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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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  • Squirrel Cottage

    North Kessock

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: W42887

    Nestling amongst the trees of Ord Hill above North Kessock and just minutes drive from Inverness, Squirrel Cottage makes the perfect holiday base for exploring the Highlands. Visit Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, Glen Affric, Fort George, the stunning scenery of the west coast or the Isle of Skye. A trip to the Orkney Islands is recommended, or to the Moray Coast where you might see the famous bottlenose dolphins. Historic sites, castles and whiskey distilleries are amongst the many attractions available. Golf, kayaking, hill walking and mountain biking are available. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Private garden with furniture. Portable barbecue. Shared landscaped grounds with woodland. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Large unfenced pond in shared grounds.

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  • Creagan Ruadh

    Ratagan, By Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: S72

    Set in beautifully landscaped gardens with fabulous uninterrupted views across Loch Duich towards the mountains of Kintail, this detached house has been furnished and equipped to a high standard. Summer ferries to Isle of Skye are available and there is excellent climbing, fishing and mountain biking as well as walking locally. For an alternative day out, Plockton is easily accessible and offers boat trips to observe the seal colonies and there are also many excellent sea food restaurants all serving locally caught fish. Wildlife can be seen from the holiday house including otters and porpoises. Shop 11/2 miles.

    Three steps to entrance. Living room with multi-fuel stove. Dining room. Modern fitted kitchen. Small sun room. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Multi-fuel stove - fuel available locally
    • Electricity and total control central heating included (October-March £20 per week poa)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blankets
    • TV
    • Video (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Large enclosed, landscaped garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced stream in garden

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  • Glenrothay

    Dalfaber, Aviemore

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SD35

    This quality cottage stands as one of a pair in Dalfaber, on the outskirts of Aviemore village. It offers bright, well-equipped and very comfortable holiday accommodation, with the added bonus of an attractive rear garden. The Cairngorm Mountains offer superb walking and challenging climbing, in addition to an opportunity to take in some lovely scenery while breathing in some fresh Scottish air. Golf is readily available here, with numerous good courses on which to shoot a round nearby. A blend of river, mountains, forest and Lochs combine in this region to ensure you can enjoy either an active holiday or an equally peaceful break. Shops and pub within walking distance.

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

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. STB 3 Star.

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  • Dontra Log Chalets - Dontra Log Chalet 1

    Banavie, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W8146

    Superb highland setting with panoramic views

    Situated in an idyllic location with direct access to the Caledonian Canal and stunning views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor mountain range, these detached lodges (refs W8146 and W8664) make an ideal holiday base for touring the Highlands and the west coast of Scotland. Fort William is known as the ’outdoor capital’, and is home to the World Mountain Bike Championships, Excellent climbing, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and walking are popular outdoor pursuits. Golf fishing, kayaking and sailing are also available nearby. The area is famous for its breath-taking scenery, used as a backdrop in many film, including Braveheart, Rob Roy and the Harry Potter movies. Many of the islands including Mull and Iona can be reached by short ferry crossings and the steam train to Mallaig makes for a great day out. Wildlife is abundant with golden eagles, porpoises, red deer, otters and pine martens often spotted. There are many historic castles, monuments, sandy beaches, gardens and museums to explore. Visit the magical Isle of Skye, Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, Loch Ness, Glencoe or the bustling harbour town of Oban. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open tread spiral stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. Wooden floors throughout.

    Travel cot. Washing machine.

    Both properties: Electric central heating and electricity by £1 coin meter. Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared lawned garden with furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). NB: Pond in the garden.

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  • Ewe Cottage

    Naast near Poolewe

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UK5044
    Ewe Cottage is a pretty whitewashed, traditional, detached croft cottage standing in its own large country garden with lovely sea views. The cottage is beautifully presented throughout and retains many original features, including a large welcoming open fire in the cosy lounge. The kitchen is bright, contemporary, well equipped and also has a wood burner. There are two shower rooms on the ground floor. Steep cottage stairs lead up to a double and a twin bedroom on the first floor, both attractively decorated and furnished. Adjoining the cottage is the original old stone byre. It is equipped with a fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. It also provides an ideal base from which to prepare barbecues, with a large charcoal barbecue situated in the garden overlooking the sea.
    Situated on the edge of a small crofting community, the immediate area is renowned for superb beaches and unspoilt highland scenery. There are lovely walks direct from the cottage, and hill walking, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing and fishing are all enjoyed locally. The renowned sub-tropical gardens of Inverewe are just a 10 minute drive away, and there are good facilities available in Poolewe, 1.5 miles along the lane.

    Ground Floor: The property has 1 step to the entrance, electric radiators and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With woodburner, electric cooker, microwave and dishwasher.
    Shower room 1: With shower cubicle and WC.
    Shower room 2: With shower cubicle and WC.
    Steep, narrow stairs to ...

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

    All electric and bed linen included. Initial fuel for open fire and woodburner provided. Wi-Fi. Outbuilding with fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Cycle store. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Riverside Cottage

    Inchnadamph, nr. Lochinver

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29339


    This holiday cottage, accessed by a rough track, is situated in the rural village of Inchnadamph, a perfect get away from it all location. This area is part of the first Geopark in Scotland, with its dramatic land/seascapes, geology and history. Traligill Glen, which leads to the impressive entrances of the largest cave system in Scotland, is a short walk from the cottage. The area has much to offer for the outdoor enthusiast, including hill walking, with Stac Pollaidh, Canisp and Suilven all close by, and several lochs for trout fishing (permits available locally). Boats can be hired in Lochinver for sea angling. Knockan Crag, a National Nature Reserve, is also nearby. For bird watchers, Handa Island is a great day out, with hundreds of breeding seabirds, or spot mountain hares and otters. Shop 12 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. No TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Access by rough track.

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  • Old Post Office House

    Artafallie, Inverness

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511250
    Old Post Office House is a charming traditional cottage amidst open countryside, yet is just 5 minutes drive to Inverness. Surrounded by its own delightful cottage gardens it offers peace and privacy whilst being easily accessible. All rooms are generously proportioned and many of the original features have been retained, including original cottage doors, high ceilings and deep silled windows. The large lounge/dining room is warm and welcoming with feature wood burning stove and pretty colour coordinated soft furnishings. There are two generously proportioned bedrooms on the first floor and a large family bathroom on the ground floor. The dual aspect kitchen looks out across the gardens. Lined with trees and mature flowering shrubs with lawns and borders, the gardens are totally secluded and a real delight. A small sun porch at the front of the cottage provides an ideal place to enjoy a coffee or glass of wine whilst admiring the views across open countryside. The cottage is situated down a quiet lane in the small hamlet of Artafallie.  This location is popular with walkers and cyclists attempting the ’John O Groats to Land’s End route whilst avoiding the busy trunk road. There are some lovely walks direct from the property.

    Ground Floor: Property has LPG central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With wood burning stove (Initial supply of logs provided), satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge (with ice box) and washing machine
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Sun Porch: Overlooking secluded gardens to open countryside beyond.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and Freesat TV
    Bedroom 2: With 6ft double zip and link bed, which converts to a 3ft twin
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Initial supply of logs provided, owner will charge for extra logs used. Wifi available.Large secluded gardens. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Grant Cottage

    Tomintoul near Ballindalloch, Speyside

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC512007
    Situated in the pretty village of Tomintoul, the highest village of the Highlands, Grant Cottage offers newly renovated holiday accommodation with the benefit of being all at ground floor level. The property is set just off the quiet main street,has shared use of a pretty garden with furniture and private use of a shared lockable shed which is ideal for keeping bikes, ski equipment or walking gear. Stunning scenery and an abundance of wildlife make Glenlivet and Strathavon an ideal place to escape the fast pace of modern life.
    Grant Cottage (512007) can be booked individually or together with Grant House (512011) which is next door to accommodate up to 10 people

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With electric coal effect fire, freeview TV and DVD.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine/ tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair available on request.Off road parking for 2 cars. Garden area with furniture. Shared lockable shed for bikes, ski equipment or walking gear.

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  • Links Apartment

    Brora

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: 29975
    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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  • Creigard Bungalow

    Lochinver, near Ullapool

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: UK5093
    Creigard Bungalow is a single-storey, semi-detached bungalow situated along a quiet country lane amidst the stunning scenery of the Northwest Highlands. With the owners living next door and just 2 miles from the charming fishing village of Lochinver, the property enjoys extensive, awe-inspiring views over Lochinver Bay and Minch. The main living accommodation is open-plan. The bright and attractive living area has large picture windows to make the most of the view, and the kitchen area is well equipped for four. There are two attractively presented bedrooms: one with a double bed and the other with twin beds.


    This region, known as Assynt, is well-known for its stark natural beauty and diverse wildlife, making it a paradise for birdwatchers, walkers and cyclists alike. There are superb hill and coastal walks right from the cottage. The village of Lochinver has an excellent selection of local shops and restaurants, as well as two pubs, a tourist office and interesting craft shops. Watersports, fishing, golf and cycling are all local pastimes. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. Creigard Bungalow can be booked together with Creigard Cottage (UK5092) to accommodate up to 6 guests.

    Ground Floor: 2 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With 22" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Elec heaters and electricity by £1 coin meter. Welcome pack.Terraced garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 steps in the garden.

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  • Alba Ben View

    Spean Bridge, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W40470

    Superb Nevis range views

    Adjacent to the owner’s house and within walking distance of both the famous commando memorial and the award winning Pines restaurant is this marvellous detached holiday cottage that enjoys uninterrupted views to Ben Nevis and the ski slopes of Aonach Mor. This is the UK’s outdoor capital with canoeing, fishing, walking, climbing, cycling and skiing in the winter, all available on the doorstep. Excellent shopping and restaurants can be found close by. During the summer the Jacobite steam train (pre-booking required), as seen in Harry Potter films, from Fort William to Mallaig, crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 150 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with en-suite shower room and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors.

    NSH and electricity included (£25per week October-April). Bed linen included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Garden furniture. Parking (2 cars). Private hot tub and sauna. No smoking. NB: There is a water feature in the garden.

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  • The Byre

    Newtonmore

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: SQQV

    The Byre, built on the foundations of the original dairy, is situated in the highland village of Newtonmore. Enjoying views over the golf course, with the Cairngorm Mountains beyond, this eco-friendly, detached holiday cottage, is finished with a mix of traditional materials and contemporary furnishings. Skiing, mountain biking, fishing and pony trekking locally. A superb base for touring the Highlands. Shop 100 yards, pubs 300 yards.

    Living room with wood-burning stove and panoramic French doors. Large kitchen/dining room with locally hand-crafted solid wood furniture. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with romantic, antique brass bed and en-suite bathroom with feature roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Oak floors throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, electric heaters (from solar panels), bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed lawned garden with decked balcony overlooking golf course
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • No smoking

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