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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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  • The Moorings

    Isle of Whithorn, nr. Newton Stewart

    Grade
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    Ref: W42414

    Quayside location Quayside location


    Located on the quayside, in the harbour village of the Isle of Whithorn just yards from the yacht moorings, these holiday apartments form part of the original fishermen’s warehouses and enjoy views over the harbour and sea. In the heart of Galloway they are ideally located to explore the breathtaking scenery and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From the Galloway Hills, with their many lochs, burns and waterfalls, to the Solway coastline with sandy beaches, rocky coves and villages to explore. Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve is the largest local reserve in the UK. Internationally recognised numbers of pink-footed geese, greylag, many species of duck and wading birds visiting in autumn and winter. Visit the Interpretation Centre where you can view by video the Galloway ospreys during April to August. Visit the Whisky distillery at Bladnoch established in 1814 which offers a shop and guided tours, or meander around Wigtown with its gift shops, small gallery, plant nursery, book shops and cafés. Southern Scotland boasts a number of activities - from an afternoon with rod and reel, to a challenging 7 Stanes cycle track. Horse riding, golf, sailing, diving and walks are available in the area and with its mild climate and the influence of the Gulf Stream, Galloway has some of the most exotic gardens. Shops, pubs and restaurants 200 yards.

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

    Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 10 yards from unfenced harbour.

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  • Gows Cottage

    Tomintoul near Grantown-on-Spey

    Grade
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    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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  • Heather Cottage

    Laggan, nr. Newtonmore

    Grade
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    Ref: W43336


    Conveniently located on the roadside, with the Monadhliath Mountains as a backdrop, this holiday cottage offers very comfortable accommodation and enjoys beautiful views across the River Spey. It is ideally situated for a walking or cycling holiday and within a short drive, the villages and towns of Glentruim, Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore are easily accessible, and Laggan is just a short walk away. A mini haven for bird watchers, you may catch sight of an eagle soaring over the valley, and lots of river and marsh birds can be spotted from the windows. Recognised as one of the most popular walking areas of the Central Highlands, the scenery alone keeps people returning throughout the year. Shop, 7 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared courtyard with decked patio and sitting-out area. Shared gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • Braemar

    Lendalfoot, Girvan

    Grade
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    Ref: W42135

    Close to the sea

    This charming wooden detached bungalow is situated in the small hamlet of Lendalfoot, 6 miles from the seaside town of Girvan with harbour, shops, pubs and restaurants, and boasts stunning views over the sea to Ailsa Craig. Towering over the Carleton cottages are Carleton and Balsalloch Hills, rising steeply from the shore, both are crowned with ancient forts. To the south of the village is an excellent off road picnic area, with sandy beach and excellent views up and down the coast. When the tide is out you can walk out to the rocks and see seals swimming and basking. An ideal area to explore the scenic countryside of Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and a popular area for outdoor pursuits. Shops, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

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

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric Range. Washing machine and freezer in garage. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Weavers Cottage

    Crovie, Banff

    Grade
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    Ref: 24878

    This gorgeous cottage, with strong Indian influence, offers something different in this quaint conservation village. Beautiful throws and fabrics adorn the cabin bed in the living room which acts as a sofa. A lovely enclosed decking area and small steep garden at the rear (accessed via small door from bedroom) is a lovely spot to soak up the sun. The sea is literally just a few yards away. Being at the foot of a cliff with a rugged coastline, enjoy beachcombing along the shore at low tide. Walk to neighbouring Gardenstown (tide permitting) with a cluster of local shops. Explore the many villages or enjoy activities such as fishing and boat trips. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with ½-bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburners in living room and bedroom (no fuel provided). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen, towels included. Freeview TV. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Wi-Fi. Enclosed decking area and furniture. Sitting-out area (up sloping bank). Parking 100 yards. No smoking. NB: 5 yards from sea. Drops in grounds. Steep sloping bank.

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  • Achaneich Stable Cottage

    Spean Bridge near Fort William

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    Ref: CC511258
    Achaneich Stable Cottage stands in the grounds of an historic Highland house which dates back to 1600. Set in 2 ½ acres of landscaped gardens with the Grey Corries and Aonach Mor providing a dramatic backdrop, this delightful cottage provides an exceptionally high standard of accommodation for 2 in a spectacular and peaceful location. The cottage is believed to have been built by General Wade during the Jacobite rebellion to house his troops, with horses accommodated below. The cottage has been sympathetically converted whilst retaining some charming original features, such as a superb exposed stone in the main living area, vaulted ceiling and original arrow-slit windows. The open-plan lounge/dining room is separated from the kitchen area by a modern breakfast bar. The pretty double bedroom has fitted wardrobes and enjoys lovely views across the beautiful woodland gardens. Visitors are welcome to wander the garden grounds, and the caring owners even provide croquet on the lawn and various other outdoor children’s games during the summer months. Achaneich Stable cottage is ideally situated for exploring this renowned area of the Highlands, known as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’.
    Please note Achaneich Chalet (sleeps 4 /5), also situated in the grounds, may also be available to let, subject to availability.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen
    Lounge / dining area:  with satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD,   A lovely space with exposed stone wall, good sized dining table and kitchen separated by breakfast bar
    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box and washer / dryer
    Bedroom:  with double bed
    Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available.Wi-fi available (A small charge of £5 for the use is payable to the owner)Patio area with outdoor furniture. Set in 2.5 acres of owner’s landscaped woodland grounds. Off road parking for 1 car. NB: Burn in grounds and sloping hills lead down to river below. .

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  • The Bothy at the House of Keil

    Duror near Dallachulish

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    Ref: CC511418
    In a wonderful location on the shores of Loch Linnhe, just south of Duror village, this cosy, single-storey holiday apartment is situated on a small working farm. The farm has a variety of livestock including wonderful, gentle llamas and a large pig. Literally on the doorstep the farm has one and a half miles of shore front for you to explore, with a shingle beach and an abundance of opportunities for fishing, bird watching, beach combing or, just watching the sun setting over the Morven Hills. Guests can launch a canoe or small dinghy from the beach or for larger boats a slipway is available for a small fee at Linnhe Marina, five miles away. Otters, seals, porpoises, buzzards, golden and sea eagles, and barn owls can be seen from the farm. There are plenty of attractions to visit, including the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, Castle Stalker and Cruachan Hollow Mountain. Glencoe and Fort William are a short drive away, offering excellent skiing, walking and climbing. There is a superb cycle track running close to the farm, allowing miles of easy cycling for all the family, whilst enjoying magnificent views. The town of Oban offers a full range of shops, excellent restaurants, a leisure centre and cinema. From the bustling harbour, you can catch a boat to the Hebridean islands of Mull, Staffa and Iona, or from Port Appin, you can hire a bike and take the little passenger ferry to Lismore. The Isle of Skye and the Arnamurchan Peninsula are also easy to reach and make for great days out. Organised boat trips are available from Ballachulish and Port Appin.

    First Floor: The property has eight steep steps to entrance, is all on the first floor, has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric coal-effect fire, Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area
    : With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and WC.

    First £5 electric included, remainder by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included.Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Loch in grounds, 25 yards.

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  • Bracken Log Cabin

    Glenfarg

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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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  • Glencoe Cottage

    Glencoe

    Grade
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    Ref: 26296

    Adjacent to Glencoe Lochan, this quiet and secluded holiday property is in the wing of the old Glencoe estate house. Built in 1785 it incorporates parts of the home of MacIain, chief of the MacDonalds of Glencoe. Renowned for its magnificent mountain ranges, scenery and wildlife, it is ideally situated for exploring the Highlands and the Inner Isles. Activities in the area include climbing, skiing, golf, mountain biking, fishing and watersports and plenty of gentle forest walks, museums, distilleries, castles and gardens to visit. Fort William and Oban are easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room. 1 double bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Shared 2-acre landscaped grounds and woodland. Sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 5 steps to garden.

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  • Acorn Cottage

    Kirklandholm near Ayr

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    Ref: CC539004
    On a hillside overlooking the town of Ayr which is set amidst rolling farmland of owner’s working farm, with stunning views across to the Carrick Hills, Ayr town and the Isle of Arran, sits Acorn Cottage, a conversion, which has been beautifully decorated and furnished to offer comfortable and cosy accommodation on two levels. The double bedroom with en-suite bathroom is reached by a staircase from the downstairs lounge and kitchen and the shared garden offers fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.

    Acorn Cottage is in a quiet location within the working farm of Kirklandholm, on a hillside only five miles from Ayr, where there is a wealth of good eating places, shops, hotels and bar. Nearby there is plenty to do, with several quality golf courses, including the world famous Royal Troon and Turnberry, beautiful parks at Bellisle and Rozelle, historic Culzean Castle, Crossraguel Abbey and Burns Cottage, many walks along Ayrshire’s 80 miles of unspoilt coastal scenery, and not forgetting a day at the races at Ayr racecourse.

    This property can be booked together with Chestnut Cottage (CC539042) and Ash Cottage (CC539003) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric and bed linen included. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-Fi. Shared, enclosed garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Highland Heather Lodges - Earn

    Comrie near Crieff

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    Ref: CC524070
    Earn 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.

    Earn and Glen Lednoch (CC524071) 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, dishwasher, 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, TV and views.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate supplied on request. Wi-Fi. Small decked area with furniture. Gas BBQ. Hot tub. Shared sauna, children’s play area and 10 acres of woodland. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 3 steps to decking.

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  • Windmills End

    Mauchline

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    Ref: CC539044
    This spacious barn conversion is situated on a country road in the Ayrshire countryside, close to the villages of Coylton and Stair. Set within 12 acres of farm and woodland, with a short woodland walk direct from the door, this semi-detached cottage, next to the owners’ home, provides a tranquil holiday base from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire and south west Scotland.
    Ayrshire offers unspoilt scenery and a varying coastline with the Ayrshire Coastal Path, 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles, easily accessed.
    Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, riding, racing, a choice of golf courses and several country parks to visit. Culzean Castle (owned by the National Trust for Scotland) being Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction, has a network of wooded trails passing along the beach. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, and both Glasgow and Edinburgh can easily be reached for a day out.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open-plan living space: With cathedral ceiling.
    Lounge area: With wooden floor, wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and iPod dock.
    Kitchen area: With wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With non-slip tiled floor, bath, shower and WC.

    First Floor: Galleried seating area: With Velux windows and views to Arran to the west and countryside to the east.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, extra available by honesty box. Wi-Fi. Small enclosed garden. Sitting-out area and furniture to rear. 12-acre natural, un-spoilt, woodland grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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