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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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  • Bruce Cottage

    Whithorn

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: 24145

    Cosy cottage retreat for two

    Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac opposite the ancient priory site, this end terraced holiday cottage has original stonework forming the fire surround and wood panelling, which creates a cosy atmosphere. Whithorn is one of the interesting towns in the quiet Machars Peninsula, only 4 miles from the craggy coastline of Scotland’s most southerly point. Wigtown, known as book town, has 18 book shops and is 12 miles away. Bladnoch Distillery, 11 miles. Fishing, riding and golf all available locally. Shops and pub 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Lomond Cottages - Montrose House

    Balmaha, Loch Lomond

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 23973

    Located in the heart of Scotland’s first National Park, these two properties offer an ideal holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area. Montrose House, a former listed period mansion house, offers a spacious ground floor apartment while Lomond View Cottage offers a good standard of accommodation with conservatory overlooking the loch. Just 7 miles along the delightful lochside, Ben Lomond awaits, towering over the shores of Loch Lomond and offering spectacular panoramic views. The sheltered harbour at Balmaha is ideal for sailing and water sports, with walking and hiking enthusiasts also well catered for. A little further afield there is Balloch Castle Country Park where you can take a gentle stroll through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Magnificent scenery, opportunities for water sports, scenic villages and castles are all within easy reach. Drymen, 4 miles, has a hotel/restaurant, 18-hole golf course and shops. Loch Lomond Shores for designer shopping is within easy reach. Close by, Stirling and Glasgow make for a good day out. Shops and pub 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Freezer. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    Both properties: Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. No smoking.

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  • The Cottage

    Lyth, nr. Wick

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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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  • The Boatmans Cottage

    Glaick, Balmacara, Kyle

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UXH

    This delightful detached little cottage is set in an enviable position just yards from the sea, and with breathtaking views towards the Lochalsh and the Skye Mountains. Set within the tiny hamlet known as Glaik on the edge of the Lochalsh Woodland Garden, it is just a short drive away from the enchanting Eilean Donan Castle. The Skye bridge is within 5 minutes’ drive, and picturesque Plockton (which was the location for Hamish MacBeth) is just 20 minutes’ away, with its beautiful bay and palm trees. There are many good pubs and restaurants within the area. Shops 1 mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room with feature wooden floor and modern kitchen area. Sun room. Utility. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV
    • Video (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Small sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Sitting-out area leads to sea

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  • Alma Cottage

    Borgue near Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537270
    Situated on the edge of the small village of Borgue, Alma Cottage is a delightful detached holiday cottage located close to the coast, in a beautiful corner of south west Scotland. Adjacent to the owners’ home, the cottage is an ideal place to relax and unwind. Beaches are two miles away and there are many opportunities for hill walking, mountain biking and water sports, or perhaps visit National Trust’s Threave Gardens with ancient woodland and an abundant of wildlife. Whilst in a delightful rural location, the property is only a short drive from the harbour town of Kirkcudbright, known as ’the artists town’, which attracts visitors throughout the year drawn by the harbour, the historic high street and the diverse range of annual events and visitor attractions. The popular programme of summer festivities culminates with the spectacular Tattoo.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Sitting-out area with furniture. Bike store. Parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
    This property has a security deposit of £100 payable in cash direct to the owner on arrival.

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  • Gardeners Cottage

    Gartocharn, near Drymen

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5119
    This charming detached wooden lodge is located within the owner’s grounds and is ideally situated for most country sports and activities. It is within walking distance of amenities and services including the village shop and a retail outlet with daytime restaurant. Within the incredibly beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park there are many lochside, lowland and hill walks just a short distance away including a Munro. Sports include golf, sailing, windsurfing, cycling and horse riding. Cruises around the loch and its many islands are available. The top of Duncryne Hill is only 20 minutes’ walk through the woods and field, and provides one of the best 360-degree views in Scotland and a spectacular panorama of Loch Lomond. A nature conservancy area is within walking distance where a large variety of wildlife may be seen including deer, ducks, geese, herons, raptors and swans. Local visits include whisky distilleries and an aquarium. The numerous attractions in Glasgow and Stirling are within 40 minutes’ driving or the former can be easily reached by train from Balloch, 3 miles away. Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are close to hand. Shop and restaurant ½ mile, pub 3 miles.

    Ground Floor: All on ground floor.
    Living room:
    With Freesat TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors to decking.

    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed.

    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome packCourtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: There is a pond in the grounds, 10 yards.

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  • Auchendennan - Chestnut Cottage

    Arden, Alexandria

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: SXXO

    "Stunning cottages in the heart of Loch Lomond National Park..."

    Situated in the heart of Loch Lomond National Park, these stunning holiday properties have been lovingly restored and furnished to provide wonderful retreats. Auchendennan Farm Cottage (SLLX) is a single-storey holiday cottage; within the house there is a large family sauna which can be used as an ideal way to unwind. Outside on the sun decking, there is a sunken hot tub which is large enough for all the family and powerful enough to give tired muscles a proper massage. Rose Cottage (SRRG) is a single-storey conversion adjoining the owner’s farmhouse. Combining modern and traditional furnishings, the property boasts a superb hot tub and external sun decked area for relaxing and unwinding. Burnbeag (SVVE) is a stunning, detached cottage to the rear of the steadings and has a stream running through its private enclosed garden, which has a decked area and hot tub. Courtyard Studio (SVVD) is a single-storey barn conversion set in the courtyard, behind the main house. Chestnut Cottage (SXXO), Willow Cottage (SXXP), Primrose Cottage (SXXQ) and Ivy Cottage (SXXR) are all pretty single-storey, semi-detached holiday cottages, with open-plan living areas and a cosy, wood-burning stove.
    In summer, Loch Lomond’s ancient oak woods ring with birdsong. Look out for redstarts, pied flycatchers and wood warblers. Ospreys are summer visitors to the loch and nearby Lake of Menteith. In the high country of Breadalbane, golden eagles may be seen soaring over mountain slopes richly carpeted in alpine plants. Watch out for porpoises and seals and glimpse Loch Lomond’s herd of fallow deer as they bound through the trees. Loch Lomond and Loch Earn are some of Scotland’s prime venues for sailing and water-skiing, while the rivers Balvaig and Teith are popular with canoeists. The Teith is also a great salmon river and one of many places popular with anglers. For golfing enthusiasts, the famous courses of Loch Lomond are just a short distance from the property, with an abundance of courses for all standards within easy reach.
    Walking is a popular pursuit, from gentle low-level strolls to strenuous mountain climbs. Ben Lomond, Ben Lui, Ben Ime and Ben Vorlich are among the 21 Munros (mountains over 3000 feet). The West Highland Way stretches from the edge of Glasgow to Fort William, hugging the banks of Loch Lomond and passing through the spectacular mountain scenery of Strathfillan. There are great opportunities for cycling on and off road on National Cycle Network Route 7, which passes through the National Park from Balloch to Killin. Cameron House, the 5 star golf/spa resort is just minutes from the property where one can enjoy fine dining, day spa packages and championship golf. Lomond Shores, again a short distance from the property, offers designer shopping, loch cruises and an aquarium. The cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily accessible by car boasting award winning restaurants, theatres, galleries and concert venues, designer shopping as well as many tourist attractions including the breath-taking Edinburgh Castle. Shops 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Open-plan living room with wood-burning stove, 5ft bed and kitchen area. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Solid fuel (underfloor) heating included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine tumble dryer
    • Shared utility with freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 42-acre natural and wooded grounds
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream in shared grounds

    Note: Auchendennan Farm Cottage ref SLLX may be booked with Rose Cottage ref SRRG to sleep 10 people

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  • Ghillies Rooms

    Braemore near Ullapool

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511319
    The Ghillies Rooms forms part of a converted stable positioned on the first floor of a large historic stone house just 10 miles from Ullapool in the heart of Wester Ross. This attractively presented apartment has a lovely open plan living area with focal electric stove, deep leather sofas and a well equipped kitchen with dining table. There is a spacious double bedroom with colour coordinated soft furnishings and attractive pine furniture. A modern bathroom completes the picture.

    This large country house was built in 1840 and was once part of the Braemore Estate of the renowned Engineer, Sir John Fowler, who built the Forth Rail Bridge, the Pimlico Bridge, which carried the first railway across the Thames (1860) and Victoria Station and was a pioneer of the London Underground system. Examples of Sir John’s creativity can be found on the land and nearby, such as the suspension bridge over the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach, both popular places to visit close by. Visitors are welcome to wander through the grounds of the house, help tend the lambs and meet the friendly Kune pigs bred by the owners. Fishing can also be arranged on the owner’s private stretch of the River Broom, framed for its salmon, trout and sea trout. Just 10 minutes’ drive away is the charming fishing village of Ullapool, which has a good selection of small shops as well as excellent local bars and restaurants. This superb apartment makes an ideal base for a real Highland holiday, with spectacular walks, Munros to climb and cycling routes to explore. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Canoeing, sailing, fishing, riding, bird watching and golf are all enjoyed locally.

    This property can be booked together with The Tower House (CC511318), The Coach House (CC511320) and The Stables (CC511439) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric stove, Freeview TV, DVD and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available at £10 and highchair available at £5. Wi-Fi.Set in 40 acres of countryside and farmland with salmon and trout river in the grounds and open to visitors. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Manor Park - Glenlivet

    Skelmorlie, nr. Largs

    Grade
    2
    0
    1
    1
    Ref: 11715

    Charming stable block apartments, close to Victorian manor house

    Set in 15-acres beautiful grounds with lawned areas

    Set close to Largs on the Firth of Clyde, these charming holiday apartments have been carefully converted from the stable block of a delightful Victorian manor house, which is located some 200 yards away along a tree-lined drive. Offering every modern comfort and convenience, enjoy the relaxing ambience of the scenic setting. You can relax amid 15 acres of landscaped grounds, or in the lawned areas, which are surrounded by woodland. There are wonderful views of the hills and islands of the Firth of Clyde, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. There are two golf courses, trout farm fishing, sailing, nature trails and pony trekking, as well as cruises aboard the famous ’Waverley’ paddle steamer. In Largs (2 miles) you will find the Kelburn Country Centre and Vikingar - an exciting all-weather leisure centre, with a swimming pool, 500-seat theatre and children’s soft play area. There is also a choice of small shops, a supermarket, post office, pubs and a station. Although an attractive seaside resort now, Largs like much of this area has enjoyed an interesting history - in 1263 it was where the Norse fleet were defeated. From Largs take a ferry to Great Cumbrae Island and visit the aquarium, near Keppel Pier, and the ’Cathedral of the Isles’ on the sandy bay at Millport. The Cumbraes are not the only isles within easy reach. Go from Wemyss Bay across the waters to Bute, or drive south to Ardrossen and arrive in the exceptionally mild island of Arran. Arran is home to a wealth of places to visit, including the NTS owned Goatfell (2,866 ft) with its magnificent views from the Clyde coast to the Hebrides and Northern Ireland. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy making the trip here, as Arran has 6 courses in which to shoot a round. Manor Park is well-placed for anyone looking to plan a diverse holiday itinerary. Whether you take to the sea or prefer to head inland, there is much to fill the days. Within an hour’s drive you can reach Loch Lomond, Burns country and Glasgow, with Edinburgh just a little further. Pub 2.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen/double bedroom area. Shower room with toilet.

    Central heating and electricity included (£30per week 21 August-18 June). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Microwave. Laundry service. Fridge/freezer. Shared 15-acre garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Heron’s Rest

    Feriniquarrie, nr. Glendale

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W42680

    Five minutes’ walk from the seashore, this cosy, detached holiday cottage enjoys panoramic views of Macleod’s Tables to the east and the sea Loch Pooltiel to the west. A super area for mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, fishing and much, much more. Take a trip to Dunvegan Castle, the colourful island ‘capital’ of Portree, Talisker Distillery or travel to the south end of the island fondly called ‘The Garden of Skye’. Here you can visit Armadale Castle and Gardens or explore the unspoilt coastline and perhaps catch a glimpse of the vast array of wildlife. For the less energetic, just sit back and relax and watch the ever changing, stunning scenery from the cottage windows. Shops 1.5 miles, pubs 9 miles and restaurant 4 miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. TV/DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave and washing machine in utility room. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • A View For Two

    Skeabost, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511173
    A View for Two is a delightful studio apartment situated in a quiet backwater adjoining the picturesque loch Snizort. This beautifully-presented pier-a-terre provides bright, modern accommodation for couples or singles in a truly superb setting. The apartment is a self-contained ground floor unit in the owner’s house. With its own separate access it has an L shaped open-plan main living room with generous-sized lounge / dining area and well-equipped kitchen. There is a comfortable, large deluxe sofa bed with sprung mattress. French windows open onto a pretty patio area with lovely gardens beyond. A bright, modern shower-room completes the picture. The apartment looks out across the gardens to the beautiful sea-loch of Snizort which immediately adjoins the property, with hills and mountains beyond. 

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all at ground floor level, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen/bedroom
    Lounge Area: With Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD and deep leather large, deluxe sofa bed with sprung mattress for two
    Dining Area: With table and chairs for two
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Internet access through pay for use BT Openzone. Shared use of utility area with washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing board.Shared use of garden grounds with patio area and lawn which adjoin golf course and leads directly down to the banks of Loch Snizort. Off road parking space for one car.

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  • Highland Heather Lodges - Ruchil

    Comrie near Crieff

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC524069
    Ruchil is constructed from natural timber and stone by local craftsmen and is immaculately presented, providing spacious, contemporary accommodation and is ideal for relaxing and spending time with friends and family. Situated within Highland Heather Lodges, in the beautiful valley of Starthearn, the gateway to Highlands, you are ideally located to enjoy this area and all it has to offer. Leisurely walks through glens and woodlands, paddle in the streams and for the more adventurous; climb the Munros.

    Comrie has a challenging nine hole course and Gleneagles is close by, and with castles, famous gardens and distilleries to explore, there is something for every age to enjoy. The village of Comrie has quaint shops, cafes, restaurants, riverside walks and spectacular waterfalls. Glasgow and Edinburgh are only an hour’s drive away so its easy to explore Scotland’s major cities and their attractions. If you’re not already worn out by your day out, you can relax in the hot tub and take in the breathtaking scenery.

    Ruchil and Glen Artney (CC524072) have an adjoining door and can be booked together to accommodate up to seven guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps to entrance, gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space with wooden floors.
    Lounge area: With gas wood burner, 39" Freeview Apple TV, Blu-ray player, iPod dock, CD/radio and views.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Wet room: With underfloor heating, shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Mezzanine level: With super king size bed and views.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate supplied on request. Wi-Fi. Small decked area. Gas BBQ. Hot tub. Shared sauna, children’s play area and 10 acres of woodland. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 3 steps to decking.

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