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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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  • Whitmuir Hall - Rob Roy

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 14034

    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 first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 steps up to 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Cot on request. Fridge/freezer. Internet access on request.

    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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  • Mackintosh

    Rannoch, Pitlochry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: S4419

    Discover these cosy holiday cottages with commanding panoramic views over Loch Rannoch, and surrounded by magnificent scenery on Liarn Farm. Skilfully converted from a former steading to take full advantage of the superb views – each enjoys a first floor living room with balcony – they stand on a working livestock farm. This is indeed the perfect location in which to relax and unwind – visitors may roam freely in the farm’s spacious grounds, and 11.5 miles of loch frontage make a wonderful spot for picnics as well as for fishing. Children will love the pets’ corner, and can help the owner feed the Shetland ponies, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks and Jacob sheep, each day at 10am. Walkers and cyclists can all revel in the breathtaking scenery and bird watching is a popular activity in the area. A trip to the lively little town of Pitlochry (26 miles) could take in the Festival Theatre and famous Fish Ladder, which is negotiated by thousands of salmon each year. Host to the Highland Games, Pitlochry also boasts interesting shopping, good restaurants and golf. Historic Blair Castle (20 miles) is among the attractions within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen.

    All properties: NSH, electric heaters and electric by meter reading. Bed linen included. Digital TV. Satellite TV (basic package). Video. Microwave. Freezer. Shared laundry room. Shared grounds and furniture. Balcony. Shared barbecue. Parking. Private water supply. No smoking. NB: Drops in shared grounds.

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  • Rowan Cottage

    Benmore

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 25302


    Situated half a mile south of the Benmore Botanic Gardens within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, this detached holiday cottage boasts stunning views. Red squirrels, deer and birdlife abound throughout the area which also offers innumerable forest, loch and river walks, starting only 110yards from the door. This is an excellent location on the A815 Dunoon/Strachur road from which to explore one of Scotland’s most picturesque areas with excellent outdoor activities including walking, golf, fishing, boating and cycling. For a more relaxing time there are many historic houses, gardens and castles to explore, with trips to Inveraray, Dunoon, Oban, Fort William and Glasgow (ferry trip) making good day out. Dunoon, 7 miles. Garage and café within 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Conservatory with dining area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in outside shed). Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Dailfearn Lodge

    Achmore near Stromeferry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511440
    Dailfearn Lodge is a delightful lodge-style property situated in a superb location, just a short stroll from the banks of Loch Carron. The lodge, with its own private patio decking, is set in the extensive grounds of a country house. The main living area is open-plan with a wood burner and two large patio doors overlooking the pretty gardens. With solid wood flooring, underfloor heating and two bright and attractively presented bedrooms, it is ideal for couples and small families seeking a quiet location in the heart of Wester Ross.
    It is situated in a quiet no-through lane that leads down to the sea loch, with stunning views across the bay to the Isle of Skye, Plockton and Applecross peninsula. There are superb walks direct from the property, and with the Torridon mountains, the Skye Cuillins, MacLeod’s Tables and the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain ranges all within easy reach; hill walkers’ and climbers are spoilt for choice. The picture postcard village of Plockton is just 10 minutes’ away, made famous as being the venue for the television series Hamish Macbeth, it is well worth a visit. With its picturesque flower-filled gardens, little winding streets and pretty cottages lining the foreshore, it is easy to see why it has also become a haunt for artists. The surrounding area offers a wealth of activities, places of interest and historic sites. The fairytale castle of Eilean Donan, enchantingly situated on a promontory in the loch and accessed by a small causeway, is a short drive away. A spectacular route takes you past this famous castle and through the amazing mountain range known as the Five Sisters of Kintail, and beautiful Glen Shiel, before reaching the shores of Loch Ness.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance (with ramp access), is all on the ground floor, has ground source heat pump underfloor heating and comprises:
    Open-plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wooden floor, wood burner, 30" Satellite TV, DVD player, CD player and patio doors.
    Kitchen/dining area: With wooden floor, electric cooker, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Welcome pack. Decked sitting-out area. Large, shared, landscaped garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Gardener’s Cottage

    Nr. Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UXT

    "Idyllically set on a 3000-acre estate..."

    Enjoying an idyllic situation on the 3000-acre Crofts Estate, surrounded by the Galloway Hills, these holiday cottages have enviable, dramatic views towards the Solway Firth and Cumbrian Hills beyond. Accessed along a private drive, and adjoining a cluster of well-maintained estate buildings, Stable Cottage (ref UUD) makes a romantic hideaway for two, offering stylishly furnished accommodation – its walls adorned with the original work of various Scottish artists. The larger Victorian detached Gardener’s Cottage (ref UXT) has been elegantly furnished, and features an attractive shared garden with a bridge over a burn and a small waterfall. Arkland Mill (ref STTZ) stands detached with a lovely large garden, a summerhouse and its own bridge over the stream. Marwhin House (SWWR) and Marwhin Cottage (ref SWWS) also stand detached, situated within 25 yards of each other, still with there own privacy, the latter two properties being set in gardens with a delightful stream and pond. Woodland walks and hillside trails radiate from the doorstep. Dumfries lies just 12 miles away, where there are plenty of shops, restaurants and museums, as well as a good theatre. Castle Douglas (8 miles) is a traditional market town with individual shops specialising in food and local produce. There are many beautiful beaches within easy reach along the Solway, and the NT Threave Gardens, 8 miles, makes for an interesting day out. Other tourist attractions in the area include the Galloway Kite Trail, the Galloway Forest Park and golf courses and museums in Dumfries. Village shop and pub within 4 miles.

    Two steps to entrance. Living room with wood-burning stove. Dining room with open fire. Fitted kitchen with door to garden. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Freezer
    • Shared large garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking
    • NB: Stream with bridge in garden

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Shared 50-acre natural, wooded grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • NB: Loch and burns in grounds

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  • Over The Square

    Dornoch

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42778

    This lovely apartment set over two floors enjoys a central location within the town of Dornoch and is furnished and equipped to a good standard. Located between the Dornoch Firth, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Loch Fleet Nature Reserve where bird lovers from around the world congregate. There are so many things to see and do in this area. Take a stroll along the nearby sandy beach, play golf at the nearby Royal Dornoch Golf Club, visit the beautiful 11th century Dornoch Cathedral and the Old Jail, all within easy walking distance. Amongst the many activities available are mountain biking in the many forest trails, walking through Skelbo Woods with its sculpture trail or exploring some of the many unspoilt beaches. Shops 50 yards, pubs and restaurant 30 yards.

    First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Cart Shed

    Mauchline, nr. Ayr

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: SSAW

    Set in 4 acres of woodland and close to the quaint village of Failford, this detached 18th-century cottage has stunning original arched windows and is a short walk away from the River Ayr Way. It provides a tranquil base from which to explore the beauty of Ayrshire and south west Scotland. Ayrshire offers unspoilt scenery and a varying coastline with the Ayrshire Coastal Path (a long distance walking route winding 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles) being easily accessed. Inland, there are gardens and castles to visit, as well as riding, racing, golf and country parks. Day trips to Ireland can be taken from Stranraer, and both Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reached for a day out. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove, tiled floor and kitchen area. Double bedroom with door to patio. Step to twin bedroom with feature stone wall and fully tiled en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full underfloor air source heat pump central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • 37" Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden with furniture
    • 4-acre natural unspoilt woodland
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Song Bird Cottage

    Scaniport, nr. Inverness

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43203

    Nestling within beautiful wooded grounds, this former farm steading now provides accommodation in a lovely part of the Highlands. Song Bird Cottage makes an ideal holiday base for exploring the many delights of the Northern Highlands. Located on the outskirts of the Highland capital of Inverness and close to Loch Ness and the Moray Coast, the area is renowned for its natural beauty along with the many activities available – golf, kayaking and water sports, mountain biking, climbing and hill walking to name just a few. Discover some of the many historic castles, Culloden Battlefield and Fort George or stroll on the many unspoilt beaches – so much to see and do for all. Shop 1.75 miles, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Utility room.

    Electric central heating included (£40per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Hatton Cottages - Osprey Cottage

    Dunkeld, nr. Pitlochry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 15885

    These three properties are situated in a peaceful wooded area with walks right from the doorstep and numerous roe deer around, yet only 2½ miles from the village of Dunkeld with its shops, ancient fountain and cathedral. Osprey Cottage (ref 15885) has been converted to create a super holiday retreat with rugs on polished wooden floors upstairs in the living areas, and cosy bedrooms below. Heather Croft (ref 26213) is a detached bungalow nearby, cleverly designed by the owners with lots of windows to maximize views of the surrounding countryside. The But ‘n’ Ben (ref 28139) is a charming converted barn for two. An ideal choice whatever the weather. Next door to Dunkeld is Birnam, home of the Beatrix Potter exhibition and where there are riverside walks along the Tay. An 18-hole golf course is 1½ miles away beside the Loch of Lowes Wildlife Reserve. There are walks and cycle tracks in the bordering forest. Fishing locally. Shops and pubs 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with toilet. Wooden floors throughout first floor.

    Oil central heating and electricity included (£30per week, £4.20 per night short breaks 15th September-21st April). DVD. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Dishwasher. Shared 3-acre natural and wooded grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Unfenced stream in grounds.

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  • Thornton Cottage

    Drumoak

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: SPPR

    This attractive, traditionally built, stone holiday cottage is ½ mile from Drumoak village in Royal Deeside. Within easy walking distance are the River Dee, Drum Castle with its 13th-century tower and the Drum Garden Centre. There are castle trails, malt whisky trails and the Cairngorm National Park close by. In the area are 70 golf courses and anglers have a choice of well-stocked fisheries. Aberdeen, 10 miles, has many facilities and a long sandy beach front. Shops ½ mile, pub 2 miles.

    Spacious living room with multi-fuel stove, wooden floor and two sets of French doors to patio. Sitting room with wooden floor and French doors to patio. Large kitchen/dining room. Utility. Separate toilet with vaulted ceiling and Velux window. First floor: All rooms with Velux window. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Step down to large twin bedroom with TV and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with corner bath, walk-in shower and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel stove - fuel included
    • Full oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor, bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs
    • Two DVDs
    • CD
    • DAB radio
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • American fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small enclosed grassed area to side; small, enclosed patio area with furniture to rear
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Bluebell Cottage

    Auchtermuchty near Cupar

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC526014
    Bluebell Cottage is a beautifully renovated  terrace property located in the Royal Burgh of Auchtermuchty in the Kingdom of Fife, with open views to the Lomond Hills. This charming self catering cottage offers ground floor accommodation and makes a fantastic holiday destination. Each room has been tastefully decorated and furnished. The lounge is warm and welcoming with its wood burning stove. The kitchen diner is fully fitted and well equipped. There is a luxury tiled bathroom and two good sized bedrooms. Bluebell Cottage is within walking  distance of all essential amenities including a selection of shops, tearoom, local pub and eateries. The village is full of history with ancient streets and wynd’s, with records showing there has been a settlement here since 350AD.
    Auchtermuchty was the adopted home of Sir Jimmy Shand MBE, MA who was a famous Scots accordionist and dance band leader during the 1950/60’s. Bluebell Cottage was the music room for Jimmy Shand and is named after his 1955 chart topping hit the "Bluebell Polka". The village has a bronze statue in honour of this late great musician. Today the famous musical talents to come from the village are The Proclaimers.
    Auchtermuchty is a great base to start exploring all that stunning Fife, Perthshire and Augus have to offer.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, Free view TV, DVD, radio/ipod docking station
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven, second smaller oven/grill, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; dining area
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and built in wardrobe
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and built in wardrobe
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All power, fuel, bed linen and towels included. First basket of wood supplied. Hairdryer. Travel cot, highchair and fire guard available. Wi-fi.Enclosed garden with outdoor furniture and BBQ (coals not included). Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Dess Lodge

    Dess, Aboyne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: SGGP

    This most attractive, Victorian, detached baronial gatehouse is situated just off the road between Aberdeen and Balmoral and offers gracious living in the heart of Royal Deeside. The interior has been attractively furnished in traditional style with pitch pine finishings, open fire, tartan flooring and tasteful antiques. Surrounded on three sides by the gardens, its location is ideal for a holiday exploring this beautiful area. Enjoy the charms of the surrounding towns and villages - from Banchory with its bustling high street to Ballater, famed for its royal connections. Many historical places of interest, from the castles of Crathes and Balmoral to the standing stones of Tomnaverie. Superb scenery surrounding the area enhances any day out. Shops 2 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Living room with open fire in Portland surround, original shutters and sofa bed (alternative sleeping). Kitchen/dining room with slate floor, exposed granite walls, door to garden. Spiral staircase to first floor: Two bedrooms; one double with en-suite shower room and toilet, one twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel available locally
    • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen, towels included
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Raised lawned sitting-out area with furniture
    • Private parking for 1 car; additional parking space on site
    • No smoking
    • Please note: There is a drop and bank in the garden

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