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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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  • Camus Na Harry

    Nr. Gairloch

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UDT

    Standing in 4 acres of garden which lead down to a shingle beach, this single-storey, wooden-clad property enjoys a gloriously secluded situation with breathtaking sea views. It offers spacious and very comfortable accommodation, with wildlife often coming right to the door and pine martens feeding just outside the window – otters and seals are regularly sighted in the bay. Sandy beach, shops and restaurants in Gairloch, 5 miles. Boat hire and water sports are available in Badachro Bay (1½ miles) and Gairloch. Shops 5 miles, good restaurant 1 mile.

    Spacious sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove, bar and door to balcony. Well-equipped kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Twin bedroom (en-suite bathroom and toilet) leading to library with sitting area, grand piano and table tennis table.

    • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
    • Electricity, NSH and convector heaters by meter reading
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blankets
    • TV (no reception)
    • Video and DVD (film library)
    • Hifi/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Garden of 4 acres
    • Balcony
    • Garden furniture
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Steep garden with burn

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  • Smithy Cottage

    Kinlochewe, by Torridon

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43134


    Set in a peaceful village, this semi-detached, 19th-century holiday cottage enjoys spectacular views of Beinn Eighe of the Torridon Hills, Britain’s first National Nature Reserve, which has some of Scotland’s finest mountain scenery. Its moorland and native Scots pine forest habitat overlooks Loch Maree and supports red deer, golden eagles, pine martens and wildcat. Smithy Cottage has its own secure garden and is 20 yards from the village shop and cafe. Five beautiful beaches locally. Inverewe Gardens are within easy reach, as is Skye. Hill walking from the doorstep; loch, river and sea fishing locally. Golf 30-minute drive. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in dining room (initial fuel included). NSH, panel heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Please note: This property has a security deposit of £100.

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  • Oran Na Mara

    Kilchoan, nr. Fort William.

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 31252

    Oran Na Mara is a beautifully restored traditional croft house, sitting in its own secluded garden just a 5-minute walk from the local village store, and offers stunning views across the sea to the Isle of Mull and the Morvern Hills beyond. It provides contemporary facilities, whilst retaining a wealth of charm. Character features include varnished wood flooring downstairs, stripped wooden doors throughout, charming painted shutters upstairs and a beautiful multi-fuel burner in the open plan dining/kitchen area. Ideal for families, the cottage is perfectly situated to take advantage of all that the area has to offer. Facing south-east, the attractive sun room at the front of the property catches the sun for most of the day, as well as the beautiful views which can still be enjoyed on days when it is too cool to sit outdoors. The house is situated in the township of Ormsaigbeg at the far end of the village of Kilchoan and is well placed for the ferry to Tobermory. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Sun room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams.

    Multi-fuel burners in living room and dining room/kitchen (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towel hire. 37" freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Links Apartment

    Brora

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 29974
    Enjoying an ideal location with wonderful panoramic views towards the sea, this beautifully presented 4 star accommodation, on a select development of 24 apartments, makes a superb, convenient, holiday destination.
    Whether a family with children looking for a beach holiday, couples seeking a relaxing break or a group of friends wanting to golf, the apartments offer something for everyone. Just a few minutes’ walk from the unspoilt, sweeping, sandy beach and the James Braid designed links golf course, the apartments are light and spacious.
    It is furnished and equipped to a very good standard - from the granite worktops and quality appliances in the kitchen, to the stylish bathrooms with fluffy towels, good quality linen in the bedrooms and bath robes provided – everything is designed to ensure a relaxing and comfortable holiday.
    Guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the extensive range of leisure facilities at the nearby Royal Marine Hotel, just a 2-minute walk away. Facilities include a shared heated swimming pool, children’s pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. Also available is a wide range of beauty treatments from the in-house therapists, not to mention restaurants and bars serving snacks and meals to suit all tastes.
    Amongst the many activities available close by are golf, mountain biking, loch and river fishing, hillwalking, bowls, tennis and pony trekking. For the less energetic, relax and watch the ever-changing sea views through your own living room window.
    Brora is also an excellent base for visiting this unspoilt part of the Highlands – take a trip to John O’ Groats, the stunning Orkney Islands, Inverness, ‘the Highland capital’, Loch Ness and the Moray or West Coasts, or closer to hand, Dunrobin Castle or the Clynelish Distillery. Beach 100 yards. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurants ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: Lift to entrance. All on one level.
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Living area: With Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin on request) and en-suite with shower over bath and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin on request) and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared large lawned grounds. Use of shared indoor heated swimming pool (12m x 4m, max depth 1.12m) with Jacuzzi, shower and changing facilities in nearby hotel, open 7:30am-8:30pm daily, all year. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: These properties are allocated on arrival and they can be either on the ground, first or second floor (lift available to each floor).

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  • Island Bay View

    Sallachy, nr. Dornie

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43261

    Island Bay View is a detached bungalow on the shores of Loch Long, furnished and equipped to a very good standard. Set in one of the most spectacular glens on the west coast of Scotland, the mountain and loch views are superb. It offers peace and solitude for a ‘get away from it all holiday experience’, excellent hill walking (Falls of Glomach nearby) and wildlife to explore for the outdoor enthusiast. Watch otters feed and play on the shoreline around the property with access to the bay via your own private track. Only a short drive to Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Glenelg, Plockton, Lochcarron and Applecross. Visit historic sites like the Glenelg Brochs and Battle of Glenshiel, or nearby Attadale Gardens. Shop and pub 3 miles.

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

    Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Table top freezer. Wi-fi included. Sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Loch frontage.

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  • Cross Tides

    Hilton near Tain

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511415
    Cross Tides is the quintessential seaside cottage. Situated in a quiet backwater lane in the fishing village of Hilton and with gardens that open directly onto the shoreline, this pretty 19th Century stone cottage is ideal for couples. There is a cosy lounge downstairs with welcoming open fire and a second lounge upstairs with stunning sea views, ideal for sitting and watching the ever changing seascape and the small fishing boats along the shoreline. There are two pretty bedrooms and a modern shower room on the ground floor. The terrace garden is attractively set with tubs and flowering plants. A small gate opens onto the beach and small fishing harbour.

    The village of Hilton is one of several pretty ‘seaboard’ villages that straddle this lovely Ross-shire coastline. They all possess beautifully kept seafronts and little harbours, with rocky outcrops interspersed with stunning sandy beaches. This coastline is completely unspoilt and provides an idyllic seaside holiday away from the crowds.

    Dolphins and porpoises are regularly seen in the bay and even the occasional basking shark and Beluga whale have been spotted close to shore. Just a short walk from the cottage there is an excellent pub, restaurant, café and a small local store. The area is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Cycling, hill walking, golf, fishing, horse riding, sailing, canoeing and surfing are all enjoyed locally. Within ten minutes’ drive lies the oldest Royal Burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built of local mellow sandstone, Tain is a charming historic town and offers an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafes 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. This part of the Highlands is easily accessible for exploring the whole of the north.

    Ground Floor: The property has economy 7 electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge 1: With open fire, 24" Freeview TV, DVD player and dining furniture.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Lounge 2: With lovely sea views.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 12 years allowed (except babies under six months). NB: Direct access onto the shoreline.

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  • Aros

    Glaick, Balmacara, Kyle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UVP

    Breathtakingly positioned amid National Trust woodland, in an enviable setting just yards from the shore, this tastefully renovated detached cottage is finished to a high standard. With splendid sweeping views across Loch Alsh towards the Isle of Skye, this is an ideal location for observing wildlife or listening to the sound of the waves lapping the shore. Majestic Eilean Donan Castle, the fine restaurants and excellent hiking terrain on Skye, and the scenic villages of Applecross and Glenelg are just a selection of the treats awaiting guests at Aros. Picturesque Plockton, with fine restaurants and good walking, 5 miles. Shops 1 mile.

    Living/dining room with open fire, French door to small sun room and well-equipped modern fitted kitchen area – wooden floor throughout. Utility room. TV room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two twin bedrooms with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Two TVs
    • Video (small library)
    • CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Small sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking
    • NB: Sitting-out area leads to sea

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  • Sandpiper

    Cullen, nr. Buckie

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30455


    Situated just a 2-minute stroll from the fine long sandy beach, in the delightful Seatown area of Cullen (famous for Cullen Skink), this lovely period end terrace cottage was previously a fishermans cottage, which has been renovated to a very good standard throughout. It makes a perfect holiday base for exploring the delights of the Moray coastline, renowned for its fine weather and magnificent scenery. Take a wander around Seatown and the brightly coloured cottages - a delightful, irregular clutter of homes built gable-end to the sea and with colourful painted pointing between the bricks. Explore the dramatic landscapes, from rugged cliffs to sweeping shores, sheltered coves to fishertown harbours. Look out for the resident bottlenose dolphins and the myriad of birdlife on the cliffs. Cycle along the Moray Coast Cycle Trail which runs from Cullen to Burghead, or explore the area’s history, culture and the world-famous whisky trail. For golfers there is a good course very close by, with many others to try in the surrounding area. Beach 50 yards. Shop 350 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. 1 step up to kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Second living room with sloping ceiling, beams and wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom with beams and wooden floor.

    Open fire in living room included. Woodburner in second living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Heatherwood Cottage

    Dornoch

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W41346

    This detached wood lodge is set in attractive grounds within close proximity to the renowned Royal burgh of Dornoch. A walk across the world-famous championship golf course takes you to the centre of this seaside town, with its centrepiece the stunning Dornoch Cathedral. Enjoy exploring the selection of unusual specialist shops, restaurants and pubs. The spectacular wide sweeping award-winning sandy beach makes it an ideal location for a truly superb Highland holiday. The owners have thoughtfully provided surfing body boards and wet suits for visitors’ use. Riding, tennis, squash, mountain-biking, fishing and, of course, some of the best golf courses in Britain are all available close by. Ideally located for exploring the spectacular coast of the far north. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (alternative sleeping)/ kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. 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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  • Larch Cottage

    Ballachulish, near Fort William

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5124
    This delightful, detached, single-storey cottage is situated above the quiet village of Ballachulish. The cottage has been tastefully furnished and has lovely views of the mountains and glens. The area is renowned for its outdoor pursuits, breathtaking scenery and its abundance of wildlife. There are plenty of walks literally on your doorstep, and the Sustrans Cycle Track, which stretches from Glencoe to Oban, runs right through the village.


    Fort William, known as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’, is only a short drive away, and the historic village of Glencoe is less than 2 miles. Nearby activities include mountain biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, walking, golf and fishing. Take a boat trip to the isles of Mull & Iona, or cross on the Corran Ferry and spend a day exploring the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Oban, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye are within easy reach, and there are numerous unspoilt beaches, castles, museums and distilleries nearby that provide great days out. Although small, Ballachulish is home to a shop, post office, takeaway, restaurant and a bar. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With electric coal effect fire, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request.Gravelled sitting-out area with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are sloping banks and a stream in the grounds, 30 yards.

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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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