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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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  • Northern Lights

    Skinnet, nr. Tongue

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    Ref: W43355

    This detached, former fisherman/crofter’s cottage has been tastefully restored to provide very comfortable holiday accommodation. The property overlooks the Kyles of Tongue, a dramatic expanse of pristine golden sand, and the many skerries that create this fabulous coastline. The ever-changing seascape and light make this area a truly get-away-from-it-all holiday experience. The area has much to offer, with Ben Hope and Ben Loyal for the serious climber and low level coastal walks. Smoo Cave, Castle of Mey, the former home of the late Queen Mother, Cape Wrath and a day trip from John O’Groats to the Orkney Isles are within a short drive. Loch and sea fishing are available, and a wide range of seabirds, such as puffins, waders and hen harriers can be easily spotted. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Study. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small garden with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Hollies

    Blairninich near Strathpeffer

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    Ref: CC511476
    Enjoying a peaceful, rural setting, The Hollies has been equipped and furnished to a very high standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. A cosy, well equipped cottage, The Hollies makes a perfect base for exploring this lovely part of the Northern Highlands. Set just outside the picturesque Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer where you can visit the Spa Room and sample the waters, the Highland Museum of Childhood, the Pictish Eagle Stone or you could just stroll around the village to see some fabulous examples of Victorian architecture. In the heart of the village is The Spa Pavilion, a historic venue which hosts numerous live musical performances, craft and art exhibitions and in the summer time, you can enjoy the stirring sounds of the Strathpeffer Pipe Band performing in The Square. From Strathpeffer you can enjoy a visit to Inverness, the Highland Capital which offers very good shopping and entertainment, the famous Loch Ness where you can enjoy a boat trip and hopefully catch sight of the monster, or take a dolphin cruise along the beautiful Moray Coast. A trip along the Moray Malt Whisky Trail is recommended. Visit the stunning Brodie and Cawdor Castles and Culloden battlefield just outside Inverness. Explore the Black Isle with its many lovely villages, beaches and historic sites. The west coast and the Isle of Skye are an easy drive and a day trip to the Orkney Isles is highly recommended. Amongst the many activities available in the area are mountain biking, golf with Strathpeffer boasting a challenging 18 hole course, numerous watersports, hill climbing, horse riding and paint balling just to name but a few. A stay in The Hollies will always evoke happy memories.

    The Hollies can be booked together with The Willow (CC511475) and The Cedars (CC511477) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave/oven/grill combination, fridge and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Freezer in outbuilding. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. 2-acre shared grounds. Shared BBQ. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Glen Mhor

    Lochybridge, nr. Fort William

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    Ref: W42554

    Lovely views of Ben Nevis

    This wonderful conversion is situated on the outskirts of Fort William and enjoys lovely views of Ben Nevis. In an area designated as Britain’s top outdoor location there are plenty of all year round activities. Nevis Range Ski Centre, 3 miles, boasts a dry ski slope and world renowned mountain bike tracks. Climbing, walking, fishing, birdwatching, golf and a variety of watersports are literally on your doorstep. An ideal holiday base for touring the Western Highlands, including Loch Ness, Mull, Inverness, Oban and the Cairngorms. For those seeking tranquillity and relaxation, wildlife is in abundance and the scenery is breathtaking. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Beagan Bothan

    Kiltarlity

    Grade
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    Ref: S4475

    Enjoying stunning views down Strathglass, across The Aird and over the nearby lochan from its elevated croft setting, this very comfortable property makes a peaceful base for couples to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Standing just 400 yards from the River Beauly and backed by historic woodlands, it adjoins the owners’ home 4 miles from the interesting shopping and choice of restaurants in flower bedecked Beauly village, a past winner of ‘Britain in Bloom’. Visitors can enjoy wonderful bird and wildlfe watching, gloriously scenic walking, fly fishing on the Beauly, climbing and canoeing as well as exploring castles and whisky distilleries. Majestic Glen Affric and Loch Ness (12 miles) are easily accessible. Shops and pubs 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Access to shared grounds. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. NB: Steep slopes and pond in shared grounds.

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  • Carinish Beag

    Achaphubuil near Fort William

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    Ref: CC511434
    In a quiet setting by the shores of Loch Lihnne, this semi-detached cottage adjoins the owners home and boasts lovely views of the loch and beyond to Corpach. Located 12 miles from Glenfinnan, the famous ‘Road to the Isles’ and within easy reach of Fort William, the outdoor capital of the UK, Achaphubuil is an ideal base for those looking to explore the west coast of Scotland. The islands of Skye, Rum, Muck, Eigg and Canna can be visited from nearby Mallaig and Arisaig, or from Lochaline, a short ferry crossing will allow you to explore Mull, Staffa and Iona. For those who enjoy a day on the beach, the white sands of Morar are a short drive away, or Ardnamurchan Peninsula the most westerly point of mainland Britain is home to Sanna Bay. Take a trip on the famous Jacobite Stream Train (Hogwarts Express) from Fort William to Mallaig. Experience historic Glencoe with its magnificent mountain ranges, or enjoy a visit to Oban known as the seafood capital of the UK. The area is great for outdoor pursuits and there are various forest trails for cycling and walking. For the less energetic it is a great place to relax and unwind.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen: With wooden floor, electric wood burner, Sky TV, patio doors to verandah, electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Dining room.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and Sky TV.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Lawned garden with verandah and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Wheelchair access. NB: 3 steps to verandah.

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  • Ghillies Rooms

    Braemore near Ullapool

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    Ref: CC511319
    The Ghillies Rooms forms part of a converted stable positioned on the first floor of a large historic stone house just 10 miles from Ullapool in the heart of Wester Ross. This attractively presented apartment has a lovely open plan living area with focal electric stove, deep leather sofas and a well equipped kitchen with dining table. There is a spacious double bedroom with colour coordinated soft furnishings and attractive pine furniture. A modern bathroom completes the picture.

    This large country house was built in 1840 and was once part of the Braemore Estate of the renowned Engineer, Sir John Fowler, who built the Forth Rail Bridge, the Pimlico Bridge, which carried the first railway across the Thames (1860) and Victoria Station and was a pioneer of the London Underground system. Examples of Sir John’s creativity can be found on the land and nearby, such as the suspension bridge over the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach, both popular places to visit close by. Visitors are welcome to wander through the grounds of the house, help tend the lambs and meet the friendly Kune pigs bred by the owners. Fishing can also be arranged on the owner’s private stretch of the River Broom, framed for its salmon, trout and sea trout. Just 10 minutes’ drive away is the charming fishing village of Ullapool, which has a good selection of small shops as well as excellent local bars and restaurants. This superb apartment makes an ideal base for a real Highland holiday, with spectacular walks, Munros to climb and cycling routes to explore. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Canoeing, sailing, fishing, riding, bird watching and golf are all enjoyed locally.

    This property can be booked together with The Tower House (CC511318), The Coach House (CC511320) and The Stables (CC511439) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric stove, Freeview TV, DVD and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available at £10 and highchair available at £5. Wi-Fi.Set in 40 acres of countryside and farmland with salmon and trout river in the grounds and open to visitors. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Cottage

    Lyth, nr. Wick

    Grade
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    Ref: W42083

    Rural setting

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

    All on first floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 30-acre grounds and shared lawned garden with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Broomlands Cottage

    Dulnain Bridge near Grantown-on-Spey

    Grade
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    Ref: CC512057
    Broomlands Cottage is a traditional old stone cottage situated in the attractive Highland village of Dulnain Bridge in the heart of the Cairngorm region. It is known to be the oldest property in this historic village, dating back before the Jacobite rebellion. The cottage is small, warm and welcoming. With exposed stone walls and a large wood-burning stove in the lounge it engenders a sweet, twee cottage-style appeal. It has been well- modernised and updated in recent times and is ideal for couples looking for attractive and affordable self-catering accommodation close to all amenities. There are spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains and the Rivers Spey and Dulnain just a few minutes from the cottage.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge / diner:  with wood-burning stove, satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD; a pretty cosy cottage lounge with feature exposed stone wall and large wood-burning stove as a focal point; small dining table and chairs for 2
    Kitchen:  with electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice-box, dishwasher and washer / dryer
    Bedroom:  with double bed and en-suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. Bed linen and towels supplied.  All logs supplied. Cot and high chair available. Internet access available. Enclosed fenced garden with outdoor furniture. Off road parking. Cot and high chair available. 

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  • St Orans

    Dunphail, Forres

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511327
    Situated in the heart of an historic country estate St Orans is a charming whitewashed stone crofter’s cottage for two; an idyllic pied a terre for couples. This delightful olde worlde cottage oozes character whilst encompassing modern living. The interior consists of three rooms off a central hallway. The main lounge / kitchen / dining area is small but beautifully presented, with all modern amenities. A wood-burning stove acts as cosy and welcoming focal point and provides the heating, with back up electric heaters. Double doors open onto the pretty terrace area. The bedroom has twin 3’ beds which can be converted to a 6’ double if required.  This bright and airy room has three windows that look out across open countryside and woodland. There is a large wet room with modern shower, WC and basin. Set in its own garden grounds on a woodland track and surrounded by unspoilt countryside it is an ideal cottage for honeymooners and those wishing to get away from it all whilst at the same time being easily accessible. This is an excellent walking base with numerous river and forest trails right on the doorstep, including the renowned Sluie Walk.   Please note: St Orans may be available to let with Fishermans Bothies (sleeps 4) and/or The Muir of Sluie (sleeps 4) which are also located on the same country estate.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level heated by wood-burning stove with radiators plus electric heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen
    Lounge/dining area:  with modern wood-burning stove that fuels the central heating, satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD.  Dining table and chairs for 2.
    Kitchen area:  with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom:  with two single beds (or presented as one 6ft double if preferred)
    Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included.  All wood provided.  Bed linen supplied.  Grounds mainly laid to grass with patio area with bench. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • The Boatmans Cottage

    Glaick, Balmacara, Kyle

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    Ref: UXH

    This delightful detached little cottage is set in an enviable position just yards from the sea, and with breathtaking views towards the Lochalsh and the Skye Mountains. Set within the tiny hamlet known as Glaik on the edge of the Lochalsh Woodland Garden, it is just a short drive away from the enchanting Eilean Donan Castle. The Skye bridge is within 5 minutes’ drive, and picturesque Plockton (which was the location for Hamish MacBeth) is just 20 minutes’ away, with its beautiful bay and palm trees. There are many good pubs and restaurants within the area. Shops 1 mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room with feature wooden floor and modern kitchen area. Sun room. Utility. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV
    • Video (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Small sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Sitting-out area leads to sea

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  • Pine Tree Cottage

    Altass, Lairg, Sutherland

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511305
    Pine Tree Cottage is situated in the grounds of the owner’s property. This delightful detached modern cottage is impeccably presented and provides a high standard of accommodation for two in a stunning setting. The main living accommodation is open plan, with the lounge/kitchen/dining room running the length of the cottage. The lounge area looks out across the open hills and countryside, with the river below. The bright, modern kitchen area is well equipped, with integral appliances. There is a spacious shower room adjoining. The double bedroom occupies the whole of the first floor. All furniture and furnishings are of exceptionally high quality, including Vi-sprung beds. The cottage gardens are a real delight. With lawns, flowering shrubs and a patio area with dining table and chairs; a delightful spot to enjoy a glass or two whilst drinking in the incredible views of the river and surrounding hills. The large shed in the grounds is also available for outdoor gear, canoes and cycles. Pine Tree Cottage is a wonderful base for a Highland getaway, either for relaxing completely or indulging in the wide variety of local activities.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/Kitchen: With high quality furniture and furnishings with stunning views across the river, hills and open countryside.
    Lounge area: With satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio. Wi-Fi.
    Dining area: With table and chairs.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob and extractor fan, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; superbly equipped with integral appliances.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With two single 3 foot 3 inches by 6 foot 6 inches vi-spring beds can be made into 1 double bed if required. Please let us know when telephoning to confirm arrival arrangements which alternative you would prefer.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available. Enclosed garden with patio area with picnic table and chairs. Use of shed for storage of bicycles/canoes etc. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Corrieour Lodges - The Shieling

    Glenrinnes, nr. Dufftown

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    Ref: 27926

    These two detached holiday lodges occupy a marvellous situation in the heart of whisky country, with the impressive Ben Rinnes as a backdrop. The very comfortable interiors give way to sunny sitting-out decking areas where guests can soak up the peace and admire the wonderful views. For a real taste of Scotland there are weekly ceilidhs and whisky sampling, as well as traditional music sessions in the local area. The very popular Whisky Festival is held in May and September every year. Fishing, walking and hill climbing are available from the door whilst slightly further afield there is dolphin watching on the fantastic Moray Coast. Golf, skiing at the nearby Lecht, or mountain biking are just some of the other activities for which the area is renowned. Shops, pubs and restaurants 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen with Velux window and French doors. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine (100 yards). Shared freezer (in laundry room). Shared garden. Decked sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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