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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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  • Oak Lodge

    Torcastle, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 28879

    Set in an enviable location on the banks of the Caledonian Canal with stunning panoramic views of Ben Nevis and the ski slopes of Aonoch Mor from all aspects, these holiday lodges are conveniently located 220 yards from the owner’s home. Oak Lodge (ref 28879) is detached, whilst Birch Lodge (ref 28880) is semi-detached. The properties have easy access via the Shengain Viaduct to the Great Glen Way, which is superb for dog walking. This area is an ideal base for touring the Highlands and West Coast of Scotland and there are many local amenities within easy reach. This is an excellent location for climbing, walking or mountain biking, and there are super forest trails. Travel on the West Highland Steam Train as depicted in the ’Harry Potter’ film, crossing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. Fort William, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, offers Highland culture, clan history, castles and museums. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking, and wildlife is in abundance. Inverness, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Oban and Glencoe are all easily accessed. Skiing, horse riding, fishing, golf and a variety of water sports are all available nearby. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 kingsize with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Economy 7 central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Front decking area with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped, natural and wooded 2-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 3 steps to decking area. Fenced canal just outside the grounds, 30 yards.

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  • Burnside

    Glenalmond, nr. Crieff

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: S4679

    Situated in the heart of Highland Perthshire, Burnside enjoys panoramic views across to the Sma Glen and Buchanty Hill. This detached, stylish lodge is well furnished and provides spacious and comfortable holiday accommodation. It is an ideal base from which to explore central Scotland. The property is surrounded by 12 acres of woodland and 350 acres of rural estate on a working farm. Fly fishing is available for guests on the pretty River Almond. Farm walks, rare breeds, bird watching and wildlife can also be enjoyed on site. The market town of Crieff is just 9 miles away offering golf, shopping, restaurants and a distillery. Perth, Stirling, Aberfeldy, Dunkeld and Pitlochry are all within easy reach. Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews are approximately 1 hour by car. Shop and pub 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Entrance hall. Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Wet room with toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. DVD. Wii. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with decked terrace and furniture. Shared 350-acre grounds. Fishing foc. Parking. Hot tub. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Unfenced burn and river in grounds.

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  • Ardlamont Estate - Beaters Cottage

    Tighnabruaich

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: 30411

    Amidst a stunning secluded location with a 1½ mile private beach, this really is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday or family celebrations and is just 4 miles from the nearest villages. Nestling in 460 acres of unspoilt natural woodland, Ardlamont Estate is ideal for large parties and weddings. It is located in an area of stunning natural beauty with hills, glens, rugged coastlines, white beaches, clear waters and ancient forests. Argyll’s Secret Coast is packed with places to visit and things to do; sailors, walkers, cyclists and artists are all drawn to this area for its beauty. Abundant wildlife can be spotted such as deer, buzzards, otters, golden eagles, red squirrels and if you’re very lucky, basking sharks. The whole area is steeped in Highland history and dotted with ruins, castles and ancient sites. The town of Dunoon is within easy reach and has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Take a steamer cruise and explore the hills and lochs of the Cowal Peninsula. Loch Lomond National Park is just a short drive away and is ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities, and boasts a magnificent diversity of scenery with dramatic peaks, waterfalls and hidden caves. Portavadie with its plush marina and restaurant is approximately 5 minutes’ drive away, or you can catch the ferry over to Tarbert to explore the Kintyre Peninsula with ferries to the islands of Islay, Jura and Arran. The historic Ardlamont House is a classical example of a Scottish country house, dating back to at least 1646 when it became the ancestral home of the Lamonts, one of Scotland’s oldest clans. Sumptuous public rooms with blazing open fires, and elegant four-postered bedrooms makes this ideal to enjoy the fabulous surroundings. Beaters Cottage is stone-built with many original features, The Dovecote and Doocot offer a romantic retreat for couples. Chauffeurs and Coachmans are situated in the east and west wings of Ardlamont House with their own private entrances. Beach 500 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in kitchen (initial fuel included). Underfloor oil central heating. Electric cooker. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared 460-acre natural grounds. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced access to beach 500 yards.

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  • Riverside Cottage

    Lossiemouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: 28030

    This holiday cottage is in a peaceful location, just a few yards from Lossiemouth’s sandy East Beach and a short walk to the shops, restaurants and bars. This former fisherman’s cottage has been renovated to a good standard with an open fire in the living room. This area of Scotland catches the warm gulf stream and has one of
    the lowest rainfall rates in the UK. The two beaches in Lossiemouth (East and West) comprise rolling dunes and white sand. Nature lovers will enjoy the wildlife, with osprey, dolphins and seals all regularly sighted. Walks, cycling, surfing, sailing, golfing and horse riding are easily accessible. Shops, pubs and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. First floor: Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed garden. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Woodend

    Broughton, nr. Biggar

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 25398

    Boasting stunning views over rolling countryside, this charming holiday cottage is situated in the lovely Tweed Valley between the picturesque towns of Peebles and Biggar. Ideally located to explore the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, and South Lanarkshire, with the cities of Edinburgh, 30 miles, and Glasgow, 50 miles. Also ideal for exploring such attractions as the conservation village of New Lanark, Falls of Clyde, 20 miles, Glentress Mountain Biking Centre or Traquair House, 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and laminate floor/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft), one (zip and link), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. External wet room/ drying room with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Two dogs welcome, to be kept on lead at all times (sheep country). No smoking. NB: Stream in adjacent field (20 yards).

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  • Iscoyd

    North Watten near Wick, Caithness

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC511263
    Iscoyd is a superb, modern detached house set in its own generous garden grounds amidst open countryside. It is beautifully presented throughout with high quality furniture and furnishings. With three large bedrooms, two bathrooms and an en-suite it provides ideal self-catering accommodation for two families, couples or larger groups. The main living area is open plan. The stunning lounge / dining room look out across the gardens to open countryside beyond. Deer are often spotted on the edge of the adjacent woodland. French doors lead through to an attractive patio area with outdoor dining tables and chairs. There is a bright, modern kitchen with separate utility room. With miles of open countryside, quiet lanes and woodlands, it is an ideal location for walkers, cyclists and those seeking quiet seclusion in a lovely countryside setting.  The owner is an avid angler with his own boat on nearby Loch Watten. Fishing trips can be arranged for visitors on this lovely scenic loch if required.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating- underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs- and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / diner / kitchen:
    Lounge area: with Freeview TV and DVD and Radio/CD; an extremely spacious lounge area with views over open farmland and woodland beyond

    Dining area: with dining furniture for six, French windows open onto patio area and gardens

    Kitchen area: with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher; bright, well equipped kitchen with Belfast sink

    Shower room: with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    Utility room: with  washing machine and separate dryer, space for outdoor gear storage

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with king-size bed and en-suite shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    Bedroom 2: with two single beds

    Bedroom 3: with two single beds

    Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power provided. Bed linen and towels supplied. Wi-Fi. Enclosed garden and patio area. Parking for 4/5 cars.

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  • Point Steadings

    Island of Lismore, nr. Oban

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UQD

    Idyllically set on the beautiful island of Lismore, overlooking the sea and hills of Appin, this converted steading, adjoining another property, is spacious and full of character. Surrounded by spectacular scenery, the holiday property stands just 100 yards from the passenger ferry slipway, giving easy access to the mainland with a 10-minute crossing. There are sea views and fishing on the doorstep, and an abundance of wildlife in its natural habitat. Port Appin offers excellent restaurants with good shellfish. The popular bustling town of Oban, ‘Gateway to the Isles’, is half an hour’s drive. Shop 3 miles.

    Large living room with wood-burning stove and patio door to garden. Spacious modern fitted kitchen/dining area. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. All bedrooms with sloping ceilings and lovely views.

    • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
    • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Enclosed, lawned, shared natural grounds with furniture
    • Parking
    • Yacht anchorage beside property available
    • Fishing on site
    • Natural spring water supply
    • NB: 2 steps, steep bank and 4ft cliff drop in grounds

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  • Arbigland Farms - Shore Cottage

    Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 31262

    Choosing places to stay is about location, location, location, and with private sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and prolific wildlife, these dog-friendly, seaside, stone-built holiday cottages are a great place to stay.
    Shore Cottage (ref 31262) is a detached, beach front cottage set in an unrivalled position on a private beach in the heart of the Arbigland Estate. The property enjoys magnificent views across the Solway to the Lake District mountains, and is centrally located for exploring the unspoilt beauty and history of Dumfries and Galloway.
    Little Dunbar Cottage (ref 31265), also detached, dates back to the mid-1700s and was probably being lived in at the time of John Paul Jones, who was born nearby. It is a detached, traditional estate worker’s butt ’n’ ben cottage on the outside but has been beautifully restored for 21st century living on the inside, and provides comfortable accommodation for 4 people.
    Golf, fishing, 7stanes mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching, shooting (including wildfowling), stalking and hill walking can all be enjoyed locally. The ancient Barony of Arbigland comprises of farmland, woodland and foreshore on the Solway Firth coast, bounded by the River Nith near Dumfries in the south west of Scotland. With its outstanding natural beauty and rich diversity of wildlife, the estate forms part of the Nith Estuary Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Upper Solway Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSI). Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile, restaurant 6 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Sun room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Shower room (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Biomass central heating included. NB: Sea 50 yards.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Hawthorn Cottage

    Southerness near Dumfries

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SYYQ
    On a quiet coastal road at Southerness, this period, single-storey holiday property looks out to the sea and Scotland’s second oldest lighthouse. The cottage is set in a stunning position and enjoys uninterrupted views of the sea. Situated in the heart of 7Stanes mountain biking country, this is an ideal location from which to explore castles, abbeys, mansions and ruins, or the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills. The historic cities of Edinburgh and Carlisle, cosmopolitan Glasgow and the north Lake District are easily reachable. There are also two golf courses within a few miles of the cottage.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has underfloor oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with wood burner, Freeview TV and Blu-ray player.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Conservatory: With coastal views.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, wood burner, sea views and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and sea views.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and sea views.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Internet access. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Sea frontage 20 yards.

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  • Westerpark

    Glen Deveron, by Huntly

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: UYN

    "Beautiful surroundings with forests, river and countryside walks all waiting to be discovered and savoured..."

    These three charming holiday cottages (refs SGD, SAAF and UYN) are located within the extensive grounds of Aswanley, in the River Deveron Valley. All are peacefully set in secluded locations, enjoying uninterrupted views across beautiful scenery and each has a large LCD TV and its own private garden. Visitors are welcome to explore the Aswanley grounds, where there is an abundance of wildlife, with fishing, rough shooting and deer stalking available by arrangement. The proximity to the River Deveron makes the cottages ideal for fly fishing holidays, especially for those trying trout or salmon fly fishing for the first time, and there are deep pools for swimming. Visitors can explore the area on foot or on mountain bikes - the Moray Monster Trails are 20 miles away. The famous Whisky Trail is nearby and many of the distilleries offer guided tours and the chance to sample the local malts - the local inn has a collection of over 700 bottles of finest whisky! Shops 6 miles.

    Spacious lodge, ideal for groups, with all bedrooms en suite. Living room with open fire and wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen/dining area with Aga and tiled floor. Utility. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity included
    • Oil-fired central heating by flow meter
    • Oil Aga included
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Freezer
    • Lockable cycle storage
    • NB: Unfenced burn and sloping bank
      in garden

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD with iPod/MP3 aux input
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Natural water supply from spring

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  • Out of the World

    Borgue, nr. Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 28404

    This secluded holiday cottage, attached to an 18th-century laird’s house, is set in extensive grounds with views to the sea. This is an architect-designed conversion, with a striking, contemporary, open-plan ground floor. There are floor-to-ceiling windows which enable wildlife watching in the woodland beyond your own garden. This cottage is truly away from it all, but with easy access to sandy beaches, nature reserves and the attractive, artists’ town of Kirkcudbright. With golf and horse riding 4 miles and great walking and cycling from your doorstep. Shops and restaurants 5 miles, pub 11/2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with dining area/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms, 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room with toilet and Velux, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living rooom included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared access to 5-acre wood. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds 50 yards.

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  • Doles Cottage

    Portskerra near Thurso

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5021
    Doles Cottage is a traditional detached fisherman’s cottage that has been totally refurbished internally and externally. Situated in the sleepy hamlet of Portskerra on the far north west coast of Sutherland, it enjoys lovely views across the sea to the Orkney Isles beyond. Named after the local fisherman who originally owned it, the cottage has stayed in the same family for generations, having been lovingly and painstakingly restored in recent times. The pretty cottage lounge opens out through French doors to a pretty patio with lawns beyond. The kitchen/dining room is well-presented and enjoys the same stunning views across the sea to the Orkney Isles in the distance. There are three good-sized bedrooms, a spacious bathroom and a downstairs cloakroom.

    This area is renowned for its beautiful coastline, with miles of pristine sandy beaches, and the local beach of Melvich is without doubt one of the finest. High sand dunes act as a natural backdrop to the beautiful white sandy bay. With the river on one side and Portskerra harbour on the other, it is a wonderful place to relax and a paradise for surfers, body-boarders and beach lovers alike. Even in the height of summer there will only be a handful of people enjoying this amazing location. It is also a wildlife watcher’s paradise. Whales, porpoises, dolphins, seals and otters are all seen in the area. There is also a colony of puffins at Melvich which can be seen in the spring and early summer. At Forsinard, just a few miles inland, there is an RSPB nature reserve, where local rangers will take visitors to explore the bird life, flora and fauna all close to hand. The little fishing harbour at Portskerra is ideal for launching small craft as well as fishing off the rocks and there are superb coastal walks direct from the cottage. Fishing in the nearby lochs and rivers is also a popular pastime. Reay 18-hole golf course is 10 minutes drive away.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 32" Freesat TV, DVD player and French doors to garden.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With single bed and single divan bed (available on request - please advise when booking).
    Cloakroom: With WC.

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

    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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