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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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  • Lochinchard Cottage

    Kinlochbervie, Sutherland

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W2095

    Superb views

    Just 50 yards from the sea, commanding superb views of Loch Inchard and the mountains beyond, this detached bungalow is located in this popular north west fishing village. There are excellent opportunities for hill walking and climbing, bird watching and fishing, plus boat trips to seal colonies, Cape Wrath Lighthouse and Handa Island Bird Sanctuary. There are two grocery shops and a few pubs and restaurants in the area. There are several beautiful white sandy beaches all within easy reach, and for golfers there is a challenging golf course 17 miles away in Durness. The cottage is bright and cosy and suitable for holidays throughout the year. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

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

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

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  • Ardview

    Reraig, Balmacara, Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC511279
    Ardview is a traditional two storey holiday cottage overlooking Loch Alsh just 5 minutes from the Skye bridge. The cottage has recently been refurbished and renovated in a caring and sympathetic manner throughout. It now offers bright, modern facilities whilst exuding a charming seaside cottage ambience. The main living area is open plan. The pretty lounge area focuses on the wood burning stove and original cottage windows look out across the bay to the surrounding hills. The kitchen/dining area is separated by a dividing bar. The kitchen is fully fitted and well equipped. There are three good sized bedrooms and with bathrooms on both floors it is an ideal cottage for two couples, extended families or group holidays. The cottage enjoys superb views across the sea, both upstairs and down. There is a public slipway to launch boats/kayaks across the road opposite the cottage.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen.
    Lounge Area: With wood burning stove, Freeview TV/radio, DVD player, free Wi-fi broadband and views over the loch.
    Dining Area: With large dining table and seating for 6. Also hi-fi music centre with CD, I pod docking, SU/USB input etc.
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box .
    Utility Room: With washer/dryer, WC, wash basin and shower.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and travel cot with bedding and highchair.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single 3’ bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All oil, power, bed linen and towels included. First supply of logs for wood burning stove provided. Cot and highchair available.Steeply terraced grass bank area with low stone walls with picnic table and chairs. There is an unprotected drop from the stone wall to the ground of approximately 5 ft. Front garden with bench and shingle area. Off road parking for 3 cars. There is a public slipway to launch boats/kayaks across the road opposite the cottage.

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  • Vatersay Cottage

    Kytra Locks near Fort Augustus

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511469
    Vatersay Cottage is part of a three-cottage hamlet at Kytra Lock and is a detached heritage property. It sits on the opposite bank from its neighbours. Like them, it enjoys all the benefits of a completely secluded spot but offers easy access to loads of activities.
    Kytra Lock is the ideal location for people who really want to get away from it all. It’s as sheltered and secluded a spot as you’ll find anywhere, yet it’s only two miles from Fort Augustus and a range of activities. Surrounded by Scots pines and overlooked by Tor Dhuin hill fort, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into a postcard. The hamlet feels a million miles away from the normal everyday life – exactly what you want from a holiday home. There’s also a private garden, just the place to enjoy a quiet drink while watching the boats sail by.
    Sitting on the southernmost tip of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus is well worth a visit and has a good village pub and restaurant. An impressive system of locks brings canal boats into the village and watching the boats trying to negotiate the locks is a popular pastime. The Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre will allow you to find out more about traditional Highland life, or for a more gentle occupation, visit the Rare Breeds Croft. Kids will love the deer, highland cattle, sheep goats and pheasants – not to mention the pot-bellied pigs!
    Take a cruise on Loch Ness to hunt down the Loch Ness Monster, whilst enjoying magnificent views of Urquhart Castle. Visit Invermoriston where the Moriston Falls, complete with salmon jumping, can be viewed from the Thomas Telford Bridge. Or drive to the Isle of Skye, passing Eilean Donan – Scotland’s most photographed castle.
    The area also hosts a large number of outdoor activities including mountain biking, hillwalking, golf, fishing, horseriding, kayaking and windsurfing.
    If all the peace and quiet gets too much, Fort William and Inverness are less than an hour’s drive away.

    Vatersay Cottage can be booked together with Eriskay Cottage (CC511468) and Sandray Cottage (CC511467) to accommodate up to 13 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge 1: With wooden floor and Freeview TV.
    Lounge 2/dining room: With wooden floor and wood burner.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair.Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks and unfenced canal 20 yards.

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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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  • 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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  • Polgarrie House

    Edderton

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W43051

    Enjoying a private location with country views, Polgarrie House has been furnished for a comfortable and relaxing holiday. Just over a mile outside the pretty village of Edderton and within easy reach of Tain and Dornoch, the detached house makes an ideal base for exploring. Local activities include golf, mountain biking, kayaking, river and sea fishing along with many wonderful hill or beach walks. Visit John O’Groats, the Orkney Islands or the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre. Shop and pub 1.5 miles, restaurant 6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Second living room. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study with single bed (for alternative sleeping). 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in second living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Car port. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • Springburn

    Stronaba, Spean Bridge

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511353
    Located in open countryside above the charming village of Spean Bridge, Springburn is a beautifully presented cottage for up to 5 people. The main lounge opens out through French windows to a private patio area. The views across open countryside to the mountains beyond are spectacular. There is a second lounge with sofa bed. There are two large double bedrooms on the first floor, both well presented with colour coordinated soft furnishings and enjoying the same superb views. With two bathrooms (one on each floor), this is an ideal cottage for two couples or for a family holiday in a superb location. Springburn is just 4 miles from the world famous Nevis Range Ski and mountain bike track at Aanoch Mor, which has the only mountain gondola ride in Britain.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With feature electric fire, satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD. French doors open onto patio area with superb views across the hills
    2 steps down to.......
    Second Lounge: With sofa bed (+1)
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
    Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer and sink
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included
    Cot and high chair available. Internet access is available in the residents lounge of the owner’s Bed and Breakfast which is on site. Open plan gardens, mainly laid to lawn (shared with adjacent property). Patio area for sole use. Off road parking for 2 cars. Private water supply.

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  • Upper Stronaba Cottage

    Upper Stronaba

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511371
    Upper Stronaba Cottage is situated amongst spectacular scenery, with stunning uninterrupted views across open countryside to the Ben Nevis mountain range. This single storey cottage is approached via a short track that leads up into the hills. The lounge is warm and cosy, with open fireplace and large picture windows looking across to Ben Nevis. The kitchen / dining room has plenty of space for up to 5 people and is well equipped. There are three attractive bedrooms and a modern shower room. The rural cottage gardens mainly consists of grass, with a patio area; an ideal spot for a quiet drink whilst enjoying the spectacular scenery

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on one level has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with open fire, satellite Freeview, TV, DVD and radio/CD; lovely views
    Kitchen/diner: with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: with two single beds
    Bedroom 2: with one single bed
    Bedroom 3: with one double bed
    Shower room: with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. First supply of coal provided. Bed linen and towels supplied. Enclosed garden, very secluded with grassed area and patio. Off road parking space for 2 cars.

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  • The Old School House

    Lonbain, by Applecross

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: STN

    This secluded and spacious cottage with its own walled garden, enjoys a gloriously sunny position on the seashore with spectacular views towards the islands of Raasay, Rona and Skye. Reached via a quarter-mile track, this former school house has been tastefully converted, whilst retaining interesting original features; formerly classrooms, the living-room and kitchen feature lovely high ceilings, and there is a large picture window in the hall, ideal for viewing wonderful sunsets and abundant wildlife.
    This is a superb location for touring the scenic Applecross and Torridon areas; for a truly memorable drive out, head for the Pass of the Cattle – at 626 metres above sea level, this is Britain’s highest pass and affords some dramatic scenery along its length. There is excellent walking and climbing terrain nearby, both inland and along the rugged coastline – watch out for seals and otters just off shore. Several NTS properties make for good days out, including Strome Castle, and the Countryside Centre at Torridon (open May to September), the latter providing an insight into local flora, fauna and geology. From Torridon village, a scenic drive takes in the shoreline before winding past cliffs and gorges up to Diabaig, whilst 8 miles to the north, Lake Maree is dotted with Caledonian pine clad islands and lies as a scenic gem. The surrounding area also offers some of Scotland’s best deer-sighting country.
    Sandy beaches are to be found at Sand (3 miles) and Applecross Bay (7 miles); the village of Applecross itself has a P.O./local store and a friendly inn serving fresh seafood dishes. The sheltered, fertile coast around the village is idyllic: you can wander along lanes banked with wild iris and orchids, and explore beaches and rock pools on the shore. Fishing and golf are both within driving distance. Shop 7 miles.

    Hall/sitting room with sea view from picture window. Large, part-panelled living room with multi-fuel burner and splendid views. Well-equipped, modern fitted, farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with multi-fuel burner and electric cooker. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. First floor: Three bedrooms with sloping ceilings; two bedrooms, each with Velux window with sea views, one double with 5ft bed, en-suite bathroom, wash basin and toilet, one twin, and one single.

    • Multi-fuel burners - coal included
    • Electricity, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Large walled garden with patio, furniture and sea views
    • Parking
    • Cycle storage
    • Natural spring water supply for sole use
    • No smoking
    • NB: Sea 100 yards

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  • Ach na Ben

    Sallachy, nr. Dornie

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W43198

    Ach na Ben is a charming, comfortable, traditional, detached highland cottage set in its own large gardens with natural stream and located in one of the most spectacular glens on the west coast. There is excellent hill walking for all abilities from the nearby Falls of Glomach and Killilan hills to the Five Sisters of Kintail and the Cuillins of Skye. For outdoor enthusiasts, enjoy bird watching, sea and loch fishing, cycling and watersports. Visit historic sites such as Glenelg Brochs, Eilean Donan Castle and Battle of Glen Shiel or many gardens and Kylerhea Otter Hide. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric woodburner in dining room/kitchen included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area. Natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). M/cycle/cycle store. No smoking. NB: Stream in garden.

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  • Upper Bayfield Cottage

    Nigg near Tain

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC511460
    Upper Bayfield Cottage is a picturesque, semi-detached stone cottage surrounded by its own pretty gardens and situated in a quiet lane. The cottage has been sympathetically restored whilst retaining many of its attractive original features. The delightful lounge has a large welcoming wood burner and a deep, comfortable sofa. The bright kitchen has plenty of space for dining, and all rooms are well presented with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings and great attention to detail. This cottage is ideal for families and couples wishing to explore this lovely corner of the Highlands.
    With views across the sea and open countryside, Upper Bayfield Cottage is quietly located, yet has easy access to some of the most spectacular areas of the Scottish Highlands. An RSPB nature reserve is within easy walking distance. The coast is just three miles away, and golf, fishing, hill walking, mountain biking and horse riding are all available locally. There are numerous superb beaches in the region, and the area is also noted for its historical and archaeological sites. Within ten minutes’ drive is the oldest royal burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built of local sandstone, Tain is a charming, historic town and offers an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafés 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. Inverness, the Highland Capital, is about 45 minutes’ drive.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with tiled floor, electric range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Large, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 6 steps and sloping banks in garden.

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  • Millnain Cottage

    Fodderty, By Strathpeffer

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: S4199

    This very comfortable, 19th century, traditional stone cottage has been beautifully furnished, and stands in a large country garden between the Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer and the market town of Dingwall. The area offers a wealth of activities including boat trips out on the Cromarty Firth to see the dolphins, hill and forest walks, bird watching (Red kites can often be seen over the hills), and the local highland games during the summer months. Riding and golf locally. Shops and pubs 2.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Garden with furniture and summer house. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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