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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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  • Walker’s Neuk

    Anstruther

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    Ref: SSAF


    Walker’s Neuk is an immaculately presented, ground floor cottage apartment situated in the charming fishing village of Anstruther. Renovated to a very good standard and thoughtfully furnished for comfort and ease, it creates a wonderful atmosphere for a relaxing holiday. This is just the ticket for exploring the cobbled streets, little alleyways and working fishing harbour, where you can watch the fishermen land their catch. Award-winning fish and chip shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, local shops and galleries are all within a few minutes’ walk, or take a boat trip to the Isle of May and visit the world-renowned bird sanctuary and nature reserve, famous for puffins, grey seals and other wildlife. Enjoy leisurely walks along the Fife Coastal Path, which runs through the village, and visit historic castles, pretty fishing villages and many beautiful beaches and coves. The area is famous for golf courses, with a challenging 9-hole course along the shore and many links courses in the surrounding areas. The sunny back garden is set over two levels and is shared with the upper apartment. It is the perfect place from which to relax after a day exploring the area. From the upper level garden you can enjoy beautiful sea views of the Bass Rock and over the Firth of Forth towards North Berwick, or on cooler days, curl up in front of the wood-burning stove with a glass of wine.
    The land at East Green in Anstruther was originally common ground, but in 1221 the Balmerino Monks were granted the right to pasture four cows and one horse. The monks businesses grew and small workshops were soon built to facilitate this. Walker’s Neuk was built in front of the site of their workshops in the 18th century, and workshop chimneys still jut out from one of the walls in the secluded gardens. Walker’s Neuk used to house the local blacksmith, whose brass founding facilities were kept busy making horseshoes for the horses that were working just along the road at the old gasworks. The upper apartment still has the iron bar on display where the forge door used to hang. Across the road is the birthplace of Andrew Waid, a local benefactor whose legacy is the foundation of the local secondary school in 1886. During the 1730s and 1780s the British Government received grants to set up whaling ports, some of this money came to Anstruther and in a land between Waid’s home and Hadfoot Wynd, a boiling house was erected. Two whalers called ’The Rising Star’ and ’Hawk’ worked for the company. Unfortunately, Anstruther could not compete with the other two main whaling ports on the east coast of Scotland, and the company dissolved leaving behind the legacy of Whale Close. The site of the boiling houses is now home to The Fisheries Museum. St Andrews is 9 miles away, and Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth and Gleneagles are all within an hour’s drive. Beach 200 yards. Shop and pub 200 yards, Michelin star rated restaurant 100 yards.

    Step to entrance. Large open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen with breakfast area, TV and tiled floor. Double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed (can be twin on request) and TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Gas, electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Three Freeview TVs (Youview/BT sport package)
    • Blu-ray
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared, enclosed lawned terraced garden with courtyard and furniture
    • On road parking
    • Cycle store
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steep, uneven steps and unfenced drop in upper garden

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  • Railway Cottage

    Ballachulish

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    Ref: 30757


    Situated in the quiet village of Ballachulish, this cosy mid-terraced, single-storey holiday property offers a good standard of accommodation in a fabulous area for climbing, skiing, mountain biking and walking. Surrounded by spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife, it is a superb base for touring the Highlands. Take a trip on the famous ‘Harry Potter’ train, ride the gondola up Aonoch Mor Mountain, or cross on the Corran Ferry and explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Ferries to the Inner Hebrides including Mull and Iona leave from Lochaline and Oban. Visit historic castles, famous gardens, distilleries and museums. Ballachulish has a shop, post office, pub, café and gift shop. Glencoe, Fort William (the outdoor capital of the UK), Oban (the seafood capital of the UK), Inverness and the Isle of Skye are all easily reached. Shop and pub serving food 200 yards.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, gravelled area with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Glenrowan Bothy

    Moniaive

    Grade
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    Ref: W41520

    Peaceful country location

    This detached, single-storey renovated cottage is located on the outskirts of the historic village of Moniaive and offers a very good standard of holiday accommodation. Situated in beautiful countryside and rolling hills between Galloway Forest Park and Southern Uplands, it is an ideal base for exploring. Golf, fishing, hill walking, cycling and abundance of wildlife give plenty of scope for outdoor activities. Drumlanrig Castle and Dumfries are a short drive and Edinburgh and Glasgow are easily reached within 1.5 hours. Shop, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Laminate floors throughout.

    Electric panel heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Clisham Cottage

    Lochcarron, Wester Ross

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    Ref: CC511139
    Clisham Cottage is tucked into the hillside above the picturesque village of Lochcarron on the West Coast of the Scottish Highlands.  This wee cottage is approached via a flight of stone steps leading from the main street in the heart of this scenic village.  Set right on the shores of the loch, surrounded by the spectacular hills and mountains of Wester Ross, Lochcarron is bounded by the sea-loch on one side and attractive cottages and houses that straddle the main street on the other and is one of the prettiest villages in the Western Highlands. The cottage is within easy walking distance of the local facilities, which include excellent restaurants, café, pub, and small shops.  Clisham Cottage has recently been refurbished and re-decorated throughout and offers bright and attractive accommodation for two in a wonderful setting. There is an open-plan lounge / dining / kitchen area, a modern shower-room and good-sized twin bedroom. 

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has electric heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner:
    Lounge Area: With TV/DVD’, a soft leather sofa and use of occasional/child single bed by request.
    Kitchen Area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
    Bedroom: With two single beds
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Propery will only accept children up to 10 Years old (As put up bed is not big enough for older children ).Off road parking for 2 cars.1 Small dog only accepted no bigger than a Spanial

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  • West Lodge

    Balfron

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    Ref: 29659


    Hidden within the Stirlingshire countryside on the north-facing slopes of the Campsie Fells, this open plan, detached B-listed gate lodge, designed by the architect David Bryce, has been restored to a very good standard. It benefits from an beautiful separate bathroom with freestanding double ended bath and fireplace, and offers an ideal holiday retreat for couples. Lying in the grounds of the baronial Ballikinrain Castle where woodland and river walks lead directly onto the Campsie Fells. Situated on the edge of Scotland’s first National Park, and with Loch Lomond, and the majesty of Ben Lomond close by, the area is staggeringly beautiful. A huge variety of outdoor activities are on offer; walking for all abilities, golf, with the choice of many top class courses all within easy reach. The waters of this area are the home of many different types of fish whilst Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater loch in Scotland, offers a wide range of watersports to suit all ages and abilities, including sailing, canoeing and waterskiing. With the historic town of Stirling and its castle, battlefields and monuments, and Glasgow, the city of culture and entertainment, both less than half an hour’s drive away. Edinburgh can be reached within the hour. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity included (£25per week, £15 per short break November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 100-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children except babes in arms. NB: Sloping banks and river in grounds.

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  • Apple Cottage

    Forgandenny

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    Ref: SXXB

    This delightful, single-storey holiday cottage (once an apple store) enjoys a tranquil location on a small private estate between the River Earn and the Ochil Hills - a stunning part of Scotland. This romantic cottage is beautifully decorated and equipped to a high standard - ideal for a holiday, short break or a honeymoon. Amble down to the river to fish, back for a game of tennis or stroll through the gardens. Dating from 1657, the Rossie Estate is home to magnificent trees and beautiful gardens which are open under Scotland’s Garden Scheme. Perth, 7 miles, offers cultural diversions; golf at Gleneagles is just 15 minutes and St Andrews 1 hour. Explore the beaches and villages of east coast Fife or head for a day in the Highlands. Edinburgh or Glasgow, 1 hour. Shop 200 yards, pub 4 miles.

    Living room with elec coal-effect fire. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. Double bedroom with 6ft bed. Bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared grounds
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • Shared AstroTurf tennis court
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond in grounds

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  • Morven View Cottages - Fir Tree Cottage

    Ballater, Aberdeenshire

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    Ref: RCHN151

    Ideal for touring Aberdeenshire

    These tastefully converted holiday cottages overlook the stunning Dee Valley in the Cairngorms National Park. Both with their own character, they are ideally situated for exploring the north east of Scotland. Victoria Cottage (Ref: RCHN152) is so named because of its association with Queen Victoria as the place where she first met John Brown, and Fir Tree (ref: RCHN151), due to the planting of said tree next to the cottage. Both are warm and comfortable and benefit from fine views to the front.
    Aberdeenshire is a wonderful area to explore and has everything an outdoor enthusiast could wish for such as golf, horse riding, fishing, gliding, cycling and some fantastic walking in the Cairngorms. With complimentary tickets for all the National Trust properties, the National Park offers something for every visitor and covers mountains, moorlands, forests, rivers, lochs, glens and castles.
    Ballater itself is a lovely village situated close to Balmoral and its famous castle. A short drive away is Lochnagar Distillery which is well worth a visit. If visiting in winter, try skiing at nearby Glenshee and Lecht ski areas. Excellent location and facilities. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Galleried double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Parking (3 cars).

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Sitting-out area. No smoking. No children.

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  • The Cottage

    Lyth, nr. Wick

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    Ref: W42083

    Rural setting

    The Ivy Wing and The Cottage are situated in the courtyard of Barrock House, and surrounded by landscaped grounds and mature woodland. This provides shelter for an abundance of bird and wild life with pleasant walks close at hand and the scenic beaches of Sinclair and Dunnet Bay are just 5 minutes by car. The Cottage makes the perfect base for touring this unspoilt and tranquil part of the Highlands. Visit the Castle and Gardens of Mey, the Queen Mother’s Highland home, John O’Groats, Wick Heritage and Lyth Arts Centre, or take a wildlife or distillery tour. Golfing, fishing, sea trips or walking along the many miles of rugged coastline are just some of the many activities available. Lyth is situated just 10 miles north of Wick and 15 miles from Thurso, making the beautiful Orkney Isles easily accessible by car ferry for day trips. Both properties can be booked together for larger groups (ref’s W42082 and W42083). Shop, pub and restaurant 4.5 miles.

    All on first floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 30-acre grounds and shared lawned garden with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Esplanade Crt, Lismore

    Oban

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    Ref: UQA

    A handsome and lively Victorian town, Oban is the gateway to the Highlands, and its rugged landscape of wild heather moors and mountains tumble into the sea. Beautifully situated on Oban’s esplanade, these three upper floor apartments (refs UPY, UPZ & UQA) enjoy superb views over the bay and their name-sake islands of Kerrera, Mull and Lismore. Each has been decorated and furnished to a high standard with great attention to detail including the added luxury of the 550 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linen. They provide spacious, airy and comfortable accommodation, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and entertainment Highland style! From Oban’s bustling harbour, there are daily boat trips to the surrounding islands, where an abundance of birds and wildlife can be spotted. Visit the castles of Dunollie, Ardmaddy and Dunstaffnage, as well as Torosay and Duart across on Mull. There is a Sea Life Centre close by, and the annual Argyllshire Gathering, featuring the Highland Games. The Oban Distillery offers an interesting guided tour and a must see is McCaig’s Folly.
    For a day out, Glasgow has many attractions including the Gallery of Modern Art, the People’s Palace and the Transport Museum. More unusual places to visit include the Piping Centre (a national centre for the promotion of the bagpipe), the aromatic and peaceful Garden of St Nicholas and The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour. For those seeking an outdoor lifestyle, there can be no better choice than this stunning part of the Highlands. Wonderful walking, climbing, sailing and both lake and river fishing can all be enjoyed locally, with sea fishing on the doorstep. Riding, cycle hire and golf are available and skiing from Fort William in winter. An ideal base for enjoying the pleasures of the great outdoors or just savouring the spectacular scenery of the Western Highlands. Shops 100 yards.

    Shared entrance, elevator and staircase to fourth floor: Spacious living/dining room with modern fitted kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity, central heating (electricity rads), bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (coin-operated)
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • No garden
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Seafront 50 yards

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  • Bracken Log Cabin

    Glenfarg

    Grade
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    Ref: S4468

    These three authentic roundwood log cabins in a stunning location in the heart of Scotland boast elevated unspoiled views. Affording every luxury, this eco holiday destination features new ground source heating and water, and a weather compensated system using wind turbine that generates electricity. The meadows of its farm setting encourage wildlife, and wonderful walks from the door can take in a viewpoint to the Ochil Hills and Lomond Hills of Fife. In the perfect location to enjoy a wealth of activities and places of interest around central Scotland including Perth - home to fine city and leisure facilities, Scone Palace, 10 miles, Falkland Palace (NTS), 7 miles and Edinburgh Castle, Stirling and beaches at St Andrews, approximately 25 miles. Golf, cycling, gliding, riding and fishing are all nearby. Glenfarg, a historic village offering a shop and excellent hotel restaurant, is 0.75 mile and there are five local produce farm shops within 10 minutes’ drive.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen and French doors. 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with double jacuzzi bath, separate double shower cubicle and toilet. Sauna room.

    Central heating included. 40’’ LCD Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Fridge/freezer. Garden and furniture. NB: Drop in garden.

    All properties: Electricity (from wind turbine), bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Decked area and patio with furniture. Shared garden. Barbecue. Parking. Hot tub. Sauna. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. No babies or children. NB: Approx 50 yards between each log cabin.

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  • Tawmans

    Kilmuir, Isle of Skye

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    Ref: CC511068
    Tawmans is the epitome of a quintessential olde world cottage which has been painstakingly restored and refurbished to provide an exceptionally high standard of accommodation throughout. One of its unique features is its turf roof; a form of roofing that was prevalent in Viking times and even predates thatch. Forming a protective carpet of grasses and wild flowers it adds immense charm to this unique and picturesque cottage.Original thick stone walls, deep silled windows, solid wood flooring and the cosy wood burning stove complete the picture. The high ceilings throughout maximise the light and add to its distinctive character. The cottage is superbly positioned between open farmland and the sea and the spectacular seacape views and sunsets are a magical form of entertainment. Surrounded by its own garden grounds it provides an ideal location for couples or singles to escape from it all.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Dining: With wood burning stove, TV and radio/CD
    Kitchen Area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge
    Bedroom: With king size bed.
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. First supply of logs for wood burning stove supplied.Enclosed garden. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • The Coach House

    Dulnain Bridge

    Grade
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    Ref: SRRT

    Set in the grounds of the Edwardian Auchendean Lodge, this holiday apartment shares unbeatable views of Strathspey, from the double bends of the River Spey, the Cromdale Hills and Abernethy Forest, right to the Cairngorm Mountains. A variety of fresh herbs from the organic garden are usually available late spring to autumn. Explore the area, perhaps even the isolated Loch Avon, by foot, horse or bike. The Strathspey Steam Railway stops at Broomhill station, offering a scenic ride in the style of a by-gone era. Day trips include Balmoral, Royal Deeside, Loch Ness and much of the west coast. Bird watching, golf and fishing locally. Shop and restaurant 1 mile.

    First floor: Living room/dining room with open fire, sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, shower attachment, toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blanket
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod/mp3 dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Drying facility available
    • Use of owner’s freezer in shared utility
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 1½ acre grounds, sitting-out area, pitch & putt, access to 350 acres of quiet conservation forest from garden
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Drops, unfenced pond and steps in grounds

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