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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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  • Jocky’s View

    Brora, Sutherland

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511161
    Jocky’s View is a delightful, modernised fisherman’s cottage situated right on the edge of the sea with panoramic views across wide sweeping sands to the Sutherland hills beyond. Adjoining the renowned sandy beach of Brora with its traditional golf links above, it is ideally located for enjoying a seaside holiday with all the amenities of an attractive Highland village. The main superb open plan lounge / kitchen / dining area is on the upper floor, taking full advantage of the magnificent views across the sea, with the lovely river Brora in the foreground and the mountains of Sutherland forming a dramatic backdrop.  There are two bedrooms on the ground floor together with a bright modern shower room.
    (Please note, this property adjoins Failte, ref number 511140, and may be available to let together to

    Ground Floor: The property has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: with double bed
    Bedroom 2: with single bed
    Bathroom: with shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and washer / dryer.

    First Floor: Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen:
    Lounge area: with feature electric fire, Freeview TV and DVD boasting stunning views over the sea and sand-dunes with Brora River in the foreground and the Sutherland Mountains beyond
    Kitchen area:  with electric cooker, microwave, washing machine/dryer and fridge.

    All power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.Garden. On street parking. NB: Steep stairs.

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  • West Bothy at Cluain Ghrianach

    Laga, near Acharacle

    Grade
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    Ref: 29577


    Occupying a wonderful rural location, accessed via a rough track, overlooking Loch Sunart, the island of Carna and the Morven Hills, this detached holiday home, designed and built by two young architects, offers an excellent base for touring the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Visit Ardnamurchan Point with its unmanned lighthouse and visitor centre, explore the white sandy beach of Sanna Bay, or call in at the Glenmore Natural History Centre. An abundance of wildlife can be spotted including whales, dolphins, otters and Golden Eagles. A foot ferry from nearby Salen runs to Tobermory on the island of Mull, or from Kilchoan there is a more regular car ferry. The Isles of Skye, Rum, Egg and Canna can be reached from the fishing port of Mallaig. A superb area for walking, fishing, biking and a variety of watersports. Good tearoom 4 miles. Shop and pub 5 miles, restaurant 7 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine (in external utility room). Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband connection. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Shenval Cottage

    Glenlivet, near Ballindalloch

    Grade
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    Ref: 28280

    This detached holiday cottage is set in the glorious surroundings of the Glenlivet Estate within the Cairngorm National Park. Ideally placed for touring the Whisky Trail, there is a plethora of distilleries in the area offering tours and tasting. There are also opportunities for hill walking, cycling on forest tracks, pony trekking, fishing, skiing or enjoying splendid walks from the doorstep. Visit Carrbridge, home to the famous Landmark Centre, where visitors can enjoy various outdoor activities. The stunning beaches of the Moray Coast also make a good day trip. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with decked area, terrace and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Tigh an Fhuarain

    Near Plockton

    Grade
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    1
    Ref: SGX

    Enjoying breathtaking panoramic views across the sea to the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye, Tigh an Fhuarain property stands in its own garden on a croft and offers a peaceful location. Plockton, under a mile away, offers hotels, restaurants, boat trips and many varied walks. Kyle of Lochalsh 6 miles. Toll-free bridge to Skye 6 miles. Shops 1 mile.

    Open-plan sitting/dining room with open fire, kitchen area and patio doors to terrace and garden. Utility with toilet. Small double bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel available locally
    • Electricity and full gas central heating by meter reading
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blankets
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Payphone (accepts incoming calls)
    • Garden seat
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Four Winds

    Portskerra, near Thurso

    Grade
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    Ref: W41822

    Beautiful sea views

    A warm Highland welcome is assured in this unspoilt area which boasts the golden sands of Melvich Bay, 1 mile, coastal walks where impressive cliffs are alive with a variety of seabirds including the puffin and there is the opportunity of seeing whales, dolphins/purpoise. Super area for mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, sea and river fishing and sea trips. Or just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area. A super base for touring the Northern Highlands and taking a day trip on the Orkney Islands. Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.5 miles and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Book library (many of local interest). Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a pond in the garden.

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  • Shandwick Cottage

    Shandwick

    Grade
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    Ref: W41626

    Adjoining stunning sandy beach with fantastic views

    Shandwick Cottage backs onto a spectacular sandy beach and enjoys stunning views around the bay. This quaint fishing cottage has been thoughtfully and meticulously renovated, whilst retaining a wealth of traditional features, including solid wood flooring, exposed stone walls and cosy open fire. The second bedroom doubles as a second lounge upstairs, with panoramic views across the sea. The garden leads directly onto the broad sandy beach. The little fishing village of Shandwick offers a variety of local amenities, including restaurants, pub and local store. Visit Skye, Isles or Orkney for a day out. Can be booked with W41627. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single/second living room.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: The garden leads directly onto the beach.

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  • Sleepy Hollow

    Balmacara, By Kyle of Lochalsh, near Plockton

    Grade
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    Ref: SMMC

    These three adjoining holiday properties (refs SMMC, SMMD and UVO) are set in beautiful, landscaped grounds with spectacular views across the Sound of Sleat to Skye and are only 500 yards away from the shoreline and village of Balmacara. The properties are ideally placed for exploring some of the most dramatic scenery in the West Highlands and visitors can enjoy private fishing on hill lochs during their stay. Minutes away by car is the enigmatic Isle of Skye dominated by the Cuillins, Eilean Donan Castle, the pretty village of Plockton and the Five Sisters of Kintail. The breathtaking drive across the ‘Pass of the Cattle’ leads to the village of Applecross, recently featured in Monty Hall’s Great Escape on BBC television. Experience wildlife safaris such as marine life, sea/loch fishing, water sports and magnificent mountains for hill walking, climbing and biking. A network of National Trust paths, signposted from the grounds of Sgurr Mor, affords views of the surrounding area. Shop and pub 500 yards and excellent restaurants in and around Plockton.

    Living room with loch views. Large kitchen/dining room with open fire. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Single bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Patio with furniture to front
    • NB: 3 steps to entrance

    • Open fire - initial fuel included (November-March)
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Large shared lawned garden at front
    • Parking
    • No smoking

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  • Ardgay

    Fort Augustus

    Grade
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    Ref: 30935

    In the picturesque village of Fort Augustus, next to the Caledonian Canal and a short walk from the head of Loch Ness, this ground floor holiday apartment makes an ideal base from which to tour the Highlands. The area hosts a large number of outdoor activities including mountain biking, hillwalking, golf, fishing, horse riding, kayaking and windsurfing. Walk or cycle from the door along the canal towpath, or sit and watch the boats trying to negotiate the locks. Take a boat trip on Loch Ness to hunt for the Loch Ness Monster, drive through dramatic Highland scenery, visit historic castles and explore remote magical glens. Wildlife is abundant with golden eagles, wild deer and otters often seen. Inverness, the ‘Highland Capital’, Fort William, the ‘Outdoor Capital’ of the UK, and the beautiful Isle of Skye are easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Bike store. No smoking. NB: Canal 50 yards.

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  • The Bolthole

    Balintore

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5163
    The Bolthole is a traditional, single-storey, fisherman’s cottage situated in a quiet lane just a few yards from the beautiful sandy bay of Balintore. This 19th-century, end-terraced stone cottage has been completely renovated and provides bright and attractive accommodation throughout. The pretty living room has a welcoming wood burner and the kitchen looks out over the cottage garden. The main double bedroom is generously proportioned and very attractively presented with colour coordinated soft furnishings. There is a second single bedroom providing accommodation for up to three guests.
    The Bolthole is centrally located in this quaint seaside village, just a few minutes’ stroll to the small harbour and the superb sandy beach. This coastline is completely unspoilt and rarely busy. Dolphins and porpoises are often seen in the bay and there is a wide variety of sea birds seen in the area. Balintore has good local facilities including a pub, restaurant, café and a small local store, all within easy walking distance. The area is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Cycling, hill walking, golf, fishing, horse riding, sailing and canoeing are all enjoyed locally. The nearby town of Tain, just 10 minutes’ drive away has an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs as well as a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities, including tennis courts, golf club and bowling club, all of which are available to visitors. It is also home to the renowned Highland malt whisky distillery, Glenmorangie. Beach 200 yards. Shop 500 yards, restaurant ¼ mile, pub 150 yards.

    Ground Floor: 1 step to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available. Welcome pack. Garden with sitting out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Temple House West

    Drumnadrochit

    Grade
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    Ref: 29156


    Situated only a mile from the village of Drumnadrochit and with wonderful views over Loch Ness, this charming, self contained holiday apartment is on the ground floor of Temple Pier House, an impressive listed building set above the road along the side of the loch. The house retains many original features including small paned windows. Perfect for couples who want a comfortable hideaway with a private hedged garden. Great for walkers, there are many tracks to explore from the doorstep including the Great Glen Way which passes close and continues all the way to Inverness. A boat trip on the loch is a must for a spot of ‘Nessie Hunting’. The charming village of Drumnadrochit has good restaurants, a small but well stocked grocery store, a post office and a bank that opens occasionally. The bright lights of the city of Inverness, 12 miles, offer a superb choice of restaurants, boutiques, museums, and beautiful riverside pathways, with the imposing Inverness Castle, now the city’s courthouse, the impressive St. Andrew’s cathedral and the award winning Eden Court Theatre. Centrally located, this makes an ideal base to access all of the magnificent Highlands. Skye, Fort William and the West Coast of Scotland are within a couple of hours’ drive and the road through Inverness goes onto the A9 and then north to Sutherland or south to Aviemore and further to Perthshire. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (2ft 6in for child). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in external utility). Fridge/freezer. Broadband connection. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Tigh Floraidh

    Glencoe, Fort William

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: W42275

    Surrounded by magnificent mountains

    This cosy semi-detached, single-storey holiday cottage is situated in the heart of Glencoe, famous for its magnificent mountain ranges. With views to the Pap of Glencoe and towards Loch Leven, it is ideally situated for exploring the Highlands. Near to Fort William, the outdoor capital of the UK, there is a wide range of sporting activities including climbing, skiing, golfing, mountain biking, fishing, and a variety of water sports. The area is rich in wildlife, and has plenty of gentle forest walks, museums, castles, gardens and monuments to visit. Oban, Loch Ness, Inverness and the islands of Mull and Skye are easily reached. Shop 300 yards, pub 1 mile, restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared front garden; small back yard with lawn, sitting-out area and furniture. Car park (25 yards). No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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  • Croft Cottage

    Onich, near Fort William

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5180
    This traditional detached, single-storey, croft style cottage lies just 9 miles from Fort William, in an ideal location for touring the west coast of Scotland. The cottage is adjacent to the National Cycle Route 78 - The Caledonia Way. Catch a ferry and explore the beautiful islands of Mull, Staffa and Iona, or drive to Ardnamurchan, the most westerly point in Britain. Follow the famous ’Road to the Isles’ and visit the Isle of Skye, passing the Glenfinnan Viaduct on the way, as depicted in the Harry Potter film. Wildlife is in abundance and offers the chance to spot minke whales, golden eagles, otters and porpoises. The area is known as the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’ and is renowned for its excellent climbing, mountain biking, walking, skiing and variety of water sports. Glencoe and Aonach Mor both boast ski centres, whilst Oban, Loch Ness and Inverness are also within easy reach. Shop within ½ mile, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room:
    With electric coal-effect fire, 28" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With breakfast bar, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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