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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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  • Esplanade Court - Apartment

    Oban, Argyll

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: B5888

    Ideal base for visiting the Isles

    Esplanade Court is situated in a particularly superb location overlooking Oban Bay, on the lovely west coast of Scotland. The holiday apartments have qualified for the STB 4 Star rating. They are equipped and furnished to a good standard with each one having a panoramic view over the bay and out to the isles of Kerrera, Mull and Lismore. Oban is a lively west coast town with lots going on for the visitor. It is central for touring the west coast, or take a boat trip to the above islands and Iona which leave daily. There is a lovely sandy beach at Ganavan which is 1½ miles away. There are some very good restaurants in which to eat dinner in the evening, after maybe a days climbing, walking or enjoying some of the wonderful animal and plant life which the west highlands has to offer. Elevator to all floors.

    Lift to apartment entrance. Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Cot. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Shared payphone. Wi-fi (in lobby). Visit Scotland 4 Star.

  • The Hollies

    Blairninich near Strathpeffer

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511476
    Enjoying a peaceful, rural setting, The Hollies has been equipped and furnished to a very high standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. A cosy, well equipped cottage, The Hollies makes a perfect base for exploring this lovely part of the Northern Highlands. Set just outside the picturesque Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer where you can visit the Spa Room and sample the waters, the Highland Museum of Childhood, the Pictish Eagle Stone or you could just stroll around the village to see some fabulous examples of Victorian architecture. In the heart of the village is The Spa Pavilion, a historic venue which hosts numerous live musical performances, craft and art exhibitions and in the summer time, you can enjoy the stirring sounds of the Strathpeffer Pipe Band performing in The Square. From Strathpeffer you can enjoy a visit to Inverness, the Highland Capital which offers very good shopping and entertainment, the famous Loch Ness where you can enjoy a boat trip and hopefully catch sight of the monster, or take a dolphin cruise along the beautiful Moray Coast. A trip along the Moray Malt Whisky Trail is recommended. Visit the stunning Brodie and Cawdor Castles and Culloden battlefield just outside Inverness. Explore the Black Isle with its many lovely villages, beaches and historic sites. The west coast and the Isle of Skye are an easy drive and a day trip to the Orkney Isles is highly recommended. Amongst the many activities available in the area are mountain biking, golf with Strathpeffer boasting a challenging 18 hole course, numerous watersports, hill climbing, horse riding and paint balling just to name but a few. A stay in The Hollies will always evoke happy memories.

    The Hollies can be booked together with The Willow (CC511475) and The Cedars (CC511477) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave/oven/grill combination, fridge and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Freezer in outbuilding. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. 2-acre shared grounds. Shared BBQ. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Auchenbrae Stables

    Near Glenluce and Stranraer

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

  • Stuffers Cottage

    Braemar

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UUP

    Overlooking the gentle meandering bends of the River Dee where wild red deer roam, this former taxidermist’s workshop and cottage has been completely rebuilt under the ‘Mar Estate Golden Jubilee Project’. After lapsing into dereliction, this magnificently appointed property has been restored to its original 1884 timber construction, taking into account every last detail. Further enhanced by the addition of modern day facilities, it stands as a real gem of a holiday home, amidst spectacular scenery. The village is home to the annual Highland Games, the Braemar Gathering. Games were first held here in the 11th century, when contests were set for the local clans in order to pick the bravest and strongest for Malcolm Canmore’s army. Perth is little over an hour’s drive away, as is the beautiful granite city of Aberdeen. Shops 3 miles.

    Living room with superb views. Fitted kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Natural grassed area overlooking River Dee

  • Smiddy Cottage

    Tulliemet, Pitlochry

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC524027
    Smiddy Cottage is a delightful stone built cottage, nestling in the beautiful Highland Perthshire countryside. A former working Smiddy, dating back over 100 years, the property has recently been refurbished and offers spacious and comfortable accommodation. Pitlochry is just 7 miles away and boasts a great number of shops, cafes and restaurants.

    Ground Floor: The property is mainly on ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Spacious open plan lounge/kitchen/dining
    Lounge Area: With Free Sat TV and large patio door looking out over the countryside.
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Dining Area: With table and 4 chairs
    Utility Room: With washing machine and freezer - a spacious area to store/dry outdoor gear
    3 Steps up to landing area and 1 step down to......
    Bedroom: With double bed, which can be separated into two singles if preferred
    Shower Room: With shower, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Unlimited Wi-fi availableEnclosed garden with furniture. Welcome pack provided. Off road parking for 2 cars.

  • The Hay Lodge

    Nairn

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

  • The Studio At Ebbtide

    Dunan, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511219
    The Studio at Ebbtide is the epitome of the word "bijou". The dictionary defines bijou as "small and elegant" and this aptly describes this delightful studio apartment for two. It is superbly situated close to the sea shore. This ground floor apartment is completely self contained, with its own separate access and private gardens. The accommodation is open plan, with the bedroom and living area separated from the kitchen by a small dividing wall. This bright, modern room is beautifully presented, with colour coordinated soft furnishings and a super king sized zip and link bed which convert to two single beds if preferred. There are spectacular views through the French windows that look out across the sea to the hills and mountains beyond. The bathroom is spacious with full sized bath with shower over. The entrance door opens onto a pretty garden with shrubs and a patio area with picnic table and chairs, and vistas of the sea loch, hills and mountains beyond.  It is located in the small hamlet of Dunan, 51/2 miles from Broadford. This thriving village, overlooking Broadford Bay, has an excellent selection of amenities. There are a number of restaurants, bars and cafes as well as a good selection of shops - from interesting individual stores to a larger supermarket. The local area is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Dolphins, seals and otters have been spotted in the bay below the apartment. There is a small track that leads down to the shoreline below and visitors are welcome to launch canoes and other small craft here. There is also a boatyard just 1/2 mile away where sailing and motor boats can be hired. There are wonderful walks direct from the property across the hills and into the mountains. There is also an excellent golf course open to visitors just a short drive away. The Studio at Ebbtide is ideally situated for exploring the whole of this magical isle. To the north is Portree, the "capital" of Skye. Here brightly painted cottages cluster round the active harbour where some of the finest fish restaurants can be found. This bustling, atmospheric town boasts an excellent selection of interesting local shops, together with bars, restaurants and cafes. There is a superb leisure centre which is open to visitors. It has a 25 metre swimming pool, a climbing wall, gym and a number of indoor sports. Just a short trip south is Sleat, known as "the garden of Skye". Nearby Armadale Castle is well worth a visit. Seat of the Clan Donald, it boasts superb gardens and grounds set in 20,000 acres, as well as a fascinating museum. A ferry also sails from Armadale harbour across to Mallaig on the western mainland, a truly memorable day out. Surrounded by miles of breathtaking coastline, with awe inspiring mountain ranges, magical castles and historical sites, the visitor is spoilt for choice.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level and has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living area with lounge/bedroom/dining/kitchen
    Lounge/Bedroom Area: With satellite Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD, two seater sofa and two single beds which can zip n link to make 6ft super king size bed if preferred. French windows over look the gardens with stunning views of the sea loch and mountains beyond.
    A low wall divides
    Kitchen/Dining Area: With two ring electric hob, microwave/combination grill and fridge with ice box.
    Bathroom:With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Laundry service is available on request, drying facilities. Wifi available.Garden with patio area, BBQ and furniture with path leading directly down to lochside. Storage for bicycles etc in garage. Off road parking for 1 car.

  • Gladstone Cottage

    Castletown, nr. Thurso

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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.

  • The Old Church

    Sconser, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 17488

    Built in the mid 1800s this splendid little church has been restored and furnished to a good standard. It has spiral stairs leading to a galleried area which overlooks the living room and off to a small snug bedroom which fits neatly into the attic. The property which is attached to the owner’s home is set in a garden with a stone bridge over the stream. A perfect central base for a holiday touring the Islands of Skye, Raasay and the Western Isles. Shop 10 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Garden and furniture. Natural unspoilt croftland. Parking. NB: Stream and drops in garden.

  • Thistle Dubh

    Drumnadrochit

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

  • Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: SW32

    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 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Internet access on request. Private patio and furniture. Barbecue.

    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.

  • Pen-Bryn

    Fort William

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 24082

    With views to Loch Linnhe and Ben Nevis, and direct access to local walks from the property, this well furnished holiday apartment is attached to the owner’s property and is approximately 1 mile from Fort William town centre. Enjoy complimentary use of the Ben Nevis Leisure Club in Fort William, 2 miles, including sauna, spa, steam room and pool. As part of the UK outdoor capital, there are plenty of activities for all ages including climbing, skiing, fishing, mountain biking, sailing and walking. Perfectly located for touring the Highlands, visiting Skye, Glencoe, Oban and Loch Ness, or relaxing on the West Highland Steam Train (summer only) to Mallaig. Shop ¾ mile, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors and wooden floor. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over whirlpool bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Video. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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