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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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  • Auchenbrae Stables

    Near Glenluce and Stranraer

    Grade
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    Ref: CC537219
    Converted from the former stables of Auchenbrae House, this detached, single storey holiday cottage has been well laid out and is very cosy. The kitchen and lounge are open plan, making it light and airy and from here, the stable door opens out onto a small courtyard with views of Luce Bay in the distance, and on a clear day, the Isle of Man. A short stroll from the property takes you to the bay and a delightful country pub and restaurant. There is also a cliff path walk from which you may spot seals, otters or porpoises. A few minutes away by car is Glenluce, where there is a local shop, pubs and hotels providing meals. This area of Dumfries and Galloway boasts rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches which benefit from the warmth of the passing Gulf Stream and is surrounded by breath taking scenery, offering an ideal base from which to explore the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills. There are many beautiful gardens to explore, including the world renowned Logan Botanical Gardens. The area boasts many pretty little ports like Sandhead, Portpatrick and the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway nature reserve, where thousands of seabirds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. Walking is a delight, whether clifftop, beaches, hills or forests and the Southern Upland Way passes close by. This is a cyclist’s paradise with the world famous 7Stanes within easy reach. If you prefer shooting or golf, there are many facilities nearby including the county course just four miles away. The town of Stranraer is 14 miles away and offers a wider range of shops, pubs and restaurants. Nearby Cairnryan is home to the ferry, making a day trip to Belfast, with a chance to visit the Titanic Museum, a great day out.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 22" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Small, enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Parlour

    By Carnwath

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: SNNM

    Nestled in the beautiful Scottish countryside with views of Tinto Hill, this pair of adjoining holiday cottages, originally stables and dairy parlours stand adjacent to the owner’s home. Dating back over 200 years, they are situated on a smallholding, 5 miles from the historic burgh of Lanark and 25 miles from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Walking, cycling, fishing, golf, mountain biking and riding are available locally. Lanark, 6 miles, boasts the World Heritage Site of New Lanark, close to the Falls of Clyde, the Corehouse Estate and the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Corehouse Nature Reserve. Biggar, 11 miles, has an array of specialist shops, pubs, eateries, Victorian-style puppet theatre, museums, boating and paddling pools, tennis courts and the famous Hogmanay bonfire and street party. Shops and pub 3 miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Parking (for 1 car)

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Full LPG central heating included (October-March £25per week, £10/£15 per 3/4 night short breaks
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with furniture
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Stob-Ban View

    Achintee, Fort William

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: S4582

    Spectacular mountain views across Glen Nevis are an impressive feature of this romantic retreat – its glass gable ensures maximum aspects even from the mezzanine floor bedroom. Very comfortably furnished and boasting its own garden and deck overlooking that glorious view, it sits within the grounds of the owners’ home, a mile from the town facilities. The UK’s best mountain bike tracks are close by (there are two bicycles available free of charge for exploring them) and, with a footpath to Ben Nevis just 0.5 miles away, the local hill walking, climbing and skiing (in season) are excellent. Trips to the Silver Sands of Morar and ferry port of Mallaig, passing Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745, are a must. Shop and pub 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Mezzanine with double bed (5ft).

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Garden with decked area and furniture. Parking. No smoking. No children.

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  • St Abbs - Keepers Fold

    St Abbs Head

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC538025
    Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is simply sublime! The winding climb up the protected cliff face to the top rewards with the most magical of sea views.
    Keepers Fold is a compact one-bedroom studio apartment suitable for a single person or couple with the accommodation being all on ground floor level.

    Ground Floor: The compact accommodation is all on one level, heated by electricity and comprises:
    A small open plan living space with:
    Lounge / dining area:  with Freesat TV with 2 chairs.
    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box
    Bedroom:  with two single beds close together
    Shower room:  with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. Bed linen supplied. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • The Squinty House

    Lundin Links, nr. St Andrews

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 30174


    This delightful terraced holiday cottage is nestled in the village of Lundin Links, the gateway to East Neuk of Fife, famous for its stunning coastline with rugged cliffs or glorious sandy beaches and golf courses. The village boasts two famous golf courses, tennis courts, bowling green and sports club. Within easy walking distance from the front door are local shops including an award-winning butchers and bakers, a coffee/gift shop and a bank, as well as bars and restaurants. Just a few miles from St. Andrews, it is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine in the garden after a day on the beach or the golf course. For walkers, there is the stunning Fife Coastal Path, which is perfect for exploring the quaint fishing villages strung along the coast. Ideally located, tour this area and beyond with easy access to Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth and The Trossachs. Beach ½ mile. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 5ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 8 steps to garden and cycle store. Drop in garden.

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  • Newhall Cottages - The Bothy

    Carlops, nr. Penicuik

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: 30950

    These four beautifully situated holiday cottages are part of historic Newhall Estate, just 14 miles south west of the vibrant city of Edinburgh, and a central base from which to explore further afield to Glasgow, Stirling, Fife and the Scottish Borders. Newhall’s 1,100 acres are on the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, a wonderful landscape sculpted by glaciers and water, with hillwalking and biking to suit all abilities. Newhall Steading Cottage (ref 30949), skilfully converted from the original farm steading, is privately situated about 220 yards from Newhall House. The bright open-plan living area has a cosy woodburner and French doors leading to small terrace opposite a walled garden. The Bothy (ref 30950) is adjacent to Newhall Steading Cottage and is a tiny haven for two, with a galley kitchen and compact living area opening onto the garden and courtyard beyond. The owners’ 2-acre walled garden is a peaceful spot for relaxing in and produces a great array of spring and summer flowers. Spittal Cottage (ref 30951) and Spittal Coach House (ref 30952) are set a mile away on a working hill sheep farm, bounded on its west side by a reservoir where brown trout fishing may be arranged and the bird hide is a great vantage point from which to watch ducks, geese and heron. Spittal Coach House is a spectacular conversion from an 18th-century farm steading. The beautifully light, spacious, oak floored living area has a central, double-sided woodburner and three huge arched windows opening onto a paved terrace. Spittal Cottage is a traditional, south-facing farm cottage, with fine views and a delightful cosy living room and stunning walking from the doorstep. The nearby North Esk Glen has over a mile of delightful paths, some steep, with a rich variety of wildlife. The patient observer may be rewarded by a glimpse of an otter or badger. The village of West Linton, 5 miles, has local shops, a pub and good restaurant, while Carlops, 1½ miles, has a pub serving food. Shop and restaurant 4½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (zip and link bed, can be twin) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Freesat TV. Garden furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead, sheep country.

    All properties: Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Access to owners’ 2-acre walled garden. Shared grounds. Trout fishing on estate on request (licence needed). No smoking.

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  • Glen Mhor

    Lochybridge, nr. Fort William

    Grade
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    Ref: W42554

    Lovely views of Ben Nevis

    This wonderful conversion is situated on the outskirts of Fort William and enjoys lovely views of Ben Nevis. In an area designated as Britain’s top outdoor location there are plenty of all year round activities. Nevis Range Ski Centre, 3 miles, boasts a dry ski slope and world renowned mountain bike tracks. Climbing, walking, fishing, birdwatching, golf and a variety of watersports are literally on your doorstep. An ideal holiday base for touring the Western Highlands, including Loch Ness, Mull, Inverness, Oban and the Cairngorms. For those seeking tranquillity and relaxation, wildlife is in abundance and the scenery is breathtaking. Shop 0.25 miles, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Pine Tree Cottage

    Altass, Lairg, Sutherland

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511305
    Pine Tree Cottage is situated in the grounds of the owner’s property. This delightful detached modern cottage is impeccably presented and provides a high standard of accommodation for two in a stunning setting. The main living accommodation is open plan, with the lounge/kitchen/dining room running the length of the cottage. The lounge area looks out across the open hills and countryside, with the river below. The bright, modern kitchen area is well equipped, with integral appliances. There is a spacious shower room adjoining. The double bedroom occupies the whole of the first floor. All furniture and furnishings are of exceptionally high quality, including Vi-sprung beds. The cottage gardens are a real delight. With lawns, flowering shrubs and a patio area with dining table and chairs; a delightful spot to enjoy a glass or two whilst drinking in the incredible views of the river and surrounding hills. The large shed in the grounds is also available for outdoor gear, canoes and cycles. Pine Tree Cottage is a wonderful base for a Highland getaway, either for relaxing completely or indulging in the wide variety of local activities.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Dining/Kitchen: With high quality furniture and furnishings with stunning views across the river, hills and open countryside.
    Lounge area: With satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio. Wi-Fi.
    Dining area: With table and chairs.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob and extractor fan, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; superbly equipped with integral appliances.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom: With two single 3 foot 3 inches by 6 foot 6 inches vi-spring beds can be made into 1 double bed if required. Please let us know when telephoning to confirm arrival arrangements which alternative you would prefer.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available. Enclosed garden with patio area with picnic table and chairs. Use of shed for storage of bicycles/canoes etc. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Morven View Cottages - Fir Tree Cottage

    Ballater, Aberdeenshire

    Grade
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    Ref: RCHN151

    Ideal for touring Aberdeenshire

    These tastefully converted holiday cottages overlook the stunning Dee Valley in the Cairngorms National Park. Both with their own character, they are ideally situated for exploring the north east of Scotland. Victoria Cottage (Ref: RCHN152) is so named because of its association with Queen Victoria as the place where she first met John Brown, and Fir Tree (ref: RCHN151), due to the planting of said tree next to the cottage. Both are warm and comfortable and benefit from fine views to the front.
    Aberdeenshire is a wonderful area to explore and has everything an outdoor enthusiast could wish for such as golf, horse riding, fishing, gliding, cycling and some fantastic walking in the Cairngorms. With complimentary tickets for all the National Trust properties, the National Park offers something for every visitor and covers mountains, moorlands, forests, rivers, lochs, glens and castles.
    Ballater itself is a lovely village situated close to Balmoral and its famous castle. A short drive away is Lochnagar Distillery which is well worth a visit. If visiting in winter, try skiing at nearby Glenshee and Lecht ski areas. Excellent location and facilities. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Galleried double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Parking (3 cars).

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Sitting-out area. No smoking. No children.

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  • The Causeway

    Fairlie near Largs

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC539045
    Situated on the Ayrshire coast in the village of Fairlie, and close to the bustling town of Largs with its shops, restaurants and promenade, this spacious apartment provides an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area. It lies within 200 yards of the coast and is ideally located to explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and the Isle of Bute. Ferries also run to Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula, giving access to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves to explore, and is an ideal location for cyclists and walkers with Skelmorlie heralding the start of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile long coastal walk. Inland there is walking, cycling, gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry. Culzean Castle Country Park, extending over 550 acres, has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day trip, with rail links available from the town.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, 32" Satellite Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With tiled floor, elec oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With wooden floor and double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Rear sitting-out area and furniture. Front garden with sitting-out area. Shared lawned drying area. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Kames Castle Estate - Blane

    Rothesay, Isle of Bute

    Grade
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    Ref: SSBC

    Situated in a wonderful coastal location in Kames Bay on the east side of Bute, the lovely traditional stone cottages that form Kames Castle (refs SSBA, SSBB, SSBC, SSBD, SSBE, SSBF, SSBG and SSBH) are situated in approximately 19.5 acres of woodland and parkland and provide a superb, secluded location.
    Within the estate there is a wonderful B listed, 18th century walled garden containing a listed Victorian greenhouse with productive vines, tennis court, river running through and plentiful walks and wildlife to observe. The estate lies only yards from the shore and boasts views to the Kyles of Bute and Loch Striven, and to the Cowal Peninsula beyond. A small car ferry is only 5 minutes along the coastal road providing easy access to the Cowal Peninsula, and another way onto the mainland for those wishing to explore the highlands of Scotland.

    Kames Castle dates from the 14th century, at which time it was the seat of the Bannatyne family, whose roots can be traced back to the reign of King Alexander III of Scotland. The Bannatynes of Kames were believed to be chamberlains to the Stewart kings when Bute was part of the Royal Estates, and the title of Lord Kames was bestowed on William Bannatyne in the 19th century, before it came into the possession of the Marquess of Bute.

    The island has been named as one of National Geographics ’Top10’ global adventure trips. There are many breathtaking scenic walks, the West Island Way Walks and the Kelspoke Trail are close by and take in the glorious sea views. There is an interesting 13-hole golf course at Port Bannatyne. Kingarth has a 9-hole course, with views towards Arran, and there is a scenic 18-hole course in Rothesay, with views from Canada Hill towards Loch Striven and The Kyles of Bute. Bute is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a pleasant mild climate. Outdoor enthusiasts have numerous opportunities to enjoy coastal and hill walking as well as cycling on the quiet roads and tracks around the island. Anglers enjoy a choice of freshwater and sea fishing on hill lochs and the Firth of Clyde. The area is notable for its sailing on the famous Kyles of Bute, which is a National Scenic Area. Tighnabruaich and Colintraive to the north, and the Crinan Canal and Tarbert to the west, are centres of lively sailing activity throughout the season. There are marinas and sheltered moorings in Rothesay and Port Bannatyne.

    A couple of miles away is the island’s main town of Rothesay, a traditional, Victorian, seaside resort which has managed to maintain its grand architecture. It still has its ancient castle, built to fend off the Vikings, and a museum. From Rothesay harbour, trips can be taken around the islands on the Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer ship in the world. Further along the coast is the pretty harbour town of Port Bannatyne. There are also other sites such as St Blanes Chapel and Ascog Fernery to be found.

    The island attracts many annual festivals including the Jazz Festival in May, ’T in the Port’ in June, ButeFest, for music and food in July, the Bute Highland Games in August, the Baird Festival of Flight, and in September to mark the first ’All Scottish, heavier than air, powered flight in 1910’, just a few years after the Wright brothers first flight to France. Close by is Mount Stuart House, an extravagantly decorated stately home. It is said to contain more marble than any other building in the British Isles and has become a popular location for celebrity weddings. Days out to Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily managed by the train link from Wemyss Bay. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Living room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Full oil central heating and Wi-Fi included
    • 22" Freeview TV
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Shared lawned garden
    • Shared 19-acre natural grounds with walled garden and parkland
    • Shared tennis court
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, varied distance of 25 yards to 250 yards away

    Note: Can be booked with Ninian (ref SSBF) and Kames (ref SSBD) to accommodate 14 guests.

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  • Pier Cottage

    Kilmun, nr. Dunoon

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: 28385

    Situated on the shores of the Holy Loch, in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, this restored, former ticket office is ideal for a relaxing holiday. Standing detached at the end of Kilmun Pier, this property offers a variety of activities, including walking, fishing, cycling, golf, quad biking and a range of watersports. The area abounds with wildlife, and visitors can take a leisurely stroll through woodland gardens at nearby Benmore Botanic Gardens. Further afield, there are day excursions to Inveraray, Oban and Loch Lomond. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/kitchen with wooden floor. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating included (£20per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-Fi. Small sitting-out area and bench. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Loch 10 yards.

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