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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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  • The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage

    Twynholm, Nr Kirkcudbright

    Grade
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    Ref: CC537173
    This cosy hideaway is just a perfect spot for exploring this secret corner of Scotland. Parts of the apartment date back to the mid 1700’s. The unique and special experiences on offer here in Galloway can be sampled almost from the doorstep. Frequent visitors to the apartment’s grounds are deer and red kites. The views are extensive; Screel and Bengairn and over to the Cumbrian Fells distinguished by the peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra. The local town of Kirkcudbright is a delight. Established as a Royal Burgh in 1455, it is known as The Artist’s Town and has attracted painters for generations due to the scenic landscape and the exceptional quality of light. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles

    Ground Floor: This cosy apartment is all on one level:
    Living room/Dining room: with TV/DVD and electric feature fire. Views of the garden and hills beyond.
    Kitchen: electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, mini dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: super king sized bed which can be made into 2 single beds. PLEASE STATE PREFERENCE AT TIME OF BOOKING. (If preference not stated will be King Size) En suite bathroom: with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, power, bed linen, towels and WiFi includedPatio garden with furniture and BBQ. The owner extends a welcome to explore some of the surrounding 2.5 acres of land. (NB: There is a pond however this is fenced off from the apartment’s garden.) The apartment is surrounded by farmland with livestock. 1 small dog welcome (to be kept under control and on a lead at all times). Please note: the road to the property is down a 300 metre all gravel track. Off road parking for two cars.

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  • The Boatmans Cottage

    Glaick, Balmacara, Kyle

    Grade
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    Ref: UXH

    This delightful detached little cottage is set in an enviable position just yards from the sea, and with breathtaking views towards the Lochalsh and the Skye Mountains. Set within the tiny hamlet known as Glaik on the edge of the Lochalsh Woodland Garden, it is just a short drive away from the enchanting Eilean Donan Castle. The Skye bridge is within 5 minutes’ drive, and picturesque Plockton (which was the location for Hamish MacBeth) is just 20 minutes’ away, with its beautiful bay and palm trees. There are many good pubs and restaurants within the area. Shops 1 mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room with feature wooden floor and modern kitchen area. Sun room. Utility. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV
    • Video (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Small sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Sitting-out area leads to sea

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  • The Old Ticket Office

    Blairmore, Dunoon

    Grade
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    Ref: SNNJ

    Situated on the shores of Loch Long in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, this Victorian listed cottage has been stunningly restored. Standing detached at the end of the restored Blairmore Pier the holiday 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 magnificent woodland gardens at nearby Benmore Botanic Gardens. Further afield there are day excursions to Inveraray, Oban and Loch Lomond. Shops 100 yds.

    Beamed living room with wood-burning stove, sea views, tiled floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom with tiled floor and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Pay As You Go mobile phone
    • Large lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Sloping bank and drop to shore from garden. Lochside location.

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  • Lomond Cottages - Montrose House

    Balmaha, Loch Lomond

    Grade
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    Ref: 23973

    Located in the heart of Scotland’s first National Park, these two properties offer an ideal holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area. Montrose House, a former listed period mansion house, offers a spacious ground floor apartment while Lomond View Cottage offers a good standard of accommodation with conservatory overlooking the loch. Just 7 miles along the delightful lochside, Ben Lomond awaits, towering over the shores of Loch Lomond and offering spectacular panoramic views. The sheltered harbour at Balmaha is ideal for sailing and water sports, with walking and hiking enthusiasts also well catered for. A little further afield there is Balloch Castle Country Park where you can take a gentle stroll through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Magnificent scenery, opportunities for water sports, scenic villages and castles are all within easy reach. Drymen, 4 miles, has a hotel/restaurant, 18-hole golf course and shops. Loch Lomond Shores for designer shopping is within easy reach. Close by, Stirling and Glasgow make for a good day out. Shops and pub 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Freezer. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    Both properties: Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. No smoking.

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  • Dora’s Cottage

    Whauphill near Wigtown

    Grade
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    Ref: CC537238
    Dora’s Cottage is beautifully placed for enjoying this wonderful, scenic area of the Machars Peninsula with many beautiful sandy beaches and coves to explore. The cottage was originally part of the Barnbarroch Estate and housed the weaver for the estate in around the 1850’s.

    The nearby Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s largest at three hundred square miles and is a mixture of lochs, moorland, hills and is a habitat for a variety of plants and animals. A great introduction to the Forest Park is the drive along the Queen’s Way. This is a very scenic route linking Newton Stewart with Scotland’s smallest Burgh, New Galloway. The road holds lovely surprises as it winds its way through magnificent scenery. Wild goats thrive on the rocky outcrops as do red deer, allowing an opportunity to see these elusive animals up close. The Forest Park has been designated a Dark Sky Park, and offers outstanding opportunities for star gazing. Several of the 7Stanes mountain biking trails are easily accessible from Dora’s Cottage at Kirroughtree and Glentrool. There are outstanding gardens open at Castle Kennedy, Logan Botanical Garden and Glenwhan. The nearby town of Wigtown is Scotland’s national book town and hosts a book festival in late September.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 32" Freesat TV, DVD player, sofa and double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping).
    Two steps up to...
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower.
    Cloakroom: With WC and heated towel rail.
    Narrow stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Welcome pack.Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Cottage

    Banavie near Fort William

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

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

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

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  • MacKenzie Cottage

    Ballachulish

    Grade
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    Ref: 26400

    Situated in the village of Ballachulish, just 1 mile from historic Glencoe, this semi-detached property offers an ideal holiday base from which to explore Argyll and the Highlands. The area is surrounded by spectacular scenery, mountains, lochs and hidden glens with an abundance of wildlife. Glencoe’s famous rugged mountain range is popular with climbers and walkers, whilst mountain biking, skiing, golf, sailing and forest walks are a few of the activities available. Nevis Range Gondola and the West Highland steam train are a short drive away in Fort William. Oban, Loch Ness and Skye are also accessible. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in shed). Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Drop in garden.

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  • Chestnut Lodge

    near Portpatrick

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    Ref: UK5096
    This stunning little wing of the owner’s home is beautifully presented and decorated and with views of the sea from the garden what more could you ask for? It’s just a stones’ throw from one of the loveliest coastal villages in the area, Portpatrick, with its charming fishing harbour. From the comfort of your holiday cottage to the delights of the village there is just about no need to explore further. However this delightful area, known as The Rhins of Galloway is too tempting. Take a scenic walk along the Southern Upland Way, a coast to coast pathway. Or why not stroll through the village and lunch out in one of the many excellent restaurants which overlook the beautiful harbour? Chestnut Lodge is ideally placed for easy access to many of the attractions that ’The Rhins’ has to offer. Visit the beautiful display of flowers at Logan Botanic Gardens or explore the Galloway Forest with its exceptional walking and cycling; the world famous 7Stanes cycle trail runs through it. The forest is also a designated Dark Sky Park. If golf is for you there is an excellent course in the village and further afield is the Wigtownshire County Golf Club, an 18 hole true links course, which is situated on the shores of Luce Bay. Take a boat trip from the harbour, fish from the harbour walls or just sit and watch the world go by. Shop and pub 2¼ mile, restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area: With patio doors to garden.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Snug.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Laundry service available.Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Private parking for 2 cars. 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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  • 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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  • Filters Cottage

    Linlithgow

    Grade
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    Ref: 27228

    This charming, semi-detached holiday cottage, attached to the owner’s home, is in a rural setting, above historic town of Linlithgow, with views to the Forth Bridge from the garden - an ideal location. Centrally placed to explore Edinburgh or Glasgow, 20 and 30 minutes by train, the Borders, Perthshire and Fife. An ideal rural base from which to enjoy Edinburgh Festival. Explore Beecraigs Country Park, the Pentland Hills, Linlithgow Palace, Hopetoun House or House of the Binns. Golf, 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft zip and link) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Ground source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Front garden. Small enclosed sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.

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  • Kirkland Burn

    Tinwald, near Dumfries

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5081
    Kirkland Burn lies just a few minutes outside Dumfries with lovely views across the valley to Galloway and the Solway. Furnished to a very good standard, and with the owners living adjacent, this single-storey, semi-detached cottage has plenty of space for two people. With two living areas, plenty of outside space and a spacious utility room where you can kick off your muddy boots before sinking into the freestanding bath in the bathroom, there is not much more that you could want (apart from the hot tub outside!)
    This is an ideal base from which to explore Dumfries and Galloway, and it is only 30 minutes to Carlisle, the border city to the Lake District, and 90 minutes to Edinburgh and Glasgow. A huge range of activities and events are available in Dumfries and Galloway to make your stay special, no matter what time of year you visit. There is a range of fascinating museums including the Aviation Museum, Burns House and Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura. There are plenty of historic areas to visit, too, including Caerlaverock and Drumlanrig Castles, and Sweetheart Abbey. For activities when the sun is shining, try mountain biking and enjoy several of the 7Stanes trails which are described as mountain biking heaven. Or go on a hike to find some more of the prehistoric art carvings that have been discovered in the region. You can also enjoy horse riding, golf or loch fishing (5 minutes away).
    Once you have built up an appetite, you can cook in the well-equipped kitchen at Kirkland Burn, then enjoy a glass of wine in your own garden followed by a dip in the hot tub - or you can take the night off and eat out at one of a range of award-winning restaurants and cafés which are within easy reach.
    With stunning scenery, sweeping beaches and spectacular sunsets, this really is an area where you can relax, unwind and let your imagination run wild. JM Barrie created Peter Pan here - let’s see what you can conjure up! Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground Floor: 2 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With electric coal-effect fire, Freeview TV, DVD player, Blu-ray player, CD player and Wii.
    Open plan living space.
    Second living area.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, wooden floor and patio doors leading to garden.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With freestanding bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Large, enclosed lawned garden with flagged area, garden furniture and barbecue. Hot tub. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. No children. Please note: There is a stream in the garden. This property has a security deposit of £150.

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