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Scotland

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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  • Bay Cottage

    Gairloch, Wester Ross

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511232
    Bay Cottage is a single storey detached cottage situated in a quiet backwater overlooking Gairloch Bay. Attractively presented throughout, it provides an ideal self catering base for couples wishing to explore this beautiful and renowned area of the Highland west coast. The accommodation is mainly open plan. The pretty lounge area is separated from the modern, well equipped kitchen by a breakfast bar. There is a warm and cosy double bedroom and bright, modern bathroom with shower. Bay Cottage is very conveniently situated in the tiny hamlet of Charleston, overlooking the bay and opposite Gairloch harbour. There is a thriving local inn just 1/4 mile from the cottage. It is also just a short walk to the harbour. Along the pier there are a selection of small shops, a cafe and post office. There are a number of excellent sea and wildlife boat trips that can be booked from the harbour, as well as sea fishing trips and excursions in a glass bottom boat.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With satellite basic sky package TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen/Dining Area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washer/dryer, breakfast bar.
    Bedroom: With double bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Open patio garden with outdoor furniture. Off road parking for 1 car

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  • The Cottage

    St. Cyrus, Montrose

    Grade
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    Ref: 25437

    This charming, 19th century, semi-detached cottage is peacefully situated on a quiet lane at the edge of the coastal village of St Cyrus, 30 miles south of Aberdeen with international airport. The completely natural garden provides a haven for local wildlife, birds and plants and backs onto open farmland at the rear. The holiday cottage retains many quaint features giving it a unique character and a welcoming atmosphere. The village shop, cafes and hotel are within walking distance, as are the miles of golden sands for which St Cyrus is renowned. The cliffs and dunes surrounding the beach are a National Nature Reserve where a plethora of wildlife including peregrine falcons can be spotted. Shops, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Dining/sun room. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with corner bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine.Telephone-incoming calls only. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • The Flag House

    St Abbs Head

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC538053
    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; seen from many of the windows of the property. The Flag House was indeed where the flags were stored and outside was where the flag flew. Now it is a comfortable studio with spectacular sea views from every window. With steps up to the door, there is a small entrance area which opens into the main living area with a neat galley kitchen on one side and a dining table by the window. Waking up to watch the sea all around is the stuff of special holiday memories.

    Ground Floor: The property has 12 steps to the entrance, is all on one level, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Bedroom area: With king size sofa bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Shared laundry by arrangement. Sitting out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Fenced seacliffs 21 yards away.

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  • Whitmuir Hall - Kenilworth

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
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    Ref: SW32

    Heated indoor swimming pool
    Shared gardens with furniture and play area

    This stone-built Edwardian mansion with its converted coach house and stable is situated near Selkirk, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh to the north, and the Berwickshire and Northumbrian coast to the east, are all within a pleasant hour’s drive.
    A perfect base for a peaceful country holiday, the cottages of Abbey Court, the individual character of the Coach House properties and the spacious apartments located within Whitmuir Hall itself, offer a range of accommodation for all tastes, seasons and party sizes. There are 32 acres of private grounds consisting of woodland and lawns, and a recreation building containing a heated indoor swimming pool (access by arrangement).
    Recreational possibilities include: 21 golf courses included in the Freedom of the Fairways Passport; walking, whether gently through woods and alongside rivers and towns, or on the more challenging Southern Upland and St Cuthbert’s Ways; cycling for all abilities on quiet local roads, on the many great cycle routes nearby or try some downhill trails at Glentress Forest, Peebles (cycle store available at the properties); or have fun on their Go Ape tree top adventure course; fishing for salmon and trout on the River Tweed and its tributaries, or on stocked lochs for trout and coarse fish. Historic houses, abbeys and castles including Melrose Abbey (burial place of the the heart of Robert the Bruce); Mary Queen of Scots’ house in Jedburgh; Traquair, the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and the Roman camp of Trimontium.
    Other activities in the area include horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and mountain biking, all within 30 minutes’ drive. Good selection of pubs and restaurants locally.
    As well as holidays and weekend breaks, we also cater for family gatherings, anniversaries, weddings and any other celebrations with accommodation for larger parties. For group, corporate and party bookings, a bar and catering are available by arrangement direct with the owner. An initial grocery order service is available on request. Properties SW30, SW37, SW3701 and 15785 have electric showers.

    In Coach House Court. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Internet access on request. Private patio and furniture. Barbecue.

    All properties: Electricity NSH and/or convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared coin-operated laundry room. Shared payphone. Shared gardens with play area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared indoor swimming pool, access by arrangement. No smoking.

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  • The Lookout

    Campbeltown

    Grade
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    Ref: UMG

    In a superb, secluded location by the sea on a 160-acre private island, this unique holiday cottage, one of three, enjoys stunning views from windows all around. Set at the northern tip of Davaar Island, it is connected to the mainland by a causeway, revealed by the sea for 6 hours at low tide. On arrival and departure, visitors will be ferried by Landrover across the causeway (leaving cars in the parking area at the main access point to the island). Once on the island, the mainland is just 20 minutes’ walk across the causeway, and Campbeltown, with good shops and restaurants, is a further 2 miles by car.In a superb, secluded location by the sea on a 160-acre private island, these three unique holiday cottages enjoy stunning views. Otter and Island Cottages are an adjoining pair of cosy lighthouse keepers’ cottages (the lighthouse is now automatic), while The Lookout is a former wartime lookout post situated 100 yards away from the lighthouse enclosure. This cottage has an extra sitting-room and sun terrace, formed from the original lookout, with superb long-distance views from windows all around. Otter and Island Cottages share a walled enclosure with the neighbouring caretaker, while The Lookout is set up on its own with outstanding views. Set at the northern tip of Davaar Island, they are connected to the mainland by a causeway, revealed by the sea for 6 hours at low tide. On arrival and departure, visitors will be ferried by Landrover across the causeway (leaving cars in the parking area at the main access point to the island). Once on the island, the mainland is just 20 minutes’ walk across the causeway, and Campbeltown, with good shops and restaurants, is a further 2 miles by car.
    The island’s moorland, hills and rocky shore are home to a wealth of wildlife – dolphins, basking sharks, otters, seals and sea birds are regular visitors, and even the occasional golden eagle may be seen. There is the famous cave painting depicting the crucifixion and further caves to explore. There is glorious walking and many picnic spots. Locally there is good fishing, riding, sailing and golf. Shops 3 miles (4 miles from The Lookout. Basic emergency provisions avail from caretaker).

    Cosy living/dining room with wood-burning stove and farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom (5ft bed), en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Extra sitting room and sun terrace.

    • Multi-fuel stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full convector heaters and bed linen included
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Access to telephone if required
    • Garden with furniture and telescope
    • Shared walled lawns
    • Shared grounds of 160 acres
    • Barbecue
    • Parking nearby
    • Sea fishing foc
    • Boat mooring foc
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Unsuitable for the infirm
    • Unsuitable for children
    • NB: Drops within grounds. Property is close to the sea

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  • Ardbrecknish House - Harness Room

    South Lochaweside

    Grade
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    Ref: 15454

    Magnificent setting in mature woodland by Loch Awe

    Ideal area for fishing, walking and cycling

    Children’s play area, pool table and darts

    Traditional bar - ideal for family functions

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

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

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/double bedroom area with 5ft bed. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

    Private side garden.

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

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  • Heather Cottage

    Laggan, nr. Newtonmore

    Grade
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    Ref: W43336


    Conveniently located on the roadside, with the Monadhliath Mountains as a backdrop, this holiday cottage offers very comfortable accommodation and enjoys beautiful views across the River Spey. It is ideally situated for a walking or cycling holiday and within a short drive, the villages and towns of Glentruim, Newtonmore, Kingussie and Aviemore are easily accessible, and Laggan is just a short walk away. A mini haven for bird watchers, you may catch sight of an eagle soaring over the valley, and lots of river and marsh birds can be spotted from the windows. Recognised as one of the most popular walking areas of the Central Highlands, the scenery alone keeps people returning throughout the year. Shop, 7 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared courtyard with decked patio and sitting-out area. Shared gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • Old Tannery Cottage

    Newton Stewart

    Grade
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    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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  • Airidh Bheag Cottage

    By Lochaline, Morvern

    Grade
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    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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  • Finkle Cottage

    Hungladder, Kilmuir

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511354
    Finkle Cottage is an immaculately thatched cottage with stunning views across the sea. With thick stone walls, thatched roof and large wood burning stove; it provides the ultimate romantic venue in a totally unspoilt and spectacular setting. This holiday cottage has been lovingly rebuilt stone by stone from the original croft house and offers the very best of both worlds - a brand new cottage with the ultimate in olde worlde charm. Situated on a working croft, with Highland cattle grazing the surrounding hills, Finkle Cottage is superbly positioned between open farmland and the sea. Set in its own grounds, with a delightful stone patio that runs the length of the cottage, it provides a quiet and secluded location for couples or singles to escape from it all. With slate flooring and under floor heating throughout it is warm and cosy all year round. The main lounge has beautiful Chesterfield sofas and a large wood burning stove. There is a bright modern kitchen, a separate dining room and large double bedroom, all with the same superb sea views. A modern, fully tiled bathroom with bath and shower completes the picture. Access to the shoreline is via a short grassy track that leads down to the sea, approximately 1/4 mile away. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 Miles.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level
    Living Room: With wood burning stove, satellite Free view TV/DVD, radio/CD
    Dining Room:
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, breakfast bar and door to stone steps to patio area
    Bedroom : With double bed
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet

    Electric under floor heating, power, bed linen and towels included. Unlimited logs and anthracite for stove provided. Please note the property is unsuitable for children.Patio. Off road parking for 2 cars. No smoking

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  • The Cottage

    Banavie near Fort William

    Grade
    2
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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.

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  • Millport

    Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

    Grade
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    Ref: CC539049
    Situated on the Isle of Cumbrae, this first and second floor apartment offers idyllic seaside accommodation located just 60 yards from the pier, with tropical palms fronting the promenade and yachts moored out in the sheltered bay. From here, you can explore the charm of a seaside town with cafés, shops and bars. A haven for wildlife, Cumbrae attracts migrant birds from around the world and the flora of the island is equally varied, with a visit to the island’s Marine Research Station with museum and aquarium a must. Pier Way is also the home of Europe’s smallest cathedral and Britain’s narrowest house. An ideal location for cycling, walking and golf and the National Watersports Centre offers courses to suit all aspect of water-based activities. The main Newton Bay offers sheltered anchorages and moorings.

    First Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Spiral staircase to...
    Lounge: With electric wood-effect fire, 42" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
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    Second Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Freezer in external outbuilding. Welcome pack.Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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