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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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  • South Grange Cottage

    Coldingham, nr. Eyemouth

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 30698

    Just 3 miles from the award winning sandy beach at Coldingham and under an hour from Edinburgh, this beautifully presented, semi-detached holiday cottage is in a peaceful rural setting overlooking open woodland where you may glimpse deer and red squirrels. The cosy living room has a multi-fuel stove and a French door leading to the pretty garden, and the sunny kitchen is well-equipped, also with access to the garden. The quiet roads are ideal for cycling and there are numerous golf courses nearby and also opportunities for sailing, surfing, scuba-diving, hill and spectacular coastal walking. Further afield, explore the historic walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, mysterious Holy Island, the Farne islands, Alnwick Castle and its amazing water gardens. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French door and beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 single bedroom. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms.

    Multi-fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children aged 2-5 years.

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  • Wester Croachy Cottage

    Aberarder, nr. Inverness

    Grade
    4
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: 70228

    This detached holiday cottage sits amidst hills and farmland, midway bewtween Fort Augustus and Inverness, 15 miles, and east of Loch Ness, with some exceptional scenery from the roads leading towards the loch. It is very comfortably furnished with fabrics and colours that compliment the traditional highland style and is approached by a short grassy track. The mountains ensure a tranquil spot and Loch Ruthven very close by, is an ornithologist’s dream, with grebe and many various flora and fauna. Shop 7 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 twin bedrooms (both with 6ft coombed ceilings). Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electricity by meter reading. Central heating from woodburner, NSH, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Payphone. Garden with patio area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Sea Breeze Cottage

    Cullen

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511427
    This charming, semi-detached, stone cottage has been carefully restored to provide high quality holiday accommodation with all the contemporary comforts, perfect for families or friends. Just a few hundred yards from the lovely seafront, the property is within easy walking distance of the quaint harbour and sandy beach.
    Cullen is famous for Cullen Skink (a thick Scottish soup) and the hotels and restaurants in the village make the most of the fabulous local produce. Also renowned for its ice cream shop on the main street, some say it ranks amongst the best in the world! The sandy beach offers plenty to do for families and walkers, while golfers can be out on the Cullen golf course, one of 70 within an hour’s drive!
    Take time to meander along the winding roads of this stunning coastline, dropping into some of the other villages which nestle along the coast. Plenty of walks are available in the area, not least up The Bin Hill, a well-known local route. Look out for wildlife; otters and the famous Moray Firth dolphins may be spotted, or inland birds of prey and deer are common sightings.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With wooden floor, Freeview TV and DVD and Blu-ray player, with a DVD and book library.
    Kitchen: With range cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, TV and built-in wardrobes.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With single bed and sloping ceilings.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed and sloping ceilings.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Freezer in shed. Welcome pack. Small enclosed courtyard with patio and furniture. On street parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Hobbit

    Cairnbulg near Fraserburgh

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC512078
    Situated near the shore within the twin villages of Inverallochy and Cairnbulg, this cosy former fisherman’s cottage is aptly named due to its diminutive front door although inside there is plenty of room for couples or families. Bright and contemporary furnishings ensure a very comfortable standard and the upstairs bedroom also has a large sofa and television in it, making it a good choice for children or teenagers wanting their own space. Outside is a small enclosed sitting out area ideal for soaking up the afternoon sun. The cottage is just a few hundred yards from the shingly shore, where traditional cottages still make use of the seashore washing lines to dry their laundry, recalling the atmosphere of times past when every cottage had a boat pulled up in the narrow alleys between them. Within walking distance of the village is a wonderful marina. The beach stretches for three miles around St Combs in one direction and Faserburgh in the other. Along this stretch of coastline boast golden sands and impressive dunes, and are ideal for wildlife lovers, in fact south of St Combs is what has been described as one of the best stretches of sand dune and beach in the country, extending ten miles past Rattray Head to Peterhead. Visit Strathbeg Nature Reserve with its RSPB visitor centre or explore the other villages along this sandy stretch of coastline to Pennan, the setting of the film ’Local Hero’. Inverallochy itself also boasts a charming golf course, a beautiful links golf course and many other hidden treasures. Whether you enjoy challenging activities like windsurfing, or prefer relaxing walks, this area has something for everyone.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Step down from entrance to...
    Lounge: With Freeview TV.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and a step up to the dining area.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.
    Steep, narrow, ladder style stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With double bed (for one, accessed by one side only), sofa, TV, DVD player and low sloping ceilings.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Stairgate available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Small, enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Camuslongart Cottage

    Dornie, Ross-shire

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511260
    Camuslongart Cottage is a lovely detached stone cottage positioned right on the shores of Loch Long in the stunning West Highlands. From the conservatory that runs along the front there are absolutely stunning views over the loch to the mountains of Kintail and a glimpse of the fairytale castle of Eilean Donan. The resident otter is very likely to put in an appearance too. There is a charming cottage lounge with exposed stone wall and large wood burning stove. All three bedrooms are well presented in a traditional cottage style, each with their own wash basins. The kitchen is small but well equipped and there is a modern bathroom on the ground floor. Camuslongart Cottage enjoys an enviable position, situated at the end of a short track on the edge of Loch Long, where it joins Loch Alsh and Loch Duich. There are wonderfully scenic walks direct from the property. For water sports enthusiasts the location is second to none. Canoes and small craft can be launched from the cottage grounds, and for larger craft there is a pier in Dornie, just across the water. Here there are a number of excellent restaurants serving good local produce, or just stay and unwind by the log fire with a dram.
    Please note this cottage may also be available with Heron Cottage adjoining, which sleeps 4

    Ground Floor: property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, Free view TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Dining Room/Second Lounge/Conservatory: With panoramic views across Loch Long
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and dishwasher
    Utility: With fridge/freezer and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With single bed and wash basin
    Bathroom: With hand held shower spray over bath, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and wash basin
    Bedroom 3: With single bed and wash basin

    All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for stove provided.Garden area with bench. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: Unprotected access to loch.

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  • The Shieling

    Lochranza, Isle of Arran

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5066
    Situated in the village of Lochranza and just yards from the shore, this ground floor apartment within a detached house has stunning sea views to the Kintyre coastline from the living room and double bedroom. From the village, with its distillery and restaurant, you can take the short ferry trip to Claonaig and explore Kintyre with ferries to the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha all easily accessible.

    Arran is a fantastic place to see the second largest fish in the world, the basking shark. Frolicking porpoises and seals are frequent visitors too. There are mystical standing stones, a prehistoric burial site, a Viking burial mound and the natural cavern known as King’s Cave which inspired Robert the Bruce. The island has a scattering of pretty villages on Arran’s stunning coastline which are contrasted by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north. This is a natural paradise with sightings of red squirrels, golden eagles, red deer, otters and seals. You can actually join an island safari! If you need inspiration for your picnic, beach barbecue or dinner then Arran offers it all on a plate and in your drinking cup! From jams, relishes, oatcakes, seafood, cheeses and chocolate to whisky and beer. With seven golf courses it is easy to see why this island holds such an appeal for golfers. For adrenaline junkies, Arran offers mountain biking, paragliding, canyoning, sea kayaking, scrambling and more! Beach 50 yards. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living room:
    With 28" Sky TV (with Sports package), DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and door to garden.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Stonefield Farm Cottage

    Glen Massan, nr. Dunoon

    Grade
    4
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: W41637

    Panoramic views / Set in National Park

    A warm charming holiday cottage situated in a quiet glen within Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. This converted stable is attached to the working farmhouse and has spectacular panoramic views of the Holy loch and beyond over the Firth of Clyde. Dog walking and cycling routes direct from the cottage. It is a good place to observe wildlife including red squirrels, buzzards and deer. It forms an ideal base for touring Argyll with the Benmore Botanic Gardens, clay shooting, quad biking, golf and fishing close by. Dunoon (8 miles) has swimming pool, cinema and shops. Local restaurants and loch side pubs are also worth a visit. Shop 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with laminate floor. Kitchen with laminate floor. 1 single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (4ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Freeview TV. CD. Electric cooker. 4-ring hob. Microwave. Freezer. Picnic table. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: There is an unfenced river 77 yards away.

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  • Little Forest Cottage

    Auchterawe, Fort Augustus

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 19471

    This lovely semi-detached holiday cottage is situated just 2 miles from the picturesque village of Fort Augustus in the heart of the Great Glen. Enjoying a peaceful wooded setting, it is ideally placed for touring this beautiful part of the Highlands. Fort Augustus is situated on the edge of Loch Ness with the Caledonian Canal running through its centre. Close to the Great Glen cycle, with many forest walks in the area, the cottage is a super base for those who enjoy the outdoors. Loch Ness 2 miles. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 bunk (for children). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceilings. Max occupancy is 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

    Multi-fuel stove in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine in shower room. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Bryn Awel

    Macduff

    Grade
    4
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: W40994

    Excellent touring base

    This cosy traditional semi detached fisherman’s cottage is tucked away in the corner of a quiet side street in the fishing town of Macduff. The owners’ family home for several generations, it has retained its original character yet offers contemporary facilities. The rear of the house offers partial sea views and there is a steep rear terraced garden with a patio, for sitting out on sunny afternoons. Macduff has its history steeped in fishing and boasts an aquarium showcasing the marine life found in these parts. Banff is noted for its architecture, in particular Duff House which contains masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. Golfing, walking, cycling and fishing are available in the area. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (for alternative sleeping). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electricity ’coal-effect fire’ included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video/DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed gravelled garden with patio and furniture. On road parking.

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  • Rushcroft

    Rockcliffe near Colvend

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC537109
    Rushcroft is a lovely detached cottage with a sunny patio and a large garden. Cosy, traditional and with a log fire the cottage dates back to 1700 and was originally two crofts. The farm land stretches over open countryside, crossing the delightful coastal path before descending to the beautiful secluded sandy bay of Gutcher’s Isle.
    Rushcroft may be booked independently or together with Old Glenstocken nearby for the gathering of friends and family to accommodate up to 12 guests.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is on ground floor level, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge:  with open fire, Freeview TV and DVD
    Kitchen / diner:  with electric cooker, microwave, fridge / freezer and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: with two single beds
    Bedroom 2: with single bed.
    Bedroom 3: with single bed
    Access one step down to....
    Bathroom: with bath, WC and wash basin
    Access one step down to...
    Shower room: with shower tray, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels provided.Partially enclosed large lawned garden with patio area. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • Ness Castle Estate - Weir Cottage

    Inverness

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SXXS

    "River views and a wealth of glorious countryside combine to make this a wonderful setting for lovers of the great outdoors..."

    Perfect for a relaxing break, Ness Castle Estate lies in the heart of magnificent game fishing and golfing country, and with lovely walking on the doorstep, it is an ideal location for nature lovers and sporting enthusiasts alike. River Lodge (ref SYYA) is a magnificent, detached, ‘Colorado’-style lodge providing complete relaxation and seclusion for larger parties. For smaller parties, Weir Cottage (ref SXXS) and Red Squirrel Lodge (ref SYYB) are single storey and adjoin one another, whilst spacious Ghillie’s Lodge (ref SYYC) and Benula Lodge (ref SYYM) stand detached. All have river views and are just minutes away from the city of Inverness.
    Your Ness Castle Lodges experience can be augmented with personalised beauty treatments with their specially appointed therapist. Take time out to enjoy a full day of pampering, or book a morning session to set you up for the day. From facials and Swedish massage to relaxation techniques, eyelash tinting and more treatments like Hopi Ear Candles, a spa session - or two! More information on what’s on offer is available on arrival.
    Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness cruises and dolphin spotting on the Moray Firth are among the myriad of delights within easy reach. For those wishing to explore a little further afield the magical Isle of Skye, visiting the beautiful, romantic Eilean Donan Castle on the way, or a leisurely boat trip to the Orkney Isles which offer beautiful, rugged scenery with an abundance of wildlife and many archaeological sites make great days out. Whisky lovers can visit one of the many distilleries on the famous Strathspey Whisky Trail, sampling some of the finest whiskies in Scotland. At nearby Inverness, visitors will find a wealth of historic and cultural attractions as well as good shopping, bars and restaurants. Salmon fishing, by arrangement is 1 mile. By arrangement, guests also have the use of the shared steam room and small gym, both located at The Bothy. For those wishing to explore a little further, day trips to the Orkney Isles, Isle of Skye and Glencoe are possible. Shop 1 mile, pub 2½ miles.

    Spacious, open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors to decked area, and kitchen area and wooden floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electric rads included
    • Freeview TV
    • Radio/CD
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Access to freezer
    • Small lawned garden with decked area
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden furniture
    • Shared 30-acre landscaped and woodland grounds with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared steam room and small gym by arrangement
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, 100 yards

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  • Hillside Cottage

    Rhiconich, Sutherland

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511360
    Hillside Cottage is a traditional whitewashed cottage situated amidst open countryside in the crofting hamlet of Sheigra on the stunning North West Highland coast. This attractive croft cottage is set in around 4 acres of grounds and enjoys stunning views to the sea and the surrounding open countryside. Set in a very quiet location amidst superb scenery, it offers peace and tranquillity and is ideal for a real get away from it all holiday. On the ground floor is a pretty cottage lounge, a small but well-equipped kitchen and a double bedroom. Upstairs are two further bedrooms and a modern bathroom with bath and shower over. With thick stone walls and cosy cottage ambience, it has been modernised and refurbished in recent months whilst retaining its original charm; it provides a good standard of accommodation in a wonderful setting.
    The immediate area is heaven for outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of the great outdoors generally. Hill-walking, climbing, canoeing, kayaking and sailing are all local sports. There is a thriving pony trekking centre in the village, with rides amidst spectacular scenery. Fishing in the surrounding lochs and rivers as well as sea fishing is a popular pastime. The area is also a haven for wildlife, with seals and otters in the bay and numerous varieties of birds attracted to the region. The beaches in this area are renowned. Sandwood bay is particularly noted, with a wonderful walk across the machair to its secluded sweeping sands. Sheigra bay is about 500 yards away from the cottage and Polin and Oldmoreshore are also close by. Kinlochbervie is the nearest main village. The most northerly port on the west coast of Scotland, this pretty village has an active working harbour and offers good local facilities, including a shop and post office, as well as a hotel with restaurant open all year to non-residents for meals.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: with satellite Freeview TV, DVD, Wi-Fi and radio/CD; views across the hills
    Kitchen: with electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Small Lobby: at front of property with freezer
    Bedroom 1: with double bed.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: with double bed
    Bedroom 3: with two single beds
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels supplied. Cot and highchair available. Grassed area leading onto open hillside. Set in 4 acres of hill land with access to surrounding hills and open moorland. Off road parking for 2 cars. Maximum of 4 persons only although there are beds to accommodate 6.

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