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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
    3
    2
    0
    1
    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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  • Four Winds

    Portskerra, nr. Thurso

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    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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  • River View Cottage

    Altass, nr. Lairg

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W43053

    Situated in an elevated position, River View Cottage enjoys wonderful views over Strath Oykel. This spacious detached cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home has been furnished and equipped to a very good standard. The cottage makes the perfect base for exploring the many delights of the northern Highlands. The area offers an abundance of activities, including hill walking and climbing, mountain biking, loch and river fishing, and golf at one of the many fine courses. The beaches of the west and north coasts are within easy reach, as are Loch Ness and the Highland capital of Inverness. The area is rich in wildlife - see the seals and birdlife at Loch Fleet, take a wildlife cruise or watch the salmon leap at the nearby Falls of Shin. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Sun room. Kitchen. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas ’coal-effect’ fire included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Stream in owners’ grounds.

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  • Laggan Bridge Cottage

    Laggan Bridge near Invergarry

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511470
    This place isn’t called the Great Glen for nothing. Just look out of any window. With Loch Oich at the end of the garden, boats cruising by and wooded hills all around, it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful spot. This detached cottage was a canal worker’s house, and the late 18th Century exterior shows its history. Inside, this unique holiday home has been renovated to a very good standard without losing any of its period charm and makes an ideal base for exploring. Guests are welcome to fish from the edge of the garden, what better way to relax and unwind?

    The surrounding area is renowned for its superb wildlife, breathtaking scenery, mountain biking, climbing, skiing, walking, golf, fishing and a large variety of watersports. You can visit unspoilt beaches, castles, museums, beautiful gardens and distilleries or take a short boat trip to one of the inner isles. Fort William, known as the “Outdoor Capital of the UK”, is home to Nevis Range and Ben Nevis, Britian’s highest mountain. Inverness, the Highland Capital, lies near two important battle sites, Blàr nam Fèinne and Culloden, whilst Urquhart Castle can be found nestling on the banks of Loch Ness at Drumnadrochit. The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides and provides dramatic mountain scenery.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, multi-fuel burner, 20" Freeview TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
    Dining room: With wooden floor and double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

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

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for multi-fuel burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a borehole. No smoking. NB: Unfenced loch 25 yards. Slopes in garden.

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  • Dontra Log Chalets - Dontra Log Chalet 2

    Banavie, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W8664

    Superb highland setting with panoramic views

    Situated in an idyllic location with direct access to the Caledonian Canal and stunning views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor mountain range, these detached lodges (refs W8146 and W8664) make an ideal holiday base for touring the Highlands and the west coast of Scotland. Fort William is known as the ’outdoor capital’, and is home to the World Mountain Bike Championships, Excellent climbing, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and walking are popular outdoor pursuits. Golf fishing, kayaking and sailing are also available nearby. The area is famous for its breath-taking scenery, used as a backdrop in many film, including Braveheart, Rob Roy and the Harry Potter movies. Many of the islands including Mull and Iona can be reached by short ferry crossings and the steam train to Mallaig makes for a great day out. Wildlife is abundant with golden eagles, porpoises, red deer, otters and pine martens often spotted. There are many historic castles, monuments, sandy beaches, gardens and museums to explore. Visit the magical Isle of Skye, Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, Loch Ness, Glencoe or the bustling harbour town of Oban. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open tread, spiral stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. Wooden floors throughout.

    Washer/dryer.

    Both properties: Electric central heating and electricity by £1 coin meter. Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared lawned garden with furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). NB: Pond in the garden.

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  • The Narrows

    Poolewe, nr. Gairloch

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 9705


    Situated on the shores of the beautiful river Ewe, The Narrows is a bright, detached holiday cottage. Set in its own private and secluded gardens, it offers peace and tranquillity in a stunning setting. There are superb walks direct from the cottage along the riverbank and through the surrounding hills. The immediate area is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise. Whales, dolphins, sea eagles and otters are all seen close by, and Pine Martin visit the picnic table just outside the window. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, this unique part of west coast Highlands enjoys a mild climate and is scenic and totally unspoilt. The sub-tropical gardens of Inverewe, just 5 minutes’ drive away, bear testament to this. Golf, fishing, cycling, hill walking, sailing and canoeing are all local pastimes. With wonderful sandy beaches, bays and islands this is an ideal location for visitors and a real get-away-from- it-all holiday. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, one with en-suite bathroom, one with en-suite shower room. Separate toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Natural garden with patio area. Veranda. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Dolphin Cottage

    Nairn

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 30828


    Enjoying a lovely setting just a few minutes’ walk from the award-winning sandy beach and the vibrant harbour and marina, this semi-detached holiday cottage is located on the edge of the picturesque town of Nairn. Dolphin Cottage makes a super base for exploring the many delights of this beautiful part of the Highlands. Inverness, the Highland capital, Culloden Battlefield, the historic Fort George, Loch Ness and the castles of Brodie and Cawdor are all within a short drive. Visit some of the former fishing villages dotted along the Moray Coast, or take a trip along the Moray Malt Whisky Trail – the only one in the world! Amongst the many activities available are a large variety of watersports, fishing and sea trips, mountain biking and golf, with the town boasting a championship course just a short walk from the cottage. For the less energetic, guests can meander along the nearby beach, 500 yards away, where you might catch a glimpse of the famous bottlenose dolphins. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with single sofa bed/dining room. 2 steps down to kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed, gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Wester Croachy Cottage

    Aberarder, nr. Inverness

    Grade
    4
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: 70228

    This detached holiday cottage sits amidst hills and farmland, midway bewtween Fort Augustus and Inverness, 15 miles, and east of Loch Ness, with some exceptional scenery from the roads leading towards the loch. It is very comfortably furnished with fabrics and colours that compliment the traditional highland style and is approached by a short grassy track. The mountains ensure a tranquil spot and Loch Ruthven very close by, is an ornithologist’s dream, with grebe and many various flora and fauna. Shop 7 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 twin bedrooms (both with 6ft coombed ceilings). Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electricity by meter reading. Central heating from woodburner, NSH, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Payphone. Garden with patio area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Morar Cottage

    Lochyside, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W23

    Riverside location with magnificent views

    In an ideal location on the banks of the River Lochy, with delightful views to Ben Nevis. This detached bungalow furnished and decorated to a good standard, is only 2 miles out of the highland town of Fort William which has a supermarket, lots of shops, cafés and good restaurants. The bungalow offers cosy holiday accommodation, with patio doors overlooking the river; an excellent base for touring and walking. Fort William offers superb scenery, Highland culture, clan history, Ben Nevis, mountains, lochs and rivers, fresh clean air, outdoor sports, Highland Games, golf, unspoilt beaches, castles, distilleries, quiet country roads, shopping and friendly people with a big welcome. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Heron, Achnacarry Estate

    Achnacarry near Spean Bridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511294
    Heron is situated in the heart of the historic Achnacarry Estate, home to the chief of the Clan Cameron, who lives at the adjacent Achnacarry Castle. Heron is positioned on the first floor of an original stone farm steading building which has recently been converted into luxury apartments in the heart of this beautiful and historical highland estate. It provides a high standard of accommodation in a unique, peaceful and totally un-spoilt setting.  The main living area is open-plan. This stunning room has a large bright and airy living/kitchen/dining area, with traditional sash windows which drink in the wonderful views across this countryside estate from its first floor vantage point. There are two bedrooms – a king-size double bedroom and a twin room, both superbly presented with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings. There is also a large family bathroom with bath/shower above.
    Situated on an isthmus in-between River Lochy and Loch Arkaig with the tumbling river Arkaig a few hundred yards away, Heron is surrounded by lochs, mountains and superb wildlife. With wonderful walks and cycle tracks right on the doorstep, Achnacarry Estate is an ideal retreat for an active outdoor holiday or peaceful retreat.
    There is an attractive lawned area of garden to the front and a pretty courtyard to the rear of the building. The steading retains its original whinstone facade with traditional large sash windows and the original bell tower with weathervane atop. There is ample car parking for up to two cars and a covered cycle rack area is provided for visitors’ use. A shared drying room is also available in a separate room of the courtyard complex for outdoor clothing, boots etc. There are also picnic tables and bbq’s.
      Heron may also be available to let with Ptarmigan, a three-bedroomed apartment in the same steading building.

    First Floor: The accommodation is all on first floor level has electric storage and panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / dining room / kitchen

    Lounge area:  with satellite Freeview large screen TV, DVD, ipod docking station, Hi-Fi/stereo and Wi-Fi. Superb views across the estate.

    Dining area:  with dining table and chairs for four.

    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box and dishwasher. A very well-equipped spacious kitchen area with integral appliances.

    Bedroom 1:  with king-size bed.

    Bedroom 2:  with two single beds

    Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included.  Bed linen and towels supplied.  Cot and highchair available.  Shared use of drying room with large tumble dryer (extra cost of £2 per dry).  Shared use of freezer.  Wi-fi/internet access for browsing and emails.  Public payphone onsite as mobile signal is poor in the immediate area.Picnic table and chairs available. Cycle rack available. Off road parking for 2 cars. There is a separate drying room with washing machine and a large tumble dryer, each guest receives a drying room key on their key fob. There is also a freezer in there for shared use of the two x 2 bedroom apartments which do not have a freezer in their apartments. There is an honesty box for the tumble dryer use (£2 a dry - the only extra to pay for).

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  • Lum Hat House

    Shoremill, nr. Cromarty

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W41726

    Sea side location

    Lum Hat House, with its own access to foreshore and beach, is a detached holiday property, enjoying an enviable setting on the shore of the Cromarty Firth, with views across the waters to the mountains. From the living room and conservatory you can see a variety of birds and hopefully catch a glimpse of the bottlenose dolphins. Nearby is Udale Bay RSPB reserve with hide. Cromarty itself is close by and is the Highland’s best preserved village, with a lovely beach. The Isle of Skye, Ullapool and Inverness are within easy reach. Activities include sailing, fishing, mountain biking, or relaxing in a lovely quiet area. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Spiral open tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Air source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Sea Breeze Cottage

    Cullen

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511427
    This charming, semi-detached, stone cottage has been carefully restored to provide high quality holiday accommodation with all the contemporary comforts, perfect for families or friends. Just a few hundred yards from the lovely seafront, the property is within easy walking distance of the quaint harbour and sandy beach.
    Cullen is famous for Cullen Skink (a thick Scottish soup) and the hotels and restaurants in the village make the most of the fabulous local produce. Also renowned for its ice cream shop on the main street, some say it ranks amongst the best in the world! The sandy beach offers plenty to do for families and walkers, while golfers can be out on the Cullen golf course, one of 70 within an hour’s drive!
    Take time to meander along the winding roads of this stunning coastline, dropping into some of the other villages which nestle along the coast. Plenty of walks are available in the area, not least up The Bin Hill, a well-known local route. Look out for wildlife; otters and the famous Moray Firth dolphins may be spotted, or inland birds of prey and deer are common sightings.Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living/dining room: With wooden floor, Freeview TV and DVD and Blu-ray player, with a DVD and book library.
    Kitchen: With range cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, TV and built-in wardrobes.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With single bed and sloping ceilings.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed and sloping ceilings.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Freezer in shed. Welcome pack. Small enclosed courtyard with patio and furniture. On street parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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