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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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  • Esplanade Court - Staffa 6

    Oban, Argyll

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 26958

    Ideal base for visiting the Isles

    Esplanade Court is situated in a particularly superb location overlooking Oban Bay, on the lovely west coast of Scotland. The holiday apartments have qualified for the STB 4 Star rating. They are equipped and furnished to a good standard with each one having a panoramic view over the bay and out to the isles of Kerrera, Mull and Lismore. Oban is a lively west coast town with lots going on for the visitor. It is central for touring the west coast, or take a boat trip to the above islands and Iona which leave daily. There is a lovely sandy beach at Ganavan which is 1½ miles away. There are some very good restaurants in which to eat dinner in the evening, after maybe a days climbing, walking or enjoying some of the wonderful animal and plant life which the west highlands has to offer. Elevator to all floors.

    Lift to apartment entrance: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Travel cot on request. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Shared payphone. Wi-fi (in lobby). Visit Scotland 4 Star.

  • Burnside Cottage

    Newton Stewart

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537090
    This delightful, semi-detached cottage has been beautifully converted from a former steading and enjoys a most enchanting ‘Hansel & Gretal’ type forest setting; teeming with  wildlife such as red deer, red squirrels, buzzards and much more. The cottage is a veritable haven of peace and quiet and provides the perfect holiday getaway - the ideal escape from the hurly-burly of modern life. 

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor, has Calor Gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With Free Sat TV, DVD
    Kitchen Area: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
    Three steps down to
    Bedroom: With double bed and single bed (for child).
    Bathroom: With wide shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack provided with home made baking and free range eggs.Open courtyard. Storage for bikes and fishing rods. Facility for washing bikes. Off road parking for 2 cars.

  • Ardbrecknish House - The Study

    South Lochaweside

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 15459

    Magnificent setting in mature woodland by Loch Awe

    Ideal area for fishing, walking and cycling

    Children’s play area, pool table and darts

    Traditional bar - ideal for family functions

    Motor boats, rowing boats and canoes for hire, 300 yards, launch facility

    Late 16th century Ardbrecknish House is in a magnificent Highland setting with wonderful views of mountains and glens. These attractive holiday properties are set amid 20 acres of mature woodland close to beautiful Loch Awe - 26 miles long and Britain’s longest freshwater loch. A whole host of indoor and outdoor amenities are available on site, and although the setting is quiet and peaceful, it is within easy reach of restaurants, shops, golf courses, and the small village of Kilmartin Glen and museum, the richest area in Europe for prehistoric remains, making these properties an ideal holiday location and a perfect touring base. A visitors’ reception/library area provides a wealth of information on the local history, archaeology, wildlife, gardens, forest and hillside walks, as well as the year-round activities available around Argyll and the West Highlands.
    The Ardbrecknish Room has a welcoming open fire, small dance floor, pool table, darts and Scottish Carpet Bowls. The adjoining cosy traditional bar with its woodburner provides a perfect way to end the day; perhaps sampling one or two of the many malt whiskies.
    At the shore, just 10 minutes’ walk, motor boats, rowing boats and canoes can be hired to explore the enchanting islands and ruined castles of the loch, or maybe fishing the loch for salmon, char, monster pike and brown trout. A British record brown trout of 31lbs 10oz was caught in March 2002. Tuition and/or a fishing guide is available by arrangement.
    The surrounding area offers a wealth of interest and fantastic scenery. Opposite Ardbrecknish is majestic Ben Cruachan, and further north are the impressive Glen Coe and Ben Nevis ranges, a mecca for hill walkers all year round. Both regions have ski centres and within an hour’s drive is the busy town of Oban, ‘Gateway to the Isles’, from where modern ferries take you to Mull and Iona, the cradle of Christianity, Staffa, the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave Overture, and to other Hebridean gems. Oban has a sea life centre and an excellent golf course. The elegant town of Inveraray on Loch Fyne only 12 miles away, to the south is the Crinan Canal with its stepped locks, you can walk or drive a delightful route along its 9-mile length. Family-friendly bar and restaurant on site.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry. Shared garden grounds. Children’s play area. Picnic/barbecue areas. Ample parking. Access to pool table, darts and Scottish Carpet Bowls. No smoking. NB: Loch 300 yards from properties.

  • The Hollies

    Blairninich near Strathpeffer

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511476
    Enjoying a peaceful, rural setting, The Hollies has been equipped and furnished to a very high standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. A cosy, well equipped cottage, The Hollies makes a perfect base for exploring this lovely part of the Northern Highlands. Set just outside the picturesque Victorian spa village of Strathpeffer where you can visit the Spa Room and sample the waters, the Highland Museum of Childhood, the Pictish Eagle Stone or you could just stroll around the village to see some fabulous examples of Victorian architecture. In the heart of the village is The Spa Pavilion, a historic venue which hosts numerous live musical performances, craft and art exhibitions and in the summer time, you can enjoy the stirring sounds of the Strathpeffer Pipe Band performing in The Square. From Strathpeffer you can enjoy a visit to Inverness, the Highland Capital which offers very good shopping and entertainment, the famous Loch Ness where you can enjoy a boat trip and hopefully catch sight of the monster, or take a dolphin cruise along the beautiful Moray Coast. A trip along the Moray Malt Whisky Trail is recommended. Visit the stunning Brodie and Cawdor Castles and Culloden battlefield just outside Inverness. Explore the Black Isle with its many lovely villages, beaches and historic sites. The west coast and the Isle of Skye are an easy drive and a day trip to the Orkney Isles is highly recommended. Amongst the many activities available in the area are mountain biking, golf with Strathpeffer boasting a challenging 18 hole course, numerous watersports, hill climbing, horse riding and paint balling just to name but a few. A stay in The Hollies will always evoke happy memories.

    The Hollies can be booked together with The Willow (CC511475) and The Cedars (CC511477) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave/oven/grill combination, fridge and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Freezer in outbuilding. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. 2-acre shared grounds. Shared BBQ. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Filters Cottage

    Linlithgow

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 27228

    This charming, semi-detached holiday cottage, attached to the owner’s home, is in a rural setting, above historic town of Linlithgow, with views to the Forth Bridge from the garden - an ideal location. Centrally placed to explore Edinburgh or Glasgow, 20 and 30 minutes by train, the Borders, Perthshire and Fife. An ideal rural base from which to enjoy Edinburgh Festival. Explore Beecraigs Country Park, the Pentland Hills, Linlithgow Palace, Hopetoun House or House of the Binns. Golf, 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft zip and link) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Ground source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Front garden. Small enclosed sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.

  • The Stables

    Braemore near Ullapool

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511439
    The Stables occupies the ground floor of a converted stable block in the grounds of a large and historic old stone house just 10 miles from Ullapool in the heart of Wester Ross. This attractively presented apartment has a lovely open plan living area with a deep leather sofa and a well-equipped kitchen with dining table. The double bedroom is a real delight, with colour coordinated soft furnishings and attractive pine furniture. A bathroom completes the picture.

    The large country house where The Stables sits was built in 1840 and was once part of the Braemore Estate of the renowned Engineer, Sir John Fowler Bart, who built the Forth Rail Bridge, the Pimlico Bridge, which carried the first railway across the Thames (1860), and Victoria Station and was a pioneer of the London Underground system. Examples of Sir John’s creativity can be found on the land and nearby, such as the suspension bridge over the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach, both popular beauty spots close by.

    Visitors are also welcome to wander through the grounds of the house which meander down to the river below. Fishing can also be arranged on the owner’s private stretch of the River Broom, famed for its salmon, trout and sea-trout.

    Just 10 minutes’ drive away is the charming fishing village of Ullapool, which has a good selection of small shops as well as excellent local bars and restaurants. This lovely converted stable makes an ideal base for a real Highland holiday, with spectacular walks, munros to climb and cycling routes to explore. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Canoeing, sailing, fishing, riding, bird watching and golf are all enjoyed locally.

    The Stables can be booked together with Ghillies Rooms (CC511319), The Coach House (CC511320) and The Tower House (CC511318) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Lounge area: With electric fire, 28" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Shared communal grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Old Fire Station

    Dunvegan, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511404
    Formerly the local fire station, this detached property has been completely transformed into a delightful holiday cottage, ideal for couples. The vaulted ceiling makes a spacious and bright lounge area, which has oak flooring throughout, a cosy wood burner and patio doors leading to the decking at the front. The bedroom is very spacious with Velux windows, which allows you to enjoy the morning light or the dark skies. Old Fire Station is conveniently located in a central village location, where there is a local pub, many eateries, convenience store and a petrol station. Permits for loch and sea fishing can even be purchased from the village shop. Historic Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, Giant MacAskill Museum, Coral Beaches and Neist Point are all within easy reach. The island has much to offer for the outdoor enthusiast including hill walking, fishing, boat trips, kayaking, pony trekking and the opportunity to discover many art galleries.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge/dining room: With wooden floor, wood burner, 37" Freesat TV and patio doors leading to decking.
    Kitchen area: With wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Galleried with super king size bed (which can be made in to twin beds – please advise when booking), 20" Smart TV and Velux windows.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Harbour Apartment

    Pittenweem near Anstruther

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC526024
    Situated on the harbour front in Pittenweem, one of the prettiest fishing ports in Fife, Harbour Apartment is a first floor cosy apartment with spectacular views over the harbour, Bass Rock, Isle of May and Firth of Forth. Explore the quaint lanes of this picturesque village or visit St Fillan’s Cave, with its holy well, which at one time was used by smugglers. The village also has a bakery, cafes, restaurants, several craft shops and a fish and chip shop. Pittenweem is a renowned centre for artists and craftsmen, who celebrate their skills during the Arts Festival every August. Cycling and walking can be enjoyed along the Fife Coastal Path, which gives many opportunities to explore coastal villages and visit the excellent beach that this area is well known for. Historic St. Andrews, the home of golf, is only a short drive away. After a day exploring, relax in the apartment and enjoy the ever changing views with a glass of wine.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space with Karndean floors.
    Lounge area: With 40" Freeview Apple TV, Blu-ray player, bluetooth speakers and sea views.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and views of the sea.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi.Courtyard. On road parking. No smoking.

  • Mountain View Cottage

    Taynuilt, nr. Oban

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30742

    In a quiet location with lovely views towards the hills these two holiday properties are both detached, and offer an ideal base for those wishing to explore the west coast of Scotland. Taynuilt is only 12 miles from the bustling harbour town of Oban, where daily boat trips to the Inner Isles, including Mull, Staffa and Iona can be caught. The area is renowned for its abundance of wildlife with porpoises, basking sharks, golden eagles and wild deer often spotted. For those seeking an outdoor lifestyle, activities include walking, mountain biking, golf, kayaking and skiing. There are plenty of famous castles, beautiful gardens, historic sites and museums to explore. Bonawe Iron works, Cruachan Hollow Mountain, Loch Etive Cruises, Inveraray Jail and the Sealife Centre make for great days out. Fort William and Glencoe are popular for walking, climbing and skiing. Kintyre Peninsula and the Kyles of Bute are also accessible. Taynuilt village is set back from the shores of Loch Etive and boasts a small railway station, good bus service, and local amenities. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Small, lawned courtyard. NB: Step to courtyard.

    Both properties: Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • The Cottage

    Banavie near Fort William

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511388
    This delightful semi-detached cottage, which is attached to the owner’s home, offers a very good standard of accommodation and makes a superb base for touring the Highlands. The area is renowned for its outdoor pursuits, breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Known as the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, activities include mountain biking, climbing, skiing, kayaking, walking, golf and fishing. Travel on the West Highland steam train to Mallaig, crossing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, as depicted in the Harry Potter movies, or visit some of the unspoilt beaches, castles, museums and distilleries. Boat trips to the inner isles are easily accessible, or cross on the Corran Ferry and explore the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Wildlife is in abundance and Oban, Aviemore, Glencoe, Inverness, Loch Ness and Skye are all within easy reach.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has Economy 7 central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Small lawned garden with patio and furniture. Cycle store. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Wheelchair access.

  • Ghillies Rooms

    Braemore near Ullapool

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511319
    The Ghillies Rooms forms part of a converted stable positioned on the first floor of a large historic stone house just 10 miles from Ullapool in the heart of Wester Ross. This attractively presented apartment has a lovely open plan living area with focal electric stove, deep leather sofas and a well equipped kitchen with dining table. There is a spacious double bedroom with colour coordinated soft furnishings and attractive pine furniture. A modern bathroom completes the picture.

    This large country house was built in 1840 and was once part of the Braemore Estate of the renowned Engineer, Sir John Fowler, who built the Forth Rail Bridge, the Pimlico Bridge, which carried the first railway across the Thames (1860) and Victoria Station and was a pioneer of the London Underground system. Examples of Sir John’s creativity can be found on the land and nearby, such as the suspension bridge over the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach, both popular places to visit close by. Visitors are welcome to wander through the grounds of the house, help tend the lambs and meet the friendly Kune pigs bred by the owners. Fishing can also be arranged on the owner’s private stretch of the River Broom, framed for its salmon, trout and sea trout. Just 10 minutes’ drive away is the charming fishing village of Ullapool, which has a good selection of small shops as well as excellent local bars and restaurants. This superb apartment makes an ideal base for a real Highland holiday, with spectacular walks, Munros to climb and cycling routes to explore. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Canoeing, sailing, fishing, riding, bird watching and golf are all enjoyed locally.

    This property can be booked together with The Tower House (CC511318), The Coach House (CC511320) and The Stables (CC511439) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric stove, Freeview TV, DVD and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot available at £10 and highchair available at £5. Wi-Fi.Set in 40 acres of countryside and farmland with salmon and trout river in the grounds and open to visitors. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • St Orans

    Dunphail, Forres

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511327
    Situated in the heart of an historic country estate St Orans is a charming whitewashed stone crofter’s cottage for two; an idyllic pied a terre for couples. This delightful olde worlde cottage oozes character whilst encompassing modern living. The interior consists of three rooms off a central hallway. The main lounge / kitchen / dining area is small but beautifully presented, with all modern amenities. A wood-burning stove acts as cosy and welcoming focal point and provides the heating, with back up electric heaters. Double doors open onto the pretty terrace area. The bedroom has twin 3’ beds which can be converted to a 6’ double if required.  This bright and airy room has three windows that look out across open countryside and woodland. There is a large wet room with modern shower, WC and basin. Set in its own garden grounds on a woodland track and surrounded by unspoilt countryside it is an ideal cottage for honeymooners and those wishing to get away from it all whilst at the same time being easily accessible. This is an excellent walking base with numerous river and forest trails right on the doorstep, including the renowned Sluie Walk.   Please note: St Orans may be available to let with Fishermans Bothies (sleeps 4) and/or The Muir of Sluie (sleeps 4) which are also located on the same country estate.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level heated by wood-burning stove with radiators plus electric heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen
    Lounge/dining area:  with modern wood-burning stove that fuels the central heating, satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD.  Dining table and chairs for 2.
    Kitchen area:  with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom:  with two single beds (or presented as one 6ft double if preferred)
    Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included.  All wood provided.  Bed linen supplied.  Grounds mainly laid to grass with patio area with bench. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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