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The Highlands of Scotland epitomises all that magnificent wild and natural Britain has to offer. It’s the place to head for if you want to immerse yourself in wonderfully contrasting and every changing landscapes and tranquil locations devoid of mass tourism.

This region extends coast to coast taking in dramatic mountains, majestic lochs, heather clad moors and picturesque glens; quiet and unspoilt, nature as it was intended. It’s the perfect location for relaxing breaks, activity holidays, family holidays and romantic get-aways.

Full of historic interest at every turn, with ancient monuments and castles that tell the tale of the Highland clans, and there are plenty of great day outs, places of interest and activities to keep visitors fully occupied in this most beautiful part of the British Isles.

The Highlands region consists of distinctive sub-regions each with their own characteristics and unique charms, extending from Fort William and Lochaber in the south to the Northern Highlands.

Fort William is considered by many as the ‘outdoor capital’ of Scotland, this bustling town situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe has lots of places to eat and drink, interesting shops and is a great base for a wide selection of outdoor activities. The town is handy for trips into the dramatic and brooding Glen Coe and is the ‘road to the Isles’ which takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. The town is also right next to the world famous Ben Nevis (and its glen), Scotland’s highest mountain.

To the north is the iconic Loch Ness, some 23 miles long and 700 feet deep; in fact deep enough for a monster. Take a cruise to visit Urquhart Castle a once famous Great Glen fortress; there’s a visitor centre both here and on shore at Drumnadrochit.

‘The city of the Highlands’ Inverness is today a modern thriving city on the banks of the River Ness. It has a rich historical and cultural history with plenty of attractions including a great castle. Close by is Fort George a well preserved 18th century fortification built in the terrible aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, facing out over the Moray Firth.

To the east are the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, dotted with traditional fishing villages, hidden bays and golden sandy beaches. It’s a renowned dolphin watching area where you can see them quite close up from the shore if you’re lucky.

Further north still is the awe inspiring Northern Highlands, with plenty of castles and ancient monuments, massive lochs, atmospheric mountains and glens and magnificent coastlines that stretch for miles. This is a sparsely populated region where you can really get away from everyday life and connect with nature.

If you’re ready to begin your adventure take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in the Highlands today.

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  • Gardener’s Cottage

    Balnagown, Invergordon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    3
    Ref: SMMK

    "A true jewel in the crown..stretching north from the shores of the Cromarty Firth"

    Set in the Northern Highlands where the lochs are deep, the air clear and the long beaches perfect for meandering along, there is space and time to refresh the mind, indulge in passions and revive the spirits at Balnagown.
    Set amidst the natural splendour of Easter Ross, Balnagown Estate - historic seat of the Clan Ross - is a rich blend of farmland, woodland and heather-clad hills and is just a mere 30 minutes’ drive from Inverness, the Highland Capital and just north of the Cromarty and Moray Firths. Steeped in a history that spans generations, the Estate has been transformed into a breathtaking holiday retreat and offers a bespoke and professional service in the STB ‘5 Star’ properties: each property being exclusively furnished and equipped with every need. A superb base for touring this beautiful and unspoilt part of Scotland with easy access to many areas and attractions – so much to see and do for all ages. On the way to visit the nearby town of Dornoch, guests can stop at the Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Centre to discover the delights of their whisky. In Dornoch a visit to the History Links Museum is recommended or a game of golf can be enjoyed on the famous links world championship course or a stroll along the award-winning sandy beach. Shin Falls Visitor Centre, Dunrobin Castle (hunting seat of the Countess of Sutherland), the Timespan Heritage Centre, Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve and John O’Groats are all within easy reach. From the north coast a ferry can be taken over to the Orkney Islands which offer beautiful, rugged scenery with an abundance of wildlife and many archaeological sites. A trip to the stunning and dramatic west coast is recommended – Eilean Donan Castle, the lovely villages of Plockton, Glenelg, Gairloch and Ullapool or travel over the bridge to the enigmatic Isle of Skye with the Cuillin mountain range, the popular town of Portree with its colourful cottages which line the harbour, or sample the produce at the Talisker Distillery. To the north west and north of Ullapool, a trip up the coastline with the many rocky inlets and deserted beaches leads to Cape Wrath, the most northwesterly point of Great Britain. In addition to the many activities which are available on the estate, there are many more in the area – golf, mountain biking on the many forest trails, sea and loch fishing, kayaking, bird-watching and horse riding to name but a few. Shop 6 miles, pubs 1 mile.

    Spacious living/dining room/sun room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study/TV room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, each with TV and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet; one double and one twin.

    • Full oil central heating included
    • Three satellite TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Drying facilities on request
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Large enclosed lawned garden with furniture

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • No smoking

  • The Barn

    Lairg, Sutherland

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511175
    The Barn is an immaculately presented single-storey cottage situated in superb open countryside in the midst of the Sutherland hills.  The main living area is open-plan, with a warm welcoming lounge area with deep leather sofas and a lovely wood-burning stove as a focal point.  The kitchen / dining area is bright and modern and very well-equipped.  This superb room enjoys stunning views across open countryside to the Sutherland hills beyond.  There are two large bedrooms (with the same spectacular views) both beautifully presented with colour-coordinated soft furnishings and a good sized shower room.  Situated in a quiet lane, The Barn offers peace and tranquillity in a quiet rural yet accessible location. The attractive small town of Lairg is just 2 miles away. Set on the side of Loch Shin, it has a good selection of small shops, restaurants, pub and café.  There is also a fascinating visitor’s centre and lovely walks by the side of the loch. 

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all at ground-floor level, has oil central heating and under-floor heating throughout and comprises:

    Open plan Lounge / Dining / Kitchen:
    Lounge area:  with stunning, feature wood-burning stove, Sky TV, DVD, Radio/CD, deep leather sofa and superb views over open countryside and Sutherland hills

    Dining area: with dining furniture for four

    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge (with ice-box), dishwasher and washing machine

    Bedroom 1:  with zip ‘n’ link super king-size bed, can be made into two single beds if required, and superb views over Sutherland Hills

    Bedroom 2: with two single beds, which can zip ’n’ link to one super king-size bed if required, wonderful views over Sutherland Hills

    Shower room: with enclosed shower cubicle, WC and basin

    All oil and electricity included.  First supply of logs for wood-burning stove provided. Bed linen and towels supplied. Cot and highchair available. 2 well behaved pets welcome.  Internet access available.Enclosed gardens with decking. Off- road parking for three cars.

  • 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.

  • Glencairn Cottage

    Tomintoul, Ballindalloch

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC512059
    Situated in the heart of the pretty stone village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands, and set within the Cairngorm National Park, Glencairn Cottage is a delightful whitewashed stone cottage oozing with charm. Completely refurbished in recent years it is ideal for couples or small families. The lounge has deep leather sofas, a traditional Victorian fireplace with wood burning stove and a modern dining area. The fully fitted kitchen is well equipped. There are two attractively presented bedrooms and a bright, modern bathroom. the good sized private garden at the back of the cottage has a large lawn area; ideal for pets, children or a quiet drink after a day’s activities. Set within the Glenlivet highland estate, this area is a walkers and cyclists paradise. An extensive network of way marked trails extending to over 100 miles gives unlimited access for outdoor enthusiasts.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With wood burning stove (for use October - April only),  Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD and free Wi-fi
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Utility Room: With washing machine and space for outdoor gear
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With 3ft bunk beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair availableEnclosed garden with picnic table and chairs. Lockable shed for storing bikes. On street parking. Second dog accepted by arrangement.

  • Shedend

    Nether Dallachy, nr. Spey Bay

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30956


    This lovely, cosy, semi-detached holiday cottage is within the peaceful hamet of Nether Dallachy, just a mile from Spey Bay on the beautiful Moray coast. Styled in a mixture of antique and contemporary fittings, the cottage is all on one level and makes a good choice for the less able bodied too, as there is direct access into the house from the French doors at the rear which open onto a small enclosed sitting area with lovely views across the fields. Spey Bay is home to the National Whale and Dolphin Centre and is a wonderful area for spotting many species of wildlife including minke whales, bottlenose dolphins, ospreys, seals and much more. There are spectacular views over the sea towards the mountains of Caithness from the long shingle beach, and the world famous Spey Bay Golf Club is at the other end. For walkers, the Speyside Way passes close by and runs from Buckie on the shore of the Moray coast to Aviemore. The Whisky Trail is nearby and there are good fishing opportunities on the River Spey itself. If all this activity is too much, just relax by the woodburner and enjoy the peace. Beach 1 mile. Shop and pub 4 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with dining area and French doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (basic package). Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

  • Rockview

    Hilton near Tain, Ross-shire

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511209
    Rockview is the epitome of the traditional seaside cottage. With pretty gardens leading onto the shore and stunning views of the sea from its attractive deep-silled windows, this sympathetically renovated and restored cottage offers quiet charm right on the edge of the sea. Built during the early 19th century to accommodate the salmon and herring fishing boom, Rockview is typical of the period, built of local stone with combed ceilings upstairs and an attractive ‘fisherman’s landing’.  There is a cosy lounge with original open fireplace, a good-sized double bedroom downstairs, bright modern bathroom and an attractive upstairs bedroom with traditional sloping ceilings.  The garden is a real delight. Approached via a set of stone steps across the access lane, it is mainly laid to lawn, with seaside shrubs and plants. A small gate opens onto the shoreline leading down to the sea.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With original open fire, Free View TV and DVD and radio/CD; pretty cottage style main living space with views over garden to sea beyond
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge (with ice box) and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Shower Room: With shower, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With single bed; and occasional bed (for + 1) some restricted headroom due to sloping ceilings.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of coal only for open fire provided. Travel cot and high chair available.Gardens opposite cottage (over quiet access road); fully enclosed with picnic table, shed for outdoor equipment storage, gate leading directly down to shoreline. Private off street parking for one car.

  • Over The Square

    Dornoch

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42778

    This lovely apartment set over two floors enjoys a central location within the town of Dornoch and is furnished and equipped to a good standard. Located between the Dornoch Firth, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Loch Fleet Nature Reserve where bird lovers from around the world congregate. There are so many things to see and do in this area. Take a stroll along the nearby sandy beach, play golf at the nearby Royal Dornoch Golf Club, visit the beautiful 11th century Dornoch Cathedral and the Old Jail, all within easy walking distance. Amongst the many activities available are mountain biking in the many forest trails, walking through Skelbo Woods with its sculpture trail or exploring some of the many unspoilt beaches. Shops 50 yards, pubs and restaurant 30 yards.

    First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • 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). No smoking.

  • Links Apartments - Links Apartment 10

    Brora

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 29977

    Enjoying an ideal location with wonderful panoramic views towards the sea, this beautifully presented 4 star accommodation (refs 29968, 29969, 29970, 29971, 29972, 29973, 29974, 29975, 29976 and 29977), on a select development of 24 apartments, makes a superb, convenient, holiday destination.


    Whether a family with children looking for a beach holiday, couples seeking a relaxing break or a group of friends wanting to golf, the apartments offer something for everyone. Just a few minutes’ walk from the unspoilt, sweeping, sandy beach and the James Braid designed links golf course, the apartments are light and spacious.


    They are furnished and equipped to a very good standard - from the granite worktops and quality appliances in the kitchen, to the stylish bathrooms with fluffy towels, good quality linen in the bedrooms and bath robes provided – everything is designed to ensure a relaxing and comfortable holiday.


    Guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the extensive range of leisure facilities at the nearby Royal Marine Hotel, just a 2-minute walk away. Facilities include a shared heated swimming pool, children’s pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. Also available is a wide range of beauty treatments from the in-house therapists, not to mention restaurants and bars serving snacks and meals to suit all tastes.


    Amongst the many activities available close by are golf, mountain biking, loch and river fishing, hillwalking, bowls, tennis and pony trekking. For the less energetic, relax and watch the ever-changing sea views through your own living room window.


    Brora is also an excellent base for visiting this unspoilt part of the Highlands – take a trip to John O’ Groats, the stunning Orkney Islands, Inverness, ‘the Highland capital’, Loch Ness and the Moray or West Coasts, or closer to hand, Dunrobin Castle or the Clynelish Distillery. Beach 100 yards. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurants ¼ mile.


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

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

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

  • 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.

  • Cruachan

    Strontian

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 27846

    Cruachan is a well appointed holiday cottage set within its own private garden, offering views over the mountains and countryside. This peaceful and tranquil setting offers a truly get away from it all experience. Enjoy walks through the historic oak woods and lead mines at Ariundle. The rest of the peninsula has much to offer including stunning Loch Sunart and Ardnamurchan Lighthouse at the most westerly tip of the British Isles. Enjoy pristine sandy beaches along the coast of Sanna Bay with dolphin and whale watching, Nadurra visitor centre, and so much more. The sunsets will amaze you so come and enjoy. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Satellite TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with terrace. Natural landscaped grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Bonny View

    Brora, Sutherland

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42889

    This detached former croft house, situated on a working croft, enjoys a quiet and secluded setting and benefits from open views across surrounding farmland. Just a short distance from the village of Brora where you can enjoy walks along the unspoilt coastline. Try a round of golf on the super links course or take part in the activities available including sea and loch fishing, mountain biking, kayaking or exploring this beautiful part of Sutherland. A day trip to the Orkney Islands is recommended. For the less energetic, relax, unwind and watch the ever changing scenery. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Partial solid fuel central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Table-top dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Drops and changes of levels within grounds.

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