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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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  • South Bay Cottage

    Saasaig, Teangue, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: SHC

    In a superb position towards the southern end of Skye, this completely modernised 150-year-old cottage stands on the sea shore overlooking the Sound of Sleat, at a point highlighted as an outstanding viewpoint by Ordnance Survey. There are magnificent panoramic views northwards to Ben Screel, Loch Hourn and Knoydart, eastwards to Loch Nevis, and southwards to Ardnamurchan Point. The holiday cottage is tastefully furnished and well equipped, with all three bedrooms enjoying their own separate facilities. It stands in 3 acres of wild garden, and the principal rooms and roof terrace offer splendid opportunities to observe the local wildlife, which includes herons, curlews, eagles and even the occasional otter. The roof terrace has a glass and aluminium balustrade and balustraded bridge to the hill at rear of cottage, leading to the unfenced path which goes up into woodland or down into the garden. There are wonderfully scenic walks direct from the door, either along the shoreline, or for the more adventurous, one of the classic Skye walks taking the loop road to Tarskavaig with unbeatable views to the Cuillins. There are ferry trips to the islands of Eigg, Rhum and Lochalsh, and day trips can include Elgol, with a boat trip to the magical Loch Coruisk, hidden in the Cuillins or the Seafari rib boat to Knoydart and dine at The Forge Inn. Other places to visit include Talisker Distillery, Dunvegan Castle, Portree, with its attractive harbour and heritage centre, which traces the history of Skye. Six miles away is Lady Claire MacDonald’s Kinloch Lodge Hotel and Cookery School, where morning cookery courses are held. Mallaig ferry 3 miles. Kyle of Lochalsh ferry 19 miles. Ardvasar Hotel, Isle Ornsay Hotel and Duisdale Hotel all within 5 miles. Armadale Castle, with its history centre, garden walks, tearooms and restaurant, 3 miles. Toravaig Hotel 1 mile.

    Large kitchen with table and chairs opening into observation room with large picture windows and outstanding views across the Sound of Sleat. Utility room. Dining room with multi-fuel burner, satellite TV, video and radio. Living room with music centre, TV and DVD. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room, toilet and sea view. Cloakroom and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, both overlooking the sea; one double with en-suite bathroom, toilet and electric over-bath shower, and one twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Second staircase (spiral) to observatory ‘The Otter Bar’ with chiller and ice maker, bar height table with 7 bar stools, easy chairs, and panoramic mountain, sea and shore views, with door out to truly stunning 55 square metre roof terrace.

    • Multi-fuel burner – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • Two TVs (Teletext)
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Cassette/CD (comprehensive library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Payphone
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Ample parking
    • Games room/double garage/cycle store with full-size table tennis table
    • Garden with croquet, patio, furniture

  • Helenslea

    St Andrews

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 26011

    This light, airy holiday apartment, part of an Edwardian terrace is just 2 minutes’ walk from the centre of St Andrews. The owner can meet you at the airport or train station, and provide mini tours of places of interest. Enjoy the shops, coffee shops, theatre, cinema, museums and bars all within a short stroll. The Old Course, 10 minutes away, and 11 other golf courses within 5 miles. Sandy beach, Sea Life Centre, medieval buildings all nearby, or explore fishing villages and beaches of the East Neuk. Shops, pubs and restaurants 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Secure cycle store. No smoking.

  • Ptarmigan, Achnacarry Estate

    Achnacarry near Spean Bridge

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511293
    Ptarmigan is situated in the heart of the historic Achnacarry Estate, home to the chief of the Clan Cameron, who lives at the adjacent Achnacarry Castle. Ptarmigan occupies a wing on the ground floor of an original stone farm steading building which has recently been converted into luxury apartments in the heart of this beautiful and historical highland estate. It provides a high standard of accommodation in a unique, peaceful and totally unspoilt setting. The main living area is open plan. This stunning room has a large bright and airy living/kitchen/dining area, with traditional sash windows which drink in the wonderful views across this countryside estate. There are two twin rooms plus a double bedroom with luxury en suite facilities. All bedrooms are superbly presented with colour coordinated soft furnishings. There is also a large family bathroom with bath/shower above.
    Situated on an isthmus in between River Lochy and Loch Arkaig with the tumbling river Arkaig a few hundred yards away, Ptarmigan is surrounded by lochs, mountains and superb wildlife. With wonderful walks and cycle tracks right on the doorstep, Achnacarry Estate is an ideal retreat for an active outdoor holiday or peaceful retreat. There is an attractive lawn area of garden to the front and a pretty courtyard to the rear of the building. The steading retains its original whinstone facade with traditional large sash windows and the original bell tower with weathervane atop. There is ample car parking for up to two cars and a covered cycle rack area is provided for visitors’ use. A shared drying room is also available in a separate room of the courtyard complex for outdoor clothing, boots etc. There are also picnic tables and BBQ’s
     Ptarmigan may also be available to let with Heron, a two bedroomed apartment in the same steading building.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has electric storage and panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining room/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With satellite Free view large screen TV, DVD, ipod docking station, Hi-fi stereo and Wi-fi. Superb views across the estate.
    Dining Area: With large dining table and chairs for six
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, freezer and washing machine. A very well equipped spacious kitchen area with integral appliances and breakfast bar with stools
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en suite shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Shared use of drying room with large tumble dryer (extra cost of £2 per dry).  Wi-fi/internet access for browsing and emails.  There is a card payment payphone onsite as no mobile phone signal in immediate area.Shared use of freezer. Picnic table and chairs available. Cycle rack available. Off road parking for 2 cars. There is a separate drying room with a large tumble dryer for guests use, each guest receives a drying room key on their key fob. There is an honesty box for the tumble dryer use (£2 a dry - the only extra to pay for).

  • Cairndoon Steading

    Whithorn near Newton Stewart

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: CC537155
    Cairndoon Steading is a lovely attached steading and gives the perfect excuse for a relaxing holiday in this secret little corner of Scotland which soon becomes addictive! Almost every window in the steading offers a  living gallery capturing the Galloway Hills, the sea and open countryside. From a stunning coastline peppered with some lovely beaches away from the madding crowd to the patch work countryside criss crossed by dry stone walls. Galloway has been relatively untouched for many decades and this adds to the charm of the area. Cairndoon Steading has been beautifully restored from its lowly beginnings and is now a most charming home from home with every detail enhancing your stay from the oak lintels and original exterior stonework to open plan living space and luxurious and spacious bathrooms. The accommodation is conveniently accessible to those with disabilities. It provides a superb base for cyclists and hikers and those wishing to explore the area, with many activities and seriously good food on offer here.

    Ground Floor: This lovely steading is on two floors, heated by oil fed under floor heating on the ground floor, oil fed radiators in the first floor bedrooms and electric under floor heating in the first floor en suite facilities and comprises;
    Open plan Sitting/Dining and Kitchen: This light and spacious room has lovely views from every window. Bi-fold patio doors lead directly onto the garden for al fresco dining or just drinking in the amazing sunsets here. TV with free sat. Single span modular staircase with child friendly safety bars in-built leads to the first floor.
    Kitchen: With electric fan assisted oven, solid plate electric hob, fridge with ice box and microwave
    Utility Room; With washing machine and dishwasher
    Bedroom 1: With two single beds and lovely views over the garden and countryside and sea beyond
    Shower Room; With spacious shower enclosure, WC and wash basin. Heated towel rail and shaver point.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed with lovely sea and rural views. En suite spacious shower enclosure, WC and wash basin, heated towel rail and shaver point.
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds and views across rolling farmland towards the sea. En suite with spacious shower enclosure, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail and shaver point

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Large garden area with patio. Disabled access. Off road parking for 3 cars. Internet access available.

  • The White Ship

    Portsoy

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: SWWK

    This 300-year old, detached holiday home has magnificent views over Portsoy harbour and out to the sea. Portsoy is renowned for its boat festival in summer and is a great base to explore this rugged coastline which is home to dolphins, minke whales and birds. The Whisky and Castle Trails are easily accessed and the Cairngorm National Park is an hour away. Shop 300 yards, pub 200 yards.

    Living room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen/dining room with breakfast bar, Aga and harbour view. Utility. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with laminate floor and harbour view. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Second floor: Beamed sitting room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Double bedroom (bed only accessed from one side, for 1+1).

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVDs
    • Video
    • Aga
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Terraced garden, patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steep bank and steps in garden, harbour across road

  • Owl Cottage

    Lothmore, Helmsdale

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W42361

    Uninterrupted views, peaceful location

    Enjoying views across the fields and the waters of the Moray Firth. Within walking distance of a sandy beach, this extended former croft house makes the perfect holiday base for touring this part of the Highlands. Situated between Golspie and Helmsdale. Travel north and visit John O’Groats, the Castle of Mey and the Orkney Isles and south to the Black Isle and Inverness, the Highland capital. Golf, fishing, mountain biking, hill walking and surfing are just a few of the activities available. Shops, pubs and restaurants 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors/kitchen. Utility room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms.

    Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Use of natural woodland. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced drops in grounds.

  • Fearnmore House

    Fearnmore, nr. Applecross

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: 29677

    Situated on the Applecross Peninsula

    This superbly presented detached stone cottage is perched on the edge of the sea on the picturesque Applecross Peninsula in a rural and coastal location. Originally a weaver’s cottage, this delightful house has been beautifully restored by its current owners and now combines the height of contemporary living with olde world charm. The main living area is open plan. This lovely room has exposed stone walls, a feature woodburner and spectacular views over the sea to the mountains beyond. There are three large bedrooms, all beautifully presented and two bathrooms, fitted to the same high specification. French doors open onto a large decking area; a wonderful spot to sit and admire the incredible views across the bay. Applecross Peninsula is renowned for its wild, rugged and unspoilt beauty. This is a fantastic area for hill walking, climbing in the Torridon Hills, kayaking around the coast and cycling the quiet lanes with amazing views around almost every corner. Sea loch 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 12 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room and ground floor bedroom (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large decked area with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from loch. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Sloping track to property.

  • Edenville

    Gatehouse of Fleet near Castle Douglas

    Grade
    6
    2
    2
    3
    Ref: CC537249
    Enjoying stunning views over Fleet Bay, Edenville is a detached holiday cottage which lies just a short stroll away from a choice of sandy beaches. The panoramic coastal views are simply stunning; Mossyard is amongst one of the most beautiful spots in south west Scotland. Set on a working farm with the beach as the playground, what could be better?
    The charming town of Gatehouse of Fleet is a short drive away and offers a wide range of places to eat and relax. There are many attractions in and around the immediate area including the popular Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre, host to one of Europe’s longest zip wires, the Mill on the Fleet Visitor Centre, Cardoness Castle, Cream of Galloway Activity Centre, to name but a few. The area has numerous walks available from scenic coastal walks to forest trails. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports close by, there is sure to be something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including National Trust’s Threave Gardens.
    Close to the Galloway Forest Park and central to five of the 7Stanes Mountain Bike Trails, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Only a short drive away, Kirkcudbright is known as “the artists’ town”, and attracts visitors throughout the year who are drawn in by the harbour, the historic high street and the diverse range of annual events and visitor attractions. The popular programme of summer festivities culminates with the spectacular Tattoo, an event not to be missed.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps to the entrance with alternative ramp access available, is then all on the ground floor, has biomass central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With open fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With wooden floor, electric cooker, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom 1: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels inc. Fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot. Highchair. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times when on the farm. Natural water supply from a borehole. No smoking. NB: Seafront location.

  • Seaview Cottage

    Dunure

    Grade
    6
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27991

    With spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran, this end-terraced holiday cottage, over 250 years old, sits yards from Dunure beach and harbour on the 100-mile Ayrshire Coastal Path, one of the finest panoramic coastlines. Enjoy walking, cycling, visiting gardens and castles, riding, bird watching, fishing, racing, and golf at Troon and Turnberry. Robert Burns country with many attractions is a few miles away. Culzean Castle Country Park has wooded trails along the beach. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and tiled floor. Second living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors and tiled floor. Garden room with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric hob. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Enclosed courtyard, furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Direct access to beach.

  • Fishermans Rest

    Cellardyke, nr. Anstruther

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 27178


    This beautifully and sympathetically renovated former fisherman’s cottage enjoys a quiet, yet central location, just a minute’s walk away from the beach and quaint harbour at the centre of Ansthruther. Furnished and equipped to a very good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible, this holiday cottage makes an ideal base for exploring this lovely part of Fife, with award-winning beaches, a large variety of watersports, cycling trails, arts, crafts, galleries, The Scottish Fisheries Museum and wonderful pubs and restaurants are just some of the many delights this area has to offer. Look out for boat trips to the Isle of May, famous for puffins and seals. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and enjoy the lovely sea views from the rear garden. St Andrews and its many championship golf courses for which the region is famous, is only 9 miles away. Dundee can be reached in 30 minutes and and Perth and Edinburgh in an hour. Shop 200 yards, pub, restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower, toilet, both with wooden floor. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating and gas included (£25per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen, towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric range. Gas hob. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Garden with lawn, decking area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Shared access and 10 steps leading to private garden and decked area with 3 steps.

  • Birch Cottage

    Blairmore, Dunoon

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC523105
    Birch Cottage is a lovely, newly refurbished detached property which sits on the hillside overlooking Loch Long and the Firth of Clyde, near Dunoon. Set on the edge of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, the cottage is one of four situated within a small holiday development with ample outdoor activities available. Internally, Birch is spacious, comfortable and cosy. On the ground floor there is an open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area and a wood burning stove with feature glass hearth. The flooring in the lounge and dining area is solid oak. There is also a shower room and a double bedroom downstairs. Large patio doors leading out onto a deck with magnificent views over the sea and hills beyond and complete with garden furniture. There is access to a barbecue area in the open plan/shared garden surrounding the cottages. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms; one family room with one double and one single bed, the second room is a single, both rooms have coombed ceilings,

    Ground Floor: Property has electric heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner
    Lounge Area: With wood burning stove and glass hearth, Free view TV and DVD, solid oak flooring and patio doors leading out onto decking with view overlooking the sea.
    Dining Area: With wooden table and chairs with solid oak flooring
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and freezer
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Shower Room;With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With single bed, coombed ceiling
    Bedroom 3: Family Room with double bed, single bed and coombed ceiling.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First basket of wood for stove provided.. Cot, high chair and fireguard available on request.Decked area with outdoor seating. Shared large open garden with communal BBQ. Shared use of on site facilities including wi-fi, pool table and Visit Scotland 5* outdoor activities including quad biking, clay shooting and archery. Free shared use of washing machine and tumble dryer. Direct access into the Argyll Forest Park. Off road parking for 2 cars.

  • Rosebud Cottage

    Galston, nr. Ayr

    Grade
    6
    2
    4
    2
    Ref: 24982

    Situated on a hilltop with panoramic views, this detached holiday cottage has been renovated to a good standard and offers an ideal base to explore South West Scotland. With marked river, woodland and farm walks, the property is close to the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer and Troon. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft 5in) with en-suite shower room and toilet. 1 twin (can be 6ft double) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. American fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. Four pets welcome (must be kept on a lead at all times, working farm). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Unfenced stream 600 metres. Sloping banks in grounds.

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