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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 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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  • 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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  • Lower Baltersan Cottage

    Newton Stewart

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537208
    Lower Baltersan Cottage is a delightful, detached cottage offering a cosy interior and a lovely enclosed garden with views over open farmland beyond. The lounge is a particularly attractive room with its feature wood burning stove and French doors overlooking the garden. The property enjoys a tranquil setting, yet it is only a few miles from the centre of Newton Stewart with many excellent shops and places to eat. With the Galloway Forest and Dark Skies Park close by, the cottage is ideally placed to explore the beauty of south west Scotland. The location is perfect for walkers, golfers and cyclists, with Glentrool, Kirroughtree and the 7Stanes mountain bike trails nearby, as well as a great choice of golf courses. There is an abundance of fishing, bird watching, beautiful and exotic gardens, many rocky coves, sandy beaches and quaint villages to explore along the Machars Peninsula.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, French doors, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: Farmhouse-style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, heated towel rail and WC.

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

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair on request. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Bike store. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Sula

    Clachan Seil, nr. Oban

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 25486

    Situated on the Island of Seil with views over the ’Atlantic Bridge’, this detached, single storey cottage, just yards from the shore has direct access to the Clachan Sound. Enjoy walking, sea fishing, watersports, golf and wildlife. Take a boat trip to Corryvreckan Whirlpool or the passenger ferry to the car free island of Easdale. Visit archaeological sites, castles and gardens, the bustling town of Oban, 12 1/2 miles, has shops, seafood restaurants, bars and ferries to the surrounding islands. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Maximum occupancy 4 guests.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Steep sloping banks in garden, slipway from garden to Clachan Sound, 10 yards.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Larachan

    Scarfskerry near Castletown

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: CC511398
    Larachan is a spacious, detached holiday bungalow perched on the edge of the sea, in the quiet hamlet of Scarfskerry. It provides bright and generous accommodation, and the lounge has large picture windows that boast amazing uninterrupted sea views across the Pentland Firth to Orkney. There is a bright, modern kitchen/dining area and three attractively presented bedrooms. The garden grounds lead directly down to the sea with a private rocky beach. This area has some of the finest beaches to be found in the UK. At nearby Dunnet Bay, paths lead through the white sandy dunes to the sweeping beach below. Surfing, body-boarding, sand-buggying, swimming, horse riding and wildlife watching are all local pastimes, yet this superb beach is never crowded. It is also close to the Highland Tourist Trail that runs from Wick Harbour in the east, through to Ullapool in the west. This trail follows a route across the far north and west of Scotland, taking in some of the most dramatic scenery, with mountain ranges, stunning beaches and an ever-changing coastline along the way.
    The Castle of Mey, beautifully restored by the late Queen Mother, is clearly visible from the cottage and just a stones throw away. This fairytale castle has a fascinating history and the gardens, grounds and views are wonderful. The whole area is renowned for its bird and sea life, puffins, Great Skua, otters, seals, dolphins and whales are all seen around these coastal waters. Take a boat trip from John O’ Groats to encounter the sealife and to explore this fascinating coastline. Day trips are also available to the Orkney Isles, where visitors can explore Neolithic villages, standing stones, Scapa Flow and the amazing Italian chapel, built by prisoners during the Second World War.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance and then is all on the ground floor, has economy 7 central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 30" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and large picture windows overlooking the sea.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with electric cooker, gas hob and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With claw foot bath, heated towel rail and WC.
    Wet room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Woodsedge

    Palnackie, Castle Douglas

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537231
    On the beautiful Kirkennan Estate on the banks of the River Urr, Woodsedge is a lovely semi-detached property that offers a peaceful location within 35 acres of formal lawns, oak wood and walled garden. Close to the Dalbeattie 7Stanes mountain trail, this is a popular holiday location for mountain bikers. Enjoy scenic coastal walks and forest trails. Choose from the many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (NT), or historical sites and castles to explore. The Solway Coast offers sandy beaches, rocky coves and traditional fishing villages. Sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports are all nearby. Woodsedge can be booked with Kirkennan Mews (CC537229) and Kirkennan Lodge (CC537230) to accommodate up to 17 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has biomass central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, 26" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and adjustamatic single bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Wet room: With shower and WC (designed for disabled access).

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Cot, travel cot and highchair available. Ramp and mobility scooter available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 35-acre grounds. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Wheelchair access. NB: Unfenced pond, stream and river in estate grounds.

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  • Kingfisher Cottage

    Pitlochry

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 23150

    On the outskirts of Pitlochry, this attractive holiday bungalow, with private fishing from a jetty set on the banks of the River Tummel at the bottom of the garden, is ideally located for Pitlochry’s Festival Theatre, or for a leisurely ramble along the river bank. Hill and glen walking, angling, birdwatching, riding, golf and white water rafting all nearby. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£20 per booking October-March). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Video. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Sloping bank to fenced river.

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  • Heronwood House

    Inverness

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: CC511369
    Heronwood House is a detached Victorian stone built house enjoying stunning views from its vantage point overlooking the River Ness. It is presented uniquely and artistically to a high standard throughout, incorporating many unusual and charming period features. A superb feature of the house is a large Victorian balcony that looks down on the famous river Ness that flows through the grounds below. Arranged over two floors, this spacious self-catering house can accommodate up to 5 guests with ease. The main lounge is a delightful room, with its own access to the large balcony with outdoor dining furniture; an ideal spot to sit and enjoy a drink whilst listening to the river below. The kitchen / dining room is bright and spacious, with integral units and plenty of room for dining. There is a single bedroom with en suite shower room on the ground floor, again with access to the balcony. On the first floor there are two stunningly beautiful double bedrooms (one en suite), both with zip and link 6’ beds, as well as a family bathroom. It is ideally placed, just one mile from Inverness city centre and within close proximity of numerous tourist attractions

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with feature gas fire, satellite Freeview TV, DVD, radio/CD and Wi-Fi
    Doors opening onto balcony overlooking the river Ness.
    Kitchen/diner: with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer. Dining table and chairs for 6.
    Bedroom 1: with single bed, door to balcony with river views. En-suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: with super-king size (6ft) bed zip n link to make 2 single beds if preferred, en-suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 3: with super-king size (6ft) bed zip n link to make 2 single beds if preferred
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All gas and electricity included. Bed linen and towels supplied. Enclosed garden with small lawn and paved area for parking. Large balcony with outdoor dining furniture. Off road parking spaces for 3 cars. No children under 10 years.

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