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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
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
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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
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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.

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NOW
£194-£578
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ceomara Ref: 24662

Set in a superb elevated position in the village of Gardenstown, this lovely terraced holiday cottage has beautiful uninterrupted views over the sea below and beyond. Built into the old red sandstone cliffs the villages along this coastline have a quaint atmosphere and it is possible, in certain conditions, to walk to the neighbouring village of Crovie. Wildlife watching and other activities are nearby. Boat trips are available from the harbour where you may catch a glimpse of the dolphins that often swim in the bay. Shops 800 yards, pubs 1/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room with bidet and toilet. Shower room with bidet and toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms with sloping ceilings and Velux.

Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in outbuilding. Dishwasher. Freezer.Telephone-incoming calls only. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Fenced cliff beyond garden and steps in garden.

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£268-£643
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
33 Crovie Ref: 28658

This delightful holiday cottage in the historic conservation village of Crovie sits in an elevated position 200 yards back from the sea. Walks lead to Gardenstown one mile away, or look for the famous Moray Firth dolphins from the comfort of your armchair. Furnished on three levels and with two living rooms, there is plenty of space. Crovie has a history steeped in fishing and the cottages are typical of the area. Enjoy locally caught fish or visit Cullen and Portsoy, home of the famous boat festival. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Lower ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with beams. Ground floor: Living room. Bathroom with shower and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (4ft), each with Velux.

Woodburner in dining room/kitchen and open fire in second living room (initial fuel included). Electric coal-effect fire included. Electric central heating, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Terraced garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park 200 yards. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 10 steps on terrace and drops in garden.

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£201-£633
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ashlyn Ref: 15818

This cosy holiday cottage sits within the fishing village of Whitehills, on the Moray Firth, famous for its small fishing boats, dolphin colony and boating marina. Just a short stroll from the harbour, visitors can buy locally caught fish. Whitehalls is within an AONB, with its imposing cliffs of Troup Head in the east and the RSPB nature reserve to the sands of Banff Links. Inland follow the River Deveron through woodland to the historic Bridge of Alvah or visit Duff House in Banff. Cullen and Banff are just a short drive, for shops, beaches and sports centre. Fyvie Castle, Pitmedden Gardens and Haddo House, are a short drive through rolling Aberdeenshire countryside.

Ground floor: Living room/sun room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room, toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Large enclosed garden and furniture. Patio and gravel area. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£179-£543
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Creel Cottage Ref: 28679

Creel Cottage is a cosy former fishermans cottage on three levels, full of character that typifies these houses; wonderful sea views and stone walls. Nestling at the foot of grass-covered cliffs with the seas just yards away in the village of Pennan, it is a stones-throw from the local tavern and famous phone box of Local Hero fame. An ideal seaside holiday retreat. There are many good cliff walks in the area, offering the chance to enjoy the spectacular scenery or you may wish to tour the surrounding area with its wealth of historic buildings and castles. Golf, fishing and bird watching available in abundance in this magical area. Beach 50 yards. Shop 3 miles, pub/restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with dining area/kitchen. Open tread, spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom with Velux.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Economy 7 central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-incoming calls only. On road parking. No smoking.

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NOW
£254-£440
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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NOW
£263-£606
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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NOW
£156-£466
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
30 Crovie Ref: B5694

Crovie village rests along the bottom of a cliff like a row of puffins gazing out to sea! Situated on the Moray Firth Coast, it’s one of the best preserved traditional fishing villages in Scotland. The spectacular views out to sea and the headlands beyond attest to a 19th-century chronicler’s description of its ’savage grandeur.’ The beach is a dream for children, dolphins are regularly sighted. The holiday cottage overlooks the pier and has the warmth and comfort of a modern home. Golf, fishing, swimming, gallery and harbours within 15 miles. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional single (for alternative sleeping). First floor: Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Central heating from open fire. Electricity heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Payphone. Patio and furniture. NB: No cycling or skating in the village.

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£236-£869
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Crovie Cottage Ref: 23956

This attractive holiday cottage is situated in a superb position within the conservation village of Crovie, on the rugged coastline of the north east. Very well presented with a sea view from the twin bedroom and all modern conveniences. Guests can sit out on sunny days literally yards from the sea and look for dolphins, whales and other marine and bird life ever present in the vicinity. Excellent walking, sea cruises and fishing are available in the surrounding area. Golf 5 miles. Beach 2½ miles. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

10 steps to entrance. First floor: Living room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

Woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD recorder. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: The sea is 5 yards away.

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NOW
£212-£716
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Ocean View Ref: 28045

With sea views over Boyndie Bay this is a cosy semi-detached holiday property set at the end of a cul de sac, yet within easy reach of Banff’s good facilities. The patio doors in the living room and the picture windows in the main bedroom make this a stunning location, and the private sitting-out area looks onto a coastal path alongside the property. Guided tours are available, where you can take in the architectural highlights. Inverboyndie and Banff Bay, two of Scotland’s finest beaches are within walking distance. Enjoy a boat trip to experience the dolphins, excellent golf at Duff House and Macduff and the Whisky trail, these are all highlights of this part of Scotland. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft, one 4ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£188-£477
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