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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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  • Beinn Bhan

    Glen Loy near Fort William

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC511411
    Inverskilavulin is set at the foot of Beinn Bhan in the heart of Glen Loy with stunning views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor. This detached lodge has been architecturally designed and nestles amid the most magnificent scenery offering an ideal base for a relaxing holiday. The area is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts with Fort William, the outdoor capital of the UK, only nine miles away. Activities available nearby include walking, climbing, skiing, kayaking, canyoning, mountain biking and golf. The breathtaking scenery has been used as the backdrop for many well known films including Brave Heart and Rob Roy, whilst the West Highland Steam Train (seasonal) takes you past the Glenfinnan Viaduct as depicted in one of the Harry Potter movies. Short ferry crossings will take you to the Inner Isles including Rum, Mull, Iona and Lismore, or cross on Corran Ferry and explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. At the foot of Glen Loy the Caledonian Canal towpath is ideal for leisurely walks and biking, or there are numerous forest trails. The area is steeped in history with the Clan Cameron Museum at Achnacarry and many other historic sites and castles to explore nearby. Surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, pine martens, deer, golden eagles and otters are often seen. Loch Ness, Inverness, Glencoe, Oban and the Isle of Skye are all easily reached.
    Beinn Bhan can be booked with Beinn Loy CC511412 to accommodate up to eight guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating, solar panels and comprises:
    Open plan living space:
    Lounge/dining area: With wooden floor, multi-fuel burner, 28" Freesat TV, DVD player and patio doors.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and TV.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for multi fuel stove provided. Travel cot and highchair. Wi-Fi. Shared use of freezer at owner’s house 200 yards. Large decking area and furniture. Shared 5-acre garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: The property is accessed via a rough track. Unfenced river and sloping banks in grounds.

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  • Willowbrae

    Shieldaig

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30142


    Willowbrae is a beautifully presented two-storey detached holiday cottage situated in the picture postcard village of Shieldaig. The cosy cottage living room and separate dining room, both with woodburners, proffer a warm welcoming ambience. There are stunning views across the sea-loch of Torridon to the hills beyond. With two attractive double bedrooms, a bathroom and well-equipped kitchen, Willowbrae will appeal to couples and small families wishing to explore the unspoilt beauty of Wester Ross. The surrounding area is a haven for wildlife. Rare sea eagles nest on the small island opposite, and otters, seals and pine martens are regularly seen close by. Outdoor sports enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice. There is a thriving kayaking centre in Torridon, 8 miles, and visitors are also welcome to launch their own small craft from the slipway adjoining the cottage. Mountain climbing, hill walking, canoeing, sailing, mountain biking and golf are all enjoyed locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburners in living room and dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Two TVs (one satellite, one freeview). CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Large, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps and slope in garden. Stone bank from garden to pebbled area.

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  • Rose Cottage

    Glenuig, nr. Lochailort

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29551

    This cosy, detached, single-storey holiday cottage boasts lovely views over the Sound of Arisaig, towards the small Isles of Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna. In a fantastic position in the heart of the tiny coastal village of Glenuig it makes an ideal base for exploring the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. From Mallaig you can catch a small ferry to the Isle of Skye or one of the smaller Inner Isles. Samalaman Bay is a short walk away or Arisaig, Morar and Kilchoan all have beautiful white sandy beaches. Outdoor activities include walking, fishing, golf, watersports and birdwatching. Frequent sightings of wildlife include otters, deer, eagles and even the occasional porpoise. Rose Cottage offers a truly perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Beach 600 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 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 and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pets to be kept on a lead (sheep country). No smoking. NB: 6 steps, slope and low wall in garden.

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  • Dolphin Cottage

    Nairn

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 30828


    Enjoying a lovely setting just a few minutes’ walk from the award-winning sandy beach and the vibrant harbour and marina, this semi-detached holiday cottage is located on the edge of the picturesque town of Nairn. Dolphin Cottage makes a super base for exploring the many delights of this beautiful part of the Highlands. Inverness, the Highland capital, Culloden Battlefield, the historic Fort George, Loch Ness and the castles of Brodie and Cawdor are all within a short drive. Visit some of the former fishing villages dotted along the Moray Coast, or take a trip along the Moray Malt Whisky Trail – the only one in the world! Amongst the many activities available are a large variety of watersports, fishing and sea trips, mountain biking and golf, with the town boasting a championship course just a short walk from the cottage. For the less energetic, guests can meander along the nearby beach, 500 yards away, where you might catch a glimpse of the famous bottlenose dolphins. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with single sofa bed/dining room. 2 steps down to kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed, gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • The Narrows

    Poolewe, nr. Gairloch

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 9705


    Situated on the shores of the beautiful river Ewe, The Narrows is a bright, detached holiday cottage. Set in its own private and secluded gardens, it offers peace and tranquillity in a stunning setting. There are superb walks direct from the cottage along the riverbank and through the surrounding hills. The immediate area is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise. Whales, dolphins, sea eagles and otters are all seen close by, and Pine Martin visit the picnic table just outside the window. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, this unique part of west coast Highlands enjoys a mild climate and is scenic and totally unspoilt. The sub-tropical gardens of Inverewe, just 5 minutes’ drive away, bear testament to this. Golf, fishing, cycling, hill walking, sailing and canoeing are all local pastimes. With wonderful sandy beaches, bays and islands this is an ideal location for visitors and a real get-away-from- it-all holiday. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, one with en-suite bathroom, one with en-suite shower room. Separate toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Natural garden with patio area. Veranda. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Island Bay Cottage

    Sallachy, nr. Dornie

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42662

    On a rocky outlet near the shores of Loch Long, this detached holiday property enjoys views across the waters towards Wester Ross Mountains. Island Bay Cottage has been equipped to ensure an enjoyable holiday and the perfect base for touring this part of the Highlands. Eilean Donan Castle is just 3 miles away with the bridge over to the Isle of Skye just 7 miles. Visit Glenelg, Plockton and Dornie and slightly further afield, Gairloch, Ullapool and Poolewe where you will find the sub-tropical NTS Inverewe Gardens. Climbing with the Five Sisters of Kintail and the Falls of Glomach nearby, sea and loch fishing, mountain biking and an array of water sports are amongst many activities available. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (zip and link). Shower room and toilet.

    Underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Johan’s Cottage

    Kishorn, near Strathcarron

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5157
    Johan’s Cottage is a quintessential Highland cottage situated in an idyllic location with grounds leading directly down to the sea. Built of local Torridon stone and named after its original owner, it has been in the same family for many generations. Upgraded and improved over the years, this delightful detached cottage provides contemporary, bright and attractive accommodation in a lovely setting. Perched on the edge of Loch Kishorn in the small hamlet of Achintraid, it enjoys spectacular views of the mountains of Applecross with an ever-changing seascape in the foreground. The garden grounds extend down to the water’s edge where seals, and even the occasional otter, can be seen at close quarters. There are mussel beds in the bay, and when the tide is out, visitors can walk across the sand to gather fresh mussels for dinner. There is also an excellent seafood restaurant in the nearby village of Kishorn. The surrounding area is a haven for birdlife and a pair of sea eagles have been spotted in the region. This beautiful area of Wester Ross is renowned for its stunning mountain scenery, unspoilt coastline, friendly villages and wealth of outdoor activities. A visit to the nearby Applecross Peninsula is a must - the more adventurous can approach it via the Bealach na Bà (the Pass of the Cattle), an old drove road which is the highest pass road in Britain.
    There is a wealth of activities available in the area including climbing, walking, cycling, sailing, fishing and kayaking. With unspoilt sandy beaches and superb scenery, this is an ideal holiday location for all ages. Shop and pub 8 miles, restaurant ¾ mile.

    Ground Floor: Step to entrance.
    Living room: With 22" Sky TV (basic package) and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Utility room: With fridge/freezer and tumble dryer.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Telephone (honesty box). Welcome pack.Small walled garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Large lawned grounds. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a small unfenced stream bordering the grounds.

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  • Driftwood Cottage

    Hilton, near Balintore

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42551
    This terraced cottage is set in an enviable location, just a few steps from the seaside with an enclosed garden area where you can watch the wildlife. Sea trips, distilleries, mountain biking, kayaking and fishing, golf and dolphin spotting are some of the attractions this area has to offer, along with fantastic scenery, beaches and forest trails. Inverness, Loch Ness, and to the north, Dornoch and John O’ Groats all within easy reach. A visit to the lovely west coast is also recommended. Shops, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and a selection of DVD’s.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.

    Electric central heating (underfloor in bathroom) (£30 per week Nov-Mar), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner included.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: There are steps in the rear garden.

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  • Beaufort Cottages - Kennels Cottage

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511447
    A warm Highland welcome awaits you at this holiday property, located in the Beaufort Estate. It enjoys a tranquil setting only a few miles from Beauly in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and without doubt, make a super base for exploring the many attractions and activities this area has to offer. The cottage has been equipped and furnished to ensure as relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible, and it has its own individual character and style. You can explore the extensive grounds of Beaufort Estate with its abundance of wildlife, idyllic picnic places and easy walking routes and also travel further afield to experience some of the stunning scenery, interesting and historic attractions and a large variety of sports.

    The popular village of Beauly is only four miles and offers a very good range of shops and restaurants with Inverness, the Highland Capital, just 12 miles. You can visit Culloden Battlefield and its interactive visitor centre, Fort George, Cawdor and Brodie Castles all steeped in local history or explore the picturesque fishing villages and beaches of the stunning Moray coastline. Take a boat trip and perhaps catch sight of the famous bottlenose dolphins or go to Drumnadrochit, which is set on the shores of Loch Ness, as well as Fort Augustus, where you can watch the boats coming through the locks in the centre of the village.

    Slightly further afield is the beautiful Isle of Skye and the wonderful unspoilt scenery of the West Coast where you will find some wonderful restaurants to sample to local produce particularly seafood. From Skye, you can hop on to a ferry to the Outer Hebrides – a truly unspoilt part of Scotland with its rugged landscape and sweeping white sandy beaches. A day trip to the Orkney Islands is recommended where you can visit numerous archaeological sites such as Skara Brae, the Eagles Tomb and The Ring of Brodgar to name just a few. For the energetic and outdoor enthusiast, there are numerous mountain bike and forest trails, walking and climbing in the nearby glens of Strathfarrar, Cannich and Affric, golf with a large number of acclaimed courses such as the Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart within easy reach. Snow sports are available in Aviemore, Glencoe or Glenshee. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and unwind and enjoy this tranquil setting which is Beaufort Estate.
    Kennels Cottage can be booked together with Dairy Cottage (CC511444), Checkers Cottage (CC511445), Duffs Lodge (CC511446), Mercy Cottage (CC511448), Rose Cottage (CC511449), Stables Cottage (CC511450), The Retreat (UK5004), The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) and The Larder (CC511452) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Conservatory.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £5 per basket (honesty box). Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared external laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Mill House Cottages, John O’ Groats - Mill Cottage

    John O’ Groats

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42412

    Breathtaking views

    These detached holiday cottages, situated within walking distance of the famous village of John O’ Groats, make the ideal base to explore this lovely part of the Northern Highlands. John O’ Groats is famous for being the most north easterly point of Britain’s four corners, and renowned for the magnificent coastal scenery, unspoilt beaches and coastal walks, with a breathtaking array of bird life and opportunities to see seals, dolphins and killer and minke whales. Take a day trip to the Orkney Islands with ferries a few minutes away from the cottages. Visit Duncansby Head, the Castle of Mey, Thurso and Wick. For the energetic mountain biking, fishing, sailing and windsurfing are available. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 steps down to twin bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor.

    Gravelled area. Parking (2 cars) NB: Stream in grounds.

    All properties: electricity £20per week, £15 per short break. Electric central heating, bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. No smoking.

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  • Loch Alsh Cottage

    Balmacara, By Kyle of Lochalsh, nr. 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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  • 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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