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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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  • Storm

    Muasdale near Tarbert

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5016
    This detached lodge is located only 50 yards from the beach on the Kintyre Coast and it enjoys views over the sea to the islands of Jura and Islay. Kintyre boasts wonderful stretches of secluded beach and coastal walks with coves and rockpools. The fascinating little island of Davaar with its lighthouse, cave painting and wild goats can also be reached on foot at low tide. There are marvellous coastal and woodland walks where seals, otters and a variety of birds can be seen, and golden eagles soar in the hills. Activities locally include surfing, sea fishing, horse trekking, mountain biking and island hopping to Gigha, Islay and Arran. Kintyre is home to five golf courses - the most famous is the championship course at Machrihanish with its stunning and infamous first hole. There are a further two 18-hole golf courses, Southend and Machrihanish Dunes, and two excellent 9-hole courses in Carradale and Tarbet. Campbeltown has supermarkets, shops, restaurants and leisure centre which has a swimming pool, gym, sauna and sun beds. In its day, Campbeltown had over 30 whisky distilleries; today only two survive – Glen Scotia and Springbank, with the latter offering tours by appointment. Further attractions in Campbeltown include the Campbeltown Cross, the quaint Art Deco cinema, the Birds of Prey Centre, the museum, the Linda McCartney Memorial Garden and Mull Lighthouse. Ferries are close by for trips to Islay and Jura. There is a seasonal ferry to Ayrshire and the ferry from Tarbert takes you to Portavadie and the Cowal Peninsula, Argyll’s Secret Coast.
    Storm can be booked with Gigha (UK5015) and Jura (UK5017) to accommodate up to 11 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen: With electric wood burner, 26" Freeview TV, DVD player, electric hob, microwave/oven/grill, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area with furniture. 6-seater hot tub. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Beachside location.

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  • Esplanade Crt, Lismore

    Oban

    Grade
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    Ref: UQA

    A handsome and lively Victorian town, Oban is the gateway to the Highlands, and its rugged landscape of wild heather moors and mountains tumble into the sea. Beautifully situated on Oban’s esplanade, these three upper floor apartments (refs UPY, UPZ & UQA) enjoy superb views over the bay and their name-sake islands of Kerrera, Mull and Lismore. Each has been decorated and furnished to a high standard with great attention to detail including the added luxury of the 550 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linen. They provide spacious, airy and comfortable accommodation, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and entertainment Highland style! From Oban’s bustling harbour, there are daily boat trips to the surrounding islands, where an abundance of birds and wildlife can be spotted. Visit the castles of Dunollie, Ardmaddy and Dunstaffnage, as well as Torosay and Duart across on Mull. There is a Sea Life Centre close by, and the annual Argyllshire Gathering, featuring the Highland Games. The Oban Distillery offers an interesting guided tour and a must see is McCaig’s Folly.
    For a day out, Glasgow has many attractions including the Gallery of Modern Art, the People’s Palace and the Transport Museum. More unusual places to visit include the Piping Centre (a national centre for the promotion of the bagpipe), the aromatic and peaceful Garden of St Nicholas and The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour. For those seeking an outdoor lifestyle, there can be no better choice than this stunning part of the Highlands. Wonderful walking, climbing, sailing and both lake and river fishing can all be enjoyed locally, with sea fishing on the doorstep. Riding, cycle hire and golf are available and skiing from Fort William in winter. An ideal base for enjoying the pleasures of the great outdoors or just savouring the spectacular scenery of the Western Highlands. Shops 100 yards.

    Shared entrance, elevator and staircase to fourth floor: Spacious living/dining room with modern fitted kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity, central heating (electricity rads), bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (coin-operated)
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • No garden
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Seafront 50 yards

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  • No 2 The Courtyard

    Fintry near Stirling

    Grade
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    Ref: CC524062
    Located on the outskirts of the village of Fintry, voted ’Best kept village in Scotland’, and on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, this charming upper barn conversion provides an ideal base for tourists, walkers and nature lovers. It is situated at a riverside location and surrounded by stunning scenery. The mountains to the north mark the start of the Highland Line and are a dramatic contrast to the valley below, the Carse of Stirling. To the south are the Fintry Hills with sweeping views across to the Campsie Fells and beyond. The area is steeped in history and legendary figures such as William Wallace and Rob Roy MacGregor. Visit Scotland’s African Safari Park in Blairdrummond. Experience Stirling with its castle, monuments and shops, or visit the engineering marvel of the Falkirk Wheel. Edinburgh, Glasgow and the West Coast are easily accessible.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area:
    With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD/radio.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Utility room: With washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. 100 acres of grounds which include a woodland, apple orchard and kitchen garden! Trout fishing on-site, free of charge. Parking for 2 cars. Please note: There is a river in the garden, 50 yards from the property.

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  • Squirrels Drey

    Oban

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5123
    Situated in an elevated position up a steep, rough country track, this detached, single-storey log cabin is in a very good location for those wishing to enjoy the stark natural beauty of the Scottish countryside, yet still have easy access to the bustling harbour town of Oban. With the owners living nearby, help is always at hand. From Oban, there are daily boat trips to the surrounding islands, including Mull, Staffa and Iona, where you can see an abundance of birds and wildlife. For a chance to spot porpoise, dolphins, whales and basking sharks, there’s Seafari Adventures on the beautiful island of Easdale. Day trips to Fort William, Glencoe and Inveraray are a must, and Oban boasts a distillery, McCaig’s Tower and a broad range of seafood restaurants and bars. For those seeking an outdoor lifestyle, there can be no better choice than this stunning region of the west coast. Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground Floor: Step to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With 22" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Small gravelled garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 1-acre shared, natural, unspoilt and landscaped grounds. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: There is a step in the garden, and steep banks in the garden and grounds.

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  • Oak View

    North Ballachulish, nr. Glencoe

    Grade
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    Ref: 27262

    In a peaceful setting with lovely mountain views, this cosy wooden holiday cottage is set on a small croft, 12 miles south of Fort William and 4 miles north of Glencoe. Forest trails offer leisurely walks and mountain biking, or Glencoe’s rugged mountains allow for excellent climbing. Skiing, horse riding, fishing, golf and a variety of watersports are also available. Visit the Isles of Mull, Staffa and Iona, or cross on the Corran Ferry to explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The area is renowned for its spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Inverness, Loch Ness, Oban and the Isle of Skye also make for great days out. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    4 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric ’coal-effect’ fire in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Chestnut Lodge

    near Portpatrick

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5096
    This stunning little wing of the owner’s home is beautifully presented and decorated and with views of the sea from the garden what more could you ask for? It’s just a stones’ throw from one of the loveliest coastal villages in the area, Portpatrick, with its charming fishing harbour. From the comfort of your holiday cottage to the delights of the village there is just about no need to explore further. However this delightful area, known as The Rhins of Galloway is too tempting. 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 excellent restaurants which overlook the beautiful harbour? Chestnut Lodge is ideally placed for easy access to many of the attractions that ’The Rhins’ has to offer. Visit the beautiful display of flowers at Logan Botanic Gardens or explore the Galloway Forest with its exceptional walking and cycling; the world famous 7Stanes cycle trail runs through it. The forest is also a designated Dark Sky Park. If golf is for you there is an excellent course in the village and further afield is the Wigtownshire County Golf Club, 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. Shop and pub 2¼ mile, restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area: With patio doors to garden.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Snug.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Laundry service available.Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Finkle Cottage

    Hungladder, Kilmuir

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511354
    Finkle Cottage is an immaculately thatched cottage with stunning views across the sea. With thick stone walls, thatched roof and large wood burning stove; it provides the ultimate romantic venue in a totally unspoilt and spectacular setting. This holiday cottage has been lovingly rebuilt stone by stone from the original croft house and offers the very best of both worlds - a brand new cottage with the ultimate in olde worlde charm. Situated on a working croft, with Highland cattle grazing the surrounding hills, Finkle Cottage is superbly positioned between open farmland and the sea. Set in its own grounds, with a delightful stone patio that runs the length of the cottage, it provides a quiet and secluded location for couples or singles to escape from it all. With slate flooring and under floor heating throughout it is warm and cosy all year round. The main lounge has beautiful Chesterfield sofas and a large wood burning stove. There is a bright modern kitchen, a separate dining room and large double bedroom, all with the same superb sea views. A modern, fully tiled bathroom with bath and shower completes the picture. Access to the shoreline is via a short grassy track that leads down to the sea, approximately 1/4 mile away. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 Miles.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level
    Living Room: With wood burning stove, satellite Free view TV/DVD, radio/CD
    Dining Room:
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, breakfast bar and door to stone steps to patio area
    Bedroom : With double bed
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet

    Electric under floor heating, power, bed linen and towels included. Unlimited logs and anthracite for stove provided. Please note the property is unsuitable for children.Patio. Off road parking for 2 cars. No smoking

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  • Highland Heather Lodges - Earn

    Comrie near Crieff

    Grade
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    Ref: CC524070
    Earn is constructed from natural timber and stone by local craftsmen and is immaculately presented, providing spacious, contemporary accommodation and is ideal for relaxing and spending time with friends and family. Situated within Highland Heather Lodges, in the beautiful valley of Starthearn, the gateway to Highlands, you are ideally located to enjoy this area and all it has to offer. Leisurely walks through glens and woodlands, paddle in the streams and for the more adventurous; climb the Munros.

    Comrie has a challenging nine hole course and Gleneagles is close by, and with castles, famous gardens and distilleries to explore, there is something for every age to enjoy. The village of Comrie has quaint shops, cafes, restaurants, riverside walks and spectacular waterfalls. Glasgow and Edinburgh are only an hour’s drive away so its easy to explore Scotland’s major cities and their attractions. If you’re not already worn out by your day out you can relax in the hot tub and take in the breathtaking scenery.

    Earn and Glen Lednoch (CC524071) have an adjoining door and can be booked together to accommodate up to seven guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps to entrance, gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space with wooden floors.
    Lounge area: With gas wood burner, 39" Freeview Apple TV, Blu-ray player, iPod dock, CD/radio and views.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Wet room: With underfloor heating, shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Mezzanine level: With super king size bed, TV and views.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate supplied on request. Wi-Fi. Small decked area with furniture. Gas BBQ. Hot tub. Shared sauna, children’s play area and 10 acres of woodland. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 3 steps to decking.

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  • Skylark Cottage

    Upper Breakish, Isle of Skye

    Grade
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    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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  • Beaufort Cottages - Dairy Cottage

    Kiltarlity near Beauly

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511444
    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.
    Dairy Cottage can be booked together with Checkers Cottage (CC511445), Duffs Lodge (CC511446), Kennels Cottage (CC511447), Mercy Cottage (CC511448), Rose Cottage (CC511449), Stables Cottage (CC511450), The Retreat (UK5004), The Kennels Bothy (CC511451) and The Larder (CC511452) to accommodate up to 41 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen: With wooden floor, wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player, CD player, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Dining room/conservatory: With wooden floor.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    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 enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped 50-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Brae Steading

    Fordyce

    Grade
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    Ref: 29653


    This detached barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s home, is located just outside the lovely conservation village of Fordyce, 1½ miles from the Moray coast. A magical place, the village is a warren of narrow streets and beautiful houses still following a medieval plan, and all wrapped around a magnificent centrepiece, Fordyce Castle, simply sitting on a bend in the village street. The holiday cottage is very comfortable and warm, and takes advantage of the panoramic views of both sea and countryside, with the arched French doors in the living room leading to a sunny sitting-out area at the front. Fordyce also offers an attractive park opposite the old kirkyard as well as a Victorian garden. The sandy beach at Sandend is a quick drive or a 45-minute walk from the cottage, where local fish can be bought and surfers enjoy the waves. Good coastal walks abound through the old fishing villages of Portsoy and Cullen, or alternatively travel inland through castle and whisky country. There are plenty of golf courses in the vicinity, and the variety of bird and wildlife both onshore and off will please the keen nature lover. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and French doors/dining room/4 steps to kitchen with Velux and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of washing machine in owner’s utility on request. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Access to owner’s 1-acre garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Ness-Side Cottage

    Loch Ness-Side

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: S4249

    Glorious views across the mysterious waters of Loch Ness and a lavishly appointed interior with luxuries for ultimate relaxation combine to make this charming and romantic holiday hideaway. It enjoys its own garden, set within 15 shared acres of grounds, with access to 500 yards of private shoreline, a jetty and shingle beach. Whisky distilleries, the Isle of Skye, Ben Nevis, the Cairngorm ski slopes and the Orkney Isles are all within easy reach. Inverness and a visit to the battlefield of Culloden is a must, 9 miles. Fishing on the loch and golf, pony trekking and watersports are all close by. Shops 4 miles, pub/restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet. Sauna room.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Garden with patio and furniture. Shared 15-acre grounds. Parking. Fly fishing foc. Sauna. NB: Unfenced loch in grounds.

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