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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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  • Millnain Cottage

    Fodderty, By Strathpeffer

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: S4199

    This very comfortable, 19th century, traditional stone cottage has been beautifully furnished, and stands in a large country garden between the Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer and the market town of Dingwall. The area offers a wealth of activities including boat trips out on the Cromarty Firth to see the dolphins, hill and forest walks, bird watching (Red kites can often be seen over the hills), and the local highland games during the summer months. Riding and golf locally. Shops and pubs 2.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Garden with furniture and summer house. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Wee Manly

    Dornoch

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511461
    Just a short stroll from the stunning white sandy beach of Dornoch, Wee Manly is an attractively presented end terraced house situated on a quiet no-through road. On the ground floor there is a pretty cottage lounge with comfortable sofas and a large screen television. The kitchen/dining room is bright, contemporary and well equipped. Upstairs there are three pretty bedrooms and a family bathroom.

    Wee Manly is situated close to the centre of the historic town of Dornoch, a Royal Burgh since 1628. This delightful town is one of the prettiest in the Highlands. Built around the 13th Century sandstone cathedral, it has a selection of unusual and attractive shops, as well as a number of excellent restaurants and bars. The renowned Championship golf course of Royal Dornoch is just 200 yards away. The award-winning beaches of Dornoch and Embo are ideal for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Loch Fleet Nature Reserve, close by, attracts a wide variety of wading birds and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Just a short drive away is Dunrobin Castle, seat of the Dukes of Sutherland for over six hundred years. Visitors are welcome to explore the castle and grounds, which were modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Wee Manly makes an ideal base for exploring this beautiful and unspoilt area of the Highlands.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric coal-effect fire, 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Utility room: With freezer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Ptarmigan Cottage

    Kincraigie, By Dunkeld

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: S36

    Peacefully set within the pretty hamlet of Kincraigie, amidst the beautiful Perthshire countryside, this traditionally built detached stone cottage has been renovated to a very high standard. It has a lovely enclosed garden where visitors can relax. Alternatively, loch and hillside walks are possible directly from the door. Historic Dunkeld with its cathedral and restored 17th-century buildings lies just 6 miles south and is well worth a visit. For keen golfers, there is a variety of courses to be found within easy driving distance. The city of Perth lies 20 miles south and has many excellent shops, restaurants, theatres and indoor sport facilities. Shop 3½ miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove, French doors to garden. Fitted kitchen/dining room with range and slate floor. Double bedroom. Bunk bedroom (sleeping 2+1 child). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, NSH, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (children’s library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Electricity range-style cooker
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Crovie

    Crovie, Gardenstown

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 26036


    This lovely, detached holiday cottage is infused with the character of this delightful conservation village, strung out along the base of the rugged cliffs at Crovie. Formerly a fishermans cottage, the rooms are tastefully furnished in a traditional style. Situated almost at the end of the village, it has a private, secluded feel with spectacular views out to sea and the headlands beyond from the rear garden, may reward you with glimpses of dolphins and other marine life, ever present in the area. Golf, fishing, swimming, a gallery and quaint harbours are all within a short drive. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with stone floor. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with Velux, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

    Wood burner in living room, open fire in dining room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer in out-building. Wi-Fi.Telephone-incoming and emergency calls only. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Public car 400 yards. No smoking. Please note: Couples and family bookings only. Garden is raised and set over 2 levels.

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  • Tara Cottage

    Gordon, nr. Kelso

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: 26769

    This semi-detached holiday cottage, on a working farm, is 9 miles from the Borders town of Kelso which has a variety of shops and restaurants. An ideal base to explore this historic area. Less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and the sandy Berwickshire coast. Fishing and cycling locally. Shop, pub 1½ miles, restaurant 9 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Children’s seating area. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft, zip and link) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (zip and link), 1 single with additional pull-out single, all with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Paddock

    Portmahomack, near Tain

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5049
    Tucked away on a quiet farm lane, The Paddock is a traditional terraced, single storey stone farm cottage located on a working, farm 1 mile from the charming seaside village of Portmahomack. The pretty cottage garden overlooks the owner’s farmland, with distant sea views. The cottage looks south over the Moray Firth and Moray Coast with views of Cairngorms and Ben Rhinnes. The accommodation is beautifully presented, with a large living room with lovely views across the open fields. The bright, kitchen/dining room is fully fitted and very well-equipped. There are three generously proportioned bedrooms, all thoughtfully decorated with colour co-ordinated soft furnishings. Exposed stone walls and large canvases of the surrounding area add to the cottage’s charm and ambience.

    Portmahomack is a thriving seaside village with a fishing harbour and pier, as well as a superb sweeping sandy beach; the mountains beyond act as a stunning backdrop. Portmahomack is the only village on the east coast of Scotland that faces due west and has spectacular sunsets. The village has a renowned seafood restaurant as well as a café, local store and a lovely traditional links golf course which is open to visitors. The area is renowned for its archaeological sites and at the nearby Tarbat Discovery Centre is a local heritage centre and museum, with a fascinating display of Pict, Norse and medieval artefacts, as well as a gift shop. Within 15-20 minutes’ drive lies the oldest Royal Burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built in local mellow sandstone, Tain is a charming historic town and offers an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities. Beach 1 mile. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 0.5 miles.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living room:
    With electric wood burner, 32" Sky TV (family package) and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With electric oven, electric hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed and 21" TV.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and fibre optic Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Croft Cottage

    Glencoe

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 30555


    In a quiet rural setting in the heart of historic Glencoe, this cosy, single-storey, detached cottage has been tastefully restored. With views of the surrounding mountains, and a short walk to the shores of Loch Leven, this is an ideal location for exploring the west coast of Scotland. The area is renowned for its abundant wildlife and its breathtaking scenery, which has been used as the backdrop for many famous films including ’Harry Potter’, ’Rob Roy’ and ’William Wallace’. From Fort Willliam, known as the ’outdoor capital of the UK’, you can travel on the Jacobite Steam Train, or catch the Mountain Gondola to the top of Aonoch Mor. The small bustling town of Oban, the ’gateway to the Isles’, has regular ferries from the harbour to the inner Isles, including Mull and Iona. Glencoe and Fort William both have ski resorts and are also very popular areas for climbers and walkers. Crossing on the Ferry at Corran will allow you to explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, with its rocky coastline and white sandy beaches. Take the ’road to the Isles’ and visit the beautiful Isle of Skye. Cycling and mountain biking is one of the main outdoor activities and attractions in the Glencoe and Lochaber area. Both the Glencoe Mountain and Nevis Range ski centres have developed downhill mountain bike tracks which are used in amatuer and international, professional level competition. Croft cottage also sits on the Glencoe orbital and the Glencoe to Oban cycle paths, which are aimed at family level cycling. Bike hire is also available in Glencoe village a few hundred metres from the cottage. Other activities include kayaking, golf, horse riding, snowboarding, bird watching and fishing, or excellent indoor climbing at Kinlochleven. There are plenty of gentle forest walks, museums, distilleries, castles, gardens and monuments nearby, with Glencoe village also offering shops and a museum. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 650 yards.

    6 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating (electric heater in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with gravelled patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Shore View

    Portree

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 30560

    Shore View enjoys an outstanding shore side location with dramatic views over Portree Bay and the Cuillin. The property is a comfortable and welcoming holiday home, in the quiet area of Bayfield. Portree is the main town for shopping, with many restaurants, craft shops, boat trips, swimming pool and a climbing wall. Aros Visitor Centre has various live performances and a cinema. The Island has much to offer the outdoor enthusiast with walking for all levels. Enjoy coastal walks, boat trips, fishing, kayaking, pony trekking and mountain biking. There are many places to visit such as Museum of Island Life, Dunvegan Castle ,Clan Donald Centre and Talisker Distillery. Beach 20 yards. Shop and pub 200 yards, restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard garden with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Upper Stronaba Cottage

    Upper Stronaba

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511371
    Upper Stronaba Cottage is situated amongst spectacular scenery, with stunning uninterrupted views across open countryside to the Ben Nevis mountain range. This single storey cottage is approached via a short track that leads up into the hills. The lounge is warm and cosy, with open fireplace and large picture windows looking across to Ben Nevis. The kitchen / dining room has plenty of space for up to 5 people and is well equipped. There are three attractive bedrooms and a modern shower room. The rural cottage gardens mainly consists of grass, with a patio area; an ideal spot for a quiet drink whilst enjoying the spectacular scenery

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on one level has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with open fire, satellite Freeview, TV, DVD and radio/CD; lovely views
    Kitchen/diner: with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: with two single beds
    Bedroom 2: with one single bed
    Bedroom 3: with one double bed
    Shower room: with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. First supply of coal provided. Bed linen and towels supplied. Enclosed garden, very secluded with grassed area and patio. Off road parking space for 2 cars.

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  • Birch Tree Cottage

    Aviemore, Speyside

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 80154

    This holiday home is set in a small estate, within the Cairngorm National Park occupying a quiet position just 10 minutes from the heart of Aviemore. Extended to include dining/sun room, it has a south-facing terrace overlooking parkland, heather and birch trees. Superb walking and climbing in the Cairngorm Mountain Range with skiing in season. Fishing and golf locally. Shops, selling all kinds of sports equipment, and pub 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with single sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen. Dining/sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Cloakroom with toilet.

    Electric real-effect fire in living room included. Woodburner in sun room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity included (£30per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden to rear with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Steep bank in garden.

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  • Port-An-Eillean

    Colintraive, Argyll

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC523069
    Port-an-Eillean is a quaint detached property set on a croft looking out to Loch Riddon on the Cowal Peninsula. The cottage is over 100 years old, with thick stone walls and originally had a thatched roof. All rooms have a view down to the sea loch and across to the hills beyond. The cottage is pleasantly furnished with two bedrooms upstairs and lounge, kitchen/diner and shower room downstairs. The area is great for cycling and a canoe/kayak can be easily launched from the shore. A boat mooring is available and a boat could be launched locally. Fishing is available from the rocky shoreline. There is an enclosed grassy garden at the front door and from the back door you are lead out onto decking which is also enclosed, both provide areas for children to play. The croft is set within approximately 14 acres of rugged ground, with some machinery stored on it, unfenced to the shoreline and a river runs passed the cottage, so children would need to be supervised at all times. The croft is no longer worked but the owners may on occasions visit their static caravan.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric fire, TV and DVD enjoying views across Loch Riddon
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave and dishwasher
    Utility Area: With fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. Rear door leading to enclosed decked area.
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed enjoying views across Loch Riddon
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds plus pull out guest bed (for + 1), view to Loch Riddon

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot, high chair and stair gate available on request. Mobile phone (Vodafone) available for emergency calls or incoming calls.Outdoor seating and BBQ (coals not supplied). Enclosed grassy garden at front and decking area which can be enclosed by gate at the rear. Mooring off shore for a boat. Rugged croft of 14 acres access to the shoreline and stream runs passed the cottage. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Melgund Glen Lodge

    Minto, near Hawick

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5151
    Just a few minutes walk from the pretty conservation village of Denholm with its village greens, good pubs and a restaurant, this spacious cottage is privately situated near the entrance to the owner’s home, which is ¼-mile further on. Set in mature woodland and a small stream bordering the open garden, it’s an idyllic place for children to play and explore, or for others to simply soak up the peace and tranquillity. Bright, welcoming and comfortably furnished, this is a great base for discovering the lovely Borders region. Kelso and Melrose have lots of interest with Floors Castle, Mellerstain House, ancient abbeys and an array of independent shops and good places to eat. Minto Golf Course is just ½-mile and there is fishing on the River Teviot and the River Tweed. There are hill walks aplenty nearby and cycling on quiet roads, or head for the Glentress Forest to get your adrenalin fix. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground Floor: 2 steps to entrance.
    All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With open fire, Freesat TV, DVD player and French doors.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed (for one).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for open fire included. Highchair.Lawned woodland garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced stream in the garden, 20 yards away and an unfenced pond 150 yards.

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