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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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  • Mary’s Cottage

    Mary’s Cottage

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 28427

    Mary’s Cottage is a croft house situated in the rural, coastal village of Port Henderson near Badachro. The retention of the traditional latched doors, sloping ceilings and open fire makes it a welcoming holiday cottage. There is a quiet beach within a 5-minute walk from the house. The area offers a truly ’escapist experience’, with walking and many local beaches. There are many outdoor activities locally, including mountaineering and hill walking, golf, pony trekking, fishing, argocat trips, sea life cruises and bird watching. The crash site of an American WWll bomber can be found at ’The Fairy Lochs’ nearby. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room 1: With open fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Living room 2.
    Dining room/kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and fuel for open fire included. Cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Bike store. Parking for 2 cars. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

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  • Squirrel’s Tale Cottage

    Dulnain Bridge

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: SZZG


    Squirrel’s Tale Cottage is situated in a wonderful, elevated position in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, and enjoys striking views across the countryside towards the lush Strathspey Valley, River Spey and the majestic Cairngorm Mountains. This lovely property forms a wing of the owners’ Arts & Crafts Grade B listed Broomhill House. It is accessed by a forest drive and nestles amongst 25 acres of private, unspoilt woodlands and well-maintained cottage garden, where you can watch the playful red squirrels and an abundance of rare birdlife, such as golden eagle and osprey. This country cottage makes a perfect base for exploring this lovely part of the Highlands. Excellent mountain biking, canoeing, bird watching, climbing, skiing and infinite hiking trails (easy and strenuous) are all available from the doorstep. There are popular and challenging golf courses, classic car events and some of the world’s famous malt whisky distilleries within easy reach.
    Enjoy fly fishing on the River Spey, or for the younger members, visit the Reindeer Visitor Centre, Tree Zone, Landmark Forest Adventure Park or take a trip on the steam train from Broomhill to Aviemore. All towns and villages of the National Park have retained their identity and offer a range of independent stores, art galleries, museums, coffee shops and restaurants. Inverness, the Highland capital, is less than an hour’s drive and offers flights to Amsterdam and all major cities in the UK.
    Squirrel’s Tale Cottage has been sympathetically renovated to provide fantastic holiday accommodation in a peaceful and private setting. Within the elegantly furnished cottage there is a comfortable open-plan living room with a wood-burning stove, a country kitchen, spacious shower room and three bedrooms, each providing good quality mattresses and sumptuous bed linen for a good nights sleep. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Spacious living room with dining area, wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen with slate floor. Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin by arr). Large shower room with toilet and slate floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Single bedroom.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, electric rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • Shared 25-acre natural, unspoilt woodland grounds
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Upper Woodburn - The Lodge

    Milton of Campsie

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 16520

    Ideal touring base

    Nestling within this secluded woodland setting, these detached holiday lodges overlook the Campsie Fells, and are a great base for exploring all that central Scotland has to offer. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is 20 miles away with walking, cycling, fishing, golfing, horse riding and watersports on offer, while also being only 20 minutes from the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow with galleries, museums, historical attractions, superb nightlife and fantastic shopping. Stirling and Edinburgh are easily accessible by car. Shop and pub 2½ miles, restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, wet room area and toilet (wheelchair access). First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric central heating included. Unfenced garden with seating area. Parking (2 cars). Wheelchair access.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot on request. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Natural woodland grounds. Cycle store. Two pets welcome (must be kept under control at all times, working farm). No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • Muir Cottage

    Freuchie, nr. St Andrews

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 13243

    Centrally located, next to the cricket field, this bright detached bungalow makes a comfortable holiday base for various other sports and leisure pursuits, golf, fishing, riding and sailing being but a few. Within easy reach are the Scottish Deer Centre and Fife Folk Museum, with Falkland Palace (home of Mary, Queen of Scots and site of the first British real tennis court) just a few miles away. This fertile and scenic central area of Fife offers many interests, good shopping and eating to suit all. NB Guests may have free access to local hotel’s leisure pool and facilities. Shops and pub 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional single. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and gas included (£30per week, £20 per short break November-April). Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot available. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

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  • Red Squirrel Lodge

    Sandyhills, nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 29163

    This single-storey, Scandinavian-style, detached log cabin is surrounded by parkland. It lies just a short walk from one of the finest beaches along the coast at Sandyhills Bay and offers a cosy holiday base. Enjoy the benefits of the site’s delightful bar and restaurant. Nearby activities include horse riding on site, golf, 16 courses within 20 miles, sailing, walking and mountain biking. Located on the Solway coast near Dumfries, and close to the stunning Galloway Forest Park, it is a popular area for walkers and cyclists with world-class mountain biking at Dalbeattie nearby. There are unspoilt villages, dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches, rocky coves, magnificent gardens, castles and monuments to explore. Wildlife is in abundance with the RSPB nature reserve just along the coast. Sweetheart Abbey, Drumlanrig Castle and Gardens and Mabie Farm Park are all within easy reach. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    10-12 steps to entrance from parking area. All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Eliza Cottage

    Haddington

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 28897

    With views of Traprain Law, this traditional, detached holiday cottage on a family farm is just 1.5 miles from Haddington and within easy reach of 19 golf courses and the lovely beaches of East Lothian. Spacious and comfortable, this is a peaceful spot from which to explore, with quiet side roads ideal for cycling, the Lammermuir Hills for great walks, and historic houses and castles to visit. Edinburgh is an easy day out, just 14 minutes by train from Drem, a relaxing way to make the most of this vibrant city at any time of year. Haddington has a good range of local shops, pubs and restaurants, 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/1 step to kitchen. 4 steps to 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot, travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Beach Cottage

    Port William, nr. Galloway Coast

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W41064

    Sea views

    Situated just yards from the sea, this holiday cottage is an ideal base to explore the breathtaking scenery of Dumfries and Galloway. Locally are a children’s play area opposite the property, river, local fishing, cycling, walking and bird watching. Golf courses throughout Dumfries and Galloway, with a set of golf clubs available at the property. The coastline incorporates many sandy bays and rocky coves, with beaches at Monreith and Craignarget. Wigtown (Booktown), Whithorn, and the Isle of Whithorn are all nearby, with the animal farm at Monreith a must see for children. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 single bedroom with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    NSH, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue on request. On road parking. No smoking. NB: There are 3 ponds in the garden.

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  • Kirkennan Mews

    Palnackie, Castle Douglas

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC537229
    On the beautiful Kirkennan Estate on the banks of the River Urr, Kirkennan Mews is a lovely barn conversion that offers a peaceful location within 35 acres of formal lawns, oak wood and walled garden. Close to the Dalbeattie 7Stanes mountain trail, this is a popular holiday location for mountain bikers. Enjoy scenic coastal walks and forest trails. Choose from the many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (NT), or historical sites and castles to explore. The Solway Coast offers sandy beaches, rocky coves and traditional fishing villages. Sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports are all nearby. Kirkennan Mews can be booked with Kirkennan Lodge (CC537230) and Woodsedge (CC537231) to accommodate up to 17 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has biomass central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 24" Freeview TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and fold-out single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Cot, travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 35-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond, stream and river in estate grounds.

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  • Crovie Cottage

    Crovie, Gardenstown, Aberdeen

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC512064
    Crovie Cottage is situated in the heart of the unique fishing village of Crovie. Perched on a narrow ledge at the base of the Gamrie Bay cliffs, this historic preservation village is the epitome of unspoilt seaside locations. The only village in Britain where it is impossible to use a car (visitors park at the far end of the village and walk the few yards along the sea front). It offers a unique and utterly charming seaside holiday experience. Crovie Cottage has been completely gutted, renovated and refurbished throughout. This delightful fishing cottage now provides a very high standard of accommodation just yards from the sea. The main living area is open plan. The cottage door opens onto the lounge area, with original flagstone flooring and a large welcoming wood burning stove at the far end. Divided by a low wall, the kitchen has been beautifully built, with Belfast sink, integrated units and in the adjoining alcove a solid wood dining table with wooden bench pews.The steep cottage stairs lead up to two pretty bedrooms, accommodating up to 5 people. There is a superb modern wet room on the ground floor.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric radiators and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/ dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With wood burning stove, satellite Freeview TV, DVD, Wi-fi, radio/CD
    Kitchen/Dining Area: With electric oven and hob, fridge with ice box, wine cooler, fridge and washing machine. A delightful cottage kitchen with Belfast sink, flag stone tiles and separated from lounge by a half wall. Dining area with wooden pews
    Wet Room: With shower, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds plus spare bed (for +1)

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Bench. No car access as cottages built before cars and straddle the shoreline just yards from the sea. Limited on street parking available at one end of the village approx 100 yards walk to cottage along the shoreline. Otherwise, 300 yards car park at the top of the hill and walk down to village via a purpose made small path. NB: The sea is immediately below the wall outside the property.

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  • The Old School House

    Braemar

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 13313

    Totally renovated, traditionally spacious, detached holiday cottage set in the small hamlet of Inverey, 4 miles out of Braemar on the road to the Linn of Dee. Wide open expansive views to the rear of the heather clad hills and mountains and attractive mature woodland with wonderful walks from the front door. Tracks lead to Derry Lodge and on into the Grampian Mountains. Golf, restaurants and shops in the village. Shop and pub 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single (accessed via double).

    Open fire in living room included. Electricity heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars).

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  • The Old School House

    Lonbain, by Applecross

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: STN

    This secluded and spacious cottage with its own walled garden, enjoys a gloriously sunny position on the seashore with spectacular views towards the islands of Raasay, Rona and Skye. Reached via a quarter-mile track, this former school house has been tastefully converted, whilst retaining interesting original features; formerly classrooms, the living-room and kitchen feature lovely high ceilings, and there is a large picture window in the hall, ideal for viewing wonderful sunsets and abundant wildlife.
    This is a superb location for touring the scenic Applecross and Torridon areas; for a truly memorable drive out, head for the Pass of the Cattle – at 626 metres above sea level, this is Britain’s highest pass and affords some dramatic scenery along its length. There is excellent walking and climbing terrain nearby, both inland and along the rugged coastline – watch out for seals and otters just off shore. Several NTS properties make for good days out, including Strome Castle, and the Countryside Centre at Torridon (open May to September), the latter providing an insight into local flora, fauna and geology. From Torridon village, a scenic drive takes in the shoreline before winding past cliffs and gorges up to Diabaig, whilst 8 miles to the north, Lake Maree is dotted with Caledonian pine clad islands and lies as a scenic gem. The surrounding area also offers some of Scotland’s best deer-sighting country.
    Sandy beaches are to be found at Sand (3 miles) and Applecross Bay (7 miles); the village of Applecross itself has a P.O./local store and a friendly inn serving fresh seafood dishes. The sheltered, fertile coast around the village is idyllic: you can wander along lanes banked with wild iris and orchids, and explore beaches and rock pools on the shore. Fishing and golf are both within driving distance. Shop 7 miles.

    Hall/sitting room with sea view from picture window. Large, part-panelled living room with multi-fuel burner and splendid views. Well-equipped, modern fitted, farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with multi-fuel burner and electric cooker. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. First floor: Three bedrooms with sloping ceilings; two bedrooms, each with Velux window with sea views, one double with 5ft bed, en-suite bathroom, wash basin and toilet, one twin, and one single.

    • Multi-fuel burners - coal included
    • Electricity, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Large walled garden with patio, furniture and sea views
    • Parking
    • Cycle storage
    • Natural spring water supply for sole use
    • No smoking
    • NB: Sea 100 yards

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  • The Old Post Office

    Furnace by Inveraray

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC523091
    The Old Post Office is a lovely detached property located in the heart of the small village of Furnace.    The village sits on the side of Loch Fyne, a long, deep sea loch renowned for its fantastic wealth of sea-life. It is named after the old Victorian furnace which is now a ruin and managed by Historic Scotland.  The Old Post Office is over 250 years old and is a lovely stone built property with thick walls. The open plan ground floor has a fully fitted kitchen with double Belfast sinks and breakfast bar, leads to the lounge and dining area.  Then into the wonderful light conservatory which has patio doors out into the enclosed south facing back garden. From the lounge you are led upstairs via a feature black metal spiral staircase, to three bedrooms with high coombed ceilings. With close proximity to local amenities, you are only a short stroll to the village shop which provides all the essentials you require. 

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living area:
    Lounge/Dining Area: With TV, DVD, selection of DVD’s and books, feature stone wall
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and featuring double Belfast sinks and breakfast bar area.
    Porch Area: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Conservatory: With comfortable seating and music system, doors leading out to enclosed garden area.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Spiral staircase leading to....

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bedroom 3: With one single bed and cot, feature stone wall
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Enclosed garden with outdoor furniture. Open area at the front. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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