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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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  • High Pastures

    Clachan Seil, nr. Oban

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30921

    Situated on the island of Seil, High Pastures is in an ideal location to explore the west coast of Scotland. Situated a few miles south of Oban on a quiet private road, having crossed the picturesque Atlantic Bridge onto Seil Island, High Pastures is a very well-equipped detached villa which offers a real home from home and a very comfortable and peaceful base from which to explore the beautiful views, wildlife and archaeology of Scotland’s west coast. A short walk behind the house reveals a stunning vista of islands and dramatic sunsets, or just relax overlooking the Sound of Seil from the large mature garden where midges aren’t a problem.
    Opportunities unfold for exploring on foot or by car. With Oban, the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ nearby, with ferries, boat trips and whale watching available from here and from Seil Island, the possibilities for adventure are endless. Village shop within 1½ miles, a pub less than a mile away by the Atlantic Bridge and a seafood restaurant at Ellenabeich.

    20 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Large dining kitchen. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 1 kingsize double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. iPod dock. Bluetooth speakers. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Large enclosed lawned garden with terrace, sitting-out areas and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Uneven steps and steep areas in garden.

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  • Tara Cottage

    Gordon, nr. Kelso

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: 26769

    This semi-detached holiday cottage, on a working farm, is 9 miles from the Borders town of Kelso which has a variety of shops and restaurants. An ideal base to explore this historic area. Less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and the sandy Berwickshire coast. Fishing and cycling locally. Shop, pub 1½ miles, restaurant 9 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Children’s seating area. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft, zip and link) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link), 1 single with additional pull-out single, all with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Woodside Cottage

    Nether Bellandy, Glenrinnes, near Keith

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 27126
    Nestling in 24 acres of natural grounds and woodland, this lovely detached holiday cottage is in a beautiful, remote, sheltered location within easy reach of Dufftown. It enjoys direct views of heather clad hills and the majestic Ben Rinnes from the back garden, and regular sighting of local wildlife including red deer. Guests can collect fresh eggs from the hens, and are welcome to explore and enjoy of the grounds surrounding the property. Enjoy walking, fishing, skiing, horse riding and birdwatching locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With wood burner and Freeview TV.
    2 steps to...
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and sloping ceiling.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed, Velux window and sloping ceiling.
    Separate toilet.

    Eco-friendly biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with garden furniture and BBQ. Use of owners’ grounds. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring, there is an unfenced pond, 22 yards and a pond in the owner’s grounds.

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  • Knock School Cottage

    Monreith, nr. Port William

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 2234

    This comfortable, cosy cottage is situated with a rural outlook, yet very close to the unspoilt beaches and rocky coves of Monreith Bay and St Medan golf links. On a clear night this property is ideally situated for star gazing. In this quiet corner of Galloway, drive along scenic coastal and country roads, whilst visiting various gardens, historical and archeological interests, Wigtown book town and sheltered harbours. The 7 Stanes cycle routes, walks and wildlife can be enjoyed in the Galloway forests, along with the award winning Dark Sky Status. Port William 3 miles. Golf and fishing nearby. Shops and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining/sun room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Partial NSH, electric heaters and electricity included (£25per week October-April poa). Partial Gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD and small library. CD. Book library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area (chairs available). Cycle store. Parking (2 cars). 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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  • 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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  • Wee Manly

    Dornoch

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511461
    Just a short stroll from the stunning white sandy beach of Dornoch, Wee Manly is an attractively presented end terraced house situated on a quiet no-through road. On the ground floor there is a pretty cottage lounge with comfortable sofas and a large screen television. The kitchen/dining room is bright, contemporary and well equipped. Upstairs there are three pretty bedrooms and a family bathroom.

    Wee Manly is situated close to the centre of the historic town of Dornoch, a Royal Burgh since 1628. This delightful town is one of the prettiest in the Highlands. Built around the 13th Century sandstone cathedral, it has a selection of unusual and attractive shops, as well as a number of excellent restaurants and bars. The renowned Championship golf course of Royal Dornoch is just 200 yards away. The award-winning beaches of Dornoch and Embo are ideal for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Loch Fleet Nature Reserve, close by, attracts a wide variety of wading birds and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Just a short drive away is Dunrobin Castle, seat of the Dukes of Sutherland for over six hundred years. Visitors are welcome to explore the castle and grounds, which were modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Wee Manly makes an ideal base for exploring this beautiful and unspoilt area of the Highlands.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric coal-effect fire, 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Utility room: With freezer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Polgarrie House

    Edderton

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W43051

    Enjoying a private location with country views, Polgarrie House has been furnished for a comfortable and relaxing holiday. Just over a mile outside the pretty village of Edderton and within easy reach of Tain and Dornoch, the detached house makes an ideal base for exploring. Local activities include golf, mountain biking, kayaking, river and sea fishing along with many wonderful hill or beach walks. Visit John O’Groats, the Orkney Islands or the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre. Shop and pub 1.5 miles, restaurant 6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Second living room. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study with single bed (for alternative sleeping). 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in second living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Car port. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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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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  • The Old Post Office

    Kentallen, nr. Glencoe

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: SDDM

    Overlooking the waters of Kentallen Bay and on towards the hills of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, this lovely detached house is set in large grounds just yards from the shore of Loch Linnhe. It is centrally located for exploring the beautiful West Highlands, Mull and Skye. Close to Glencoe and Fort William - ‘outdoor capital of the UK’ - the area is wonderful for climbing, hill walking, mountain biking, skiing, sailing and much more. Also nearby, the Victorian town of Oban is popular for its daily boat trips and sealife centre. There are many options for dining out locally including a popular seafood restaurant which is within close walking distance of the property. Shop 3 miles.

    Two steps up to living room with patio doors to garden. Formal dining room. Spacious well-equipped kitchen. Sun room. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft 6in bed. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Blu-ray player with a selection of films
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed garden with rear terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Roadside parking
    • No smoking

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  • The Paddock

    Portmahomack, near Tain

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5049
    Tucked away on a quiet farm lane, The Paddock is a traditional terraced, single storey stone farm cottage located on a working, farm 1 mile from the charming seaside village of Portmahomack. The pretty cottage garden overlooks the owner’s farmland, with distant sea views. The cottage looks south over the Moray Firth and Moray Coast with views of Cairngorms and Ben Rhinnes. The accommodation is beautifully presented, with a large living room with lovely views across the open fields. The bright, kitchen/dining room is fully fitted and very well-equipped. There are three generously proportioned bedrooms, all thoughtfully decorated with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings. Exposed stone walls and large canvases of the surrounding area add to the cottage’s charm and ambience.

    Portmahomack is a thriving seaside village with a fishing harbour and pier, as well as a superb sweeping sandy beach; the mountains beyond act as a stunning backdrop. Portmahomack is the only village on the east coast of Scotland that faces due west and has spectacular sunsets. The village has a renowned seafood restaurant as well as a café, local store and a lovely traditional links golf course which is open to visitors. The area is renowned for its archaeological sites and at the nearby Tarbat Discovery Centre is a local heritage centre and museum, with a fascinating display of Pict, Norse and medieval artefacts, as well as a gift shop. Within 15-20 minutes’ drive lies the oldest Royal Burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built in local mellow sandstone, Tain is a charming historic town and offers an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities. Beach 1 mile. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 0.5 miles.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living room:
    With electric wood burner, 32" Sky TV (family package) and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With electric oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed and 21" TV.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and fibre optic Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Aird House

    near Ardvasar, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511041
    Delightfully situated overlooking the bay on the beautiful Sleat peninsular, Aird House is a 300 year old stone cottage set in its own pretty garden grounds. The cottage has been in the same family for over 200 years and the current family owners have had it lovingly restored whilst retaining its unique olde world charm, including two foot thick stone walls and tiny cottage staircase. It oozes warmth and cosy-ness. It is thought to be the oldest house in the pretty village of Aird and was once the residence of the Clan Donald Factor.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With free view satellite TV, DVD and radio/CD  and stunning views across the bay.
    Kitchen/Diner: With pull out dining table,  electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Utility: With washer/dryer
    Bedroom 1: With two single beds
    Shower Room: With power shower, WC and wash basin.
    This 300 year old cottage has very steep stairs leading to....

    First Floor: (with low sloping ceilings)
    Bedroom 2: With double bed
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Fully enclosed gardens with picnic table and chairs. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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