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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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  • Woodside Cottage

    Nether Bellandy, Glenrinnes, near Keith

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 27126
    Nestling in 24 acres of natural grounds and woodland, this lovely detached holiday cottage is in a beautiful, remote, sheltered location within easy reach of Dufftown. It enjoys direct views of heather clad hills and the majestic Ben Rinnes from the back garden, and regular sighting of local wildlife including red deer. Guests can collect fresh eggs from the hens, and are welcome to explore and enjoy of the grounds surrounding the property. Enjoy walking, fishing, skiing, horse riding and birdwatching locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With wood burner and Freeview TV.
    2 steps to...
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and sloping ceiling.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed, Velux window and sloping ceiling.
    Separate toilet.

    Eco-friendly biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with garden furniture and BBQ. Use of owners’ grounds. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring, there is an unfenced pond, 22 yards and a pond in the owner’s grounds.

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  • Larachan

    Scarfskerry near Castletown

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: CC511398
    Larachan is a spacious, detached holiday bungalow perched on the edge of the sea, in the quiet hamlet of Scarfskerry. It provides bright and generous accommodation, and the lounge has large picture windows that boast amazing uninterrupted sea views across the Pentland Firth to Orkney. There is a bright, modern kitchen/dining area and three attractively presented bedrooms. The garden grounds lead directly down to the sea with a private rocky beach. This area has some of the finest beaches to be found in the UK. At nearby Dunnet Bay, paths lead through the white sandy dunes to the sweeping beach below. Surfing, body-boarding, sand-buggying, swimming, horse riding and wildlife watching are all local pastimes, yet this superb beach is never crowded. It is also close to the Highland Tourist Trail that runs from Wick Harbour in the east, through to Ullapool in the west. This trail follows a route across the far north and west of Scotland, taking in some of the most dramatic scenery, with mountain ranges, stunning beaches and an ever-changing coastline along the way.
    The Castle of Mey, beautifully restored by the late Queen Mother, is clearly visible from the cottage and just a stones throw away. This fairytale castle has a fascinating history and the gardens, grounds and views are wonderful. The whole area is renowned for its bird and sea life, puffins, Great Skua, otters, seals, dolphins and whales are all seen around these coastal waters. Take a boat trip from John O’ Groats to encounter the sealife and to explore this fascinating coastline. Day trips are also available to the Orkney Isles, where visitors can explore Neolithic villages, standing stones, Scapa Flow and the amazing Italian chapel, built by prisoners during the Second World War.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance and then is all on the ground floor, has economy 7 central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 30" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and large picture windows overlooking the sea.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with electric cooker, gas hob and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With claw foot bath, heated towel rail and WC.
    Wet room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Old School House

    Lonbain, by Applecross

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: STN

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

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

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

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  • Carness West

    North Ballachulish, Glencoe

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: SEEF

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

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

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

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  • The Paddock

    Portmahomack, near Tain

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

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

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

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

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  • Vatersay Cottage

    Kytra Locks near Fort Augustus

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511469
    Vatersay Cottage is part of a three-cottage hamlet at Kytra Lock and is a detached heritage property. It sits on the opposite bank from its neighbours. Like them, it enjoys all the benefits of a completely secluded spot but offers easy access to loads of activities.
    Kytra Lock is the ideal location for people who really want to get away from it all. It’s as sheltered and secluded a spot as you’ll find anywhere, yet it’s only two miles from Fort Augustus and a range of activities. Surrounded by Scots pines and overlooked by Tor Dhuin hill fort, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into a postcard. The hamlet feels a million miles away from the normal everyday life – exactly what you want from a holiday home. There’s also a private garden, just the place to enjoy a quiet drink while watching the boats sail by.
    Sitting on the southernmost tip of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus is well worth a visit and has a good village pub and restaurant. An impressive system of locks brings canal boats into the village and watching the boats trying to negotiate the locks is a popular pastime. The Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre will allow you to find out more about traditional Highland life, or for a more gentle occupation, visit the Rare Breeds Croft. Kids will love the deer, highland cattle, sheep goats and pheasants – not to mention the pot-bellied pigs!
    Take a cruise on Loch Ness to hunt down the Loch Ness Monster, whilst enjoying magnificent views of Urquhart Castle. Visit Invermoriston where the Moriston Falls, complete with salmon jumping, can be viewed from the Thomas Telford Bridge. Or drive to the Isle of Skye, passing Eilean Donan – Scotland’s most photographed castle.
    The area also hosts a large number of outdoor activities including mountain biking, hillwalking, golf, fishing, horseriding, kayaking and windsurfing.
    If all the peace and quiet gets too much, Fort William and Inverness are less than an hour’s drive away.

    Vatersay Cottage can be booked together with Eriskay Cottage (CC511468) and Sandray Cottage (CC511467) to accommodate up to 13 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge 1: With wooden floor and Freeview TV.
    Lounge 2/dining room: With wooden floor and wood burner.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair.Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks and unfenced canal 20 yards.

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  • Ach na Ben

    Sallachy, nr. Dornie

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W43198

    Ach na Ben is a charming, comfortable, traditional, detached highland cottage set in its own large gardens with natural stream and located in one of the most spectacular glens on the west coast. There is excellent hill walking for all abilities from the nearby Falls of Glomach and Killilan hills to the Five Sisters of Kintail and the Cuillins of Skye. For outdoor enthusiasts, enjoy bird watching, sea and loch fishing, cycling and watersports. Visit historic sites such as Glenelg Brochs, Eilean Donan Castle and Battle of Glen Shiel or many gardens and Kylerhea Otter Hide. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric woodburner in dining room/kitchen included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area. Natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). M/cycle/cycle store. No smoking. NB: Stream in garden.

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  • Lochinchard Cottage

    Kinlochbervie, Sutherland

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W1179

    Stunning views

    Superbly located in the north west fishing port just yards from the shore, this detached bungalow has a stunning view over Loch Inchard to Ben Arkle. There is a fish market most evenings and the village is surrounded by superb hills and mountains all suitable for walking and climbing. Of interest locally are Cape Wrath lighthouse, Handa Island Bird Sanctuary and spectacular white sandy beaches all of which are within easy reach. There are two grocery shops in the area with bread, milk and papers coming in daily. For golfers there is a challenging golf course at Durness, 17 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single (for child). Shower room with toilet.

    Central heating and electricity included. Travel cot. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden with furniture. Ample parking. NB: Significant drop in the garden.

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  • Carron View

    Lochcarron

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 19642

    Nestling at the base of some of Wester Ross’ most spectacular hills, this traditional cottage enjoys views across open croft land. Excellent area for a holiday spent climbing, hill walking, mountain biking or much more. Visit the nearby village of Lochcarron with its pubs, restaurants, shops and 9 hole golf course or take a trip to the magical Isle of Skye. The Applecross peninsula is just a short drive, reached via a spectacular drive over Britain’s highest mountain pass. Shops 4 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Clachan

    Craigloiste, Inver Alligan, Torridon

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: UKM

    In an outstanding elevated position on the shores of Upper Loch Torridon, this traditional croft house with its own garden commands wonderful views – to the front is the loch with the mountains beyond, and to the rear is the towering Ben Alligin, part of the spectacular Torridon range (NT). An ideal base for hill walking and climbing. Shops 5 miles, pub serving food 7 miles.

    Living room with multi-fuel stove. Well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen with dining area/conservatory with outstanding views. Double bedroom with wash basin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Both with sloping ceilings.

    • Multi-fuel stove – fuel included
    • Electricity and electricity rads by meter reading
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Digital TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone – outgoing only
    • Secure garden with terrace and furniture
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Cycle
      storage

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  • Polgarrie House

    Edderton

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W43051

    Enjoying a private location with country views, Polgarrie House has been furnished for a comfortable and relaxing holiday. Just over a mile outside the pretty village of Edderton and within easy reach of Tain and Dornoch, the detached house makes an ideal base for exploring. Local activities include golf, mountain biking, kayaking, river and sea fishing along with many wonderful hill or beach walks. Visit John O’Groats, the Orkney Islands or the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre. Shop and pub 1.5 miles, restaurant 6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Second living room. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study with single bed (for alternative sleeping). 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in second living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Car port. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • The Old Post Office

    Kentallen, nr. Glencoe

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: SDDM

    Overlooking the waters of Kentallen Bay and on towards the hills of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, this lovely detached house is set in large grounds just yards from the shore of Loch Linnhe. It is centrally located for exploring the beautiful West Highlands, Mull and Skye. Close to Glencoe and Fort William - ‘outdoor capital of the UK’ - the area is wonderful for climbing, hill walking, mountain biking, skiing, sailing and much more. Also nearby, the Victorian town of Oban is popular for its daily boat trips and sealife centre. There are many options for dining out locally including a popular seafood restaurant which is within close walking distance of the property. Shop 3 miles.

    Two steps up to living room with patio doors to garden. Formal dining room. Spacious well-equipped kitchen. Sun room. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft 6in bed. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Blu-ray player with a selection of films
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed garden with rear terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Roadside parking
    • No smoking

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