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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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  • The Brackens

    Pittentrail, Rhemusaig near Rogart

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: CC511022
    The Brackens is a quintessential Highland cottage that has been lovingly restored to create a truly charming country retreat in a  secluded yet easily accessible location. This traditional detached cottage is set in its own grounds and enjoys spectacular, uninterrupted views of the surrounding hills and valleys away into the distance. Situated just 1/2 mile away from the pretty stone village of Pittentrail, sometimes referred to by locals as Rogart and offers the very best of both worlds - total seclusion yet only 1/2 mile walk to the local pub and restaurant. The tiny hamlet of Rhemusaig where the cottage stands apparently means ’the place of the primroses’ and this is certainly very apt, as the hillsides surrounding the cottage are simply covered with them in Springtime. The owner is a professional ornithologist and the gardens and local area are a haven for birdwatchers; osprey, rare golden eagles, wood-peckers, hen harriers, red starts and even the  redpoll are seen in the vicinity.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With exposed stone wall with wood burning stove set in lovely stone fireplace, satellite TV, DVD and radio/CD.
    Kitchen: With Aga - style rayburn stove heated by oil, ideal for cooking and separate electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Conservatory: With dining furniture and stunning, uninterrupted views across the surrounding countryside.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With two 2ft 6" beds which also zip n link to make a double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over corner bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Unlimited supply of logs provided for wood burning stove.Natural rural enclosed garden with picnic bench. Outbuilding suitable for bikes, canoes and other outdoor pursuit equipment. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • The Old Net Store

    Portknockie, nr. Buckie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W41356

    Traditional fishing village / Sea views

    This detached fisherman’s cottage is situated just a stone’s throw from the coastline of Portknockie. The Old Net Store has been renovated to provide bright and attractive holiday accommodation whilst retaining a ‘feel’ for the past. On the Moray Firth, this lovely fishing village is an ideal location for touring this unspoilt area. Dolphins and seals are regularly spotted along the coast (boat trips available to view close-to-hand). There is a selection of small shops, pubs and restaurants within easy walking distance. Golf, fishing, riding, cycling and visiting the famous Malt Whisky and Castle Heritage Trails are all highly recommended. Shop 50 yards, pub 120 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Druimarbin Falls

    Fort William

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30790

    Boasting wonderful views of Loch Linnhe and the surrounding mountains, this first floor holiday apartment is beautifully presented. Situated on the edge of Fort William, it is in an ideal location for exploring the Highlands and West Coast of Scotland. Lochaber is known as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ and the breathtaking scenery has been used as the backdrop for many famous films including Braveheart, Rob Roy and Harry Potter. The West Highland steam train, Nevis Range gondola and a variety of boat trips make great days out. A short ferry crossing from Corran will take you to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, or follow the famous Road to the Isles. There are plenty of famous castles, beautiful gardens, historic sites and museums to visit. For the energetic, outdoor activities include skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, sailing, kayaking and golf. Wildlife is abundant and golden eagles, deer, otters and dolphins are often seen. Glencoe, Oban, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye are easily accessible. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with breakfast area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. iPod. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared ½-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Stream 20 yards.

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  • Leven Retreat (Was Mam Apartment)

    Kinlochleven

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511024
    This charming one bedroom apartment has been created out of what use to be the front of the old local garage with fantastic high ceilings and large windows, giving a wonderful spacious, airy feeling, with a great view out onto the hills in front. The apartment is ramp accessible and all on one level making Leven Retreat particularly suitable for those with mobility difficulties. The King size bed can be separated to twin beds. This apartment is ideal for couples or cosy for 4. Located just as you enter the village of Kinlochleven, the apartment is close to all essential amenities and only a gentle stroll from the local shops, post office, hotels, pubs and restaurants.

    Ground Floor: All accommodation is at ground floor level, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge area: With sofa bed (+2), TV, DVD, radio/CD.
    Kitchen/Dining Area:  With electric oven and hob, combi microwave, fridge with ice box and washer/ dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize zip and link ( Can be set up as a twin for your arrival please advise when booking). TV with freeview in bedroom.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Off road parking for 2 cars. Wi-fi available.

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  • Seaside Cottage

    by Inverinate, Kyle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UFA

    With splendid views of the Five Sisters of Kintail and Loch Duich, these three very comfortable, single-storey cottages are ideally placed for touring north-west Scotland and the Isle of Skye, making this an ideal holiday location for walkers and mountain climbers. Furnished and equipped to the S.T.B. ‘4 Stars’ grading, each has its own garden where a resident pine marten visits all three properties, and a slipway is available for visitor’s boats. Abundant wildlife, such as seals, porpoises and otters can be seen in the loch. All three properties have a wildlife observation hide at the water’s edge. Good sea fishing can be enjoyed from nearby rocks. Kyle (12 miles) has shops, a good seafood restaurant and the bridge to Skye. Further up the loch lies Dornie, with access to the dramatic Falls of Glomach. Guests can enjoy a free 1-hour cruise (or hire on an extended trip) on the owners’ private cruiser (Apr-Sep, weather permitting) around Loch Duich and even up to the unforgettably beautiful Eilean Donan Castle (3 miles) which is set at the confluence of three lochs. Fishing tackle and tea/coffee is supplied on the boat. Shop 200 to 300 yards, pub nearby.

    Enjoying a lovely, secluded setting on the shores of Loch Duich, this cottage commands spectacular views over the Loch. Open-plan sitting/dining room with electric fire, leading to well-equipped kitchen with doors to patio and garden. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Electricity, electricity fire and electric central heating (Total Control) – initial £10 included, thereafter by meter reading
    • Wheelchair access

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Radio/cassette/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi foc
    • Unfenced natural garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking
    • Sea fishing foc
    • Private slipway
    • NB: Garden leading to shore

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  • Ness Castle Estate - Weir Cottage

    Inverness

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SXXS

    "River views and a wealth of glorious countryside combine to make this a wonderful setting for lovers of the great outdoors..."

    Perfect for a relaxing break, Ness Castle Estate lies in the heart of magnificent game fishing and golfing country, and with lovely walking on the doorstep, it is an ideal location for nature lovers and sporting enthusiasts alike. River Lodge (ref SYYA) is a magnificent, detached, ‘Colorado’-style lodge providing complete relaxation and seclusion for larger parties. For smaller parties, Weir Cottage (ref SXXS) and Red Squirrel Lodge (ref SYYB) are single storey and adjoin one another, whilst spacious Ghillie’s Lodge (ref SYYC) and Benula Lodge (ref SYYM) stand detached. All have river views and are just minutes away from the city of Inverness.
    Your Ness Castle Lodges experience can be augmented with personalised beauty treatments with their specially appointed therapist. Take time out to enjoy a full day of pampering, or book a morning session to set you up for the day. From facials and Swedish massage to relaxation techniques, eyelash tinting and more treatments like Hopi Ear Candles, a spa session - or two! More information on what’s on offer is available on arrival.
    Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness cruises and dolphin spotting on the Moray Firth are among the myriad of delights within easy reach. For those wishing to explore a little further afield the magical Isle of Skye, visiting the beautiful, romantic Eilean Donan Castle on the way, or a leisurely boat trip to the Orkney Isles which offer beautiful, rugged scenery with an abundance of wildlife and many archaeological sites make great days out. Whisky lovers can visit one of the many distilleries on the famous Strathspey Whisky Trail, sampling some of the finest whiskies in Scotland. At nearby Inverness, visitors will find a wealth of historic and cultural attractions as well as good shopping, bars and restaurants. Salmon fishing, by arrangement is 1 mile. By arrangement, guests also have the use of the shared steam room and small gym, both located at The Bothy. For those wishing to explore a little further, day trips to the Orkney Isles, Isle of Skye and Glencoe are possible. Shop 1 mile, pub 2½ miles.

    Spacious, open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors to decked area, and kitchen area and wooden floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electric rads included
    • Freeview TV
    • Radio/CD
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Access to freezer
    • Small lawned garden with decked area
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden furniture
    • Shared 30-acre landscaped and woodland grounds with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared steam room and small gym by arrangement
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, 100 yards

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  • Little Dunire

    Dunire, Ballachulish, Glencoe

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511073
    Little Dunire is located in the famous Glencoe village with a stunning view up to the Pap of Glencoe. This lovely detached bungalow provides comfortable accommodation for a family or two couples. Both bedrooms enjoy the convenience of en suite facilities and the lounge has comfortable leather sofas with a beautiful view out onto the Pap of Glencoe. There is a separate dining room and a well equipped kitchen. To the rear of the bungalow is a partially enclosed garden area with outdoor seating and a BBQ. Glencoe village itself has a few shops and a local museum situated in an old thatch croft house.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level is heated by electricity and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric fire, TV, DVD and radio enjoying a beautiful view out onto the Pap of Glencoe.
    Dining Room: With wooden furniture and lovely view out onto the hills.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en suite with bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: With 2 single beds and en suite with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Private grassy garden area. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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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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  • Ferry House

    By Beauly

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    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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  • Links Apartment

    Brora

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 29976
    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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  • Boatman’s Cottage

    Portessie, nr. Buckie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 27787


    Just 100 yards from the seafront in Portessie, and an additional 200 yards to the sandy beach, this 200-year-old, traditional, detached sail-makers cottage enjoys sea views from the bedrooms and the decked area. Comfortable and cosy, it is situated just a short stroll from the beach and harbour. With attention to detail, you will receive a refreshment welcome pack upon arrival and not forgetting your four-legged friends too, they will also have a doggy welcome pack waiting. This coastline’s stunning scenery, charming fishing villages and picturesque harbours invite exploration, and at Buckie harbour there are local boat trips offering a chance to spot dolphins, whales or seals. Ideally located to reach the many golf courses dotted around the area. Just 5 minutes’ walk behind the cottage lies miles of disused railway line, which has now been converted for cycling and dog walking adventures. The world famous Whisky and Castle trails are nearby. Shop and restaurant 500 yards, pub 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living/dining room. Low door and step to kitchen. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceiling and shared en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Decked area. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 9 steps to decked area.

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  • Larch Cottage

    Ballachulish, near Fort William

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5124
    This delightful, detached, single-storey cottage is situated above the quiet village of Ballachulish. The cottage has been tastefully furnished and has lovely views of the mountains and glens. The area is renowned for its outdoor pursuits, breathtaking scenery and its abundance of wildlife. There are plenty of walks literally on your doorstep, and the Sustrans Cycle Track, which stretches from Glencoe to Oban, runs right through the village.


    Fort William, known as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’, is only a short drive away, and the historic village of Glencoe is less than 2 miles. Nearby activities include mountain biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, walking, golf and fishing. Take a boat trip to the isles of Mull & Iona, or cross on the Corran Ferry and spend a day exploring the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Oban, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye are within easy reach, and there are numerous unspoilt beaches, castles, museums and distilleries nearby that provide great days out. Although small, Ballachulish is home to a shop, post office, takeaway, restaurant and a bar. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With electric coal effect fire, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request.Gravelled sitting-out area with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are sloping banks and a stream in the grounds, 30 yards away.

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