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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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  • Ashburn Cottage

    Allt Na Subh, By Dornie

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 23477

    This traditional cottage enjoys an elevated position, 50 yards from the sea, with beautiful views across the waters of Loch Long towards the mountains. Cosily furnished and well equipped, the cottage offers an ideal holiday retreat. Walking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing and horse riding are popular pursuits in the locality, and the famous ’Highlander’ castle Eilean Donan is 3 miles away. Take a day trip to the Isle of Skye or visit some of the many picturesque villages of the west coast. Unspoilt beaches and an abundance of wildlife. Shops and pubs 3 miles.

    15 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms. Separate toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large enclosed garden and furniture. Garage (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden.

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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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  • 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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  • An Cuan

    Brora

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W43110

    Enjoying a peaceful setting on the edge of the lovely unspoilt village of Brora, An Cuan (The Ocean) is just a minute’s walk from the beach and a few minutes’ walk to the centre of the village with its selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. There are a wealth of activities available in the area including wonderful walks along the sandy beach, golf on the links course, superb mountain bike trails as well as sea and loch fishing. This detached holiday home makes a super base for exploring this unspoilt part of the Northern Highlands. Take a day trip to the lovely Orkney Islands, pan for gold in nearby Helmsdale or visit the fairytale castle of Dunrobin. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeivew TV. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small terraced garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Dalreach

    Drumnadrochit

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 9337

    A bright, renovated highland cottage, peacefully situated in the hills, high above Drumnadrochit, only 31/2 miles away. Beautifully secluded, with a lively burn bubbling past. Reached by 11/2 miles of fairly steep tarred road then 3/4 of a mile of track through a birch wood. Fishing permits can be obtained locally. A perfect holiday retreat. Glen Affric and the west coast are well worth a visit, with Inverness only half an hour away. Shop and pub 31/2 miles.

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

    Multi-fuel burner included. Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Cot and high chair on request.Telephone-Incoming calls only. Patio area and garden seat. 20-acres of moorland. Ample parking. Private water supply.

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  • Cairn View

    Aviemore

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: S4402

    Set on the fringes of Aviemore village, a wonderful location for enjoying the great outdoors in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, these superbly appointed and beautifully furnished properties offer a very high degree of comfort. Sitting in a quiet cul de sac, they are ideal for family gatherings. All of the four properties (refs S4401, S4402, S4615 and S4538) enjoy their own private hot tub (each for 4 people) and three have a digital, infrared sauna with music and colour system, Freeview TVs and hairdryers in all bedrooms. All four properties enjoy corporate membership for 2 adults and 2 children (under 16 years) to Dalfaber Country Club offering swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, gym and 9 hole golf course. At extra charge, badminton, squash court, indoor and outdoor tennis court, table tennis, snooker and carpet bowls. Aviemore is a renowned centre for outdoor pursuits – excellent climbing and hill walking, competition standard mountain bike tracks, water sports on Lochs Morlich and Insch and, of course, skiing and snow boarding in season are just some of the activities on offer. The fishing and golf are similarly excellent, with trout fishing available all year at Rothiemurchus Estate, 2 miles, or hire equipment (at cost, licence required) for salmon fishing at the River Spey (seasonal). Sled dog rides, train trips to the resort at the top of the mountain, and the Strathspey steam railway are also found here and Britain’s only freely roaming reindeer herd can be spotted against the stunning backdrop of Glenmore. Shops, good restaurants, themed bars, live music are all within 0.5 miles. Other great attractions in the area are The Highland Wildlife Centre with Amur tigers, wolves and polar bear, The Landmark Centre, Tree Zone; an incredible aerial adventure and Aviemore Highland Resort Leisure Centre with its own wavepool, water slides and cinema.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen with French doors. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Underfloor oil central heating included. Video. DVDs. Games room with pool table, table tennis, table football and darts, digital sauna with colour and sound system. Wheelchair access.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (full package). Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone – honesty box. Fenced garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Private hot tub. Sauna. No smoking.

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  • Telford Townhouse

    Banavie, Fort William

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: SGGC

    Set by the side of the Caledonian Canal and just a few miles from Fort William, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, these beautifully presented apartments are perfectly placed for exploring this lovely area. Each apartment has its own separate entrance within a small complex of seven. Thoughtfully designed, the apartments have been furnished to a very high standard and offer wonderful accommodation in an exciting area. Fort William makes an excellent holiday base all year round. The town itself provides ample facilities and there is easy access to the magnificent countryside, offering many opportunities for the large number of outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking on the World Championship Course, climbing, sailing, or just relaxing and taking in the scenic beauty of this area. There is an 18-hole golf course, horse riding, go-karting, loch, river and sea fishing, as well as boat trips to see the seals. A trip can be taken on the steam train (seasonal) which was featured in the Harry Potter films. There are plenty of good places in which to eat, and lots of pubs to have a drink in and enjoy unique Highland hospitality. Shops 1 mile, pubs 50 yards.

    Living/dining room and well-equipped kitchen area. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, electric rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Flatscreen Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared courtyard with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Garavault

    Stoer, nr. Lochinver

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 13981

    Assynt in Sutherland is remote but has marvellous mountains, lochs and sandy bays making it interesting but very peaceful. This delightful highland style house offers a good standard and comfortable holiday stay. Easy walking, with a small loch a few hundred yards from the doorstep and sheep grazing close by. Famous mountains within easy reach and numerous vast conservation areas. Loch fishing by permit. Shop 7 miles, pub 8 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Partial NSH included. Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Natural grassed area and garden chairs. Parking (2 cars). NB: There is a stream in the garden.

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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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  • Waterside Apartment

    Lochcarron, Wester Ross

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511355
    Waterside Apartment occupies the first floor of a traditional village house in the heart of the charming village of Lochcarron. Set right on the shores of the loch, surrounded by the spectacular hills and mountains of Wester Ross, Lochcarron is bounded by the sea-loch on one side and attractive cottages and houses that straddle the main street on the other; it is one of the prettiest villages in the Western Highlands. On the ground floor is the village café, run by the owners of the apartment and renowned locally for its home baked produce. Accessed via its own front door Waterside Apartment is very attractively presented and surprisingly spacious. The main lounge has deep leather sofas and superb views from the large dormer windows across the loch to the mountains beyond. The kitchen / dining room is modern and very well-equipped. A door leads out from here to the gardens built into the hillside. The decking area provides an ideal spot to sit and enjoy a drink whilst enjoying the super views across the water. There are three double bedrooms and a bright, modern bathroom. The apartment is situated in the heart of this quiet village, with a good selection of local facilities right on the doorstep. There are a number of excellent restaurants, cafés, pub, and small shops close by.

    First Floor: The accommodation is all on first floor level has electric storage and panel heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: with feature electric fire, satellite Freeview TV, DVD, Wi-Fi and radio/CD. Superb loch and hill views.
    Kitchen/diner: with electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge (with ice-box) and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: with king-size bed
    Bedroom 2: with two single beds
    Bedroom 3: with full-size bunk beds
    Shower room: with walk in shower, heated towel rail, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity included. Bed linen and towels supplied. Although this apartment is at first floor level, it is built into the hillside with door from kitchen leading directly onto ‘ground’ level garden, with decking area and outdoor dining furniture. On street parking.

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  • Primrose Cottage

    Glenmoriston

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SCCH

    Nestling against the side of the hill, detached Primrose Cottage enjoys breathtaking views across the waters of Loch Ness towards the hills beyond. Furnished and equipped to a very high standard, it makes a perfect base for a Highland holiday. Activities include walking and mountain biking in the nearby forest trails, fishing and boat trips on Loch Ness. Places to visit include Drumnadrochit (with Loch Ness Monster Exhibition) and Urquhart Castle. Day trips to Fort William, Isle of Skye, scenic west coast and Moray Coast recommended. Local supermarket, shops, pubs and restaurants 9 miles.

    Open-plan living room with multi-fuel burner and one step up to well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Conservatory. Study area. Utility. Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel burner - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full LPG central heating included (preset, timed) or £25per week, £15 per short break
    • TV
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Large garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities (1 step)
    • NB: Sloping bank at front of garden

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  • Millburn Cottage

    Forres

    Grade
    6
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: 29189

    In an idyllic location with magnificent rural views, this single-storey detached holiday cottage dating back to 1900 was part of the old sawmill of the Darnaway Estate. Sympathetically restored, decorated and furnished to a very good standard with a lovely log fire for those cooler evenings. Set in beautiful countryside and only a few minutes from Brodie Castle, wildlife is abundant and the Nature Reserve at Findhorn Bay, only an hour’s walk, will be of particular interest to ornithologists. Golfers are well catered for with nearby courses at Forres and Nairn, and fishing and horse riding are available locally. It is ideally situated for the ’Whisky & Castle Trails’ and the Speyside Way is within easy reach. The Moray Coastline is renowned for its visiting dolphins, sandy beaches and sheltered bays with Culbin Forest and Sands 2 miles away. Nairn and Elgin are close by and the Highland Capital of Inverness is only a ½ hour drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining area. 4 bedrooms: 2 twin (one zip and link, can be 6ft double), 2 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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