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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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  • Woodbine Cottage

    Fort Augustus, Loch Ness

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 15706

    At the southern tip of Loch Ness and within easy walking distance of all the village amenities, this comfortable and charming detached holiday cottage, a family home for 150 years, was originally a croft on the site of an 18th century English army camp. It stands down a quiet lane and has its own secluded grassed garden with separate flagged terrace, patio and barbecue. Pleasure trips are available on Loch Ness and mountain bike and forest trails are nearby. Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Monster Museum is at Drumnadrochit on the way to Inverness. Shop and pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: There is a drop in the garden.

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  • Kildonan

    Laide

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC511383
    Kildonan is a ground floor apartment situated in a lovely garden overlooking Gruinard Bay on the stunning west coast. The accommodation occupies the whole of the ground floor. The cottage has bright, spacious rooms and is furnished and equipped to a high standard. The main lounge has a large picture window which looks out across the adjoining Gruinard Bay to the Summer Isles beyond. There is a bright modern kitchen/dining room and two attractively presented bedrooms, one en-suite. Completely enclosed and backing onto open hills, it is great for children and pets. The cottage is situated on a quiet no-through road that leads to the quaint hamlet of Mellon Udrigle, with its beautiful white sandy beach. There are numerous other beautiful sandy bays closeby, including the renowned Gruinard Bay. There is a small jetty a few meters away from the cottage from which to launch small boats.

    Ground Floor: The property is heated by electric radiators and comprises:
    Living room: with superb views over the sea loch from the picture window, electric fire, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/diner: with breakfast area, electric oven and hob, microwave oven and fridge/freezer.
    Utility room: with washing machine, tumble dryer and sink.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, WC and basin.
    Bedroom 2: with twin beds.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Towels available to hire. Welcome pack, includes shortbread. Large enclosed mature gardens with lawns, shubs and trees. Shared use of sitting out area with furniture. One pet welcome. Private parking for two cars.

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  • Craigellachie Cottage

    Wester Galcantray, nr. Cawdor

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43088

    Enjoying open views across the countryside, this detached holiday cottage has been equipped and furnished to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing a holiday as possible. Only 7 miles from Inverness and 2 miles from Castle Stuart Golf Links, which has hosted the Scottish Open golf tournament. Mountain biking on some of the many forest trails, golf at some wonderful Scottish courses, sea trips and watersports either on the Moray coast or Loch Ness are just some of the many activities available. There are many historical sites nearby such as Culloden Battlefield, Fort George and Cawdor Castle. Try the Whisky Trail along the Moray and Dornoch coasts. Shop 1 mile, pub serving food 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Oil central heating included (£20per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Dolphin Cottage

    Nairn

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 30828


    Enjoying a lovely setting just a few minutes’ walk from the award-winning sandy beach and the vibrant harbour and marina, this semi-detached holiday cottage is located on the edge of the picturesque town of Nairn. Dolphin Cottage makes a super base for exploring the many delights of this beautiful part of the Highlands. Inverness, the Highland capital, Culloden Battlefield, the historic Fort George, Loch Ness and the castles of Brodie and Cawdor are all within a short drive. Visit some of the former fishing villages dotted along the Moray Coast, or take a trip along the Moray Malt Whisky Trail – the only one in the world! Amongst the many activities available are a large variety of watersports, fishing and sea trips, mountain biking and golf, with the town boasting a championship course just a short walk from the cottage. For the less energetic, guests can meander along the nearby beach, 500 yards away, where you might catch a glimpse of the famous bottlenose dolphins. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with single sofa bed/dining room. 2 steps down to kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed, gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Ben View

    Gairloch, Wester Ross

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511389
    The cottage is the first in an attractive row of white cottages along the seas edge, off the centre of the village, a tranquil, secluded outstanding spot. A couple of minutes walk over a burn to a convenience store, newsagent, butchers, bookshop, restaurant, cafe and pub.
    It is a magnificent area to spot and hear wildlife right from the cottage, such as red and black throated divers, gannets, terns, otters, seals, porpoises and curlew and oystercatchers on the rocks. Enjoy the surrounding beautiful scenery, gorgeous sea views to the hills and beaches of Gairloch, the Torridon hills islands and over to the Isle of Skye. The front of the house is a sun trap, a perfect spot to relax, and take in the view. There are spectacular sunsets over Skye.
    Cosy Ben View is a traditional west coast cottage which has been renovated but kept its characteristics. There is a multi fuel stove, central heating and double glazing so you will be warm in any weather admiring the drama outside the pretty lounge.
    There is a fabulous view from the upstairs living room furnished with comfortable recliners, sofa and TV. Likewise from the twin opposite. All the beds are solid wood and all rooms are carpeted apart from the kitchen and downstairs WC and W H B. The double bedroom downstairs also enjoys good views so relax enjoy the sound of the waves.
    Gairloch is a thriving West coast community. There are a variety of boat trips from the harbour for sea whale watching and visits to the Shaints in a R H I B. which speeds it’s exciting way over the water. There is pony trekking, hill walking, led walks of all abilities, golf, a museum and stunning Inverewe Gardens and lots of other activities waiting for you here. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards

    Ground Floor: Living Room 1: With multi fuel stove, 30" Freeview TV and CD/DVD player
    Kitchen: Small with breakfast area, electric double oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dining table.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds and shower.
    Cloakroom: With toilet.

    First Floor: Living Room 2: With single sofa bed (for relaxing) and Freeview TV
    Bedroom 2: With double bed
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, bidet, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, bed linen, towels and WiFi included. Starter supply of coal for multi fuel stove included. Electric charged by meter reading. Cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2) cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a grass slope leading to a rocky shoreline.

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  • Cross Tides

    Hilton near Tain

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

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

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

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

    First Floor: Lounge 2: With lovely sea views.

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

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  • Dontra Log Chalets - Dontra Log Chalet 2

    Banavie, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W8664

    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.

    Washer/dryer.

    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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  • Red Roof Cottage

    Heathmount, Tain

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511286
    Red Roof Cottage is a traditional solid cottage set in its own expansive gardens offering peace and seclusion within an accessible location. Bordered by high hedges and rose bay willow herb, with mature shrubs and a massive lawned area, it oozes rural charm. There are superb views across open countryside to the sea in the distance. This comfortably furnished rustic cottage is ideal for couples and those seeking a base from which to explore the heart of Highland Scotland. The small lounge has a lovely original Victorian open fireplace. The kitchen/dining room is small but adequate and there is a  cottage bathroom adjoining. Very steep and narrow  cottage stairs lead up to the two steeply combed bedrooms.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, Freeview TV/DVD and radio/CD; small, cosy lounge with original Victorian fireplace
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and hob,  fridge (with icebox) and washing machine, dining furniture for four; a rustic country cottage kitchen.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With 4’6" bed; steeply combed ceiling
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds; steeply combed ceiling

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of coal for open fire provided. Wi-Fi available.Large, secluded gardens, mainly laid to lawn with picnic table and chairs. Off road parking for two cars. NB: Property not suitable for small children and those with mobility difficulties due to very steep and exceptionally narrow cottage stairs.

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  • Heron, Achnacarry Estate

    Achnacarry near Spean Bridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511294
    Heron is situated in the heart of the historic Achnacarry Estate, home to the chief of the Clan Cameron, who lives at the adjacent Achnacarry Castle. Heron is positioned on the first floor of an original stone farm steading building which has recently been converted into luxury apartments in the heart of this beautiful and historical highland estate. It provides a high standard of accommodation in a unique, peaceful and totally un-spoilt setting.  The main living area is open-plan. This stunning room has a large bright and airy living/kitchen/dining area, with traditional sash windows which drink in the wonderful views across this countryside estate from its first floor vantage point. There are two bedrooms – a king-size double bedroom and a twin room, both superbly presented with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings. There is also a large family bathroom with bath/shower above.
    Situated on an isthmus in-between River Lochy and Loch Arkaig with the tumbling river Arkaig a few hundred yards away, Heron is surrounded by lochs, mountains and superb wildlife. With wonderful walks and cycle tracks right on the doorstep, Achnacarry Estate is an ideal retreat for an active outdoor holiday or peaceful retreat.
    There is an attractive lawned area of garden to the front and a pretty courtyard to the rear of the building. The steading retains its original whinstone facade with traditional large sash windows and the original bell tower with weathervane atop. There is ample car parking for up to two cars and a covered cycle rack area is provided for visitors’ use. A shared drying room is also available in a separate room of the courtyard complex for outdoor clothing, boots etc. There are also picnic tables and bbq’s.
      Heron may also be available to let with Ptarmigan, a three-bedroomed apartment in the same steading building.

    First Floor: The accommodation is all on first floor level has electric storage and panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / dining room / kitchen

    Lounge area:  with satellite Freeview large screen TV, DVD, ipod docking station, Hi-Fi/stereo and Wi-Fi. Superb views across the estate.

    Dining area:  with dining table and chairs for four.

    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box and dishwasher. A very well-equipped spacious kitchen area with integral appliances.

    Bedroom 1:  with king-size bed.

    Bedroom 2:  with two single beds

    Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included.  Bed linen and towels supplied.  Cot and highchair available.  Shared use of drying room with large tumble dryer (extra cost of £2 per dry).  Shared use of freezer.  Wi-fi/internet access for browsing and emails.  Public payphone onsite as mobile signal is poor in the immediate area.Picnic table and chairs available. Cycle rack available. Off road parking for 2 cars. There is a separate drying room with washing machine and a large tumble dryer, each guest receives a drying room key on their key fob. There is also a freezer in there for shared use of the two x 2 bedroom apartments which do not have a freezer in their apartments. There is an honesty box for the tumble dryer use (£2 a dry - the only extra to pay for).

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  • Shedend

    Nether Dallachy, nr. Spey Bay

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30956


    This lovely, cosy, semi-detached holiday cottage is within the peaceful hamet of Nether Dallachy, just a mile from Spey Bay on the beautiful Moray coast. Styled in a mixture of antique and contemporary fittings, the cottage is all on one level and makes a good choice for the less able bodied too, as there is direct access into the house from the French doors at the rear which open onto a small enclosed sitting area with lovely views across the fields. Spey Bay is home to the National Whale and Dolphin Centre and is a wonderful area for spotting many species of wildlife including minke whales, bottlenose dolphins, ospreys, seals and much more. There are spectacular views over the sea towards the mountains of Caithness from the long shingle beach, and the world famous Spey Bay Golf Club is at the other end. For walkers, the Speyside Way passes close by and runs from Buckie on the shore of the Moray coast to Aviemore. The Whisky Trail is nearby and there are good fishing opportunities on the River Spey itself. If all this activity is too much, just relax by the woodburner and enjoy the peace. Beach 1 mile. Shop and pub 4 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with dining area and French doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (basic package). Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Cuileann

    By Kyle of Lochalsh, Wester Ross

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42931

    Enjoying views across Loch Duich towards the mountains beyond, this very well presented detached bungalow has been equipped and furnished to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Cuileann makes the perfect base for exploring this part of the Western Highlands. Just a few miles from Eilean Donan Castle and within easy access of the villages of Plockton, Lochcarron and Glenelg and also the Isle of Skye. Amongst the activities available are fishing, climbing in the nearby 5 Sisters of Kintail, kayaking and mountain biking. For the less energetic, sit and relax in comfort and watch the ever changing scenery. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed decked area with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Lum Hat House

    Shoremill, nr. Cromarty

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W41726

    Sea side location

    Lum Hat House, with its own access to foreshore and beach, is a detached holiday property, enjoying an enviable setting on the shore of the Cromarty Firth, with views across the waters to the mountains. From the living room and conservatory you can see a variety of birds and hopefully catch a glimpse of the bottlenose dolphins. Nearby is Udale Bay RSPB reserve with hide. Cromarty itself is close by and is the Highland’s best preserved village, with a lovely beach. The Isle of Skye, Ullapool and Inverness are within easy reach. Activities include sailing, fishing, mountain biking, or relaxing in a lovely quiet area. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Spiral open tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Air source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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