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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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  • High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: Heron View

    Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 25983

    In a peaceful countryside setting these three traditional stone built holiday cottages, formerly a small croft, are situated only 1 mile from the picturesque town of Kirkcudbright, made up of beautifully painted houses of assorted architecture – including Georgian villas and Victorian town houses. Known as the artist’s town, there are numerous art galleries, antique shops, museums and cafés, the harbour and the impressive ruins of MacLellans Castle. There are many festivals including Scottish Nights, historic walks, a jazz festival, the Wickerman Festival and a spectacular tattoo festival. There are various walks available, from scenic coastal walks to marked forest trails. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports close by there is sure to be something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (NT), historical sites and castles to explore. The Solway Coast has many extensive sandy beaches and rocky coves to explore, with many traditional fishing villages and harbour ports. Close to the Galloway Forest Park, and central to five of the 7 Stanes, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£20per week, £14 per short break October-March). Two Freeview TVs. Gravel garden with sitting-out-area and furniture.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer (in shared utility room). Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Holly Cottage

    Colvend, nr. Rockcliffe

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28140

    Situated on the edge of the seaside village of Rockcliffe, this detached holiday property lies on a working farm with use of a lovely outdoor heated pool and offers an ideal base from which to explore the Solway coastline and surrounding area. Located 5 miles from Dalbeattie and 4 miles from Kippford, this is a popular area with walkers and cyclists alike with the Dalbeattie 7 Stanes close by.Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wood burner. Kitchen with beams. Garden room. Utility room. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and tiled floor. Galleried area: 1 double (four poster) bedroom. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with additional folding single (for child), beams and Velux.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool, June to September. Stabling is available by prior arrangement with the owner. No smoking. NB: Pond in 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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  • Making Waves

    Cellardyke near Anstruther

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC526026
    Aptly named ‘Making Waves’, this stunning property sits right on the sea shore in the pretty fishing port of Cellardyke on the east Fife coast. Enjoying a unique position and furnished and equipped to an excellent standard with Sky Sports, Wi-Fi and three good sized bedrooms, the property couldn’t be better placed for exploring the Fife coastline. The property has beautiful views towards May Island, Bass Rock and North Berwick Law from the kitchen, dining room and master bedroom. Outside the south facing garden looks right over the shore, the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine and watch the fishing boats sailing by. A short stroll brings you to the neighbouring town of Anstruther, which has a good selection of shops, pubs and The Cellar Restaurant, holder of 3AA rosettes and UK seafood restaurant of the year. For the more energetic, the Fife Coastal Path runs for 150km nearby, and for cyclists, the Millennium Cycle Way has 300 miles of quiet country roads, disused railways and forest tracks to explore. Look out for boat trips to the Isle of May, a National Nature Reserve where you can spot puffins and seals. Boats leave from the port at Anstruther between April and September.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Six steps up to...
    Ground Floor:
    Dining room: With 40" TV with Sky Sports, drinks fridge and patio doors to balcony with seating and sea views.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and sea views.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link super king size bed (which can be made to twin beds - please advise when booking) and sea views.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.
    12 steps down to...
    Lower Ground Floor:
    Lounge: With electric coal-effect fire, 40" TV with Sky Sports, DVD player, CD/radio, iPod dock, Wii and patio doors to the garden.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed (for one).

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate supplied on request. Wi-Fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony with furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: There is a sealed off well and two steps in the garden.

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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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  • Stable Cottage

    Crocketford near Dumfries

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537217
    Beautifully presented this cosy terraced holiday cottage in the little village of Crocketford with its family owned pub/restaurant and village store with fresh rolls and newspapers daily, is an ideal base to explore all that this hidden gem of an area has to offer. Exploring this beautiful corner of south west Scotland is a joy whether it be by car, bike or foot.
    Drive some of the 200 miles or so of the stunning and dramatic coastline with secluded little bays and sandy beaches. Close by is the beautiful Colvend coast with the picturesque little villages of Kippford, Rockcliffe and Sandyhills with its wide sweeping beach. There are a profusion of walks in the area from the commanding Criffel, Screel and Merrick hills. The walks are well worth it to enjoy the stunning views from the top which are truly breathtaking.
    A short drive from the Cottage you have access to Dalbeattie Forest and one of the world famous 7Stanes Mountain bike trails. Go on try your hand at the red graded Hardrock trail! Take a stroll round Threave Gardens (National Trust) close to Castle Douglas or Threave Castle, described as the most romantic place in Galloway, and to reach it ring the bell at the jetty and take the very short trip across the water by boat.
    Described at the "Food Town" Castle Douglas is a delightful little town with a variety of local businesses selling and producing food and drink as well as niche shopping.
    Visit Kirkcudbright, a charming little fishing town and watch the fishing boats returning to the busy and bustling harbour. Kirkcudbright is known as "the artists town" having hosted generations of painters, craft makers and artisans - a culture still thriving today. The town hosts a popular programme of summer festivities and culminates with the spectacular Tattoo, an event not to be missed.After a long day exploring the area return to your cosy wood burning stove or just sit in the garden enjoying the clear dark skies as Dumfries and Galloway is recognised as one of the 12 best stargazing sites in the world and the First Dark Sky Park in the UK. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living/dining room: With wood burner, Freeview TV, Blu-ray player and French doors to garden.
    Kitchen: With tiled floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Cloakroom: With toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for wood burner included, remainder at cost. Travel cot, high chair and stairgate available. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Campbell

    Rannoch, Pitlochry

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: S4421

    Discover these cosy holiday cottages with commanding panoramic views over Loch Rannoch, and surrounded by magnificent scenery on Liarn Farm. Skilfully converted from a former steading to take full advantage of the superb views – each enjoys a first floor living room with balcony – they stand on a working livestock farm. This is indeed the perfect location in which to relax and unwind – visitors may roam freely in the farm’s spacious grounds, and 11.5 miles of loch frontage make a wonderful spot for picnics as well as for fishing. Children will love the pets’ corner, and can help the owner feed the Shetland ponies, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks and Jacob sheep, each day at 10am. Walkers and cyclists can all revel in the breathtaking scenery and bird watching is a popular activity in the area. A trip to the lively little town of Pitlochry (26 miles) could take in the Festival Theatre and famous Fish Ladder, which is negotiated by thousands of salmon each year. Host to the Highland Games, Pitlochry also boasts interesting shopping, good restaurants and golf. Historic Blair Castle (20 miles) is among the attractions within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms. 1 double, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen.

    All properties: NSH, electric heaters and electric by meter reading. Bed linen included. Digital TV. Satellite TV (basic package). Video. Microwave. Freezer. Shared laundry room. Shared grounds and furniture. Balcony. Shared barbecue. Parking. Private water supply. No smoking. NB: Drops in shared grounds.

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  • Bydand Cottage

    Melness, near Tongue

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5090
    Bydand Cottage is a traditional detached stone croft cottage situated in a quiet hamlet and enjoys superb uninterrupted sea views. Forming part of a working croft, this pretty cottage has been in the same family for over 100 years. Set back from the lane, the cottage is entered through the pretty tended gardens which overlook the spectacular sweeping bay below. The cosy living room has the same wonderful views. The bright kitchen/dining room looks out across the generously proportioned back garden. Fully fenced, it is ideal for children and the family dog. There are three good sized bedrooms, providing plenty of space for up to 5 people. A large family bathroom on the ground floor completes the picture.
    Whilst rural, the small hamlet of Melness has good facilities, with a thriving country pub just a short stroll from the cottage and a good local store ½ a mile along the lane. The nearby town of Tongue has a larger selection of amenities and facilities including a general store, bars, restaurants and craft shops. The immediate area is renowned for its spectacular scenery, with the mountains of Ben Hope and Loyal, numerous sandy beaches and wonderful hill and coastal walks direct from the cottage. The region is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. For sailors and kayakers, there is a slipway and harbour close to the cottage. Horse riding is available at nearby Torrisdale sands. The area is also renowned for its loch, river and sea fishing. Permits are available locally for salmon, sea trout and brown trout and boats are also available to hire. There are a number of excellent golf courses within easy reach, including Durness and Reay. Beach ¼ mile. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With 34" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Narrow, steep stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.

    Economy 7 heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack.Large, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (sheep country). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 3 steps in the garden. This property is only suitable for 5 guests.

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  • Larch Cottage

    Glenisla

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: S4428

    Perched above the sparkling waters of the River Isla in beautiful Glenisla, this lodge makes a very comfortable base from which to explore the lovely surrounding area. Enjoying a peaceful setting with no near neighbours, it lies 2 miles from an adventure centre offering outdoor pursuits and cycle hire. Excellent hill walking, cycling and riding can be enjoyed locally as well as loch fishing (by arrangement), whilst Alyth, 11 miles, has shops and three golf courses. Shop and pub 10 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for child)/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (full package). DVD. Microwave.Telephone. Decked verandah and furniture. Parking. Cycle store. Private water supply. No smoking. NB: Fenced river in garden.

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  • Carron View

    Lochcarron

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 19642

    Nestling at the base of some of Wester Ross’ most spectacular hills, this traditional cottage enjoys views across open croft land. Excellent area for a holiday spent climbing, hill walking, mountain biking or much more. Visit the nearby village of Lochcarron with its pubs, restaurants, shops and 9 hole golf course or take a trip to the magical Isle of Skye. The Applecross peninsula is just a short drive, reached via a spectacular drive over Britain’s highest mountain pass. Shops 4 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. 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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  • Minnow

    Lennel, Coldstream

    Grade
    5
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: W3391

    Large mature garden

    This charming terraced holiday cottage, set in large mature gardens, is in the quiet hamlet of Lennel and 0.75 miles from Coldstream and the English border. Spacious and well equipped with a large breakfast kitchen, Minnow makes an ideal base from which to explore Southern Scotland and the sandy beaches of the Northumberland coastline. Coldstream benefits from an excellent 18-hole golf course and there are many others within easy driving distance. There is a choice of pubs to eat in, as well as cafés in the local area. Coldstream sits on the River Tweed, which is famous for its salmon fishing. Shops, pubs with food 0.75 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Self-contained single bedroom. External toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Two digital TVs. Video and small library. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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