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Holiday cottages in Scotland offer the perfect opportunity to relax in some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery. With an abundance of culture, fantastic heritage, stunning cities and a wealth of activities to suit all ages and interests, you’ll find more than enough to entertain all kinds of holidaymakers. So, whether you’re on two feet or two paws, a holiday in Scotland is guaranteed to have something to offer, and we’re going to make a few suggestions for the best things to see and do in the region.

With such a rich history, Scotland’s past is all but unavoidable. Thankfully, it’s equally fascinating, and some of the country’s best attractions combine the colourful tale of Scotland with some stunning landscapes. The Speyside Whisky Trail is just one such example. One of the main reasons so many choose Scottish holiday cottages, the trail takes in some of Scotland’s most renowned distilleries, offering a history lesson, a ‘wee dram’ and a showcase of stunning views. If you fancy a more vibrant experience from your holiday in Scotland then you may prefer to stay in and around Edinburgh. The capital city offers an intoxicating mix of medieval history, Georgian architecture and contemporary culture. A wealth of festivals and some fantastic shopping opportunities are just the icing on the cake, but if you fancy a more tranquil view then the views from Arthur’s Seat are unrivalled. Scotland’s wilder side is justly celebrated through the Cairngorms National Park. Larger than the Lake District, and boasting beautiful moorland, rivers, mountains, lochs and forests, it’s an unforgettable journey taking in some of Scotland’s most iconic topography. If you’d like to experience the more mythical side of Scottish history then our final recommendation is the legendary Loch Ness. Admire the dramatic ruins of Urqhart Castle and gaze over the loch’s gentle lapping waters to see if you can spot Nessie!

Thanks to a prevalence of wide-open expanses, many choose to enjoy Scottish cottages for a wealth of outdoor activities. Hiking, climbing, boating, cycling, horse riding and more are all perfectly suited for making the most of your stunning surroundings. Pet owners will be equally spoilt for choice with a wealth of fantastic locations to treat their four-legged friends. If you fancy somewhere to relax and explore at your own pace then you will be equally satisfied with Scotland. There are plenty of beautiful heritage attractions and a wealth of city break destinations offering a fun-filled and vibrant urban experience.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration, take a look at our featured holiday cottages in Scotland today.

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  • Drover’s Rest

    Garve, nr. Strathpeffer

    Grade
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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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  • Brewlands Estate - Clover Cottage

    Glenisla, Blairgowrie

    Grade
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    Ref: UNH

    Set on a Highland estate spanning 4500 acres with hills rising to 2500ft, these four holiday properties are situated on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park with a wild flower reserve nearby, and an abundance of wildlife including ospreys and huge herds of deer. For 300 years Cistercian Monks spent half of each year at this peaceful place, making butter and cheese and brewing beer from the pure springs that continue to feed the houses. Delightful 18th-century Clover Cottage is reached from its parking area via a short track across a stream. With its own large garden with views towards the great massif of the Grampians. Claypotts is a charming 18th-century cottage, is in an utterly peaceful glen at the heart of the estate with its own enclosed garden on the banks of the River Isla. Croft End Cottage, a 15th-century cottage lies secluded behind double hedges and is a romantic yet fabulously comfortable place perfect for explorers, lovers and honeymooners. Brewlands Cottage is a 17th-century, cosy, very comfortable property in a lovely riverside location with fishing from the garden and views of high hills and surrounding quiet countryside. There are ancient wild flower meadows with rare wild yellow violets and orchids. Red squirrels live around the gardens and the walls support rare ferns and lichens which grow only in unpolluted places. Walking from the door of each cottage. Excellent golf courses at St Andrews, Carnoustie, Gleneagles and Rosemount. Glenshee ski resort is 35 minutes, as is Pitlochry with its theatre, restaurants and kilt and cashmere shops. An adventure centre 20 minutes away, with pony trekking at Balmoral Estate and many castles and stately homes to visit: Balmoral, Glamis, Blair Atholl, Scone Palace and Braemar. Visit the famous Whisky Trail. Riding centre 6 miles. The oldest tree in Europe is in Fortingall, 1 hour. Shops 12 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Spacious beamed living/dining room with cast-iron wood-burning stove. Well-equipped, modern farmhouse-style kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Galleried double bedroom with 5ft bed and beams overlooking living room.

    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Large enclosed garden with furniture

    • Wood-burning stove - logs at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating by meter reading
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Bathrobes and toiletries
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Hot tub
    • Shooting, stalking, ghillie, wildlife Landrover safari, loch and river fishing, guided hill walks and rod hire at costs by arrangement
    • Tennis lessons
    • Cook and bagpiper by arrangement
    • Beauty therapist available by arrangement
    • Collection from airport/station by arrangement
    • Mountain bike hire
    • Catering to any level by arrangement
    • Shopping can be arranged
    • Housekeeping by arrangement at cost
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking

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  • Skylark Cottage

    Upper Breakish, Isle of Skye

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511269
    Skylark Cottage is a picture perfect thatched cottage; the epitome of a dream croft cottage on the beautiful Isle of Skye. It is set in its own pretty garden grounds with stunning views across the sea to the mountains beyond. The cottage has been fully refurbished by its current owners and provides an ideal romantic getaway for couples in a superb setting. The main accommodation is open-plan. The lounge is accessed from the dining area. This lovely, welcoming room has French doors leading onto a delightful patio area with a picnic table; a wonderful spot to sit and drink in the views and experience the stunning sunsets over the bay. The kitchen is well-equipped, with a separate dining table and chairs. The bedroom, with king size bed is attractively presented. Cottage gardens surround the property, mainly laid to lawn with flowering shrubs, bounded by original dry stone-walls. Situated in the small hamlet of Upper Breakish, just 5 miles from the Skye bridge, it is an ideal location for exploring the whole the Isle of Skye and beyond.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has electric heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With satellite Freeview TV, DVD/CD player with sound system. French doors open onto garden and patio area; superb views across the sea to islands, hills and mountains.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and radio.
    Bedroom: With king size bed.
    Shower Room: With electric shower, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Garden with patio area and picnic table. Ample road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Baltinna West

    Newtonmore, nr. Aviemore

    Grade
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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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  • Castle Cottages - Castle Dairy

    Ceres, nr. St Andrews

    Grade
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    Ref: 27901

    Quietly situated in the charming village of Ceres, 8 miles from the magnificent beaches and championship golf courses at St Andrews, these two holiday cottages, adjacent to each other, have been stylishly converted from a listed building to create a superb holiday base. Nearby attractions include the Hill of Tarvit Mansion House, a fascinating National Trust house and gardens with Hatters Edwardian Tearoom and a 9 hole ‘Hickory’ golf course, the Fife Falconry Centre, and horse riding in the village. There are excellent footpaths for walking and cycling with stunning views of coast and countryside, whilst the Tents Muir National Nature Reserve has a fabulous walk along the beach to Tentsmuir Point where hundreds of seals can be seen basking on the sandbars. Visit The Eden Estuary Centre and Morton Lochs and watch waterfowl from dedicated bird hides. St Andrews itself is steeped in history and has a comprehensive range of shops, restaurants, tearooms, museum and the Sea Life Centre. Perth and Dundee are easily accessible, whilst the wonders of Edinburgh are just 40 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/
    kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect stove in living room included.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Whitmuir Hall - Waverley

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
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    Ref: SW38

    Heated indoor swimming pool
    Shared gardens with furniture and play area

    This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
    A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
    Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
    Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
    As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

    In Coach House Court. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room and toilet.

    Cot on request. Fridge/freezer. Internet access on request.

    All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

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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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  • Strathisla Farm Cottages - Curlew Cottage

    Meigle

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: SYYJ

    Set on a working arable and cattle farm, within the owner’s 2000-acre estate in the Vale of Strathmore, these three welcoming and spacious holiday properties have been restored to a very good standard. Islabank Farmhouse (ref SAAP) is a traditional, characterful, comfortable farmhouse which is ideal for families, Curlew Cottage (ref SYYJ) is a charming, beautifully converted, detached, single-storey property and Osprey Cottage (ref UZQ) is a delightful, light and sunny, single-storey detached cottage. Set amongst beautiful farmland and fruit-growing country, they make an excellent choice for relaxing breaks in the heart of rural Perthshire. The estate makes an ideal base for exploring central Scotland, Edinburgh, Perth, St. Andrews and the Highlands. Glamis Castle is a few miles away. Outdoor activities (golf, skiing, riding, cycling) are readily available. Shops and pub 3 miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Well-equipped, country-style kitchen with wooden floor, open-plan with dining area, floor to ceiling windows with French door to patio and views of garden and woodland. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with roll-top slipper bath, separate shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor. Separate toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity and oil central heating (underfloor in bathroom) included
    • Two smart TVs
    • DVD
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Large, enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Free salmon fishing on River Isla by prior arrangement
    • No smoking

    Note: Islabank Farmhouse SAAP, Curlew Cottage SYYJ and Osprey Cottage UZQ and can be booked together to sleep up to 12 people.

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  • Mountain View Cottage

    Taynuilt, nr. Oban

    Grade
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    Ref: 30742

    In a quiet location with lovely views towards the hills these two holiday properties are both detached, and offer an ideal base for those wishing to explore the west coast of Scotland. Taynuilt is only 12 miles from the bustling harbour town of Oban, where daily boat trips to the Inner Isles, including Mull, Staffa and Iona can be caught. The area is renowned for its abundance of wildlife with porpoises, basking sharks, golden eagles and wild deer often spotted. For those seeking an outdoor lifestyle, activities include walking, mountain biking, golf, kayaking and skiing. There are plenty of famous castles, beautiful gardens, historic sites and museums to explore. Bonawe Iron works, Cruachan Hollow Mountain, Loch Etive Cruises, Inveraray Jail and the Sealife Centre make for great days out. Fort William and Glencoe are popular for walking, climbing and skiing. Kintyre Peninsula and the Kyles of Bute are also accessible. Taynuilt village is set back from the shores of Loch Etive and boasts a small railway station, good bus service, and local amenities. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Small, lawned courtyard. NB: Step to courtyard.

    Both properties: Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Woodbine Cottage

    Failford, nr. Ayr

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 28782

    This detached, single-storey holiday cottage is situated in a quiet lane in the charming village of Failford and is only a couple of minutes walk away from the River Ayr and the Wildlife Trust Gorge Walk. It provides a tranquil holiday base from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire and south west Scotland. Visit the Ayrshire Coastal Path, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing and a choice of golf courses and country parks, including NT properties. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, and both Glasgow and Edinburgh can be reached for a day out. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles (regular bus service daytime and evenings).

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with summer house. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Millport

    Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

    Grade
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    Ref: CC539049
    Situated on the Isle of Cumbrae, this first and second floor apartment offers idyllic seaside accommodation located just 60 yards from the pier, with tropical palms fronting the promenade and yachts moored out in the sheltered bay. From here, you can explore the charm of a seaside town with cafés, shops and bars. A haven for wildlife, Cumbrae attracts migrant birds from around the world and the flora of the island is equally varied, with a visit to the island’s Marine Research Station with museum and aquarium a must. Pier Way is also the home of Europe’s smallest cathedral and Britain’s narrowest house. An ideal location for cycling, walking and golf and the National Watersports Centre offers courses to suit all aspect of water-based activities. The main Newton Bay offers sheltered anchorages and moorings.

    First Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Spiral staircase to...
    Lounge: With electric wood-effect fire, 42" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Spiral staircase to...

    Second Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Freezer in external outbuilding. Welcome pack.Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Little Arches

    Lochwinnoch, nr. Glasgow

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: S4665

    This attractive, converted, semi-detached stable sits within the owners 500-acre working sheep farm. Surrounded by lovely countryside with limitless walks from the door, you can enjoy exploring this countryside or simply relaxing in the secluded hot tub on a decked patio area which can be accessed via the living room. Ideally located to Glasgow, 20 miles, and the airport just 12 miles, you can also enjoy city life
    with excellent restaurants, theatres, concerts, endless shopping and the various museums. The RSPB wetlands nature reserve is only 2 miles and the attractive Castle Semple Country Park offers sailing, mountain biking (with hire), hill walking, woodland and loch shore walks. The traditional seaside town of Largs is only 13 miles. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. Freeview TV. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with decking, enclosed patio and furniture. Parking. Private hot tub. No smoking.

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