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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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  • Glowry Cottage

    Gilmerton near Crieff

    Grade
    5
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC524083
    With stunning views of the surrounding Perthshire countryside, Glowry Cottage is a welcoming semi-detached holiday home, accessed via a rough track, and ideal for family and friends who want to spend time together in a rural setting. Originally a farmhouse, the property has been renovated for comfort and ease, with a handcrafted kitchen and a cosy open fire in the living room. You are just two miles from the popular holiday town of Crieff, with a wide array of independent shops, cafés and art galleries, and Macrosty Park, with a traditional Victorian bandstand. There are activities to suit all tastes and ages from tranquil walks through the shaded woodland, pretty cycle ways, a historic castle and famous gardens, whisky distilleries and visitor attractions to visit. You are spoilt for a choice of golf courses in this area, with Gleneagles only twelve miles away, and several local courses close by. Trout and salmon fishing are available nearby at the lochs and river (at cost, licence required). After exploring the surrounding area you can take time out and enjoy the scenery in the enclosed garden, which is perfect for children to play in. Perth is 16 miles away and Stirling is 24 miles.

    Ground Floor: The property has four steps to the entrance, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Large with open fire, 26" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker and coffee machine.
    Utility room: With microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed, lovely views and en-suite with shower, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed and lovely views.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed and lovely views.
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi.Small, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Use of herb garden (in season). Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking. NB: 4 steps in the garden.

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  • Roangorm

    Badenscallie near Achiltibuie

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511432
    Roangorm is a large, detached house situated in a spectacular location overlooking the sea in the quiet hamlet of Badinscallie. Set amidst stunning scenery in the picturesque west coast of Scotland and enjoying superb uninterrupted views across to the Outer Isles, this beautifully presented cottage provides a high standard of accommodation in a quiet and peaceful setting. The large living room drinks in the amazing views. There is a bright, modern kitchen and four generously proportioned bedrooms, all very attractively presented with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings. With two bathrooms and two double bedrooms as well as two single rooms, it is ideal for larger families or a two-family holiday. The gardens are fully enclosed and look out across the sea.

    Just two miles away is the charming crofting community of Achiltibuie where there are two local pubs/restaurants. The immediate area is an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise. Enjoy everything from hill walking and climbing to sailing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. This is an area designated as a National Scenic Area and wildlife enthusiasts are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding quiet spots to watch their favourite animals.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Large with oak flooring, wood burner and 38" Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: Large with electric cooker, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower, WC and heated towel rail.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided (6 logs to begin with, further packs of logs can be purchased from the owner at a cost of £10 a pack). Cot and high chair available. Welcome pack. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Tigh Na Mara

    Fortrose, Ross-shire

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC511262
    Tigh Na Mara (Gaelic for cottage by the sea) is situated right on edge of the sea in the charming seaside town of Fortrose on the Black Isle. This light and airy house enjoys panoramic views across the Moray Firth from its large picture windows – with the famous bottle-nosed dolphins making a frequent appearance.  There is a spacious lounge which overlooks the pretty gardens with uninterrupted views across the bay; absolutely idyllic. The conservatory at the rear of the property acts as a second lounge as well as another superb vantage point from which to enjoy the view. The good-sized family kitchen is well-equipped and the four generously proportioned bedrooms (one en-suite) are all attractively presented. A large family bathroom completes the picture. The gardens are a real delight. With mature borders filled with shrubs and flowers, a lawned area and a patio, it is an ideal spot to sit and watch the ever-changing seascape.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with satellite Freeview, TV, DVD and radio/CD; a spacious lounge with large picture windows overlooking the sea.
    Dining room: leading from lounge with panoramic views across the Moray Firth.
    Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, coffee maker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine.
    Conservatory: overlooking the gardens with wonderful seascape views.
    Bedroom 1: with king-size bed.
    Bedroom 2: with double bed and en-suite WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 3: with single bed
    Bedroom 4: with single bed .
    Shower room: with large corner shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels provided. Cot and highchair available.Gardens with patio area. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB Gentle slope leads down to sea shore from the garden.

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  • Gardeners Cottage

    Ardelve, near Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5106
    This semi-detached, converted farm cottage is located in the grounds of Conchra House, enjoying an elevated location above Loch Long. Only minutes from the historic Eilean Donan Castle, you can sit back and watch as the castle comes to life at night. An excellent base to tour the surrounding area, the property is only a short drive from Glenelg, Plockton and the Isle of Skye. The area is a hotspot for historical sites including Glenelg Brochs and The Battle of Glenshiel, and Scottish native wildlife thrives in this region. With boat trips, pony trekking and excellent hill walking to try, this property is equally ideal for outdoor enthusiasts as it is for leisurely holidaymakers looking for a "get away from it all" experience. The owners live on-site, so help is always at hand. Beach 50 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. Gardeners Cottage can be booked together with Farmers Cottage (UK5107) and Shepherds Cottage (UK5108) to accommodate up to 15 guests.

    Ground Floor: Living/dining room: With electric coal effect fire, 23" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Separate toilet.
    Narrow and steep stairs to...

    First Floor: Sloping ceilings throughout.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot and highchair available on request.Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Shared 4-acre maintained grounds with woodland. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • The Finches

    Sanquhar

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: W42538

    Historic surroundings

    Set within the historic village of Sanquhar this detached sandstone conversion sits in a beautiful landscaped garden surrounded by trees. A south-facing sun room and covered patio offer guests a true sense of closeness to nature. Sanquhar is an ideal holiday base on the Southern Upland Way with cycling routes in the surrounding hills. Walk by Euchan Water to see salmon leaping. The village offers a pool, sauna and fitness suite. Salmon and trout fishing is available with daily passes. Golf at the Royal Troon. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Three digital TVs (BT sport and entertainment package). DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband connection. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Small pond and 3 steps in garden.

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  • Bramble Cottage

    Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: CC539008
    Bramble Cottage is located on the Isle of Cumbrae; one of the smallest islands close to the North Ayreshire coastline. The island is only 4 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. This beautifully presented detached house sits on the fringe of a new development and has a lovely open view over farmland from the front of the house.  Downstairs has under floor heating, with oak flooring. The lounge has a large, comfortable corner sofa and lovely bay window to enjoy watching the sun setting. French doors lead from the lounge into a separate dinning room. The kitchen is large and spacious, with a family room to the side, both with patio doors leading out onto a decked area to the back of the property. The garden area here is grassy and fully enclosed by a fence. The first floor is carpeted and cosy, with spacious bedrooms. From the single rooms you glimpse the sea and from the double rooms you have a lovely view West across farmland. The garage can hold one car or alternatively be used as a play space with fold down table tennis. The village of Millport is within easy walking distance, it has small shops and hotels, with bars and restaurants.

    Ground Floor: The property is heated by an electric wet system and comprises:
    Lounge: With large flat screen satellite TV/DVD . Views over farmland
    Dining Area: With views over farmland
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. A spacious room with patio doors leading out to decking area.
    Utility: With washing machine and tumble dryer and good additional storage. Ramp access to rear decking with access through patio doors.
    Family Room: Additional dinning area with large white leather sofa, circular table and chairs and patio doors leading to decking area at rear.
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, DVD monitor and en suite shower room with large shower enclosure, WC and wash basin. Views across farmland
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and DVD monitor. Large room with views across farmland
    Bedroom 3: With single bed and DVD monitor
    Bedroom 4: With single bed and DVD monitor
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot, high chair and stair gate available. Wi-Fi available. Enclosed grassy garden with BBQ. Garage (also accessed from property) providing play area including table tennis. Ramp access to decking at rear leading to patio doors. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • The Cottage

    Bayfield, Nigg

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: 19987

    Set amidst Easter Ross countryside with views towards the water of Nigg Bay, this comfortable, well appointed, semi-detached holiday cottage is ideally situated for touring the northern Highlands. Within walking distance of an RSPB reserve. Golf, fishing and boat trips are close by. Beaches, and historical or archaeological sites make this a super destination. Shops 41/2 miles, pubs 3 miles. Can be booked with 19986 (which has adjoining garden) to sleep up to 12 guests.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Garden room. 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating and electricity included (£25per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large landscaped garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There are steps and sloping banks in the garden and an unfenced mill stream, 5 yards.

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  • Arkland Mill

    Nr. Castle Douglas

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: STTZ

    "Idyllically set on a 3000-acre estate..."

    Enjoying an idyllic situation on the 3000-acre Crofts Estate, surrounded by the Galloway Hills, these holiday cottages have enviable, dramatic views towards the Solway Firth and Cumbrian Hills beyond. Accessed along a private drive, and adjoining a cluster of well-maintained estate buildings, Stable Cottage (ref UUD) makes a romantic hideaway for two, offering stylishly furnished accommodation – its walls adorned with the original work of various Scottish artists. The larger Victorian detached Gardener’s Cottage (ref UXT) has been elegantly furnished, and features an attractive shared garden with a bridge over a burn and a small waterfall. Arkland Mill (ref STTZ) stands detached with a lovely large garden, a summerhouse and its own bridge over the stream. Marwhin House (SWWR) and Marwhin Cottage (ref SWWS) also stand detached, situated within 25 yards of each other, still with there own privacy, the latter two properties being set in gardens with a delightful stream and pond. Woodland walks and hillside trails radiate from the doorstep. Dumfries lies just 12 miles away, where there are plenty of shops, restaurants and museums, as well as a good theatre. Castle Douglas (8 miles) is a traditional market town with individual shops specialising in food and local produce. There are many beautiful beaches within easy reach along the Solway, and the NT Threave Gardens, 8 miles, makes for an interesting day out. Other tourist attractions in the area include the Galloway Kite Trail, the Galloway Forest Park and golf courses and museums in Dumfries. Village shop and pub within 4 miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove, wooden floor and patio doors. Large well-equipped kitchen with oil Aga, gas cooker and tiled floor leading to sun room. Utility. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Freeview TV
    • Radio/CD
    • Oil Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Large lawned garden with summer house and furniture
    • Parking
    • Secure cycle store
    • NB: Sloping banks and access to stream from garden

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Shared 50-acre natural, wooded grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • NB: Loch and burns in grounds

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  • The Cottage

    Toftingall, nr. Watten

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: W42084

    Situated on a working farm

    Set on a working farm, this simply and cosily furnished property enjoys a quiet and unspoilt location in the Caithness countryside. Just a mile or so off the A9, The Cottage makes a super base for touring this lovely part of the Highlands. Caithness is popularly described as one of Europe’s last wildernesses, where you could walk, climb or mountain bike all day without meeting anyone else. Visit castles, distilleries, and miles of unspoilt and dramatic coastline where you can surf and kite buggy, or for the less energetic, just take a stroll and watch the abundance of bird and sea life. Easy access to Wick and Thurso with their variety of amenities and also to the beautiful Orkney Islands – a ferry can be taken from Scrabster, Gill’s Bay or John O’Groats. Shops, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 single bedrooms.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared courtyard. Sitting out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Two pets welcome (working farm).

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  • Halyn Cottage

    Ceres near St Andrews

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: CC526027
    This welcoming, detached holiday cottage is set in the heart of the picturesque conservation village of Ceres. Ceres hosts Scotland’s oldest free Highland games, a week long programme of events culminating in the Highland games on the last Saturday in June. This is an ideal year-round location with a cosy wood burner in the lounge and a sunny garden with a stream. There are excellent cycle routes and footpaths from the cottage, and the Fife Folk Museum is just a five minute walk away. Visit the National Trust Hill of Tarvit Mansion, which is one mile away and offers a unique golfing experience on a 9-hole course using traditional ‘hickory clubs’. The area is famous for golf and there are a multitude of fine golf courses close by, which are suitable for all abilities. The village has a good pub and a hotel serving food, two tea rooms, antique shop, family butchers, village store and the renowned Wemyss Ware Pottery. St Andrews is seven miles away and Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth are all within an hour’s drive.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With wooden floor, wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD/radio.
    Kitchen: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With king size bed and sloping ceiling.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.
    Hallway: With tumble dryer.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Large, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced drop, stream and 11 steps in garden.

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  • Millburn Cottage

    Forres

    Grade
    6
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: 29189

    In an idyllic location with magnificent rural views, this single-storey detached holiday cottage dating back to 1900 was part of the old sawmill of the Darnaway Estate. Sympathetically restored, decorated and furnished to a very good standard with a lovely log fire for those cooler evenings. Set in beautiful countryside and only a few minutes from Brodie Castle, wildlife is abundant and the Nature Reserve at Findhorn Bay, only an hour’s walk, will be of particular interest to ornithologists. Golfers are well catered for with nearby courses at Forres and Nairn, and fishing and horse riding are available locally. It is ideally situated for the ’Whisky & Castle Trails’ and the Speyside Way is within easy reach. The Moray Coastline is renowned for its visiting dolphins, sandy beaches and sheltered bays with Culbin Forest and Sands 2 miles away. Nairn and Elgin are close by and the Highland Capital of Inverness is only a ½ hour drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining area. 4 bedrooms: 2 twin (one zip and link, can be 6ft double), 2 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • March Cottage

    Glen Cassley, nr. Lairg

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: SSAC


    Nestling in breathtaking scenery and adjoining the beautiful River Cassley, March Cottage offers peace and seclusion in a truly stunning setting. This spacious, detached holiday cottage is situated 4 miles down a spectacular glen that follows the path of the River Cassley, leading away into the spectacular hills. The cottage is impeccably presented throughout and has been granted a Green Tourism Award. The large open plan kitchen and dining room has French windows that open out to the grounds and hillside beyond. The spacious living room boasts a wood-burning stove, which you can lounge in front of and enjoy the views of the river and hills beyond. There are four beautifully presented bedrooms on the first floor, along with two bathrooms and an ensuite.
    March Cottage is ideal for larger families as well as couples seeking luxury and seclusion in a totally unspoilt setting. There are superb walks direct from the door and the surrounding area is a haven for wildlife; deer regularly graze along the riverbank, ospreys and golden eagles wheel overhead, and pine martens roam the gardens. Situated in the heart of Sutherland, there are numerous places to visit in all directions. The stunning west coast is less than an hour’s drive away, and Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is a similar distance. Shop 14 miles, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Spacious living room with wood-burning stove. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen/dining room with French windows. Utility. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, river views and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • 42" Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with patio and furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Natural water supply from stream
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Sloping banks and river in grounds

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