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Scotland

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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  • Berryhill Cottage

    Grantshouse

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: SKKF

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

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

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

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  • Little Arches

    Lochwinnoch, nr. Glasgow

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: S4665

    This attractive, converted, semi-detached stable sits within the owners 500-acre working sheep farm. Surrounded by lovely countryside with limitless walks from the door, you can enjoy exploring this countryside or simply relaxing in the secluded hot tub on a decked patio area which can be accessed via the living room. Ideally located to Glasgow, 20 miles, and the airport just 12 miles, you can also enjoy city life
    with excellent restaurants, theatres, concerts, endless shopping and the various museums. The RSPB wetlands nature reserve is only 2 miles and the attractive Castle Semple Country Park offers sailing, mountain biking (with hire), hill walking, woodland and loch shore walks. The traditional seaside town of Largs is only 13 miles. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. Freeview TV. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with decking, enclosed patio and furniture. Parking. Private hot tub. No smoking.

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  • Second Fiddle

    Drumnadrochit

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511373
    Second Fiddle is a delightful traditional stone cottage situated in the heart of Drumnadochit. Boasting many original features, including original solid wood floors and exposed stone walls, it oozes charm and is a fantastic location for exploring the nearby great outdoors, with your four legged friend. Along with a central village location (no car required to stay as on bus route), it is within walking distance of three good restaurants, one next door (please check Winter opening dates), a small shop across the road and a take way close by. The pretty lounge is attractively presented, with a fishing theme. The kitchen/dining room is surprisingly spacious, with fitted cupboards, a dining table and chairs and lovely feature wood-burning stove set into the exposed stone wall. Cottage stairs lead up to the beautifully colour co-ordinated double bedroom and modern bathroom.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: with satellite Freeview TV, DVD, radio/CD and Wi-Fi.
    Kitchen/diner: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box, washing machine and wood-burning stove.

    First Floor: Bedroom: with double bed (some height restriction due to original coombed ceiling).
    Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity and oil included. Bed linen and towels supplied. Please note: some height restriction in the bedroom, due to sloping ceiling.Off road parking for 2 cars

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  • Gigha Cottage

    Tayinloan near Tarbert

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: CC523152
    Situated just yards from the sea and a beautiful sandy beach, this terraced holiday cottage is located close to the Gigha ferry, where you can hop on for the 20-minute crossing and explore the island. Located along Kintyre’s stunning west coast, the cottage boast unrivalled views across to Gigha, the Paps of Jura and magnificent sunsets. This is a tranquil retreat from which to explore the surrounding area. Surrounded by an abundance of natural wildlife, the clean environment and clear waters are home to all sorts of interesting wildlife. The Machrihanish Bird Observatory is located nearby at Gauldrons Beach, and is fantastic for watching migratory birds.
    Campbeltown is one of a handful of areas in Scotland categorised as a whisky producing region, and is home to the Campbeltown Single Malt, at one point having 34 distilleries and proclaiming itself the whisky capital of the world. The town boasts two distilleries as well as a museum, heritage centre and a harbour, with an annual regatta and music festival. The town is well-served with supermarkets, independently owned shops and excellent hotels and restaurants offering the finest local produce. The area is well known for its fine beaches, unspoilt countryside and scenic walks, with the addition of the Kintyre Way.
    Lying just off the west coast of Kintyre, the Isle of Gigha offers a pleasant day trip. Within a short distance, there are many quiet and sandy beaches to explore and there is easy access to the Isles of Islay, Arran and Jura. Jura is one of the wildest and most mountainous of the Inner Hebrides. It is great for wildlife enthusiasts, as it boasts a large RSPB reserve, a wintering population of barnacle and white-fronted geese and a wildlife information centre. Walking, cycling, fishing and water sports are nearby.
    This property can be booked with Jura Cottage (ref CC523151) and Islay Cottage (ref CC523150) to accommodate up to 6+6 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 32" Freesat TV and double sofa bed.
    Kitchen area: With electric hob, combi microwave/oven/grill, fridge and freezer.
    Bedroom area: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair on request. Shared laundry room with washing machine.Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Cycle store. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Forest Lodge

    Wester Lovat, nr. Beauly

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 29276

    This spacious, detached holiday lodge, set above the Beauly Firth, has far reaching views across Ben Wyvis. Set in beautiful surroundings with a leafy woodland to the rear, visitors can enjoy the ever changing views from the wide surrounding deck. Only 3 miles from the lovely village of Beauly with good shops and a choice of restaurants. The owners can provide clay pigeon shooting, or day or night excursions on a Rib on Loch Ness (both at cost). Fishing, golf and walking all close by. Shop 3 miles, pub serving food 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity included (£30 per booking November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry facility available. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children, including babes in arms.

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  • Ghillies Rooms

    Braemore near Ullapool

    Grade
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    1
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    1
    Ref: CC511319
    The Ghillies Rooms forms part of a converted stable positioned on the first floor of a large historic stone house just 10 miles from Ullapool in the heart of Wester Ross. This attractively presented apartment has a lovely open plan living area with focal electric stove, deep leather sofas and a well equipped kitchen with dining table. There is a spacious double bedroom with colour coordinated soft furnishings and attractive pine furniture. A modern bathroom completes the picture.

    This large country house was built in 1840 and was once part of the Braemore Estate of the renowned Engineer, Sir John Fowler, who built the Forth Rail Bridge, the Pimlico Bridge, which carried the first railway across the Thames (1860) and Victoria Station and was a pioneer of the London Underground system. Examples of Sir John’s creativity can be found on the land and nearby, such as the suspension bridge over the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach, both popular places to visit close by. Visitors are welcome to wander through the grounds of the house, help tend the lambs and meet the friendly Kune pigs bred by the owners. Fishing can also be arranged on the owner’s private stretch of the River Broom, framed for its salmon, trout and sea trout. Just 10 minutes’ drive away is the charming fishing village of Ullapool, which has a good selection of small shops as well as excellent local bars and restaurants. This superb apartment makes an ideal base for a real Highland holiday, with spectacular walks, Munros to climb and cycling routes to explore. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Canoeing, sailing, fishing, riding, bird watching and golf are all enjoyed locally.

    This property can be booked together with The Tower House (CC511318), The Coach House (CC511320) and The Stables (CC511439) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric stove, Freeview TV, DVD and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available at £10 and highchair available at £5. Wi-Fi.Set in 40 acres of countryside and farmland with salmon and trout river in the grounds and open to visitors. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Bothy

    Inverkeithny near Huntly

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC512077
    The Bothy is one of six properties at Deveron Valley Cottages, on the edge of the Grampian Hills. The Bothy is ideal for people who want to get away from it all. This very beautiful part of Scotland offers many activities for the discerning visitor including walking, golfing, salmon and trout fishing, skiing in the Highlands and surfing the waves of Scotland’s sandy beaches at Sandend and Banff. The unspoilt fishing villages of Crovie, Pennan, Gardenstown, Portsoy and Cullen are well worth a visit and although rural, the cottages are within an easy drive of Huntly, Turriff and Banff. The area boasts many festivals throughout the summer including Fochabers Speyfest, Dufftown Whisky Festivals, Portsoy Boat Festival, Turriff Show, Keith Show and various local highland games. Explore the rugged coastline, try pony trekking, golf, tracing your ancestors or visiting National Trust properties. An ideal base to explore this lovely part of Scotland.

    This is a unique little cottage, known as a bothy, where the farm workers used to live in days gone by. This twin bedded cottage is very cosy and ideal for two people.

    This property can be booked together with Swallow Cottage (CC512073), Deveron Lodge (CC512074), Bonnie View Lodge (CC512075), Anchingoul Cottage (CC512076) and Woodland Retreat (CC512072) to accommodate up to 26 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has electric heating and comprises:
    Beamed open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen area: With two ring hob (no oven), microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Bedroom 1: Beamed with twin beds.
    Wet room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All fuel for wood burner, bed linen and towels included. Cot available on request. Shared laundry with washing machine and tumble dryer. Optional Wi-Fi at £15 per week. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Shared 11-acres natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced river within 100m.

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  • Crawfordston Cottage

    Kirkmichael, by Maybole

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC539027
    This spacious , traditional cottage is set in a tranquil, idyllic rural location with open countryside all around and yet the coastal town of Ayr is only a short drive. It is an ideal base to explore this beautiful area rich in places to visit and things to do. Nearby is Culzean Castle and Country Park, designated by architect Robert Adam and is one of his finest buildings. It sits dramatically on the cliff top looking across to Arran and Ailsa Craig. Inland is Dumfries House with its unique collection of Chippendale furniture, the sumptuous interiors have remained unchanged for 250 years. There are over twenty other castles in the area, many are romantic ruins such as Dunduff Castle in Dunure and Turnberry Castle believed to be the birthplace of Robert the Bruce. Further north is Dundonald Castle, built in 1371 and used as a royal residence for the Stewart kings for 150 years. Ayrshire is home to Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns, and the award winning birthplace museum in Alloway by Ayr hosts events throughout the year. Nearby is Burns’ Cottage, Alloway Auld Kirk and Brig O’Doon. Soutar Johnnie’s cottage is located a few miles further south in the village of Kirkoswald, also home to the Whisky Experience, a specialist shop offering tasting evenings for novices and aficionados. The beautiful Isle of Arran is an easy day trip with ferries leaving from Ardrossan or, during the summer, step aboard the Waverley, the world’s last sea going paddle steamer, for an unforgettable trip.
    There are some lovely walks along the quiet roads by the cottage with great views across to the hills and in the nearby village of Straiton there is an extensive network of signposted walks of varying lengths offering excellent opportunities to spot birds and wildlife. The Galloway Forest Park has miles of trails perfect for exploring on bicycle. Fishing is available on local rivers, lochs and fisheries plus sea fishing from Aye or Girvan. Golfers are well catered for in Ayrshire with championship courses such as Troon, Turnberry and Prestwick close by but there are also many challenging, smaller courses in Maybole, Dailly, Girvan and Ayr. Horse riding along the beach at Maidens or along the banks of the Doon on Craigengillan Estate is a great way to experience the stunning scenery. Craigengillan also has a superb path network including the gorge walk at Ness Glen; magical at all times of the year. Situated on a hilltop is the recently opened Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, the only publicly accessible observatory in a Dark Sky Park. After enjoying a great day out discovering and experiencing the delights of Ayrshire, Crawfordston Cottage is the perfect place to relax. The detached cottage gets the sun all day and evening, formerly a farm workers home it has been carefully modernised to retain original features but with all the comforts of modern living. It is well equipped with a good selection of books, local maps, games including boules, binoculars and information on local attractions.

    Ground Floor: Property is on one level and is heated by an eco pellet stove  central heating system and comprises:
    Sitting room/Dining/ Bedroom: A spacious open plan and contemporary room with views of the garden and countryside. TV with Freesat and DVD
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, dishwasher, larder fridge, freezer, microwave and washing machine ( in storage cupboard)
    Bedroom: With king size bed and fitted wardrobes. This room leads from the sitting room and although is private it does not have a door
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and bed linen included. Broadband available.New patio area with garden furniture and a small decked area leading off the front door with a bistro set. Off road parking for one car.

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  • Belloch Cottage

    Glenbarr, near Campbeltown

    Grade
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    1
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5051
    Situated on the Kintyre coastline, this single storey, detached cottage has stunning views over the sea across to Gigha, the Paps of Jura and enjoys magnificent sunsets throughout the year. It is a tranquil retreat from which to explore the area. Surrounded by an abundance of natural wildlife, the clean environment and clear waters are home to all sorts of interesting wildlife. The Machrihanish Bird Observatory is located nearby at Gauldrons beach and is fantastic for watching migratory birds.

    Campbeltown is one of a handful of towns in Scotland categorised as a whisky producing region, and is home to the Campbeltown Single Malt, at one point having 34 distilleries and proclaiming itself the whisky capital of the world. The town boasts two distilleries as well as a museum, heritage centre and a harbour, with an annual regatta and music festival. The town is well-served, with supermarkets, independently owned shops, and excellent hotels and restaurants offering the finest local produce. The surrounding area is well-known for its fine beaches, unspoilt countryside and scenic walks, with the addition of the Kintyre Way, making this an ideal location from which to explore the Kintyre Peninsula.

    Lying just off the west coast of Kintyre, the Isle of Gigha offers a pleasant day trip. Within a short distance, there are many quiet and sandy beaches to explore and there is easy access to the Isles of Islay, Arran and Jura. Jura is one of the wildest and most mountainous of the Inner Hebrides. Islay is great for wildlife enthusiasts, as it boasts a large RSPB reserve, a wintering population of barnacle and white-fronted geese, and a wildlife information centre. For the outdoor enthusiast, there is walking, cycling, fishing and water sports. Beach 150 yards. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living area: With wood burner and 26" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included.Small, lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Ben view - Ben Nevis Lodge

    Lochyside, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 28824

    Stunning views towards Ben Nevis

    Located in the owners’ grounds in a quiet area on the outskirts of Fort William, these two holiday properties are well placed to enjoy the best of this area of the West Highlands. With stunning views to Ben Nevis and surrounding mountains, the delightful, detached Ben View Cottage (ref 28823) sits within its own private, award-winning garden. Ben Nevis Lodge (ref 28824), is well-maintained and stands detached along with two other lodges, within the owners’ grounds, benefiting from its own decked and gravelled area with furniture. Lochaber is known as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’ and boasts the World Championship Mountain Bike course on its doorstep. Other outdoor activities include skiing, snowboarding, climbing, fishing, sailing, horse-riding and golf. The breathtaking scenery has been used as the backdrop for many well-known films including ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Rob Roy’, whilst the West Highland Steam Train (seasonal) takes you past the Glenfinnan Viaduct as depicted in one of the ‘Harry Potter’ movies. Wildlife is in abundance and offers the chance to spot golden eagles, deer, otters, porpoises and dolphins. The area is steeped in history and there are many castles, monuments, museums, gardens and craft shops to visit. Glencoe, Oban, Loch Ness, Inverness and the Isle of Skye are easily accessible. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters (underfloor in shower room) included. Freeview TV. Decked and gravel garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2½-acre grounds. No smoking.

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  • Blossom Cottage

    Ard Roag, by Dunvegan

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W41901

    Beautiful views

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

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

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

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  • Skylark Cottage

    Upper Breakish, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC511269
    Skylark Cottage is a picture perfect thatched cottage; the epitome of a dream croft cottage on the beautiful Isle of Skye. It is set in its own pretty garden grounds with stunning views across the sea to the mountains beyond. The cottage has been fully refurbished by its current owners and provides an ideal romantic getaway for couples in a superb setting. The main accommodation is open-plan. The lounge is accessed from the dining area. This lovely, welcoming room has French doors leading onto a delightful patio area with a picnic table; a wonderful spot to sit and drink in the views and experience the stunning sunsets over the bay. The kitchen is well-equipped, with a separate dining table and chairs. The bedroom, with king size bed is attractively presented. Cottage gardens surround the property, mainly laid to lawn with flowering shrubs, bounded by original dry stone-walls. Situated in the small hamlet of Upper Breakish, just 5 miles from the Skye bridge, it is an ideal location for exploring the whole the Isle of Skye and beyond.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has electric heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With satellite Freeview TV, DVD/CD player with sound system. French doors open onto garden and patio area; superb views across the sea to islands, hills and mountains.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and radio.
    Bedroom: With king size bed.
    Shower Room: With electric shower, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Garden with patio area and picnic table. Ample road parking for 2 cars.

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