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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Hylands Cottage

    Aviemore

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W43321

    Enjoys splendid views
    Ideal location


    Boasting glorious views of the Cairngorm Mountains and Craigellachie Nature Reserve from its south-facing garden, this well-equipped detached, single-storey holiday property lies in a quiet village setting. Aviemore’s shops, pubs and restaurants are just a 10-minute stroll and guests can enjoy free membership (2 adults and 2 children) of Dalfaber Golf and Country Club, 500 yards. Its facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym, tennis, squash, snooker, games hall, children’s activities, fishing, golf, a bar and restaurant. Aviemore is an all year round holiday destination at the heart of the action in the Cairngorm National Park. It offers a wide range of winter and summer activities to suit all ages and hosts many festivals and events throughout the year. Nearby activities include superb walking and mountain biking in the renowned Rothiemurchus Estate and on the Speyside Way, climbing in the Cairngorm Mountains, bird watching at the Boat of Garten Osprey Centre, water sports at the award-winning Loch Morlich beach and skiing at Scotland’s foremost snow sports centre. Horse riding nearby. Shop 0.5 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVD and library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Otterburn Lodge

    Near Kilmonivaig, Fort William

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511493
    Situated in a beautiful glen, this detached lodge is set in the owner’s grounds with shared gardens leading down to a renowned salmon river and just a few minutes’ drive to the Ben Nevis mountain range. It offers peace and tranquillity in a stunning setting. There are superb walks straight from the property and a small footpath leads directly down to the River Lochy. The area is renowned for its outdoor pursuits, breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Known as the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, Fort William, five miles, and its surrounding area offer numerous activities such as mountain biking, climbing, skiing, kayaking, walking, golf and fishing. Travel on the Jacobite (Harry Potter) West Highland Steam Train to Mallaig, crossing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, and visit some of the unspoilt beaches, castles, museums and distilleries. Boat trips to the inner isles are easily accessible and the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Oban, Aviemore, Inverness, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye all make for great days out. The village of Spean Bridge has its own train station, shop, pub and restaurant.

    Otterburn Lodge can be booked together with Nevis Rest (CC511207) and Salmon Catch Cottage (CC511282) to accommodate up to 18 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With solid wooden floor.
    Lounge area: With leather suite, wood burner, 52" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area: With extending solid oak dining table with six chairs.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and basin.
    Spiral, open-tread staircase to...

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

    Oil and electric by meter reading, to be paid direct to the owner on departure. Bed linen included. Towels provided for overseas visitors only. Fuel for wood burner available locally. Wi-Fi. Shared 2-acres of grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared BBQ. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: River in grounds, 100 yards.

  • Mill House Cottages, John O’ Groats - Stable Cottage

    John O’ Groats

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W42411

    Breathtaking views

    These detached holiday cottages, situated within walking distance of the famous village of John O’ Groats, make the ideal base to explore this lovely part of the Northern Highlands. John O’ Groats is famous for being the most north easterly point of Britain’s four corners, and renowned for the magnificent coastal scenery, unspoilt beaches and coastal walks, with a breathtaking array of bird life and opportunities to see seals, dolphins and killer and minke whales. Take a day trip to the Orkney Islands with ferries a few minutes away from the cottages. Visit Duncansby Head, the Castle of Mey, Thurso and Wick. For the energetic mountain biking, fishing, sailing and windsurfing are available. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

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

    Enclosed gravelled area. Parking (2 cars). NB: Unfenced drop to stream 5 yards from property.

    All properties: electricity £20per week, £15 per short break. Electric central heating, bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. No smoking.

  • Woodlands

    Aviemore

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: CC512083
    This spacious detached property enjoys a peaceful setting, yet it is within easy walking distance of the centre of this lively and bustling town. Woodlands has been well-equipped and furnished to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Guests can walk from the property via the woodland orbital path into the centre of Aviemore. The popular town of Aviemore nestles in the heart of The Cairngorms National Park at the head of the Speyside Way, and boasts a wonderful range of shops, restaurants and bars. The area also offers a very wide range of outdoor activities, including skiing, snowboarding, mountain and quad biking, zip lining, climbing, hill walking and a variety of water sports on nearby Loch Insh, Loch Morlich and the River Spey to name just a few. Golf is also available at the nearby Spey Valley course. Take a trip on the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, visit the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Landmark Centre in nearby Carrbridge or take a trip to the Highland Wildlife Park at Kingussie, all of which are within easy reach. Another visitor attraction for all the family to enjoy, not far from Kingussie, is the Highland Folk Museum, which offers an insight into Highland life in a living history setting. Slightly further afield, take a trip along the Malt Whisky Trail – the only one of its kind in the world. There is a children’s playpark just 110 yards from the property. All in all, this is a fantastic base for exploring the many delights that this area has to offer, and there is so much to see and do for all ages.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with Freeview TV, DVD player and Playstation 3.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric double oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and iPod dock.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with double shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, double shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Highchair and stairgate avaialble. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Small front lawned area. Large enclosed lawned rear garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Dove Cottage

    Nairn

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UK5033
    Enjoying a central yet quiet setting and only a few minutes walk from the centre of Nairn, this semi-detached, former fisherman’s cottage is furnished and equipped to a very good standard. This quaint cottage has everything you need to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. It offers beautifully presented accommodation and makes a super base for exploring this lovely part of the northern Highlands. The vibrant harbour and marina are a short walk away, along with the beautiful award-winning beach, where you can perhaps catch sight of the famous Bottlenose dolphins of the Moray Firth, and enjoy a stroll whilst watching the playful seabirds foraging on the shoreline. Visit some of the lovely fishing villages dotted along the Moray Firth coastline, or take the Moray Malt Whisky Trail, the only one in the world. Inverness, the Highland capital, Culloden Battlefield, the historic Fort George, Cawdor Castle and Loch Ness are all within easy reach. Amongst the many activities available in the area are a large range of water sports, as well as fishing, sea trips, mountain biking and golf, with Nairn boasting a championship course just a short walk from the cottage.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, wood burner, 37" Freesat TV, DVD player, Blu-ray player, CD player and iPod dock.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Wi-Fi. Enclosed sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

  • Holly Cottage

    Gorstan, nr. Garve

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W8304

    Wonderful peaceful rural setting

    This modern detached single storey property is set in an elevated position overlooking the surrounding countryside in the village of Gorstan, 1 mile from the village of Garve. The holiday property is well equipped, brightly decorated and furnished to a good standard. It is an ideal base to tour the Highlands, with all the main tourist attractions including; Ullapool, Inverewe Gardens, Beinn Eighe nature reserve and the scenic Isle of Skye all within easy driving distance. Local amenities include hill walking, fishing and mountaineering. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (3 cars).

  • Torburn Cottage

    Inverasdale, nr. Poolewe

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 30741


    This detached holiday property, close to the owners’ home, is situated in the pretty village of Inverasdale, on a working croft on the stunning west coast of Scotland. With views across Loch Ewe to the hills beyond, it provides an ideal base for families to explore this unspoilt region of the Highlands. There are 3 good sized bedrooms, a large dining room/kitchen and a pretty living room with a welcoming open fireplace. Close by, there are superb walks direct from the cottage, with mountains, beautiful beaches and dramatic seascapes. A wealth of sporting activities are in the area, including sea kayaking, sailing, climbing and mountain biking. Wildlife abounds, with sea eagles, pine martens and otters all spotted locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pets - sheep country. No smoking.

  • Thistle Cottage

    Cullicudden, Black Isle

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W41845

    Ideal touring base

    Well furnished and presented, Thistle Cottage, a detached house for four, enjoys wonderful views across rolling fields and on to the waters of the Cromarty Firth and the slopes of Ben Wyvis, there is an abundance of wildlife in the grounds and surrounding fields. Set on the beautiful Black Isle, and perfectly placed for touring the unspoilt Glens and coastlines of the northern Highlands and Wester Ross. Available in the area are golf, mountain biking, climbing, water sports, and dolphin spotting. Day trips to Loch Ness, Orkney Islands, Isle of Skye and Inverness are recommended, or relax in the comfort of your chair and watch the changing scenery of this lovely part of the Highlands. Shops, pubs and restaurants 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with double sofa bed (for children).

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Wi-Fi. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Palmerston Croft House

    Lochcarron, nr. Strathcarron

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: W41502

    Superb loch views

    Set in the heart of the beautiful village of Lochcarron, overlooking the spectacular sea-loch and Attadale Mountains beyond, this traditional built croft house has been sympathetically restored to retain a wealth of original features, including a woodburning stove and traditional wall panelling. Hill walking, golf, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing and sailing are just some of the outdoor activities, or you can just unwind with a relaxing stroll along the loch side. A wealth of wildlife abounds, with red deer, seals, otters and a variety of bird life are seen regularly in the area. The pretty village of Lochcarron has a selection of small shops, pubs, and restaurants. This is an ideal holiday location for exploring the unspoilt beauty of the Western Highlands and the magical Isle of Skye. The Applecross Peninsula is just a short, exhilarating drive away, via the spectacular ’Bealach-na-Ba’ - Britain’s highest cattle pass road. Can be booked with W40841. Shop 10 yards, restaurant 50 yards, pub 300 yards.

    4 small steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 2 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Multi-fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Patio. On road parking. No smoking.

  • Grieves Cottage

    Balnagown, Invergordon

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    3
    Ref: SMMM

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

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

    Spacious living room with open fire and wooden floor. Large dining room with wooden floor. Spacious well-equipped kitchen. Utility room. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and tiled floor. Two separate toilets. First floor: Double bedroom leading to sitting room. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom, large shower cubicle, bidet, toilet and tiled floor. Bathroom with over-bath shower, bidet and toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Full NSH included
    • Four satellite TVs
    • DVD
    • Tumble dryer
    • Freezer
    • Large lawned garden to front with furniture
    • Ground floor facilities

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

  • Sandy Brae Cottage

    Findochty

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 28964

    This traditional, detached fisherman’s cottage is located within 100 yards of the harbour of Findochty on the Moray Firth. Nearby is a small pier, where sea angling is possible throughout the year. There is depending on the tide, a small beach at the harbour, and a larger sandy beach within a few minutes’ walk. There are wonderful cliff-top walks, studded with caves, and a challenging 9-hole golf course to the west of the village. Whisky and castle trails are close by and a holiday boat trip to see the dolphins and seals is a must. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 3 steps down to 1 twin, all with low ceilings. Shower room with toilet and low ceiling.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Small, shared garden. Sitting-out area with furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Doire An Daimh

    Acharacle, Argyll

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC511063
    Doire An Daimh is Gaelic for "thicket of the stags", which is the name of the mountain behind this delightful property and also describes its lovely woodland setting, where deer and also badger are regular visitors. This bright, modern detached cottage is situated in an elevated position and enjoys stunning views over the hills and mountains, with picturesque Loch Shiel in the foreground. It is immaculately presented with a lovely deep leather suite, luxurious bathroom with large Jacuzzi bath, en suite facilities to the master bedroom, solid oak flooring throughout and a bright, spacious kitchen/breakfast room with separate dining room. It offers total seclusion in a breathtaking setting. A special feature of the cottage is the raised decking areas which provide outside dining space, maximising the amazing views across the Peninsula to the small isles of Muck, Rhum and Eigg to the west. Acharacle is a pretty village. It offers a bakery, small shop, tearoom, pub and restaurant, all within walking distance from the property. Set in 18 acres, there are numerous woodland walks adjoining the cottage (wild chanterelle mushrooms grow nearby - a real treat to add to your breakfast or BBQ).

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, has oil central heating and solid oak flooring and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, TV, DVD and radio/Cd enjoying amazing views of Loch Shiel, mountains and across to the small isles.
    Dining Room
    Breakfasting Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dish washer.
    Utility Area: With washing machine and space/hooks for coats and outdoor gear.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en suite shower room with WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds.
    Bathroom: With corner Jacuzzi bath, separate shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
     

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Initial supply of logs/peat for stove provided. Cot and high chair available.Outdoor area with furniture. Decking area with furniture. Set in its own woodland with lovely walks direct from the property. Off road parking for 3 cars. NB: The drive up to the property is steep.

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