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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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  • Bridge Studio Apartment

    Kirkcaldy

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    Ref: CC526033
    Bridge Studio Apartment is perfect as a holiday getaway for two. Contemporary, comfortable and cosy, with an open-plan living, sleeping and kitchen space, it is situated in the centre of Kirkcaldy. Just a few minutes’ walk away are the railway station, bus station, museum and art gallery, Adam Smith Theatre and an attractive pedestrianised shopping area with a fine selection of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. This is the ideal location where friends and family can spend time together and explore central Scotland and the Kingdom of Fife. The esplanade hosts Europe’s longest street fair at Easter and you can enjoy walks in Dunniker Woods, stroll along the white sandy beach or visit the formal gardens at Beveridge Park. There are historic castles, houses and Falkland Palace to visit and the charming fishing villages of the East Neuk are all within driving distance, as is St Andrews (the home of golf) and many other splendid local courses. With excellent road and rail links you can easily explore the major cities of Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness. Dundee is 30 miles, Perth 38 miles and Edinburgh 28 miles.
    Bridge Studio Apartment can be booked together with Inchgarvie House (CC526035) and Beveridge Studio Apartment (CC526034) to accommodate up to nine guests.

    This property has been quality graded by one of our experienced Regional Managers who are trained and accredited by VisitScotland and has achieved a 3* grading.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 42" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom area: With double sleigh bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car)

  • Pier Cottage

    Portnalong, Isle of Skye

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511045
    Pier Cottage is a quintessential pied-a-terre for two, set in its own private gardens with the most magical views imaginable. This pretty cottage is situated at the end of a quiet road on promontory overlooking a small fishing harbour. The cottage windows and gardens look out across the sea to the MacLeod’s Table Mountains.Pier Cottage has been lovingly renovated to provide modern, cosy accommodation in one of the most unspoilt and attractive parts of the beautiful Isle of Skye.

    Ground Floor: Accommodation is all at ground floor level, has propane gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric feature fire, TV with full Sky package, DVD, radio/CD, and magical views across the sea.
    Kitchen/Diner: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
    Bedroom: With double bed (access from one side only)
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi facility available.Fully enclosed cottage garden with picnic table and bench seat. Off road parking for 2 cars.

  • Pier Cottage

    Kilmun, nr. Dunoon

    Grade
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    Ref: 28385

    Situated on the shores of the Holy Loch, in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, this restored, former ticket office is ideal for a relaxing holiday. Standing detached at the end of Kilmun Pier, this property offers a variety of activities, including walking, fishing, cycling, golf, quad biking and a range of watersports. The area abounds with wildlife, and visitors can take a leisurely stroll through woodland gardens at nearby Benmore Botanic Gardens. Further afield, there are day excursions to Inveraray, Oban and Loch Lomond. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/kitchen with wooden floor. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating included (£20per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-Fi. Small sitting-out area and bench. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Loch 10 yards.

  • The Barn

    Mey, Thurso

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511324
    The Barn is one of three barn conversion holiday cottages situated on a working farm just a few yards from the Pentland Firth. Immaculately presented throughout and with stunning views across the sea with the Orkney Isles clearly visible, The Barn provides a wonderful base for a memorable get-away-from-it-all holiday. The main living accommodation is open-plan. The lounge area opens up through French windows to the garden beyond and affords the most incredible seascape views. The kitchen area is bright, modern and well-equipped and there is a modern dining table for four. The spacious bedroom is attractively furnished and has a 6’ zip and link bed which can convert to twin 3’ beds as required. There is a modern bathroom with walk in shower, WC and basin. The Barn is situated close to some of the most fantastic beaches in the UK.  With miles of golden sand and massive sand dunes forming a backdrop, the nearby Dunnet beach is simply spectacular.  Surfing, body-boarding, sand-buggying, swimming, horse riding and wild-life watching are all local pastimes, yet this superb beach is never crowded.   Please note The Barn may be available to let with the two other adjoining self-catering cottages that form the barn conversion – The Byre (sleeps 4) and The Stable (sleeps 2).

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on one level, has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen:
    Lounge area:  with Satellite Freeview TV/DVD, Radio/CD and French windows opening onto the garden area
    Dining area:  with dining furniture for 4
    Kitchen area:  with electric oven and hob, microwave, larder fridge and washer dryer
    Bedroom:  with 6’ zip and link bed (can be converted to 3’ single beds as required)
    Shower room:  with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available. Garden area with patio and grassed area. Off road parking for 2 cars.

  • Osprey Hideaways - Osprey Cottage

    Stirling

    Grade
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    Ref: 27939

    Stunning scenery

    Only 4 miles from the historic city of Stirling, yet hidden away in a truly magnificent and peaceful rural scenery means a perfect location for year-round holidays. Osprey Hideaways overlooks the owners’ own 120-acre loch where ospreys can be seen feeding most days in season. 300ft high cliffs frame the far side of the water, making the views genuinely stunning. All the cottages are furnished to a very high boutique standard and provide excellent accommodation for couples or family groups. A welcome pack is provided including a bottle of bubbly so that you can relax as soon as you arrive. There is also lovely linen, towels, bathrobes - and even slippers! To top this off is the honesty room where you can borrow books, a huge selection of DVDs, games, toys and visitor information. The owners live on site and are there to help as much (or as little!) as you want.

    Each cottage has been named after birds that are regularly seen flying overhead, and are perfectly located to enjoy the best of both worlds at any time of the year - the peace of the countryside and the amenities and activities of the city. As well as being only 4 miles from Stirling city centre, it’s only 5 miles to the motorway junction for surprisingly quick journey times to Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow and all their facilities. Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park is 20 miles away and the mountains to the north or the beautiful sea lochs to the west are all within a 2 hour drive. There are numerous golf courses locally and even the Gleneagles course is only 35 minutes’ away. For walks the choice is endless and one of the best cliff-top walks in central Scotland starts right at the cottages! Stirling is a vibrant but compact university city offering wonderful attractions, including an incredible castle, the amazing Wallace Monument, the historic Church of the Holy Rude and even ghost tours. There are restaurants to suit all tastes, swimming pools, sport centres, multiplex cinema, theatre, museum, pubs and shops. The best bit is that Stirling is very much a year round destination. The perfect place for the perfect holiday! Shops, pubs and restaurants 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, shower attachment and toilet.

    Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Blu-ray. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared large garden and courtyard. Sitting-out area and furniture. Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Mountain View Cottage

    Taynuilt, nr. Oban

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    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.

  • Cart Shed

    Glenfarg, Perthshire

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    Ref: CC524036
    Cart Shed is a newly renovated semi detached cottage enjoying breathtaking, uninterrupted views over open countryside toward the Lomond Hills. The  interior of this wonderful property has been tastefully furnished and is very well appointed. The lounge has two marvellous large windows affording guests no other option than to sit back and enjoy the panorama. A lovely, cosy wood burning stove completes the tranquil ambience. The compact kitchen is well equipped with the benefit of a stunning view to boot! The double bedroom has a fantastic arched window, which was originally the opening of the doors into the cart shed. The cottage is part of a courtyard, one of three beautifully converted traditional stone built properties situated on a working farm at West Newton of Balcanquhal, only 2 miles from the pretty, rural village of Glenfarg where amenities include a shop, play park and tennis courts. If booked alongside the adjoining property Mill House, an internal joining door can be opened providing access between the two cottages. This would then offer accommodation for up to 8 people. If also booked with Steading Cottage then there is accommodation for up to 12 guests.
    Cart Shed can be booked independently or together with  Steading Cottage (524002) nad Mill House (524037) close by to accommodate extended parties.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, heated by ground source heat recovery system and under floor heating throughout and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, Free view TV and DVD, stunning views over open farmland to Lomond Hill from large triangular windows
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washing machine; dining table and chairs
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and stunning arched window
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    Fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for wood burning stove provided. Cot and fire guard available on request. Access to owner’s freezer. Use of shared garden area with garden furniture. Storage space available for outdoor equipment on request. Off road parking for 2 cars.

  • Heron’s Rest

    Feriniquarrie, nr. Glendale

    Grade
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    Ref: W42680

    Five minutes’ walk from the seashore, this cosy, detached holiday cottage enjoys panoramic views of Macleod’s Tables to the east and the sea Loch Pooltiel to the west. A super area for mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, fishing and much, much more. Take a trip to Dunvegan Castle, the colourful island ‘capital’ of Portree, Talisker Distillery or travel to the south end of the island fondly called ‘The Garden of Skye’. Here you can visit Armadale Castle and Gardens or explore the unspoilt coastline and perhaps catch a glimpse of the vast array of wildlife. For the less energetic, just sit back and relax and watch the ever changing, stunning scenery from the cottage windows. Shops 1.5 miles, pubs 9 miles and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. TV/DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave and washing machine in utility room. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • The Cottage

    Banavie near Fort William

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    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.

  • Laroch Cottage

    Ballachulish, nr. Fort William

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    Ref: W43259

    In an area renowned for its fabulous mountain ranges and scenery, this semi-detached holiday cottage lies in the heart of Ballachulish, a great base to explore the West Coast and Highlands of Scotland. The area is steeped in history and is ideal to relax in, watch the wildlife or enjoy many activities. Take the Jacobite Steam Train ‘Hogwarts Express’ along the ‘Road to the Isles’ or test the world championship mountain bike course. There are plenty of forest walks, museums, distilleries, castles, gardens and monuments to visit. Glencoe 1 mile, Fort William ‘Outdoor capital of the UK’ 14 miles and Oban ‘Gateway to the Isles’ 38 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 800 yards.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Newhall Cottages - The Bothy

    Carlops, nr. Penicuik

    Grade
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    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.

  • The Stables

    Braemore near Ullapool

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    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.

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