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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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  • The Old Kennels

    near Castle Douglas

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5089
    This lovely detached bungalow, accessed via a rough track, is set amidst beautiful scenery on a working farm just 10 miles from Castle Douglas. Relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the area or discover the Mossdale Walk and Red Kite Sculpture, a 2½ mile circular walk from Mossdale which affords wonderful views of Mossdale Loch, Bennan and Airie Hills. Red Kites can be seen from anywhere on the open parts of the walk at any time of the year. If you want to explore more of this beautiful area there are attractions in abundance from beautiful sandy beaches to dramatic cliff tops. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports close by there is something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (National Trust). Close to the Galloway Forest Park, home to the first Dark Sky Park in Europe, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Kirroughtree has some of the best technical singletrack mountain bike trails in Scotland. Beach 15 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 6½ mile.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space:
    With wooden floors.
    Living area: With wood burner and 32" TV (for DVD’s only).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Air source heat pump heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome packEnclosed courtyard with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced pond in the garden, 50 yards away.

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  • Badgers Den

    Kiltarlity, nr. Beauly

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 30499

    Badgers Den is a first floor holiday apartment that sits within rural woodland, and lies on the outskirts of the village of Kiltarlity. The property makes an ideal base for exploring this largely unspoilt part of the Highlands, with many attractions and activities within a short drive. Locally there is mountain biking amongst spectacular forest trails, hill walking in nearby Glen Affric and Strathfarrar and kayaking and loch trips on Loch Ness. Inverness offers a variety of facilities including restaurants, theatres and wide range of shops. Further afield, guests can take a trip to the scenic west coast or the Moray Firth. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Stereo/ CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Large shared grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Berryhill Cottage

    Grantshouse

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: SKKF

    This detached stone holiday cottage lies in peaceful woodland, just 45 minutes south of Edinburgh and is a perfect romantic retreat for two with a light living room looking out to the garden and woods where roe deer, red squirrels and owls can be glimpsed by the patient observer. St Abbs Nature Reserve is 8 miles and the spectacular cliffs and beaches of the east coast are within easy reach. The Seabird Centre at North Berwick is 25 miles. Good walking both along the coast and inland in the Lammermuirs, riding, fishing, diving and golf can be found locally. Sandy beaches 7 miles. Pub serving food 4 miles.

    Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove and patio doors to garden. First floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove in living room - intial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Washing machine
    • Use of owners freezer by arrangement
    • Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • Water supply from borehole
    • No smoking

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  • Well Cottage

    Ceres near St Andrews

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
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    Ref: CC526031
    This charming, bijou, terraced cottage with a red pantile roof, dating back to 1780 when it was a weavers cottage, is located in the centre of the historic picturesque village of Ceres. Well Cottage has been thoughtfully furnished for comfort and ease, and is the perfect location for a relaxing retreat for a couple. There are excellent cycling and footpaths from the cottage door and the Fife Folk Museum is across the road, as well as the village green. This conservation village has a good pub and a hotel serving food, tea rooms, an antique shop, a family butchers, village store and the renowned Wemyss Ware Pottery. Scotland’s oldest highland games are held on the last Saturday in June. The picture-postcard East Neuk of Fife with fishing villages and sandy beaches are within easy driving distance, and St Andrews is only seven miles away and well worth a visit. This area is renowned for its golf, with a multitude of excellent courses within easy reach. Trout fishing is available locally (licence required). Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth are all within an hour’s drive. When you return to the cottage after exploring the area, you can sit back with a glass of wine in front of the cosy fire.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wooden floor, open fire, 28" Freeview Smart TV (BT Sport) and iPod dock.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen: With gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge with ice box, freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Wi-Fi (superfast). Welcome pack. Use of owner’s washing machine available on request.Small, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Car park. No smoking. NB: There are 9 steps in the garden.

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  • Arden

    Clovullin, near Fort William

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: UK5140
    In a quiet village setting with views towards Loch Linnhe and the mountains beyond, this semi-detached, single-storey cottage is well equipped and offers comfortable accommodation with a lovely garden. Situated just south of Fort William, the ‘outdoor capital of the UK’, it is ideally located for exploring the Western Highlands and the Inner Hebrides. The area is renowned for its spectacular scenery, climbing, forest and hill walking, mountain biking, skiing and kayaking, and there are lovely forest walks from the doorstep. There is an abundance of wildlife with porpoises and minke whales often spotted at the Corran Narrows. Ardnamurchan Peninsula, the most westerly point in Britain, Glencoe with its magnificent mountain range, and Glenfinnan Viaduct (as depicted in the Harry Potter movie) all make for terrific days out. Oban, Loch Ness and the beautiful islands of Mull and Lismore are also easily accessible. Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room: With electric coal-effect fire, 32" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    2 steps leading to...
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Southpark Coach House

    Cove near Helensburgh

    Grade
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    Ref: CC523167
    This beautiful, detached, restored coach house is situated only yards from the shores of Loch Long, on the idyllic Rosneath Peninsula where the rugged Argyll mountains meet the sea.
    Situated only fifteen minutes away from Scotland’s first National Park, Loch Lomond and it’s inland waters are famous as one of the finest watersports venues in Scotland, with open spaces, sheltered bays and islands to explore. The area is ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities, and boasts a magnificent diversity of scenery with dramatic peaks, waterfalls, hidden caves and mysterious, forest covered slopes.
    Ayrshire and Burns country lie to the south, and the Western Highlands to the north. Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling are all easily reached for a great day out.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Kitchen: With tiled floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
    Hallway: With washer/dryer and wine fridge.
    Bathroom: With tiled floor, roll-top bath, shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Lounge: With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock, CD player and loch view.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with WC and wash basin only.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot, travel cot and highchair available on request. Broadband. Lawned garden with courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Knockdow House - The Schoolhouse

    Toward, nr. Dunoon

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: SYYE

    This stunning B listed country house, dating back to 1817, was once the seat of the McGorrie Lamonts and has huge historical importance throughout the area. Fabulously restored and divided into apartments(refs SYYE, SYYF, SYYG and SYYH), Knockdow House offers a superb level of holiday accommodation and is located on a 6000-acre estate on the Cowal Peninsula. Throughout the estate there are beautiful landscaped gardens, ponds, river, fishing loch (fly fishing by prior arrangement) and woodland and coastal walks, with a diverse range of fauna and flora. Wildlife is abundant, with red squirrel, otters, roe deer and large variety of birdlife, including hen harriers, buzzards and eagles. Seals, otters and porpoises are also seen regularly throughout the area. Located on Argyll’s Secret Coast, Knockdow House is tucked away in a small corner of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland and is an area of stunning natural beauty, with hills, glens, rugged coastlines, white beaches, clear waters and ancient forests. Argyll’s Secret Coast is packed with places to visit and things to do, and sailors, walkers, cyclists and artists are all drawn to this area for its natural beauty. Explore the forests and coastline by foot, bike, kayak or boat. The whole area is steeped in Highland history and dotted with ruins, castles and ancient sites. Close by is Dunoon, which has a good selection of shops and restaurants, a cinema and swimming pool. Dunoon is of course the home of the Cowal Gathering, one of the largest and most spectacular Highland games in the world. There is a fantastic range of outdoor leisure activities in the area, including sailing, fishing, windsurfing, speed boat tours, quad biking, clay shooting and much more. Just a short drive away is Portavadie, with its marina and the ferry over to Tarbert, where visitors can explore the Kintyre Peninsula, with ferries to the islands of Islay, Juray and Arran. Beach 200 yards. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove and 6ft bed. Kitchen. Fully tiled bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Ground floor
      facilities

    • Electricity, full biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared lawned garden with furniture
    • Large, shared, 500-acre, landscaped grounds with furniture
    • Shared barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Fishing by arrangement
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Three ponds, two fishing lakes, river, sloping banks and drops in grounds

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  • Longcroft Dairy

    Oyne, near Inverurie

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: UK5113
    This stunning stone barn conversion within a courtyard in the owner’s grounds provides extremely comfortable accommodation for a couple or single person. Light and airy, with tasteful fittings, it has been finished to an exceptionally good standard throughout. A former dairy, there are reminders in the cottage in the display of original milk bottles found on the site during refurbishment.
    Set in the heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside, there is much of interest both locally and further afield, with attractive and peaceful scenery, castles, stately homes, beautiful gardens, good walking, cycling, fishing, golfing and on its edge some magnificent beaches and fishing villages within easy reach. The hill range of Bennachie with its variety of walks and cycle trails for all abilities is close by. The busy towns of Inverurie and Huntly with their many shops and restaurants are short drives away, with the city of Aberdeen easily accessible by car or train. Visit Old Aberdeen with its maze of cobbled streets and historic buildings. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space. With tiled floor.
    Living area:
    With wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With breakfast bar, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Shared courtyard. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • The Stables

    Strathendrick Farm, Buchanan Castle by Drymen

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: CC523032
    The Stables is a delightful detached cottage set in the grounds of Buchanan Castle (now a ruin) in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Sitting within two acres of private woodland there is an uninterrupted view out over the open fields of Strathendrick, where the river Endrick flows out to Loch Lomond. This quaint, peaceful cottage has been beautifully furnished and is ideal for honeymooners or couples wanting to get away from it all. Local amenities are available at Drymen, only one mile away where there are hotels, pubs, restaurants, shops and leisure facilities. There are quiet roads and trails to explore around the Castle, with good access for walks and cycling. The cosy double bedroom is beautifully coordinated and enjoys a lovely view. The open plan living space has a fitted kitchen, leather sofa, dining table and wall mounted TV/DVD with freeview. The patio doors open out onto the large deck at the front of the cottage, providing a lovely area to relax, enjoy the view and spot the wildlife. The cottage has an open grassy garden and mature trees, sos you may see deer wondering by, perhaps red squirrels or pine martens in the tree, so bring your binoculars.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level with gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge Area: With wall mounted Free view TV/DVD
    Dining Area: With wooden table and chairs
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer
    Bedroom: With double bed and wall mounted Free viewTV/DVD
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Pay phone (coin operated). Cot and high chair available on request.Private and mature woodland garden. Large decked area with outdoor seating and BBQ (coals not supplied). Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Swallows

    near Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC537215
    A perfect retreat to unwind and relax in, this semi-detached, single storey barn conversion is wonderfully situated along a quiet lane in the serene Scottish countryside, and enjoys views over the neighbouring farmland and the owners two and a half acre landscaped garden. Swallows has been converted with care and attention to detail, the open plan lounge and the kitchen area are particularly attractive with a picture window and doors through to the conservatory which overlooks the private and enclosed garden. Beaches and a National Scenic Area are close by, as well as opportunities for hill walking, mountain biking and water sports. Visit renowned gardens, ancient woodland and enjoy the abundant wildlife. The area is well recognised for its clear skies as one of the 12 best stargazing sites in the world, and the first Dark Sky Park in the UK.
    Cardoness Castle and the popular Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre which hosts one of Europe’s longest zip wires. Only a short drive away is Kirkcudbright, known as “the artists’ town”. It attracts visitors throughout the year drawn in by the harbour, historic high street and the diverse range of annual events and visitor attractions. The popular programme of summer festivities culminates with the spectacular Tattoo, an event not to be missed.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and patio doors.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility: With washing machine.
    Conservatory.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All oil, gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Small, enclosed garden with patio, terrace, garden furniture and BBQ. One dog welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times. Bike store. Parking for one car.

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  • River View

    Colmonell near Girvan

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC539047
    River View is beautifully placed to enjoy this wonderful scenic area. Converted in 1998 from the former village shop, it offers high quality semi-detached holiday accommodation, all on one level. There is a wonderful view across the valley of the River Stinchar, with the picturesque ruins of Craignell Castle and the surrounding hills. The Ayrshire and Galloway coasts are very accessible with the most magical seascapes looking towards Arran and Ailsa Craig. There are beautiful beaches to enjoy and some outstanding gardens, and a visit to Culzean Castle is a must. Colmonell is the perfect holiday location for the outdoor enthusiast, with golf, cycling and walking in abundance.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 24" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Use of owner’s washing machine and tumble dryer available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Burns Cottage

    Drumnadrochit, by Inverness

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: UZM

    Tastefully renovated, this 200-year-old single-storey, former steading stands wonderfully positioned on the edge of the Highland village of Drumnadrochit, a short walk through an ancient forest to Loch Ness. This lovely property is ideal for couples looking for a peaceful hideaway with facilities within easy walking distance. Drumnadrochit offers visitors exhibitions, cruises, pleasant walking, pony trekking and golf. Castle Urquhart lies two miles away, Inverness 12 miles. Burns Cottage is an ideal touring base for more adventurous walking in Glen Affric, castles, historic villages and wildlife watching including dolphins at Moray. Shop 870 yards, a good food pub is 220 yards with more pubs, restaurants and shops a short walk.

    Living room with electric woodburner. Compact well-equipped modern fitted kitchen. Beamed double bedroom with 5ft four-poster bed. Bathroom with shower over large whirlpool bath and toilet.

    • Electricity, electric woodburner, electric panel heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD (small library)
    • Games console available
    • Double oven
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Small garden with patio
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Secure cycle storage
    • No smoking

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