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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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  • Forest Lodge

    Wester Lovat, nr. Beauly

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    Ref: 29276

    This spacious, detached holiday lodge, set above the Beauly Firth, has far reaching views across Ben Wyvis. Set in beautiful surroundings with a leafy woodland to the rear, visitors can enjoy the ever changing views from the wide surrounding deck. Only 3 miles from the lovely village of Beauly with good shops and a choice of restaurants. The owners can provide clay pigeon shooting, or day or night excursions on a Rib on Loch Ness (both at cost). Fishing, golf and walking all close by. Shop 3 miles, pub serving food 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity included (£30 per booking November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry facility available. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children, including babes in arms.

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  • The Coach House

    Braemore near Ullapool

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    Ref: CC511320
    The Coach House forms part of a converted stable positioned on the first floor of a large historic stone house just 10 miles from Ullapool in the heart of Wester Ross. This attractively presented apartment has a lovely open plan lounge/kitchen with focal electric stove and deep leather sofas. There is a separate dining room which can also be used as a second occasional bedroom if required. There is a spacious double bedroom with colour coordinated soft furnishings and attractive pine furniture. A modern bathroom completes the picture.

    This large country house was built in 1840 and was once part of the Braemore Estate of the renowned Engineer, Sir John Fowler, who built the Forth Rail Bridge, the Pimlico Bridge, which carried the first railway across the Thames (1860) and Victoria Station and was a pioneer of the London Underground system. Examples of Sir John’s creativity can be found on the land and nearby, such as the suspension bridge over the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach, both popular places to visit close by. Visitors are welcome to wander through the grounds of the house, help tend the lambs and meet the friendly Kune pigs bred by the owners. Fishing can also be arranged on the owner’s private stretch of the River Broom, framed for its salmon, trout and sea trout. Just 10 minutes’ drive away is the charming fishing village of Ullapool, which has a good selection of small shops as well as excellent local bars and restaurants. This superb apartment makes an ideal base for a real Highland holiday, with spectacular walks, Munros to climb and cycling routes to explore. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Canoeing, sailing, fishing, riding, bird watching and golf are all enjoyed locally.

    This property can be booked together with Ghillies Rooms (CC511319), The Tower House (CC511318) and The Stables (CC511439) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    First Floor: the property is all on the first floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.

    Lounge area: With electric stove, Freeview TV, DVD and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwaher and washer/dryer.
    Dining room.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available at £10 and highchair available at £5. Wi-Fi.40 acres of countryside and farmland with salmon and trout river in the grounds and open to visitors. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Pen-Bryn

    Fort William

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    Ref: 24082

    With views to Loch Linnhe and Ben Nevis, and direct access to local walks from the property, this well furnished holiday apartment is attached to the owner’s property and is approximately 1 mile from Fort William town centre. Enjoy complimentary use of the Ben Nevis Leisure Club in Fort William, 2 miles, including sauna, spa, steam room and pool. As part of the UK outdoor capital, there are plenty of activities for all ages including climbing, skiing, fishing, mountain biking, sailing and walking. Perfectly located for touring the Highlands, visiting Skye, Glencoe, Oban and Loch Ness, or relaxing on the West Highland Steam Train (summer only) to Mallaig. Shop ¾ mile, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor.
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Living area: With electric wood burner, satellite TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs, CD player and French doors leading to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With super kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over whirlpool bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Kentra Cottage

    Dunire, Ballachulish, Glencoe

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    Ref: CC511072
    Kentra Cottage is a delightful cottage located adjacent to the Dunire Guest House in the famous Glencoe village and enjoy’s stunning views up to the Pap of Glencoe. The accommodation benefits from being all on ground floor level and is tastefully furnished throughout. The shoreline of the delightful Loch Leven, with its fringe of loch side hotels where it is possible to enjoy a spot of lunch and a swim, is only a short stroll away Glencoe village itself has a few shops and a local museum situated in an old thatched croft house.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, has electric under floor heating and comprises:
    Lounge Area: With satellite TV and DVD
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With king size bed enjoying views onto the hills
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC and two wash basins

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Small garden. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Pine Tree Cottage

    Altass, Lairg, Sutherland

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    Ref: CC511305
    Pine Tree Cottage is situated in the grounds of the owner’s property. This delightful detached modern cottage is impeccably presented and provides a high standard of accommodation for two in a stunning setting. The main living accommodation is open plan, with the lounge/kitchen/dining room running the length of the cottage. The lounge area looks out across the open hills and countryside, with the river below. The bright, modern kitchen area is well equipped, with integral appliances. There is a spacious shower room adjoining. The double bedroom occupies the whole of the first floor. All furniture and furnishings are of exceptionally high quality, including Vi-sprung beds. The cottage gardens are a real delight. With lawns, flowering shrubs and a patio area with dining table and chairs; a delightful spot to enjoy a glass or two whilst drinking in the incredible views of the river and surrounding hills. The large shed in the grounds is also available for outdoor gear, canoes and cycles. Pine Tree Cottage is a wonderful base for a Highland getaway, either for relaxing completely or indulging in the wide variety of local activities.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/Kitchen: With high quality furniture and furnishings with stunning views across the river, hills and open countryside.
    Lounge area: With satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio. Wi-Fi.
    Dining area: With table and chairs.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob and extractor fan, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; superbly equipped with integral appliances.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With two single 3 foot 3 inches by 6 foot 6 inches vi-spring beds can be made into 1 double bed if required. Please let us know when telephoning to confirm arrival arrangements which alternative you would prefer.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available. Enclosed garden with patio area with picnic table and chairs. Use of shed for storage of bicycles/canoes etc. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Snookies Cottage

    Milton, nr. Drumnadrochit

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    Ref: 29360


    Nestling in the peaceful community of Milton, on the outskirts of the popular village of Drumnadrochit, Snookies is a cosy and charming, detached, traditional highland cottage that makes a perfect holiday base for exploring the delights and spectacular scenery of the Highlands of Scotland and the west coast. Set in a small glen with adjacent stream and being over 300 years old, this historic cottage retains many of its original features including open stonework. At the heart of Loch Ness there is much to see and do, including mountain biking, skiing, fishing, birdwatching, walking in the Great Glen, horse riding and golf. For the less energetic, take a gentle stroll along one of the many forest trails or the unspoilt beaches of the Moray Coast, relax on a boat trip down Loch Ness, or take in some of the historic sites the surrounding area has to offer. Inverness is just a short drive and Fort Augustus and Fort William, slightly further. The nearby village of Drumnadrochit is home to the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition, and a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Historic Urquhart Castle is situated nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, split-level garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack.

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  • The Hay Lodge

    Nairn

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    Ref: W43043

    This delightful, totally self-contained holiday apartment forms part of The Hay Lodge, an attractive stone-built Victorian house, now a B&B, situated 5 minutes from Nairn’s sandy beach. The property is decorated and furnished to a very good standard, offering warm and welcoming accommodation in a seaside town setting. For those warm evenings there is a verandah area for guests to sit and enjoy a glass of wine. Ideally located for touring, there are award-winning sandy beaches, harbours, marinas, the Whisky and Castle Trails and 2 championship golf courses, as well as numerous forest walks. One of the driest and sunniest places in the UK, Nairn offers a fine selection of shops and restaurants. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV (sports package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared verandah with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Thistle Dubh

    Drumnadrochit

    Grade
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    Ref: 25865

    This delightful detached holiday cottage (pronounced ‘Thistle Doo’) enjoys a peaceful setting in the picturesque village of Drumnadrochit close to the shores of Loch Ness. The cottage makes an ideal base for exploring Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, the scenic west coast and Inverness, the Highland capital. Super area for mountain biking, forest walks, climbing, and boat trips – also with an abundance of wildlife a wonderful area for the nature lover. Near to the Great Glen Way, Glen Affric and Glen Urquhart there is plenty to do, or simply relax and take in the atmosphere and enjoy the Highland hospitality. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Built-in barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Beaufort Cottages - The Larder

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

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    Ref: CC511452
    A warm Highland welcome awaits you at this holiday property, located in the Beaufort Estate. It enjoys a tranquil setting only a few miles from Beauly in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and without doubt, make a super base for exploring the many attractions and activities this area has to offer. The cottage has been equipped and furnished to ensure as relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible, and it has its own individual character and style. You can explore the extensive grounds of Beaufort Estate with its abundance of wildlife, idyllic picnic places and easy walking routes and also travel further afield to experience some of the stunning scenery, interesting and historic attractions and a large variety of sports.

    The popular village of Beauly is only four miles and offers a very good range of shops and restaurants with Inverness, the Highland Capital, just 12 miles. You can visit Culloden Battlefield and its interactive visitor centre, Fort George, Cawdor and Brodie Castles all steeped in local history or explore the picturesque fishing villages and beaches of the stunning Moray coastline. Take a boat trip and perhaps catch sight of the famous bottlenose dolphins or go to Drumnadrochit, which is set on the shores of Loch Ness, as well as Fort Augustus, where you can watch the boats coming through the locks in the centre of the village.

    Slightly further afield is the beautiful Isle of Skye and the wonderful unspoilt scenery of the West Coast where you will find some wonderful restaurants to sample to local produce particularly seafood. From Skye, you can hop on to a ferry to the Outer Hebrides – a truly unspoilt part of Scotland with its rugged landscape and sweeping white sandy beaches. A day trip to the Orkney Islands is recommended where you can visit numerous archaeological sites such as Skara Brae, the Eagles Tomb and The Ring of Brodgar to name just a few. For the energetic and outdoor enthusiast, there are numerous mountain bike and forest trails, walking and climbing in the nearby glens of Strathfarrar, Cannich and Affric, golf with a large number of acclaimed courses such as the Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart within easy reach. Snow sports are available in Aviemore, Glencoe or Glenshee. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and unwind and enjoy this tranquil setting which is Beaufort Estate.
    The Larder can be booked together with Dairy Cottage (CC511444), Checkers Cottage (CC511445), Duffs Lodge (CC511446), Kennels Cottage (CC511447), Mercy Cottage (CC511448), Rose Cottage (CC511449), The Retreat (UK5004), Stables Cottage (CC511450) and The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared external laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Cottage

    Strathcarron, Wester Ross

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    Ref: CC511238
    The Cottage is a charming single storey white-washed stone cottage situated in the quiet hamlet of Achintee in the heart of Wester Ross. Surrounded by hills, the Loch Carron sea loch and open countryside and enjoying quiet seclusion in its well established cottage gardens, it provides an ideal base for two. Originally a traditional crofter’s cottage, it has (in 2015) undergone complete refurbishment throughout with a brand new kitchen, the latest appliances, free Wi-Fi and furnished to a very high standard. The Cottage has been attractively restored and renovated, whilst retaining a wealth of original features, such as an original open fireplace and  exposed stone wall in the lounge, stripped pine doors and beautiful wood-lined tongue and groove panelling in the bedroom. There is a large farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room and a modern bathroom. The Cottage looks out across the gardens to the hills and mountains beyond with nearby views of Loch Carron.

    The small village of Strathcarron is approximately ¼ mile away and within easy walking distance. The small railway station is a halt on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh railway route; voted as one of the most scenic railway lines in the world. The surrounding area is renowned for its magnificent landscapes, incorporating mountains, rivers, lochs and sea. A paradise for lovers of the great outdoors, it offers unlimited sporting opportunities: climbing, hill-walking, fishing, canoeing, diving, sailing and mountain-biking are all available close by. There are some wonderful walks direct from the property, with miles of hills, riverside and forestry to explore, either on foot or by bike.

    The nearby village of Lochcarron is particularly charming. Set right on the shores of the loch, surrounded by the spectacular hills and mountains of Wester Ross, Lochcarron is bounded by the sea-loch on one side and attractive cottages and houses that straddle the main street on the other. There are a number of pubs, cafes and shops here, as well as a golf course open to visitors which has a fantastic 9 hole golf course (12 tees) situated right on the banks of the loch with stunning views, open all year round. This club is over a hundred years old and is one of the most beautiful spots in the highlands, with a short but demanding course for all levels. A visit to the Carron pottery and restaurant, less than a mile away, is a must with fantastic crafts and renown food (open year round), with the seafood bar at Kishorn another culinary favourite which has won countless awards for its local sustainably sourced fresh seafood, 13 miles. Lochcarron Weavers, also based in Kishorn, stock a wonderful range of handmade tartans and luxury knitwear and are some of the finest in the whole of Scotland.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on the ground floor, has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, 32" Freeview LED HD Smart TV (with web enabled apps such as Netflix), smart Wi-Fi, DVD player, Blu-ray player, CD/radio player and a selection of DVD’s, and CD’s.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric belling cooker, microwave, slow cooker, fridge with ice box, washer/dryer and huge selection of maps.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed with luxury foam and feather topper (can be made to twin beds - please advise when booking), down duvets and pillows, hairdryer, curling tongs, storage, books and games.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, heated towel rail and luxury hand and body wash.

    All, electric, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Wi-Fi available. Enclosed gardens. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • The Coach House

    Dulnain Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: SRRT

    Set in the grounds of the Edwardian Auchendean Lodge, this holiday apartment shares unbeatable views of Strathspey, from the double bends of the River Spey, the Cromdale Hills and Abernethy Forest, right to the Cairngorm Mountains. A variety of fresh herbs from the organic garden are usually available late spring to autumn. Explore the area, perhaps even the isolated Loch Avon, by foot, horse or bike. The Strathspey Steam Railway stops at Broomhill station, offering a scenic ride in the style of a by-gone era. Day trips include Balmoral, Royal Deeside, Loch Ness and much of the west coast. Bird watching, golf and fishing locally. Shop and restaurant 1 mile.

    First floor: Living room/dining room with open fire, sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, shower attachment, toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blanket
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod/mp3 dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Drying facility available
    • Use of owner’s freezer in shared utility
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 1½ acre grounds, sitting-out area, pitch & putt, access to 350 acres of quiet conservation forest from garden
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Drops, unfenced pond and steps in grounds

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  • Woodside Cottage

    Loch Ness-Side

    Grade
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    Ref: S4105

    Glorious views across the mysterious waters of Loch Ness and a lavishly appointed interior with luxuries for ultimate relaxation, combine to make this charming and romantic hideaway. It enjoys its own garden, set within 15 shared acres of grounds with access to 500 yards of private shoreline, a jetty and shingle beach. Woodside Cottage is nestled on a wooded hillside, is beautifully furnished throughout, and it enjoys loch views from the living room. Whisky distilleries, the Isle of Skye, Ben Nevis, the Cairngorm ski slopes and the Orkney Isles are all within easy reach. Inverness and a visit to the battlefield of Culloden is a must (9 miles). Fishing on the loch and golf, pony trekking and water sports close by. Shops 4 miles, pub/restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Payphone. Garden with patio and furniture. 15-acre grounds. Fly fishing foc. Private water supply. Parking. NB: Unfenced loch.

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