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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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  • Rams Cottage

    Glenelg, nr. Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 14464

    Sea views

    Stunningly located at the edge of Glenelg Bay where the tide ebbs and flows providing a haven for birdlife and otters. This comfortably furnished and well equipped holiday home enjoys a splendid location, offering a base for touring the Isle of Skye from Glenelg on the short ferry crossing. Fishing, climbing and walking from the doorstep, with a good pub, restaurant and shop 1 mile.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden and furniture. Gas barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Selkies

    Brora

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UK5127
    Located in the attractive village of Brora, this lovely, end-terraced property makes an ideal base for exploring the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness, the Moray Coast, the scenic West Coast and the Isle of Skye. Enjoying an ideal setting with wonderful panoramic views over the sandy beach and on towards the sea, the property has been equipped and furnished to a very good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing a holiday as possible. Whether a family with children looking for a beach holiday, couples seeking a relaxing break or a small group of friends wanting to golf, Faodail offers something for everyone - just a few minutes’ walk from the unspoilt, sweeping sandy beach, the links golf course designed by James Braid, and the village centre.


    Complete with fluffy towels, bathrobes and good quality linen in the bedrooms, everything is designed to ensure your stay is as comfortable as it is relaxing. Guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the extensive leisure facilities at the nearby hotel, which is just a 2-minute walk away. Facilities include a shared heated swimming pool, children’s pool, a Jacuzzi, sauna steam room and a gym. Also available are a wide range of beauty treatments and massages from the in-house therapists, which could be just the ticket after a long day walking, cycling or out on the golf course. The popular restaurants and bars within the hotel offer a wide range of meals and snacks to suit all tastes.


    Amongst the many activities available are golf, mountain biking with some super forest trails close by, loch and river fishing, hill walking, bowls, tennis and pony trekking to name but a few. For more leisurely holidaymakers, you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the ever-changing sea views from the comfort of the living room. Brora is an excellent base for exploring this unspoilt part of the Northern Highlands. Take a day trip to John O’ Groats, the stunning Orkney Islands, the Highland capital of Inverness, Loch Ness or the Moray and West coastlines. A visit to the romantic Dunrobin Castle and Clynelish Distillery are both highly recommended. Beach 100 yards. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards. Selkies can be booked together with Links View Villa 5 (UK5120) and Links View Villa 2 (UK5121) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

    Ground Floor: 2 steps to entrance.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With open fire, 50" Sky TV (BT Sports, Sky variety and sports package), DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric double oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Separate toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request) and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for open fire included. Travel cot (£12.50pw) and highchair (£7.50pw) available on request.Small paved area with garden furniture. Free use of shared indoor heated swimming pool (12m x 4m, depth 1.12m, open all year) with sauna, shower and changing facilities in nearby hotel. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Langside

    Kingussie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 26643

    Ideally located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, this 100 year old semi-detached stone cottage makes a stylish holiday base, offering mountain walks from the door and a terraced garden with mountain views. Within a few miles, Cairngorm Funicular Railway, winter ski area, Highland Wildlife Park, the Rothiemurchus Highland Estate and Aviemore offer everything for the outdoor explorer, and spa facilities, tea rooms and shopping. Historic sites, distilleries, golf, castles, scenic walks, skiing, fishing, RSPB reserves, horse riding, cycling and water sports locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors/kitchen with Velux. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. DAB radio. MP3 connection. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with terrace. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 30 steps to garden with sloping banks.

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  • Duart

    Onich, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 11350

    Superior detached bungalow (far left in photograph) one of two very attractive houses, well furnished and equipped and set only 200 yards from the shoreline of Loch Linnhe. Wonderful position overlooking the loch and Glencoe mountains with pleasant walks on the shore or ramble on the adjacent private hillside. Sitting 8 miles south of Fort William, it is an ideal holiday base for touring in all directions. Good eating places within walking distance. Fish, sail or surf (bring own equipment). Large patio doors to appreciate the view. Shop, pub ¼ mile.

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

    First £10 electricity, NSH and convector heaters included, remainder by meter reading. Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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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, dishwasher 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.

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  • Old Customs House

    Littleferry, nr. Golspie

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: SXXC

    Set just a few steps from the shores of Loch Fleet, this detached holiday property enjoys panoramic views across the water and over the surrounding countryside. Loch Fleet is a natural nature reserve where you can see a large variety of birdlife and perhaps catch a glimpse of otters and seals. Mountain biking, walking, kayaking, fishing and golf are just some of the many local activities. Take a visit to Dunrobin Castle and Gardens for a wonderful day out or stroll along one of the many beaches this area is renowned for. Beach 10 yards. Shop 2 miles, pub/restaurant ½ mile.

    Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove and well-equipped kitchen area. Utility. Conservatory. Drying room. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with free-standing roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced access to sea. Steep drop to front of property.

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  • Kite View Cottage

    By Avoch

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29554


    Enjoying stunning panoramic views across surrounding farmland and on towards the waters of the inner Moray Firth, this detached, single-storey holiday cottage, adjacent to another holiday property, makes a superb base for exploring the Black Isle and the many delights of the Northern Highlands. Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, the lovely Moray Coast and Inverness, the Highland Capital, are all just a short drive away. There are many activities available in the area, including mountain biking and walking in the many forest trails, fishing, boat trips and watersports on the Moray Firth or Loch Ness, and golf at one of the many courses. Distilleries, castles and many historic sites can also be found in the area. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/kitchen with dining area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, lawned area with decking, sitting-out area and furniture. Swings and slide. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Sandpiper

    Cullen, nr. Buckie

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30455


    Situated just a 2-minute stroll from the fine long sandy beach, in the delightful Seatown area of Cullen (famous for Cullen Skink), this lovely period end terrace cottage was previously a fishermans cottage, which has been renovated to a very good standard throughout. It makes a perfect holiday base for exploring the delights of the Moray coastline, renowned for its fine weather and magnificent scenery. Take a wander around Seatown and the brightly coloured cottages - a delightful, irregular clutter of homes built gable-end to the sea and with colourful painted pointing between the bricks. Explore the dramatic landscapes, from rugged cliffs to sweeping shores, sheltered coves to fishertown harbours. Look out for the resident bottlenose dolphins and the myriad of birdlife on the cliffs. Cycle along the Moray Coast Cycle Trail which runs from Cullen to Burghead, or explore the area’s history, culture and the world-famous whisky trail. For golfers there is a good course very close by, with many others to try in the surrounding area. Beach 50 yards. Shop 350 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. 1 step up to kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Second living room with sloping ceiling, beams and wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom with beams and wooden floor.

    Open fire in living room included. Woodburner in second living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Brightwater Cottage

    Arnisdale, nr. Glenelg

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 10295

    Near Kyle of Lochalsh, the stunning village of Arnisdale nestles below Beinn Sgritheall (Munro), on the shores of Loch Hourn. It overlooks Knoydart peninsula and Sound of Sleat with the Isle of Skye Cuillin in the distance. Neighbouring Glenelg, 9 miles, has a shop, pub, restaurant, craft shop and Skye ferry (Apr - Oct). Amid idyllic mountainous scenery, ideal for a holiday escaping with wildlife (deer, porpoises, eagles, seals and otters), walking (including the Five Sisters of Kintail, South Cluanie ridge, Ladhar Bheinn), cycling, fishing, touring (Eilean Donan Castle, Pictish Brochs, 18th century Bernera Barracks, Plockton and Skye) or just savouring highland peace and tranquillity.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Tides

    Cromarty

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SZZL


    Located just a few steps from the sea, this lovely former fisherman’s cottage has been sympathetically and beautifully renovated to a high standard and is furnished and equipped to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Tides, one of a pair, is set in the heart of Cromarty’s conservation area, with its cobbled streets, quaint shops and restaurants and lovely Georgian architecture. The village makes the perfect base for exploring this unspoilt and scenic part of the Highlands. Mountain biking, fishing, sea trips and water sports, golf and hill walking are just a few of the many activities this area has to offer. Take a trip to Inverness, the Highland Capital, Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield and Fort George, all within easy reach. Take a walk up the ‘Hundred Steps’ to South Sutor; The Sutors are rocks on either side of the Cromarty Firth once thought to be the abode of two giant shoemakers. This area is steeped in history and culture and once visited, it will remain a beautiful memory. Shop 50 yards and pub 40 yards.

    Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, beams and wooden floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter £5 per basket
    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair (on request)
    • TV/music system
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • On road parking
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Tomnahurich Bridge House

    Inverness

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511463
    Tomnahurich Bridge House enjoys a semi-rural waterfront position alongside the Tomnahurich Swing Bridge on the Caledonian Canal, just a mile from Inverness city centre. The house has been renovated in a simple yet elegant style that blends beautifully with its 19th century roots. Sit at the upstairs window seats and watch the world go sailing by, or relax outside in the private garden. You can take a 15-minute stroll to the city centre to enjoy the many activities and amenities the Highland capital has to offer. Tomnahurich has its own sights to see so before you hit the city, take a tour of your surroundings.

    Tomnahurich Hill is the stuff of legend. In former times and according to local folklore, it was the home of the fairies. There are tales of a fiddler taken captive by the fairy queen and after spending a night in her kingdom, he returns to find hundreds of years have gone by. Look out for a confused musician while you’re on your rambles! The hill is also said to be the resting place of Scottish seer Thomas the Rhymer. According to legend he lies with his men and their white horses ready to rise again should Scotland need them. He’s in good company. The cemetery built on the hill in the 19th century contains memorials for two Scottish recipients of the Victoria Cross. Major-General Sir Robert Adams won his for bravery during the Indian mutiny and Rear Admiral Sir Anthony Capel Miers received his during World War II action.

    As if local legends weren’t enough, you can also explore Nessie’s story. Tomnahurich Bridge is a pick-up point for cruise boats heading to Loch Ness to search for the elusive monster. Yet all of this is only a mile from Inverness city centre with all the attractions it has to offer. Shop in the Victorian Market, the award-winning Eastgate Centre, visit the Castle or the St. Andrews Cathedral, or Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Get a taste of the tropical at Inverness Floral Hall or a flavour of fine dining at restaurants throughout the city.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With 4ft double bed and Freeview TV.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and Freeview TV.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Enclosed lawned areas with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Canalside location.

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  • The Byre

    Mey, Thurso

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511322
    The Byre is one of three barn conversion holiday cottages situated on a working farm just a few yards from the Pentland Firth. Immaculately presented throughout and with stunning views across the sea with the Orkney Isles clearly visible, The Byre provides a wonderful base for a memorable get away from it all holiday. The main living accommodation is open plan. The lounge area opens up through French windows to the garden beyond and affords the most incredible seascape views. The kitchen area is bright, modern and well equipped and there is a modern dining table for four. Both the double bedrooms are attractively furnished and spacious. There is a modern bathroom with walk in shower, WC and basin. The Byre is situated close to some of the most fantastic beaches in the UK. With miles of golden sand and massive sand dunes forming a backdrop, the nearby Dunnet beach is simply spectacular. Surfing, body boarding, sand buggying, swimming, horse riding and wild life watching are all local pastimes, yet this superb beach is never crowded. Please note The Byre may be available to let with the two adjoining self catering cottages that form the barn conversion - The Barn (sleeps 2) and The Stable (sleeps 2)

    Ground Floor: Property is all on one level, has electric storage heating and comprises;
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With Satellite Free view TV/DVD, radio/CD and French windows opening onto the garden area
    Dining Area: With dining furniture for 4
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, larder fridge and washer dryer
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With twin 3’ zip and link beds which can be joined to form 6ft double if required
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
     

    All power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair availableGarden area with patio and grass area. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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