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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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  • Old Tannery Cottage

    Newton Stewart

    Grade
    2
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    1
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    Ref: CC537212
    Built in 1800, Old Tannery Cottage has been lovingly restored to offer a cosy retreat for couples seeking a tranquil setting. Situated close to the river in Old Minnigaff, this property provides an excellent base to explore the Galloway Forest Park. Leave the cottage on foot, bike or car and within minutes, experience stunning river views, woodland walks, routes to the Wood of Cree RSPB site and beyond to the beautiful Glen of Trool. Walk into Newton Stewart over the bridge and sample local produce in the town’s wide range of shops and eating places. Wigtown, Scotland’s national book town, is a 10-minute drive away, offering literary programmes and events throughout the year. The cottage sits between a river and a woodland bank, the ideal spot to enjoy Galloway Dark Skies.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 26" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, feature stone wall and dining area.
    Kitchen: Small with gas cooker, fridge with ice box, washing machine and pantry area.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Dressing room: With river view and hanging and storage space.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Enclosed patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Gravel area to front with furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Fenced river 100 yards. 1 step in patio.

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  • The Granary

    Shawhead, Dumfries

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: SPPC

    Situated on the 6000-acre Lincluden Estate, these three detached properties are presented to the highest standards. They are located in remote settings on the edge of the moors with delightful woodland walks and hillside trails up into forests. It is an area hugely popular with walkers and cyclists of all abilities, and the Dalbeattie 7 Stanes cycling trail is also close by. There are many sandy beaches and forest trails to explore and many lovely gardens nearby as well for those seeking a slower pace of recreation.
    The surrounding area offers a tremendous range of activities for the visitor. Golf courses, sailing, horse riding, cycling and walking are all available close by, and there are tennis courts and swimming-pools in nearby Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas and Dumfries. Fishing is available by arrangement at Glen Kiln Loch with the first day free of charge (any days after are chargeable at £8 per adult and £4 per child/OAP). Many quaint villages await exploration including the coastal villages of the Isle of Whithorn, Port William (known as the Machars of Galloway and presented with the Pride of Galloway award) and the popular village of Portpatrick with stunning views over the North Channel to the Irish coast. A trip to Ireland from Stranraer also makes for a good day out. Dumfries, with shops, restaurants, museums and theatre, lies 10 miles away, while Castle Douglas, Scotland’s Food Town (8 miles), is a traditional market town with shops specialising in local produce. There are also many beautiful beaches for holidaymakers to enjoy. Shop 5 miles, pub 5½ miles.

    Kitchen/living room with oak floor. Double bedroom with oak floor. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Digital TV
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Small lawned sitting-out area with furniture
    • Cycle store

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Washing machine
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking
    • NB: Streams nearby

    Note: The Glen Farmhouse Ref SGGX can be booked with The Granary Ref SPPC to sleep up to 8 people

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  • Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Old Smiddy

    Balmaclellan, nr. Castle Douglas

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W42625

    Situated in a peaceful, rural location, these former smiddy and byre holiday bungalows and farmhouse boast stunning views over open countryside. A hugely popular area with walkers and cyclists of all abilities with the Dalbeattie 7 Stanes Cycling Trail close by. There are many quaint villages to explore including the coastal villages of the Isle of Whithorn, Port William, known as the ‘Machars of Galloway’ and presented with the ‘Pride of Galloway’ award and the popular village of Portpatrick with stunning views over the North Channel to the Irish Coast. Take a day trip to Ireland from Stranraer. There are many sandy beaches and forest trails to explore throughout the area and also many lovely gardens nearby for those seeking a slower pace of recreation. The surrounding area offers a tremendous range of activities for the visitor with many beautiful sandy beaches and rocky coves to explore along the Solway Coast. Golf, sailing, horse riding, cycling, walking and fishing are all available, and there are tennis courts and swimming pools in nearby Kirkcudbright. Dumfries with shops, restaurants, museums and theatre lies 10 miles away, while Castle Douglas, Scotland’s Food Town, is 8 miles. Shops, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and French doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating included. High chair. CD. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream in grounds.

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  • Waterside Lodge

    Port Appin

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 23035

    Enjoying a fabulous shoreline location with panoramic views over Loch Linnhe, from Mull and Lismore to the Morvern Hills, this compact balcony apartment forms a wing of the owners house and artists studio. Ferries leave here for Lismore. Oban, 18 miles, Fort William, 26 miles. Sandy Airds bay, 15 minute shoreline walk via Clach Thoull (Hole Rock), an SSSI. Boat and cycle hire locally. Seafood restaurant/pub 200 yards. Shop/PO 300 yards.

    8 steps to decked balcony entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over hydrotherapy walk-in bath and toilet. Narrow stairs to first floor (loft): 1 double bedroom with Velux and sloping ceiling.

    Underfloor heating (ground floor), electric heater and electricity included (£20 per short break). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. 2 ring electricity hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared garden and grounds. Large decked balcony and furniture. Parking (1 car). No children under 2 years. NB: Drops in grounds.

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  • St Abbs - Keepers Fold

    St Abbs Head

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC538025
    Perched high on the cliff top at the head of St Abbs, the setting of this collection of Lighthouse Cottages is simply sublime! The winding climb up the protected cliff face to the top rewards with the most magical of sea views.
    Keepers Fold is a compact one-bedroom studio apartment suitable for a single person or couple with the accommodation being all on ground floor level.

    Ground Floor: The compact accommodation is all on one level, heated by electricity and comprises:
    A small open plan living space with:
    Lounge / dining area:  with Freesat TV with 2 chairs.
    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box
    Bedroom:  with two single beds close together
    Shower room:  with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    All electricity included. Bed linen supplied. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Glengyle Cottage

    Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC523071
    Glengyle Cottage is a beautifully restored terraced steading conversion nestling in Glengyle at the head of Loch Katrine. The steading has a stunning, unique and tranquil setting within the very heart of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.
    Positioned along a private water board road, accessing the north side of Loch Katrine, this location really gets you away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. The cottage has original thick stone walls and a slate roof.
    The interior has been beautifully appointed with attention to all details. There is hard wood flooring in the main living area, with carpet in the bedroom and fully tiled bathroom.
    The open plan living area makes for an ideal space to relax and dine together.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level and is heated by electric wet system and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/dining area.
    Lounge Area: Comprising of feature log burner, brown leather sofas, flat screen TV, Blu-ray DVD player and free sat. French doors leading to patio area with barbeque (coals not provided) and, seating with views to the open countryside. Limited free Wi-Fi is provided for emails and light browsing etc.
    Dining Area: Solid oak dining table and chairs.
    Kitchen Area: Fully equipped with glass electric hob, oven, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment and washing machine.
    Included for use during your stay are essential condiments, tea towels and hand towel.
    Bedroom: Beautifully coordinated with brass bed, oak bedside units, sliding mirror wardrobes and feature chandelier.
    Bathroom: Fully tiled with over bath shower. Embroidered towels and bathrobes are provided.

    All power, bed linen embroidered towels and bathrobes included. Logs are provided for the log burner; an honesty box for logs is situated within the cottage.
    A communal pay phone is available within the shared courtyard (there is no mobile phone signal). A travel cot and high chair is available on request.
    Water is supplied to the cottage via a private water supply. A welcome pack is provided consisting of homemade bread, free-range eggs, milk, butter, jam and flowers. This is a well-appointed cottage with all home comforts catered for.

    Parking: Off road private parking for two cars. There is ramp access from parking area to patio and lounge area.

    Dogs: Up to two dogs are welcome at Glengyle Cottage with food / water bowls provided along with drying towels

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  • Baltinna West

    Newtonmore, nr. Aviemore

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UTY

    In a romantic setting amid stunning scenery, made famous by the BBC’s Monarch of the Glen TV series, these two architect-designed, timber clad, adjoining properties (Baltinna West UTY and Baltinna East SGGW) make a truly tranquil holiday retreat. They can be booked individually or together for two couples, and are set within an enclosed garden, each with its own private sitting-out area. Oozing character and warmth, each have their own charms and both benefit from cosy wood-burning stoves in the living room and sheepskin rugs on oak floors. Nestling between the Cairngorm and Monadhliath mountain ranges, Newtonmore is situated in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, a walker’s and birdwatcher’s paradise. Outdoor pursuits found locally include 7 golf courses, fishing on the River Spey, mountain biking, skiing, tours taking in distilleries, RSPB sites, interactive museums, and the towns of Aviemore and Inverness. Shops ¼ mile. Pubs serving very good food within 1 mile. Excellent restaurants locally.

    Living room with wood-burning stove, rugs on oak floor and well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen/dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with feature roll-top bath, wash basin and en-suite shower room (no toilet).

    • Freesat TV
    • Tumble dryer

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Enclosed garden with own decked area
    • Parking (for 1 car)

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  • Brewlands Estate - Clover Cottage

    Glenisla, Blairgowrie

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: UNH

    Set on a Highland estate spanning 4500 acres with hills rising to 2500ft, these four holiday properties are situated on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park with a wild flower reserve nearby, and an abundance of wildlife including ospreys and huge herds of deer. For 300 years Cistercian Monks spent half of each year at this peaceful place, making butter and cheese and brewing beer from the pure springs that continue to feed the houses. Delightful 18th-century Clover Cottage is reached from its parking area via a short track across a stream. With its own large garden with views towards the great massif of the Grampians. Claypotts is a charming 18th-century cottage, is in an utterly peaceful glen at the heart of the estate with its own enclosed garden on the banks of the River Isla. Croft End Cottage, a 15th-century cottage lies secluded behind double hedges and is a romantic yet fabulously comfortable place perfect for explorers, lovers and honeymooners. Brewlands Cottage is a 17th-century, cosy, very comfortable property in a lovely riverside location with fishing from the garden and views of high hills and surrounding quiet countryside. There are ancient wild flower meadows with rare wild yellow violets and orchids. Red squirrels live around the gardens and the walls support rare ferns and lichens which grow only in unpolluted places. Walking from the door of each cottage. Excellent golf courses at St Andrews, Carnoustie, Gleneagles and Rosemount. Glenshee ski resort is 35 minutes, as is Pitlochry with its theatre, restaurants and kilt and cashmere shops. An adventure centre 20 minutes away, with pony trekking at Balmoral Estate and many castles and stately homes to visit: Balmoral, Glamis, Blair Atholl, Scone Palace and Braemar. Visit the famous Whisky Trail. Riding centre 6 miles. The oldest tree in Europe is in Fortingall, 1 hour. Shops 12 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Spacious beamed living/dining room with cast-iron wood-burning stove. Well-equipped, modern farmhouse-style kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Galleried double bedroom with 5ft bed and beams overlooking living room.

    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Large enclosed garden with furniture

    • Wood-burning stove - logs at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating by meter reading
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Bathrobes and toiletries
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Hot tub
    • Shooting, stalking, ghillie, wildlife Landrover safari, loch and river fishing, guided hill walks and rod hire at costs by arrangement
    • Tennis lessons
    • Cook and bagpiper by arrangement
    • Beauty therapist available by arrangement
    • Collection from airport/station by arrangement
    • Mountain bike hire
    • Catering to any level by arrangement
    • Shopping can be arranged
    • Housekeeping by arrangement at cost
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking

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  • Terreglestown Cottage

    Terregles near Dumfries

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537118
    This one bedroom holiday cottage is an ideal retreat for couples and in a great central location for exploring this beautiful county of Dumfries and Galloway. The area offers appeal for all the senses - the feel and sound of waves cooling your feet on lots of lovely beaches; first class restaurants and local food producers; stunning landscapes and the sight and sounds of wildlife and birds as you escape the normal hustle and bustle of life. The cottage is set in countryside with lovely rural views from all directions yet only a couple of miles from the county town of Dumfries.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric feature fire and TV
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Bedroom: With double bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With electric shower over the bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power and bed linen included.Open garden. Shed for storage of fishing rods and bicycles. One well behaved pet welcome. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Captain’s Folly

    Oban

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 19951

    Enjoying a central location and wonderful unsurpassed views across the waters of Oban Bay, this first floor holiday apartment, with fine Victorian features, makes an ideal base for a holiday. Facing west, the spacious, bright and airy apartment, located just 10 yards from the sea, catches the sun all day long. Oban, with its bustling harbour and large variety of restaurants and shops, is known as both the seafood capital of Scotland and as the gateway to the Highlands, with Ganavan sandy beach on the edge of town. Daily boat trips can be taken to the surrounding Hebridean islands where an abundance of birds and wildlife can be spotted. Wonderful climbing and walking from the doorstep. Shops and pubs 20 yards.

    All on first floor: Living room. Dining room with French door. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Riverdell

    near Bridge of Cally, Blairgowrie

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5008
    Perfect for a holiday getaway for two, Riverdell is a first floor apartment with lovely views over the surrounding countryside and the Blackwater River which runs past the bottom of the garden. Immaculately presented, providing spacious, contemporary accommodation, this is an ideal all year round location. The Cateran Trail, surrounding hills and countryside offer many wonderful walking routes meandering through farmland and glens and are all within easy reach. If you prefer to climb mountains there are several within 30 minutes; Ben Vrackie, Beinn a’ Ghlò and Glas Tulaichean. You are surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and cyclists can head off onto forest tracks and cover miles of varied terrain. Local golf courses within the area include Blairgowrie only 15 minutes, which has both the Lansdowne Championship Course and Rosemount Course. Fishing on the famous River Tay is available with a licence. Winter sports at Glenshee Ski Slopes with extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities are just a short drive. Nearby the Victorian tourist town of Pitlochry with a theatre, fish ladder, fine dining, cafes and distillery is well worth a visit. Whatever you choose to do during your stay you can rest assured that the comfortable facilities of Riverdell awaits you on your return. You can relax with a glass of wine in the large shared garden and enjoy the views, or plan your next day’s activities in the open plan spacious lounge and dining room.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With electric wood burner, 32" Sky TV (full package), DVD player and iPod dock.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave/oven/grill, fridge, freezer, washing machine and sloping ceilings.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Large enclosed shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Natural water supply from a well. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream in garden.

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  • Whitmuir Hall - Marmion

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 15787

    Heated indoor swimming pool
    Shared gardens with furniture and play area

    This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
    A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
    Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
    Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
    As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

    In Coach House Court. All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Cot on request. Fridge/freezer. Internet access on request.

    All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

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