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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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  • Tourie Lum

    By Avoch

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: SXXX

    Enjoying wonderful panoramic views over surrounding farmland and on towards the waters of the inner Moray Firth, this interesting detached holiday property (adjacent to another holiday property) has been equipped and furnished to a very good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. The house dates from the 1860s and was originally a gamekeeper’s lodge to the Rosehaugh Estate and architectural features include whitewashed walls with exposed sandstone surrounds and crow-stepped gables, typical of Scots Baronial style. Tourie Lum, which means ‘towering chimney’ in Old Scots, is accessed by a single track and is located on the edge of the Black Isle fishing village of Avoch, overlooking the site of the historic Ormond Castle which is believed to have been a stronghold of William the Lion, King of the Scots from 1165 to 1214. The Black Isle makes a perfect base for exploring the many delights of the Northern Highlands. Visit the lovely villages along the Moray Coast or take a distillery tour along the Moray Whisky Trail. Inverness, the Highland capital, Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield are just a short drive with the stunning west coast being an easy day out. The many activities available in the area include golf, mountain biking, water sports and boat trips, fishing, quad biking, walking and climbing to name just a few. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever-changing scenery. Shop and pub 11/2 mile.

    Living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Spacious dining conservatory with wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen with breakfast area and wooden floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD/iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared lawned garden with furniture and children’s play area with slide and swings
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • 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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  • Teapot Cottage

    Gairlochy, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 26094

    Ideal touring location

    With stunning views towards the mountains of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor, Teapot Cottage is set just 70 yards from the Caledonian Canal. This detached holiday home is very well equipped and furnished, and is ideally based for those wishing to explore the Western Highlands. Fort William, the ’outdoor capital of the UK’, Nevis Range Ski Centre and the world championship mountain bike track are close by and the area is renowned for its spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.
    Take a trip on the Jacobite steam train as seen in the Harry Potter movie, visit stunning castles and gardens, sail to the beautiful island of Mull, spend a day exploring the Ardnamurchan Peninsula or just take a leisurely walk along the banks of the canal. For the outdoor enthusiast climbing, walking, skiing, mountain biking, fishing, horse riding and various watersports are available locally. Spean Bridge is home to a nine hole golf course and a small village shop. Inverness, Loch Ness, Aviemore and the Isle of Skye are easily accessible. Shop and pub 3½ miles, restaurant 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom (zip and link). Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (zip and link), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week winter). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available at £10 per booking. Enclosed lawned garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Steps from garden to sitting-out area.

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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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  • Rosscot

    Bayfield, Nigg

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 19986

    Set in a quiet rural location, this cosy holiday cottage enjoys lovely views across open countryside towards Nigg Bay and the Cromarty Firth. An RSPB Reserve, sea trips, fishing, golf, castles and south, west and east facing beaches all within easy reach. Great for touring the scenic Highlands. Historic Cromarty is a short ferry trip (also accessed by road) with Inverness, the Highland Capital approx 45 minutes’ drive. Shops 41/2 miles, pubs 3 miles. Can be booked with property 19987 (which has adjoining garden) to sleep up to 12 guests.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Step down to dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms with sloping ceilings.

    Woodburner in living room included. Partial electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large enclosed garden with sitting area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: There are steps and sloping banks in the garden.

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  • 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

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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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  • Mountain View

    Roybridge, nr. Spean Bridge

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W40752

    Set in over 7 acres of private grounds

    This traditional single storey, detached cottage is situated on a working sheep and arable farm, between Aviemore and Fort William. Set in over 7 acres of private grounds it enjoys views of mountains and glens including the stunning Ben Nevis Range. The cottage offers a large farmhouse kitchen/diner and living room with real open fire and stunning views. Although secluded, it is not isolated as it is easily accessible, with pubs and restaurants close by. Walking, climbing, skiing, fishing, mountain biking, canoeing and sailing are all available in the area. There is also an abundance of wildlife on your doorstep. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Solid fuel central heating and electricity included (£25per week November-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Lawned garden and furniture. Built-in barbecue. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Torosay

    Fort William

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W40753

    Elevated position close to town centre

    This detached holiday property is situated in an elevated position with magnificent views over Loch Linnhe. A short walk from the centre of Fort William – the outdoor capital of the Highlands. This large spacious town house offers an exceptionally good standard of accommodation, whilst retaining many original features. There is a wealth of activities in the area including a golf course situated at the foot of Ben Nevis, fishing, walking, climbing, skiing and water sports. Fort William boasts some excellent restaurants, such as The Crannog, the specialist fish restaurant. The town offers a wide variety of shops, pubs and cafés. It provides easy access to Drumnadrochit (home of Nessie!), Inverness, Inverary and Oban. The isles of Skye, Mull, Iona and the Inner and Outer Hebrides are easily accessible. The Fort William to Mallaig steam train is a firm favourite with many visitors, especially as it passes over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which featured in the Harry Potter films. Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor, with gondolier lifts and mountain bike trails offer something for everyone. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Wooden floor throughout. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating included (£50per week October-March). Electricity included. Bed linen and towel hire. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Drops within grounds.

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  • Loch Duich Cottage

    Inverinate, by Kyle

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: SGP

    Boasting stunning views across Loch Duich to the mountains of Skye, this very comfortable property is set right on the shore in its own little bay, with the Five Sisters of Kintail as a spectacular backdrop. Its lochside garden offers opportunities to observe a family of otters and abundant wildlife. Superb walking and climbing. Sea fishing from the shore. Kyle of Lochalsh (with bridge to Skye) 15 minutes’ drive. Shop ½ mile.

    Spacious sitting-room with bay window. Open-plan kitchen/dining room with doors to terrace. Utility room. Separate toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite wet room with toilet, shower chair, grab rails, low basin and wheelchair access. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Electricity and full NSH by meter reading
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Video
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Lochside garden with patio
    • Parking
    • Wheelchair access – facilities for the disabled

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  • Ard Garraidh

    Ardersier

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511167
    Enjoying a peaceful country setting with panoramic views across the open countryside to the hills and forest, this semi detached modern house makes a perfect base for exploring the many delights of this beautiful part of the Highlands. Ard Garraidh has been equipped and furnished to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Only one mile from the pretty village of Ardersier with its lovely beach, two miles from Inverness airport and just a 15 minute drive from the Highland Capital City of Inverness and five minutes drive from the seaside town of Nairn. Lovely walks, mountain bike trails, dolphin and seal spotting boat trips, watersports and fishing are just some of the many activities available in the area. Castles, historical sites including Fort George, Cawdor Castle and Culloden Battlefield and the Malt Whisky Trail all on the doorstep – so much to see and do for all ages. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever changing scenery unfold from the warmth and the comfort of the lounge by the woodburning stove.Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor: Living Room: With wood burning stove, Free view TV, DVD and radio/CD with sofa bed (for + 2)
    Dining Area: With French doors opening out on the garden.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
    Utility Room: With washing machine and storage cupboard space.
    Cloakroom: With toilet

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With zip and link double bed
    Bedroom 2: With bunk beds - double size lower bunk and single size upper bunk
    Bathroom: With shower over  bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for stove provided. Travel Cot and high chair available. Wi-fi availableLarge garden. Off road parking for 4 cars.

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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. Video. 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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