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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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  • Bona Lighthouse

    Lochend near Inverness

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC511464
    Built almost 200 years ago to help guide ships into the Caledonian Canal, the beautiful Bona Lighthouse has been lovingly restored whilst retaining many period features coupled with the cosy comforts of modern living. Overlooking the waters of Loch Ness and set on the banks of the historic Caledonian Canal, Bona Lighthouse offers breathtaking scenery and serenity amidst the majesty of the Great Glen. The stunning oriel bay window, which once held the light that guided ships onto the Caledonian Canal in its heyday, remains the focal point of the cottage, and is now the ideal spot to while away the hours gazing on the inky blue waters of the loch in search of Nessie.

    Interior designed throughout, the cottage offers the perfect mix of modern flourishes and period features. The spacious lounge, with its wood burner and cosy furnishings, is the perfect spot to relax after a day spent exploring the many wonders of the Northern Highlands. Outside, the large courtyard is ideal for a canalside barbecue or picnic. Set amidst the myth and majesty of Loch Ness and the Great Glen, a break in Bona Lighthouse, whether you’re exploring the spectacular landscapes of the Highlands or simply relaxing and watching the world, is unforgettable.

    You don’t have to go far to enjoy this part of the world, you don’t even have to leave the garden. Just relax and watch the boats sail peacefully past. If you’re feeling more adventurous, a 15-minute drive will take you to Inverness where you will find something for everyone. From high street shopping in the Eastgate Centre, to boutique browsing in the Victorian market. Travel on open-top bus tours or enjoy forest walks, visit Inverness Castle, St Andrew’s Cathedral, the Pictish Fort on Craig Phadrig or the museum and art gallery to name but a few. Canal cruises will take you to Loch Ness, where you could be the next to catch sight of Scotland’s best-loved monster. But in case she doesn’t make an appearance, there’s plenty of other wildlife to enjoy, including red and roe deer, ospreys and eagles – you might even be lucky enough to spot rarely-seen wildcats or pine martens.

    On the Moray Firth the dolphin centre is the perfect place to see the world’s biggest bottlenose dolphins. Depending on the time of year you might even be able to do some whale-watching. Minke and killer whales both visit these waters and there have been sightings of sperm whales and pilot whales also. The centre offers hourly guided tours and a very informative learning centre children will love. A little further afield you may like to visit the lsle of Skye and the stunning beauty of the west coast or even take a day trip to the Orkney Isles.

    Bona Lighthouse can be booked with Bona Lighthouse Stables (CC511465) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and views of Loch Ness.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine, French doors and views of Loch Ness.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed, views of Loch Ness and en-suite with shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Courtyard with furniture. Shared garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Stag Cottage

    Ardgour

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 26166

    In one of the most beautiful unspoilt areas in the Highlands with views towards Loch Linnhe and across the surrounding mountains, this detached holiday cottage offers an ideal touring base. Enjoy a day trip to Mull, Staffa and Iona via Lochaline, or visit Ardnamurchan, the most westerly point on the British mainland. The area is steeped in history and there are many castles, monuments, museums, gardens and craft shops to visit. Wildlife is also in abundance. Shop, pub and restaurant 10 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen. 2 double (zip and link) bedrooms. Wooden floors throughout. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Cycle store. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from hillside. Stables (on request). No smoking.

  • The Rowans

    Glencoe near Fort William

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    2
    Ref: UK5029
    In an area renowned for its magnificent mountain ranges and spectacular scenery, this cosy apartment, above the owner’s home in the heart of Glencoe, is yards from the shores of Loch Leven and ideal for exploring the Highlands and west coast of Scotland. The towns of Fort William, classed as the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, and Oban, known as the ’Gateway to the Isles’, are both easily reached and offer plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. The Jacobite Steam Train (seasonal) in Fort William allows you to view some of the most magnificent scenery, or for the more energetic the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven offers climbers the chance to climb the indoor ice wall. Travel by gondola up Aonoch Mor and enjoy the restaurant with panoramic views, or visit the dry ski slope and world class mountain bike track. Wildlife is in abundance with wild deer, porpoises, mink whales, otters and a variety of birds often spotted. Cross on the Corran Ferry and head for Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point in Britain, or sail to the Inner Hebrides. A wide range of outdoor activities are on offer nearby including climbing, skiing, golf, mountain biking, fishing and a variety of watersports. There are also plenty of gentle forest walks, beautiful gardens, museums and ruined castles to visit. The area is famous for its rich historical legacy and Inverness, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye are all within easy reach.

    The Rowans is located 50 yards from The Willows (26353) and can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    First Floor: The property has 15 open tread stairs to the entrance, is all on the first floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 24" Freeview TV, DVD player, double sofa bed (for children) and patio doors to the verandah.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Verandah with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • River View Cottage

    Altass, nr. Lairg

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W43053

    Situated in an elevated position, River View Cottage enjoys wonderful views over Strath Oykel. This spacious detached cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home has been furnished and equipped to a very good standard. The cottage makes the perfect base for exploring the many delights of the northern Highlands. The area offers an abundance of activities, including hill walking and climbing, mountain biking, loch and river fishing, and golf at one of the many fine courses. The beaches of the west and north coasts are within easy reach, as are Loch Ness and the Highland capital of Inverness. The area is rich in wildlife - see the seals and birdlife at Loch Fleet, take a wildlife cruise or watch the salmon leap at the nearby Falls of Shin. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Sun room. Kitchen. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas ’coal-effect’ fire included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Stream in owners’ grounds.

  • Links Apartments - Links Apartment 8

    Brora

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 29975

    Enjoying an ideal location with wonderful panoramic views towards the sea, this beautifully presented 4 star accommodation (refs 29968, 29969, 29970, 29971, 29972, 29973, 29974, 29975, 29976 and 29977), 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.


    They are 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.


    Please note: All properties have a sea view from the living room, some properties also have a sea view from the bedroom. These properties are allocated on arrival and they can be either on the ground, first or second floor (lift available to each floor).

    All on one level: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Utility room. 2 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Sonos music system. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned grounds. Parking (2 cars). Use of hotel’s shared indoor, heated swimming pool (12m x 4m, max depth 1.12m) with Jacuzzi, shower and changing facilities, open 7:30am-8:30pm daily, all year. No smoking.

  • Lock Keepers

    Banavie, Fort William

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: SGGA

    Set by the side of the Caledonian Canal and just a few miles from Fort William, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, these beautifully presented apartments are perfectly placed for exploring this lovely area. Each apartment has its own separate entrance within a small complex of seven. Thoughtfully designed, the apartments have been furnished to a very high standard and offer wonderful accommodation in an exciting area. Fort William makes an excellent holiday base all year round. The town itself provides ample facilities and there is easy access to the magnificent countryside, offering many opportunities for the large number of outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking on the World Championship Course, climbing, sailing, or just relaxing and taking in the scenic beauty of this area. There is an 18-hole golf course, horse riding, go-karting, loch, river and sea fishing, as well as boat trips to see the seals. A trip can be taken on the steam train (seasonal) which was featured in the Harry Potter films. There are plenty of good places in which to eat, and lots of pubs to have a drink in and enjoy unique Highland hospitality. Shops 1 mile, pubs 50 yards.

    Living/dining room and well-equipped kitchen. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, electric rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Flatscreen Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared courtyard with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking

  • Siobhan Cottage

    Dornie, By Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42421

    Beautiful loch and mountain views

    Nestling by the shores of Loch Long, this traditional former crofter’s cottage enjoys a peaceful location surrounded by magnificent scenery. Just a mile from the village of Dornie, stroll along the edge of the loch to the local shop, pub and restaurant. The cottage makes a super base for exploring this part of the western Highlands; visit the nearby Eilean Donan Castle or take a trip to the Isle of Skye, Plockton, Glenelg, Ullapool and Gairloch, all within easy reach. Nearby are the Five Sisters of Kintail for climbers, and mountain biking, sea fishing, boat trips and kayaking are just some of the outdoor pursuits in the area. Or just sit back and unwind in this cosy and peaceful cottage. Shop, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Open fire in living room, also heating 4 radiators (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river 8 yards.

  • Tigh Nan Eoin

    Near Aultbea

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511364
    Tigh Nan Eoin is Gaelic for House of Birds and this picture-postcard pretty stone cottage is aptly named, tucked away in a quiet lane with undisturbed bird life all around. Set in 5 acres of grounds this original stone croft cottage has been completely gutted and then painstakingly restored by its current owners and now provides the best of modern living whilst retaining a truly olde worlde ambiance. The cottage lounge is a real delight, with exposed stone wall and deep window sills. The bright modern kitchen has built-in units throughout and plenty of room for dining. Steep cottage stairs lead up to two beautifully presented double bedrooms (some height restriction due to original sloping ceilings). There is an immaculate modern shower room downstairs.
    Situated on the owner’s croft at the end of small lane that adjoins open moorland, it is a walkers’, nature lovers and outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Pine martin, otters, seals and a myriad of bird life are all seen in the area.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with electric fire, freeview TV/DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen/diner: with electric cooker, microwave, fridge (with ice-box), dishwasher and washer/dryer; dining table and chairs.
    Shower room: with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with double bed. Some restricted height room due to original sloping ceilings.
    Bedroom 2: with two single beds. Some restricted height room due to original sloping ceilings.

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels supplied.Enclosed garden with gravel area and grass. Cottage is set in five acres of croft land. Off road parking for two cars.

  • Smithy Cottage

    Kinlochewe, by Torridon

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43134

    Set in a peaceful village, this semi-detached, 19th-century holiday cottage enjoys spectacular views of Beinn Eighe of the Torridon Hills, Britain’s first National Nature Reserve, which has some of Scotland’s finest mountain scenery. Its moorland and native Scots pine forest habitat overlooks Loch Maree and supports red deer, golden eagles, pine martens and wildcat. Smithy Cottage has its own secure garden and is 20 yards from the village shop and cafe. Five beautiful beaches locally. Inverewe Gardens are within easy reach, as is Skye. Hill walking from the doorstep; loch, river and sea fishing locally. Golf 30-minute drive. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

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

    Multi-fuel burner in dining room (initial fuel included). NSH, panel heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • 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).

  • Waterfall Cottage

    Mandally, nr. Invergarry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43232

    Enjoying a rural setting with views across open fields, this detached holiday cottage, with a decked balcony to enjoy breakfast or a barbecue on, ensures a comfortable and relaxing holiday and is 1 mile from Invergarry and the shores of Loch Ness. Climbers, walkers and mountain bikers are surrounded by a large number of hills and forest trails to test all skill levels. Inverness and Fort William, the UK Outdoor Capital are both within easy driving. Further afield, a trip to the Isle of Skye is recommended. So much to see and do for all ages. Shop, pub and restaurant within 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Decked area. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Old Stable Cottage

    Ballachulish, nr. Glencoe

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W40389

    Loch 1 mile

    Just 2 miles from Glencoe Village and a short walk from the shores of Loch Leven. Old Stable Cottage is surrounded by some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery in Scotland. The property, which has an impressive history stretching back to the 17th century, is now a well equipped and completely modernised cottage and should contribute to an enjoyable holiday. Whether your taste is mountain sports, fishing, canoeing, sailing or touring the Western Highlands, Old Stable Cottage is the ideal base. Oban, Fort William, Skye and Inverness are all within easy reach. Shop and pub 400 yards, restaurant 0.5 miles.

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

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Garden furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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