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Aberdeenshire in Scotland's north east offers fantastic access to some of the best that the country has to offer; and as well as having plenty of holiday cottages in the region for you to choose from, you'll also discover breath taking landscapes, rich history and lots of activities for all the family. With such an abundance of things to see and do, you won't have to travel far from your cottage to find some fantastic ways to enjoy your holiday.

It's an area that is tailor-made for relaxing outdoor holidaymaking, offering a wealth of activities and attractions to help make the perfect Scottish holiday break. For example you can enjoy some of the most stunning walks in the highland fells, explore the region's rich history through its many archaeological sites and castles, or head for the coast to relax and enjoy the fresh air, with the most beautiful coastal views.

The region's history is perfectly encapsulated in the incredible Dunnottar Castle. This stunning 14th century fortress offers breathtaking views and thanks to its cliff-top location allows you to bask in some of the region's most beautiful scenery.

Staying in a holiday cottage is also the perfect way to explore the region's whisky heritage. The Speyside Cooperage in Craigellachie grants a uniquely fascinating insight into the production of oak casts. The only one of its kind in the UK, it forms part of the celebrated Malt Whisky Trail.

The outdoor pool in Stonehaven is equally unique. The last of its kind in Scotland, it offers clean seawater heated to 29 degrees C and makes for a uniquely relaxing way to enjoy your break in Aberdeenshire.

Skiing in the Cairngorms is of course one of the highlights of the winter months but thanks to a number of dry slopes it's also possible to pursue your passion in the summer season if you like!

For those after the simple pleasures in nature the region has a multitude of rivers and waterways, making it a haven for anglers and wildlife lovers keen to relax and enjoy the unrivalled tranquility offered by their surroundings.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Aberdeenshire to find your perfect retreat.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Coast Cottage Ref: 27095

This delightful semi-detached holiday cottage is situated in one of the oldest parts of Banff, near the historic St. Mary’s churchyard. There is a golf course ¼ mile away, as well as a stunning beach and coastline which stretches from Macduff to Whitehills and beyond. Further inland the Whisky and Castle trails offer stunning scenery. Renowned for dolphins and other marine life, boat trips are available along this magical coast. The area hosts The Scottish Tradtional Boat Festival in Portsoy (July). Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. 1 step to dining room/kitchen with patio door. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 bunk with additional pull-out single and wooden floor.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed decking area with furniture. Garage (1 car), 30 yards. Welcome pack. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£194-£578
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Daylesford Ref: SEEV

Situated down a quiet lane in the delightful coastal village of Portsoy, this lovely period, detached house has been refurbished to a high standard. The property also benefits from an enclosed walled garden to the rear which is perfect for enjoying a barbecue in the evenings. Portsoy, which is host to a popular boat festival in the summer, is ideally placed for exploring the rugged and varied coastline of the Moray Firth. There is plenty to do in the area with several fine golf courses close at hand, the Whisky and Castle Trails waiting to be explored and excellent sandy beaches along the coast - from Banff to Nairn and Lossiemouth especially. Shops 500 yards, pubs ¼ mile.

Living room with open fire and wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with door to garden. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with electric woodburner, sea and hill views. Twin bedroom with ornamental fireplace. Single bedroom.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair (on request)
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed garden, covered well and furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking

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£260-£831
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3
Bryn Awel Ref: W40994

Excellent touring base

This cosy traditional semi detached fisherman’s cottage is tucked away in the corner of a quiet side street in the fishing town of Macduff. The owners’ family home for several generations, it has retained its original character yet offers contemporary facilities. The rear of the house offers partial sea views and there is a steep rear terraced garden with a patio, for sitting out on sunny afternoons. Macduff has its history steeped in fishing and boasts an aquarium showcasing the marine life found in these parts. Banff is noted for its architecture, in particular Duff House which contains masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. Golfing, walking, cycling and fishing are available in the area. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (for alternative sleeping). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Electricity ’coal-effect fire’ included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video/DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed gravelled garden with patio and furniture. On road parking.

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£190-£554
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Number 10 Ref: W41840

Direct access to the sea

This cosy, former detached fisherman’s cottage is situated in a marvellous setting right on the seafront. Typical of the village, the cottage sits gable end to the sea, a testament to Crovie’s rugged past, built to withstand the winter storms that can occur here.

Crovie is built on a narrow ledge with the sea just yards from the door and in the summer it is lovely to sit and look out for the marine life which passes through the area, from dolphins to seals and birds. The Sea can be viewed from the patio.

Enjoy the walk to Gardenstown - a similar but larger village, or explore the villages further west, from Sandend to Portsoy and Cullen.

Shops and pubs 1.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 single bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams and sloping ceilings.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating included (£30per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Elevated and landscaped patio with furniture. Public car park. No smoking.

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£263-£606
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Gordons Hall Ref: 27884

This stylish and contemporary upside down holiday apartment, adjacent to the owner’s home, benefits from extensive views over the harbour and out to sea. Ideally placed for touring the north east coast, there are numerous little villages to explore, each with its own charm. Macduff and neighbouring Banff straddle the River Deveron, with a beautiful and historic seven arched bridge providing the road access between the towns. Both have great shops, restaurants and attractions. Nearby golf courses include Duff House Royal in Banff and Royal Tarlair. Excellent walks along coastal paths, fishing and boat trips to spot the famous Moray Firth dolphins are all available. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double; one with en-suite shower room with toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with sloping ceiling and Velux.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Wii. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£244-£928
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

The Old Merchant House is a stunning 18th-century old smugglers’ house on the historic harbour front at Portsoy with stunning sea views. Built in 1726 the house is packed with original features including exposed beams, wooden floors and a woodburner situated in the original 18th-century stone fireplace. Accommodation is over three floors, sleeping 6 in three comfortable bedrooms, while from the kitchen and lounge; guests can enjoy the marvellous seascape and activities of the 17th Century harbour. A good pub and coffee shop are within yards of the house, with all the other shops and eateries just a short walk away. This part of the North East of Scotland is often referred to as ’Castle Country’, being home to around a thousand castles or castle ruins, providing a wealth of history to explore. Along the Coast there is an abundance of wildlife to see. Take a trip to Troup Head where you will see the RSPB Gannet colony plus loads of other sea birds; see the seals basking at Port Gordon; go on a boat trip or just get your spyglasses out and spot the famous Moray Dolphins or a Minke Whale. This part of Scotland lends itself to day trips with something for everyone. Beach 20 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Second floor: Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£237-£825
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Boyne Apartment Ref: W41305

Rural location

This attractive self-contained first floor apartment is situated in a peaceful location and attached to the owner’s property. Accessed by means of an external staircase, it is stylishly furnished to a good standard and makes a cosy base from which to explore this stunning area. The magnificent Banffshire coast is just a mile away, an intriguing mixture of sandy coves and grass covered cliffs and the quaint villages strung out along the coast all have their individual appeal. Visit Banff with its excellent golf course, the historic Duff House and harbour or neighbouring Macduff with its well known aquarium. The whisky and castle trails are easily accessed and there is an abundance of other leisure activities available from horse riding to fishing, walking and cycling. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with 2 sofa beds/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV. CD. Shared laundry facilities. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: There is a fenced stream close to the property.

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£298-£298
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Weavers Cottage Ref: 24878

This gorgeous cottage, with strong Indian influence, offers something different in this quaint conservation village. Beautiful throws and fabrics adorn the cabin bed in the living room which acts as a sofa. A lovely enclosed decking area and small steep garden at the rear (accessed via small door from bedroom) is a lovely spot to soak up the sun. The sea is literally just a few yards away. Being at the foot of a cliff with a rugged coastline, enjoy beachcombing along the shore at low tide. Walk to neighbouring Gardenstown (tide permitting) with a cluster of local shops. Explore the many villages or enjoy activities such as fishing and boat trips. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with ½-bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburners in living room and bedroom (no fuel provided). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen, towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Enclosed decking area and furniture. Sitting-out area (up sloping bank). Parking 100 yards. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 5 yards from sea. Drops in grounds. Steep sloping bank.

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£254-£580
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Starfish Cottage Ref: 30024


This delightful, single-storey, detached holiday cottage sits at right angles to a quiet lane, which runs between Portsoy’s quaint harbour on one side and the sandy beach on the other. Well furnished throughout, providing good quality accommodation, it is a great base for exploring the delights of the area. Portsoy is a bustling village renowned for its wonderful Boat Festival each summer. Enjoy freshly caught fish from the local shop just a few hundred yards away at the harbour, or sample the famous Portsoy ice cream further up on the high street. Take a boat trip to glimpse the diverse marine life in these clean waters. There are several fine golf courses nearby, and the Whisky and Castle Trails beg to be explored. The rugged coastline of this stretch of the Moray Firth has many gems, including interesting villages, historic properties and fine beaches waiting to be explored. Beach 300 yards. Shop and restaurant 400 yards, pub 300 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed and dining area. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Smart TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Small garden. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£194-£478
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Gateside Ref: W40619

Excellent coastal views

This pleasant first floor apartment takes full advantage of the views over the sea towards Montrose, where dolphins and porpoises can be sighted. The self contained accommodation has been furnished and decorated to a good standard ensuring a cosy and relaxing stay. The area has an abundance of clean sandy beaches especially at St. Cyrus itself and Montrose, and walking can be had in the surrounding countryside and in the Angus Glens. The cottage is roughly halfway between Stonehaven and Montrose, both bustling seaside towns with golf courses, leisure centres and a wide variety of shops. More varied days out could include Glamis Castle, St Andrews, Dundee and Aberdeen, making the property an ideal choice at any time of year. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

All on first floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared lawned garden and furniture. No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in grounds.

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£192-£405
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Area of outstanding natural beauty

These two very comfortable semi-detached holiday cottages (26817 and 26818) occupy a stunning elevated position on the headland just outside the beautiful village of Pennan. Both properties boast fantastic sea views; Mill Shore Cottage has a cosy living room which features windows on two sides allowing uninterrupted viewing of Mill Shore below – a secluded shingly beach with sandy shallows beyond, offering a unique perspective on the abundant marine life – seals can be spotted easily in the bay, whilst further out whales and dolphins are often sighted. Pennan Lodge again has marvellous views of Pennan itself and the bay beyond. In addition to the amazing marine life, just round the corner and visible from the cottages is Troup Head, a renowned nature reserve featuring the only UK mainland colony of gannets. Next door is Cullykhan Beach, another secluded cove reached by a steep walk down to the shore. Pennan is renowned for its famous phone box as featured in the film ’Local Hero’ but it is a lovely village in its own right, typical of those strung out along this rugged coastline, including Crovie and Gardenstown, reached by steep winding roads to the bottom of the cliffs from which they cling. This is an AONB providing wonderful areas for walking. Shop and restaurant 4 miles, pub ¼ mile.

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

Convector heaters included.

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Two tumble dryers in garage. Shared payphone. Enclosed lawned garden, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Shared cycle store. Shared external games room with air hockey, table tennis and small pool table. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£156-£466
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
8
Pets
2
Open Hearth House Ref: 29920

From the upper floors of this imposing, detached, spacious Victorian house, enjoy stunning views towards the excellent golf course and the sea beyond. Very comfortably furnished, the property makes a wonderful family house and is perfect for hide and seek with its attic rooms, maids staircases and various living spaces. Take a stroll to the quaint harbour and wonderful sandy beach, ideal for windsurfing, swimming or just playing in the sand. The village itself is home to a world class golf course which attracts many visitors through the year, while to the north, the brooding presence of Slains Castle, widely acknowledged to be the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s ’Dracula’ is well worth a visit. Nearby, The Bullers of Buchan, an awesome natural phenomenon where the sea rushes into a vertical cavern, is an absolute must. For wildlife lovers, visit Forvie Nature Reserve just a few miles away to enjoy the stunning scenery of sand dunes and swirling waters. The city of Aberdeen is just 23 miles away, offering all contemporary facilities, and the coastal trail north takes in many other quaint villages offering many a pleasant day out. Beach 400 yards. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Library. Conservatory. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 steps to utility room. 1 single bedroom with steep stairs to ground floor. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. 4 steps to 4 double bedrooms, one (6ft four poster), two with shared access to en-suite shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Open fires in living and dining rooms and woodburner in library (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£911-£2220
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