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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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  • Plockton Studio

    Achnandarach near Plockton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511297
    Plockton Studio is a delightful, modern, single storey, holiday apartment set in 3/4 acre of gardens in the heart of Wester Ross. The studio is a self contained wing of Parth Galen, a spacious family house which is also available for holiday lets. The main living area is open plan. This superb room has high ceilings and exudes an air of light and space. The views across the sea to the Cuillin mountains on Skye are absolutely stunning. The lounge area has an attractive cottage suite with multi fuel stove. There is a dining table and chairs for four. The kitchen is well equipped with all modern appliances. There are two good sized bedrooms and a modern shower room. Plockton Studio also has its own patio area, bounded by a low wall. With outdoor dining furniture, it is an ideal spot to enjoy a drink whilst savouring the incredible sea and mountain views. Situated in a quiet no through lane that leads away into the hills, it is ideal for visitors who enjoy walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing, sailing or simply relaxing away from the crowds in one of the most scenic areas of the HIghlands. The surrounding area is a haven for wildlife and a photographers’ and bird watchers’ paradise. Otters, red deer, seals, pine martins and a wide variety of birds including red throated divers and corncrakes are all seen in the region. . this lovely spacious house is ideal for a combined family holiday or larger groups wishing to enjoy this spacious region of the Highlands. Please note Plockton Studio may be available to let with Parth Galen, the adjoining house which sleeps 8, and/or Taigh Geal which sleeps 6.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on one level, has oil central heating and comprises;
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With multi fuel stove, Satellite Free view TV/DVD, radio/CD and stunning sea and mountain views
    Dining Area: With dining furniture for 4
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two 3ft single beds (may zip and link to make super king)
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power and bed linen included. First supply of fuel for multi fuel stove provided. Cot and high chair available. Wifi internet access available.Gardens with designated patio with furniture. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Loch Ness Cottages - Rivendell Cottage

    Fort Augustus

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 26694


    Set on the edge of Fort Augustus, Bramble Lodge (ref 29508) and Rivendell Cottage (ref 26694) are in a peaceful location near Loch Ness. Bramble Lodge is a detached lodge with wonderful views across the fields towards Loch Ness, whilst Rivendell Cottage is a bright apartment occupying a wing of the owners house and with lovely views over the surrounding countryside towards the hills beyond. Located at the southern tip of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus is a lively and popular village with many amenities and is an excellent base for touring the Highlands. At the northern end of Loch Ness lies Inverness, the ‘capital’ of the Highlands with excellent shops and a theatre complex. Nevis Range Ski Centre at Fort William boasts Scotland’s only cable-car system and the World Championship Mountain Bike track. The area hosts a large number of outdoor activities including hill walking, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, windsurfing and sailing. There are many distilleries, stunning castles, secluded glens and beautiful gardens to visit. Meander along the banks of the Caledonian Canal, or watch the boats navigate the locks. Boat trips on Loch Ness to see Urquhart Castle or to hunt for the Loch Ness monster can be arranged locally. Both properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with wooden floors. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Broadband by arrangement. Shared large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Wheelchair access.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Dishwasher. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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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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  • Bydand Cottage

    Melness, near Tongue

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5090
    Bydand Cottage is a traditional detached stone croft cottage situated in a quiet hamlet and enjoys superb uninterrupted sea views. Forming part of a working croft, this pretty cottage has been in the same family for over 100 years. Set back from the lane, the cottage is entered through the pretty tended gardens which overlook the spectacular sweeping bay below. The cosy living room has the same wonderful views. The bright kitchen/dining room looks out across the generously proportioned back garden. Fully fenced, it is ideal for children and the family dog. There are three good sized bedrooms, providing plenty of space for up to 5 people. A large family bathroom on the ground floor completes the picture.
    Whilst rural, the small hamlet of Melness has good facilities, with a thriving country pub just a short stroll from the cottage and a good local store ½ a mile along the lane. The nearby town of Tongue has a larger selection of amenities and facilities including a general store, bars, restaurants and craft shops. The immediate area is renowned for its spectacular scenery, with the mountains of Ben Hope and Loyal, numerous sandy beaches and wonderful hill and coastal walks direct from the cottage. The region is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. For sailors and kayakers, there is a slipway and harbour close to the cottage. Horse riding is available at nearby Torrisdale sands. The area is also renowned for its loch, river and sea fishing. Permits are available locally for salmon, sea trout and brown trout and boats are also available to hire. There are a number of excellent golf courses within easy reach, including Durness and Reay. Beach ¼ mile. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With 34" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Narrow, steep stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.

    Economy 7 heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack.Large, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (sheep country). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 3 steps in the garden. This property is only suitable for 5 guests.

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  • Squirrel Cottage

    Strone, Drumnadrochit

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511428
    Nestling at the base of a hillock with lovely views across towards the waters of Loch Ness and the hills beyond, Squirrel Cottage has been equipped and furnished to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Just a few minutes walk from the ruins of Urquhart Castle, and within easy distance of the centre of the bustling village of Drumnadrochit, the cottage makes a central base for exploring this lovely part of the Highlands. The village offers some good restaurants, pubs and shops along with the Nessie Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the legend of the loch Ness Monster. Explore Glen Affric and Glen Urquhart to see the stunning scenery and perhaps walk or mountain bike through the beautiful forests. Take a boat trip or enjoy some of the many watersports available on the loch, or horse riding at the nearby centre. Further afield take a trip to Inverness, the Highland capital, only 12 miles, or the beautiful Isle of Skye. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever changing scenery.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Internet access. Patio with furniture. Unspoilt woodland area to the rear. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Old Post Office

    Kentallen, nr. Glencoe

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: SDDM

    Overlooking the waters of Kentallen Bay and on towards the hills of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, this lovely detached house is set in large grounds just yards from the shore of Loch Linnhe. It is centrally located for exploring the beautiful West Highlands, Mull and Skye. Close to Glencoe and Fort William - ‘outdoor capital of the UK’ - the area is wonderful for climbing, hill walking, mountain biking, skiing, sailing and much more. Also nearby, the Victorian town of Oban is popular for its daily boat trips and sealife centre. There are many options for dining out locally including a popular seafood restaurant which is within close walking distance of the property. Shop 3 miles.

    Two steps up to living room with patio doors to garden. Formal dining room. Spacious well-equipped kitchen. Sun room. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft 6in bed. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Blu-ray player with a selection of films
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed garden with rear terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Roadside parking
    • No smoking

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  • The Ivy Wing

    Lyth, nr. Wick

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W42082

    Rural setting

    The Ivy Wing and The Cottage are situated in the courtyard of Barrock House, and surrounded by landscaped grounds and mature woodland. This provides shelter for an abundance of bird and wild life with pleasant walks close at hand and the scenic beaches of Sinclair and Dunnet Bay are just 5 minutes by car. The Cottage makes the perfect base for touring this unspoilt and tranquil part of the Highlands. Visit the Castle and Gardens of Mey, the Queen Mother’s Highland home, John O’Groats, Wick Heritage and Lyth Arts Centre, or take a wildlife or distillery tour. Golfing, fishing, sea trips or walking along the many miles of rugged coastline are just some of the many activities available. Lyth is situated just 10 miles north of Wick and 15 miles from Thurso, making the beautiful Orkney Isles easily accessible by car ferry for day trips. Both properties can be booked together for larger groups (ref’s W42082 and W42083). Shop, pub and restaurant 4.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single (4ft). Bathroom. Separate toilet.

    Open fire in living room and multi-fuel burner in dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (£15per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). Shared 30-acre grounds and shared lawned garden with furniture. No smoking.

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  • Lochinchard Cottage

    Kinlochbervie, Sutherland

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W1179

    Stunning views

    Superbly located in the north west fishing port just yards from the shore, this detached bungalow has a stunning view over Loch Inchard to Ben Arkle. There is a fish market most evenings and the village is surrounded by superb hills and mountains all suitable for walking and climbing. Of interest locally are Cape Wrath lighthouse, Handa Island Bird Sanctuary and spectacular white sandy beaches all of which are within easy reach. There are two grocery shops in the area with bread, milk and papers coming in daily. For golfers there is a challenging golf course at Durness, 17 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single (for child). Shower room with toilet.

    Central heating and electricity included. Travel cot. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden with furniture. Ample parking. NB: Significant drop in the garden.

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  • Tarrel Lodge

    Portmahomack

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 29675


    Tarrel Lodge is single-storey, wooden, detached holiday lodge situated in open countryside just 2 miles from the charming seaside village of Portmahomack. Accessed via a private track amidst open fields it provides peace and tranquillity in a lovely setting. The main living area is open plan with the kitchen and dining area being well-equipped with plenty of room for up to 5 guests. The lounge area is warm and welcoming with fantastic features, such as electric fire and deep leather suites. There are three good-sized bedrooms and a shower room. The generously proportioned decking that surrounds the lodge provides an ideal spot to sit and drink in the uninterrupted views across open countryside. The village of Portmahomack has a superb sweeping sandy beach, with stunning views to the Sutherland Mountains beyond. The village also boasts an excellent seafood restaurant, pub, café and a lovely traditional links golf course which is open to visitors. The area is renowned for its archaeological sites and at the nearby Tarbat Discovery Centre there is a fascinating display of Pictish, Norse and Medieval artefacts. Within ten minutes’ drive lies the oldest Royal Burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built 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, public gardens, golf club and bowling club, all of which are available to visitors. It is ideally located for exploring the whole of the Highland region. Golf available nearby. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room. Electric heaters, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Decking with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 4 steps to decking.

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  • The Old Lock House Apartments - Lock Side

    Fort Augustus

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 23993

    Ideal touring location Ideal touring location

    Set in the heart of Fort Augustus and looking out over the locks of the Caledonian Canal, these beautifully presented holiday apartments make the perfect base for enjoying the village amenities and also for exploring this lovely part of the Highlands. You can sit in the comfort of your living room and watch boats travel through the canal. This pretty village is situated at the southern end of Loch Ness and is close to the Great Glen Way. Lots to see and do for all ages – monster spotting on Loch Ness, boat trips, mountain biking, canoeing, hill walking to name but a few. Take a trip to Fort William, the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, or Inverness, the vibrant Highland Capital. A trip to the beautiful Isle of Skye with the dramatic scenery of the west coast should not be missed. Or just relax and watch the ever changing views over the village. Restaurant 40 yards, shop and pub 20 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Significant slope in rear garden.

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  • The Steading

    Aultbea

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 31011


    The Steading is a beautifully converted, detached, stone holiday cottage, set in its own pretty gardens with superb sea views. The cottage is bright and spacious, with high ceilings and large windows which drink in the wonderful views across the bay. The main living room has a welcoming woodburner and deep sofas. The large kitchen/dining room opens out onto a conservatory overlooking the gardens and the sea. There are two good-sized bedrooms which sleep up to five people, with the double having its own en-suite shower room, and a further family bathroom. Situated in the charming seaside village of Aultbea, there are good facilities close by, including a store and post office, and hotel with bar and restaurant. Set in a horseshoe shape, straddling the shoreline and surrounded by hills and open countryside, Aultbea is a lovely place for walking, cycling, canoeing and kayaking, as well as just enjoying the scenery and drinking in the wonderful views. This area of the West Highlands is renowned for its superb sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery. Noted for its temperate climate and warmed by the Gulf Stream, an exceptional variety of plants flourish in the region. The sub-tropical gardens of Inverewe, located here, are simply stunning and offer visitors a memorable day out. The surrounding area offers a wealth of activities and places of interest. Golf, pony trekking, cycling (bike hire available locally) and fishing in loch, sea and river, as well as the opportunity for hill walking and climbing in some of the most spectacular mountain scenery to be found anywhere in the Highlands. Close by is the Ben Eighe Nature Reserve, in the heart of the spectacular Torridon mountains. Here there are walks and climbs for all abilities as well as some lovely picnic areas. Along the coast, there are a variety of water sports and boat trips. The nearby village of Gairloch also has superb beaches, interesting small shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as a whale watching boat which leaves from the harbour. Stone shore 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining area. Conservatory. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Close proximity to the sea.

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  • Corrieviews Lodge One

    Spean Bridge near Fort William

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511229
    Corrieviews Lodge One is one of two lodges situated on the edge of the charming west Highland village of Spean Bridge 10 miles north of Fort William and an ideal touring base. offering the best of both worlds, they are within easy walking distance of the village shops, pubs, restaurants and scenic golf course and have spectacular views across the glen to the Nevis Mountain Range. Finished and presented to the exacting 4 star standard set by Visit Scotland, it provides a high level of comfort in a spectacular and renowned area.  On the ground floor there are two good sized bedrooms, sleeping up to five people,and a family sized bathroom. The main living area is on the first floor. This bright, spacious open plan room drinks in the amazing panoramic views. It has a large lounge area, well equipped kitchen and a dinning area. Patio doors open onto a lovely balcony that looks out across the glen to the famous Ben Nevis mountain range.
    Please note: if Corrieviews Lodge One is booked, please try Corrieviews Lodge Two Ref CC511185

    Ground Floor: Property has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, wash basin, TV and DVD
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and the option of a further single bed to accommodate a family of 5.
    Bathroom: With over bath shower and WC.
    Storage Area: Housing freezer and washer/dryer

    First Floor: Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge/Dining Area: With feature electric fire, satellite TV with sky + DVD and radio/CD with iPod dock, dining table and chairs, a lovely room occupying the entire first floor with spectacular views. A balcony area (no smoking please) is accessed from patio doors affording views across the glen to Ben Nevis mountain range.
    Kitchen Area: Fully fitted kitchen with electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave and fridge with ice box.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Patio area with BBQ hut. Bike storage. Private off road parking for 2 cars. 2 well behaved pets welcome, however there is a charge of £25 for the second pet which is payable direct to the owner on arrival.  Wi-fi available.

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