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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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  • Apple Tree Cottage

    Tealing, nr. Dundee

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: 27170

    These two delightful stone built holiday cottages, (refs 27170 and 27171), have been thoughtfully converted from former stables into lovely cosy accommodation. Situated on a working farm, they have been beautifully styled with contemporary furnishings and make a great base to explore this lovely area. For family groups they can be booked together, or alternatively, they make a good choice for couples. There are several good golf courses, fishing, including sea fishing, and other country sports establishments, all within a short drive, or you may prefer the superb walking available in the nearby Angus Glens. There are plenty of activities in the city of Dundee, 4 miles, from country parks at Clatto and Camperdown, to ice skating, cinema, leisure pool and HMS Discovery. St Andrews, Perth and the East Neuk of Fife are all well worth a visit or alternatively indulge in some retail therapy in Dundee’s shopping centres. The villages and towns strung out on the coast from Broughty Ferry to Montrose offer clean beaches and local produce, notably the famous Smokies from Arbroath. Shop 1 mile, pub 1½ miles, restaurant 2 miles.These two delightful stone built holiday cottages, (refs 27170 and 27171), have been thoughtfully converted from former stables into lovely cosy accommodation. Situated on a working farm, they have been beautifully styled with contemporary furnishings and make a great base to explore this lovely area. For family groups they can be booked together, or alternatively, they make a good choice for couples. There are several good golf courses, fishing, including sea fishing, and other country sports establishments, all within a short drive, or you may prefer the superb walking available in the nearby Angus Glens. There are plenty of activities in the city of Dundee, 4 miles, from country parks at Clatto and Camperdown, to ice skating, cinema, leisure pool and HMS Discovery. St Andrews, Perth and the East Neuk of Fife are all well worth a visit or alternatively indulge in some retail therapy in Dundee’s shopping centres. The villages and towns strung out on the coast from Broughty Ferry to Montrose offer clean beaches and local produce, notably the famous Smokies from Arbroath. Shop 1 mile, pub 11/2 miles, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with French doors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with French doors. Shower room with toilet.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity (initial £20 included, thereafter by meter reading). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available at £5 per booking. Sitting-out area. Shared gravelled and lawned area. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Pets must be kept on lead (working farm). No smoking.

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  • Fishermans Bothy

    Lunan Bay, near Montrose

    Grade
    2
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    1
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    Ref: UK5065
    This detached former fisherman’s bothy is one of a small group of houses in a wonderful seaside location, accessed by a rough track and with the stunning beach just yards away. The cottage is quaint and quirky. It is a genuine converted working bothy, with the comfortable living room and kitchen open plan to each other, and a separate bedroom and bathroom. The wood burner adds further to the cosy atmosphere, where you can relax in comfort after a day out walking or taking in the sea air. The house is sheltered by the sand dunes, and just beyond is the magnificent 3-mile crescent of sand which makes up Lunan Bay, one of the finest beaches in Scotland.
    The beach is popular with surfers, horse riders and bird watchers. Traditional salmon fishing still takes place here in summertime, with nets strung from poles on the beach to trap fish in the falling tide. The Lunan Water meanders onto the beach in a beautiful estuary. High on a grassy bluff overlooking the river and bay are the ruins of Red Castle, built in the 1200s for King William of Scotland. There is a café 220 yards away offering locally produced food, which is great for breakfast or snacks after a spell on the beach. Further afield, but still within easy reach, the towns of Montrose and Arbroath are well worth a visit, while the Angus Glens offer miles of walking in peace and quiet in total contrast to the beach scenery. In the wider area are many notable places for visits such as Glamis Castle. Shop and pub 5 miles, restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground Floor: All on ground floor.
    Open plan living space. With wooden floor.
    Living area: With wood burner and double sofa bed.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Bed linen, towels and broadband included. Electricity by £1 meter (first £20 included). Initial logs for woodburner included. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 2-acre grounds with sand dunes and grassed areas. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property is close to the shoreline.

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  • Birdsong Cabin

    Breakish near Broadford, Isle of Skye

    Grade
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    Ref: CC511423
    Birdsong Cabin, as the name suggests, is set in a tranquil and peaceful setting so you can truly enjoy the dawn chorus and the birdsong from the comfort of this lovely holiday cabin. The property is a comfortable and cosy holiday home, set adjacent to the owners’ home ’Chrisona’, with outstanding mountain and sea views. It is located just a few minutes’ walk from the shore, where you will see a wide range of seabirds, waders, otters, curious seals and also a lovely stretch of white sands at Ashaig Beach. It is a great base for touring all the area, which has so much to offer for the outdoor enthusiast, with fabulous low and high level walking and hiking in the area, as well as plenty Munros to bag. Visit Sleat, Portree, Glenelg, Plockton and Applecross, which are all close by. Visit historic sites, including Clan Donald Centre and Gardens, Kylerhea Otter Hide, the Serpentarium and Reptile Centre, coral beaches and Talisker Distillery. Also Glenelg Brochs, Eilean Donan Castle, boat trips, pony trekking and so much more are available. The sunrise and sunsets, seascape, landscape and dark skies will amaze you so come explore and enjoy.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has a convector heater and comprises:
    Open plan living space with wooden floors.
    Lounge area:
    With 32" Freesat TV and blu-ray player.
    Dining area.

    Kitchen area:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed.
    Shower room:
    With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Croiscrag Cottage

    Aboyne

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W41610

    Countryside views

    This self contained holiday property, the wing of a cottage, has been furnished with style and flair to ensure a memorable relaxing break. Idyllically situated in an elevated position a short distance from Aboyne, it offers views over the gardens towards the River Dee, where salmon fishing can be arranged. There are extensive grounds with varied birdlife and squirrels which regularly visit. Within walking distance of a pub and restaurant, the house is not far from the village of Aboyne, which has shops and eateries, and in the summer has its own Highland Games – a feature throughout Deeside. Balmoral Castle is well worth a visit and in winter skiing at the Lecht or Glenshee are both easily accessed. Fishing, golf, hill walking, horse riding and even gliding at a nearby club.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Access to freezer. Shared grounds with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Clisham Cottage

    Lochcarron, Wester Ross

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511139
    Clisham Cottage is tucked into the hillside above the picturesque village of Lochcarron on the West Coast of the Scottish Highlands.  This wee cottage is approached via a flight of stone steps leading from the main street in the heart of this scenic village.  Set right on the shores of the loch, surrounded by the spectacular hills and mountains of Wester Ross, Lochcarron is bounded by the sea-loch on one side and attractive cottages and houses that straddle the main street on the other and is one of the prettiest villages in the Western Highlands. The cottage is within easy walking distance of the local facilities, which include excellent restaurants, café, pub, and small shops.  Clisham Cottage has recently been refurbished and re-decorated throughout and offers bright and attractive accommodation for two in a wonderful setting. There is an open-plan lounge / dining / kitchen area, a modern shower-room and good-sized twin bedroom. 

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has electric heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner:
    Lounge Area: With TV/DVD’, a soft leather sofa and use of occasional/child single bed by request.
    Kitchen Area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
    Bedroom: With two single beds
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Propery will only accept children up to 10 Years old (As put up bed is not big enough for older children ).Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Samian Place

    Kirkpatrick Durham

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537075
    This cosy little pied offers bright and modern accommodation and is just the ticket for a couple searching for the perfect getaway in Galloway! Samian Place, a garden flat, is so well placed in the village of Kirkpatrick Durham, which is only a mile from the main road, ensuring easy access in every direction. The views over the garden from the first floor open plan lounge to the hills of Screel and Bengairn beyond are lovely. For keen walkers, the hill of Screel is a must and although not a great height there are wonderful views across the Solway to the Cumbrian Fells and towards the Galloway Hills. The latter are also highly recommended for keen ramblers.

    Ground Floor: The property has calor gas central heating and free standing heaters and comprises:
    Small Hallway: With washing machine
    Bedroom: With double bed
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Lounge Area:  With Free view TV and DVD with delightful views of the garden to the hills beyond.
    Dining Area: With table and chairs
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave and fridge with ice box.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair available on request. Wi-Fi. One well behaved pet is welcome, no additional pets are accepted.Use of owner’s enclosed rear garden with lawn and patio area. Off road parking for 1 car. Wi-fi internet connection available.

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  • The Dairy House

    Nr. Lochailort

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: SPG

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Carinish Beag

    Achaphubuil near Fort William

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC511434
    In a quiet setting by the shores of Loch Lihnne, this semi-detached cottage adjoins the owners home and boasts lovely views of the loch and beyond to Corpach. Located 12 miles from Glenfinnan, the famous ‘Road to the Isles’ and within easy reach of Fort William, the outdoor capital of the UK, Achaphubuil is an ideal base for those looking to explore the west coast of Scotland. The islands of Skye, Rum, Muck, Eigg and Canna can be visited from nearby Mallaig and Arisaig, or from Lochaline, a short ferry crossing will allow you to explore Mull, Staffa and Iona. For those who enjoy a day on the beach, the white sands of Morar are a short drive away, or Ardnamurchan Peninsula the most westerly point of mainland Britain is home to Sanna Bay. Take a trip on the famous Jacobite Stream Train (Hogwarts Express) from Fort William to Mallaig. Experience historic Glencoe with its magnificent mountain ranges, or enjoy a visit to Oban known as the seafood capital of the UK. The area is great for outdoor pursuits and there are various forest trails for cycling and walking. For the less energetic it is a great place to relax and unwind.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen: With wooden floor, electric wood burner, Sky TV, patio doors to verandah, electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Dining room.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and Sky TV.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Lawned garden with verandah and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Wheelchair access. NB: 3 steps to verandah.

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  • Tullibole Castle Longhouse

    Crook of Devon

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: SMMH


    For a unique experience, look no further than this Visit Scotland ‘4 star’ standard former Scottish longhouse. The cottage has won an award for its conservation of original features which now combine with a contemporary twist to provide a private countryside retreat, far from the stress of everyday life. Set within the grounds of Tullibole Castle which dates back to the 17th century - tours can be arranged with the owner on request. The beamed living/dining room has wooden floors, exposed stone work and a comfortable sofa to watch the Freeview TV in front of the wood-burning stove. The spacious bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with beams and en-suite bathroom with large walk-in shower.
    The wonderful conservatory, with its two glass walls, is ideal to enjoy an evening meal, whilst looking out towards the Ochil and Cleish Hills. The large enclosed garden is superb for long sunny days, and the strutting peacocks who share it with you will keep you entertained for hours. Explore the peace of the surrounding woodland and see if you can glimpse the kingfisher and heron that sometimes fish in the 16th-century castle moat. For that truly magical moment, meals can be taken in the castle by arrangement. Afterward, make your way back to your idyllic hideaway, detour past the 18th-century dovecote before meandering through the charming maze which has been created as a memorial to the witches who met their fate at the Crook of Devon Witch Trials. If you can tear yourself away from this idyllic location then golf lovers can enjoy a round or two at Gleneagles, Muckhart or Kinross. History, culture and the ultimate shopping experience awaits in Edinburgh, less than an hour away, as are St Andrews and Stirling. A 25-minute walk leads to the village (local shops and pub food).

    Beamed living/dining room with studio-style kitchen area and wood-burning stove. Conservatory. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with large walk-in shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full LPG underfloor heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Electricity hob
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi broadband available in castle
    • Enclosed garden with furniture
    • Parking (4 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Meals in castle by arrangement
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Beaton’s Croft

    Kilmuir, nr. Uig

    Grade
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    1
    2
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    Ref: 29899


    There is no better place from which to explore the enchanting Isle of Skye than an original thatched cottage, set in a crofting township. ’A’-listed for its historic importance, and nestled in a landscape of rolling hills and Hebridean views, Beaton’s Croft is a dream hideaway from everyday life. Superb views across to the Isles of Harris, Lewis and North Uist are the icing on the cake of this authentic historic croft. Skye combines spectacular mountains, views to make the heart soar, and a rich heritage of historically significant events to enthral visitors of any age, from every part of the world. The awe-inspiring peaks of the Cuillin mountains rise at the centre and provide some of the most challenging walking and climbing in Britain. Seafood is abundant and world-class cuisine is available at the famous Three Chimneys restaurant. In Portree, just over 20 miles away you’ll find most amenities. Kilmuir is the burial site for Flora MacDonald, who escorted Bonnie Prince Charlie ’over the sea to Skye’, while Dunvegan Castle holds more than 800 years of dramatic island history within its walls. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Enclosed sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead at all times - sheep country. No smoking.

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  • Captain’s Folly

    Oban

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 19951

    Enjoying a central location and wonderful unsurpassed views across the waters of Oban Bay, this first floor holiday apartment, with fine Victorian features, makes an ideal base for a holiday. Facing west, the spacious, bright and airy apartment, located just 10 yards from the sea, catches the sun all day long. Oban, with its bustling harbour and large variety of restaurants and shops, is known as both the seafood capital of Scotland and as the gateway to the Highlands, with Ganavan sandy beach on the edge of town. Daily boat trips can be taken to the surrounding Hebridean islands where an abundance of birds and wildlife can be spotted. Wonderful climbing and walking from the doorstep. Shops and pubs 20 yards.

    All on first floor: Living room. Dining room with French door. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Sheiling

    Totaig, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC511129
    Situated on the hillside overlooking the beautiful waters of Loch Dunvegan, The Sheiling is a quintessential pied a terre for two. Set in 7 acres, with its own private beach, this exquisitely presented pine clad lodge is perfect in every way. Approached via a small but accessible country lane it offers quiet seclusion in a lovely, natural setting. The main room runs the length of the cottage providing a stunning open plan sitting room, dining area and kitchen. The windows look out across the sea and the surrounding hills and mountains. The double bedroom is superbly presented with coordinated soft furnishings and has the same amazing views. A cosy wood burning stove in the sitting room and the fresh smell of pine from the wood clad walls complete the picture.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level and is heated by electric radiators and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/ kitchen
    Lounge Area: With wood burning stove, TV/DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box
    Bedroom: With zip n link bed to make either one king size bed or two single beds enjoying stunning views across Loch Dunvegan and the mountains beyond.
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of logs for wood burning stove provided.Set within 7 acres of croft land with decked area and outside furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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