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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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  • Beinn Bhan

    Glen Loy near Fort William

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: CC511411
    Inverskilavulin is set at the foot of Beinn Bhan in the heart of Glen Loy with stunning views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor. This detached lodge has been architecturally designed and nestles amid the most magnificent scenery offering an ideal base for a relaxing holiday. The area is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts with Fort William, the outdoor capital of the UK, only nine miles away. Activities available nearby include walking, climbing, skiing, kayaking, canyoning, mountain biking and golf. The breathtaking scenery has been used as the backdrop for many well known films including Brave Heart 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. Short ferry crossings will take you to the Inner Isles including Rum, Mull, Iona and Lismore, or cross on Corran Ferry and explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. At the foot of Glen Loy the Caledonian Canal towpath is ideal for leisurely walks and biking, or there are numerous forest trails. The area is steeped in history with the Clan Cameron Museum at Achnacarry and many other historic sites and castles to explore nearby. Surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, pine martens, deer, golden eagles and otters are often seen. Loch Ness, Inverness, Glencoe, Oban and the Isle of Skye are all easily reached.
    Beinn Bhan can be booked with Beinn Loy CC511412 to accommodate up to eight guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating, solar panels and comprises:
    Open plan living space:
    Lounge/dining area: With wooden floor, multi-fuel burner, 28" Freesat TV, DVD player and patio doors.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and TV.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for multi fuel stove provided. Travel cot and highchair. Wi-Fi. Shared use of freezer at owner’s house 200 yards. Large decking area and furniture. Shared 5-acre garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: The property is accessed via a rough track. Unfenced river and sloping banks in grounds.

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  • The Tower House

    Braemore near Ullapool

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC511318
    The Tower House occupies the centre of a large historic stone house just 10 miles from Ullapool in the heart of Wester Ross. This attractive apartment takes in the coach archway and the tower above, making this an unusual feature to this charming accommodation. The Tower House has one double bedroom and one twin bedroom, with an additional single bed if required. Both bedrooms are tastefully decorated and furnished with quality pine furniture and matching Royal Stewart tartan curtains and duvets. There is a good sized open plan living area, with feature wood burning stove, deep leather sofas and modern kitchen/dining area. The family sized bathroom has a bath with shower over. A unique feature is a room in the tower, accessed via loft stairs, which affords wonderful views across the surrounding estate lands and down to the picturesque river Broom. At night it is an ideal place to sit and watch the stars or the beautiful summer sunsets.

    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 Coach House (CC511320) and The Stables (CC511439) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwaher and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.
    Tower room: Accessed via loft ladder. A place to sit on bench seats to admire the views.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for wood burner provided. Cot available at £10 and highchair available at £5. Wi-Fi.Set in 40 acres of countryside and farmland with salmon and trout river in the grounds and open to visitors. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Shepherds Cottage

    Ardelve, near Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5108
    Characterised by towering Munros and sparkling lochs, this area of the Scottish Highlands is simply awe-inspiring. There’s nothing like waking up, stepping outside and taking in the serene view of the loch. This semi-detached property is situated in an ideal location for getting back to nature, so don’t forget your walking boots and your canine companions!


    Nearby, Kyle of Lochalsh is a traditional Scottish Highland village on the waterside. There’s a number of independent corner shops, a warm and welcoming pub or two and for eating like the locals, there’s a fine restaurant to try as well. For historic sites, there’s Eilean Donan Castle, which can be seen from the property, and Glenelg Brochs nearby. Plockton is just a short drive away, and for a bit of excitement, you can also try a boat trip or pony trekking. Sure enough, this property features the best of Scottish life. The owners live on-site, so help is always at hand. Beach 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. Shepherds Cottage can be booked together with Gardeners Cottage (UK5106) and Farmers Cottage (UK5107) to accommodate up to 15 guests.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area: With electric coal effect fire, 23" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With 2ft 6in twin beds (for children).

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Shared 4-acre maintained grounds with woodland. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Big Barns Cottage

    Dunrobin, By Golspie

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: SPPG

    Big Barns Cottage enjoys an elevated position overlooking fields, woodland and the Dornoch Firth. The well-equipped cottage is one of a pair and makes the perfect holiday base for exploring the Highlands. Visit the fairytale French influenced Dunrobin Castle, John O’ Groats, the Castle of Mey or the Orkney Islands. To the south is the beautiful Black Isle and Inverness. Within easy driving, the scenery varies from wild cliffs and hills to remote, unspoilt beaches. There are a number of golf courses nearby including the Royal Dornoch links course, distilleries, castles, monuments and much more. Fishing, sailing, mountain biking and hill walking are amongst the many activities available. Shops 2½ miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove. Dining room. Cosy kitchen with flagstone floor. Wet room with toilet. Beams throughout. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full LPG central heating (underfloor in wet room), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD (large library)
    • CD (small library)
    • Combi microwave oven/grill
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Small lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Dining facilities on site available
    • No smoking
    • NB: There is a pond in the owner’s garden

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  • Laggan Bridge Cottage

    Laggan Bridge near Invergarry

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Glencairn Cottage

    Tomintoul, Ballindalloch

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC512059
    Situated in the heart of the pretty stone village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands, and set within the Cairngorm National Park, Glencairn Cottage is a delightful whitewashed stone cottage oozing with charm. Completely refurbished in recent years it is ideal for couples or small families. The lounge has deep leather sofas, a traditional Victorian fireplace with wood burning stove and a modern dining area. The fully fitted kitchen is well equipped. There are two attractively presented bedrooms and a bright, modern bathroom. the good sized private garden at the back of the cottage has a large lawn area; ideal for pets, children or a quiet drink after a day’s activities. Set within the Glenlivet highland estate, this area is a walkers and cyclists paradise. An extensive network of way marked trails extending to over 100 miles gives unlimited access for outdoor enthusiasts.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With wood burning stove (for use October - April only),  Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD and free Wi-fi
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Utility Room: With washing machine and space for outdoor gear
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With 3ft bunk beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair availableEnclosed garden with picnic table and chairs. Lockable shed for storing bikes. On street parking.

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  • The Brewer’s Cottage

    Tomich, nr. Cannich

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W41330

    Rural location

    Set within a large woodland garden on the edge of the conservation village of Tomich, this pretty detached holiday cottage enjoys a peaceful location in one of the Highlands most beautiful glens. Ideal location for touring this scenic and largely unspoilt part of Scotland. Inverness, the Highland capital only 30 miles away, Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness just 12 miles. Lots to see and do for all ages. Wonderful area for mountain biking, walking through the extensive Caledonian pine forests, hill walking and climbing or just sitting back and watching the large variety of wildlife this area has to offer. Shop 3.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Central heating and electricity included (£30per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Large fenced woodland garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Riverview Cottage

    Acharacle

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43248

    This single-storey cottage offers a truly get away from it all experience. Riverview Cottage overlooks the River Shiel and the open countryside in this crofting community. The Ardnamurchan and Moidart Peninsula has so much to offer holidaymakers including unspoilt beaches, dramatic scenery and wildlife. The Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is an hour’s drive away and enjoy the most westerly point in Britain, Sanna Bay, with its pristine beach. Another favourite is the steam train from Fort William to Mallaig which was used in the Harry Potter movies. Also available in the area is biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, shooting, Loch Shiel cruises and dolphin/whale watching.

    Shop, pub and restaurant 2.5 miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Landscaped grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Stream in garden.

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  • Tigh na Bruaich

    Auldearn near Nairn

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511406
    Enjoying a peaceful yet central setting within the pretty village of Auldearn, this semi-detached, traditional holiday property has been furnished and equipped to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Just three miles from the seaside village of Nairn with its long sweeping sandy beaches and local amenities, Tigh Na Bruiach (Gaelic for ‘House on the Hill’) makes a super holiday base for exploring this wonderful part of the Northern Highlands. Visit Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, Inverness, and Loch Ness, all within a very easy drive. Brodie and Cawdor Castles are just a short distance and well worth a visit. You can meander along the Moray Coast and visit some of the beautiful, unspoilt beaches and hopefully catch sight of the dolphins, seals and large variety of birdlife this area is renowned for. Take a trip along the Malt Whisky Trail – the only one of its kind in the world! Further afield, go to the scenic West Coast, Fort William or the enigmatic Orkney Islands. Golf, mountain biking, kayaking, hill walking and photography are some of the many activities available.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric coal-effect fire, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Wet room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Wi-Fi. Front lawned area. Enclosed rear paved garden with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Ferry House

    By Beauly

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: W43160

    Enjoying a private setting with uninterrupted views and direct access to the River Beauly, this detached holiday home makes a super base for exploring the Northern Highlands. The Inverness to Dingwall railway line runs behind the property and approximately 27 trains use the line daily, less on Sundays. Ferry House is within easy reach of Inverness, the Highland capital, and Loch Ness to the south. To the west is the Isle of Skye and the stunning west coast. To the east, visit quaint fishing villages of the Moray Coast. Mountain biking, golf, climbing and hill walking, along with fishing and watersports, are available locally. Historical sites, castles and whisky distilleries within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Tiled floors throughout. Shower room with toilet. Gallery: Study. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. TV (for DVD use only). DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large natural garden grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Hot tub. No smoking. NB: Drop to unfenced riverbank, 10 yards.

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  • Lower Millbank

    Elgin

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511396
    A lovely self contained and spacious garden apartment, Millbank House is an 18th Century townhouse in a quiet street in the heart of Elgin. It benefits from its own private entrance and the spacious rooms have been comfortably furnished to a good standard. An ideal choice as a base for exploring this lovely town, Elgin is located between Aberdeen and Inverness and offers a wealth of amenities, shops, eateries, cinemas, bowling and leisure centre as well as the famous Johnstons of Elgin cashmere mill and Elgin Cathedral, well worth a visit. Close by, the coastal villages of Lossiemouth and Findhorn offer fabulous sandy beaches, wildlife cruises, diving, angling and of course the famous Moray Firth dolphins. Excellent golf courses and cycling trails are to be found in abundance, while further inland the Whisky Trail and the Cairngorms beckon, passing through fantastic scenery.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Large with laminate flooring, Sky TV, DVD player and dining table with chairs.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Reading room: With sofa bed (for flexible sleeping only).
    Study:
    With desk and chair.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and views over the garden.
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    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot supplied on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Shared garden with patio and garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: There are four steps in the grounds.

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  • The Old Granary

    Cragganmore near Ballindalloch

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC511442
    This lovely holiday home has been carefully converted from an old grain store, with characterful stone walls and a delightful setting, just yards from the River Spey, with its own sitting out area at the rear and a very peaceful outlook. Comfortably and stylishly furnished whilst retaining original features such as thick stone walls and pillars, it is a real home from home. It’s convenient setting makes it an ideal base for walkers, fishermen and nature lovers. The Speyside Way runs along the riverbank here and goes from the Moray coast to Aviemore. There is a 9-hole, 18-tee golf course one mile away at Ballindalloch, with other superb courses less than an hour away. Within easy reach are the ski slopes of the Lecht and Cairngorm, or by contrast enjoy the wonderful sandy beaches of the Moray Firth around Lossiemouth and Nairn, where the famous Moray Firth dolphins can be regularly spotted. Visit the fairytale Ballindalloch Castle, two miles, or the ruins of Drumin Castle and its walled garden. The malt whisky trail starts close by, with Cragganmore Distillery less than one mile from the house. There are very good shops including a delicatessen at Aberlour, nine miles, large supermarkets in Elgin, 25 miles, and Inverness, 47 miles. Salmon fishing is available locally (at cost, licence required). Local store, post office, fuel station and pub/restaurant within one mile.

    Ground Floor: Open-plan living space: With solid wood flooring.
    Living area: With Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With ceramic hob, electric fan oven, cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Cloakroom: With toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With original floor boards, double bed, built-in wardrobes and high ceiling.
    Bedroom 2: With original floor boards, double bed, built-in wardrobes and high ceiling.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating,electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Patio, terrace and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking. NB: fenced river 100 yards away.

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