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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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  • 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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  • Caberfeidh

    Dulnain Bridge, nr. Aviemore

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 16926


    Situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Caberfeidh is a cosy, detached, single-storey holiday cottage set in enclosed gardens overlooking the River Dulnain. The adjacent Scots pine woodland is a haven for birds and red squirrels, and a cacophony of bird song often greets you as you step outside. In its rural setting on the Skye of Curr road, on the outskirts of the small Highland village of Dulnain Bridge, Caberfeidh is easily accessible, and is just a short drive from the larger towns of Grantown-on-Spey and Aviemore. Whatever your passion, whatever the season, the Cairngorms have something for everyone. Enjoy strenuous high-mountain treks or relaxing lochside strolls, mountain biking, water sports, winter snow sports, fishing, golf, wildlife watching, castles and culture, whisky and fine dining, or just enjoy the fresh air, peace and quiet. There is no shortage of space to find your own tranquil picnic spot set against the spectacular scenery of the mountains. Caberfeidh is well placed for exploring further afield too; in little more than an hour’s drive you can be dolphin watching at Chanonry Point on the Moray Coast or exploring Royal Deeside on the other side of the Cairngorms. After an active day, you can look forward to returning to Caberfeidh for a relaxing evening by the woodburner. Grantown-on-Spey with its shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, 3 miles. Restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed gardens and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Plum Tree Cottage

    St Fillans, Loch Earn

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: S13

    This unique, charming single-storey cottage is set on the edge of the picturesque village of St Fillans which is on the shore of Loch Earn. Standing detached in a very secluded location in the extensive grounds of the owner’s home, the cottage also enjoys a sunny sheltered terrace and shared tennis court. The area is ideal for fishing, golf, hill walkers and water sports enthusiasts. Easy access to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Perth, 40 minutes’ drive, offers an excellent range of shops, restaurants and bars, and a fine theatre, while St Fillans has a small shop and three good hotels with loch views, serving food (seasonal opening). Shop 50 yards.

    Living/dining room with rugs on wooden floor, French doors to garden, and modern well-equipped kitchen area with breakfast bar. Greenhouse conservatory. Double bedroom with 6ft (zip & link) bed. Shower room with toilet, arched window and view of hills.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Small enclosed garden with patio
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Use of hard tennis court by arrangement
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • The Lookout

    Campbeltown

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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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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  • Gardeners Cottage

    Gartocharn, near Drymen

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: UK5119
    This charming detached wooden lodge is located within the owner’s grounds and is ideally situated for most country sports and activities. It is within walking distance of amenities and services including the village shop and a retail outlet with daytime restaurant. Within the incredibly beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park there are many lochside, lowland and hill walks just a short distance away including a Munro. Sports include golf, sailing, windsurfing, cycling and horse riding. Cruises around the loch and its many islands are available. The top of Duncryne Hill is only 20 minutes’ walk through the woods and field, and provides one of the best 360-degree views in Scotland and a spectacular panorama of Loch Lomond. A nature conservancy area is within walking distance where a large variety of wildlife may be seen including deer, ducks, geese, herons, raptors and swans. Local visits include whisky distilleries and an aquarium. The numerous attractions in Glasgow and Stirling are within 40 minutes’ driving or the former can be easily reached by train from Balloch, 3 miles away. Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are close to hand. Shop and restaurant ½ mile, pub 3 miles.

    Ground Floor: All on ground floor.
    Living room:
    With Freesat TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors to decking.

    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed.

    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome packCourtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: There is a pond in the grounds, 10 yards.

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  • Croiscrag Cottage

    Aboyne

    Grade
    2
    1
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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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  • Betty’s Corner

    St Fillans, nr. Crieff

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC103


    Set on the edge of the picturesque conservation village of St Fillans, on the shore of Loch Earn within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, this spacious, unique, detached holiday property is surrounded by magnificent scenery in the heart of Perthshire. Architect designed and all on one level with wheelchair access, this beautiful cottage is immaculately presented providing a contemporary, tranquil, rural retreat. The worktops are wheelchair height in the kitchen and the oven door opens and slides under the oven for easy access. Enjoy leisurely walks along the loch shore, or enjoy a bite to eat at the café or pub, both within walking distance. Golfers are spoilt for choice with many excellent courses within easy reach including Gleneagles. For climbers, the mountains of Ben Vorlich, Ben Chonzie and Ben Lawers are just a short drive away. Historic castles, distilleries, formal gardens, safari parks and visitor attractions are all nearby.

    Whatever you choose to do during your stay, you can rest assured that Betty’s Corner awaits your return. Put your feet up and relax in front of the wood-burning stove with a glass of wine in the large comfortable living area, or venture outside into the lovely enclosed garden and admire the views at one of the outside seating areas, which the owner has positioned so guests can catch the best of the sunshine. Other places to visit include Lochearnhead, 5 miles, Comrie, 8 miles, Crieff, 15 miles, Perth, 30 miles, and Stirling, 26 miles. Beach 300 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Spacious, open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, patio doors and kitchen area with tiled floors. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Wet room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter at £4 per basket
    • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • 28" Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Car port (for 1 car); additional parking for 1 car
    • Cycle store
    • Shared tennis court
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Wheelchair access

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  • The Barn at the Bakery

    Moniaive, Thornhill

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 25465

    Situated in the charming village of Moniaive, this spacious semi- detached, single storey holiday property, adjacent to the owners house, is located close to the Galloway Forest and the Southern Upland Way. Popular with walkers and cyclists of all abilities, with many cycle paths close by. Golf courses in close proximity and for fishing enthusiasts the River Nith is one of Scotlands premier salmon and trout rivers. Historic attractions include Morton and Sanquhar Castle, Robert Burns’ House and Drumlanrig Castle. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams, wooden floor and Velux/kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with 2 additional Z-beds (for children) and wooden floor. Wet room with shower attachment and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Decked area with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Chestnut Lodge

    near Portpatrick

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5096
    This stunning little wing of the owner’s home is beautifully presented and decorated and with views of the sea from the garden what more could you ask for? It’s just a stones’ throw from one of the loveliest coastal villages in the area, Portpatrick, with its charming fishing harbour. From the comfort of your holiday cottage to the delights of the village there is just about no need to explore further. However this delightful area, known as The Rhins of Galloway is too tempting. Take a scenic walk along the Southern Upland Way, a coast to coast pathway. Or why not stroll through the village and lunch out in one of the many excellent restaurants which overlook the beautiful harbour? Chestnut Lodge is ideally placed for easy access to many of the attractions that ’The Rhins’ has to offer. Visit the beautiful display of flowers at Logan Botanic Gardens or explore the Galloway Forest with its exceptional walking and cycling; the world famous 7Stanes cycle trail runs through it. The forest is also a designated Dark Sky Park. If golf is for you there is an excellent course in the village and further afield is the Wigtownshire County Golf Club, an 18 hole true links course, which is situated on the shores of Luce Bay. Take a boat trip from the harbour, fish from the harbour walls or just sit and watch the world go by. Shop and pub 2¼ mile, restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area: With patio doors to garden.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Snug.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Laundry service available.Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Tawmans

    Kilmuir, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
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    Ref: CC511068
    Tawmans is the epitome of a quintessential olde world cottage which has been painstakingly restored and refurbished to provide an exceptionally high standard of accommodation throughout. One of its unique features is its turf roof; a form of roofing that was prevalent in Viking times and even predates thatch. Forming a protective carpet of grasses and wild flowers it adds immense charm to this unique and picturesque cottage.Original thick stone walls, deep silled windows, solid wood flooring and the cosy wood burning stove complete the picture. The high ceilings throughout maximise the light and add to its distinctive character. The cottage is superbly positioned between open farmland and the sea and the spectacular seacape views and sunsets are a magical form of entertainment. Surrounded by its own garden grounds it provides an ideal location for couples or singles to escape from it all.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Dining: With wood burning stove, TV and radio/CD
    Kitchen Area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge
    Bedroom: With king size bed.
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. First supply of logs for wood burning stove supplied.Enclosed garden. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Jacobite

    Glengyle, Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: CC523177
    Situated in a spectacular location in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, this beautifully converted, pet friendly cottage was originally part of a steading close to the birthplace of Rob Roy McGregor, commonly known as Rob Roy, or alternatively Red MacGregor, a famous Scottish folk hero and outlaw of the early 18th Century, who is sometimes known as the Scottish Robin Hood. The cottage is ideal for couples and sits in a tranquil corner at the side of Loch Katrine (Glengyle) with views of the loch and surrounding hills of Ben Lomond, Ben Ledi and Ben Venue. This is the perfect location from which to absorb one of Scotland’s most picturesque areas. The cottage is perfect for couples, fishermen, walkers, cyclists or someone looking to get away from the hustle of everyday life. The loch is surrounded by a private road and offers a quiet environment to walk, see the fantastic wildlife (deer, polecats, red squirrels and wild goats), offering pitch black skies with no light pollution and stunning waterfalls.
    Jacobite can be booked with Rob Roy (CC523176) to accommodate up to eight guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With hardwood floor, 40" Freesat TV, Blu-ray player and French doors.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, coffee machine and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Large with double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Patio with furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Smiddy Cottage

    Tulliemet, Pitlochry

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC524027
    Smiddy Cottage is a delightful stone built cottage, nestling in the beautiful Highland Perthshire countryside. A former working Smiddy, dating back over 100 years, the property has recently been refurbished and offers spacious and comfortable accommodation. Pitlochry is just 7 miles away and boasts a great number of shops, cafes and restaurants.

    Ground Floor: The property is mainly on ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Spacious open plan lounge/kitchen/dining
    Lounge Area: With Free Sat TV and large patio door looking out over the countryside.
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Dining Area: With table and 4 chairs
    Utility Room: With washing machine and freezer - a spacious area to store/dry outdoor gear
    3 Steps up to landing area and 1 step down to......
    Bedroom: With double bed, which can be separated into two singles if preferred
    Shower Room: With shower, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Unlimited Wi-fi availableEnclosed garden with furniture. Welcome pack provided. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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