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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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  • St Abbs - Keepers Fold

    St Abbs Head

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

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

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

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  • Woodpecker Cottage

    North Kessock, Inverness

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    Ref: 23492

    With magnificent views over the Moray Firth to the Highland capital of Inverness just 4 miles away, this tastefully renovated holiday cottage is set next to the owner’s home in 2 acres of shared grounds. A garden gate leads to miles of forestry paths on Ord Hill, which boasts abundant wildlife and hill-fort. Inverness offers swimming, tennis, excellent shops and restaurants. The cottage is ideally situated within easy reach of Culloden Battlefield, Loch Ness, Glen Affric, several beaches, horse riding, 1 mile, and golf within 5 miles. Can be booked with 18177 to accommodate 4 guests. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom (open plan, no door).

    Woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 40" Smart TV. Video and small library. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Glen Mhor

    Lochybridge, nr. Fort William

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    Ref: W42554

    Lovely views of Ben Nevis

    This wonderful conversion is situated on the outskirts of Fort William and enjoys lovely views of Ben Nevis. In an area designated as Britain’s top outdoor location there are plenty of all year round activities. Nevis Range Ski Centre, 3 miles, boasts a dry ski slope and world renowned mountain bike tracks. Climbing, walking, fishing, birdwatching, golf and a variety of watersports are literally on your doorstep. An ideal holiday base for touring the Western Highlands, including Loch Ness, Mull, Inverness, Oban and the Cairngorms. For those seeking tranquillity and relaxation, wildlife is in abundance and the scenery is breathtaking. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • MacKenzie Cottage

    Ballachulish

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    Ref: 26400

    Situated in the village of Ballachulish, just 1 mile from historic Glencoe, this semi-detached property offers an ideal holiday base from which to explore Argyll and the Highlands. The area is surrounded by spectacular scenery, mountains, lochs and hidden glens with an abundance of wildlife. Glencoe’s famous rugged mountain range is popular with climbers and walkers, whilst mountain biking, skiing, golf, sailing and forest walks are a few of the activities available. Nevis Range Gondola and the West Highland steam train are a short drive away in Fort William. Oban, Loch Ness and Skye are also accessible. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in shed). Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Drop in garden.

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  • The Crollin

    Kirkcudbright

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    Ref: CC537207
    The Crollin is a delightful terraced holiday cottage located in a secluded close in the heart of Kirkcudbright’s historic conservation area and offers a peaceful retreat, yet within walking distance of all amenities the town has to offer. The cottage is only yards from the famous Broughton House, the impressive ruins of Maclellans Castle and the busy and bustling harbour. Kirkcudbright is known as ‘the artists’ town’, having hosted generations of painters, craft makers and artisans – a culture still thriving today. Kirkcudbright attracts visitors throughout the year, who are drawn by the harbour, the 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. The area has numerous walks available, from scenic coastal walks to forest trails. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports close by, there is sure to be something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (NT). Close to the Galloway Forest Park and central to 5 of the 7Stanes, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: Small with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack.Small front patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Further lawned garden down close. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Eagle’s Nest

    Glaick of Kessock

    Grade
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    Ref: 18177

    This refurbished holiday cottage is set in an orchard amidst the Ord Hill Forest, a few miles from the city of Inverness. In 2 acres of shared garden grounds near the owner’s home and next to Woodpecker Cottage, ideal for exploring the beautiful north and west Highlands. Inverness offers a variety of amenities including a theatre, restaurants and shops. Enjoy a boat trip to see the dolphins or visit the historic village of Cromarty. Easy reach of Loch Ness, Culloden battlefield and Fort George. Horse riding, 1 mile, castles, lovely beaches and golf, 5 miles. Can be booked with 23492 to accommodate 4 guests. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    5 steps to property. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with laminate floor. Kitchen with French doors. Beams throughout. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Video and small library. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Wi-fi. Large shared garden, patio area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Nook

    Balmaclellan, nr. Castle Douglas

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    Ref: W42626

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

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and beams/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating included. CD. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars).

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

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  • The Kennels

    South Lochearnroad near Lochearnhead

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    Ref: CC524059
    The Kennels is a traditional stone cottage which was originally part of Edinample Castle Estate, once occupied by ’Black’ Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy. The bijou holiday cottage has been beautifully restored by the owner and is a compact and cosy cottage ideal for a couple. There is a galley style kitchen open plan to the lounge area with a wonderful wood burning stove that warms the whole area. The dining area is situated at the window where you can enjoy the view over the open countryside.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner...
    Lounge area: with exposed beams, music system and wood burning stove.
    Dining area: with exposed beams and beautiful views over the countryside.
    Kitchen area: with exposed beams, electric cooker, microwave and larder fridge .
    Bedroom: with double bed and Freeview TV. (This is a small room and leads to the shower room.)
    Bathroom: with shower cubicle and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. First basket of logs for woodburner provided, remainder is available at £4 per basket (payment via honesty box). Sorry no children over two years old due to space. Small garden. Lockable storage available for bikes/equipment. The cottage has a natural water supply. Parking for two cars.

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  • Home Farm - Marjorie’s Cottage

    Glendaruel

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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

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  • Gigha Cottage

    Tayinloan near Tarbert

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    Ref: CC523152
    Situated just yards from the sea and a beautiful sandy beach, this terraced holiday cottage is located close to the Gigha ferry, where you can hop on for the 20-minute crossing and explore the island. Located along Kintyre’s stunning west coast, the cottage boast unrivalled views across to Gigha, the Paps of Jura and magnificent sunsets. This is a tranquil retreat from which to explore the surrounding area. Surrounded by an abundance of natural wildlife, the clean environment and clear waters are home to all sorts of interesting wildlife. The Machrihanish Bird Observatory is located nearby at Gauldrons Beach, and 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 area is well known for its fine beaches, unspoilt countryside and scenic walks, with the addition of the Kintyre Way.
    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. It 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. Walking, cycling, fishing and water sports are nearby.
    This property can be booked with Jura Cottage (ref CC523151) and Islay Cottage (ref CC523150) to accommodate up to 6+6 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 32" Freesat TV and double sofa bed.
    Kitchen area: With electric hob, combi microwave/oven/grill, fridge and freezer.
    Bedroom area: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair on request. Shared laundry room with washing machine.Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Cycle store. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Spylaw Suite

    Edinburgh

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    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.

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  • Beaton’s Croft

    Kilmuir, nr. Uig

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    Ref: 29899


    There is no better place from which to explore the enchanting Isle of Skye than an original thatched cottage, set in a crofting township. ’A’-listed for its historic importance, and nestled in a landscape of rolling hills and Hebridean views, Beaton’s Croft is a dream hideaway from everyday life. Superb views across to the Isles of Harris, Lewis and North Uist are the icing on the cake of this authentic historic croft. Skye combines spectacular mountains, views to make the heart soar, and a rich heritage of historically significant events to enthral visitors of any age, from every part of the world. The awe-inspiring peaks of the Cuillin mountains rise at the centre and provide some of the most challenging walking and climbing in Britain. Seafood is abundant and world-class cuisine is available at the famous Three Chimneys restaurant. In Portree, just over 20 miles away you’ll find most amenities. Kilmuir is the burial site for Flora MacDonald, who escorted Bonnie Prince Charlie ’over the sea to Skye’, while Dunvegan Castle holds more than 800 years of dramatic island history within its walls. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Enclosed sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead at all times - sheep country. No smoking.

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