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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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  • Shore Apartment

    Nairn

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511153
    Shore Apartment occupies the ground floor of an end terraced cottage situated just a stone’s throw from Nairn harbour and its award-winning beach. Beautifully presented throughout, it offers bright, attractive, modern accommodation for three guests in an accessible location.  There is good-sized lounge / dining room with high quality leather suite, two pretty bedrooms, and a modern bathroom and kitchen. The local harbour is just a couple of minutes walk away. Here a variety of pleasure craft jostle together with small fishing boats.  here is access to the beautiful, sandy, blue flag beach alongside the harbour, with miles of lovely seaside walks and bathing; ideal for young and old alike. The charming seaside town of Nairn developed during the height of the herring boom and the fascinating area known as “Fisher town” is well worth exploring.  There is an excellent museum detailing its unique history. Nairn has an excellent selection of restaurants, bars and small shops, all just a short walk away.  It is also famous for its renowned Championship links golf course and there are numerous other excellent golf courses in close proximity.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With feature electric fire, Free View TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With one single bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot available. Small front garden with outdoor furniture and BBQ. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Tigh an Fhuarain

    Nr. Plockton

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: SGX

    Enjoying breathtaking panoramic views across the sea to the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye, Tigh an Fhuarain property stands in its own garden on a croft and offers a peaceful location. Plockton, under a mile away, offers hotels, restaurants, boat trips and many varied walks. Kyle of Lochalsh 6 miles. Toll-free bridge to Skye 6 miles. Shops 1 mile.

    Open-plan sitting/dining room with open fire, kitchen area and patio doors to terrace and garden. Utility with toilet. Small double bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel available locally
    • Electricity and full gas central heating by meter reading
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blankets
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Payphone (accepts incoming calls)
    • Garden seat
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • The Bolt Hole

    Balintore

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5163
    The Bolt Hole is a traditional, single-storey, fisherman’s cottage situated in a quiet lane just a few yards from the beautiful sandy bay of Balintore. This 19th-century, end-terraced stone cottage has been completely renovated and provides bright and attractive accommodation throughout. The pretty living room has a welcoming wood burner and the kitchen looks out over the cottage garden. There main double bedroom is generously proportioned and very attractively presented with colour coordinated soft furnishings. There is a second single bedroom providing accommodation for up to three guests.
    The Bolt Hole is centrally located in this quaint seaside village, just a few minutes’ stroll to the small harbour and the superb sandy beach. This coastline is completely unspoilt and rarely busy. Dolphins and porpoises are often seen in the bay and there is a wide variety of sea birds seen in the area. Balintore has good local facilities including a pub, restaurant, café and a small local store, all within easy walking distance. The area is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Cycling, hill walking, golf, fishing, horse riding, sailing, canoeing and surfing are all enjoyed locally. The nearby town of Tain, just 10 minutes’ drive away has an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs as well as a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities, including tennis courts, golf club and bowling club, all of which are available to visitors. It is also home to the renowned Highland malt whisky distillery, Glenmorangie. This is an ideal property for larger groups and families wishing to enjoy a Highland seaside holiday. Beach 200 yards. Shop 500 yards, restaurant ¼ mile, pub 150 yards.

    Ground Floor: 1 step to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Welcome pack. Garden with sitting out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Rosebud

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30514

    Set in the beautiful conservation village of Straiton, on the River Girvan, at the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, this traditional end-terraced holiday cottage is an ideal base for exploring all that Ayrshire and south west Scotland have to offer. Great walking, cycling and fishing are available on the doorstep. Sandy beaches, famous golf courses, National Trust properties, one of which is Culzean Castle, and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum are all within half an hour. The county town of Ayr is just 16 miles, and cosmopolitan Glasgow is 50 miles. This is a wonderful year-round location, ideal for a romantic retreat or relaxing break. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

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

    Open fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV (family package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area, furniture and summerhouse. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Treetops

    Lewiston, Drumnadrochit

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC511429
    Enjoying a peaceful setting by the side of the River Coiltie and within easy walking distance of the lively centre of Drumnadrochit, Treetops has been equipped and furnished to a good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. The village, a very popular tourist destination, sits on the shores of Loch Ness and boasts good restaurants, pubs and shops along with visitor centre and the Loch Ness Exhibition, where you can learn about the legend that is the Loch Ness Monster. A good base for exploring the scenic Highlands and the west coast. A wonderful area for walking with the Great Glen Way just across the river, hill climbing and mountain biking in lovely forest trails, or sea trips and kayaking on nearby Loch Ness. Visit Inverness, the Highland Capital, just 12 miles, and the beautiful villages and beaches on the Moray coast, all within easy reach. Visit Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor and Brodie Castles and the ruins of Urquhart Castle, just a short distance from Treetops. There is so much to see and do for all ages, for the less energetic, sit back, relax and enjoy the peaceful setting.

    Ground Floor: The property has wood pellet central heating, is all on ground floor and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with Freesat TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    All fuel, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Large balcony with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. NB: There is an unfenced river 100 yards away.

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  • Sleepy Hollow

    Balmacara, By Kyle of Lochalsh, nr. Plockton

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: SMMC

    These three adjoining holiday properties (refs SMMC, SMMD and UVO) are set in beautiful, landscaped grounds with spectacular views across the Sound of Sleat to Skye and are only 500 yards away from the shoreline and village of Balmacara. The properties are ideally placed for exploring some of the most dramatic scenery in the West Highlands and visitors can enjoy private fishing on hill lochs during their stay. Minutes away by car is the enigmatic Isle of Skye dominated by the Cuillins, Eilean Donan Castle, the pretty village of Plockton and the Five Sisters of Kintail. The breathtaking drive across the ‘Pass of the Cattle’ leads to the village of Applecross, recently featured in Monty Hall’s Great Escape on BBC television. Experience wildlife safaris such as marine life, sea/loch fishing, water sports and magnificent mountains for hill walking, climbing and biking. A network of National Trust paths, signposted from the grounds of Sgurr Mor, affords views of the surrounding area. Shop and pub 500 yards and excellent restaurants in and around Plockton.

    Living room with loch views. Large kitchen/dining room with open fire. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Single bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Patio with furniture to front
    • NB: 3 steps to entrance

    • Open fire - initial fuel included (November-March)
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Large shared lawned garden at front
    • Parking
    • No smoking

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  • The Garden Apartment

    Nr Auchtermuchty, Fife

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UEE

    "Close to sandy beaches and picturesque villages – with golf at St Andrews nearby . . ."

    Ideal for family gatherings, special occasions, select weddings or corporate events, Pitcairlie House can accommodate up to 21 guests in five delightful properties (all graded Visit Scotland ‘4 Star’ and awarded the Green Tourism Silver Award) - each apartment being entirely individual and self-contained. All five splendid holiday properties enjoy shared use of a superb indoor heated swimming pool and sauna - they all have an internal access to the swimming pool (except Kudu UED, reached along the verandah).
    They are set in a lovely rural situation, 3 miles south of Newburgh on the Firth of Tay, and 18 miles from Perth, in a 120-acre wildlife haven of woods, streams and rolling hills. Eland (UEB, sleeps 6), Sable (UEC, sleeps 4), Kudu (UED, sleeps 4), The Garden Apartment (UEE, sleeps 3) have been formed within a large Victorian wing of the owners’ 16th-century country mansion, while the Lodge (SBK, sleeps 4) is set on the edge of woodland by the end of the drive. Just 2 miles away is the attractive village of Auchtermuchty, while medieval Falkland with its historic palace is only 2 miles farther on. Both villages offer a selection of shops, inns and restaurants. Shops 2 miles.

    Situated to the side of the main house with a private entrance directly from the garden, this very roomy apartment is attractively furnished and decorated in traditional style, to the Visit Scotland ‘4 Star’ standard. It has internal access to the swimming pool. Entrance from gardens to hall. Sitting/dining room with gas fire. Well-fitted and equipped kitchen. Double bedroom. Single bedroom (no window). Bathroom with toilet. All at lower ground floor level.

    • Electricity and gas central heating included
    • Freeview TV
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Secluded patio

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo
    • Microwave
    • Shared use of laundry room with washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone by meter reading
    • Shared grounds of 120 acres
    • Garden furniture
    • Shared barbecue
    • Privte parking
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (23ft x 12ft) and sauna available all year round
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Hamper by arrangement
    • NB: Small unfenced lake

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  • Four Winds

    Portskerra, nr. Thurso

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W41822

    Beautiful sea views

    A warm Highland welcome is assured in this unspoilt area which boasts the golden sands of Melvich Bay, 1 mile, coastal walks where impressive cliffs are alive with a variety of seabirds including the puffin and there is the opportunity of seeing whales, dolphins/purpoise. Super area for mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, sea and river fishing and sea trips. Or just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area. A super base for touring the Northern Highlands and taking a day trip on the Orkney Islands. Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.5 miles and restaurant 1.5 miles.

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

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Book library (many of local interest). Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a pond in the garden.

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  • 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.

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  • Ferniehaugh Cottage

    Dolphinton

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 25017

    In a tranquil setting at the southern end of the Pentland Hills, and just 22 miles from Edinburgh, this delightful holiday cottage is ideal for an ’away from it all’ break. Situated on a working sheep farm, there is hill walking from the doorstep. A wealth of local attractions include historic Traquair House, magnificent gardens at Dawyck and Kailzie, golf, 3 miles, Peebles, 11 miles, Biggar, 8 miles and Clyde Valley, 17 miles. Beach, 30 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurant 5 miles. In a tranquil setting at the southern end of the Pentland Hills, and just 22 miles from Edinburgh, these delightful holiday cottages are ideal for an ’away from it all’ break. Situated on a working sheep farm, there is hill walking from the doorstep and trout fishing (foc) on the pond. Thoughtfully decorated throughout, these holiday cottages are both welcoming whatever the season: Ferniehaugh ref 25017 features an open fire, and a sitting-out area in shared grounds, while Bellevue ref 26632, accessed by a non-tarmacadam farm road, benefits from a warming woodburner and enclosed garden. A wealth of local attractions include historic Traquair House, magnificent gardens at Dawyck and Kailzie, pony trekking, golf, 3 miles, the attractive town of Peebles, 11 miles, Biggar, 8 miles and Clyde Valley, 17 miles. Beach, 30 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Sitting-out area in shared grounds. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds and farm road at front door.

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  • 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 ½ 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.

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  • Hassendean Station Cottage

    Denholm, nr. Hawick

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43291

    Beneath the Minto Hills, in a lovely undiscovered area of the Scottish Borders near Hawick (6 miles), this cosy, semi-detached, single-storey holiday cottage has been carefully renovated to a very good standard and features a delightful conservatory. Fishing permits are available for the Rivers Teviot and Tweed, and mountain bike hire, horse riding and golf are available locally. There is a village pub in Denholm, 2 miles away, and Hawick has a leisure centre and shops. Visit Bowhill House at Selkirk and Floors Castle at Kelso, also nearby Fatlips Folly and Edinburgh Castle, just 1 hour’s drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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