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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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  • Beagan Bothan

    Kiltarlity

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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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  • Woodside Cottage

    Loch Ness-Side

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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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  • Glenfield

    Near Lochailort

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    Ref: SEU

    " In a land steeped in legends of the Bonnie Prince – close to Moidart’s sandy shores..."

    Where a tree-lined glen opens out onto Loch Moidart and in countryside steeped with tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie, these fine properties stand upon the Kinlochmoidart Estate, within half a mile of the coast and 4 miles from the beach at Glenuig. The Scottish Baronial mansion of Kinlochmoidart House, occupies a marvellous position amidst some of Scotland’s most magnificent West Country scenery. It has been sensitively formed into three residences; two are careful conversions of an extensive service wing, while the main house (part of which is still the owners’ home) is a substantial property laid out over three floors and forming the middle portion of the building. The remaining three properties presented here are separately set in secluded locations within the vast grounds, comprising extensive shared gardens and the surrounding 2,000 acre estate grounds, which grant opportunities for excellent hill walking and fine varied fishing (fly fishing is available by arrangement). Very comfortably furnished, cosily heated and well-equipped throughout, each provides the perfect holiday retreat from which to enjoy an abundance of interests and scenic splendour with which this area is blessed at all times of the year.
    Designed by William Leiper in 1884, Kinlochmoidart House is one of the finest examples of his work. It features a superb Art Movement interior – tilings, wallpapers, paint work, panelling and many other intricate architectural features have been painstakingly restored and represented, under strict architectural guidance, to return it to its former splendour. It occupies the site of a house which was once the resting place of Prince Charles Edward Stuart during the 1745 Jacobite Revolution – a connection commemorated in a nearby meadow, where seven beech trees symbolise the Seven Men of Moidart, the sum total of the army which he brought from France.
    Just a short walk away from the house lies Loch Moidart, where vast expanses of sand are thrown up by the sea at low tide. At the seaward end of this beautiful inlet, sit the ancient ruins of 14th-century clan castle of Tioram (once the stronghold of the Lord of the Isles), providing a focal point for gloriously scenic views. Between nearby Loch Shiel and Loch Sunart, a trail leads through the Ariundle Oakwoods Nature Reserve – a haven for wildlife – whilst southwards, the coast is punctuated by bays of white sand excellent for fishing and shell-collecting, or admiring the views over hill, loch and sea from horse back. Fort William, gateway to Ben Nevis, is a scenic drive away, and the Western Isles, Skye and Ardnamurchan are all accessible. Sailing at Acharade, 6 miles. Golf 30 minutes’ drive. Inn at Glenuig, 4 miles. Shops 7 miles.

    A spacious, attractively furnished conversion of the former service wing. Named after the ‘Glenfield’ generator, which was once housed in the building, it offers self-contained ground floor accommodation. Open-plan sitting/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom (5ft bed). Bathroom with toilet.

    • Electricity and full NSH by meter reading
    • Towels included
    • Cot
    • Microwave
    • Terrace with furniture

    • Bed linen included
    • TV
    • Shared gardens and grounds of 2,000 acres
    • Ample parking
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Fly fishing £30 per rod per day by arrangement
    • NB: Duck pond in grounds

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  • Creigard Cottage

    Lochinver, near Ullapool

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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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  • Drover’s Rest

    Garve, near Strathpeffer

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    Ref: 29199

    Dating back to 1760, this detached former barn has been carefully restored to provide a very good standard of accommodation. Exposed beams, open stonework and a multi-fuel stove add to its charm. Drover’s Rest is set close to Ben Wyvis and is a delightful hideaway, ideal for a romantic break. Surrounded by spectacular countryside, meander along the riverside, take a woodland walk or relax on the bedroom balcony and enjoy the breathtaking views across the River Blackwater, with fishing available on site. Garve Railway Station, 1 mile, is on the famous Kyle line and runs through magnificent scenery to the Kyle of Lochalsh. There is a post office and hotel serving food in the village. Golf, pony trekking and trout fishing can be arranged with the owner, whilst further amenities are available in the Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer, 8 miles, which has a good golf course, and Dingwall, 12 miles, which is on the Cromarty Firth where dolphins can be regularly seen regularly. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with balcony door.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Small courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Baltinna West

    Newtonmore, near Aviemore

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    Ref: UTY

    In a romantic setting amid stunning scenery, made famous by the BBC’s Monarch of the Glen TV series, these two architect-designed, timber clad, adjoining properties (Baltinna West UTY and Baltinna East SGGW) make a truly tranquil holiday retreat. They can be booked individually or together for two couples, and are set within an enclosed garden, each with its own private sitting-out area. Oozing character and warmth, each have their own charms and both benefit from cosy wood-burning stoves in the living room and sheepskin rugs on oak floors. Nestling between the Cairngorm and Monadhliath mountain ranges, Newtonmore is situated in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, a walker’s and birdwatcher’s paradise. Outdoor pursuits found locally include 7 golf courses, fishing on the River Spey, mountain biking, skiing, tours taking in distilleries, RSPB sites, interactive museums, and the towns of Aviemore and Inverness. Shops ¼ mile. Pubs serving very good food within 1 mile. Excellent restaurants locally.

    Living room with wood-burning stove, rugs on oak floor and well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen/dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with feature roll-top bath, wash basin and en-suite shower room (no toilet).

    • Freesat TV
    • Tumble dryer

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Enclosed garden with own decked area
    • Parking (for 1 car)

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  • The Stables

    Braemore near Ullapool

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    Ref: CC511439
    The Stables occupies the ground floor of a converted stable block in the grounds of a large and historic old stone house just 10 miles from Ullapool in the heart of Wester Ross. This attractively presented apartment has a lovely open plan living area with a deep leather sofa and a well-equipped kitchen with dining table. The double bedroom is a real delight, with colour coordinated soft furnishings and attractive pine furniture. A bathroom completes the picture.

    The large country house where The Stables sits was built in 1840 and was once part of the Braemore Estate of the renowned Engineer, Sir John Fowler Bart, who built the Forth Rail Bridge, the Pimlico Bridge, which carried the first railway across the Thames (1860), and Victoria Station and was a pioneer of the London Underground system. Examples of Sir John’s creativity can be found on the land and nearby, such as the suspension bridge over the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach, both popular beauty spots close by.

    Visitors are also welcome to wander through the grounds of the house which meander down to the river below. Fishing can also be arranged on the owner’s private stretch of the River Broom, famed for its salmon, trout and sea-trout.

    Just 10 minutes’ drive away is the charming fishing village of Ullapool, which has a good selection of small shops as well as excellent local bars and restaurants. This lovely converted stable makes an ideal base for a real Highland holiday, with spectacular walks, munros to climb and cycling routes to explore. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Canoeing, sailing, fishing, riding, bird watching and golf are all enjoyed locally.

    The Stables can be booked together with Ghillies Rooms (CC511319), The Coach House (CC511320) and The Tower House (CC511318) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Lounge area: With electric fire, 28" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge with ice box, dishwaher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Shared communal grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Thistle Dubh

    Drumnadrochit

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    Ref: 25865

    This delightful detached holiday cottage (pronounced ‘Thistle Doo’) enjoys a peaceful setting in the picturesque village of Drumnadrochit close to the shores of Loch Ness. The cottage makes an ideal base for exploring Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, the scenic west coast and Inverness, the Highland capital. Super area for mountain biking, forest walks, climbing, and boat trips – also with an abundance of wildlife a wonderful area for the nature lover. Near to the Great Glen Way, Glen Affric and Glen Urquhart there is plenty to do, or simply relax and take in the atmosphere and enjoy the Highland hospitality. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Built-in barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Heather Cottage

    Laggan, near Newtonmore

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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. 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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  • Beaufort Cottages - Dairy Cottage

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

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    Ref: CC511444
    A warm Highland welcome awaits you at this holiday property, located in the Beaufort Estate. It enjoys a tranquil setting only a few miles from Beauly in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and without doubt, make a super base for exploring the many attractions and activities this area has to offer. The cottage has been equipped and furnished to ensure as relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible, and it has its own individual character and style. You can explore the extensive grounds of Beaufort Estate with its abundance of wildlife, idyllic picnic places and easy walking routes and also travel further afield to experience some of the stunning scenery, interesting and historic attractions and a large variety of sports.

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

    Slightly further afield is the beautiful Isle of Skye and the wonderful unspoilt scenery of the West Coast where you will find some wonderful restaurants to sample to local produce particularly seafood. From Skye, you can hop on to a ferry to the Outer Hebrides – a truly unspoilt part of Scotland with its rugged landscape and sweeping white sandy beaches. A day trip to the Orkney Islands is recommended where you can visit numerous archaeological sites such as Skara Brae, the Eagles Tomb and The Ring of Brodgar to name just a few. For the energetic and outdoor enthusiast, there are numerous mountain bike and forest trails, walking and climbing in the nearby glens of Strathfarrar, Cannich and Affric, golf with a large number of acclaimed courses such as the Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart within easy reach. Snow sports are available in Aviemore, Glencoe or Glenshee. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and unwind and enjoy this tranquil setting which is Beaufort Estate.
    Dairy Cottage can be booked together with Checkers Cottage (CC511445), Duffs Lodge (CC511446), Kennels Cottage (CC511447), Mercy Cottage (CC511448), Rose Cottage (CC511449), Stables Cottage (CC511450), The Retreat (UK5004), The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) and The Larder (CC511452) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen: With wooden floor, wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player, CD player, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Dining room/conservatory: With wooden floor.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £5 per basket (honesty box). Travel cot and highchair available on request. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Tsitika Holiday Apartment

    Beauly, near Inverness

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    Ref: W40637

    Quiet location with stunning views

    This bright and attractive first floor holiday apartment, situated in the grounds of the owner’s property, enjoys stunning views across Strathglass. The balcony overlooks spacious gardens set in mature birch woodlands, bordered by a pretty stream. It is an ideal base to relax and explore the Highlands, with many tourist attractions a short drive away. Local amenities include fishing, walking and bird watching in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Glen Affric and Strathfarrar are both close by. Cruises on the Moray Firth and Loch Ness are highly recommended. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Open tread stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom (zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Courtyard garden and balcony with furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children due to open tread stairs. NB: Sloping ceilings.

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  • Gladstone Cottage

    Castletown, near Thurso

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    Ref: W41543

    Coastal location

    This attractive ground floor holiday apartment forms part of a stone cottage situated in the village of Castletown. Its high ceilings, original wooden shutters and cottage garden (grassed area outside the main garden provides space for dogs’ exercise) all add to its charm. Four miles of sandy beach adjoins the fishing harbour 800 yards from the property. Sea angling and loch fishing are available. Known for its unspoilt beaches and wide variety of wildlife and, at certain times of year, the Northern Lights are visible. Central to many surfing locations, golf courses and the Castle of Mey (8 miles). Take a day-trip to the Orkney Isles. An all weather short mat bowling green is available for guests to use. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Dressing room with walk-in shower. Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden. Ample parking. NB: Smoking is not allowed in the bedrooms.

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