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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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  • Old Church Hall

    Portessie, by Buckie

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC512036
    The Old Church Hall is a truly stunning award-winning conversion of an historic Church building. Voted "Best Conversion of an Old Building in the UK" as well as winning the prestigious Scottish Homes Award for the best conversion, this spectacular property represents the height of luxury in every respect. Originally owned by the Earl of Seafield, the current architect-owner has incorporated the very best of modern living whilst retaining the amazing features of this lovely old stone building. The main living accommodation is situated on the first floor. A massive open plan lounge / kitchen / dining area with high vaulted ceilings has its focus on the incredible seascapes afforded by the original Church window area. The floor to ceiling windows drink in the ever-changing seascapes of the Moray Firth. They cleverly incorporate French doors which open the room to sea breezes and views of the dolphins and seals that frequent these waters. Enjoy spectacular evening sunsets from the deep leather suites and watch the fishing boats as they head out in the early morning. The three spacious bedrooms are on the ground floor, together with a very large luxury bathroom. With solid oak flooring, under floor heating and a state-of-the-art kitchen this property has the ’wow’ factor in every respect.

    Ground Floor: The property has under floor gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: with double bed, TV and en-suite large shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: with two single beds
    Bedroom 3: with double bed
    Bathroom: with bath, shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen area – a truly spectacular room occupying the entire first floor with the original massive arched church window looking out across the Moray Firth with French windows open to drink in the sea air and enjoy the panoramic view.
    Lounge area: with satellite Freeview TV/DVD/home cinema,wood burning stove and radio/CD
    Kitchen / dining area: with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer / dryer 
    Cloakroom: with WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available. Wi-fi access available Courtyard patio garden with picnic table and chairs.  Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • Wester Balmungie - Pleasant Point

    Rosemarkie

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 30714

    Enjoying a peaceful rural setting on the outskirts of Rosemarkie on the beautiful Black Isle, these detached properties have been equipped and furnished to ensure as relaxing and enjoyable holiday as possible. The Black Isle makes a perfect base for exploring the many delights of the Northern Highlands. Visit the lovely fishing villages along the Moray Coast or take a distillery tour along the Moray Whisky Trail. Inverness, the Highland capital, Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield are just a short drive and the stunning West Coast is a fantastic day out. The many activities in the area include mountain biking, golf, water sports and boat trips, quad biking, walking and climbing, to name just a few. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever changing vistas. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Dishwasher.

    Both properties: Oil underfloor central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Four Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas 5-ring hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Grieves Cottage

    Balnagown, Invergordon

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    3
    Ref: SMMM

    "A true jewel in the crown..stretching north from the shores of the Cromarty Firth"

    Set in the Northern Highlands where the lochs are deep, the air clear and the long beaches perfect for meandering along, there is space and time to refresh the mind, indulge in passions and revive the spirits at Balnagown.
    Set amidst the natural splendour of Easter Ross, Balnagown Estate - historic seat of the Clan Ross - is a rich blend of farmland, woodland and heather-clad hills and is just a mere 30 minutes’ drive from Inverness, the Highland Capital and just north of the Cromarty and Moray Firths. Steeped in a history that spans generations, the Estate has been transformed into a breathtaking holiday retreat and offers a bespoke and professional service in the STB ‘5 Star’ properties: each property being exclusively furnished and equipped with every need. A superb base for touring this beautiful and unspoilt part of Scotland with easy access to many areas and attractions – so much to see and do for all ages. On the way to visit the nearby town of Dornoch, guests can stop at the Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Centre to discover the delights of their whisky. In Dornoch a visit to the History Links Museum is recommended or a game of golf can be enjoyed on the famous links world championship course or a stroll along the award-winning sandy beach. Shin Falls Visitor Centre, Dunrobin Castle (hunting seat of the Countess of Sutherland), the Timespan Heritage Centre, Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve and John O’Groats are all within easy reach. From the north coast a ferry can be taken over to the Orkney Islands which offer beautiful, rugged scenery with an abundance of wildlife and many archaeological sites. A trip to the stunning and dramatic west coast is recommended – Eilean Donan Castle, the lovely villages of Plockton, Glenelg, Gairloch and Ullapool or travel over the bridge to the enigmatic Isle of Skye with the Cuillin mountain range, the popular town of Portree with its colourful cottages which line the harbour, or sample the produce at the Talisker Distillery. To the north west and north of Ullapool, a trip up the coastline with the many rocky inlets and deserted beaches leads to Cape Wrath, the most northwesterly point of Great Britain. In addition to the many activities which are available on the estate, there are many more in the area – golf, mountain biking on the many forest trails, sea and loch fishing, kayaking, bird-watching and horse riding to name but a few. Shop 6 miles, pubs 1 mile.

    Spacious living room with open fire and wooden floor. Large dining room with wooden floor. Spacious well-equipped kitchen. Utility room. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and tiled floor. Two separate toilets. First floor: Double bedroom leading to sitting room. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom, large shower cubicle, bidet, toilet and tiled floor. Bathroom with over-bath shower, bidet and toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Full NSH included
    • Four satellite TVs
    • DVD
    • Tumble dryer
    • Freezer
    • Large lawned garden to front with furniture
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • No smoking

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  • Tuinne Na Mara

    Talmine near Tongue

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511414
    Perched on the hillside above the sweeping sands of the Kyle of Tongue, Tuinne Na Mara enjoys stunning sea and mountain views. Set in its own pretty gardens this delightful, detached, single-storey holiday cottage provides generous accommodation for up to six people. The main lounge has large picture windows that drink in the amazing seascape, with hills and mountains beyond. There are three attractively presented bedrooms, a separate dining room and a well-equipped kitchen. The gardens are a real delight, with lawns and mature shrubs. They are fully fenced to deter the local friendly sheep.


    Situated in the pretty hamlet of Talmine, it offers peace and seclusion, yet is within walking distance of local facilities, including a village store, pub and restaurant. The nearby village of Tongue enjoys spectacular views across the sea, with the mountains of Ben Hope and Ben Loyal in the distance. It offers a good selection of amenities and facilities, including a general store, hotels with bars, restaurants and craft shops.


    The surrounding area is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. For sailors and kayakers, there is a slipway and harbour close to the cottage. Horse riding is available at nearby Torrisdale Sands. The area is renowned for its loch, river and sea fishing. Permits are available locally for salmon, sea trout and brown trout, and boats are also available to hire.

    Ground Floor: The property has seven steps to entrance, is all on the ground floor, has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Large with electric coal-effect fire, 22" Freeview TV, DVD player and picture windows with sea and mountain views.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With bunk beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available.Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and garden furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 7 steps to garden.

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  • Clunymhore

    Nethy Bridge

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 23146

    This traditionally styled holiday cottage has been awarded the ’Bronze in Green Tourism Award’, and is adjacent to property 14110, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. With the dramatic backdrop of the often snowcapped Cairngorm mountains and hundreds of acres of Abernethy Forest (RSPB owned) Nethy Bridge spans the lower reaches of the River Nethy a mile before it reaches the River Spey, one of Scotland’s foremost salmon rivers. Outdoor activities include, fishing, tennis, bowling, golf, walking and skiing in winter. Shops and pub 1/2 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, one with 2ft 6in beds (for children). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity included (£35per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). NB: There are 3 steps to the garden.

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  • Fasgadh

    Ardaneaskan near Lochcarron

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511421
    Situated on a quiet no-through lane, right on the shoreline, Fasgadh is a traditional single storey cottage for six. Fasgadh is set in its own pretty gardens and grounds that lead down to Loch Carron, a tidal sea loch. The lounge has large picture windows that drink in the stunning views of loch, hills and mountains. There is a bright kitchen/dining room and three attractively presented bedrooms.

    The nearby village of Lochcarron is bounded by the sea loch on one side and attractive cottages and houses that straddle the main street on the other; it is one of the prettiest villages in the western Highlands. It has good facilities, including restaurants, cafés, pub, garage, post office and a small general store.

    The immediate area is renowned for its wildlife. Dolphins regularly frequent this coastal region and visitors are also just as likely to spot otters and seals close to shore. A paradise for lovers of the great outdoors, it offers unlimited sporting opportunities; golf, climbing, hill walking, fishing, canoeing, diving, sailing and mountain biking are all enjoyed locally. There are some spectacular drives in this part of the Highlands. A trip to Applecross via the highest road in Britain is a must. Known as the Bealach or “Pass of the Cattle” and rising to over 2,000 feet, it affords amazing views across the Minch to the isles of Raasay and Skye. The small railway station at Strathcarron is a halt on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh route. It was voted one of the most scenic railway lines in the world. The picture postcard village of Plockton is also just along the coast. With its picturesque flower-filled gardens, little winding streets and pretty cottages lining the foreshore, it is easy to see why it has also become a haunt for artists in recent years. The nearby gardens at Attadale are well worth a visit and the charming sea port of Kyle of Lochalsh, gateway to the Isle of Skye, is also within easy reach.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps to entrance, is all on the ground floor, has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 22" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available.Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 7 steps in garden. Gated access to shoreline.

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  • Ach-na-Clachan

    Gairloch

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: URA

    Occupying a marvellous setting, with all main windows overlooking Gairloch Bay to the magnificent Torridon Mountains and the Isle of Skye beyond, this traditional stone cottage and its large natural garden is only 1½ miles (approx) from Gairloch beach. With sheep grazing close by, its setting is quiet, yet well placed for visiting the village’s pier and harbour, playing a round of golf on the 9-hole course, and exploring the beauty of the surrounding area. Ideal base for hill walking. Swimming pool and Inverewe Tropical Gardens at Poolewe, 6 miles. Shops and pub approximately 500 yards.

    Living room with open fire and rugs on wooden floor. Modern fitted, well-equipped kitchen with dining area and wooden floor. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Further double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Large, enclosed natural garden with furniture
    • Parking
    • Secure cycle storage

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  • Coulags Croft

    Coulags, Strathcarron

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: SDDQ

    Set against dramatic mountainous scenery, this delightful detached holiday cottage nestles at the foot of Fuar Tholl. The cottage provides a peaceful haven to relax and unwind, surrounded by superb, ever-changing views and abundant wildlife, particularly red deer and sometimes eagles. It is an excellent base for hill walkers and climbers; the footpath to Torridon is close to the cottage and Munros (mountain peaks over 3000 feet) such as Maol Chean dearg and Beinn Laith Mhor can be climbed directly from the house. Coulags Croft is superbly situated for gentle walks along the river, hills and seashore. The Western Highlands and Isle of Skye can be readily explored by car. Restaurant/pub 3 miles.

    Living/dining room with gas ‘log-effect’ stove. Fully-fitted and well-equipped kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Gas ‘log-effect’ stove included
    • Electricity, electric convector heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture to front and large unfenced rear garden with furniture (unrestricted access to public)
    • Natural unspoilt grounds
    • Parking (3 cars)
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking

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  • Alt Na Criche

    Inveralligin, Torridon, Wester Ross

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511278
    Alt Na Criche is situated on the banks of Loch Torridon and enjoys spectacular panoramic views of the Torridon mountain range across the loch. Set in its own generous garden grounds this delightful single storey holiday cottage has undergone a complete renovation and provides a high standard of accommodation in a truly superb Highland setting. The pretty lounge has large picture windows overlooking the gardens and across Loch Torridon to the mountains beyond. A wood burning stove acts as a welcoming focal point and the solid oak floors throughout add to the sense of country luxury. The large kitchen/dining room has built in appliances and a family sized solid wood table. There are three beautifully presented bedrooms (one en suite) and a superb modern family sized bathroom. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn. A patio area with outdoor dining table and chairs provides a superb spot to sit and drink in the amazing views. From the cottage and gardens watch otters, seals, red deer, birds and if you’re lucky, even golden eagles. It also provides a wonderful vantage point from which to admire the amazing sunsets over water. There are beautiful coastal walks and beaches right on the doorstep.Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level.
    Living Room: With satellite Free view TV/DVD, radio/CD, wood burning stove.
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and large dining table
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en suite facilities with shower enclosure and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of logs for wood burning stove provided.Large lawned garden with furniture. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • Primrose Cottage

    Glenmoriston

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SCCH

    Nestling against the side of the hill, detached Primrose Cottage enjoys breathtaking views across the waters of Loch Ness towards the hills beyond. Furnished and equipped to a very high standard, it makes a perfect base for a Highland holiday. Activities include walking and mountain biking in the nearby forest trails, fishing and boat trips on Loch Ness. Places to visit include Drumnadrochit (with Loch Ness Monster Exhibition) and Urquhart Castle. Day trips to Fort William, Isle of Skye, scenic west coast and Moray Coast recommended. Local supermarket, shops, pubs and restaurants 9 miles.

    Open-plan living room with multi-fuel burner and one step up to well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Conservatory. Study area. Utility. Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel burner - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full LPG central heating included (preset, timed) or £25per week, £15 per short break
    • TV
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Large garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities (1 step)
    • NB: Sloping bank at front of garden

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  • Mill House Cottages, John O’ Groats - Horsemans

    John O’ Groats

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W42413

    Breathtaking views

    These detached holiday cottages, situated within walking distance of the famous village of John O’ Groats, make the ideal base to explore this lovely part of the Northern Highlands. John O’ Groats is famous for being the most north easterly point of Britain’s four corners, and renowned for the magnificent coastal scenery, unspoilt beaches and coastal walks, with a breathtaking array of bird life and opportunities to see seals, dolphins and killer and minke whales. Take a day trip to the Orkney Islands with ferries a few minutes away from the cottages. Visit Duncansby Head, the Castle of Mey, Thurso and Wick. For the energetic mountain biking, fishing, sailing and windsurfing are available. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Tumble dryer. Lawned garden with gravelled area. Parking (3 cars).

    All properties: electricity £20per week, £15 per short break. Electric central heating, bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. No smoking.

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  • Ashburn Cottage

    Allt Na Subh, By Dornie

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 23477

    This traditional cottage enjoys an elevated position, 50 yards from the sea, with beautiful views across the waters of Loch Long towards the mountains. Cosily furnished and well equipped, the cottage offers an ideal holiday retreat. Walking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing and horse riding are popular pursuits in the locality, and the famous ’Highlander’ castle Eilean Donan is 3 miles away. Take a day trip to the Isle of Skye or visit some of the many picturesque villages of the west coast. Unspoilt beaches and an abundance of wildlife. Shops and pubs 3 miles.

    15 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms. Separate toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large enclosed garden and furniture. Garage (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden.

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