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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
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Excellent views

These four fabulous houses have been sympathetically converted from old farm buildings and stables to provide excellent accommodation for a family holiday in peaceful surroundings. Each house has its own private garden and has been cleverly designed to ensure privacy. The very spacious accommodation is warm and very comfortable (with air source heating and woodburners) and the ample living areas provide plenty of space to relax or enjoy family gatherings. The Stables is a lovely spacious property with high ceilings and a woodburner, while The Barn and The Byre are great family houses with lovely views and plenty of room. The Coach House features a super master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and rolltop bath. The properties are next to Tolquhon Gallery and Tolquhon Castle - known as one of the most pictureque castles in Grampian. This is ’castle country’ and there are many to explore in the area. There are many golf courses at hand, while Pitmedden Gardens and Haddo House are close by. Within easy reach of Balmedie Beach, Cruden Bay and Forvie Sands. Aberdeen is just half an hour’s drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Second living room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 double with sloping ceilings and en-suite shower room with toilet.

Central heating by air source heat pump included. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. No smoking.

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£254-£824
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This unique holiday property forms an annexe of the stunning Skene Castle – a privately owned property in peaceful seclusion, west of Aberdeen. Enjoy leisurely days out touring this lovely area, from the wonderful landscapes of Royal Deeside to the golden sands of the coastline from Aberdeen all the way to Banff. Aberdeen enjoys a cosmopolitan reputation and offers plenty of good restaurants, bars, theatre and shopping. The region boasts more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK so take time to soak up the historic past in some of the many others in the surrounding area. For golfers, there are numerous excellent courses including Royal Aberdeen the venue for the 2014 Scottish Open, while walkers and wildlife lovers have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area and stone floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (four poster) with additional single and additional pull-out single (for alternative sleeping), one with additional single and wooden floor.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Use of 30 acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 7 steps and sloping banks in grounds.

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£244-£707
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Scobach Lodge Ref: 15819

This charming holiday home (with the owner’s seldom used apartment above) is bright and attractive, tucked away amongst trees in a natural unspoilt secluded spot, 3 miles out of Turriff. A quiet relaxing setting, well placed to visit the various shops, golf course, swimming pool and leisure centre in the town. National Trust properties, Duff House and Galleries are 10 miles. Country sports readily available locally.

All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room with bidet and toilet, 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. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. 1 acre of natural rough grounds with patio area. Ample parking. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£188-£578
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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
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Chaumer Ref: 27371

Set in the Banffshire countryside, with views across open farmland, this converted semi-detached chaumer and dairy makes a secluded holiday hideaway, yet is only 2½ miles from Portsoy, renowned for its summer boat festival and 17th century harbour. The coastline is home to many fishing villages where boat trips are available. Dolphins, seals, puffins, gannets and other marine and birdlife can be seen. Inland, tours are available in many of the fine distilleries on the Whisky Trail. Photography or art lessons are available by arrangement with the owner. Golf, cycling, kite surfing, touring and walks are available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with tiled floor/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with step up to bed area. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Playstation and small library. Electricity 2-ring hob/oven. Shared orchard. Lawned area with sitting-out area and furniture. Summerhouse. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Indoor motorcycle parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£0-£0
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Greenacre Lodge Ref: W42373

Modern and very well equipped

Situated on the Green Park Leisure Complex, this is an exquisitely designed detached property, finished to a very good standard with state of the art underfloor heating, iPod docking in all rooms and all modern conveniences for a wonderfully stylish and restful holiday experience. Just 2 miles from the bustling town of Banchory, in the heart of Royal Deeside, guests can enjoy walking, cycling and golf. Banchory’s beautiful countryside, good climate and friendly tea rooms attract many visitors. Visit the Standing Stones and 17th century castles. Explore the region by following one of Scotland’s unique heritage trails, or by taking a short journey on the Royal Deeside Railway. Mountain biking, fishing, river canoeing, gliding and horse riding are all available, while ski slopes are only an hour away. For a relaxing adventure, visit the Falls of Feugh to watch the salmon leaping or explore local galleries and specialist shops.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor and patio door. Separate toilet. 1 double bedroom (5ft) with patio door and en-suite bathroom with spa/Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Galleried second living room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Oil central heating, underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Playstation 3. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Lawn. 1-acre lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Fenced stream adjacent to grounds.

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£1228-£1228
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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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Puffin Cottage Ref: CC512052
Puffin Cottage is a self-contained ground floor cottage situated close to the edge of the sea in the charming coastal village of Gardenstown. This traditional cottage has been completely refurbished inside. The bright, contemporary interior offers the height of open-plan living whilst retaining many attractive original features such as deep silled windows and traditional front door.
The main living area is a real delight. Bright red sofas contrast with the white-painted walls, with charming paintings by the artist/owner adding a unique touch. The kitchen area is well-equipped with integral appliances and provides plenty of room for up to four. There is a large bedroom at one end of the cottage. A small corridor leads through from the main living area to a superb fully tiled bathroom with spacious shower.  Situated right on the edge of the sea, at the bottom of a small winding lane that leads down from the cliffs, Gardenstown oozes charm and tranquillity. It has the allure and ambience of a Cornish fishing village, but without the crowds!  The small winding streets, picturesque harbour and old stone cottages seem untouched by time.  It really is the quintessential seaside village and Puffin Cottage is just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge. The spectacular views, headland and bays have been the setting for a number of television programmes and the village has become a haven for artists.  Sandy beaches and rocky coves make it an ideal location for all ages. 
The owner is also happy to provide a catering service for visitors, cooking on an ad hoc basis by prior arrangement. Even Christmas dinner can be provided; ideal for couples wishing to have a relaxing Christmas break by the sea with all the stress and strain taken care of!  A romantic retreat.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has electric storage heaters and comprises:
Open plan lounge/kitchen/dining:
Lounge Area: With TV and DVD, radio/CD and satellite Free view access to Wi-fi from adjoining property, spacious contemporary living area with sofa bed (for +2)
Kitchen/Dining Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine; dining furniture for two.
Bedroom: With king size bed
Shower Room: With walk in shower, WC and wash basin

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Children over the age of 10 years only.Paved patio area with small steps down to seating area; picnic table and chairs. On street parking approximately 100 yard.

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£275-£510
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Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Situated within the grounds of Craigievar Castle, these picture perfect holiday cottages are surrounded by 90-acres of parkland. The castle is a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture and has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower looks just as it did when it was completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture. Stroll around the castles kitchen garden, or enjoy waymarked trails through the surrounding parkland, where swallows, fieldfares and redwings can be spotted. Alford, with its butchers, bakers, pubs and restaurants can be reached in an easy 15 minutes by car. Visit Alford Heritage Centre, which contains displays on village and farm life from the past. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen. Crathes Castle is less than 20 miles away and Aberdeen can be reached in 40 minutes’ drive. Care has been taken to furnish the properties as they would have been when they accommodated the workers who kept the castle looking splendid. Shop and restaurant 7 miles, pub 2½ miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided), Electric heaters. Washing machine. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. NB: Sloping bank in garden.

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Shared landscaped and woodland grounds with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£247-£514
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

Excellent views

These four fabulous houses have been sympathetically converted from old farm buildings and stables to provide excellent accommodation for a family holiday in peaceful surroundings. Each house has its own private garden and has been cleverly designed to ensure privacy. The very spacious accommodation is warm and very comfortable (with air source heating and woodburners) and the ample living areas provide plenty of space to relax or enjoy family gatherings. The Stables is a lovely spacious property with high ceilings and a woodburner, while The Barn and The Byre are great family houses with lovely views and plenty of room. The Coach House features a super master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and rolltop bath. The properties are next to Tolquhon Gallery and Tolquhon Castle - known as one of the most pictureque castles in Grampian. This is ’castle country’ and there are many to explore in the area. There are many golf courses at hand, while Pitmedden Gardens and Haddo House are close by. Within easy reach of Balmedie Beach, Cruden Bay and Forvie Sands. Aberdeen is just half an hour’s drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

Ground floor: 2 steps down to living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin with Velux, 1 twin, all with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Underfloor central heating by air source heat pump included. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars).

All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. No smoking.

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£501-£1564
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Kirkton Ref: 27039

A former shepherd’s bothy, this cosy detached holiday cottage is in an ideal location for walkers and lovers of wildlife. Very peacefully situated within the hamlet of Glenbuchat, just inside the Cairngorms National Park, it is surrounded by stunning scenery with a sense of remoteness. Well located for touring this stunning area, and popular in winter for skiing. To the southeast is Royal Deeside, home to fine castles, including Balmoral and several National Trust for Scotland properties. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Step down to kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms with sloping ceilings.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Payphone. Large, enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£211-£534
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
17
Bedrooms
8
Pets
2


At the heart of the Cairngorms National Park lies Mar Lodge Estate, a restored Victorian sporting lodge set in 29,380 hectares of wilderness, heather and ancient pine. Visited by nobility since the medieval period, Mar Lodge Estate is now recognised as one of Scotland’s most important conservation sites. From significant archaeological finds, to rare wildlife, and four of Britain’s highest mountains, the estate is a jewel in the crown of one of the country’s most iconic landscapes. Secluded in the pine woods of Mar Lodge estate, Creag Bhalg ref 30187 and Claybokie ref 30188 are two delightful properties connected via an illuminated woodland path and make fantastic bases to enjoy this magnificent Highland paradise; Claybokie (ref 30188) is a miniature lodge furnished in classic antique style offering the quintessential country retreat. Creag Bhalg (ref 30187) is named after the nearby hill that rises between Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich. Set among Mar Lodge’s pine woodland, this exclusive Highland hideaway has been furnished in true country sporting style, with wood panelling and open fires. With uninterrupted views across the River Dee and Glen Eye, the privacy of both Claybokie and Creag Bhalg with their old-world glamour and contemporary facilities make them an unparalleled base for a clan gathering. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the three properties, sleeping 16 people comfortably. Bynack (ref 30458) is the largest of the four properties, sleeping 16 people. This large apartment spreads over two floors with views of the Mar Lodge Estate’s heather and pine forests. It can comfortably accommodate 17 guests around the dinner table, making it ideal for family gatherings in an historic Highland setting. Open log fires in the lodge’s public rooms and acres of rambling walks around the estate will help you relax into Royal Deeside’s majestic country charm. It is one of five apartments that make up Mar Lodge itself. It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats. Deeside’s most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge Estate is Braemar where you’ll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing. Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside. Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away. The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement, ‘Live like a laird’- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, then return to the lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast, ‘Shoot with a camera’- accompany the estate’s stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts or try traditional field sports which include stag stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. These lodges are a popular base for weddings, large events or corporate gatherings. Claybokie’s dining room seats 18 people and properties 30187, 30188 and 30458 can be booked together to accommodate up to 35 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 7 bedrooms: 3 double, (one 5ft), one with additional single, 4 twin, one with French window. Shower room with toilet. 2 bathrooms with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Biomass central heating included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Two dishwashers. Payphone. Balcony. Ample parking.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. DVD. Fridge/freezer. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome tray. No smoking. NB: River and drop in grounds.

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£1470-£22999
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