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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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  • Millnain Cottage

    Fodderty, By Strathpeffer

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: S4199

    This very comfortable, 19th century, traditional stone cottage has been beautifully furnished, and stands in a large country garden between the Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer and the market town of Dingwall. The area offers a wealth of activities including boat trips out on the Cromarty Firth to see the dolphins, hill and forest walks, bird watching (Red kites can often be seen over the hills), and the local highland games during the summer months. Riding and golf locally. Shops and pubs 2.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Garden with furniture and summer house. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Wee Manly

    Dornoch

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511461
    Just a short stroll from the stunning white sandy beach of Dornoch, Wee Manly is an attractively presented end terraced house situated on a quiet no-through road. On the ground floor there is a pretty cottage lounge with comfortable sofas and a large screen television. The kitchen/dining room is bright, contemporary and well equipped. Upstairs there are three pretty bedrooms and a family bathroom.

    Wee Manly is situated close to the centre of the historic town of Dornoch, a Royal Burgh since 1628. This delightful town is one of the prettiest in the Highlands. Built around the 13th Century sandstone cathedral, it has a selection of unusual and attractive shops, as well as a number of excellent restaurants and bars. The renowned Championship golf course of Royal Dornoch is just 200 yards away. The award-winning beaches of Dornoch and Embo are ideal for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Loch Fleet Nature Reserve, close by, attracts a wide variety of wading birds and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Just a short drive away is Dunrobin Castle, seat of the Dukes of Sutherland for over six hundred years. Visitors are welcome to explore the castle and grounds, which were modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Wee Manly makes an ideal base for exploring this beautiful and unspoilt area of the Highlands.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric coal-effect fire, 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Utility room: With freezer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Squirrel Cottage

    Strone, Drumnadrochit

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511428
    Nestling at the base of a hillock with lovely views across towards the waters of Loch Ness and the hills beyond, Squirrel Cottage has been equipped and furnished to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Just a few minutes walk from the ruins of Urquhart Castle, and within easy distance of the centre of the bustling village of Drumnadrochit, the cottage makes a central base for exploring this lovely part of the Highlands. The village offers some good restaurants, pubs and shops along with the Nessie Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the legend of the loch Ness Monster. Explore Glen Affric and Glen Urquhart to see the stunning scenery and perhaps walk or mountain bike through the beautiful forests. Take a boat trip or enjoy some of the many watersports available on the loch, or horse riding at the nearby centre. Further afield take a trip to Inverness, the Highland capital, only 12 miles, or the beautiful Isle of Skye. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever changing scenery.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Internet access. Patio with furniture. Unspoilt woodland area to the rear. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Glengowan

    Inverasdale

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 28242

    This detached, single-storey holiday property is situated in the rural, crofting township of Inverasdale on the west coast of Scotland and offers views over mountains and open countryside. This peaceful place is an ideal location for exploring, with the sandy beach and dunes of Firemore Sands just 2 miles and the exotic Inverewe Gardens 5 miles away. Nearby historical sites include Cove, with its memorial stone for the Russian Convoy Fleet, and Badachro with the Fairy Lochs, known as the crash site of an American World War II bomber. Walking, boat trips, kayaking, whale and dolphin spotting are available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Culcharry Cottage

    Cawdor, Nairn

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: B5829

    This charming, spacious, attractive, well furnished and equipped holiday cottage enjoys a rural location and is in a large enclosed garden, with adjoining woods. It is conveniently located 4 miles from Nairn, which has miles of sandy beaches, 2 championship golf courses, bowling, tennis and shops; and ½ hour drive from Inverness. Close to Cairngorms with skiing, mountain railway, mountain biking and superb walking and climbing. Cawdor, 1 mile away, is a conservation village with quaint houses, PO and a tavern. Horse riding can also be found 1 mile away. Adjacent is the castle with gardens and grounds, which are open in the summer. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite toilet, 1 twin, 1 single.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Playstation 2. Halogen hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden and terrace. Barbecue. Table tennis (in garage). Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. NB: Fenced drops to rear of property.

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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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  • Allt-na-Mara

    Achosnich, nr. Ardnamurchan Point

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 2869


    Ardnamurchan, the most westerly point of the British mainland, is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt areas of the Highlands. There are mountains, glens, forests, white coral sands and turquoise waters warmed by the gulf stream. The village is remote with few services, although a local hotel serves meals and there is a well-stocked convenience store with post office and petrol pumps. The detached holiday property stands in a sheltered valley approached by a rough, unmade road. The road from Corran Ferry is single track. An alternative route through Fort William, Lochailort and Moidart is 12 miles longer but offers better roads. The wildlife in the area is exceptional. Buzzards, along with sea and golden eagles dominate the skies. Red, roe, fallow and muntjac deer roam forest and moor, and the rare pine marten and Scottish wildcat have a haven here. Fishing is available locally at Loch Mudle and the local hill lochs. The Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, built in 1849, is well worth a visit. There are several stunning beaches nearby; Portuairk beach is within 1½ miles, Sanna beach is 5 miles by road, but only 1½ miles on foot. Kilmory and Achateny beaches are about 7 miles away on the north coast. Achateny has a reef, in which there are sea anemones, eels, fish and sea cucumbers. Shop 3½ miles, hotel ½ mile, beach 1 mile, Isle of Mull car ferry 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (4ft) with additional single.

    Electric heaters and electricity included. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden chairs. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Two pets welcome, dogs must be kept on lead (crofting country).

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  • The Townhouse

    Inverness

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W43301

    Set in a residential area and within walking distance of the city centre, this terraced house offers spacious holiday accommodation. The Highland Capital of Inverness makes a superb base for sampling the many attractions, including theatre, leisure centres and the variety of shops, restaurants and pubs. Loch Ness and the ruins of Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle and the beaches, as well as the distilleries on the Whisky Trail are all within easy reach. Enjoy the many mountain bike trails, watersports and golf courses in the area. Beach 16 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking (permit provided). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Salty Dog

    Findochty, near Buckie

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UK5079
    Occupying a great position overlooking the tranquil marina in the delightful village of Findochty on the Moray Firth Coast, this traditional semi-detached fisherman’s cottage has been tastefully renovated to a very comfortable standard, with a cosy open fire in the living area, and patio doors leading from the kitchen area to the raised, fully enclosed terrace.

    Sailing and fishing enthusiasts can relax and enjoy the comings and goings in the marina, and watch the crabs being landed from the terrace. There is a lovely pub with views, just 300 yards away on the harbour front, which serves food and takeaway meals. It is family friendly, and pet friendly in the bar area only.

    Breathtaking beach and clifftop walks from the village form part of the Moray Coast Trail and take you into Buckie, Portknockie and Cullen where there are more pubs, restaurants, takeaways and shops within 3 miles. There are sandy beaches and coves with plenty of fishing heritage and sea life to explore beyond the marina, and a challenging 18-hole golf course 1 mile west of the village. With activities such as walking, sailing, fishing, diving, cycling, whale watching and golf available, there is much to do locally.

    During the summer, the daylight hours are very long providing every opportunity to enjoy the quality of the local scenery, and when the conditions allow, witness the amazing northern lights. The spectacular coastline ranges from steep cliffs with little fishing villages strung out at the base to fantastic sandy beaches, especially at Cullen, and also Nairn and Lossiemouth further west.

    There are many historic castles and gardens to explore including the spectacular ruined Findlater, the Joiner’s Workshop in Fordyce and Duff House in Banff. Whisky and castle trails are further inland starting with the Glenglassaugh distillery just 7½ miles away. A boat trip to see the dolphins and seals is a must, and the many neighbouring little villages have a treasure trove of antique and curios shops as well as coffee shops and restaurants, offering fine local food and seasonal produce. A true jewel in the Moray Firth Coastline, Findochty ensures a memorable holiday any time of the year, and on Thursdays, the fish and chip van visits! Beach 300 yards. Shop and pub 300 yards.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With open fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and wooden floor.
    Dining area.
    Step to...
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and patio doors to patio.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Step to...
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet (Jack and Jill shared with main house).
    Steep stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and en-suite with toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With 4ft twin beds and sloping ceiling.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Stairgate. Welcome pack. Enclosed patio with garden furniture. Bike store. On road parking. No smoking. Please note: The unfenced harbour is 10 yards away.

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  • Ceol Na Mara

    Kilmory

    Grade
    6
    4
    1
    1
    Ref: 31254

    Ceol Na Mara is a comfortable holiday bungalow situated in the tiny hamlet of Branault on the north coast of the Ardnamurchan peninsula, with stunning views over the Small Isles and the Cuillins on Skye. All on one level, the easy layout is perfect for families or groups of up to six who want a break far away from the pressures of everyday life. The homely living room has an open fire and huge windows with spectacular views. There is a large, enclosed garden with a wooden decking area perfect for evening barbecues and watching the sun set out over the sea. Ceol Na Mara meaning ‘sound of the sea’ is a short walk from the beautiful sandy beaches at Kilmory. Only 5 miles from the village of Kilchoan, where there is a shop, pub and ferry to the Isle of Mull, the area provides plenty of opportunities for wildlife watching and exploration of the dramatic and rugged coastline. Beach 1 mile. Shop 41/2 miles, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 2 singles. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towel hire. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Large, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Fearnmore House

    Fearnmore, nr. Applecross

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: 29677

    Situated on the Applecross Peninsula

    This superbly presented detached stone cottage is perched on the edge of the sea on the picturesque Applecross Peninsula in a rural and coastal location. Originally a weaver’s cottage, this delightful house has been beautifully restored by its current owners and now combines the height of contemporary living with olde world charm. The main living area is open plan. This lovely room has exposed stone walls, a feature woodburner and spectacular views over the sea to the mountains beyond. There are three large bedrooms, all beautifully presented and two bathrooms, fitted to the same high specification. French doors open onto a large decking area; a wonderful spot to sit and admire the incredible views across the bay. Applecross Peninsula is renowned for its wild, rugged and unspoilt beauty. This is a fantastic area for hill walking, climbing in the Torridon Hills, kayaking around the coast and cycling the quiet lanes with amazing views around almost every corner. Sea loch 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 12 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room and ground floor bedroom (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large decked area with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from loch. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Sloping track to property.

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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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