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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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  • Bethany Cottage

    Brig O’Turk near Callender

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC524073
    This spacious, detached holiday cottage is set in the pretty hamlet of Brig O’ Turk in the heart of the Trossachs National Park and is perfect for friends or family who want to spend time together in this beautiful location. From the front door, there are endless miles of footpaths and cycle trails to explore in Glen Finglas and the surrounding area, and for the more adventurous, there are hills and mountains to climb such as Ben Ledi, Ben Venue and Ben A’an. Trout fishing can be enjoyed on the nearby loch and river and licences can be obtained from the local post office. There are activities for all ages to pursue, including sailing and boat trips on local lochs, castles, visitor attractions, heritage centres and whisky distilleries. The location is also perfect for golfing enthusiasts with several local courses close by and the famous Gleneagles course only 40 minutes drive.
    The village tea room, featured in the ’39 Steps’ film is only a couple of minutes’ walk, as is the local shop, pub and restaurant. This picturesque area has been attracting visitors for centuries, which was once part of a royal deer forest where kings hunted, steeped in history with stories of cattle drovers and whisky smugglers. Sir Walter Scott wrote poetry about its beauty and there is the John Ruskin and the Glasgow Boys Trail to follow in the hamlet.
    The highland town of Callander is only five minutes’ drive and ideal for picking up supplies with a variety of shops, tearooms, restaurants and bars. If you are worn out after exploring the area you can relax in the garden with a glass of wine and enjoy the views, or curl up in front of the open fire on cooler days. Pub and Restaurant 200 yards, shops 600 yards

    Ground Floor: Living Room: Large with open fire, 37" Freeview TV, DVD player and patio doors to the garden.
    Living Room 2: Open to the hall with patio doors to the garden.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and basin.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with showe rcubicle and toilet
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and pull out bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed and Jack and Jill access to bathroom.
    Bathroom: Jack and Jill (accessed from bedroom 3 and hallway) with bath and toilet.

    The property has three steps to the entrance, has oil central heating and all oil and electricity provided from April to October, £25 per week from November to March. Bed linen and towels provided. Initial fuel for open fire provided. High chair available on request. Wi-Fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: 3 steps to garden.

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  • The Carriage

    Bridge of Dee, nr. Castle Douglas

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W43089

    In a quiet setting on the site of an old siding in the former Bridge of Dee station, with countryside views, this converted 1957 railway carriage is 3 miles from Castle Douglas and close to Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet. There are scenic coastal walks, marked forest trails and various walks. Sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and watersports nearby. The Solway Coast has sandy beaches and rocky coves, with fishing villages and harbours. Close to the Galloway Forest Park, which was awarded ’Dark Sky Park’ status in 2009, and central to five of the 7 Stanes, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, both with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk (2ft 6in for children).

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Harbour View Cottage

    Portmahomack, nr. Tain

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W41825

    Sea views

    Harbour View enjoys a wonderful setting just yards from a sandy beach in the village of Portmahomack. Sea trips, fishing and water sports along with golf, bird and dolphin spotting are some of the variety of amenities this area has to offer. This house is a super base for exploring the north and east Highlands. Fantastic scenery along with quiet beaches and forest trails will make this a holiday to remember. Lots to see and do for all ages – castles and distilleries all within easy reach. Within striking distance of internationally renowned golf courses such as Royal Dornoch and Skibo Castle, while Loch Ness is less than an hour away. Shop, pub and restaurant 30 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Electricity by card meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Blossom Cottage

    Invergowrie, nr. Dundee

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    3
    Ref: S4683

    This stylish, contemporary detached holiday property is wonderfully situated down a quiet lane in the heart of rural Tayside, on a working livestock farm, yet just 3 miles from the city of Dundee with all its attractions. The stunning floor to ceiling windows in the living area make the most of the scenic views over the countryside towards the River Tay and patio doors from the dining area give guests easy access to the lovely patio area, ideal for al fresco living. The cosy woodburner in the living area supplements the already efficient heating, making it an ideal choice throughout the year. The very convenient location offers plenty of opportunity to explore the surroundings: there are good hill walks from the door, the Piperdam leisure complex with pool, spa facilities and renowned golf course is just 3 miles, Perth and Dundee are both easily reached, as are St Andrews, Carnoustie and Glasgow. Dundee has plenty of shopping and other excellent leisure facilities including Discovery Point, a 5-star visitor attraction chronicling Captain Scott’s journey to the Antarctic on the research ship ‘Discovery’. Other interesting days out could include hill walking in one of the five Angus Glens with their stunning hill and loch scenery approximately an hour’s drive away, golf at one of the many other superb courses in the area, horse riding, fishing, skiing at Glenshee and sailing. There is also an all-weather tennis court 1 mile away. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite wet room with rain shower and toilet, 2 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Wooden floors throughout. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Wet room with rain shower and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Windy Pines

    Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 27567

    This semi-detached holiday cottage is situated on the Isle of Arran and is within 1 mile of the beach. The property is situated on the A841 which is the main road around Arran. Arran is a beautiful island with mountains, white sandy beaches and woodland. Steeped in history, Arran boasts its very own stone circles and is home to Brodick and Lochranza Castles. For the active, it is a walker’s and cyclist’s paradise. Horse riding and bird watching are available locally, with seven golf courses on Arran (one in Whiting Bay). There is a variety of island-made products such as chocolate, soaps, cheese, pottery and Lochranza Whisky. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Kitchen. Sun room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin.

    Open fires in living room and kitchen (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Bracken Lodge

    Sandyhills near Dalbeattie

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC537181
    This lovely lodge is perfectly placed to explore this hidden corner of Galloway. Set within a small park with facilities and half a mile from a sandy beach, this is just the ticket for getting away from it all. Whether you want to relax on the verandah or choose from a myriad of diverse activities the choice is yours.

    Ground Floor: The property is heated by LPG central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Dining area: with gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave and fridge/freezer. Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors opening onto a decked verandah.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath and WC.
    Bedroom 1: with twin beds and electric convection heater.

    First Floor: Open tread stairs to...
    Bedroom 2 (accessed via bedroom 3 only)
    : with double bed and en-suite with WC and basin.
    Bedroom 3: with twin beds and access onto the verandah.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels provided. Welcome pack. Shared use of laundry room with coin operated washing facilities. Free Wi-Fi at the bar area. Verandah with garden furniture. Shared use of 20 acres of landscaped grounds. Shared indoor heated swimming pool with shower and changing facilities.(these will not be available from 13/6/16 to 24/6/16 due to maintenance) Parking available for three cars.

    Please note: The lodge is positioned on a bank with the entrance door being at ground level but the ground floor verandah is several feet above the sloping grassy bank - please take care.

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  • Alt Na Criche

    Inveralligin, Torridon, Wester Ross

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511278
    Alt Na Criche is situated on the banks of Loch Torridon and enjoys spectacular panoramic views of the Torridon mountain range across the loch. Set in its own generous garden grounds this delightful single storey holiday cottage has undergone a complete renovation and provides a high standard of accommodation in a truly superb Highland setting. The pretty lounge has large picture windows overlooking the gardens and across Loch Torridon to the mountains beyond. A wood burning stove acts as a welcoming focal point and the solid oak floors throughout add to the sense of country luxury. The large kitchen/dining room has built in appliances and a family sized solid wood table. There are three beautifully presented bedrooms (one en suite) and a superb modern family sized bathroom. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn. A patio area with outdoor dining table and chairs provides a superb spot to sit and drink in the amazing views. From the cottage and gardens watch otters, seals, red deer, birds and if you’re lucky, even golden eagles. It also provides a wonderful vantage point from which to admire the amazing sunsets over water. There are beautiful coastal walks and beaches right on the doorstep.Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level.
    Living Room: With satellite Free view TV/DVD, radio/CD, wood burning stove.
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and large dining table
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en suite facilities with shower enclosure and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of logs for wood burning stove provided.Large lawned garden with furniture. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • Newhall Cottages - Spittal Coach House

    Carlops, nr. Penicuik

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 30952

    These beautifully situated holiday cottages are part of historic Newhall Estate, just 14 miles south west of the vibrant city of Edinburgh, and a central base from which to explore further afield to Glasgow, Stirling, Fife and the Scottish Borders. Newhall’s 1,100 acres are on the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, a wonderful landscape sculpted by glaciers and water, with hillwalking and biking to suit all abilities. The owners’ 2-acre walled garden is a peaceful spot for relaxing in and produces a great array of spring and summer flowers. Newhall Steading Cottage (ref 30949), skilfully converted from the original farm steading, is privately situated about 220 yards from Newhall House. The bright open-plan living area has a cosy woodburner and French doors leading to small terrace opposite a walled garden. Spittal Cottage (ref 30951) and Spittal Coach House (ref 30952) are set a mile away on a working hill sheep farm, bounded on its west side by a reservoir where brown trout fishing may be arranged and the bird hide is a great vantage point from which to watch ducks, geese and heron. Spittal Coach House is a spectacular conversion from an 18th-century farm steading. The beautifully light, spacious, oak floored living area has a central, double-sided woodburner and three huge arched windows opening onto a paved terrace. Spittal Cottage is a traditional, south-facing farm cottage, with fine views and a delightful cosy living room and stunning walking from the doorstep. The nearby North Esk Glen has over a mile of delightful paths, some steep, with a rich variety of wildlife. The patient observer may be rewarded by a glimpse of an otter or badger. The village of West Linton, 5 miles, has local shops, a pub and good restaurant, while Carlops, 1½ miles, has a pub serving food. Shop and restaurant 4½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room both with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with French door. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 2 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Freesat TV. CD. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

    All properties: Woodburner in living room included. Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Access to owners’ 2-acre walled garden. Shared grounds. Trout fishing on estate on request (licence needed). Pets welcome - to be kept on lead, sheep country. No smoking.

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  • Home Farm - Highland Cottage

    Glendaruel

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SXXK

    "Surrounded by 150 acres of glorious wooded grounds, abundant in wildlife. . ."

    Amidst a glorious landscape of unspoilt wooded glens, fragmented coastline, stunning sea lochs and breathtaking bays, the delightful cottages at Home Farm nestle in the peaceful wooded valley of the River Ruel. The steading and cottages, formerly the home farm to the estate, have been lovingly restored and are very comfortably furnished in contemporary Scottish style.
    Their spacious courtyard setting affords each of them a sense of privacy and they all boast access to 150 acres of wooded grounds, abundant in bird and wildlife, with free trout and salmon fishing on the Ruel - the fishing hut provides an ideal picnic spot. One of the most admired views in Scotland, The Kyles of Bute, awaits discovery just 6 miles away, as do the tranquil village of Tighnabruaich’s lovely natural bays, sandy beach, shops, restaurants and 9 hole golf course. Colintraive (9 miles) offers a pub serving good food and there is a summer shop (limited opening hours) adjacent to Home Farm. Beach 5 miles. Shop 13 miles, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

    Open-plan, spacious living/dining room with open fire and kitchen area with wooden floor. First floor: Three double bedrooms, each with a 5ft bed; one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Parking (for 2 cars)

    • Electricity, full ‘Econ 7’ NSH (except SXXL, SXXM and SXXN), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Satellite TV (basic package)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Sitting-out area with patio and furniture
    • Shared courtyard
    • Shared 150-acre grounds and woodland
    • Barbecue
    • Trout fly fishing foc (1st May - 30th September) with fishing hut and picnic area
    • Shared games room with snooker table, table tennis, table football, telephone (honesty box) and wi-fi
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced burn, waterfall and drops in shared grounds

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  • Shore Cottage

    Bellochantuy near Campbeltown

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC523145
    Wake up to the sound of the sea, with nothing between your front door and the sea but the private driveway, the lawns of this property go right down to the shore which is just 10 yards away. Seals can be seen everyday and if you’re lucky the passing pod of dolphins. This detached stone cottage, set along Kintyre’s stunning west coast, boasts unrivalled views across to Gigha and the Paps of Jura in the distance. Enjoy magnificent sunsets, and relax at this tranquil retreat where wildlife abounds. Surrounded by an abundance of natural wildlife, the clean environment and clear waters are home to all sorts of interesting wildlife. For those who wish to bring their horse or pony, the owner has stabling facilities There are some great horse riding places within four miles. The Machrihanish Bird Observatory is located nearby at Gauldrons Beach and is fantastic for watching migratory birds. Campbeltown is one of a handful of areas in Scotland categorised as a whisky producing region, and is home to the Campbeltown Single Malt, at one point having 34 distilleries and proclaiming itself the whisky capital of the world. The town boasts two distilleries as well as a museum, heritage centre and a harbour, with an annual regatta and music festival. The town is well-served, with supermarkets, independently owned shops, and excellent hotels and restaurants offering the finest local produce. The surrounding area is well-known for its fine beaches, unspoilt countryside and scenic walks, with the addition of the Kintyre Way, making this an ideal location from which to explore the Kintyre Peninsula. Lying just off the west coast of Kintyre, the Isle of Gigha offers a pleasant day trip. Within a short distance, there are many quiet and sandy beaches to explore and there is easy access to the Isles of Islay, Arran and Jura. Jura is one of the wildest and most mountainous of the Inner Hebrides. Islay is great for wildlife enthusiasts, as it boasts a large RSPB reserve, a wintering population of barnacle and white-fronted geese, and a wildlife information centre. For the outdoor enthusiast, there is walking, cycling, fishing and water sports and for the golf enthusiast, there are world renowned golf courses close by.
    The Otters can be viewed playing in the water and on the shoreline from the bench in the garden.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric wood burner, 22" Freesat TV, DVD player, CD/radio and sea views.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bathroom 1: With bath, shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed, Velux window and en-suite with WC.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed and pull-out bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair on request. Wi-Fi. Telephone with restricted access. There is a translation service and tours available via the owner English to German and English to Polish, please enquire when bookingLarge lawned enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking for 3 cars. NB: 10 yards from the sea.

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  • Lairg Estate - Phil’s House

    Lairg

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: SUUR

    Phil’s House (ref SUUR), an architect designed, eco-friendly, single-storey house and Reid’s Cottage (ref UYT), a bright and cosy Highland croft house, enjoy an elevated position with panoramic views over the village of Lairg, waters of the Loch Shin and towards the hills beyond. Furnished and equipped to very high standards, they ensure a comfortable and pleasant holiday in this lovely part of the Highlands. Activities include mountain biking in the forest trails, fishing and stalking (by prior arrangement), hill walking or kayaking on the lochs and rivers. Golf courses nearby. For the less energetic, just relax in the comfort of the house and watch the ever changing scenery. Shops and pubs 1/4 mile.

    Spacious living/dining room with large well-equipped kitchen area. Laundry room. Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom, shower attachment, toilet. Wet room with toilet. Steep stairs to attic.

    • Full underfloor central heating included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV/DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Cycle store
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Watercolour

    Ardgour, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: 26616

    Adjoining one of the finest recording facilities in Scotland and offering a quiet, inspiring location for musicians, writers, artists and families. Close to the village of Ardgour with views across Loch Linnhe, this semi-detached holiday cottage is ideal for those wishing to explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and the Inner Hebrides with its stunning scenery, walks and wildlife. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Wooden floors throughout. Utility room. Snug. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk with additional bunk and en-suite shower room with toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, underfloor heating (downstairs), electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. ¼-acre gravelled garden with raised beds, patio and furniture. 5-acre shared grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Private water supply from hillside. No smoking. NB: Stream close by.

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