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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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  • Ben view - Ben Nevis Lodge

    Lochyside, nr. Fort William

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    Ref: 28824

    Stunning views towards Ben Nevis

    Located in the owners’ grounds in a quiet area on the outskirts of Fort William, these two holiday properties are well placed to enjoy the best of this area of the West Highlands. With stunning views to Ben Nevis and surrounding mountains, the delightful, detached Ben View Cottage (ref 28823) sits within its own private, award-winning garden. Ben Nevis Lodge (ref 28824), is well-maintained and stands detached along with two other lodges, within the owners’ grounds, benefiting from its own decked and gravelled area with furniture. Lochaber is known as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’ and boasts the World Championship Mountain Bike course on its doorstep. Other outdoor activities include skiing, snowboarding, climbing, fishing, sailing, horse-riding and golf. The breathtaking scenery has been used as the backdrop for many well-known films including ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Rob Roy’, whilst the West Highland Steam Train (seasonal) takes you past the Glenfinnan Viaduct as depicted in one of the ‘Harry Potter’ movies. Wildlife is in abundance and offers the chance to spot golden eagles, deer, otters, porpoises and dolphins. The area is steeped in history and there are many castles, monuments, museums, gardens and craft shops to visit. Glencoe, Oban, Loch Ness, Inverness and the Isle of Skye are easily accessible. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters (underfloor in shower room) included. Freeview TV. Decked and gravel garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2½-acre grounds. No smoking.

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  • Baltinna West

    Newtonmore, nr. Aviemore

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    Ref: UTY

    In a romantic setting amid stunning scenery, made famous by the BBC’s Monarch of the Glen TV series, these two architect-designed, timber clad, adjoining properties (Baltinna West UTY and Baltinna East SGGW) make a truly tranquil holiday retreat. They can be booked individually or together for two couples, and are set within an enclosed garden, each with its own private sitting-out area. Oozing character and warmth, each have their own charms and both benefit from cosy wood-burning stoves in the living room and sheepskin rugs on oak floors. Nestling between the Cairngorm and Monadhliath mountain ranges, Newtonmore is situated in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, a walker’s and birdwatcher’s paradise. Outdoor pursuits found locally include 7 golf courses, fishing on the River Spey, mountain biking, skiing, tours taking in distilleries, RSPB sites, interactive museums, and the towns of Aviemore and Inverness. Shops ¼ mile. Pubs serving very good food within 1 mile. Excellent restaurants locally.

    Living room with wood-burning stove, rugs on oak floor and well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen/dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with feature roll-top bath, wash basin and en-suite shower room (no toilet).

    • Freesat TV
    • Tumble dryer

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Enclosed garden with own decked area
    • Parking (for 1 car)

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  • The Bothy at the House of Keil

    Duror near Dallachulish

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    Ref: CC511418
    In a wonderful location on the shores of Loch Linnhe, just south of Duror village, this cosy, single-storey holiday apartment is situated on a small working farm. The farm has a variety of livestock including wonderful, gentle llamas and a large pig. Literally on the doorstep the farm has one and a half miles of shore front for you to explore, with a shingle beach and an abundance of opportunities for fishing, bird watching, beach combing or, just watching the sun setting over the Morven Hills. Guests can launch a canoe or small dinghy from the beach or for larger boats a slipway is available for a small fee at Linnhe Marina, five miles away. Otters, seals, porpoises, buzzards, golden and sea eagles, and barn owls can be seen from the farm. There are plenty of attractions to visit, including the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, Castle Stalker and Cruachan Hollow Mountain. Glencoe and Fort William are a short drive away, offering excellent skiing, walking and climbing. There is a superb cycle track running close to the farm, allowing miles of easy cycling for all the family, whilst enjoying magnificent views. The town of Oban offers a full range of shops, excellent restaurants, a leisure centre and cinema. From the bustling harbour, you can catch a boat to the Hebridean islands of Mull, Staffa and Iona, or from Port Appin, you can hire a bike and take the little passenger ferry to Lismore. The Isle of Skye and the Arnamurchan Peninsula are also easy to reach and make for great days out. Organised boat trips are available from Ballachulish and Port Appin.

    First Floor: The property has eight steep steps to entrance, is all on the first floor, has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric coal-effect fire, Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area
    : With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and WC.

    First £5 electric included, remainder by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included.Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Loch in grounds, 25 yards.

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  • Badgers Den

    Kiltarlity, nr. Beauly

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    Ref: 30499

    Badgers Den is a first floor holiday apartment that sits within rural woodland, and lies on the outskirts of the village of Kiltarlity. The property makes an ideal base for exploring this largely unspoilt part of the Highlands, with many attractions and activities within a short drive. Locally there is mountain biking amongst spectacular forest trails, hill walking in nearby Glen Affric and Strathfarrar and kayaking and loch trips on Loch Ness. Inverness offers a variety of facilities including restaurants, theatres and wide range of shops. Further afield, guests can take a trip to the scenic west coast or the Moray Firth. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Stereo/ CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Large shared grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Stables

    Braemore near Ullapool

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    Ref: CC511439
    The Stables occupies the ground floor of a converted stable block in the grounds of a large and historic old stone house just 10 miles from Ullapool in the heart of Wester Ross. This attractively presented apartment has a lovely open plan living area with a deep leather sofa and a well-equipped kitchen with dining table. The double bedroom is a real delight, with colour coordinated soft furnishings and attractive pine furniture. A bathroom completes the picture.

    The large country house where The Stables sits was built in 1840 and was once part of the Braemore Estate of the renowned Engineer, Sir John Fowler Bart, 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 beauty spots close by.

    Visitors are also welcome to wander through the grounds of the house which meander down to the river below. Fishing can also be arranged on the owner’s private stretch of the River Broom, famed 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 lovely converted stable 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.

    The Stables can be booked together with Ghillies Rooms (CC511319), The Coach House (CC511320) and The Tower House (CC511318) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Lounge area: With electric fire, 28" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge with ice box, dishwaher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Shared communal grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Eagle’s Nest

    Glaick of Kessock

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    Ref: 18177

    This refurbished holiday cottage is set in an orchard amidst the Ord Hill Forest, a few miles from the city of Inverness. In 2 acres of shared garden grounds near the owner’s home and next to Woodpecker Cottage, ideal for exploring the beautiful north and west Highlands. Inverness offers a variety of amenities including a theatre, restaurants and shops. Enjoy a boat trip to see the dolphins or visit the historic village of Cromarty. Easy reach of Loch Ness, Culloden battlefield and Fort George. Horse riding, 1 mile, castles, lovely beaches and golf, 5 miles. Can be booked with 23492 to accommodate 4 guests. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    5 steps to property. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with laminate floor. Kitchen with French doors. Beams throughout. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Video and small library. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Wi-fi. Large shared garden, patio area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Glen Mhor

    Lochybridge, nr. Fort William

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    Ref: W42554

    Lovely views of Ben Nevis

    This wonderful conversion is situated on the outskirts of Fort William and enjoys lovely views of Ben Nevis. In an area designated as Britain’s top outdoor location there are plenty of all year round activities. Nevis Range Ski Centre, 3 miles, boasts a dry ski slope and world renowned mountain bike tracks. Climbing, walking, fishing, birdwatching, golf and a variety of watersports are literally on your doorstep. An ideal holiday base for touring the Western Highlands, including Loch Ness, Mull, Inverness, Oban and the Cairngorms. For those seeking tranquillity and relaxation, wildlife is in abundance and the scenery is breathtaking. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Beaufort Cottages - Dairy Cottage

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

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    Ref: CC511444
    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.
    Dairy Cottage can be booked together with Checkers Cottage (CC511445), Duffs Lodge (CC511446), Kennels Cottage (CC511447), Mercy Cottage (CC511448), Rose Cottage (CC511449), Stables Cottage (CC511450), The Retreat (UK5004), The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) and The Larder (CC511452) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen: With wooden floor, wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player, CD player, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Dining room/conservatory: With wooden floor.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £5 per basket (honesty box). Travel cot and highchair available on request. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Birch Lodge

    Torcastle, nr. Fort William

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    Ref: 28880

    Set in an enviable location on the banks of the Caledonian Canal with stunning panoramic views of Ben Nevis and the ski slopes of Aonoch Mor from all aspects, these holiday lodges are conveniently located 220 yards from the owner’s home. Oak Lodge (ref 28879) is detached, whilst Birch Lodge (ref 28880) is semi-detached. The properties have easy access via the Shengain Viaduct to the Great Glen Way, which is superb for dog walking. This area is an ideal base for touring the Highlands and West Coast of Scotland and there are many local amenities within easy reach. This is an excellent location for climbing, walking or mountain biking, and there are super forest trails. Travel on the West Highland Steam Train as depicted in the ’Harry Potter’ film, crossing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. Fort William, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, offers Highland culture, clan history, castles and museums. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking, and wildlife is in abundance. Inverness, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Oban and Glencoe are all easily accessed. Skiing, horse riding, fishing, golf and a variety of water sports are all available nearby. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Economy 7 central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Front decking area with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped, natural and wooded 2-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 3 steps to decking area. Fenced canal just outside the grounds, 30 yards.

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  • Oak View

    North Ballachulish, nr. Glencoe

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    Ref: 27262

    In a peaceful setting with lovely mountain views, this cosy wooden holiday cottage is set on a small croft, 12 miles south of Fort William and 4 miles north of Glencoe. Forest trails offer leisurely walks and mountain biking, or Glencoe’s rugged mountains allow for excellent climbing. Skiing, horse riding, fishing, golf and a variety of watersports are also available. Visit the Isles of Mull, Staffa and Iona, or cross on the Corran Ferry to explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The area is renowned for its spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Inverness, Loch Ness, Oban and the Isle of Skye also make for great days out. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    4 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric ’coal-effect’ fire in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Chestnut Cottage

    Corpach, nr. Fort William

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    Ref: W41128

    Superb views

    This bright and spacious apartment is situated in the hamlet of Corpach, just 4 miles from the centre of Fort William. With views across to Ben Nevis, it provides a superb base for exploring this area of the western Highlands. Hill walking, climbing, skiing, watersports, pony trekking and golf are all available in the area. Canal and local cruises and gondola trips up Aonach Mor are also popular. Fort William, the outdoor capital of the Highlands, offers a variety of pubs and restaurants, as well as a swimming pool and leisure centre. The ‘Harry Potter’ steam train runs daily to Mallaig in the summer months. Shops, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor and sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream adjoining property.

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  • The Coach House

    Dulnain Bridge

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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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