodation and makes a super base for exploring this lovely part of the northern Highlands. The vibrant harbour and marina are a short walk away, along with the beautiful award-winning beach, where you can perhaps catch sight of the famous Bottlenose dolphins of the Moray Firth, and enjoy a stroll whilst watching the playful seabirds foraging on the shoreline. Visit some of the lovely fishing villages dotted along the Moray Firth coastline, or take the Moray Malt Whisky Trail, the only one in the world. Inverness, the Highland capital, Culloden Battlefield, the historic Fort George, Cawdor Castle and Loch Ness are all within easy reach. Amongst the many activities available in the area are a large range of water sports, as well as fishing, sea trips, mountain biking and golf, with Nairn boasting a championship course just a short walk from the cottage.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, wood burner, 37" Freesat TV, DVD player, Blu-ray player, CD player and iPod dock.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Wi-Fi. Enclosed sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Ach-na-Clachan

    Gairloch

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: URA

    Occupying a marvellous setting, with all main windows overlooking Gairloch Bay to the magnificent Torridon Mountains and the Isle of Skye beyond, this traditional stone cottage and its large natural garden is only 1½ miles (approx) from Gairloch beach. With sheep grazing close by, its setting is quiet, yet well placed for visiting the village’s pier and harbour, playing a round of golf on the 9-hole course, and exploring the beauty of the surrounding area. Ideal base for hill walking. Swimming pool and Inverewe Tropical Gardens at Poolewe, 6 miles. Shops and pub approximately 500 yards.

    Living room with open fire and rugs on wooden floor. Modern fitted, well-equipped kitchen with dining area and wooden floor. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Further double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Large, enclosed natural garden with furniture
    • Parking
    • Secure cycle storage

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  • Beaufort Cottages - Stables Cottage

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511450
    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.
    Stables Cottage 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), The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) and The Larder (CC511452) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With slate floor, wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area: With wooden floor.
    Kitchen area: With wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.

    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. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Camas Tana

    Glenfinnan, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W42895

    Set on the banks of Loch Shiel this delightful detached holiday lodge is situated on the ’Road to the Isles’ in the historic village of Glenfinnan; an ideal base for touring the West Highlands, with breathtaking scenery and a variety of outdoor activities. Visit the NTS Monument, Visitor Centre and the beautiful St Mary and St Finnan Church. The Jacobite Steam Train, which featured as Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films can be seen crossing the viaduct. Take a trip to Fort William or visit the Isle of Skye via a short ferry crossing from Mallaig. Shop 15 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in liviing room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. No TV. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden and 8 steps to lochside.

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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. 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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