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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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  • 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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  • Farmers Cottage

    Ardelve, near Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5107
    Farmers Cottage is a fantastic, semi-detached holiday cottage situated in the grounds of Conchra House. With scenic views over Loch Long, the property lends itself to musicians and artists looking for some inspiration. So if you fancy having a go, be sure to bring a sketch pad and pencil (or a camera at the very least!), as the landscape is evocative as it is dynamic.


    There’s a wealth of attractions and activities nearby that can be fun for all the family. History buffs will opt for visiting Glenelg Broch or Glen Shiel, where the eponymous battle between Jacobites, Spaniards and British government troops took place. For adventurous holidaymakers, there’s some fine hill walking and cycling to be found right from your front door, and for wildlife lovers, there’s the Kylerhea Otter Hide. The Isle of Skye is within driving distance, and for those you like to put their feet up and relax on holiday, this cosy cottage is equally ideal. The owners live on-site, so help is always at hand. Beach 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. Farmers Cottage can be booked together with Gardeners Cottage (UK5106) and Shepherds Cottage (UK5108) to accommodate up to 15 guests.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area: With 23" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.

    First Floor: Sloping ceilings throughout.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Squirrel’s Tale Cottage

    Dulnain Bridge

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: SZZG


    Squirrel’s Tale Cottage is situated in a wonderful, elevated position in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, and enjoys striking views across the countryside towards the lush Strathspey Valley, River Spey and the majestic Cairngorm Mountains. This lovely property forms a wing of the owners’ Arts & Crafts Grade B listed Broomhill House. It is accessed by a forest drive and nestles amongst 25 acres of private, unspoilt woodlands and well-maintained cottage garden, where you can watch the playful red squirrels and an abundance of rare birdlife, such as golden eagle and osprey. This country cottage makes a perfect base for exploring this lovely part of the Highlands. Excellent mountain biking, canoeing, bird watching, climbing, skiing and infinite hiking trails (easy and strenuous) are all available from the doorstep. There are popular and challenging golf courses, classic car events and some of the world’s famous malt whisky distilleries within easy reach.
    Enjoy fly fishing on the River Spey, or for the younger members, visit the Reindeer Visitor Centre, Tree Zone, Landmark Forest Adventure Park or take a trip on the steam train from Broomhill to Aviemore. All towns and villages of the National Park have retained their identity and offer a range of independent stores, art galleries, museums, coffee shops and restaurants. Inverness, the Highland capital, is less than an hour’s drive and offers flights to Amsterdam and all major cities in the UK.
    Squirrel’s Tale Cottage has been sympathetically renovated to provide fantastic holiday accommodation in a peaceful and private setting. Within the elegantly furnished cottage there is a comfortable open-plan living room with a wood-burning stove, a country kitchen, spacious shower room and three bedrooms, each providing good quality mattresses and sumptuous bed linen for a good nights sleep. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Spacious living room with dining area, wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen with slate floor. Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin by arr). Large shower room with toilet and slate floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Single bedroom.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, electric rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Shared 25-acre natural, unspoilt woodland grounds
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Westfield House

    Rhue near Ullapool, Ross-shire

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511102
    Westfield House is situated right on the shore line and commands stunning sea views from its large picture windows. Originally a croft cottage, Westfield House is set in its own gardens and 2 acres of grounds. Its gently sloping grass fields lead down to the sea shore. Dolphins, whales, seals and otters are spotted directly from the property and fishing off the rocks is highly recommended. The hills and mountains beyond serve as a wonderful backdrop. The cottage has been tastefully furnished and renovated and now provides attractive, warm and welcoming accommodation in a truly spectacular setting. The cottage is situated in a quiet no through road that leads down to a lighthouse and out onto the rocks. Adjoining the cottage the land goes straight out onto open hillside, providing unlimited scope for superb hill walking amongst some of the most amazing scenery in the Highlands. This area is designated as the largest Geopark in Europe. Majestic mountains interspersed with pretty lochs make this a climber’s and hill walker’s paradise. The nearby town of Ullapool, just over two miles away is absolutely charming. Built as a model town by Thomas Telford, its whitewashed buildings and wide sweeping harbour never fail to impress the visitor. Seals can be seen bobbing amongst the fishing boats as they unload their catches. There is an excellent selection of restaurants, bistros and small shops along the seafront and boat trips run from the harbour to explore the coastline, including a wonderful pleasure trip out to the nearby Summer Isles. Ullapool is also the terminus for the ferry to Stornoway in the Outer Isles. There is a fascinating museum as well as an excellent sports centre in the town and a wide variety of events, galas and activities take place here throughout the year. This area of North West Scotland is renowned for its pristine sandy beaches, ancient settlements and incredible sandstone mountains. On a trip through the local area known as Assynt the visitor can explore the Bone Caves (a series of caves and tunnels which have recently been found to contain bones and fossils of long extinct animals, dating back over 4500 years) and the ruins of Ardvreck Castle perched on the edge of Loch Assynt, before arriving in the pretty fishing port of Lochinver. The nearby white shell beach of Achmelvich is simply stunning. Canoeing, sailing, body boarding, golf, fishing (sea, river and loch), horse riding, mountain biking, climbing and hill walking are all enjoyed in the area.
    Westfield House is superbly placed for exploring the enchanting region of the Highlands

    Ground Floor: Accommodation is all on ground floor level, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With satellite sky package TV/DVD and radio/CD
    Dining Room:
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Utility: With washing machine and space for outdoor wear/ boots
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en suite shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Enclosed garden grounds extending to 2 acres with gently sloping grass fields leading directly down to the shore line. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Duilisg

    Plockton

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SCM

    This beautifully renovated, stone holiday cottage is perfect for a quiet relaxing break or as a base to enjoy wonderful scenery and exhilarating outdoor pursuits. Regarded by many as the most attractive village in the West Highlands, Plockton is quiet through most of the year but is a popular destination for visitors in the summer months, particularly during its long established, small boat sailing regatta fortnight in August.
    The property is situated in a charming row of 150-year-old fisherman’s cottages in a quiet end of the village and enjoys a lovely enclosed front garden right on the water’s edge with stunning views over Loch Carron to the mountains beyond. Locally landed seafood and Plockton brewed ale can be enjoyed all year round in several nearby inns and restaurants.
    There are many fine low level and coastal walks in and around the village where otters and birdlife can be spotted. For the more active, sailing, kayaking, mountain biking, fishing and hill walking are particularly popular with Torridon and Kintail only a short journey away.
    Plockton is an area with interests for everyone. Visitors can enjoy the romantic Eilean Donan Castle, the Lochalsh Woodland Garden at Balmacara maintained by the National Trust, or the remote coastal settlement of Applecross reached by a memorable journey over the highest road in Scotland. At nearby Kyle of Lochalsh is the bridge over to the beautiful Isle of Skye which boasts spectacular mountain, cliff and seascapes and some unique geological formations. From there, take a boat trip to spot seals, dolphins or whales or to visit the elusive and magical Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin mountains. Visit the Talisker Distillery or one of the many artist studios or enjoy a meal at the world famous Three Chimneys restaurant. Swim and picnic at the enchanting Fairy Pools. This is just a few of the many things to see and do while based in Plockton. Shop 300 yards.

    Spacious open-plan living/dining room with multi-fuel stove and sea views. Large kitchen with dining area. Utility. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Second double bedroom and twin bedroom, each with original wood lining and sea views. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel stove – fuel included
    • Electricity, electric central heating and bed linen included
    • Travel cot
    • TV/DVD
    • CD/iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone (incoming and emergency calls only)
    • Enclosed front garden with furniture
    • Rear garden
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car), additional parking 30 yards
    • NB: Garden leads to shore with boat access

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  • Drumbeg

    Ratagan, By Kyle

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SRRJ

    Set just yards from the shore and enjoying fabulous views across the waters of Loch Duich to the majestic mountains including the Five Sisters of Kintail, this lovely detached holiday house has been furnished and equipped to a very high standard and makes the perfect base for exploring the stunning scenery and the many delights of the Western Highlands. It lies just 10 minutes by car from the romantic Eilean Donan Castle and village of Dornie. Within easy reach of the enigmatic Isle of Skye, the lovely villages of Glenelg, Plockton, Gairloch and Ullapool. Wonderful wildlife and activities, including hill walking, fishing and local pony trekking. Shops 2 miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Large living room with electric woodburner. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Family room with TV. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed & en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower & toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower & toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Large enclosed rear garden, front garden and furniture
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • No smoking

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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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  • The Old Store

    Kentallen of Appin

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    3
    Ref: 15821

    Overlooking Kentallen Bay and just beside the Oban/Fort William road. The Old Store is a beautifully built stone house (c1840) and is located on the Ballachulish cycle track. There is a large landscaped garden with patio areas just yards from the sea. There is fishing on a pier across the road which is ideal for sea fishing. Kentallen is central for touring the Southern Highlands, Skye, Mull, Inverary or the many boat trips which leave Oban daily. Skiing is available in Glencoe and Fort William. 9-hole golf course and cycle route nearby. Shop and pub 1½ miles, restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining/sun room. Kitchen. Conservatory with patio doors. Twin bedroom (elec adjustable beds) with en-suite wet room with bath, shower and toilet. Shower room and toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. NSH, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Video. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Payphone. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Private parking for 2 cars.

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  • Ceol Na Ron

    Avernish, Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511162
    Ceol Na Ron (Gaelic for Sound of the Seals) is situated right on the edge of Loch Alsh looking out across this beautiful sea-loch with hills and mountains on either side.  This attractively presented detached bungalow has direct access to its own private waterfront with fabulous views across the wonderful sea and mountain landscape.  Mooring is available for visitor’s boats if required.  This really is a wildlife and water sports enthusiast’s paradise.
    The house offers bright modern and very spacious accommodation all on one level.  The large open plan lounge / dining room affords panoramic views across the bay.  The main bedroom also enjoys the same spectacular views.   Ceol Na Ron is situated in a quiet no-through road that winds through the hills to the historic “clearance” village of Avernish. 

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has electric heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Dining Room: With open fire, satellite sky package TV, DVD and radio/CD featuring picture windows overlooking the gardens leading onto the loch side and with incredible views of mountains, water, hills and wildlife.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and stunning views across the loch to the mountains
    Bedroom 2: With double bed
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available.Gardens leading directly onto the loch side with pebble beach and mooring available for boat. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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