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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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  • Woodside Cottage

    Nether Bellandy, Glenrinnes, near Keith

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 27126
    Nestling in 24 acres of natural grounds and woodland, this lovely detached holiday cottage is in a beautiful, remote, sheltered location within easy reach of Dufftown. It enjoys direct views of heather clad hills and the majestic Ben Rinnes from the back garden, and regular sighting of local wildlife including red deer. Guests can collect fresh eggs from the hens, and are welcome to explore and enjoy of the grounds surrounding the property. Enjoy walking, fishing, skiing, horse riding and birdwatching locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With wood burner and Freeview TV.
    2 steps to...
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and sloping ceiling.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed, Velux window and sloping ceiling.
    Separate toilet.

    Eco-friendly biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with garden furniture and BBQ. Use of owners’ grounds. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring, there is an unfenced pond, 22 yards and a pond in the owner’s grounds.

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  • Honey Bee Cottage

    Strathpeffer

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42972

    Situated in the lovely Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer, this quaint cottage enjoys a central yet private location within easy walking distance of shops and pubs. Furnished and equipped to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible, the detached cottage makes the perfect base for exploring the many delights of the Northern Highlands. Visit the Pump Room where you can sample the waters, the Highland Museum of Childhood, the Pictish Eagle Stone or just take a stroll around the village to see some of the fabulous Victorian architecture. A popular base for walkers and mountain bikers. Shop 10 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with dining table. Sun room. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional Z-bed, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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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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  • Split Rock Croft Cottage

    Clachtoll, near Lochinver

    Grade
    5
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5034
    Split Rock Croft Cottage is set on a traditional working croft in a stunning area of the north west Highlands. The croft rears sheep and cattle over 27 acres of land, on a peninsular jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. There are vast, unbroken views to enjoy from the property, and the variety of wildlife to be seen in the area is astonishing, for instance basking sharks, whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals to name a few that can be found locally. The owners offer sea fishing trips to visitors, and salmon and trout fishing is available locally.


    The cottage is attached to the owner’s large farmhouse, and boasts its own private patio and garden area. The cottage offers bright and spacious accommodation for up to five visitors. Regardless of the time of year, there’s a warm and cosy ambience emanating from the lounge/dining room thanks to the wood burner, and the well-equipped kitchen turns the chore of cooking into an absolute pleasure. Split Rock Croft Cottage provides a good standard of accommodation in a truly spectacular setting.

    Ground Floor: The property has ground source central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Large with wood burner, 42" Freesat TV, DVD player, double sofa bed, patio doors and sea views.
    Kitchen: With electric range, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, single divan bed and sea views.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Shared garden. Private patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Birch Tree Cottage

    Aviemore, Speyside

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 80154

    This holiday home is set in a small estate, within the Cairngorm National Park occupying a quiet position just 10 minutes from the heart of Aviemore. Extended to include dining/sun room, it has a south-facing terrace overlooking parkland, heather and birch trees. Superb walking and climbing in the Cairngorm Mountain Range with skiing in season. Fishing and golf locally. Shops, selling all kinds of sports equipment, and pub 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with single sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen. Dining/sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Cloakroom with toilet.

    Electric real-effect fire in living room included. Woodburner in sun room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity included (£30per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden to rear with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Steep bank in garden.

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  • Wee Manly

    Dornoch

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511461
    Just a short stroll from the stunning white sandy beach of Dornoch, Wee Manly is an attractively presented end terraced house situated on a quiet no-through road. On the ground floor there is a pretty cottage lounge with comfortable sofas and a large screen television. The kitchen/dining room is bright, contemporary and well equipped. Upstairs there are three pretty bedrooms and a family bathroom.

    Wee Manly is situated close to the centre of the historic town of Dornoch, a Royal Burgh since 1628. This delightful town is one of the prettiest in the Highlands. Built around the 13th Century sandstone cathedral, it has a selection of unusual and attractive shops, as well as a number of excellent restaurants and bars. The renowned Championship golf course of Royal Dornoch is just 200 yards away. The award-winning beaches of Dornoch and Embo are ideal for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Loch Fleet Nature Reserve, close by, attracts a wide variety of wading birds and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Just a short drive away is Dunrobin Castle, seat of the Dukes of Sutherland for over six hundred years. Visitors are welcome to explore the castle and grounds, which were modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Wee Manly makes an ideal base for exploring this beautiful and unspoilt area of the Highlands.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric coal-effect fire, 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Utility room: With freezer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • The Paddock

    Portmahomack, near Tain

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5049
    Tucked away on a quiet farm lane, The Paddock is a traditional terraced, single storey stone farm cottage located on a working, farm 1 mile from the charming seaside village of Portmahomack. The pretty cottage garden overlooks the owner’s farmland, with distant sea views. The cottage looks south over the Moray Firth and Moray Coast with views of Cairngorms and Ben Rhinnes. The accommodation is beautifully presented, with a large living room with lovely views across the open fields. The bright, kitchen/dining room is fully fitted and very well-equipped. There are three generously proportioned bedrooms, all thoughtfully decorated with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings. Exposed stone walls and large canvases of the surrounding area add to the cottage’s charm and ambience.

    Portmahomack is a thriving seaside village with a fishing harbour and pier, as well as a superb sweeping sandy beach; the mountains beyond act as a stunning backdrop. Portmahomack is the only village on the east coast of Scotland that faces due west and has spectacular sunsets. The village has a renowned seafood restaurant as well as a café, local store 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 is a local heritage centre and museum, with a fascinating display of Pict, Norse and medieval artefacts, as well as a gift shop. Within 15-20 minutes’ drive lies the oldest Royal Burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built in 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. Beach 1 mile. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 0.5 miles.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living room:
    With electric wood burner, 32" Sky TV (family package) and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With electric oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed and 21" TV.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and fibre optic Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Rubha Lodge

    Shieldaig

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: S17

    Spectacularly set close to a secluded shingle beach and private mooring, this detached property has an enviable location and is perfect for those looking for peace and quiet. The property is beautifully furnished and commands stunning sea views over Loch Shieldaig and the sea. Seals and otters are a common sight from the house, which is guaranteed to keep the whole family fascinated for hours. Dramatic mountain views can be enjoyed and for keen walkers there are plenty of interesting walks to be found, including climbing in the Torridon Mountain Range. The cottage is reached via a short rough road from the village where a pub, two shops and a restaurant can be found. Boat trips from Shieldaig and Torridon to the Inner Hebrides on a newly built catamaran.
    Trips to the beautiful city of Inverness are easily accessible and the village of Plockton, home to the popular television series Hamish Macbeth is just a short drive. The Isle of Skye is well worth the visit and is accessed via a bridge over the Kyle of Lochalsh. Applecross is another village not be missed, it is an idyllic place where visitors can wander along lanes banked with wild iris and orchids, and explore beaches and rock pools on the shore. It is also an adventure travelling to Applecross, where some of the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland can be seen with panoramic views across the Minch to Raasay and Skye. The nearby Countryside Centre is the gateway to a massive mountain nature reserve. Excellent restaurant 15-minutes drive. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

    Step to entrance. Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove and sea views. Two steps up to spacious modern fitted kitchen with breakfast bar area and ceramic tiled floor. Utility. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms; both with 5ft bed and one with additional single bed (for +1), each with TV, coombed ceiling and loch views.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Three TVs
    • Video (large library)
    • Three DVDs (large library)
    • Stereo/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Garden within 6 acres with furniture, small wood, private shingle beach and mooring
    • Golf clubs, croquet and picnic blankets available
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Secure cycle storage
    • Tennis court
    • No smoking
    • NB: Drops in grounds and unfenced shoreline

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  • Lochinchard Cottage

    Kinlochbervie, Sutherland

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W1179

    Stunning views

    Superbly located in the north west fishing port just yards from the shore, this detached bungalow has a stunning view over Loch Inchard to Ben Arkle. There is a fish market most evenings and the village is surrounded by superb hills and mountains all suitable for walking and climbing. Of interest locally are Cape Wrath lighthouse, Handa Island Bird Sanctuary and spectacular white sandy beaches all of which are within easy reach. There are two grocery shops in the area with bread, milk and papers coming in daily. For golfers there is a challenging golf course at Durness, 17 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

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

    Central heating and electricity included. Travel cot. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden with 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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  • 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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  • Squirrel Cottage

    Strone, Drumnadrochit

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511428
    Nestling at the base of a hillock with lovely views across towards the waters of Loch Ness and the hills beyond, Squirrel Cottage has been equipped and furnished to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Just a few minutes walk from the ruins of Urquhart Castle, and within easy distance of the centre of the bustling village of Drumnadrochit, the cottage makes a central base for exploring this lovely part of the Highlands. The village offers some good restaurants, pubs and shops along with the Nessie Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the legend of the loch Ness Monster. Explore Glen Affric and Glen Urquhart to see the stunning scenery and perhaps walk or mountain bike through the beautiful forests. Take a boat trip or enjoy some of the many watersports available on the loch, or horse riding at the nearby centre. Further afield take a trip to Inverness, the Highland capital, only 12 miles, or the beautiful Isle of Skye. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever changing scenery.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Internet access. Patio with furniture. Unspoilt woodland area to the rear. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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