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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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  • Kings Stables

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: SHHI

    A unique house in a fabulous historic setting at the foot of Edinburgh Castle, this unusual wedge shaped house is built onto the wall around St Cuthbert’s church, moments walk from Princes Street gardens. Formerly a school house and then the watchkeeper’s cottage, it is furnished in a dramatic, appropriately Gothic style, and only 270 yards from the West End. It is hard to imagine any more central a location. Restaurants, galleries, historic buildings and a Saturday farmer’s market are a few minutes’ walk. Shops 250 yards.

    Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room. Galley-style kitchen.

    • Electricity, full gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV (for DVD use only)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD/MP3
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wifi internet access
    • Garden
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No
      smoking

  • Lochside

    Hosta, Lochmaddy, North Uist

    Grade
    2
    0
    1
    1
    Ref: 24755

    Turf-roofed lodge/cabin

    On the shores of Loch Hosta with panoramic views, this turf-roofed lodge/cabin offers an idyllic holiday retreat. The incredible landscape surrounding the lodge is a paradise for outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts. Loch Hosta is one of the best fishing lochs on the island and home to many visiting birds ranging from golden eagles to corncrakes. A gentle stroll takes you to the beautiful Hosta Beach with its rolling dunes, white sand and turquoise waters. Day trips to the islands of Harris, Lewis, Eriskay and Barra are all easily accessible. Shops and pubs 8 miles, restaurant 10 miles.

    All open plan on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with wooden floor, double (5ft) bed and sofa bed. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Enclosed natural garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • High Trodigal

    Machrihanish, nr. Campbeltown

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 30648


    This stunning natural stone and turf roofed, single-storey, detached holiday cottage, is built in to the hillside, reflecting an ancient neolithic design with views over the Atlantic Ocean. This stunning property features beams and two patio areas with doors leading from the bedroom and the living room, and is situated less than a mile from the world-famous Machrihanish Golf Course. Glasgow is only 30 minutes flying time from Machrihanish Airport, which in turn is 10 minutes driving time from the property. The Machrihanish Bird Observatory is located at Gauldrons Beach, it is fantastic for watching migratory birds. Campbeltown is one of a handful of areas in Scotland categorised as a whisky producing region, and is home to the Campbeltown Single Malt, at one point having 34 distilleries and proclaiming itself the whisky capital of the world. The town boasts two distilleries as well as a museum, heritage centre and a harbour, with an annual regatta and music festival. The town is well-served, with supermarkets, independently owned shops, and excellent hotels and restaurants offering the finest local produce. The surrounding area is well-known for its fine beaches, unspoilt countryside and scenic walks, with the addition of the Kintyre Way, making this an ideal location from which to explore the Kintyre Peninsula. Lying just off the west coast of Kintyre, the Isle of Gigha offers a pleasant day trip. Within a short distance, there are many quiet and sandy beaches to explore and there is easy access to the Isles of Islay, Arran and Jura. Jura is one of the wildest and most mountainous of the Inner Hebrides. Islay is great for wildlife enthusiasts, as it boasts a large RSPB reserve, a wintering population of barnacle and white-fronted geese, and a wildlife information centre. For the outdoor enthusiast, there is walking, cycling, fishing and water sports. Beach ¾ mile. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed, beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 1 double (6ft) bedroom with patio doors. Bathroom with spa bath, shower cubicle, sauna and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. 42" Freeview TV. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer in external utility room. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Patio areas with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on lead - sheep country. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds.

  • Kentra Cottage

    Dunire, Ballachulish, Glencoe

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511072
    Kentra Cottage is a delightful cottage located adjacent to the Dunire Guest House in the famous Glencoe village and enjoy’s stunning views up to the Pap of Glencoe. The accommodation benefits from being all on ground floor level and is tastefully furnished throughout. The shoreline of the delightful Loch Leven, with its fringe of loch side hotels where it is possible to enjoy a spot of lunch and a swim, is only a short stroll away Glencoe village itself has a few shops and a local museum situated in an old thatched croft house.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, has electric under floor heating and comprises:
    Lounge Area: With satellite TV and DVD
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With king size bed enjoying views onto the hills
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC and two wash basins

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Small garden. Off road parking for 1 car.

  • Mains Cottages - Colin’s Cottage

    Carradale, nr. Campbeltown

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 30646


    Situated in the quiet village of Carradale these three charming, semi-detached holiday cottages (refs 30645, 30646 and 30647) offer an ideal location from which to explore the beauty of Kintyre. Colin’s Cottage and Douglas Cottage offer cosy studio accommodation with the bedroom in the style of old Scottish bothies with the bed tucked against the wall in its own recess. The surrounding area is well known for its fine beaches, unspoiled countryside and scenic walks, with the addition of ’The Kintyre Way’ making this a good base from which to explore the Kintyre Peninsula, including local landmarks of Skipness Castle, the Mull of Kintyre, the Isles of Arran and Gigha. Lying just off the west coast of Kintyre, the Isle of Gigha offers a pleasant day trip for visitors. Within a short distance there are many quiet and sandy beaches to explore and there is easy access to the Isles of Islay, Arran and Jura - all of which are well worth the visit. Jura, one of the wildest and most mountainous of the Inner Hebrides, is an ideal place to go for peace and quiet and some great walking. Islay is a great place to visit for wildlife enthusiasts, as it boasts a large RSPB reserve, a wintering population of barnacle and white-fronted geese, and a Wildlife Information Centre.
    The Royal Burgh of Campbeltown is the main centre of population in Kintyre. Glasgow is only 20-30 minutes’ flying time from Machrihanish airport, which in turn is 35 minutes’ driving time from the property.
    Campbeltown is one of a handful of areas in Scotland categorised as a whisky producing region and is home to the Campbeltown Single Malt - at one point having 34 distilleries and proclaiming itself ’the whisky capital of the world’. The town boasts two distilleries as well as a museum, heritage centre and harbour, with a music festival. Another attraction in the burgh, is the recreation centre (fitness centre, swimming pool, cafe and library). The town is well served with supermarkets, independently owned local shops which sell a wide variety of goods with excellent hotels and restaurants offering the finest local produce.
    Beach 1/2 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards (10-minute walk).

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Curtained off bedroom area with double bed (accessed from one side only). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Electric central heating and electricity at cost. Bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Devines Cottage

    Moffat

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC537150
    Tucked away in a quiet backwater, yet within minutes of the high street, this lovely, mid terrace, holiday cottage offers the best of both worlds whilst providing comfortable and cosy accommodation for two. Moffat is an attractive conservation town, coaching stop and 19th century spa town. Its ’double’ high street has lots of specialist shops and due to its weaving associations you can choose from wool and cashmere in colours to match the local hills. The town lays claim to the narrowest street in Scotland and the shortest street in the UK. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the ’world famous’ Star Hotel, at only 20 feet across, is the narrowest hotel in Britain, if not the world! Moffat is so easily reached and if calculations are to be believed it is situated one mile south of the centre of Britain! Both Glasgow and Edinburgh can be reached in under an hour and Carlisle is around forty minutes to the south.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Dining: With TV and dining furniture for three
    Kitchen: With gas cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box (washing machine in under stairs cupboard).

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With single bed with pull out bed which is assembled and has full size mattress
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and views of the back garden and the church.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Sorry property not suitable for children under 8 years old but babies are welcome.Garden area with outdoor furniture. On street parking.

  • The Granary

    Shawhead, Dumfries

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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

  • Crofters Cottage

    Staffin, nr. Portree

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 31103


    Crofters Cottage is a delightful 100-year old cottage that oozes charm. With whitewashed stone walls, beamed ceilings, latch doors and a woodburner in a lovely stone fireplace, it makes a most welcoming and cosy holiday hideaway. There are also bay windows in the property which provide spectacular views. With both coastal and mountain views, it is nestled at the base of the Trotternish Ridge within a traditional crofting township with cattle and sheep happily grazing along the way. This is a very popular walking area on the island and the route runs from The Storr through the striking Quiraing at Staffin and onto Flodigarry. Staffin Bay beach is just a short stroll from the cottage with a combination of sand and pebbles, and has fabulous views over Staffin Island onto Gairloch and the Torridon Mountains. There is a small slipway where you can launch kayaks or a small boat. An abundance of wildlife can be seen in the area including eagles, fulmars, kestrels, otters, deer and so much more. The Staffin Museum is a must as it contains an excellent collection of local geological and fossil specimens. Other attractions include many historic sites, castles, brochs, standing stones, gardens and a whisky distillery, or take a boat trip, go pony trekking and kayaking, or just be amazed at the dramatic scenery and seascapes. Beach 200 yards. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and laminate floor. Dining room with beams/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Book library. DAB radio. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle/kayak store. Welcome pack. Pet (sheep country). No smoking. NB: 6 steps in garden. Overflow stream runs through garden.

  • Home Farm - Marjorie’s Cottage

    Glendaruel

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: SXXL

    "Surrounded by 150 acres of glorious wooded grounds, abundant in wildlife. . ."

    Amidst a glorious landscape of unspoilt wooded glens, fragmented coastline, stunning sea lochs and breathtaking bays, the delightful cottages at Home Farm nestle in the peaceful wooded valley of the River Ruel. The steading and cottages, formerly the home farm to the estate, have been lovingly restored and are very comfortably furnished in contemporary Scottish style.
    Their spacious courtyard setting affords each of them a sense of privacy and they all boast access to 150 acres of wooded grounds, abundant in bird and wildlife, with free trout and salmon fishing on the Ruel - the fishing hut provides an ideal picnic spot. One of the most admired views in Scotland, The Kyles of Bute, awaits discovery just 6 miles away, as do the tranquil village of Tighnabruaich’s lovely natural bays, sandy beach, shops, restaurants and 9 hole golf course. Colintraive (9 miles) offers a pub serving good food and there is a summer shop (limited opening hours) adjacent to Home Farm. Beach 5 miles. Shop 13 miles, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

    Open-plan spacious living/dining room with electric ‘coal effect’ fire, original cart shed arched window and compact, galley-style kitchen area with wooden floor. Double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity ‘coal effect’ fire included
    • Electricity underfloor central heating included
    • Dishwasher
    • Washer/dryer
    • Access to freezer
    • Small patio area
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full ‘Econ 7’ NSH (except SXXL, SXXM and SXXN), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Satellite TV (basic package)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Sitting-out area with patio and furniture
    • Shared courtyard
    • Shared 150-acre grounds and woodland
    • Barbecue
    • Trout fly fishing foc (1st May - 30th September) with fishing hut and picnic area
    • Shared games room with snooker table, table tennis, table football, telephone (honesty box) and wi-fi
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced burn, waterfall and drops in shared grounds

  • Waterside Lodge

    Port Appin

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

  • Spylaw Suite

    Edinburgh

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537099
    Take the opportunity to enjoy the glorious surroundings of an apartment within this historic Adam-style mansion, Spylaw House, which was once the home of Sir James Gillespie, a snuff manufacturer and philanthropist. Built in 1773, this apartment suite is an oasis of calm, and with fresh flowers greeting you on arrival, is the ultimate destination for a romantic break. It lies just two minutes’ walk from the historic village of Colinton with its shops, pubs and restaurants. The spacious, comfortably furnished lounge has three beautifully proportioned windows, and several period features include the fireplace, a wrought-iron balcony and sash windows. The acclaimed novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson, spent a lot of his childhood in Colinton within the local church grounds in Spylaw Street, where his grandfather was a minister, and there is a statue of him in the grounds of the church. Private parking and a good bus service, around 35 minutes to Princes Street, allows stress-free and economic access to the city’s museums, galleries and shops. Follow the Water of Leith walkway into the city all the way to Leith or there is easy access to the city bypass allowing you to explore further afield.

    Second Floor: The property is all on the second floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge area: Spacious with Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Galley-style with electric cooker, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi.Shared gardens with garden bench. Parking (1 car). NB: Unfenced river 7 yards.

  • Carinish Beag

    Achaphubuil near Fort William

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511434
    In a quiet setting by the shores of Loch Lihnne, this semi-detached cottage adjoins the owners home and boasts lovely views of the loch and beyond to Corpach. Located 12 miles from Glenfinnan, the famous ‘Road to the Isles’ and within easy reach of Fort William, the outdoor capital of the UK, Achaphubuil is an ideal base for those looking to explore the west coast of Scotland. The islands of Skye, Rum, Muck, Eigg and Canna can be visited from nearby Mallaig and Arisaig, or from Lochaline, a short ferry crossing will allow you to explore Mull, Staffa and Iona. For those who enjoy a day on the beach, the white sands of Morar are a short drive away, or Ardnamurchan Peninsula the most westerly point of mainland Britain is home to Sanna Bay. Take a trip on the famous Jacobite Stream Train (Hogwarts Express) from Fort William to Mallaig. Experience historic Glencoe with its magnificent mountain ranges, or enjoy a visit to Oban known as the seafood capital of the UK. The area is great for outdoor pursuits and there are various forest trails for cycling and walking. For the less energetic it is a great place to relax and unwind.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen: With wooden floor, electric wood burner, Sky TV, patio doors to verandah, electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Dining room.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and Sky TV.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Lawned garden with verandah and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 3 steps to verandah.

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