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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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  • Bay View

    Fairlie, nr. Largs

    Grade
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    Ref: 30584


    With lovely sea views of Arran and the other islands, this spacious Victorian quarter holiday villa is just 15 yards from the coast. The property benefits from a large shared garden with lawn and patio areas, and assorted garden furniture, it is ideal for outside living and great for getting the morning sun. Situated on the Ayrshire coast in the village of Fairlie, close to the bustling town of Largs with shops, restaurants and a promenade, it is ideally located to explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran, the Isle of Bute. Largs Marina, one of the best marinas in Scotland, is just 25 minutes’ off-road walk or a 5-minute drive. Take the ferry to Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula, giving access to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Ayrshire offers a varying coastline with villages, beaches and rocky coves and the area is fantastic for cyclists and walkers, with Skelmorlie heralding the start of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100-mile long coastal walk. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous Turnberry. Culzean Castle Country Park, extending over 550 acres, has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day trip, with rail links available from the town. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

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

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Bakehouse Cottage

    Kirkmichael near Pitlochry

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    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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  • Shore Apartment

    Nairn

    Grade
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    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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  • Rosebud

    Straiton, nr. Maybole

    Grade
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    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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  • Karibu Cottage

    Cairnbaan, Lochgilphead

    Grade
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    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.

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  • Ferniehaugh Cottage

    Dolphinton

    Grade
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    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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  • Shepherd House Cottage

    Inveresk, nr. Edinburgh

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    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

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  • Cobble Cottage

    Cramond Village, Edinburgh

    Grade
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    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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  • Park

    Sanday, Orkney Islands

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    Ref: 90290

    A cosy hideaway, with spectacular sea views, in a very remote area, Park, a former croft, perfectly placed to get away from it all. A simply, yet comfortably furnished holiday cottage, built in 1884 from traditional stone, it stands alone, amidst acres of grass land. Long beaches, the nearest 200 yards, no-one else in sight, and only the lighthouse, birds and seals for company. Sanday School, 8 miles, swimming pool. 9 hole golf by arrangement. Shoreline SSSI for seals and wading birds. Start Point Lighthouse ½ mile. Shop 7 miles, pubs/restaurants 10 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electricity by meter reading. Initial supply of solid fuel central heating included, remainder at cost. Bed linen and towels included. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Payphone. Small, walled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking.

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  • Snipie’s Bothy

    Insch

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    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.

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  • Ardgay

    Fort Augustus

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    Ref: 30935

    In the picturesque village of Fort Augustus, next to the Caledonian Canal and a short walk from the head of Loch Ness, this ground floor holiday apartment makes an ideal base from which to tour the Highlands. The area hosts a large number of outdoor activities including mountain biking, hillwalking, golf, fishing, horse riding, kayaking and windsurfing. Walk or cycle from the door along the canal towpath, or sit and watch the boats trying to negotiate the locks. Take a boat trip on Loch Ness to hunt for the Loch Ness Monster, drive through dramatic Highland scenery, visit historic castles and explore remote magical glens. Wildlife is abundant with golden eagles, wild deer and otters often seen. Inverness, the ‘Highland Capital’, Fort William, the ‘Outdoor Capital’ of the UK, and the beautiful Isle of Skye are easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Bike store. No smoking. NB: Canal 50 yards.

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  • Lagnakeil Lodges - Beech

    Lerags, nr. Oban

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    Ref: 30912

    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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