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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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  • 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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  • Beagan Bothan

    Kiltarlity

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: S4475

    Enjoying stunning views down Strathglass, across The Aird and over the nearby lochan from its elevated croft setting, this very comfortable property makes a peaceful base for couples to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Standing just 400 yards from the River Beauly and backed by historic woodlands, it adjoins the owners’ home 4 miles from the interesting shopping and choice of restaurants in flower bedecked Beauly village, a past winner of ‘Britain in Bloom’. Visitors can enjoy wonderful bird and wildlfe watching, gloriously scenic walking, fly fishing on the Beauly, climbing and canoeing as well as exploring castles and whisky distilleries. Majestic Glen Affric and Loch Ness (12 miles) are easily accessible. Shops and pubs 4 miles.

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

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Access to shared grounds. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. NB: Steep slopes and pond in shared grounds.

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  • The Granary

    Monkstadt, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W40503

    Historical base

    Monkstadt became the seat of the Clan Macdonald in 1730 when they abandoned Duntulm Castle. Nearby are servants’ houses and a steading which includes a granary stable, cartshed and a mill with horse walk. Monkstadt has played a romantic role in highland history. The stables and Granary have been sympathetically converted into first class holiday accommodation. This single storey corner property, accessed via a 1 mile track, is ideal for exploring the mysterious Isle of Skye. Flora Macdonalds monument and ruined Duntulm Castle are nearby. The Quirang and Old Man of Storr encourage walkers and climbers whilst the beauty, wildlife and various outdoor pursuits appeal to all groups. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    17 steps to entrance. All on one level: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity included (by meter reading October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Garden furniture. Parking (1 car). No children.

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  • Beach Cottage

    Clachangarbh, Gairloch

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W41902

    Beach location

    A warm welcome awaits you at this wonderful holiday cottage. Just yards from the beach, it is perfectly placed in the heart of the popular village of Gairloch. It enjoys wonderful views of the waters of Loch Gairloch and on towards the Wester Ross Hills, and boasts a two-person steam shower house. The area is renowned for stunning, unspoilt scenery with a wealth of activities available - fishing, water sports, golf, climbing and mountain biking to name but a few. A visit to the National Trust Inverewe Gardens and the Isle of Skye is recommended. Shops and pubs 100 yards, restaurant 30 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Laminate floors throughout.

    Oil central heating and electricity included (£15per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Two satellite TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children.

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  • Berryhill Cottage

    Grantshouse

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: SKKF

    This detached stone holiday cottage lies in peaceful woodland, just 45 minutes south of Edinburgh and is a perfect romantic retreat for two with a light living room looking out to the garden and woods where roe deer, red squirrels and owls can be glimpsed by the patient observer. St Abbs Nature Reserve is 8 miles and the spectacular cliffs and beaches of the east coast are within easy reach. The Seabird Centre at North Berwick is 25 miles. Good walking both along the coast and inland in the Lammermuirs, riding, fishing, diving and golf can be found locally. Sandy beaches 7 miles. Pub serving food 4 miles.

    Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove and patio doors to garden. First floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove in living room - intial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Washing machine
    • Use of owners freezer by arrangement
    • Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • Water supply from borehole
    • No smoking

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  • Blossom Cottage

    Ard Roag, by Dunvegan

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W41901

    Beautiful views

    Nestling at the base of a small hillock, this pretty, detached holiday cottage enjoys a tranquil setting, with wonderful, panoramic views to the Cuillins, the Macleod Tables and the Outer Hebrides. Finished to a good standard, Blossom Cottage is the perfect place in which to relax and unwind. The warm and cosy accommodation is surrounded by stunning scenery, miles of rugged coastline and unspoilt sandy beaches, and is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. A visit to Dunvegan Castle and the Talisker Whisky Distillery is recommended along with a trip to the colourful town of Portree. Shops and pubs 2 miles, restaurant 0.5 miles.

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

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Moo Cottage

    Struan, Dunvegan

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W42686

    Tucked against a small hillock and enjoying a very secluded setting, Moo Cottage is the perfect getaway. Furnished and equipped to a good standard, this cottage makes a super base for exploring the many delights of this lovely island. Take an easy drive to Dunvegan or Portree, the island capital where you will find lots of good places to eat and drink. Explore some of the many unspoilt beaches, miles of rugged coastline where you may catch a glimpse of the vast array of wildlife. For the outdoor enthusiast, kayaking, fishing, sea trips, mountain biking and hill walking are just some of the many activities available. Shop, pub and restaurant 8 miles.

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

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Lawned garden with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Kirtle Cottage

    Annan, Dumfries

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: SBA

    "Shimmering lakes, wooded walks and views to Lakeland across the Firth . . . superb cottages in a spectacular setting . . .’’

    In three acres of glorious garden grounds, surrounded by lakes of water lilies, splendid trees, flowering shrubs and woodland drives, the splendid cottages at Kinmount Castle are only a few miles from the sandy shoreline, which sweeps westwards to yachting harbours and bird reserves. This meticulous, architect-designed conversion has transformed the Victorian servants’ wing of magnificent Kinmount House into a delightful courtyard cluster of eight holiday cottages, seven of which we feature here, which retain a wealth of original features and details, and possess tremendous atmosphere and charm, which makes it an ideal marquee wedding venue with ballroom included. They enjoy shared use of outstanding facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool, which has been sensitively incorporated into one side of the courtyard. Open daily all year round, the pool has full changing facilities, and its building also houses a sauna, sunbed, cardio gym and games room with pool table. The cottages themselves have been luxuriously appointed; the master bedrooms have four-poster beds, the kitchens are lavishly equipped and the utmost care has been taken over the choice of fabrics and furnishings. Alongside the gracious main house, they are set around the attractive courtyard with patio and barbecue areas – and an extensive grassed area offers plenty of space to relax. From the cottages, there is immediate access to the grounds where azaleas and rhododendrons are a pageant of colour in the summer. With lakes in front of the house, it is a fitting setting for properties of the finest quality, which boast views over shimmering waters to the Lakeland Hills across the Solway Firth.
    Kinmount Castle has access to exclusive salmon beats on the Rivers Annan and Nith including the famous Barjarg beat that boasts a salmon catch of 67 lb, in 1812, by well-known poacher, Jock Wallace, and confirmed by the Earl of the home. More up to date catches are now giving an average of 59 salmon and 160 sea trout in a a season along this two mile beat. One to one fishing tuition can also be arranged for novices. Prices at cost – dependant on the time of year.
    Just 2 miles from the cottages is Powfoot, created in the 1790s as a sea-bathing resort by one of the owners of Kinmount House. Set above a beach, it has an excellent golf course, one of several along this coast. About a mile further on, the river at the redstone town of Annan is famous for its salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing, and there are pleasant walks along both banks. The town boasts a choice of restaurants and pubs, as well as a sports centre. At Ecclefechan (6 miles) Thomas Carlyle’s birthplace is to be found, containing a collection of relics and letters. Rammerscales (8 miles) is a Georgian house linked with Flora MacDonald. Along the coast at Caerlaverock (8 miles), 13,000 acres of salt-marsh and foreshore have been designated a National Nature Reserve; barnacle, pink-footed and greylag geese feeding on the saltings in Autumn and Winter make this one of the most notable bird sanctuaries in Britain. Overlooking the reserve from a wooded mound are the striking red sandstone ruins of Caerlaverock Castle, dating from the 13th century and besieged many times during the Border wars.
    In the parish church at Ruthwell, the Ruthwell cross is a most impressive example of 7th-century stone carving, inscribed with verses from The Dream of the Rood. Dumfries (13 miles) is renowned for its Burns museum, and has a fine golf course. Further west are quaint fishing villages and the rugged beauty of the Galloway Hills. The area offers opportunities for sailing, water sports and riding, and the nearby towns offer good shopping and a variety of inns and eating places. Shops 3 miles.

    All on ground floor. Split-level design with open-plan sitting/dining room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire. Well-equipped kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft pine four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity and gas central heating £10 per week
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD 
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared payphone
    • Shared grounds with furniture and picnic area
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool – open daily 9 am to 8 pm, all year round
    • Games room with pool table
    • Cardio gym
    • Coin-operated upright sunbed
    • Sauna
    • NB: Lakes in grounds

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  • Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: SW32

    Heated indoor swimming pool
    Shared gardens with furniture and play area

    This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
    A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
    Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
    Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
    As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

    In Coach House Court. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Internet access on request. Private patio and furniture. Barbecue.

    All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

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  • The Barn at the Bakery

    Moniaive, Thornhill

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 25465

    Situated in the charming village of Moniaive, this spacious semi- detached, single storey holiday property, adjacent to the owners house, is located close to the Galloway Forest and the Southern Upland Way. Popular with walkers and cyclists of all abilities, with many cycle paths close by. Golf courses in close proximity and for fishing enthusiasts the River Nith is one of Scotlands premier salmon and trout rivers. Historic attractions include Morton and Sanquhar Castle, Robert Burns’ House and Drumlanrig Castle. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams, wooden floor and Velux/kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with 2 additional Z-beds (for children) and wooden floor. Wet room with shower attachment and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Decked area with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Birdsong Cabin

    Breakish near Broadford, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511423
    Birdsong Cabin, as the name suggests, is set in a tranquil and peaceful setting so you can truly enjoy the dawn chorus and the birdsong from the comfort of this lovely holiday cabin. The property is a comfortable and cosy holiday home, set adjacent to the owners’ home ’Chrisona’, with outstanding mountain and sea views. It is located just a few minutes’ walk from the shore, where you will see a wide range of seabirds, waders, otters, curious seals and also a lovely stretch of white sands at Ashaig Beach. It is a great base for touring all the area, which has so much to offer for the outdoor enthusiast, with fabulous low and high level walking and hiking in the area, as well as plenty Munros to bag. Visit Sleat, Portree, Glenelg, Plockton and Applecross, which are all close by. Visit historic sites, including Clan Donald Centre and Gardens, Kylerhea Otter Hide, the Serpentarium and Reptile Centre, coral beaches and Talisker Distillery. Also Glenelg Brochs, Eilean Donan Castle, boat trips, pony trekking and so much more are available. The sunrise and sunsets, seascape, landscape and dark skies will amaze you so come explore and enjoy.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has a convector heater and comprises:
    Open plan living space with wooden floors.
    Lounge area:
    With 32" Freesat TV and blu-ray player.
    Dining area.

    Kitchen area:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed.
    Shower room:
    With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Links Lodge

    Longniddry, nr. Edinburgh

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30888

    This detached, single-storey holiday property is set within the grounds of the owner’s home with its own south facing private garden and screened for privacy. It is ideally situated on the edge of Longniddry village - a 3-minute walk from the coast and the John Muir Way and only a 10-minute walk to the village station, for a hassle free 20-minute journey into central Edinburgh. Local bus services within ¼ mile. This delightful holiday lodge has impressive style and very good quality furnishings with French doors leading out to a small, private sheltered and sunny garden. There is much to explore locally, from historic houses and gardens, to seabird watching, boat trips from North Berwick, golden beaches and hill walking. Situated on the East Lothian Golf Coast, there is a golf course 5 minutes away and a further 16 within a 20-minute drive. Beach 300 yards. Shops, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas underfloor central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Blu-ray. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio with furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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