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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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  • Lilac Cottage

    Crieff

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 24908

    In the heart of the holiday town of Crieff, this traditional Scottish cottage has retained some of its original features and low ceilings in keeping with the character of the property. It is just a minute’s walk from the town centre with shops, restaurants and pubs. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are walks for all abilities, cycle paths, fishing and watersports. There are also golf courses within a short distance, including the world famous Gleneagles. Other attractions include the Crieff Visitors Centre, Drummond Gardens, Dewars World of Whisky, gardens and castles. The cities of Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow are all easily accessible. Shop 300 yards, pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with Victorian bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Open fire in dining room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking (50 yards). No smoking.

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  • Ancaster Apartment

    Callander

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 25316

    Situated within the heart of popular tourist destination, Callander, this first floor holiday apartment offers an ideal base from which to explore the breathtaking beauty of the Central Highlands. There is an abundance of walking and cycling paths, with bicycle hire available locally. Horse riding and trekking are also on offer, with salmon and trout fishing in the lochs and rivers. Callander Golf Club is just 200 metres away and offers fee reductions for holiday makers. The cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling are all easily accessible, offering castles, museums and art galleries, theatres and concert halls, the Wallace Monument, designer shopping and restaurants. Loch Lomond, with its golf course, water sports, aquarium and designer shopping, is within easy reach. Shops, pubs and restaurants ¼ mile.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Washing machine. Electric cooker. Microwave. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Squirrel View

    Newtonmore

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43060

    Set within its own garden, this detached timber cottage creates a cosy holiday base in a quiet rural location, in the village of Newtonmore, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. The area is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise with a variety of year-round pursuits on offer - from scenic walks, fishing, shooting, golf, horse riding, cycling and of course skiing. Also a variety of castles, gardens and distilleries to visit and visits to Cairngorm Funicular Railway and Highland Wildlife Park make for great days out. Inverness, Loch Ness and Fort William are also easily reached. Shop, pubs and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with sloping ceiling and wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Stream 20 yards.

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  • Hirta

    Glendale, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UTG

    Well-placed on the hillside to enjoy magnificent coastal views across the sea to the Outer Hebrides, and untouched by the rapid development of this corner of the island, this delightful detached holiday property is an ideal retreat to unwind and relax at any time of year. Standing alone and accessed by a track, it has beautiful sunsets over the sea, castles to explore; while the distant hills of Harris make for a memorable stay. There are boat trips to enjoy and many fine restaurants nearby, including the famous ‘Three Chimneys’ (5 miles away). Shops 2 miles.

    Wide steps to main entrance and decking. Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove, rugs on wooden floor and patio doors to decking. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom (5ft bed). Twin bedroom. Both with Velux windows, rugs on wooden floor, vaulted ceilings. Splendid views from all rooms. Bathroom with corner bath, toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs (satellite)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Decking area, furniture
    • Natural unspoilt pastureland
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • NB: Drops in garden, pastureland leads to clifftop/sea

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  • Squirrel Cottage

    North Kessock

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42887

    Nestling amongst the trees of Ord Hill above North Kessock and just minutes drive from Inverness, Squirrel Cottage makes the perfect holiday base for exploring the Highlands. Visit Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, Glen Affric, Fort George, the stunning scenery of the west coast or the Isle of Skye. A trip to the Orkney Islands is recommended, or to the Moray Coast where you might see the famous bottlenose dolphins. Historic sites, castles and whiskey distilleries are amongst the many attractions available. Golf, kayaking, hill walking and mountain biking are available. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Private garden with furniture. Portable barbecue. Shared landscaped grounds with woodland. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Large unfenced pond in shared grounds.

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  • The Gregorton Coach House

    Blairgowrie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: SZZC


    This spacious, detached holiday house, adjacent to the owner’s home, lies in almost 1½ acres of gardens, and is situated in a quiet residential area of Blairgowrie, a market town in the heart of Perthshire. The River Ericht runs through the town, which itself is the starting point for the 60-mile Cateran Trail. Glenshee, Scotland’s largest skiing area, caters for all year round sports activities including fishing, mountain biking, abseiling, hang gliding and paragliding. There are several excellent golf courses in the town and local area, including Rosemount and Lansdowne courses. Gleneagles, St Andrews and Carnoustie are within an hour’s drive. Explore the many castles, stately homes and gardens nearby, including Glamis and Scone Palace. The cities of Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh are all within easy driving distance. Relax in the garden with a glass of wine after enjoying this beautiful area and all it has to offer. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Spacious living room with electric coal-effect fire and patio doors. Dining room with double sofa-bed (alternative sleeping for children only). Cosy, well-equipped kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, each with TV; one double with 6ft zip and link bed (can be twin), one twin (can be 6ft double). Bathroom with separate shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.

    • Electric coal-effect fire included
    • Electricity, gas central heating (underfloor in bathroom), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Three Freesat smart TVs
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in porch
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, shared lawned garden
    • Patio with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • White Wisp

    Kinross

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 26123

    This delightful holiday cottage, converted from an old steading, offers tremendous views from the sheltered sun deck towards the Ochil Hills. Within the owner’s lovely grounds, the cottage is peaceful and welcoming, smart and stylish. A superb touring base set within wonderful scenery, it is only a ½ hour to Edinburgh and Perth and just a little further to Glasgow. There is excellent walking on the doorstep, wonderful golf courses (St Andrews, Gleneagles), and very good pubs and restaurants nearby. Take a walk round Loch Leven to Vane Farm (RSPB reserve) or a boat trip to see where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Wooden floors throughout. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with en-suite shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-Fi. Enclosed shared garden, terrace. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 4 steps in garden.

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  • Whitmuir Hall - Esk

    Nr. Selkirk

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 5315

    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 the main house. All on second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms (one 2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Cot on request. Fridge/freezer.

    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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  • Shore View

    Portree

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 30560

    Shore View enjoys an outstanding shore side location with dramatic views over Portree Bay and the Cuillin. The property is a comfortable and welcoming holiday home, in the quiet area of Bayfield. Portree is the main town for shopping, with many restaurants, craft shops, boat trips, swimming pool and a climbing wall. Aros Visitor Centre has various live performances and a cinema. The Island has much to offer the outdoor enthusiast with walking for all levels. Enjoy coastal walks, boat trips, fishing, kayaking, pony trekking and mountain biking. There are many places to visit such as Museum of Island Life, Dunvegan Castle ,Clan Donald Centre and Talisker Distillery. Beach 20 yards. Shop and pub 200 yards, restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard garden with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Home Farm - Byre Cottage

    Glendaruel

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SXXG

    "Surrounded by 150 acres of glorious wooded grounds, abundant in wildlife. . ."

    Amidst a glorious landscape of unspoilt wooded glens, fragmented coastline, stunning sea lochs and breathtaking bays, the delightful cottages at Home Farm nestle in the peaceful wooded valley of the River Ruel. The steading and cottages, formerly the home farm to the estate, have been lovingly restored and are very comfortably furnished in contemporary Scottish style.
    Their spacious courtyard setting affords each of them a sense of privacy and they all boast access to 150 acres of wooded grounds, abundant in bird and wildlife, with free trout and salmon fishing on the Ruel - the fishing hut provides an ideal picnic spot. One of the most admired views in Scotland, The Kyles of Bute, awaits discovery just 6 miles away, as do the tranquil village of Tighnabruaich’s lovely natural bays, sandy beach, shops, restaurants and 9 hole golf course. Colintraive (9 miles) offers a pub serving good food and there is a summer shop (limited opening hours) adjacent to Home Farm. Beach 5 miles. Shop 13 miles, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

    Open-plan living/dining room and kitchen area with wooden floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom with 4ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Access to freezer
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full ‘Econ 7’ NSH (except SXXL, SXXM and SXXN), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Satellite TV (basic package)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Sitting-out area with patio and furniture
    • Shared courtyard
    • Shared 150-acre grounds and woodland
    • Barbecue
    • Trout fly fishing foc (1st May - 30th September) with fishing hut and picnic area
    • Shared games room with snooker table, table tennis, table football, telephone (honesty box) and wi-fi
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced burn, waterfall and drops in shared grounds

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  • Hatton Cottages - Heather Croft

    Dunkeld, nr. Pitlochry

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 26213

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity included (£30per week, £4.20 per night short breaks 15th September-21st April). Two satellite TVs. CD. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. 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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  • The Marches

    Anstruther

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 23412

    Ideally located in the bustling fishing village of Anstruther, this deceptively spacious detached holiday home is set only 5 minutes walk from the quaint harbour. Locally there are award winning sandy beaches, water sports, trips to the Isle of May and coastal walks. Historic St Andrews, home of golf, 9 miles. Challenging local 9-hole links golf course ½ mile. Children’s play area 100 yards. Shops, pubs and award winning seafood restaurants, 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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