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Scotland

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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  • Bailebeag

    Killin

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W40267

    Excellent views

    Killin with its spectacular falls of Dochart, is situated at the west end of Loch Tay. Situated in an elevated position above the village this delightfully stylish detached holiday home, set in a residential development, enjoys magnificent views towards the Tarmachan Ridge and Ben Lawers. Nearby Loch Earn (approximately 8 miles) is a popular watersports centre. Golf, fishing, horse riding, walking and mountain biking are popular local pursuits. Well situated for touring with the picturesque towns of Aberfeldy, Callander, Crieff, Perth and Pitlochry within easy travelling distance. Shop, pub and resaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Separate toilet. First floor: Living room. Dining room with patio door and wooden floor. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Ardath

    Cairnryan near Stranraer

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537242
    Situated in the small village of Cairnryan on the eastern shore of Loch Ryan, this charming detached holiday cottage was originally the police station and cells for the village, and some of the features are still present in the cottage today. It has been renovated with a wood burner, a contemporary kitchen and bathroom. A particularly attractive feature is the raised decking area to the rear of the cottage, boasting stunning views over Loch Ryan.
    Ardath is ideally located to explore the south west of Scotland. The area boasts rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches, which benefit from the warmth of the passing Gulf Stream and by breathtaking scenery. 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 sea birds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. The Galloway Forest offers exceptional walking and cycling, and boasting its designation as the first Dark Sky Park outside the USA. If you prefer shooting or golf, there are many facilities nearby. With the ferry terminal almost on your doorstep, a day trip to Ireland is a must. Stranraer offers a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner and 42" TV (for DVD use only).
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and pull-out bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Welcome pack.Enclosed terraced garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. On street parking. No smoking

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  • Upper Bayfield Cottage

    Nigg near Tain

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC511460
    Upper Bayfield Cottage is a picturesque, semi-detached stone cottage surrounded by its own pretty gardens and situated in a quiet lane. The cottage has been sympathetically restored whilst retaining many of its attractive original features. The delightful lounge has a large welcoming wood burner and a deep, comfortable sofa. The bright kitchen has plenty of space for dining, and all rooms are well presented with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings and great attention to detail. This cottage is ideal for families and couples wishing to explore this lovely corner of the Highlands.
    With views across the sea and open countryside, Upper Bayfield Cottage is quietly located, yet has easy access to some of the most spectacular areas of the Scottish Highlands. An RSPB nature reserve is within easy walking distance. The coast is just three miles away, and golf, fishing, hill walking, mountain biking and horse riding are all available locally. There are numerous superb beaches in the region, and the area is also noted for its historical and archaeological sites. Within ten minutes’ drive is the oldest royal burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built of local sandstone, Tain is a charming, historic town and offers an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs as well as a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities, including tennis courts, public gardens, golf club and bowling club, all of which are available to visitors. Inverness, the Highland Capital, is about 45 minutes’ drive.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with tiled floor, electric range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Large, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 6 steps and sloping banks in garden.

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  • Keil Farmhouse

    Duror near Dallachulish

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511206
    Keil Farmhouse is a charming detached cottage situated on the spectacular Argyllshire coast, just south of Duror village.  Located within a working farm setting you can watch and enjoy the comings and goings of everyday farm life.  The farm has a variety of livestock including wonderful gentle llamas.   The farmhouse dates back to the 1930’s and offers comfortable self catering accommodation for a family of five. All the rooms have a traditional wood panel lining and upstairs the ceilings are coombed.  The large open plan country style kitchen/dining area is a great family space, with the Rayburn cooker providing a real warm heart to the room.  The sitting room is comfy and cosy with a wood burning stove.  The fully enclosed garden has outdoor furniture, mature planting and views out to Loch Linnhe and islands beyond.  The farm has two miles of shore front for you to explore.  The shingle beach is only a very short walk from the farmhouse and provides an abundance of opportunities for fishing, bird watching, beach combing or just watching the sun setting over the Morven Hills.  You can launch a canoe or small dinghy from the beach or if you have a larger boat a slipway is available for a small fee at Linnhe Marina, only a short drive away, where boats can also be hired.  Otters, seals, porpoises, buzzards, golden and sea eagles, and barn owls can be seen from the farm.   

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Sitting Room: With wood burning stove, TV and DVD
    Kitchen/Dining Room: With oil Rayburn cooker (operates the heating and hot water), separate electric oven, electric hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine, table and chairs.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bedroom 3: With single bed
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All oil, electricity, bed linen and tea towels included. First supply of wood for stove provided. Bath and hand towels available at £2 per person payable directly to the owner on arrival if required. Travel cot, stair gate and fire guard available.Enclosed garden with outdoor furniture. Storage available for bikes and boats. Working farm with livestock and farm machinery. Private visits to Castle Stalker may be arranged on occasions. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • Taigh Chirsty

    Portnalong, nr. Carbost

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 30800


    Taigh Chirsty is a traditional crofters cottage, sympathetically renovated keeping many of the original features, offering home from home comforts and in an enviable location overlooking Loch Harport. Situated within the peaceful, scattered crofting community of Minginish, close to where the Cuillin Mountains can be found. This hugely impressive mountain range is the spiritual heartland of the island. Eagles are frequently seen in this area, resident hares, roe deer, otters and so much more in the way of wildlife. Talisker distillery, Skye’s only distillery, and an inn, which serves food all day and has regular live music, are only a short drive away. The walking is superb for all levels. Talisker Bay, Glenbrittle Beach, Fairy Pools and the Cuillin Mountains for the experienced climbers and so much more. A trip to Dunvegan Castle and the coral beach, Neist Point Lighthouse or the beautiful Waternish Peninsula are easily reached on the west side of the island. Take a sea trip from Portree to see the varied sea and bird life and also enjoy the beauty of the rugged coastline. To the north of Portree, is the Trotternish Peninsula, which boasts some of Skye’s most stunning scenery. To the south of the island is Broadford, where you will find ‘the garden of Skye’. Here you can visit the ruins of Armadale Castle and its lovely gardens. It is a good base to explore all parts of the Island which has so much to offer for the outdoor enthusiast including hill walking, fishing, boat trips, kayaking, pony trekking as well as the opportunity to discover the many craft/art galleries and restaurants for a more relaxing time and to be awestruck by the dramatic scenery. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Number 10

    Crovie, nr. Gardenstown

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W41840

    Direct access to the sea

    This cosy, former detached fisherman’s cottage is situated in a marvellous setting right on the seafront. Typical of the village, the cottage sits gable end to the sea, a testament to Crovie’s rugged past, built to withstand the winter storms that can occur here.

    Crovie is built on a narrow ledge with the sea just yards from the door and in the summer it is lovely to sit and look out for the marine life which passes through the area, from dolphins to seals and birds. The sea can be viewed from the patio.

    Enjoy the walk to Gardenstown - a similar but larger village, or explore the villages further west, from Sandend to Portsoy and Cullen.

    Shops and pubs 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 single bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams and sloping ceilings.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating included (£30per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Elevated and landscaped patio with furniture. Public car park. No smoking.

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  • Rhoda’s Cottage, Strachur House

    Strachur

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC523107
    Rhoda’s Cottage is a charming semi detached property located in the small village of Strachur, which lies on the eastern shore of Loch Fyne - famous throughout the United Kingdom for the quality of its sea food. Attached to the west wing of the historic Strachur House, this attractive, tranquil cottage enjoys a private setting with its own front entrance. It occupies an idyllic location on the 2000 acre Strachur Estate. The antique yet practical household furniture ensures Rhoda’s Cottage retains its charming, old fashioned character and charm. The larger bedrooms overlook the spectacular formal gardens of the main house and beyond to the heather clad hills. The smaller bedroom has a view over the much loved loch. Strachur House itself, a fine Adams style mansion, was built by General John Campbell in the 1780s. From 1957 the house was home to the illustrious Scot, Sir John Fitzroy MacLean, the soldier, diplomat and adventurer, who was said to have been the model for Ian Fleming’s hero, James Bond. The Maclean family still live in the main house. The local village shop, cafe, Inn with bar and restaurant, petrol station, village hall and tennis courts are all within easy walking distance from the cottage.

    Ground Floor: Property is accessed via 8 steps to entrance has electric heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With Freesat TV and DVD
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher, washing machine and radio/CD; dining table and chairs.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With single bed (for child); view over field to sea
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds; view over garden
    Bedroom 3: With double bed, view over garden
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Cot and high chair available on request. Wi-fi access connectivity in bedrooms.Garden area with outdoor furniture and BBQ (coals not included). Visitors welcome to enjoy a gentle stroll through the gardens of Strachur House during their stay. Green houses and farm buildings are near to the cottage however, the farm is no longer a working concern. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: River 50m from the property.

    Please note that this property is not suitable for 5 adults.

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  • Heathcote

    near Fordyce, Aberdeenshire

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC512061
    Heathcote is a delightful stone croft cottage and steading barn conversion set in two acres of remote and rural Grampian Aberdeenshire. Situated in an elevated position amidst open farmland with panoramic views to the spectacular Moray Firth coastline, it offers total peace and seclusion in a wonderful setting. The cottage has been sympathetically upgraded in recent times, retaining many original features whilst providing bright, modern, accommodation for up to 6 people. The old steading and barn has been superbly converted by the current owners and is a wonderful addition to the cottage. It provides an additional 90 square metres of extra lounge space and games room, with large screen TV. The cottage has three bedrooms, a charming lounge with feature wood burning stove and a bright modern family bathroom. The attractive and well equipped kitchen/dining room lead through to a new conservatory - a lovely spot to sit and admire the rolling countryside and watch the wildlife. With no near neighbours and two acres of gardens and grounds, it provides total seclusion whilst being easily accessible for exploring the whole of this fascinating area and historic region.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, satellite Freeview TV and two leather sofas.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine (in lobby). Doors lead to....
    Conservatory: With comfortable chairs and Views across open countryside.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With power shower over bath (bath not in use), WC and wash basin.
    Family Room: In separate stone barn within the grounds, superbly renovated with high beamed ceilings, feature glass panelling at far end, contemporary furniture and a 32 inch wide screen TV and Freesat box with up to 144 channels. Two wooden trunks with traditional games and a selection of scottish and other local books. 

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds (suitable for 2 children). 

    Electricity, bed linen and towels included. 2 acres of grounds. Off road parking for 3 cars. There are up to 2 sets of golf clubs, traditional fly and sea fishing rods and reels and a football.

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  • Ach na Ben

    Sallachy, nr. Dornie

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W43198

    Ach na Ben is a charming, comfortable, traditional, detached highland cottage set in its own large gardens with natural stream and located in one of the most spectacular glens on the west coast. There is excellent hill walking for all abilities from the nearby Falls of Glomach and Killilan hills to the Five Sisters of Kintail and the Cuillins of Skye. For outdoor enthusiasts, enjoy bird watching, sea and loch fishing, cycling and watersports. Visit historic sites such as Glenelg Brochs, Eilean Donan Castle and Battle of Glen Shiel or many gardens and Kylerhea Otter Hide. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric woodburner in dining room/kitchen included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area. Natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). M/cycle/cycle store. No smoking. NB: Stream in garden.

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  • Kincairn

    Sandhead near Stranraer

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537129
    Kincairn is idyllically located beside a beautiful stretch of un-spoilt sandy beach fringing Luce Bay. This lovely bungalow has been designed with one thing in mind: to complement the stunning views across the bay. The delightful sun room provides guests with a wonderful vista as they sit back and take in the ever-changing seascape. This section of coast is rich in marine and bird life. Sea otters and grey seals for example, are frequent visitors and cormorants searching the bay for fish are also a common sight.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is at ground floor level, heated by oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with open fire, TV with DVD, Wi-Fi and views over bay
    Sun room: with lovely views over bay
    Kitchen: with electric cooker, microwave and fridge freezer, dishwasher and  views over rear garden.
    Utility room: with washing machine
    Dining room:
    with table and chairs and views over rear garden
    Bedroom 1: with king size bed and lovely views over bay
    Bedroom 2: with two single beds and views over rear garden.
    Bedroom 3: with single bed, large single room with views over bay
    Shower room: with enclosed shower, WC and wash basin.

    All oil and electricity included.  First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Bed linen supplied.  Cot and high chair available on request.  Wifi internet available.Lawned areas. Off-road parking for 4 cars.

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  • Carron View

    Lochcarron

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 19642

    Nestling at the base of some of Wester Ross’ most spectacular hills, this traditional cottage enjoys views across open croft land. Excellent area for a holiday spent climbing, hill walking, mountain biking or much more. Visit the nearby village of Lochcarron with its pubs, restaurants, shops and 9 hole golf course or take a trip to the magical Isle of Skye. The Applecross peninsula is just a short drive, reached via a spectacular drive over Britain’s highest mountain pass. Shops 4 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Croft Cottage

    Glencoe

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 30555


    In a quiet rural setting in the heart of historic Glencoe, this cosy, single-storey, detached cottage has been tastefully restored. With views of the surrounding mountains, and a short walk to the shores of Loch Leven, this is an ideal location for exploring the west coast of Scotland. The area is renowned for its abundant wildlife and its breathtaking scenery, which has been used as the backdrop for many famous films including ’Harry Potter’, ’Rob Roy’ and ’William Wallace’. From Fort Willliam, known as the ’outdoor capital of the UK’, you can travel on the Jacobite Steam Train, or catch the Mountain Gondola to the top of Aonoch Mor. The small bustling town of Oban, the ’gateway to the Isles’, has regular ferries from the harbour to the inner Isles, including Mull and Iona. Glencoe and Fort William both have ski resorts and are also very popular areas for climbers and walkers. Crossing on the Ferry at Corran will allow you to explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, with its rocky coastline and white sandy beaches. Take the ’road to the Isles’ and visit the beautiful Isle of Skye. Cycling and mountain biking is one of the main outdoor activities and attractions in the Glencoe and Lochaber area. Both the Glencoe Mountain and Nevis Range ski centres have developed downhill mountain bike tracks which are used in amatuer and international, professional level competition. Croft cottage also sits on the Glencoe orbital and the Glencoe to Oban cycle paths, which are aimed at family level cycling. Bike hire is also available in Glencoe village a few hundred metres from the cottage. Other activities include kayaking, golf, horse riding, snowboarding, bird watching and fishing, or excellent indoor climbing at Kinlochleven. There are plenty of gentle forest walks, museums, distilleries, castles, gardens and monuments nearby, with Glencoe village also offering shops and a museum. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 650 yards.

    6 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating (electric heater in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with gravelled patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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