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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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  • Crofters Cottage

    Staffin, nr. Portree

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 31103


    Crofters Cottage is a delightful 100-year old cottage that oozes charm. With whitewashed stone walls, beamed ceilings, latch doors and a woodburner in a lovely stone fireplace, it makes a most welcoming and cosy holiday hideaway. There are also bay windows in the property which provide spectacular views. With both coastal and mountain views, it is nestled at the base of the Trotternish Ridge within a traditional crofting township with cattle and sheep happily grazing along the way. This is a very popular walking area on the island and the route runs from The Storr through the striking Quiraing at Staffin and onto Flodigarry. Staffin Bay beach is just a short stroll from the cottage with a combination of sand and pebbles, and has fabulous views over Staffin Island onto Gairloch and the Torridon Mountains. There is a small slipway where you can launch kayaks or a small boat. An abundance of wildlife can be seen in the area including eagles, fulmars, kestrels, otters, deer and so much more. The Staffin Museum is a must as it contains an excellent collection of local geological and fossil specimens. Other attractions include many historic sites, castles, brochs, standing stones, gardens and a whisky distillery, or take a boat trip, go pony trekking and kayaking, or just be amazed at the dramatic scenery and seascapes. Beach 200 yards. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and laminate floor. Dining room with beams/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Book library. DAB radio. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle/kayak store. Welcome pack. Pet (sheep country). No smoking. NB: 6 steps in garden. Overflow stream runs through garden.

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  • Garden Cottage

    Dunkeld

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: UZH

    Nestling on a wooded hillside in a wonderful south-facing position overlooking Birnam Hill and Dunkeld Cathedral, this stylish, bright and spacious detached single-storey property is the ideal holiday base to explore the historic town of Dunkeld – only a 10-minute walk – and its selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. In the immediate vicinity are beautiful walks along the River Tay, a network of well-marked forestry paths and cycle routes. Also nearby is the Loch of Lowes Wildlife Centre. Fishing, golf and tennis are available locally, as well as a wide range of other sporting and adventure activities. Further afield are the mountains and lochs of highland Perthshire and a wealth of castles and historic sites. Also within easy reach are Edinburgh, Pitlochry, with its festival theatre, Perth, Dundee, St Andrews and the Fife coast. Shop 1/2 mile.

    Entrance hall. Large comfortable open-plan living/dining room, farmhouse-style kitchen with French doors to decking with garden furniture and lovely views. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity and full oil central heating included (November-March £20 per week poa)
    • Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included
    • High chair on request
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Small garden for sole use with decked area and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No children except babies under 12 months

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  • Gows Cottage

    Tomintoul near Grantown-on-Spey

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC512068
    This delightful ground floor holiday property is a totally self contained annexe of the owners’ house, and has been really well designed and furnished to offer very good quality and comfortable accommodation. It is a lovely base for exploring this wonderful area, full of mountains, rivers, forests and abundant wildlife. An ideal destination for walking, climbing, fishing and skiing (the Lecht and Cairngorm Range are just a short drive), within an hour you can also be on the beautiful Moray coast with its long sandy beaches. Wildlife safaris and clay pigeon shooting are available on the Glenlivet Estate and of course the area is in the heart of the Whisky Trail. Tomintoul itself has a good selection of shops, galleries, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants all within a short walk.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric and oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: With Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Shared garden with patio and furniture. 1 dog welcome. On street parking for 2 cars.

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  • Lick Estate - Tummel Cottage

    Foss, near Pitlochry

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC576

    Blissfully set within the owner’s 2000-acre estate with beef cattle and sheep, these two idyllic, semi-detached cottages offer the ideal escape in Highland Perthshire. The views across Loch Tummel are simply breathtaking, and the surrounding countryside has an abundance of wildlife including ospreys, pine martens, grouse, red deer and golden eagles. Perfect for anglers, there is one mile of shoreline fishing with some accessible points for fishing, and two private fishing lochs within the estate. Outdoor pursuits abound in the area to suit all tastes, from walking and cycling, to sailing and even bungee jumping, making these properties ideal for adventurous holidaymakers.

    The Victorian holiday town of Pitlochry is only 10 miles away. The town’s festival theatre has a regular calendar of performances, and there are shops, restaurants, two whisky distilleries and a selection of popular organised events which take place all year round. These include Highland Games, The Enchanted Forest and the cycle race Etape Caledonia to name but a few.

    Immaculately presented for comfort and ease, these single-storey properties are in a perfect location for those seeking a tranquil retreat in a pretty setting. Shop, pub and restaurant 10 miles. Tummel Cottage (UKC576) can be booked together with Farragon Cottage (UKC577) to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With open fire, 38" Freesat TV, Blu-ray player and French doors leading to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, coffee machine and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for open fire included November-April. Welcome pack. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Shared 2000-acre grounds with woodland, open countryside and sitting-out area. Fishing on-site (licence included). Grazing for horses. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring. There are steps and sloping banks in the garden. There are sloping banks and a fenced loch in the grounds, 200 yards away.

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  • Glacour Studio

    Strathconon, near Muir of Ord

    Grade
    2
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    2
    1
    Ref: W1410
    Enjoy the splendour and magnificence of Strathconon, a beautiful glen deep in the Highlands. This studio cottage, a spacious detached holiday property, offers the holidaymaker cosy accommodation together with Glenmeanich Cottage (ref W101) and The Old Gun House (ref W2607) in a ’get away from it all’ location. Hill walking, river and loch fishing (permits available from the estate office), and an abundance of wildlife help to add to the enjoyment of this ’Brigadoon’ type glen. Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is just 30 miles distant, and Glacour Studio is ideally placed for touring the North West Highlands. This designer converted croft house is finished and furnished in an open plan Scandinavian style with pine clad roofing and a pine kitchen. Shop, pub and restaurant 15 miles.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With wood burner.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom area:
    With super kingsize bed.
    Shower room:
    With shower cubicle and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and fuel for wood burner included. Parking for 2 cars. Smoking permitted. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Northern Lights

    Skinnet, nr. Tongue

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W43355

    This detached, former fisherman/crofter’s cottage has been tastefully restored to provide very comfortable holiday accommodation. The property overlooks the Kyles of Tongue, a dramatic expanse of pristine golden sand, and the many skerries that create this fabulous coastline. The ever-changing seascape and light make this area a truly get-away-from-it-all holiday experience. The area has much to offer, with Ben Hope and Ben Loyal for the serious climber and low level coastal walks. Smoo Cave, Castle of Mey, the former home of the late Queen Mother, Cape Wrath and a day trip from John O’Groats to the Orkney Isles are within a short drive. Loch and sea fishing are available, and a wide range of seabirds, such as puffins, waders and hen harriers can be easily spotted. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Study. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small garden with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Old Ticket Office

    Blairmore, Dunoon

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: SNNJ

    Situated on the shores of Loch Long in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, this Victorian listed cottage has been stunningly restored. Standing detached at the end of the restored Blairmore Pier the holiday property offers a variety of activities including walking, fishing, cycling, golf, quad biking and a range of watersports. The area abounds with wildlife and visitors can take a leisurely stroll through magnificent woodland gardens at nearby Benmore Botanic Gardens. Further afield there are day excursions to Inveraray, Oban and Loch Lomond. Shops 100 yds.

    Beamed living room with wood-burning stove, sea views, tiled floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom with tiled floor and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Pay As You Go mobile phone
    • Large lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Sloping bank and drop to shore from garden. Lochside location.

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  • Eagle’s Nest

    Glaick of Kessock

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 18177

    This refurbished holiday cottage is set in an orchard amidst the Ord Hill Forest, a few miles from the city of Inverness. In 2 acres of shared garden grounds near the owner’s home and next to Woodpecker Cottage, ideal for exploring the beautiful north and west Highlands. Inverness offers a variety of amenities including a theatre, restaurants and shops. Enjoy a boat trip to see the dolphins or visit the historic village of Cromarty. Easy reach of Loch Ness, Culloden battlefield and Fort George. Horse riding, 1 mile, castles, lovely beaches and golf, 5 miles. Can be booked with 23492 to accommodate 4 guests. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    5 steps to property. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with laminate floor. Kitchen with French doors. Beams throughout. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Video and small library. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Wi-fi. Large shared garden, patio area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Tsitika Holiday Apartment

    Beauly, nr. Inverness

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W40637

    Quiet location with stunning views

    This bright and attractive first floor holiday apartment, situated in the grounds of the owner’s property, enjoys stunning views across Strathglass. The balcony overlooks spacious gardens set in mature birch woodlands, bordered by a pretty stream. It is an ideal base to relax and explore the Highlands, with many tourist attractions a short drive away. Local amenities include fishing, walking and bird watching in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Glen Affric and Strathfarrar are both close by. Cruises on the Moray Firth and Loch Ness are highly recommended. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Open tread stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom (zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Courtyard garden and balcony with furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children due to open tread stairs. NB: Sloping ceilings.

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  • Esplanade Crt, Lismore

    Oban

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • No 2 The Courtyard

    Fintry near Stirling

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC524062
    Located on the outskirts of the village of Fintry, voted ’Best kept village in Scotland’, and on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, this charming upper barn conversion provides an ideal base for tourists, walkers and nature lovers. It is situated at a riverside location and surrounded by stunning scenery. The mountains to the north mark the start of the Highland Line and are a dramatic contrast to the valley below, the Carse of Stirling. To the south are the Fintry Hills with sweeping views across to the Campsie Fells and beyond. The area is steeped in history and legendary figures such as William Wallace and Rob Roy MacGregor. Visit Scotland’s African Safari Park in Blairdrummond. Experience Stirling with its castle, monuments and shops, or visit the engineering marvel of the Falkirk Wheel. Edinburgh, Glasgow and the West Coast are easily accessible.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area:
    With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD/radio.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. 100 acres of grounds which include a woodland, apple orchard and kitchen garden! Trout fishing on-site, free of charge. Parking for 2 cars. Please note: There is a river in the garden, 50 yards from the property.

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  • Ladeside

    Killiecrankie, nr. Pitlochry

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: STTA

    With fantastic views from its elevated position over the River Garry Valley to the Perthshire Hills, this detached holiday cottage is modern in style, so guests can enjoy every comfort in this rural location which is accessed by a rough track. Nearby, the small town of Pitlochry has a good selection of shops, restaurants and a famous theatre. Situated within the Cairngorms National Park, this area is a walker’s paradise, with Loch Tummel and ‘The Queen’s View’ close by. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Spacious living/dining room with wall-mounted feature electric fire, patio doors and wooden floor, open-plan with spacious well-equipped kitchen with breakfast area and vaulted ceiling. Utility with toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom with large oval bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Electricity, electricity fire, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from spring

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