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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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  • Big Barns Cottage

    Dunrobin, By Golspie

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SPPG

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

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

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

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  • The Cedars

    Blairninich near Strathpeffer

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511477
    Enjoying a peaceful, rural setting, The Cedars has been equipped and furnished to a very high standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. A cosy, well equipped cottage, The Cedars makes a perfect base for exploring this lovely part of the Northern Highlands. Set just outside the picturesque Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer where you can visit the Spa Room and sample the waters, the Highland Museum of Childhood, the Pictish Eagle Stone or you could just stroll around the village to see some fabulous examples of Victorian architecture. In the heart of the village is The Spa Pavilion, a historic venue which hosts numerous live musical performances, craft and art exhibitions and in the summer time, you can enjoy the stirring sounds of the Strathpeffer Pipe Band performing in The Square. From Strathpeffer you can enjoy a visit to Inverness, the Highland Capital which offers very good shopping and entertainment, the famous Loch Ness where you can enjoy a boat trip and hopefully catch sight of the monster or take a dolphin cruise along the beautiful Moray Coast. A trip along the Moray Malt Whisky Trail is recommended. Visit the stunning Brodie and Cawdor Castles and Culloden battlefield just outside Inverness. Explore the Black Isle with its many lovely villages, beaches and historic sites. The west coast and the Isle of Skye are an easy drive and a day trip to the Orkney Isles is highly recommended. Amongst the many activities available in the area are mountain biking, golf, with Strathpeffer boasting a challenging 18 hole course, numerous watersports, hill climbing, horse riding and paint balling just to name but a few. A stay in The Cedars will always evoke happy memories.

    The Cedars can be booked together with The Hollies (CC511476) and The Willows (CC511475) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave/oven/grill combination, fridge and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Freezer in outbuilding. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. 2-acre shared grounds. Shared BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Links Apartment

    Brora

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 29972
    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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  • Tigh A Cnoc

    Port Henderson, near Gairloch

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: S29

    Set amidst stunning scenery at the edge of the small crofting community of Port Henderson, this lovely detached cottage enjoys views across open countryside towards the sea and Torridon Mountains, and has been tastefully furnished throughout. A fabulous area for walking, climbing, photography and a good base for exploring the many delights of the West and North Highlands. Gairloch, with its lovely sandy beach and restaurants is just a short distance away. Take a day trip to the magical Isle of Skye, or visit the Eilean Donan Castle, and National Trust sub-tropical gardens at Inverewe - just a few of the many attractions found in this beautiful area. Shop 6 miles.

    Entrance porch. Living room with laminate floor. Dining room with open fire and laminate floor. Kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms; one double with sloping ceiling, and one twin. Shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge
    • Freezer
    • Small enclosed garden with furniture
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Cycle storage
    • No smoking
    • NB: 500 yards to sea

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  • Smithy Cottage

    Kinlochewe, by Torridon

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    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). Welcome pack. No smoking. Please note: This property has a security deposit of £100.

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  • Ferry House

    By Beauly

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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. Private hot tub. No smoking. NB: Drop to unfenced riverbank, 10 yards.

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  • Woodside House

    Culduie, Applecross

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UHH

    With distant and dramatic views of the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye, this superbly situated, detached, family croft house has been renovated and tastefully furnished, and nestles quietly in the hamlet of Culduie. The Applecross Inn (3 miles up the coast) is renowned for its local seafood. The road inland from Applecross crosses over the highest mountain pass in the British Isles. Secluded and sandy coral beach 4 miles. Loch and sea fishing nearby. Walks from the doorstep of the holiday home. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Beamed living room with open fire and rugs on tiled floor. Compact well-equipped kitchen with dining area. Utility. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, each with ornamental fireplace; one double and one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel included
    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Payphone
    • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture surrounded by 3-acre croft
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Corry Cottage

    Thurso, Caithness

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511155
    Corry Cottage is a detached single storey property situated in a quiet location close to the centre of Thurso and just a 5 minute walk to the seafront. Surrounded by pretty cottage gardens with mature shrubs, borders and secluded lawned area, it offers the best of both worlds - access to all the amenities of this thriving town coupled with a perfect location.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has electric heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With electric fire, Free View TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box
    Bedroom 1: With two single beds
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Outbuilding: With freezer and washer/dryer

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot availableEnclosed garden with lawn area and outdoor seating. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Bramble Cottage

    Ardendrain, near Beauly

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5104
    Enjoying some lovely views to the front, Bramble Cottage nestles in the hills above the pretty village of Kiltarlity and has been equipped and furnished to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. This detached former crofter’s cottage makes a great base to explore and enjoy the many attractions and amenities this beautiful and scenic part of the Northern Highlands has to offer, coupled with easy access to the east and west coasts. Visit the popular village of Drumnadrochit just 6 miles away – home to The Loch Ness Centre and the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Amongst the many attractions which you can visit are Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, Brodie and Cawdor Castles, or take a trip along the Malt Whisky Trail – the only one of its kind in the world! Experience the delights of Inverness, the Highland capital, with its large variety of shops, restaurants, pubs, theatre, museums and galleries, just 12 miles away. Take a trip along the beautiful Moray coastline and visit some of the pretty fishing villages. Outdoor activities available in the area include mountain biking and walking in the many forest trails, kayaking, sailing, boat trips and many other water sports on Loch Ness or the Moray coast, along with golf and skiing in the Cairngorm and Aonach Mòr mountain ranges. This is also a good place for birdwatching. Beach 28 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With open fire, Freeview TV and Bang & Olufsen stereo.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Conservatory/dining room.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and sloping ceilings.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds, Velux window and sloping ceilings.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial coal for open fire included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking.

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  • Mellon Sorbie

    Aultbea, Wester Ross

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W42960

    Enjoying views across Loch Ewe to the hills of the west coast, this detached holiday lodge is situated in a quiet location on the edge of the fishing village of Aultbea, Mellon Sorbie makes the perfect base for exploring this part of the Northern Highlands. Take a trip to the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve, the sub tropical NT Inverewe Gardens, or visit Loch Ewe Distillery, the smallest in Scotland, only 110 yards away! The area has hill walking, climbing, kayaking, golf, fishing and sea trips are amongst the activities available. Alternatively take a stroll along one of the beaches or even take a perfume workshop! Shop and pub/restaurant 880 yards.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 heater, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden, decking area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Small stream in grounds, 5 yards.

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  • Hill Cottage

    Strathkanaird, Ullapool

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511156
    Looking out across the hills and mountains with a river valley below, Hill Cottage is set in 8 acres of unspoilt hillside amidst stunning scenery.  This detached former croft cottage has been totally and painstakingly restored by its Highland owners and now offers an exceptionally high standard of modern accommodation whilst retaining many of its unique historic features.  The main room downstairs is open-plan and combines the ultimate in olde world charm with modern living.  An original exposed stone wall, deep-silled windows and an attractive fireplace are complemented by plush deep leather sofas, solid wood floors and a superb modern kitchen with range-style cooker. Upstairs there are two beautifully presented and colour-coordinated bedrooms together with a spacious bathroom with large shower and corner bath.
    The garden grounds are fully enclosed (dog owners please note there are very friendly sheep in the area so dogs must be kept under control at all times).  Hill Cottage is in an elevated position with stunning views across the valley or strath below. A path meanders down the gently sloping hillside to the pretty river Kanaird – a lovely place to take a picnic or just enjoy a quiet river stroll along the banks.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With electric ’stove effect’ fire, large flat screen TV with Sky package, DVD, radio/CD, internet access and featuring a wonderful exposed wall with solid wood flooring.
    Dining Area: With stunning views
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With large corner bath, large corner enclosed shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Internet access.Landscaped, hillside garden with grassed area, picnic tables and chairs set in 8 acres with access down to river. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • Loch Alsh Cottage

    Balmacara, By Kyle of Lochalsh, near Plockton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UVO

    These three adjoining holiday properties (refs SMMC, SMMD and UVO) are set in beautiful, landscaped grounds with spectacular views across the Sound of Sleat to Skye and are only 500 yards away from the shoreline and village of Balmacara. The properties are ideally placed for exploring some of the most dramatic scenery in the West Highlands and visitors can enjoy private fishing on hill lochs during their stay. Minutes away by car is the enigmatic Isle of Skye dominated by the Cuillins, Eilean Donan Castle, the pretty village of Plockton and the Five Sisters of Kintail. The breathtaking drive across the ‘Pass of the Cattle’ leads to the village of Applecross, recently featured in Monty Hall’s Great Escape on BBC television. Experience wildlife safaris such as marine life, sea/loch fishing, water sports and magnificent mountains for hill walking, climbing and biking. A network of National Trust paths, signposted from the grounds of Sgurr Mor, affords views of the surrounding area. Shop and pub 500 yards and excellent restaurants in and around Plockton.

    Living/dining room with open fire. Modern fitted kitchen. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, large round feature window and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom. Bathroom and toilet with dressing room.

    • Patio with furniture to front
    • Private lawn to rear

    • Open fire - initial fuel included (November-March)
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking
    • No smoking

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