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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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  • Glenburn House Apt 1

    Waternish, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511340
    Glenburn House Apt 1 occupies half of the first floor of Glenburn House, a traditional croft cottage set in 12 acres of croft and that leads down to the shoreline. This small but cosy apartment is an ideal base for couples. It is situated amid some of the most beautiful and unspoilt scenery on the Isle of Skye. In the heart of the region known as Waternish, this wonderful backwater is famous for its stunning sunsets, magnificent seascapes, idyllic shoreline and pretty unspoilt hamlets, all untouched by time. The apartment is accessed via a staircase from the owner’s house, who resides on the ground floor. There is a small open plan living area with comfortable sofas and a small kitchen with dining table for three. The two bedrooms both enjoy stunning views across the sea from the skylight windows. A small bathroom with bath and shower over complete the picture.

    First Floor: Property is all on one floor, has electric panel heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With electric fire, TV with DVD player and a large selection of DVD’s (please note that there is no TV signal). Radio/CD and Wi-fi
    Dining Area: (Within kitchen) With dining furniture for 3
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With double bed (suitable for 1 person as no access to floor from one side)
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Conservatory: This sunny room is at the front of the cottage for visitors’ use and is shared with Apartment 2

    All power, bed linen and towels included.Shared use of open grounds immediately outside the cottage with sun chairs and seating area. Off road parking for 3 cars. Please note that there is no TV signal at the property. A large range of DVDs are available to view.

  • Jocky’s View

    Brora, Sutherland

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511161
    Jocky’s View is a delightful, modernised fisherman’s cottage situated right on the edge of the sea with panoramic views across wide sweeping sands to the Sutherland hills beyond. Adjoining the renowned sandy beach of Brora with its traditional golf links above, it is ideally located for enjoying a seaside holiday with all the amenities of an attractive Highland village. The main superb open plan lounge / kitchen / dining area is on the upper floor, taking full advantage of the magnificent views across the sea, with the lovely river Brora in the foreground and the mountains of Sutherland forming a dramatic backdrop.  There are two bedrooms on the ground floor together with a bright modern shower room.
    (Please note, this property adjoins Failte, ref number 511140, and may be available to let together to

    Ground Floor: The property has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: with double bed
    Bedroom 2: with single bed
    Bathroom: with shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and washer / dryer.

    First Floor: Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen:
    Lounge area: with feature electric fire, Freeview TV and DVD boasting stunning views over the sea and sand-dunes with Brora River in the foreground and the Sutherland Mountains beyond
    Kitchen area:  with electric cooker, microwave, washing machine/dryer and fridge.

    All power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.Garden. On street parking. NB: Steep stairs.

  • MacDonald Cottage Apartment

    Kirkmichael near Pitlochry

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC524085
    This ground floor cottage apartment sits on the village street with a picture window in the living area offering a view down the street to the historic old church. It is perfect for a couple or small family who want to relax and enjoy this scenic part of Perthshire. Set in the centre of the highland village of Kirkmichael, on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park, you are in the Glen of Strathardle with the River Ardle running through the village. Trout fishing is available locally, free of charge and with no need for a licence.

    From your doorstep there is an abundance of footpaths, three local pubs serving food and a well-stocked local community shop. This is an all year round holiday location with both summer and winter activities; Glenshee, Scotland’s largest ski resort, just 15 miles away, Perthshire’s long distance walking trail, The Cateran Trail, passing through the village. For the more adventurous there is hill walking on the stunning Cairngorm mountains, mountain biking, fishing, stalking on the local estates, horse riding, and golf at Blairgowrie, one of Scotland’s top golf courses or the beautiful hill course of Pitlochry. There are a variety of local events throughout the year such as The Strathardle Gathering every August (Highland Games), The Etape Caledonia Cycling Event in May, The Perthshire Open Studios and The Blairgowrie Book Festival in October, and various other local events. Blairgowrie and Pitlochry are only 12 miles away and the larger cities of Perth and Dundee are less than an hour’s drive. Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness can all be reached within one and a half to two hours.

    MacDonald Cottage Apartment can be booked together with Bakehouse Cottage (CC524084) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 32" Freesat TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Karibu Cottage

    Cairnbaan, Lochgilphead

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: S4639

    Boasting a wonderful location overlooking one of the locks on the Crinan Canal, with great cycling and walking along the towpath, this very comfortable cottage makes an excellent holiday base. One of a row set in the peaceful hamlet of Cairnbaan, in a corner of Argyll famed for its stunning scenery, it lies just 3 miles from Lochgilphead. The rugged coastline affords endless opportunities to enjoy fishing and birdwatching or sample the delicious local seafood in one of the pretty villages nearby, and at Kilmartin Glen (8 miles) visitors will find standing stones, stone circles and castles – fascinating evidence of the 5000 year old Ancient Kingdom of the Scots. Lochgilphead offers a variety of shops and a pub serving food is 200 yards away.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with zip and link bed (can be twin). Maximum sleeps 3.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Hot tub. No smoking. No children under 16 years. NB: 2 steps down to patio, uneven path to hot tub.

  • Snipie’s Bothy

    Insch

    Grade
    3
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 30924


    Snipie’s Bothy is a cosy, compact holiday cottage converted to a very good standard from the original farmhouse and is adjacent to the owners’ home. Suitable for all year use, its quiet rural location, surrounded by farm and woodland, makes it ideal for couples or small family. A private tarmac road leads to the cottage which has lovely views to Bennachie and direct access to country walks. Everything you need for a relaxing holiday is provided for. Eat out in one of the many good establishments in the area or stay in and relax. Visit Scotland’s Castle and Malt Whisky Trails, Speyside, distilleries, coastal villages and Royal Deeside. There are National Trust and Historic Scotland properties and castles, forest walks, mountain bike trails and golf courses throughout the region. The busy town of Inverurie is just a short drive with many good shops and eating places, whilst Aberdeen, slightly further away, offers all the cosmopolitan activities of a city. Shop and restaurant 1½ miles, pub 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams/kitchen with dining area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owner’s tumble dryer and freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Lagnakeil Lodges - Beech

    Lerags, nr. Oban

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30913

    Lagnakeil Lodges are set in a truly unique and unrivalled location. The beautiful Scottish land of mountains, lochs and islands can be experienced from the comfort of these well-equipped, single-storey, detached holiday lodges (refs 30897, 30898, 30899, 30900, 30901, 30902, 30903, 30904, 30905, 30906, 30907, 30908, 30909, 30910, 30911, 30912 and 30913), all set in their own large private grounds situated overlooking the sea Loch Feochan. The lodges are nestled throughout 7 acres of scenic wooded hillside in the peace and calm of Lerags Glen. Only three miles from Oban town centre, the ’gateway to the isles’, this picturesque harbour town is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands. Oban means ’little bay’ in the old Gaelic tongue and with its many attractions, shopping facilities and fine eating establishments, known as ’the seafood capital of Scotland’, it is ideal for those wishing to relax and explore. The town was first made popular in the time of Queen Victoria. She called it ’one of the finest spots we have seen’ and from the early 1800s, visitors flocked to the place aboard the Comet steamship which linked Glasgow and Oban. The Inner Hebrides consist of Kerrera, Lismore, Mull (with the small town of Tobermory which has become famous as ’Balamory’) and the granite mountains of the Morvern Peninsula. Beyond them are Coll, Colonsay, Tiree and Iona. All are accessible to visitors through organised trips. Ferries to the islands run regularly. There are lots of activities for all the family, ranging from an exciting boat trip, a visit to Oban Distillery or any one of thirty spectacular gardens, to the Atlantis Leisure Centre with its water slides, the intriguing Oban War and Peace Museum, and the The Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, a spectacular aquarium with a busy rescue facility for abandoned seal pups. Over 50 natural marine displays with talks and feeding demonstrations throughout the day every day. Discovering the surrounding countryside is fun - horse riding at one of Oban’s many riding schools or perhaps take in a round of golf at Oban’s 18-hole golf course. Oban’s tourist information centre in Argyll Square is a great place to find out what’s going on in the area during your stay. Take to the clear waters around Oban and Lorn for sailing, sub-aqua diving, canoeing and sea angling, or cruise to the head of Loch Etive for a unique experience. Lagnakeil’s well-appointed lodges and cosy cottages are set in a haven of tranquillity that is guaranteed to revitalise the most world-weary guest. Yet only a short walk up the glen, a country pub can be found serving home-cooked food and ales. This is truly a magical place for all ages! Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile (1/2 mile on foot) and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot, travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Private decked area with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 7-acre grounds. Barbecue. Shared games room with pool table, table football and board games. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply. No smoking. NB: Step to garden. Sea loch, stream, steps and sloping banks in grounds.

  • Thistle Lodge

    Denny

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42060

    Ideal location

    Situated in a tranquil setting adjacent to the owner’s home, this modern ground floor wing of the property offers superb holiday accommodation for couples and small families from which to explore the surrounding areas. Local places to visit include the Falkirk Wheel, the breathtaking castle, Wallace Monument and the mill trail at Stirling, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park offering walking, fishing, cycling, horse riding and many water sports. The cities of Perth, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh are all easily accessible by car. Places of interest include the Bannockburn Heritage Centre and Callendar Park. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating included (£10per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Courtyard with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Steps to courtyard.

  • Cruachan

    Newtonmore near Aviemore

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC512046
    Cruachan is an attractive, single-storey terraced cottage situated in the pretty Highland village of Newtonmore in the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains.  This lovely wee cottage has a warm and cosy ambience, with an original fireplace in the main lounge, thick stone walls and two pretty bedrooms. There is a bright modern bathroom and well-equipped kitchen.  The garden is mainly grassed with a small stone patio area.  Newtonmore is a peaceful, friendly village, just 12 miles south of Aviemore.  Known as ‘Monarch of the Glen country’ which was filmed close by, it has a real Highland flavour and some unusual and unique attractions. There is an excellent golf course just a short walk from the back of the cottage, and an interesting Highland Folk Park (free entry) a must for all visitors.  Newtonmore Highland Games on first Saturday of August which includes the Clan MacPherson rally and Mass Pipe Bands marching into the Eilan.  Free tennis courts (rackets and balls provided in cottage).  Wildcat Trail and Wildcat Experience has been enjoyed by previous guests to Cruachan.  Hogmanay in Newtonmore draws people from all around to enhoy the Torchlight Parade and firework display and a free dram to welcome in the New Year!  There is a good selection of small local shops, cafes and restaurants, all within a few yards of the property. The surrounding area is renowned for its wealth of outdoor activities.  There is a large riding centre which offers pony trekking in the surrounding hills and mountain-bike trails, canoeing, sailing, climbing and hill-walking are all available locally.  This area is also famed for its excellent fishing, with the mighty River Spey close to hand. For walkers, the Speyside Way provides over 100 miles of way-marked trails through stunning countryside.  Aviemore, the ‘capital’ of the Cairngorm National Park, is just 10 minutes drive away offers a wealth of sporting opportunities.  Although renowned for its skiing and snowboarding, Aviemore is a village for all seasons and there is a vast array of all year round activities and outdoor pursuits. For the less energetic there is a funicular railway that runs up the side of the Cairngorm mountain range, with incredible views from the top. Visit Britain’s only herd of free-ranging reindeer at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre or take a husky trail ride through the foothills of the mountains – a memorable and unique day out.  Cruachan provides a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival.  Tea/coffee/sugar also supplied.

    Ground Floor: Property is at ground floor level, has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, Free view TV and DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with a freezer compartment, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With smaller 2’6" single bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot and high chair supplied on request.Enclosed garden with grassed area leading out to woodland beyond. Small shed available for outdoor equipment storage. On street parking. Complimentary bottle of wine on arrival.

  • Bakehouse Cottage

    Kirkmichael near Pitlochry

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC524084
    This pretty stone built detached cottage was originally the village bakery and retains much of the original character such as the old pine beams. Just off the main street with a private secluded suntrap at the side of the cottage, this is the ideal location for a couple or small family who want to explore this splendid part of Scotland. Set in the centre of the highland village of Kirkmichael, on the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park, you are in the Glen of Strathardle with the River Ardle running through the village. Trout fishing is available locally, free of charge and with no need for a licence.

    From your doorstep there is an abundance of footpaths, three local pubs serving food and a well-stocked local community shop. This is an all year round holiday location with both summer and winter activities; Glenshee, Scotland’s largest ski resort, just 15 miles away, Perthshire’s long distance walking trail, The Cateran Trail, passing through the village. For the more adventurous, there is hill walking on the stunning Cairngorm mountains, mountain biking, fishing, stalking on the local estates, horse riding, and golf at Blairgowrie, one of Scotland’s top golf courses or the beautiful hill course of Pitlochry. There are a variety of local events throughout the year such as The Strathardle Gathering every August (Highland Games), The Etape Caledonia Cycling Event in May, The Perthshire Open Studios and The Blairgowrie Book Festival in October, and various other local events. Blairgowrie and Pitlochry are only 12 miles away and the larger cities of Perth and Dundee are less than an hour’s drive. Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness can all be reached within one and a half to two hours.

    Bakehouse Cottage can be booked together with MacDonald Cottage Apartment (CC524085) to accommodate up to six guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric heating and comprises:
    Beamed open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric coal-effect fire, 32" Freesat TV, DVD player, CD player and iPod dock.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and sloping ceilings.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and sloping ceilings.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Wi-Fi. Enclosed courtyard with furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Shepherd House Cottage

    Inveresk, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SQW

    Only 20 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh, this charming and well-equipped holiday cottage looks out over the owner’s plantsman’s garden, featured in Rosemary Verey’s Secret Gardens and numerous magazines. Very privately set with its own entrance and small garden, and adjoining the owner’s home, the cottage is in the heart of Inveresk, an 18th-century village with many fine period houses and the NT garden at 17th-century Inveresk Lodge. The delights of the city or the coast are in easy reach with good local shopping and the racecourse in Musselburgh, 1 mile. A vast diversity of entertainment and eating places in Edinburgh, which is equally accessible by train from Musselburgh. Six superb golf courses, including the Open Championship course at Muirfield, within a ½-hour drive. Shops 1 mile.

    Traditionally furnished sitting-room with dining area and patio door overlooking garden. Steep stairs to gallery single bedroom (for +1). Modern, well-equipped kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Large double bedroom (two singles zipped together).

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blankets
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone at cost
    • Small front garden
    • Roadside parking
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • Shandwick Cottage

    Shandwick

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W41626

    Adjoining stunning sandy beach with fantastic views

    Shandwick Cottage backs onto a spectacular sandy beach and enjoys stunning views around the bay. This quaint fishing cottage has been thoughtfully and meticulously renovated, whilst retaining a wealth of traditional features, including solid wood flooring, exposed stone walls and cosy open fire. The second bedroom doubles as a second lounge upstairs, with panoramic views across the sea. The garden leads directly onto the broad sandy beach. The little fishing village of Shandwick offers a variety of local amenities, including restaurants, pub and local store. Visit Skye, Isles or Orkney for a day out. Can be booked with W41627. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single/second living room.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: The garden leads directly onto the beach.

  • Cobble Cottage

    Cramond Village, Edinburgh

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28388

    This ground floor holiday apartment is situated in an historic building looking out to the ancient harbour on the River Almond and the tiny islands in the River Forth. With easy access into Edinburgh city centre and over the Forth Bridge to Fife and Perthshire. Discover many walks from the doorstep; across a tidal causeway to Cramond Island, along the river past tumbling falls or along the long sandy beach, this is the ideal spot for a relaxing break. The neighbouring gallery and bistro offers special breakfast rates and there are many good pubs and restaurants nearby. Shop ⅓ mile, pub 50 yards and restaurant adjacent to property.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (no window). Shower room with toilet. Low ceilings throughout.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Partial Economy 7, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river 20 yards.

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