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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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  • Fearnmore House

    Fearnmore, nr. Applecross

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: 29677

    Situated on the Applecross Peninsula

    This superbly presented detached stone cottage is perched on the edge of the sea on the picturesque Applecross Peninsula in a rural and coastal location. Originally a weaver’s cottage, this delightful house has been beautifully restored by its current owners and now combines the height of contemporary living with olde world charm. The main living area is open plan. This lovely room has exposed stone walls, a feature woodburner and spectacular views over the sea to the mountains beyond. There are three large bedrooms, all beautifully presented and two bathrooms, fitted to the same high specification. French doors open onto a large decking area; a wonderful spot to sit and admire the incredible views across the bay. Applecross Peninsula is renowned for its wild, rugged and unspoilt beauty. 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. Sea loch 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 12 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room and ground floor bedroom (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large decked area with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from loch. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Sloping track to property.

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  • Tigh na Camus

    Glenelg

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: B6312

    In a fantastic location next to the seashore with uninterrupted views across to the Isle of Skye, this traditional croft house with its stylish kitchen and lovely sun room is ideal for that special family holiday. An ideal base from which to tour the West Highlands, the Isle of Skye, Applecross and Inverness. Glenelg is a lovely area, with its ancient brochs and wonderful small traditional car ferry to Skye (summer months only). Excellent walking, climbing and a lively pub. Wildlife including otters and seals frequent this unspoilt area.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Sun room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, both with sloping ceilings. Separate toilet.

    NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. High chair. Satellite TV. Freeview TV. DVD. Video and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large front and rear enclosed gardens. Parking. No smoking. NB: Retaining wall (1½m drop) within gardens.

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  • Hill View

    Drumnadrochit, near Inverness

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5105
    With easy access to the east and west coasts, this very well presented, semi-detached property enjoys its peaceful setting within easy walking distance of the village centre, and makes a central base for exploring this lovely part of the Northern Highlands. Set on the shores of Loch Ness and at the head of Urquhart Bay, the popular village of Drumnadrochit is home to a number of good restaurants, pubs, the Loch Ness Centre and the ruins of Urquhart Castle.


    There are many attractions of scenic and historical interest within easy reach, including Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, Cawdor and Brodie Castle, and you can also take a trip along the Malt Whisky Trail - the only one of its kind in the world! Visit some of the beautifully scenic fishing villages along the Moray coastline, which has been voted one of the world’s top 20 coastal destinations! Inverness, the ’Highland capital’, is only 14 miles away, and you will find a large variety of shops, restaurants, pubs, museums, galleries and a theatre in and around the city centre. There are many activities available in the vicinity, including boat trips and water sports on the Moray coast and on Loch Ness (a good place to search for monsters), mountain biking and walking in the many forests nearby, and with an abundance of bird and wildlife on your doorstep, be sure to bring your camera! For more leisurely holidaymakers, sit back and relax at Hill View, where happy memories in the Scottish Highlands will be made. Shop 600 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: 2 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room: With wood burner, 32" Freesat TV and CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and Freeserve TV.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Economy 7 central heating, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request.Enclosed, lawned garden to rear with sitting-out area and picnic bench. Front garden. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Clunymhore

    Nethy Bridge

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 23146

    This traditionally styled holiday cottage has been awarded the ’Bronze in Green Tourism Award’, and is adjacent to property 14110, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. With the dramatic backdrop of the often snowcapped Cairngorm mountains and hundreds of acres of Abernethy Forest (RSPB owned) Nethy Bridge spans the lower reaches of the River Nethy a mile before it reaches the River Spey, one of Scotland’s foremost salmon rivers. Outdoor activities include, fishing, tennis, bowling, golf, walking and skiing in winter. Shops and pub 1/2 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, one with 2ft 6in beds (for children). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity included (£35per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). NB: There are 3 steps to the garden.

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  • Bennachie Cottage

    Nevis Bridge, Fort William

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W41607

    Quiet yet central location

    Enjoying a quiet yet central location, within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants and pubs, Bennachie Cottage is tastefully presented. Set just at the entrance to the beautiful Glen Nevis, this semi-detached holiday cottage is ideally placed to take advantage of all the amenities available in the area. Fort William, ‘the Outdoor Capital of the UK’, boasts a large variety of outdoor pursuits including mountain biking on the world championship course and the many forest trails, hill walking, climbing, sailing, winter skiing, golf and much more. Take a gondola trip up Ben Nevis to view the stunning scenery all around. Fantastic base for exploring this beautiful part of Scotland - visit the west coast and the Isle of Skye or Oban where ferries go to the Inner Isles. Lots of good pubs and restaurants. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 bunk bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Wooden floors throughout. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Gravelled area with furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Beaufort Cottages - Mercy Cottage

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511448
    A warm Highland welcome awaits you at this holiday property, located in the Beaufort Estate. It enjoys a tranquil setting only a few miles from Beauly in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and without doubt, make a super base for exploring the many attractions and activities this area has to offer. The cottage has been equipped and furnished to ensure as relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible, and it has its own individual character and style. You can explore the extensive grounds of Beaufort Estate with its abundance of wildlife, idyllic picnic places and easy walking routes and also travel further afield to experience some of the stunning scenery, interesting and historic attractions and a large variety of sports.

    The popular village of Beauly is only four miles and offers a very good range of shops and restaurants with Inverness, the Highland Capital, just 12 miles. You can visit Culloden Battlefield and its interactive visitor centre, Fort George, Cawdor and Brodie Castles all steeped in local history or explore the picturesque fishing villages and beaches of the stunning Moray coastline. Take a boat trip and perhaps catch sight of the famous bottlenose dolphins or go to Drumnadrochit, which is set on the shores of Loch Ness, as well as Fort Augustus, where you can watch the boats coming through the locks in the centre of the village.

    Slightly further afield is the beautiful Isle of Skye and the wonderful unspoilt scenery of the West Coast where you will find some wonderful restaurants to sample to local produce particularly seafood. From Skye, you can hop on to a ferry to the Outer Hebrides – a truly unspoilt part of Scotland with its rugged landscape and sweeping white sandy beaches. A day trip to the Orkney Islands is recommended where you can visit numerous archaeological sites such as Skara Brae, the Eagles Tomb and The Ring of Brodgar to name just a few. For the energetic and outdoor enthusiast, there are numerous mountain bike and forest trails, walking and climbing in the nearby glens of Strathfarrar, Cannich and Affric, golf with a large number of acclaimed courses such as the Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart within easy reach. Snow sports are available in Aviemore, Glencoe or Glenshee. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and unwind and enjoy this tranquil setting which is Beaufort Estate.
    Mercy Cottage can be booked together with Dairy Cottage (CC511444), Checkers Cottage (CC511445), Duffs Lodge (CC511446), Kennels Cottage (CC511447), Rose Cottage (CC511449), Stables Cottage (CC511450), The Retreat (UK5004), The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) and The Larder (CC511452) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has economy 7 central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, Freesat TV and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided, remainder available at £5 per basket (honesty box). Travel cot and highchair available on request. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Ben View - Ben View Cottage

    Lochyside, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 28823

    Stunning views towards Ben Nevis

    Located in the owners’ grounds in a quiet area on the outskirts of Fort William, these two holiday properties are well placed to enjoy the best of this area of the West Highlands. With stunning views to Ben Nevis and surrounding mountains, the delightful, detached Ben View Cottage (ref 28823) sits within its own private, award-winning garden. Ben Nevis Lodge (ref 28824), is well-maintained and stands detached along with two other lodges, within the owners’ grounds, benefiting from its own decked and gravelled area with furniture. Lochaber is known as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’ and boasts the World Championship Mountain Bike course on its doorstep. Other outdoor activities include skiing, snowboarding, climbing, fishing, sailing, horse-riding and golf. The breathtaking scenery has been used as the backdrop for many well-known films including ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Rob Roy’, whilst the West Highland Steam Train (seasonal) takes you past the Glenfinnan Viaduct as depicted in one of the ‘Harry Potter’ movies. Wildlife is in abundance and offers the chance to spot golden eagles, deer, otters, porpoises and dolphins. The area is steeped in history and there are many castles, monuments, museums, gardens and craft shops to visit. Glencoe, Oban, Loch Ness, Inverness and the Isle of Skye are easily accessible. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Two Freeview TVs. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2½-acre grounds. No smoking.

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  • Hollybank

    Drimarben near Fort William

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: CC511494
    Situated close to the shores of Loch Linnhe, this traditional detached cottage is tastefully furnished and very well-equipped. With wonderful views across the loch to the mountains beyond, Hollybank is the ideal base for exploring the west Highlands. There are a number of restaurants within a short walk which are great for an evening meal or a night cap, and a regular bus service will take you into the town centre in around five minutes. Fort William is known as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ and has the World Championship Mountain Bike Course on its doorstep. Other outdoor activities include skiing, snowboarding, climbing, fishing, sailing and golf. The breathtaking scenery has been used as the backdrop for many well known films including Brave Heart and Rob Roy, whilst the West Highland Steam Train (seasonal) takes you past the Glenfinnan Viaduct as depicted in one of the Harry Potter movies. Catch the Corran Ferry and head for the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, abundant with wildlife and offering the chance to spot golden eagles, deer, otters, porpoises and dolphins, or follow the famous road to the isles. The area is steeped in history and there are many castles, monuments, museums, gardens and craft shops to visit. Glencoe, Oban, Loch Ness, Inverness and the Isle of Skye are all easily accessible.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With breakfast area, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

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

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Patio terrace with furniture. BBQ. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: 1 step to garden. Terrace leads to main road. Waterfall in garden, 25 yards.

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  • Drumbeg

    Ratagan, By Kyle

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SRRJ

    Set just yards from the shore and enjoying fabulous views across the waters of Loch Duich to the majestic mountains including the Five Sisters of Kintail, this lovely detached holiday house has been furnished and equipped to a very high standard and makes the perfect base for exploring the stunning scenery and the many delights of the Western Highlands. It lies just 10 minutes by car from the romantic Eilean Donan Castle and village of Dornie. Within easy reach of the enigmatic Isle of Skye, the lovely villages of Glenelg, Plockton, Gairloch and Ullapool. Wonderful wildlife and activities, including hill walking, fishing and local pony trekking. Shops 2 miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Large living room with electric woodburner. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Family room with TV. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed & en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower & toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower & toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Large enclosed rear garden, front garden and furniture
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • Alder Cottage

    Nostie, Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    6
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511143
    Alder Cottage is a delightful single storey cottage set in its own private garden grounds amidst stunning scenery just 5 miles from the Isle of Skye.  Once a traditional croft cottage the property has undergone a complete transformation and extension and now offers bright and spacious accommodation in a spectacular Highland setting.  The large picture windows drink in the amazing views of hills and mountains.  The spacious lounge has a feature open fireplace made from local Applecross stone that acts a focal point.  A good sized kitchen / dining room in the new extension looks out across the lovely gardens that surround the property .  There is also a superb old stone barn in the grounds which has been beautifully converted into a “games room” with a variety of activities provided, including table tennis, snooker and darts. Alder Cottage is situated in a quiet no-through road that meanders through the hills, over a small bridge with tumbling burn and onto Avernish, the historic site of a ‘clearance’ village; there are superb walks direct from the cottage.  It is easily accessible and just a few minutes drive to the Isle of Skye and to some of the most dramatic and amazing scenery in the whole of the Western Highlands.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level. has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, Sky TV, DVD and radio/CD with sofa bed (for + 2)
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box with dining furniture for up to six people
    Utility Room; With fridge/freezer, washing machine and dryer
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
    Games Room: With wide variety of games including table tennis, snooker, darts and table football housed in a lovely detached old stone barn located in the grounds.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available.Enclosed garden grounds leading out to open hillside and mountains beyond. External games barn. Off road parking for 2 cars

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  • 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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  • Ailnack Cottage

    Tomintoul

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 25224

    This, cosy, single storey cottage is set in its own garden yet close to the centre of the village with good selection of shops, restaurants and cafes. It makes a great base for exploring this fascinating region. Near the Crown Estate of Glenlivet in the Cairngorm National Park there is pony trekking and walking. Further afield are the ski slopes of the Lecht and Cairngorm, cycle trails, fishing, adventure playground with flying fox and maze and the Whisky Trail. The majestic mountain scenery surrounds the village and the sandy beaches of the Moray Coast are an hour’s drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

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

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity included. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Coin-operated tumble dryer. Small freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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