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Holiday cottages in Scotland offer the perfect opportunity to relax in some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery. With an abundance of culture, fantastic heritage, stunning cities and a wealth of activities to suit all ages and interests, you’ll find more than enough to entertain all kinds of holidaymakers. So, whether you’re on two feet or two paws, a holiday in Scotland is guaranteed to have something to offer, and we’re going to make a few suggestions for the best things to see and do in the region.

With such a rich history, Scotland’s past is all but unavoidable. Thankfully, it’s equally fascinating, and some of the country’s best attractions combine the colourful tale of Scotland with some stunning landscapes. The Speyside Whisky Trail is just one such example. One of the main reasons so many choose Scottish holiday cottages, the trail takes in some of Scotland’s most renowned distilleries, offering a history lesson, a ‘wee dram’ and a showcase of stunning views. If you fancy a more vibrant experience from your holiday in Scotland then you may prefer to stay in and around Edinburgh. The capital city offers an intoxicating mix of medieval history, Georgian architecture and contemporary culture. A wealth of festivals and some fantastic shopping opportunities are just the icing on the cake, but if you fancy a more tranquil view then the views from Arthur’s Seat are unrivalled. Scotland’s wilder side is justly celebrated through the Cairngorms National Park. Larger than the Lake District, and boasting beautiful moorland, rivers, mountains, lochs and forests, it’s an unforgettable journey taking in some of Scotland’s most iconic topography. If you’d like to experience the more mythical side of Scottish history then our final recommendation is the legendary Loch Ness. Admire the dramatic ruins of Urqhart Castle and gaze over the loch’s gentle lapping waters to see if you can spot Nessie!

Thanks to a prevalence of wide-open expanses, many choose to enjoy Scottish cottages for a wealth of outdoor activities. Hiking, climbing, boating, cycling, horse riding and more are all perfectly suited for making the most of your stunning surroundings. Pet owners will be equally spoilt for choice with a wealth of fantastic locations to treat their four-legged friends. If you fancy somewhere to relax and explore at your own pace then you will be equally satisfied with Scotland. There are plenty of beautiful heritage attractions and a wealth of city break destinations offering a fun-filled and vibrant urban experience.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration, take a look at our featured holiday cottages in Scotland today.

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  • The Carriage

    Bridge of Dee, nr. Castle Douglas

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W43089

    In a quiet setting on the site of an old siding in the former Bridge of Dee station, with countryside views, this converted 1957 railway carriage is 3 miles from Castle Douglas and close to Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet. There are scenic coastal walks, marked forest trails and various walks. Sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and watersports nearby. The Solway Coast has sandy beaches and rocky coves, with fishing villages and harbours. Close to the Galloway Forest Park, which was awarded ’Dark Sky Park’ status in 2009, and central to five of the 7 Stanes, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, both with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk (2ft 6in for children).

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Beaufort Cottages - Stables Cottage

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511450
    A warm Highland welcome awaits you at this holiday property, located in the Beaufort Estate. It enjoys a tranquil setting only a few miles from Beauly in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and without doubt, make a super base for exploring the many attractions and activities this area has to offer. The cottage has been equipped and furnished to ensure as relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible, and it has its own individual character and style. You can explore the extensive grounds of Beaufort Estate with its abundance of wildlife, idyllic picnic places and easy walking routes and also travel further afield to experience some of the stunning scenery, interesting and historic attractions and a large variety of sports.

    The popular village of Beauly is only four miles and offers a very good range of shops and restaurants with Inverness, the Highland Capital, just 12 miles. You can visit Culloden Battlefield and its interactive visitor centre, Fort George, Cawdor and Brodie Castles all steeped in local history or explore the picturesque fishing villages and beaches of the stunning Moray coastline. Take a boat trip and perhaps catch sight of the famous bottlenose dolphins or go to Drumnadrochit, which is set on the shores of Loch Ness, as well as Fort Augustus, where you can watch the boats coming through the locks in the centre of the village.

    Slightly further afield is the beautiful Isle of Skye and the wonderful unspoilt scenery of the West Coast where you will find some wonderful restaurants to sample to local produce particularly seafood. From Skye, you can hop on to a ferry to the Outer Hebrides – a truly unspoilt part of Scotland with its rugged landscape and sweeping white sandy beaches. A day trip to the Orkney Islands is recommended where you can visit numerous archaeological sites such as Skara Brae, the Eagles Tomb and The Ring of Brodgar to name just a few. For the energetic and outdoor enthusiast, there are numerous mountain bike and forest trails, walking and climbing in the nearby glens of Strathfarrar, Cannich and Affric, golf with a large number of acclaimed courses such as the Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart within easy reach. Snow sports are available in Aviemore, Glencoe or Glenshee. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and unwind and enjoy this tranquil setting which is Beaufort Estate.
    Stables Cottage can be booked together with Dairy Cottage (CC511444), Checkers Cottage (CC511445), Duffs Lodge (CC511446), Kennels Cottage (CC511447), Mercy Cottage (CC511448), Rose Cottage (CC511449), The Retreat (UK5004), The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) and The Larder (CC511452) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With slate floor, wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area: With wooden floor.
    Kitchen area: With wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £5 per basket (honesty box). Travel cot and highchair available on request. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

  • Helenslea

    St Andrews

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 26011

    This light, airy holiday apartment, part of an Edwardian terrace is just 2 minutes’ walk from the centre of St Andrews. The owner can meet you at the airport or train station, and provide mini tours of places of interest. Enjoy the shops, coffee shops, theatre, cinema, museums and bars all within a short stroll. The Old Course, 10 minutes away, and 11 other golf courses within 5 miles. Sandy beach, Sea Life Centre, medieval buildings all nearby, or explore fishing villages and beaches of the East Neuk. Shops, pubs and restaurants 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Secure cycle store. No smoking.

  • The Smithy

    Maidens near Maybole

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC539041
    This terraced holiday cottage lies less than 50 yards from a long sandy beach and its expansive grassy foreshore; and is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, including views of Ailsa Craig and on a clear day, the Mull of Kintyre. Maidens is a lovely little coastal village situated around the shores of Maidenhead Bay on the charming Clyde coast, which offers a range of amenities including a local shop, post office, restaurant, hotel, harbour and even a horse riding centre. This corner of south west Ayrshire is renowned for its unspoilt scenery and particularly mild climate throughout the year. There are excellent golf courses, including the world-famous Turnberry, one mile, along with many other 18-hole golf courses nearby. At the heart of Burns Country, Maidens is just a short walk along the shore to Ayrshire’s most popular tourist attraction Culzean Castle, part of the National Trust for Scotland, with woods, walks and lakes; and is close to the vast Galloway Country Park for hill walkers and nature lovers.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Conservatory.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed and TV.
    Bedroom 3: With bunk bed, TV and DVD player.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed, lawned courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). No smoking

  • Urquhart Mill

    near Conon Bridge

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: CC511334
    Urquhart Mill is an exceptionally spacious single storey detached house situated in an elevated position overlooking the Cromarty Firth. The large kitchen/ dining room is well equipped; its large windows look out across the waters of the Cromarty Firth with the spectacular mountain range of Ben Wyvis acting as a dramatic backdrop. The spacious lounge has deep leather sofas enjoys the same stunning views. There is a second lounge with TV/DVD, and four generously proportioned bedrooms, one with en suite facilities. They are all beautifully presented with colour coordinated soft furnishings and a bright, modern ambience. With a family sized bathroom and a second shower room it is ideal for families, two couples or extended family holidays. Urquhart Mill was built by the current owners on their working farm which has been in the same family for over a hundred years. Built on the site of an old historic mill, from which it takes its name, it offers peace and seclusion, yet is just 15 minutes’ drive to Inverness and 6 miles from the attractive market town of Dingwall, which provides an excellent range of facilities, including bars, restaurants and a large supermarket.

    Ground Floor:
    Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With feature electric fire, satellite Free view TV, DVD and radio/CD. Superb views over the Cromarty Firth to Ben Wyvis beyond
    Second Lounge: With freesat TV, DVD and leather sofas
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Utility Room: Leading from kitchen with washer/dryer and sink
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: With double bed
    Bedroom 3: With single bed
    Bedroom 4: With single bed
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Large open gardens mainly laid to lawn with patio area with picnic table and chairs. Off road parking for 3 cars.

  • Sister’s View

    Ratagan, nr. Kyle of Lochalsh

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 28619

    This well-appointed, semi-detached, family holiday home was once a forester’s cottage and lies in the peaceful village of Ratagan, overlooking Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy walking and hiking opportunities in the area. Discover Glenelg, drive over Mam Ratagan and enjoy the spectacular view from the top or stroll down through forestry to beautiful Sandaig Bay. Take the small car ferry to Isle of Skye from Glenelg to Kylerhea. Attractions include Glenelg Brochs, Eilean Donan Castle and Battle of Shiel. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Solid fuel central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Old Church Hall

    Portessie, by Buckie

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC512036
    The Old Church Hall is a truly stunning award-winning conversion of an historic Church building. Voted "Best Conversion of an Old Building in the UK" as well as winning the prestigious Scottish Homes Award for the best conversion, this spectacular property represents the height of luxury in every respect. Originally owned by the Earl of Seafield, the current architect-owner has incorporated the very best of modern living whilst retaining the amazing features of this lovely old stone building. The main living accommodation is situated on the first floor. A massive open plan lounge / kitchen / dining area with high vaulted ceilings has its focus on the incredible seascapes afforded by the original Church window area. The floor to ceiling windows drink in the ever-changing seascapes of the Moray Firth. They cleverly incorporate French doors which open the room to sea breezes and views of the dolphins and seals that frequent these waters. Enjoy spectacular evening sunsets from the deep leather suites and watch the fishing boats as they head out in the early morning. The three spacious bedrooms are on the ground floor, together with a very large luxury bathroom. With solid oak flooring, under floor heating and a state-of-the-art kitchen this property has the ’wow’ factor in every respect.

    Ground Floor: The property has under floor gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: with double bed, TV and en-suite large shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: with two single beds
    Bedroom 3: with double bed
    Bathroom: with bath, shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen area – a truly spectacular room occupying the entire first floor with the original massive arched church window looking out across the Moray Firth with French windows open to drink in the sea air and enjoy the panoramic view.
    Lounge area: with satellite Freeview TV/DVD/home cinema,wood burning stove and radio/CD
    Kitchen / dining area: with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer / dryer 
    Cloakroom: with WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available. Wi-fi access available Courtyard patio garden with picnic table and chairs.  Off road parking for 3 cars.

  • Beach Lane Cottage

    Nairn

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30829


    Located in a quiet residential area of the lovely town of Nairn, this semi-detached bungalow has been well-equipped and furnished to ensure as relaxing holiday as possible. Only a 10-minute walk from the award-winning sandy beach and the town centre, Beach Lane Cottage makes an ideal base for exploring the town and the surrounding countryside. Nairn, a former fishing village enjoys a large variety of shops, restaurants and pubs along with the vibrant harbour and marina, and a wonderful championship golf course. Inverness, the Highland Capital is just a short drive with Culloden Battlefield, the historic Fort George and Loch Ness all within easy reach. There are many activities available including golf, mountain biking, fishing and sea trips, and a large variety of watersports. Along the Moray Coast you can visit some of the most picturesque villages and also take a trip along the Moray Malt Whisky Trail – the only one on the world! Beach 1 mile. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small, front and rear, lawned gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Bea Lodge

    Glendevon, nr. Gleneagles

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W41101

    Peaceful location

    Surrounded by beautiful Perthshire countryside, this single-storey timber lodge is situated on a peaceful 14-acre site just 6 miles from Auchterarder and the Gleneagles Hotel and Golf Course. Boasting a tastefully furnished living area and a large patio area, this holiday property is surrounded by walking and cycling paths with picnic areas. Fishing, horse riding, off road driving and watersports available locally. Stirling is 25 miles with many attractions, The Wallace Monument and The Mill Trail. Perth and Dunfermline are approx 25 miles, with Edinburgh and Glasgow easily accessible by car. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk. Bathroom with toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Woodburner in living room. Gas central heating, gas and electricity included (£35per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Decked patio with outdoor furniture. Gas barbecue. Ample parking.

  • Terryhorn Bungalow

    Huntly

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 8293

    Peaceful setting

    This is an attractive holiday bungalow in a peaceful rural setting on a farm near the River Deveron. Tour the castles or whisky trail in this historic area, visit the museums, and the city of Aberdeen, with its floral display and architecture is only an hour’s drive. Visit the nearby Falconry, forest walks and ½ hour drive to the lovely Moray coastline. Fishing permits may be purchased in Huntly, 4 miles away. Shop and pub 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine.Telephone-incoming calls only. Garden and chairs. Parking (2 cars).

  • Skene House Cottage

    Westhill, nr. Aberdeen

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29020

    This unique holiday property forms an annexe of the stunning Skene Castle – a privately owned property in peaceful seclusion, west of Aberdeen. Enjoy leisurely days out touring this lovely area, from the wonderful landscapes of Royal Deeside to the golden sands of the coastline from Aberdeen all the way to Banff. Aberdeen enjoys a cosmopolitan reputation and offers plenty of good restaurants, bars, theatre and shopping. The region boasts more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK so take time to soak up the historic past in some of the many others in the surrounding area. For golfers, there are numerous excellent courses including Royal Aberdeen the venue for the 2014 Scottish Open, while walkers and wildlife lovers have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area and stone floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (four poster) with additional single and additional pull-out single (for alternative sleeping), one with additional single and wooden floor.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Use of 30 acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 7 steps and sloping banks in grounds.

  • Dunskey Cottage

    Portpatrick near Stranraer

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UK5039
    This delightful terraced holiday home is located on a quiet side street only a short stroll from the charming fishing harbour in Portpatrick, one of the loveliest coastal villages in the area. Portpatrick is a beautiful spot on the Rhins of Galloway, and you can take a scenic walk along the Southern Upland Way, a coast to coast pathway. Or why not stroll through the village and lunch out in one of the many hotels overlooking the beautiful harbour. Dunskey Cottage is ideally placed for easy access to many of the attractions that this corner of Dumfries and Galloway offers including the Mull of Galloway, and beautiful gardens including Logan Botanic Gardens and Castle Kennedy Gardens. Just south of the village is the clifftop location of the ruins of Dunskey Castle, dating back to the early 1500s. The Galloway Forest offers exceptional walking and cycling, including the world famous 7Stanes cycle trail, and boasting its designation as the first Dark Sky Park outside the USA. If golf is for you there is an excellent course in the village and further afield is the county course, an 18-hole true links course, which is situated on the shores of Luce Bay. Take a boat trip from the harbour, fish from the harbour walls or just sit and watch the world go by.

    Ground Floor: The property has 4 steps to the entrance, electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric fire, 40" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and 32" TV.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Small enclosed courtyard, with patio. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 12 steps in courtyard.

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