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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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  • Achaneich Stable Cottage

    Spean Bridge near Fort William

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    Ref: CC511258
    Achaneich Stable Cottage stands in the grounds of an historic Highland house which dates back to 1600. Set in 2 ½ acres of landscaped gardens with the Grey Corries and Aonach Mor providing a dramatic backdrop, this delightful cottage provides an exceptionally high standard of accommodation for 2 in a spectacular and peaceful location. The cottage is believed to have been built by General Wade during the Jacobite rebellion to house his troops, with horses accommodated below. The cottage has been sympathetically converted whilst retaining some charming original features, such as a superb exposed stone in the main living area, vaulted ceiling and original arrow-slit windows. The open-plan lounge/dining room is separated from the kitchen area by a modern breakfast bar. The pretty double bedroom has fitted wardrobes and enjoys lovely views across the beautiful woodland gardens. Visitors are welcome to wander the garden grounds, and the caring owners even provide croquet on the lawn and various other outdoor children’s games during the summer months. Achaneich Stable cottage is ideally situated for exploring this renowned area of the Highlands, known as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’.
    Please note Achaneich Chalet (sleeps 4 /5), also situated in the grounds, may also be available to let, subject to availability.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen
    Lounge / dining area:  with satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD,   A lovely space with exposed stone wall, good sized dining table and kitchen separated by breakfast bar
    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box and washer / dryer
    Bedroom:  with double bed
    Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available.Wi-fi available (A small charge of £5 for the use is payable to the owner)Patio area with outdoor furniture. Set in 2.5 acres of owner’s landscaped woodland grounds. Off road parking for 1 car. NB: Burn in grounds and sloping hills lead down to river below. .

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  • Ellon Cottage

    Laggan, nr. Newtonmore

    Grade
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    Ref: W43335


    Offering very comfortable accommodation in the heart of the Spey Valley, this holiday cottage is conveniently located on the roadside, with the Monadhliath Mountains as a backdrop and with beautiful views across the River Spey from the front of the cottage. It is ideally situated for a walking or cycling holiday. Within a short drive, the villages and towns of Glentruim, Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore are easily accessible and Laggan is just a short walk away. A mini haven for bird watchers, you may catch sight of an eagle soaring over the valley, and lots of river and marsh birds can be spotted from the windows. Recognised as one of the most popular walking areas of the Central Highlands, the scenery alone keeps people returning throughout the year. Shop, 7 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining room. 1 double bedroom. Lower ground floor: Kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared courtyard with decked patio and sitting-out area. Shared gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • The Hay Lodge

    Nairn

    Grade
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    Ref: W43043

    This delightful, totally self-contained holiday apartment forms part of The Hay Lodge, an attractive stone-built Victorian house, now a B&B, situated 5 minutes from Nairn’s sandy beach. The property is decorated and furnished to a very good standard, offering warm and welcoming accommodation in a seaside town setting. For those warm evenings there is a verandah area for guests to sit and enjoy a glass of wine. Ideally located for touring, there are award-winning sandy beaches, harbours, marinas, the Whisky and Castle Trails and 2 championship golf courses, as well as numerous forest walks. One of the driest and sunniest places in the UK, Nairn offers a fine selection of shops and restaurants. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV (sports package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared verandah with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Heather Cottage

    Laggan, nr. Newtonmore

    Grade
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    Ref: W43336


    Conveniently located on the roadside, with the Monadhliath Mountains as a backdrop, this holiday cottage offers very comfortable accommodation and enjoys beautiful views across the River Spey. It is ideally situated for a walking or cycling holiday and within a short drive, the villages and towns of Glentruim, Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore are easily accessible, and Laggan is just a short walk away. A mini haven for bird watchers, you may catch sight of an eagle soaring over the valley, and lots of river and marsh birds can be spotted from the windows. Recognised as one of the most popular walking areas of the Central Highlands, the scenery alone keeps people returning throughout the year. Shop, 7 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared courtyard with decked patio and sitting-out area. Shared gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • The Cottage

    Banavie near Fort William

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511388
    This delightful semi-detached cottage, which is attached to the owner’s home, offers a very good standard of accommodation and makes a superb base for touring the Highlands. The area is renowned for its outdoor pursuits, breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Known as the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, activities include mountain biking, climbing, skiing, kayaking, walking, golf and fishing. Travel on the West Highland steam train to Mallaig, crossing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, as depicted in the Harry Potter movies, or visit some of the unspoilt beaches, castles, museums and distilleries. Boat trips to the inner isles are easily accessible, or cross on the Corran Ferry and explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Wildlife is in abundance and Oban, Aviemore, Glencoe, Inverness, Loch Ness and Skye are all within easy reach.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has Economy 7 central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Small lawned garden with patio and furniture. Cycle store. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • The Coach House

    Dulnain Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: SRRT

    Set in the grounds of the Edwardian Auchendean Lodge, this holiday apartment shares unbeatable views of Strathspey, from the double bends of the River Spey, the Cromdale Hills and Abernethy Forest, right to the Cairngorm Mountains. A variety of fresh herbs from the organic garden are usually available late spring to autumn. Explore the area, perhaps even the isolated Loch Avon, by foot, horse or bike. The Strathspey Steam Railway stops at Broomhill station, offering a scenic ride in the style of a by-gone era. Day trips include Balmoral, Royal Deeside, Loch Ness and much of the west coast. Bird watching, golf and fishing locally. Shop and restaurant 1 mile.

    First floor: Living room/dining room with open fire, sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, shower attachment, toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blanket
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod/mp3 dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Drying facility available
    • Use of owner’s freezer in shared utility
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 1½ acre grounds, sitting-out area, pitch & putt, access to 350 acres of quiet conservation forest from garden
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Drops, unfenced pond and steps in grounds

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  • Woodpecker Cottage

    North Kessock, Inverness

    Grade
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    Ref: 23492

    With magnificent views over the Moray Firth to the Highland capital of Inverness just 4 miles away, this tastefully renovated holiday cottage is set next to the owner’s home in 2 acres of shared grounds. A garden gate leads to miles of forestry paths on Ord Hill, which boasts abundant wildlife and hill-fort. Inverness offers swimming, tennis, excellent shops and restaurants. The cottage is ideally situated within easy reach of Culloden Battlefield, Loch Ness, Glen Affric, several beaches, horse riding, 1 mile, and golf within 5 miles. Can be booked with 18177 to accommodate 4 guests. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom (open plan, no door).

    Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 40" Smart TV. Video and small library. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Ben view - Ben Nevis Lodge

    Lochyside, nr. Fort William

    Grade
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    Ref: 28824

    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 with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters (underfloor in shower room) included. Freeview TV. Decked and gravel garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 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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  • Creigard Cottage

    Lochinver, near Ullapool

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5092
    Set in a pretty garden, Creigard Cottage is a single-storey detached cottage that commands vast, endearing views across the hills to the sea beyond. With the owners living adjacent, the cottage is set in a very quiet location in the little hamlet of Badnaban, just 2 miles from the charming fishing village of Lochinver. With large picture windows, the cosy living room takes full advantage of the cottage’s beautiful surroundings. The open-plan kitchen/dining room is well equipped, offering plenty of space for two. The bedroom has an en-suite shower room and twin beds which can also be made up to a super kingsize if required. The cottage’s mature gardens surround the property, and there’s an outdoor table and chairs for al-fresco dining in the warm weather.


    There are superb hill and coastal walks direct from the cottage. Deer graze in the adjoining hills and a wide variety of bird life can be spotted in the immediate area. The nearby village of Lochinver has an excellent selection of local shops and restaurants, as well as two pubs, a tourist office and interesting craft shops. This region, known as Assynt, is renowned for its superb and unspoilt beaches, hills, mountains and wildlife. Water sports, fishing, golf and cycling are all local pastimes. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. Creigard Cottage can be booked together with Creigard Bungalow (UK5093) to accommodate up to 6 guests.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With 22" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With twin beds (can be super kingsize on request) and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric heaters, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Electricity by £1 coin meter. Welcome pack.Mature garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 steps in the garden.

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  • Woodside Cottage

    Loch Ness-Side

    Grade
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    Ref: S4105

    Glorious views across the mysterious waters of Loch Ness and a lavishly appointed interior with luxuries for ultimate relaxation, combine to make this charming and romantic hideaway. It enjoys its own garden, set within 15 shared acres of grounds with access to 500 yards of private shoreline, a jetty and shingle beach. Woodside Cottage is nestled on a wooded hillside, is beautifully furnished throughout, and it enjoys loch views from the living room. Whisky distilleries, the Isle of Skye, Ben Nevis, the Cairngorm ski slopes and the Orkney Isles are all within easy reach. Inverness and a visit to the battlefield of Culloden is a must (9 miles). Fishing on the loch and golf, pony trekking and water sports close by. Shops 4 miles, pub/restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Payphone. Garden with patio and furniture. 15-acre grounds. Fly fishing foc. Private water supply. Parking. NB: Unfenced loch.

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  • Beagan Bothan

    Kiltarlity

    Grade
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    Ref: S4475

    Enjoying stunning views down Strathglass, across The Aird and over the nearby lochan from its elevated croft setting, this very comfortable property makes a peaceful base for couples to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Standing just 400 yards from the River Beauly and backed by historic woodlands, it adjoins the owners’ home 4 miles from the interesting shopping and choice of restaurants in flower bedecked Beauly village, a past winner of ‘Britain in Bloom’. Visitors can enjoy wonderful bird and wildlfe watching, gloriously scenic walking, fly fishing on the Beauly, climbing and canoeing as well as exploring castles and whisky distilleries. Majestic Glen Affric and Loch Ness (12 miles) are easily accessible. Shops and pubs 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Access to shared grounds. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. NB: Steep slopes and pond in shared grounds.

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  • Second Fiddle

    Drumnadrochit

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511373
    Second Fiddle is a delightful traditional stone cottage situated in the heart of Drumnadochit. Boasting many original features, including original solid wood floors and exposed stone walls, it oozes charm and is a fantastic location for exploring the nearby great outdoors, with your four legged friend. Along with a central village location (no car required to stay as on bus route), it is within walking distance of three good restaurants, one next door (please check Winter opening dates), a small shop across the road and a take way close by. The pretty lounge is attractively presented, with a fishing theme. The kitchen/dining room is surprisingly spacious, with fitted cupboards, a dining table and chairs and lovely feature wood-burning stove set into the exposed stone wall. Cottage stairs lead up to the beautifully colour co-ordinated double bedroom and modern bathroom.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with satellite Freeview TV, DVD, radio/CD and Wi-Fi.
    Kitchen/diner: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box, washing machine and wood-burning stove.

    First Floor: Bedroom: with double bed (some height restriction due to original coombed ceiling).
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity and oil included. Bed linen and towels supplied. Please note: some height restriction in the bedroom, due to sloping ceiling.Off road parking for 2 cars

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