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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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  • Red Kite House

    Jamestown, near Strathpeffer

    Grade
    9
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: 29238

    Enjoying lovely views across the surrounding countryside, this spacious, detached holiday property is situated in Jamestown, on the outskirts of the popular Victorian spa village of Stathpeffer. There is so much to see and do for all ages, with Loch Ness, Inverness, the Highland capital, the stunning beaches of the Moray Coast and the Isle of Skye. This is a superb area for mountain biking, golf, hill climbing, bird watching, red kites are often observed from the house, and watersports. There are numerous castles and distilleries to visit. Beach approx. 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 3 double bedrooms, one accessed from one side only and with additional single; all with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband connection. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The End House

    Carsethorn, near Dumfries

    Grade
    9
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: 30722

    This period holiday apartment is situated in the pretty, peaceful coastal village of Carsethorn, at the heart of the beautiful East Stewartry Coastal area, famed for its wonderful rocky outcrops and diverse scenery. The garden of the apartment runs into the sea, with many sandy beaches, forest trails and lovely gardens to explore and there is a tremendous range of activities in the surrounding area. Visit the Galloway Forest Park, renowned for its dark skies, The Galloway Activity Centre for a range of sports, or enjoy the sandy beaches and rocky coves along the Solway Coast. Golf, sailing, horse riding, cycling, walking and fishing are all available. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Utility room. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Wet room with toilet. Second floor: 2 twin bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer in utility room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Seafront location. This property has a security deposit of £100.

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  • Ardbrecknish House - Summer Wing

    South Lochaweside

    Grade
    9
    4
    1
    1
    Ref: 15457

    Magnificent setting in mature woodland by Loch Awe

    Ideal area for fishing, walking and cycling

    Children’s play area, pool table and darts

    Traditional bar - ideal for family functions

    Motor boats, rowing boats and canoes for hire, 300 yards, launch facility

    Late 16th century Ardbrecknish House is in a magnificent Highland setting with wonderful views of mountains and glens. These attractive holiday properties are set amid 20 acres of mature woodland close to beautiful Loch Awe - 26 miles long and Britain’s longest freshwater loch. A whole host of indoor and outdoor amenities are available on site, and although the setting is quiet and peaceful, it is within easy reach of restaurants, shops, golf courses, and the small village of Kilmartin Glen and museum, the richest area in Europe for prehistoric remains, making these properties an ideal holiday location and a perfect touring base. A visitors’ reception/library area provides a wealth of information on the local history, archaeology, wildlife, gardens, forest and hillside walks, as well as the year-round activities available around Argyll and the West Highlands.
    The Ardbrecknish Room has a welcoming open fire, small dance floor, pool table, darts and Scottish Carpet Bowls. The adjoining cosy traditional bar with its woodburner provides a perfect way to end the day; perhaps sampling one or two of the many malt whiskies.
    At the shore, just 10 minutes’ walk, motor boats, rowing boats and canoes can be hired to explore the enchanting islands and ruined castles of the loch, or maybe fishing the loch for salmon, char, monster pike and brown trout. A British record brown trout of 31lbs 10oz was caught in March 2002. Tuition and/or a fishing guide is available by arrangement.
    The surrounding area offers a wealth of interest and fantastic scenery. Opposite Ardbrecknish is majestic Ben Cruachan, and further north are the impressive Glen Coe and Ben Nevis ranges, a mecca for hill walkers all year round. Both regions have ski centres and within an hour’s drive is the busy town of Oban, ‘Gateway to the Isles’, from where modern ferries take you to Mull and Iona, the cradle of Christianity, Staffa, the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave Overture, and to other Hebridean gems. Oban has a sea life centre and an excellent golf course. The elegant town of Inveraray on Loch Fyne only 12 miles away, to the south is the Crinan Canal with its stepped locks, you can walk or drive a delightful route along its 9-mile length. Family-friendly bar and restaurant on site.

    All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk with additional single. Shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Fridge/freezer.

    All properties: NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry. Shared garden grounds. Children’s play area. Picnic/barbecue areas. Ample parking. Access to pool table, darts and Scottish Carpet Bowls. No smoking. NB: Loch 300 yards from properties.

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  • Craiguillean

    Ardmaddy Castle, near Oban

    Grade
    9
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: SRW

    "Stunning locations in breathtaking scenery..."

    In a magnificent setting by the sea, Ardmaddy Castle sits in its own bay with unrivalled views over Seil Sound and the world famous local Slate Islands, designated one of Scotland’s National Scenic Areas. Graded ‘4 Star’ by the Scottish Tourist Board, these four cottages (SBZ, SRW, SRX and SRY) and Caddleton Farmhouse (UNP) are set in secluded, peaceful locations around the estate and offer an ideal base for exploring this stunning part of the West Coast of Scotland.
    The castle’s spectacular gardens are open all year round through Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and are a delight for gardening enthusiasts. The area is renowned for its abundant wildlife with porpoise, dolphins, basking sharks, otters, deer, eagles and wealth of seabirds often seen. Sailing, rowing and motor boats are all available for guests to hire, and there is free fishing on Ardmaddy’s stocked hill loch. There is also a central games room with table tennis, darts and a pool table, whilst Caddleton Farmhouse (UNP) and The Stables (SBZ) have their own games room. Guests can also use the castle’s tennis court.
    The bustling harbour town of Oban known as the ‘Gateway to the Islands’ is only 12 miles away and has wonderful seafood restaurants, shops and bars. From Oban there are boat trips to the Inner Hebridean Isles, including Mull, Iona, Staffa, Colonsay and Tiree. For the outdoor enthusiast, local activities include horse riding, coasteering, canyoning, canoeing, sailing, diving and golf. Fort William and Glencoe are a short drive away offering very popular climbing and skiing. Explore beautiful gardens and ruined castles in an area rich in historical legacy or take a leisurely walk or cycle along one of the many forest tracks. Visit Bonawe Iron Works, Cruachan Hollow Mountain, the Sealife Centre and Inveraray Jail. Or relax and enjoy the unspoilt natural beauty surrounding the cottages at Ardmaddy. Shops 12 miles, pub/restaurant 2½ miles.

    Reached via an unmetalled road, and gloriously situated at the water’s edge, this traditional property has its own mooring and jetty overlooking Seil Island. A stone-built, single-storey cottage, it has been extended to provide spacious accommodation prepared to Visit Scotland ‘4 Star’ standard. Entrance porch to spacious breakfast room with divider to large, modernised kitchen with dishwasher and ceramic cooker. Off the kitchen is the utility room with automatic washing machine and tumble dryer, and drying cupboard. Large sitting/dining room overlooking the sea, with open fire. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with wash basin. Large bunk bedroom with additional full-size bunk bed (for +2). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • NSH included
    • Fan and convector heaters
    • Z-bed (for +1)
    • Sky TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Drying cupboard
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Food processor
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Open fire(s) - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Freezer meals and food available at cost
    • Over 3,000 acres of grounds
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Use of hard tennis court
    • Fly fishing
    • Shared games room with darts, snooker and table tennis
    • Sailing, rowing and motor boats available for hire
    • Private water supply
    • NB: Loch close by and drops within the extensive grounds

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  • Lochnagar Lodge

    Aviemore

    Grade
    9
    5
    1
    3
    Ref: SYYD

    This truly magnificent, split-level property, with its own hot tub, enjoys wonderful views of the Cairngorm mountain range and is situated just a few minutes’ walk from the lively centre of Aviemore. Providing guests with an unforgettable holiday experience, Lochnagar Lodge offers spacious detached accommodation. There are two living rooms, one with a cosy wood-burning stove and the house has been equipped and furnished to a very good standard throughout to ensure an extremely comfortable and relaxing holiday. Aviemore nestles in the heart of The Cairngorms National Park, at the head of the Speyside Way and boasts a wonderful range of shops, restaurants and bars. There is also a very wide range of outdoor activities to partake in including ski-ing, snowboarding, mountain and quad biking, climbing, hill walking and a variety of water sports on nearby Loch Insh, Loch Morlich and the River Spey, to name just a few of the myriad of activities available. Take a trip on the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, visit the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre or take a trip to the Highland Wildlife Park at nearby Kingussie, all of which are within easy reach. About 12 miles from Kingussie lies the Ardverikie Estate, which has been the setting for films including the BBC TV’s drama series Monarch of the Glen as well as the location for movies such as The Missionary and Mrs Brown. Another visitor attraction for all the family to enjoy not far from Kingussie is the Highland Folk Museum which offers an insight into Highland life in a living history setting. All in all, this is a fantastic base for exploring the many delights that this area has to offer, and there is so much to see and do for all ages. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Lower ground floor: Entrance hall. Large sitting room with French doors. Separate toilet. Five steps up to large, well-equipped kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking). Utility. Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Eight steps up to: Living room with wood-burning stove and French doors. Five steps up to: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with dressing room and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD/iPod dock
    • Electric range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large lawned garden to front and rear with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Hot tub
    • Welcome pack
    • Kennel available
    • No smoking

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  • The Stables

    Ardmaddy Castle, near Oban

    Grade
    9
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: SBZ

    "Stunning locations in breathtaking scenery..."

    In a magnificent setting by the sea, Ardmaddy Castle sits in its own bay with unrivalled views over Seil Sound and the world famous local Slate Islands, designated one of Scotland’s National Scenic Areas. Graded ‘4 Star’ by the Scottish Tourist Board, these four cottages (SBZ, SRW, SRX and SRY) and Caddleton Farmhouse (UNP) are set in secluded, peaceful locations around the estate and offer an ideal base for exploring this stunning part of the West Coast of Scotland.
    The castle’s spectacular gardens are open all year round through Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and are a delight for gardening enthusiasts. The area is renowned for its abundant wildlife with porpoise, dolphins, basking sharks, otters, deer, eagles and wealth of seabirds often seen. Sailing, rowing and motor boats are all available for guests to hire, and there is free fishing on Ardmaddy’s stocked hill loch. There is also a central games room with table tennis, darts and a pool table, whilst Caddleton Farmhouse (UNP) and The Stables (SBZ) have their own games room. Guests can also use the castle’s tennis court.
    The bustling harbour town of Oban known as the ‘Gateway to the Islands’ is only 12 miles away and has wonderful seafood restaurants, shops and bars. From Oban there are boat trips to the Inner Hebridean Isles, including Mull, Iona, Staffa, Colonsay and Tiree. For the outdoor enthusiast, local activities include horse riding, coasteering, canyoning, canoeing, sailing, diving and golf. Fort William and Glencoe are a short drive away offering very popular climbing and skiing. Explore beautiful gardens and ruined castles in an area rich in historical legacy or take a leisurely walk or cycle along one of the many forest tracks. Visit Bonawe Iron Works, Cruachan Hollow Mountain, the Sealife Centre and Inveraray Jail. Or relax and enjoy the unspoilt natural beauty surrounding the cottages at Ardmaddy. Shops 12 miles, pub/restaurant 2½ miles.

    This immaculate and sensitive conversion of the former stables overlooks Ardmaddy Bay and is furnished to Visit Scotland ‘4 Star’ standard. Modern and comfortable, it still retains much of its traditional character and warmth. The accommodation is all on one floor. Entrance hall to spacious, open-plan living area. The modern, comprehensively equipped kitchen with ceramic cooker leads through the dining area into the sitting room. Here there is an open fire and patio doors overlooking the sea. Four bedrooms; one double with 5ft bed, two twin and one bunk with full-size bunks and additional Z-bed (for +1). All are tastefully furnished and have fitted cupboards. Bathroom with toilet and handrails. Shower room with toilet. Drying cupboard. Upstairs the former granary forms The Stables’ own games room with a small snooker table, table tennis and darts.

    • Full oil-fired central heating included
    • Fan and convector heaters
    • Z-bed (for +1)
    • Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Drying cupboard
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Food processor
    • Enclosed garden
    • Games room with darts, table tennis and small snooker table
    • NB: Steps and steep bank in garden

    • Open fire(s) - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Freezer meals and food available at cost
    • Over 3,000 acres of grounds
    • Garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Use of hard tennis court
    • Fly fishing
    • Shared games room with darts, snooker and table tennis
    • Sailing, rowing and motor boats available for hire
    • Private water supply
    • NB: Loch close by and drops within the extensive grounds

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  • Lyn Leven Cottage

    Ballachulish, near Glencoe

    Grade
    9
    4
    1
    4
    Ref: 28490

    Views towards Loch Leven

    Surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges and spectacular scenery, this semi-detached, single-storey holiday home features views towards Loch Leven and is ideally situated for exploring Argyll and the Highlands. Visit the Inner Isles by ferry, or take the steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. Watch the abundant wildlife or ride up the mountain by gondola. The area has many activities to offer, including climbing, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, kayaking and golf. There are plenty of gentle forest walks, castles and gardens to explore. Fort William, the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, and Oban, known as the ’Gateway to the Isles’, are easily accessible, as are the Isle of Skye and Loch Ness. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with additional single and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating (£25 per week October-March), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. NB: Pond in garden, 25 yards.

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  • Tiverton House

    Lairg, Sutherland

    Grade
    9
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511344
    Tiverton House is a large, traditional detached house situated in the charming Highland village of Lairg in the heart of picturesque Sutherland. With four large bedrooms, two bathrooms and plenty of space, it is ideal for larger families and groups wishing to explore this superb area of the Scottish Highlands. The main lounge has a wide screen TV/DVD and plenty of room for all. There is a formal dining room off the kitchen, with polished wood table. All the bedrooms have their own televisions and seating areas in which to relax. Set on the shores of Loch Shin, Lairg is a delightful village, surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland. It had a good selection of small shops, restaurants, pub and cafe. There is also a fascinating visitor’s centre and lovely walks by the side of the loch.Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living Room: With electric fire, satellite Freeview TV, DVD, Wi-fi and radio/CD
    Dining Room: Leading from kitchen with polished, wood dining table
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and TV
    Shower Room; With shower cubicle and toilet

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: A family room with one king size bed and one single bed and TV
    Bedroom 3: With king size bed and TV
    Bedroom 4: With two king size beds and TV
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet
    Cloakroom: With toilet

    Gas central heating, fuel, power, bed linen included.Large garden with patio/terrace area with outdoor dining furniture. Please note that the owner’s private caravan is in the grounds of the garden. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: The maximum occupancy for this property is nine. Please note: No children under 10 years old. This property has a security deposit of £100.

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  • Ardach

    Nethy Bridge, near Aviemore

    Grade
    10
    5
    1
    2
    Ref: 80210

    Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Cairngorms National Park

    Situated in 2 acres of grounds at the edge of Abernethy Forest, this traditional granite-built holiday home welcomes visitors with its cosy open fires, supplemented by central heating. Spacious, and with a large garden, it is ideal for families and makes a wonderful base for rambling or fishing on the River Spey. Loch Garten is just 4 miles away with its nature reserve and RSPB shop, and visitors are able to observe ospreys at their nest at the Osprey Centre via a link from a nest-side camera. The surrounding pine forest is rich in bird life as well as red squirrels and you can enjoy trails in the nearby woodland. For lovers of golf, there is a golf course just 100 yards from the property, or there is a championship golf course in Nairn where you will also find sandy beaches. Aviemore, the gateway to the Cairngorms National Park, is 12 miles away with a wide range of sporting activities including climbing and skiing. Canyoning, mountain biking and rock climbing can also be enjoyed with coaching at Full on Adventure. A little further is Newtonmore, 28 miles, with its living history Highland Folk Museum, which makes a great day out for all the family. Set in 80 acres, it brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland settlers. Other attractions are the Whisky Trail linking a number of distilleries, or visit one of the many historic houses. Cawdor and Brodie Castles are also well worth a visit. Grantown-on-Spey, 6 miles. Shop 250 yards, pub serving good food nearby.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Sun room. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Open fires in living rooms and dining room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. Video. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Mar Lodge Estate - Claybokie

    Braemar

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: 30188


    At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge Estate, a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine. Visited by nobility since the medieval period, Mar Lodge Estate is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain’s highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country’s most iconic landscapes. Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) and Claybokie (ref 30188) are two delightful properties connected via an illuminated woodland path and make fantastic bases to enjoy this magnificent Highland paradise; Claybokie (ref 30188) is a miniature lodge furnished in classic antique style offering the quintessential country retreat. Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) is named after the nearby hill that rises between Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich. Set among Mar Lodge’s pine woodland, this exclusive Highland hideaway has been furnished in true country sporting style, with wood panelling and open fires. With uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, the privacy of both Claybokie and Creag Bhalg with their old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make them an unparalleled base for a clan gathering. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the four properties, sleeping 16 people. This large apartment spreads over two floors with views of the Mar Lodge Estate’s heather and pine forests. It can comfortably accommodate 17 guests around the dinner table, making it ideal for family gatherings in a historic Highland setting. Open log fires in the lodge’s public rooms and acres of rambling walks around the estate will help you relax into Royal Deeside’s majestic country charm. Along with Dalvorar (ref 30759), it is one of the five apartments that make up Mar Lodge itself. Dalvorar (ref 30759) is a delightful property; the views from the balcony of this first floor apartment are breathtaking in the morning light; acres of pine forests on dramatic mountains. The apartment centrepiece is a unique semi-circular sitting room with classic dark wood bookcases built into the walls and is a snug retreat to come back to after a day’s walking on the estate. It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats. Deeside’s most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge Estate is Braemar where you’ll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing. Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside. Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away. The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement, ‘Live like a laird’- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, then return to the lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast. ‘Shoot with a camera’- accompany the estate’s stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts or try traditional field sports which include stag stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. These lodges are a popular base for weddings, large events or corporate gatherings. Claybokie’s dining room seats 18 people and properti...

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 4 twin, one with sloping ceiling, one zip and link can be 6ft double, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating and gas included. High chair on request. Freeview TV. Gas Aga. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher.Telephone-honesty box. Large landscaped garden with terrace, siting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Piano.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned grounds. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome tray. No smoking. NB: River and drop in grounds.

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  • Shalom

    Buckie

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    5
    Ref: 29029

    This very spacious, detached holiday property offers great family accommodation for larger groups, and is peacefully situated down a quiet lane on the outskirts of Buckie, with views towards the sea and village from the first floor living room. Extensive gardens surround the house, and the sunny patios to the side and rear are ideal for al-fresco entertaining. An ideal location for exploring the Moray Firth, with its wonderful beaches and coastline renowned for dolphin spotting (visit the Spey Bay Dolphin Centre – 8 miles), mild sunny climate and excellent golf courses. Buckie has a busy harbour where boat trips can be taken to observe the marine and bird life. Inland, follow the Whisky Trail amongst stunning scenery and treat yourself to a dram. Elgin, with its Cashmere Visitor Centre and historic cathedral, is well worth a visit and there are many castles to explore in the surrounding area. Further activities include indoor sports, pony trekking, swimming and sea angling. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Study. Utility room. Games room with patio doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Second living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with breakfast area. 3 double (one 5ft) bedrooms, two with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two satellite TVs (full package). DVDs. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Games room. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Step in bathroom. Couples and family bookings only. This property has a security deposit of £250.

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  • Wildwood

    Boat of Garten, near Aviemore

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5037
    This substantial detached property enjoys a peaceful setting nestling against a wooded backdrop only a few minutes’ walk from the village centre. Providing guests with an unforgettable holiday experience, Wildwood offers spacious and beautifully presented holiday accommodation with your every need having been thought of. There is even an 8-person hot tub. Boat of Garten, known as ’The Osprey Village’, lies adjacent to the River Spey and is set within the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. An outdoor enthusiasts paradise amongst the numerous activities available are skiing and snowboarding in the wonderful Cairngorms or the Lecht, mountain biking and walking in some of the many nearby forest trails along with golf and zip lining also available. Take a trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway or the Cairngorm Mountain funicular – breathtaking scenery whilst enjoying the clean Scottish air! Close by is the RSPB reserve at Loch Garten where you can perhaps catch sight of the magnificent osprey or eagles. Watersports are available on the nearby Loch Insh and Loch Morlich.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: Large with wooden floors.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, 42" Freesat TV, DVD player and Sonos sound system.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric range, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 4: With three single beds, TV and Xbox.
    Bedroom 5: With single bed and pull-out single bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Large, enclosed, lawned garden. Rear decked area with garden furniture. 8-person hot tub. Pool table and table tennis available in garage. Bike store. Private parking for four cars. Please note: There is a small, shallow, unfenced stream in the garden. This property has a security deposit of £400.

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