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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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  • 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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  • Annfield

    Nairn

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 19231

    This well-furnished bungalow is situated on a quiet lane on the outskirts of the seaside town of Nairn, a convenient base from which to explore the area. Nairn itself enjoys award-winning beaches and a nature reserve. Activities such as sailing, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, horse riding and golfing are available. The Whisky and Castle trails offer interesting days out. Watch the Moray Firth dolphins by boat or from the shore. Loch Ness and Cawdor Castle are both well worth a visit. Shops 400 yards, pubs 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single with additional pull-out single (for child). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Piano. No smoking. NB: There are several steps down to the garden.

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  • March Cottage

    Glen Cassley, nr. Lairg

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: SSAC


    Nestling in breathtaking scenery and adjoining the beautiful River Cassley, March Cottage offers peace and seclusion in a truly stunning setting. This spacious, detached holiday cottage is situated 4 miles down a spectacular glen that follows the path of the River Cassley, leading away into the spectacular hills. The cottage is impeccably presented throughout and has been granted a Green Tourism Award. The large open plan kitchen and dining room has French windows that open out to the grounds and hillside beyond. The spacious living room boasts a wood-burning stove, which you can lounge in front of and enjoy the views of the river and hills beyond. There are four beautifully presented bedrooms on the first floor, along with two bathrooms and an ensuite.
    March Cottage is ideal for larger families as well as couples seeking luxury and seclusion in a totally unspoilt setting. There are superb walks direct from the door and the surrounding area is a haven for wildlife; deer regularly graze along the riverbank, ospreys and golden eagles wheel overhead, and pine martens roam the gardens. Situated in the heart of Sutherland, there are numerous places to visit in all directions. The stunning west coast is less than an hour’s drive away, and Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is a similar distance. Shop 14 miles, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Spacious living room with wood-burning stove. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen/dining room with French windows. Utility. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, river views and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • 42" Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with patio and furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Natural water supply from stream
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Sloping banks and river in grounds

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  • Dalriada Bungalow

    Keith

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 17405

    This well designed and spacious holiday bungalow is located down a quiet lane in the centre of Keith, a rural market town on the Castle and Whisky Trails, and well placed for touring Aberdeenshire and Moray. The cities of Inverness and Aberdeen are easily reached by car or train. Follow the Whisky Trail by rail from Keith to Dufftown, or spend time exploring Royal Deeside, Loch Ness or the fine sandy beaches of the Moray coastline. Many golf courses, pony trekking, horse riding and good walks can be found in the area, or visit the Falconry Centre at Huntly, 11 miles. Skiing at Braemar. Shops and pubs 20 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small patio. Parking (2 cars). No children under 16 years.

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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 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. Cot. 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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  • Gardeners Cottage

    Ardelve, near Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5106
    This semi-detached, converted farm cottage is located in the grounds of Conchra House, enjoying an elevated location above Loch Long. Only minutes from the historic Eilean Donan Castle, you can sit back and watch as the castle comes to life at night. An excellent base to tour the surrounding area, the property is only a short drive from Glenelg, Plockton and the Isle of Skye. The area is a hotspot for historical sites including Glenelg Brochs and The Battle of Glenshiel, and Scottish native wildlife thrives in this region. With boat trips, pony trekking and excellent hill walking to try, this property is equally ideal for outdoor enthusiasts as it is for leisurely holidaymakers looking for a "get away from it all" experience. The owners live on-site, so help is always at hand. Beach 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. Gardeners Cottage can be booked together with Farmers Cottage (UK5107) and Shepherds Cottage (UK5108) to accommodate up to 15 guests.

    Ground Floor: Living/dining room: With electric coal effect fire, 23" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Separate toilet.
    Narrow and steep stairs to...

    First Floor: Sloping ceilings throughout.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot and highchair available on request.Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Shared 4-acre maintained grounds with woodland. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Kenland

    Gairloch, Wester Ross

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: CC511210
    Kenland is a luxury, modern detached cottage located amidst some of the most stunning scenery on the west coast of Highland Scotland. Built and presented to an exceptionally high specification, with solid wood flooring, deep leather sofas and large picture windows that drink in the magnificent views over to the Isle of Skye,sea, hills and open countryside, it is an ideal location for touring the heart of beautiful Wester Ross and a quiet retreat from modern life. The main living area is open plan, with large lounge and dinning area, which opens onto a patio with picnic table and chairs. There are stunning views all round. The bright, modern kitchen is extremely well equipped. There are three en suite bedrooms, all immaculately presented and colour coordinated. The wrap around gardens are fully enclosed and lead directly onto open countryside. It is situated in the tiny crofting community of North Erradale, in a quiet no through road that leads down to a secluded shingle beach.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge/Dining Area: With wood burning stove, Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD, large table and chairs; superb open plan main living space, French windows open onto patio with outside furniture and stunning, uninterrupted views over sea and mountains
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en suite facilities comprising bath, shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and en suite facilities comprising shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 3:With two single beds and en suite facilities comprising shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel only for wood burning stove provided. Cot and high chair available.Enclosed garden with patio area and furniture. Off road parking for 4 cars.

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  • Melness Cottage

    Tongue, Sutherland

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511315
    Melness Cottage is a traditional croft cottage situated in a stunning location with panoramic views across the Kyle of Tongue. This detached two storey cottage is situated in the quiet hamlet of Skinnet in North West Sutherland. Just a short walk from the sea and surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, awe inspiring beaches and pretty harbour villages, the cottage provides an ideal base from which to explore this wonderful and totally unspoilt region. The cottage has been upgraded and refurbished whilst retaining its original charm. There is a cosy lounge, a separate dining room and a small but well equipped kitchen. On the first floor are two good sized bedrooms and a bright, modern family bathroom. The views across the bay with the mountains beyond are simply stunning. There is a large garden, mainly laid to lawn, bounded by an original low stone wall. Whilst this far North West coastline seems wild and remote, there are a good selection of amenities and facilities in the immediate area. There is also a local bar and restaurant just 1/2 mile from the cottage. Perched on a promontory overlooking the magnificent Kyle of Tongue, the nearby village of Tongue enjoys spectacular views across the sea, with the mountains of Ben Hope and Ben Loyal in the distance. The village has a good selection of local amenities including a general store, two hotels with restaurants, post office, petrol station, craft shops and village church. There is a slipway and harbour for small boats within a mile of the property.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises;
    Lounge: With satellite Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD and sofa bed (for + 2 )
    Dining Room: With stunning views across the bay
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, washing machine, fridge with ice box
    Conservatory: Overlooking the garden with stunning views

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and wash basin. Stunning views
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and stunning views
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Large lawn area bounded by low stone walls. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Old Church Hall

    Portessie, by Buckie

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC512036
    The Old Church Hall is a truly stunning award-winning conversion of an historic Church building. Voted "Best Conversion of an Old Building in the UK" as well as winning the prestigious Scottish Homes Award for the best conversion, this spectacular property represents the height of luxury in every respect. Originally owned by the Earl of Seafield, the current architect-owner has incorporated the very best of modern living whilst retaining the amazing features of this lovely old stone building. The main living accommodation is situated on the first floor. A massive open plan lounge / kitchen / dining area with high vaulted ceilings has its focus on the incredible seascapes afforded by the original Church window area. The floor to ceiling windows drink in the ever-changing seascapes of the Moray Firth. They cleverly incorporate French doors which open the room to sea breezes and views of the dolphins and seals that frequent these waters. Enjoy spectacular evening sunsets from the deep leather suites and watch the fishing boats as they head out in the early morning. The three spacious bedrooms are on the ground floor, together with a very large luxury bathroom. With solid oak flooring, under floor heating and a state-of-the-art kitchen this property has the ’wow’ factor in every respect.

    Ground Floor: The property has under floor gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: with double bed, TV and en-suite large shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: with two single beds
    Bedroom 3: with double bed
    Bathroom: with bath, shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen area – a truly spectacular room occupying the entire first floor with the original massive arched church window looking out across the Moray Firth with French windows open to drink in the sea air and enjoy the panoramic view.
    Lounge area: with satellite Freeview TV/DVD/home cinema,wood burning stove and radio/CD
    Kitchen / dining area: with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer / dryer 
    Cloakroom: with WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available. Wi-fi access available Courtyard patio garden with picnic table and chairs.  Off road parking for 3 cars.

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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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  • Ladybird Cottage

    Scaniport, nr. Inverness

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 29327

    Close to the Highland capital of Inverness

    Enjoying a peaceful, wooded setting on the outskirts of the Highland capital of Inverness, this lovely barn conversion, close to the owners’ home, is equipped to a very good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Ladybird Cottage makes a super base to explore this lovely part of the Highlands with the renowned Loch Ness only 4 miles away. Slightly further afield, you can visit the stunning, unspoilt beaches of the Moray coast, where you may catch sight of the famous dolphins. Also, visit the Culloden Battlefield and Fort George, both steeped in history. For the energetic, there are many activities available, including mountain biking, hill walking, climbing and a large variety of watersports. For the less energetic, just sit back and relax in the peaceful surroundings. Shop 1¾ miles, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, walk-in shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating included (£60per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed garden with covered sitting-out area and furniture. Enclosed courtyard. Ample parking. Cycle store on request. Private water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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