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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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  • Airidh Bheag Cottage

    By Lochaline, Morvern

    Grade
    2
    1
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    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.

  • 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.

  • A View For Two

    Skeabost, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511173
    A View for Two is a delightful studio apartment situated in a quiet backwater adjoining the picturesque loch Snizort. This beautifully-presented pier-a-terre provides bright, modern accommodation for couples or singles in a truly superb setting. The apartment is a self-contained ground floor unit in the owner’s house. With its own separate access it has an L shaped open-plan main living room with generous-sized lounge / dining area and well-equipped kitchen. There is a comfortable, large deluxe sofa bed with sprung mattress. French windows open onto a pretty patio area with lovely gardens beyond. A bright, modern shower-room completes the picture. The apartment looks out across the gardens to the beautiful sea-loch of Snizort which immediately adjoins the property, with hills and mountains beyond. 

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all at ground floor level, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen/bedroom
    Lounge Area: With Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD and deep leather large, deluxe sofa bed with sprung mattress for two
    Dining Area: With table and chairs for two
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Internet access through pay for use BT Openzone. Shared use of utility area with washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing board.Shared use of garden grounds with patio area and lawn which adjoin golf course and leads directly down to the banks of Loch Snizort. Off road parking space for one car.

  • Pier Cottage

    Kilmun, nr. Dunoon

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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 Old Laundry

    Glenprosen, by Kirriemuir

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: SFS

    "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.

    This charming conversion of the old laundry features pine-panelled ceilings in its cosy and characterful interior and a large balcony overlooking the Logie Burn which flows past the cottage. Open-plan sitting/dining room with multi-fuel stove and kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel stove – fuel at cost
    • Electricity rads and partial NSH by meter reading
    • TV (no reception)
    • Video
    • Washer/dryer
    • Balcony with furniture
    • Unsuitable for the infirm

    • 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

  • 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.

  • Craigard Apartment

    Oban

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30966


    In an elevated position overlooking Oban, this single-storey contemporary apartment is a mere 5-minute walk from the bustling town centre, making it an ideal holiday base for touring Argyll. From the front of the grounds there are magnificent views of the harbour and from the rear, McCaigs Folly is a spectacular sight. Oban is known as the ‘Seafood Capital of the UK’ and has a leisure centre, cinema, good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Nearby, for the outdoor enthusiasts there are numerous forest walks, cycle tracks and an abundance of wildlife, surrounded by stunning countryside. Thrill seekers can enjoy a sea safari trip to catch a glimpse of dolphins, whales and eagles, as well as the famous Corryvrekan Whirlpool. Ferry trips can be taken from the port of Oban to the nearby islands of Mull, Iona and Staffa. Other activities found locally include go-karting, riding, sailing, fishing and golf. Lochgilphead, Inveraray, Glencoe and Fort William are also easily reached. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared sitting-out area. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Nevis Let

    Lochyside, nr. Fort William

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W42033

    Mountain views

    Set on the banks of the River Lochy with stunning views over Ben Nevis and the Aonach Mor Mountain Range, this holiday property is only two miles from Fort William town centre. Attached to the owner’s house it offers cosy accommodation and is in an ideal location for exploring the Highlands. Known as the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, Fort William boasts a large variety of outdoor pursuits with climbing, mountain biking, skiing, sailing and fishing all available locally. In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, wildlife is in abundance and Loch Ness, Aviemore, Inverness, Skye and Glencoe are all within easy reach. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a large river running outside the property.

  • The Cottage

    Lyth, nr. Wick

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W42083

    Rural setting

    The Ivy Wing and The Cottage are situated in the courtyard of Barrock House, and surrounded by landscaped grounds and mature woodland. This provides shelter for an abundance of bird and wild life with pleasant walks close at hand and the scenic beaches of Sinclair and Dunnet Bay are just 5 minutes by car. The Cottage makes the perfect base for touring this unspoilt and tranquil part of the Highlands. Visit the Castle and Gardens of Mey, the Queen Mother’s Highland home, John O’Groats, Wick Heritage and Lyth Arts Centre, or take a wildlife or distillery tour. Golfing, fishing, sea trips or walking along the many miles of rugged coastline are just some of the many activities available. Lyth is situated just 10 miles north of Wick and 15 miles from Thurso, making the beautiful Orkney Isles easily accessible by car ferry for day trips. Both properties can be booked together for larger groups (ref’s W42082 and W42083). Shop, pub and restaurant 4.5 miles.

    All on first floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 30-acre grounds and shared lawned garden with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Little Drumduan

    Dess near Aboyne

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC512082
    This charming, beautifully furnished, detached, holiday cottage is in a peaceful setting in the heart of Royal Deeside, just outside Kincardine O’Neil, Deeside’s oldest village. It is surrounded by fields which back onto the Deeside Way, a long distance path running from near the centre of Aberdeen to Ballater, in the Cairngorm National Park, famous for its Victorian heritage and links to Balmoral Castle. Perfect for walkers or cyclists, or even riders (the owner can provide stabling if required), along the way there are stunning views over the River Dee with the Cairngorm Mountains as a backdrop, offering the opportunity to explore a beautiful area of Aberdeenshire, with its changing landscape from sea to mountain. Enjoy the charms of the surrounding towns and villages, from Banchory, with its bustling high street to Ballater, famed for its royal connections. There are many historical places of interest, from the castles of Crathes and Balmoral to the standing stones of Tomnaverie, all within an easy drive.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil underfloor central heating, is all on ground floor and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With tiled floor, Freesat TV, DVD player, iPod dock and patio door.
    Kitchen area: With tiled floor, electric cooker, induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With wooden floor, king size bed and built-in wardrobes.
    Wet room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fridge/freezer in garage. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Garden patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1/2 acre grounds (by arrangement with owner). Kennel and stabling available. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Pet to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

  • The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage

    Twynholm, Nr Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537173
    This cosy hideaway is just a perfect spot for exploring this secret corner of Scotland. Parts of the apartment date back to the mid 1700’s. The unique and special experiences on offer here in Galloway can be sampled almost from the doorstep. Frequent visitors to the apartment’s grounds are deer and red kites. The views are extensive; Screel and Bengairn and over to the Cumbrian Fells distinguished by the peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra. The local town of Kirkcudbright is a delight. Established as a Royal Burgh in 1455, it is known as The Artist’s Town and has attracted painters for generations due to the scenic landscape and the exceptional quality of light.

    Ground Floor: This cosy apartment is all on one level, heated by oil central heating and comprises:
    Sitting room/Dining room: with TV/DVD and electric feature fire. Views of the garden and hills beyond.
    Kitchen: electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, mini dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: super king sized bed which can be made into 2 single beds. PLEASE STATE PREFERENCE AT TIME OF BOOKING. (If preference not stated will be King Size) En suite bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels supplied. Internet access availablePatio garden with furniture and BBQ. The owner extends a welcome to explore some of the surrounding 2.5 acres of land. (NB: There is a pond however this is fenced off from the apartment’s garden.) The apartment is surrounded by farmland with livestock. 2 small dogs welcome (to be kept under control and on a lead at all times). Please note: the road to the property is down a 300 metre all gravel track. Off road parking for two cars.

  • Garden Cottage

    Bearsden, nr. Glasgow

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29839


    This mid-terraced holiday property is situated in a leafy street in the Westerton Bearsden area of Glasgow. Located only 10 minutes by train from the cosmopolitan West End and the city centre with museums, gardens, art galleries and superb shopping, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife. It is also only 15 miles from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, one of Scotland’s most picturesque areas with excellent outdoor activities to be enjoyed including walking, cycling, golf, fishing, pony trekking and watersports. Visit the Trossachs Discovery Centre to learn more about this exciting area, or enjoy a cruise on the stunning Loch Lomond. Stirling, with its ancient castle, is also easily accessible for the day and well worth a trip as is the historic city of Edinburgh only an hour away. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Garden room with patio doors. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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