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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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  • Innes-Maree Bungalow 2

    Poolewe

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: 30049


    This holiday bungalow is situated in the delightful coastal village of Poolewe, and is just a short stroll to the banks of Loch Ewe, in the heart of Wester Ross. The cottage forms part of a small, purpose-built complex of six bungalows, each set in their own large open landscaped gardens. The cottage sleeps 6 in generously proportioned accommodation, with two en-suite bedrooms and a separate shower room. The main living area is open plan. Patio doors lead out onto an outdoor dining area, with lovely views across the lawned gardens. This bright bungalow provides an ideal base for touring this renowned and beautiful west coast area, with sandy beaches, magnificent mountains, wild forests and lochs. Nearby Inverewe Gardens, with its palm trees and exotic tropical plants are a testament to the mild climate this region enjoys. Horse riding, sailing, canoeing, climbing, hill walking, golf and fishing are all local pastimes. Beach 500 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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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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  • Shalom

    Westhill, Inverness

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 14665

    Enjoy panoramic views over the town and across the Moray Firth to the Black Isle and the Ross-shire mountains from this welcoming, well presented holiday bungalow. Set in the peaceful Westhill area of Inverness near the famous Culloden Battlefield it is an ideal centre for touring or visiting the many local attractions. Theatre, leisure centre, superb golf courses, breathtaking scenery, beautiful lochs and castles are all within easy reach, and there is a large 24hr supermarket, 2 miles. Where better to spend that special holiday! Shop and church 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet,

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Garden and bench seat. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Croft Cottage

    Glencoe

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 30555


    In a quiet rural setting in the heart of historic Glencoe, this cosy, single-storey, detached cottage has been tastefully restored. With views of the surrounding mountains, and a short walk to the shores of Loch Leven, this is an ideal location for exploring the west coast of Scotland. The area is renowned for its abundant wildlife and its breathtaking scenery, which has been used as the backdrop for many famous films including ’Harry Potter’, ’Rob Roy’ and ’William Wallace’. From Fort Willliam, known as the ’outdoor capital of the UK’, you can travel on the Jacobite Steam Train, or catch the Mountain Gondola to the top of Aonoch Mor. The small bustling town of Oban, the ’gateway to the Isles’, has regular ferries from the harbour to the inner Isles, including Mull and Iona. Glencoe and Fort William both have ski resorts and are also very popular areas for climbers and walkers. Crossing on the Ferry at Corran will allow you to explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, with its rocky coastline and white sandy beaches. Take the ’road to the Isles’ and visit the beautiful Isle of Skye. Cycling and mountain biking is one of the main outdoor activities and attractions in the Glencoe and Lochaber area. Both the Glencoe Mountain and Nevis Range ski centres have developed downhill mountain bike tracks which are used in amatuer and international, professional level competition. Croft cottage also sits on the Glencoe orbital and the Glencoe to Oban cycle paths, which are aimed at family level cycling. Bike hire is also available in Glencoe village a few hundred metres from the cottage. Other activities include kayaking, golf, horse riding, snowboarding, bird watching and fishing, or excellent indoor climbing at Kinlochleven. There are plenty of gentle forest walks, museums, distilleries, castles, gardens and monuments nearby, with Glencoe village also offering shops and a museum. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 650 yards.

    6 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating (electric heater in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with gravelled patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. 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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  • 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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  • Upper Stronaba Cottage

    Upper Stronaba

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511371
    Upper Stronaba Cottage is situated amongst spectacular scenery, with stunning uninterrupted views across open countryside to the Ben Nevis mountain range. This single storey cottage is approached via a short track that leads up into the hills. The lounge is warm and cosy, with open fireplace and large picture windows looking across to Ben Nevis. The kitchen / dining room has plenty of space for up to 5 people and is well equipped. There are three attractive bedrooms and a modern shower room. The rural cottage gardens mainly consists of grass, with a patio area; an ideal spot for a quiet drink whilst enjoying the spectacular scenery

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on one level has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with open fire, satellite Freeview, TV, DVD and radio/CD; lovely views
    Kitchen/diner: with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: with two single beds
    Bedroom 2: with one single bed
    Bedroom 3: with one double bed
    Shower room: with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. First supply of coal provided. Bed linen and towels supplied. Enclosed garden, very secluded with grassed area and patio. Off road parking space for 2 cars.

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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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  • Foresters Cottage

    Tarbat, Invergordon

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 23448

    This attractive, single-storey holiday cottage was formerly the forester’s cottage on a Highland country estate. Situated close to a hamlet it is tastefully refurbished to provide attractive accommodation in a quiet setting. There are woodland and riverside walks leading down to the shores of the Cromarty Firth, home of a large colony of seals. Easy access to the Black Isle with its pretty fishing villages and attractive coastline. Golf, fishing, hill walking, mountain biking and numerous water sports are all available in the area. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel) included. Oil central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, oil, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Oil Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Lochinchard Cottage

    Kinlochbervie, Sutherland

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W2095

    Superb views

    Just 50 yards from the sea, commanding superb views of Loch Inchard and the mountains beyond, this detached bungalow is located in this popular north west fishing village. There are excellent opportunities for hill walking and climbing, bird watching and fishing, plus boat trips to seal colonies, Cape Wrath Lighthouse and Handa Island Bird Sanctuary. There are two grocery shops and a few pubs and restaurants in the area. There are several beautiful white sandy beaches all within easy reach, and for golfers there is a challenging golf course 17 miles away in Durness. The cottage is bright and cosy and suitable for holidays throughout the year. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

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

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

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  • Upper Bayfield Cottage

    Nigg near Tain

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC511460
    Upper Bayfield Cottage is a picturesque, semi-detached stone cottage surrounded by its own pretty gardens and situated in a quiet lane. The cottage has been sympathetically restored whilst retaining many of its attractive original features. The delightful lounge has a large welcoming wood burner and a deep, comfortable sofa. The bright kitchen has plenty of space for dining, and all rooms are well presented with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings and great attention to detail. This cottage is ideal for families and couples wishing to explore this lovely corner of the Highlands.
    With views across the sea and open countryside, Upper Bayfield Cottage is quietly located, yet has easy access to some of the most spectacular areas of the Scottish Highlands. An RSPB nature reserve is within easy walking distance. The coast is just three miles away, and golf, fishing, hill walking, mountain biking and horse riding are all available locally. There are numerous superb beaches in the region, and the area is also noted for its historical and archaeological sites. Within ten minutes’ drive is the oldest royal burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built of local sandstone, Tain is a charming, historic town and offers an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs as well as a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities, including tennis courts, public gardens, golf club and bowling club, all of which are available to visitors. Inverness, the Highland Capital, is about 45 minutes’ drive.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with tiled floor, electric range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Large, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 6 steps and sloping banks in garden.

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  • Ardview

    Reraig, Balmacara, Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC511279
    Ardview is a traditional two storey holiday cottage overlooking Loch Alsh just 5 minutes from the Skye bridge. The cottage has recently been refurbished and renovated in a caring and sympathetic manner throughout. It now offers bright, modern facilities whilst exuding a charming seaside cottage ambience. The main living area is open plan. The pretty lounge area focuses on the wood burning stove and original cottage windows look out across the bay to the surrounding hills. The kitchen/dining area is separated by a dividing bar. The kitchen is fully fitted and well equipped. There are three good sized bedrooms and with bathrooms on both floors it is an ideal cottage for two couples, extended families or group holidays. The cottage enjoys superb views across the sea, both upstairs and down. There is a public slipway to launch boats/kayaks across the road opposite the cottage.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen.
    Lounge Area: With wood burning stove, Freeview TV/radio, DVD player, free Wi-fi broadband and views over the loch.
    Dining Area: With large dining table and seating for 6. Also hi-fi music centre with CD, I pod docking, SU/USB input etc.
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box .
    Utility Room: With washer/dryer, WC, wash basin and shower.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and travel cot with bedding and highchair.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single 3’ bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All oil, power, bed linen and towels included. First supply of logs for wood burning stove provided. Cot and highchair available.Steeply terraced grass bank area with low stone walls with picnic table and chairs. There is an unprotected drop from the stone wall to the ground of approximately 5 ft. Front garden with bench and shingle area. Off road parking for 3 cars. There is a public slipway to launch boats/kayaks across the road opposite the cottage.

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