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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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  • 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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  • Tigh Na Mara

    Fortrose, Ross-shire

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511262
    Tigh Na Mara (Gaelic for cottage by the sea) is situated right on edge of the sea in the charming seaside town of Fortrose on the Black Isle. This light and airy house enjoys panoramic views across the Moray Firth from its large picture windows – with the famous bottle-nosed dolphins making a frequent appearance.  There is a spacious lounge which overlooks the pretty gardens with uninterrupted views across the bay; absolutely idyllic. The conservatory at the rear of the property acts as a second lounge as well as another superb vantage point from which to enjoy the view. The good-sized family kitchen is well-equipped and the four generously proportioned bedrooms (one en-suite) are all attractively presented. A large family bathroom completes the picture. The gardens are a real delight. With mature borders filled with shrubs and flowers, a lawned area and a patio, it is an ideal spot to sit and watch the ever-changing seascape.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with satellite Freeview, TV, DVD and radio/CD; a spacious lounge with large picture windows overlooking the sea.
    Dining room: leading from lounge with panoramic views across the Moray Firth.
    Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, coffee maker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine.
    Conservatory: overlooking the gardens with wonderful seascape views.
    Bedroom 1: with king-size bed.
    Bedroom 2: with double bed and en-suite WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 3: with single bed
    Bedroom 4: with single bed .
    Shower room: with large corner shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels provided. Cot and highchair available.Gardens with patio area. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB Gentle slope leads down to sea shore from the garden.

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  • Driftwood

    Inverfarigaig, nr. Inverness

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 26167

    This cosy detached holiday cottage nestling on the hillside above the shores of Loch Ness makes a delightful base for exploring the area. Set in the quiet village of Inverfarigaig it is surrounded by forest walks and nature trails. Above the village stands Dun Dearduil an Iron Age hill fort, or one of the well marked trails will lead to the Falls of Foyers and Loch Ness viewpoint. Places of interest include Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield, the Caledonian Canal and Fort George. Inverness, Fort Augustus, Fort William and Aviemore are easily accessible. Shops 21/2 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD/iPod dock. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Games room. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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  • Ach-na-Clachan

    Gairloch

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: URA

    Occupying a marvellous setting, with all main windows overlooking Gairloch Bay to the magnificent Torridon Mountains and the Isle of Skye beyond, this traditional stone cottage and its large natural garden is only 1½ miles (approx) from Gairloch beach. With sheep grazing close by, its setting is quiet, yet well placed for visiting the village’s pier and harbour, playing a round of golf on the 9-hole course, and exploring the beauty of the surrounding area. Ideal base for hill walking. Swimming pool and Inverewe Tropical Gardens at Poolewe, 6 miles. Shops and pub approximately 500 yards.

    Living room with open fire and rugs on wooden floor. Modern fitted, well-equipped kitchen with dining area and wooden floor. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Further double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Large, enclosed natural garden with furniture
    • Parking
    • Secure cycle storage

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  • Caberfeidh

    Gairloch, Wester Ross

    Grade
    6
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511114
    Caberfeidh is idyllically situated right on the shores of Loch Gairloch.  Built in 1800, this traditional village house has been beautifully restored and extended over the years and now provides a high standard of accommodation in a truly superb setting.  The spacious lounge has high ceilings, deep silled windows overlooking the bay and a lovely wood-burning stove which ensures a warm, welcoming feel.  A separate dining room looks out across the front garden with palm trees and sea views.  A very spacious kitchen / dining room and two large bedrooms, both with spectacular sea views, complete the picture. 

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, Sky TV/DVD, radio/CD player and large windows overlooking the sea.
    Dining Room: With French doors opening onto garden and affording views of palm trees across to sea. An exceptionally, spacious dining room providing a real Wow factor!
    Kitchen: With large ’range style’ cooker with electric oven and gas hob, microwave and fridge/freezer. Featuring solid oak flooring and breakfast bar.
    Utility Room: With washing machine and tumble dryer
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin
    Sun Lounge: With conservatory furniture and amazing sea views.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With one 4ft bed and one 3ft bed and wash basin. A large bedroom overlooking the sea.
    Bedroom 2: A family room with one double (4ft 6") bed and one single (3ft) bed and sea views.
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

    All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for stove available on request. Cot and high chair available. Internet access available.Enclosed gardens. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: Property adjoins the beach, there is a ’B’ road to cross to get to the beach (it is a quiet road that goes down to a single track going down to the light house).

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  • Tigh An Iasgair

    Fearnbeg, nr. Applecross

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: SZZM


    Nestled into the hillside, in a sheltered and secluded position, and enjoying some of the most spectacular views imaginable, Tigh An Iasgair is a superb, detached, architect-designed house situated on the Applecross Peninsula. This stunning, warm and light-filled property is beautifully presented throughout, with great attention to detail. The main living area is open plan. With high vaulted ceilings and large patio doors it is exceptionally light and spacious. A large multi-fuel stove acts a focal point. The patio doors open onto a paved patio, a wonderful spot to sit and drink in the views of sea, mountains and open countryside. The grounds lead down to the sea shore below. There is a beautiful sheltered beach 4 minutes away at the end of Fearnbeg village.

    There are three large bedrooms, all superbly presented. Tigh An Iasgair, Gaelic for The Fisherman’s House, is completely eco-friendly, with a ground source heat pump supplying the underfloor heating throughout. Applecross Peninsula is renowned for its wild, rugged and unspoilt beauty. Until the building of this coastal road from Shieldaig, Applecross was one of the most inaccessible parishes in mainland Britain, with the only route being the very scenic but hair-raising ‘Pass of the Cattle’, or Bealach na Ba. Rising up to 2053ft, it is the highest road in Scotland and affords truly panoramic views across the Minch to Raasay and the Isle of Skye. The other route gently winds along the coast round Loch Torridon from Shieldaig.

    This is a fantastic area for hill walking, climbing in the Torridon Hills, kayaking around the coast and cycling the quiet lanes with amazing views around almost every corner. The surrounding region is a delight for nature lovers and the area is home to pine martens, wildcats, badgers and otters as well as buzzards and golden eagles. Shop, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

    Large living/dining room with multi-fuel stove, vaulted ceiling and patio doors, open to large kitchen area with wooden floors. Sitting room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Utility. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full ground source heat pump underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV (DVD use only)
    • Blu-ray
    • DVD
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Sister’s View

    Ratagan, nr. Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 28619

    This well-appointed, semi-detached, family holiday home was once a forester’s cottage and lies in the peaceful village of Ratagan, overlooking Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy walking and hiking opportunities in the area. Discover Glenelg, drive over Mam Ratagan and enjoy the spectacular view from the top or stroll down through forestry to beautiful Sandaig Bay. Take the small car ferry to Isle of Skye from Glenelg to Kylerhea. Attractions include Glenelg Brochs, Eilean Donan Castle and Battle of Shiel. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Solid fuel central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Otter Cottage

    Ardaneaskan, nr. Lochcarron

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W40841

    Breathtaking location overlooking Lochcarron

    This traditional, detached stone cottage enjoys a truly spectacular setting, perched right on the edge of the rocks with the waves of Lochcarron lapping beneath. Otters and seals can be seen regularly from the large picture windows. Uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains and over the sea to Skye, serve as a stunning backdrop. This exceptional property is set in its own pretty garden, leading straight down to the rocks and shingle beach. The area is renowned for its wildlife, superb scenery and unspoilt coastline. Take a trip across Britains highest road pass (2053 ft) to visit the beautiful village of Applecross, Sheildaig and the spectacular Torridon Mountains. Sea-fish from the rocks adjoining the cottage, explore the tucked-away coves and beaches and enjoy the amazing sunsets across the bay. Conveniently situated for touring the Isle of Skye, with its majestic Cuillins, castles and stunning beaches. Lochcarron village is 5 miles away and has a good selection of pubs, restaurants and shops as well as a 9-hole golf course. Can also be booked with property W41502 for larger parties. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with wooden floor, 2 twin.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Mackenzie Cottage

    Poolewe, near Gairloch

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UK5077
    Mackenzie Cottage is a traditional style, detached cottage situated in the charming and renowned village of Poolewe in the north west Highlands. The cottage is beautifully presented throughout, with lots of attractive personal touches reflecting a Highland theme. There is a cosy living room on the ground floor with a feature electric wood burner. The kitchen/dining room is bright, contemporary and very well equipped. There are two double bedrooms upstairs, one with a 6’6" bed that converts into twin beds if required. This room enjoys superb views over the river to the hills beyond. The bunk bedroom on the ground floor has the same pretty Highland theme that runs throughout the cottage. Situated just 30 yards from the beach and with excellent local amenities a short stroll from the cottage, it provides an ideal base for a wonderful Highland holiday.

    The immediate area is renowned for its wonderful beaches and breathtaking scenery. Wildlife abounds and otters, seals and a myriad of bird life can be seen locally. The sub-tropical gardens of Inverewe are simply stunning and offer visitors a memorable day out. Due to its temperate climate, which is warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream, an exceptional variety of plants flourish here. The pretty village of Poolewe has excellent local amenities, all within easy walking distance, including restaurants, café, village shop, pub, and even a swimming pool. The surrounding area offers a wealth of activities and places of interest. Loch beach 30 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With electric wood burner and 37" Freesat TV.
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and slow cooker.
    Utility room: With freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With bunk bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over roll-top bath, and toilet.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle (no toilet).

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack.Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car, additional on road parking available. No smoking.

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  • Mountain View

    Tomintoul near Grantown-on-Spey

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511457
    Travel north to the highest village in the Scottish Highlands, Tomintoul, where a warm welcome awaits. This detached holiday home is set on the outskirts of this quaint village and backs onto fields with the Avonside Hills as a panoramic backdrop. Furnished with style and comfort in mind, it is an ideal base to explore this magical region. Whisky lovers will enjoy the delights of the Whisky Trail, of which the famous Glenlivet is only a short drive away. Plenty of outdoor adventures can be had, horse riding from the village, skiing at nearby Lecht and the Cairngorms where fabulous hillwalking and mountain climbing can be enjoyed. Cyclists will love the Glenlivet Mountain Bike centre too! In addition, Landrover safaris or gorge walking at nearby Bridge of Brown will surely get the adrenalin going. Alternatively, bird watching or deer spotting will suit the less adventurous and for interesting shops and eateries, Tomintoul, Ballater, Grantown-on-Spey and Aviemore are all within easy reach. By total contrast, the beautiful Moray coastline is within an hour’s drive.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps (with ramp access) to the entrance, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Large with wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, Wii and lovely views.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With electric range cooker, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Wet room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available. Welcome pack. Large, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • River View

    Foyers, by Loch Ness

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: CC511409
    Enjoying a peaceful setting on the edge of the picturesque village of Foyers on the shores of Loch Ness, River View has been equipped and furnished to a high standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. This popular village, which is only 19 miles from the Highland Capital of Inverness, benefits from a pub/restaurant, post office, mini store, cafe and farm stall with further selection of amenities in the villages of Whitebridge, three miles, Fort Augustus, 12 miles and Dores, 10 miles. River View makes a super base for exploring this lovely part of the Highlands and is surrounded by forest walks, where you might see some wildlife including deer, red squirrels, mountain bike/cycle routes including the Great Glen Cycle route, and nature trails. Loch Ness shores (good monster spotting area!) and Foyers River are just yards away, both perfect for kayaking and canoeing. Recommended is a visit to the beautiful Falls of Foyers and Loch Ness viewpoint. Places of interest include Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Fort George and the Caledonian Canal. Slightly further afield, a nice day trip could include Eileen Donan Castle, Skye or the fishing villages along the Moray coast with their quiet, unspoilt beaches. So much to see and do for all ages.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With multi-fuel burner, Sky TV, DVD, radio and a library of DVD’s, books and games.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and table with six chairs.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3:
    With bunk bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for multi-fuel burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Enclosed gardens to front and rear with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ.

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  • The Willows

    Glencoe near Fort William

    Grade
    6
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 26353
    In the heart of Glencoe, an area of outstanding beauty and steeped in history, this detached, single-storey lodge makes an ideal holiday base. Close to Fort William, and surrounded by stunning lochs and magnificent mountains, there is plenty to do. Explore the rugged West Coast and Highlands of Scotland, visit the Inner Isles by ferry, or take the steam train from Fort William crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct as depicted in the Harry Potter movie. Climbing, skiing, golf, mountain biking, water sports and fishing nearby. Oban, Skye and Loch Ness are easily accessible. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 400 yards.
    The Willows is located 50 yards from The Rowans (UK5029) and can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has 4 steps to entrance, is all on the ground floor, has electric heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With Freeview TV, DVD player and double sofa bed.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared tumble dryer.Decked area with garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Parking for 3 cars. Please note: There are 4 steps to decked area.

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