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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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  • Newhall Cottages - The Bothy

    Carlops, nr. Penicuik

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 30950

    These four beautifully situated holiday cottages are part of historic Newhall Estate, just 14 miles south west of the vibrant city of Edinburgh, and a central base from which to explore further afield to Glasgow, Stirling, Fife and the Scottish Borders. Newhall’s 1,100 acres are on the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, a wonderful landscape sculpted by glaciers and water, with hillwalking and biking to suit all abilities. Newhall Steading Cottage (ref 30949), skilfully converted from the original farm steading, is privately situated about 220 yards from Newhall House. The bright open-plan living area has a cosy woodburner and French doors leading to small terrace opposite a walled garden. The Bothy (ref 30950) is adjacent to Newhall Steading Cottage and is a tiny haven for two, with a galley kitchen and compact living area opening onto the garden and courtyard beyond. The owners’ 2-acre walled garden is a peaceful spot for relaxing in and produces a great array of spring and summer flowers. Spittal Cottage (ref 30951) and Spittal Coach House (ref 30952) are set a mile away on a working hill sheep farm, bounded on its west side by a reservoir where brown trout fishing may be arranged and the bird hide is a great vantage point from which to watch ducks, geese and heron. Spittal Coach House is a spectacular conversion from an 18th-century farm steading. The beautifully light, spacious, oak floored living area has a central, double-sided woodburner and three huge arched windows opening onto a paved terrace. Spittal Cottage is a traditional, south-facing farm cottage, with fine views and a delightful cosy living room and stunning walking from the doorstep. The nearby North Esk Glen has over a mile of delightful paths, some steep, with a rich variety of wildlife. The patient observer may be rewarded by a glimpse of an otter or badger. The village of West Linton, 5 miles, has local shops, a pub and good restaurant, while Carlops, 1½ miles, has a pub serving food. Shop and restaurant 4½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (zip and link bed, can be twin) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Freesat TV. Garden furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead, sheep country.

    All properties: Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Access to owners’ 2-acre walled garden. Shared grounds. Trout fishing on estate on request (licence needed). No smoking.

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  • 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.

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  • Terreglestown Cottage

    Terregles near Dumfries

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537118
    This one bedroom holiday cottage is an ideal retreat for couples and in a great central location for exploring this beautiful county of Dumfries and Galloway. The area offers appeal for all the senses - the feel and sound of waves cooling your feet on lots of lovely beaches; first class restaurants and local food producers; stunning landscapes and the sight and sounds of wildlife and birds as you escape the normal hustle and bustle of life. The cottage is set in countryside with lovely rural views from all directions yet only a couple of miles from the county town of Dumfries.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric feature fire and TV
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Bedroom: With double bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With electric shower over the bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power and bed linen included.Open garden. Shed for storage of fishing rods and bicycles. One well behaved pet welcome. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • The Coach House

    Dulnain Bridge

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: SRRT

    Set in the grounds of the Edwardian Auchendean Lodge, this holiday apartment shares unbeatable views of Strathspey, from the double bends of the River Spey, the Cromdale Hills and Abernethy Forest, right to the Cairngorm Mountains. A variety of fresh herbs from the organic garden are usually available late spring to autumn. Explore the area, perhaps even the isolated Loch Avon, by foot, horse or bike. The Strathspey Steam Railway stops at Broomhill station, offering a scenic ride in the style of a by-gone era. Day trips include Balmoral, Royal Deeside, Loch Ness and much of the west coast. Bird watching, golf and fishing locally. Shop and restaurant 1 mile.

    First floor: Living room/dining room with open fire, sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), kitchen area. Double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle, shower attachment, toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating (controlled by owner), bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blanket
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod/mp3 dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Drying facility available
    • Use of owner’s freezer in shared utility
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 1½ acre grounds, sitting-out area, pitch & putt, access to 350 acres of quiet conservation forest from garden
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Drops, unfenced pond and steps in grounds

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  • Lawries Cottage

    Kilmuir, nr. Uig

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W8522

    Wonderful open views

    This romantic, detached, thatched hideaway situated on the northern coast of the island is a modernised "Old Black House". Fitted and furnished to a good standard it is ideal accommodation for a "get away from it all holiday". The scenery and sea views to the Outer Hebrides up here are lovely. Climbing, walking, cycling and archery courses can be arranged at the nearby activity centre. Uig, the ferry terminal for the Hebrides is within a short drive. Flora MacDonald’s grave, Dunvegan Castle and the Museum of Island Life are all worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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

    First £5 electric central heating and electricity included, remainder by £1 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Smiddy Cottage

    Tulliemet, Pitlochry

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC524027
    Smiddy Cottage is a delightful stone built cottage, nestling in the beautiful Highland Perthshire countryside. A former working Smiddy, dating back over 100 years, the property has recently been refurbished and offers spacious and comfortable accommodation. Pitlochry is just 7 miles away and boasts a great number of shops, cafes and restaurants.

    Ground Floor: The property is mainly on ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Spacious open plan lounge/kitchen/dining
    Lounge Area: With Free Sat TV and large patio door looking out over the countryside.
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Dining Area: With table and 4 chairs
    Utility Room: With washing machine and freezer - a spacious area to store/dry outdoor gear
    3 Steps up to landing area and 1 step down to......
    Bedroom: With double bed, which can be separated into two singles if preferred
    Shower Room: With shower, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Unlimited Wi-fi availableEnclosed garden with furniture. Welcome pack provided. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Old Tannery Cottage

    Newton Stewart

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537212
    Built in 1800, Old Tannery Cottage has been lovingly restored to offer a cosy retreat for couples seeking a tranquil setting. Situated close to the river in Old Minnigaff, this property provides an excellent base to explore the Galloway Forest Park. Leave the cottage on foot, bike or car and within minutes, experience stunning river views, woodland walks, routes to the Wood of Cree RSPB site and beyond to the beautiful Glen of Trool. Walk into Newton Stewart over the bridge and sample local produce in the town’s wide range of shops and eating places. Wigtown, Scotland’s national book town, is a 10-minute drive away, offering literary programmes and events throughout the year. The cottage sits between a river and a woodland bank, the ideal spot to enjoy Galloway Dark Skies.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 26" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, feature stone wall and dining area.
    Kitchen: Small with gas cooker, fridge with ice box, washing machine and pantry area.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Dressing room: With river view and hanging and storage space.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Enclosed patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Gravel area to front with furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Fenced river 100 yards. 1 step in patio.

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  • Gardener’s Bothy

    Glenprosen, by Kirriemuir

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: SUU

    "Acres of peaceful and secluded countryside surround these magnificent cottages..."

    At the heart of Glenprosen, one of the renowned ‘Glens of Angus’, lies the Balnaboth Estate on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park; 6,000 peaceful and secluded acres surrounding 16th-century Balnaboth House. In its midst, these six characterful holiday cottages each offer a unique and magical holiday retreat; indeed the creator of Peter Pan himself (Sir James Barrie) was born in nearby Kirriemuir and holidayed here.
    These cottages were once occupied by shepherds, gardeners or other staff of the Ogilvy family when this was a traditional Victorian sporting estate. Red squirrels play in the trees, otters frequent the burns, and deer graze all around. Because of the varied scenery, that varies from beech woods to forest, pasture to heather moor, mountain streams to river pools, the area enjoys a spectacular range of wildlife, including species largely extinct elsewhere in Britain, such as black game and ptarmigan.
    Magnificent walking, bird-watching, mountain biking and (in season) cross-country skiing abound on the estate and, further afield, downhill skiing at Glen Shee (25 miles). Fishing is available on a 5-mile stretch of the River Prosen, and there are twenty golf courses within an hours’ drive.
    Enjoy the seclusion of this beautiful glen - peaceful, relaxing, scenic - yet just a few minutes’ drive from bustling market towns and busy fishing harbours which hug the Angus coastline, as well as from the city of Dundee which offers many attractions for all the family. The exciting Dundee Contemporary Arts is a stunningly-designed centre which incorporates galleries, a print studio and two art-cinema screens, while the Mills Observatory is Britain’s only full-time public observatory with a resident astronomer.
    Good road, rail and air access to Angus provide easy access from all parts of the UK or international destinations. Shop 9-10 miles.

    In a lovely woodland setting where the Logie Burn meets the River Prosen, this idyllic little cottage retains tremendous period charm. Open-plan living/dining room with kitchen area and multi-fuel stove. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

    • Multi-fuel stove – fuel at cost
    • Electricity rads, full NSH and convector heaters by meter reading
    • TV (no reception)
    • Video
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Garden area with furniture

    • Electricity by meter reading
    • Bed linen included
    • Towels £3 per person per week
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Small shared sauna available at Balnaboth House (£15 per hour)
    • Grounds of 6,000 acres
    • Parking
    • River fishing on a 5-mile stretch: trout foc, salmon £15 per day/£75per week (16 February to 5 September); £30 per day/£130per week (10 September to 31 October)
    • Grazing and stabling for visitors’ horses by arrangement
    • Natural spring water supply
    • NB: River and pond in grounds

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  • Goose Cottage

    Oban

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: SNNB

    Of a high standard, Goose Cottage is a single-storey holiday property set in shared, mature and spectacular grounds. Wildlife is usually plentiful and there are fine views towards Oban Bay and the loch from the garden area. Oban town (shops, bars and restaurants) is 1 mile; from its bustling harbour, boat trips leave for Mull and Iona. Enjoy Glencoe, Inveraray, sea safaris from Easdale. Shops 1/2 mile, pub ¼ mile.

    12 steps to entrance. Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small garden with patio, furniture
    • Shared natural, unspoilt grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: 10 steps to entance, 18 steps to viewpoint. Unfenced loch and cliff in adjacent grounds

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  • Airidh Bheag Cottage

    By Lochaline, Morvern

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511356
    Airidh Bheag Cottage ("small sheiling") is a lovely semi detached holiday property which nestles by the banks of the Savary River on the Morvern peninsula in the West Highlands. This self catering accommodation provides a fantastic retreat for a couple, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The lounge has low windows which means you can relax and enjoy a lovely view down to the river and onto the bird feeders where an array of birds, and if you are lucky, even a cheeky pine Marten may come to visit! You can access the owner’s large garden and gain a splendid view over the fields to the Sound of Mull. Access to the seafront is only a 10 minute walk. The local village of Lochaline is two miles away and it provides all the essential amenities including a shop, post office, hotel with pub and an award winning restaurant - the Whitehouse. There is also a ferry which runs regularly over to the Isle of Mull. This is an ideal location to explore the surrounding areas of Morvern,

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level heated by electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD, freeview, view down to Savary River and onto bird table
    Dining Room: Within lounge, folding wooden table and chairs
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer
    Hall Cupboard: With washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bathroom: With bath (with grab rail), spray head shower attachment from taps, WC, small wash basin.

    All power, bed linen and towels included. Selection of books and games. Wi-fi is available but speed is limited.Private area at river side and shared use of larger garden area. Outdoor seating available. Access across fields to seafront approx 700 metres. Private water supply - filtered and certified. Off road parking for 1 car. Private water supply. NB: There is a small water feature and a large pond within the grounds of the property.

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  • The Dairy House

    Nr. Lochailort

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: SPG

    " In a land steeped in legends of the Bonnie Prince – close to Moidart’s sandy shores..."

    Where a tree-lined glen opens out onto Loch Moidart and in countryside steeped with tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie, these fine properties stand upon the Kinlochmoidart Estate, within half a mile of the coast and 4 miles from the beach at Glenuig. The Scottish Baronial mansion of Kinlochmoidart House, occupies a marvellous position amidst some of Scotland’s most magnificent West Country scenery. It has been sensitively formed into three residences; two are careful conversions of an extensive service wing, while the main house (part of which is still the owners’ home) is a substantial property laid out over three floors and forming the middle portion of the building. The remaining three properties presented here are separately set in secluded locations within the vast grounds, comprising extensive shared gardens and the surrounding 2,000 acre estate grounds, which grant opportunities for excellent hill walking and fine varied fishing (fly fishing is available by arrangement). Very comfortably furnished, cosily heated and well-equipped throughout, each provides the perfect holiday retreat from which to enjoy an abundance of interests and scenic splendour with which this area is blessed at all times of the year.
    Designed by William Leiper in 1884, Kinlochmoidart House is one of the finest examples of his work. It features a superb Art Movement interior – tilings, wallpapers, paint work, panelling and many other intricate architectural features have been painstakingly restored and represented, under strict architectural guidance, to return it to its former splendour. It occupies the site of a house which was once the resting place of Prince Charles Edward Stuart during the 1745 Jacobite Revolution – a connection commemorated in a nearby meadow, where seven beech trees symbolise the Seven Men of Moidart, the sum total of the army which he brought from France.
    Just a short walk away from the house lies Loch Moidart, where vast expanses of sand are thrown up by the sea at low tide. At the seaward end of this beautiful inlet, sit the ancient ruins of 14th-century clan castle of Tioram (once the stronghold of the Lord of the Isles), providing a focal point for gloriously scenic views. Between nearby Loch Shiel and Loch Sunart, a trail leads through the Ariundle Oakwoods Nature Reserve – a haven for wildlife – whilst southwards, the coast is punctuated by bays of white sand excellent for fishing and shell-collecting, or admiring the views over hill, loch and sea from horse back. Fort William, gateway to Ben Nevis, is a scenic drive away, and the Western Isles, Skye and Ardnamurchan are all accessible. Sailing at Acharade, 6 miles. Golf 30 minutes’ drive. Inn at Glenuig, 4 miles. Shops 7 miles.

    Reached along a tree-lined avenue, this cottage of comfort and character, originally the dairy for the estate, enjoys a secluded setting with its own garden. Entrance porch to modern kitchen/dining room with pine furnishings. Small sitting room with open fire. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire – logs included
    • Electricity and full NSH by meter reading
    • Cot
    • Garden with furniture
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Bed linen included
    • TV
    • Shared gardens and grounds of 2,000 acres
    • Ample parking
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Fly fishing £30 per rod per day by arrangement
    • NB: Duck pond in grounds

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  • Snookies Cottage

    Milton, nr. Drumnadrochit

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 29360


    Nestling in the peaceful community of Milton, on the outskirts of the popular village of Drumnadrochit, Snookies is a cosy and charming, detached, traditional highland cottage that makes a perfect holiday base for exploring the delights and spectacular scenery of the Highlands of Scotland and the west coast. Set in a small glen with adjacent stream and being over 300 years old, this historic cottage retains many of its original features including open stonework. At the heart of Loch Ness there is much to see and do, including mountain biking, skiing, fishing, birdwatching, walking in the Great Glen, horse riding and golf. For the less energetic, take a gentle stroll along one of the many forest trails or the unspoilt beaches of the Moray Coast, relax on a boat trip down Loch Ness, or take in some of the historic sites the surrounding area has to offer. Inverness is just a short drive and Fort Augustus and Fort William, slightly further. The nearby village of Drumnadrochit is home to the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition, and a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Historic Urquhart Castle is situated nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, split-level garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack.

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