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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 2 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
3
The Cottage Ref: 25437

This charming, 19th century, semi-detached cottage is peacefully situated on a quiet lane at the edge of the coastal village of St Cyrus, 30 miles south of Aberdeen with international airport. The completely natural garden provides a haven for local wildlife, birds and plants and backs onto open farmland at the rear. The holiday cottage retains many quaint features giving it a unique character and a welcoming atmosphere. The village shop, cafes and hotel are within walking distance, as are the miles of golden sands for which St Cyrus is renowned. The cliffs and dunes surrounding the beach are a National Nature Reserve where a plethora of wildlife including peregrine falcons can be spotted. Shops, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Dining/sun room. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with corner bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine.Telephone-incoming calls only. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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£148-£446
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Crovie Cottage Ref: CC512064
Crovie Cottage is situated in the heart of the unique fishing village of Crovie. Perched on a narrow ledge at the base of the Gamrie Bay cliffs, this historic preservation village is the epitome of unspoilt seaside locations. The only village in Britain where it is impossible to use a car (visitors park at the far end of the village and walk the few yards along the sea front). It offers a unique and utterly charming seaside holiday experience. Crovie Cottage has been completely gutted, renovated and refurbished throughout. This delightful fishing cottage now provides a very high standard of accommodation just yards from the sea. The main living area is open plan. The cottage door opens onto the lounge area, with original flagstone flooring and a large welcoming wood burning stove at the far end. Divided by a low wall, the kitchen has been beautifully built, with Belfast sink, integrated units and in the adjoining alcove a solid wood dining table with wooden bench pews.The steep cottage stairs lead up to two pretty bedrooms, accommodating up to 5 people. There is a superb modern wet room on the ground floor.

Ground Floor: The property has electric radiators and comprises:
Open plan lounge/ dining/kitchen
Lounge Area: With wood burning stove, satellite Freeview TV, DVD, Wi-fi, radio/CD
Kitchen/Dining Area: With electric oven and hob, fridge with ice box, wine cooler, fridge and washing machine. A delightful cottage kitchen with Belfast sink, flag stone tiles and separated from lounge by a half wall. Dining area with wooden pews
Wet Room: With shower, WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With two single beds plus spare bed (for +1)

All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Bench. No car access as cottages built before cars and straddle the shoreline just yards from the sea. Limited on street parking available at one end of the village approx 100 yards walk to cottage along the shoreline. Otherwise, 300 yards car park at the top of the hill and walk down to village via a purpose made small path. NB: The sea is immediately below the wall outside the property.

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£300-£630
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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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Pine Lodge East Ref: W40390

Views over Aberdeenshire farm lands

Situated on the Green Park Leisure Complex with open views over Aberdeenshire farm lands, this detached pine holiday lodge is set in a rural location, approximately 2 miles from the town of Banchory. The surrounding countryside is steeped in history and tradition. Visit Braemar, Royal Deeside and Balmoral Castle (the Queen’s private residence). Fishing and golfing are popular, skiing in winter at The Lecht, pony trekking, walking and cycling are also available. The Whisky Trail is also nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

Living/dining room with patio doors, cathedral ceiling and wooden floor/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (5ft zip and link), with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Cot. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: River close to property.

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£506-£506
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

These tastefully converted holiday cottages overlook the stunning Dee Valley in the Cairngorms National Park. Each with their own character, they are ideally situated for exploring the north east of Scotland. Victoria Cottage (Ref: RCHN152) is so named because of its association with Queen Victoria as the place where she first met John Brown; Byron (ref: RCHN150), because this was where the poet is said to have written ’Fair Morven’ and finally Fir Tree (ref: RCHN151), due to the planting of said tree next to the cottage. All are warm and comfortable and benefit from fine views to the front.
Aberdeenshire is a wonderful area to explore and has everything an outdoor enthusiast could wish for such as golf, horse riding, fishing, gliding, cycling and some fantastic walking in the Cairngorms. With complimentary tickets for all the National Trust properties, the National Park offers something for every visitor and covers mountains, moorlands, forests, rivers, lochs, glens and castles.
Ballater itself is a lovely village situated close to Balmoral and its famous castle. A short drive away is Lochnagar Distillery which is well worth a visit. If visiting in winter, try skiing at nearby Glenshee and Lecht ski areas. Excellent location and facilities. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Parking (2 cars).

All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Sitting-out area. No smoking. No children.

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£195-£430
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3
Marchmar Farmhouse Ref: 23617

Set on a working farm, this holiday property enjoys an elevated position with views towards rolling hills. Situated in the middle of the Castle Trail and near to the Whisky Trail, activities nearby include fishing, pony trekking, golf and cycling. The Moray Firth Coastal Trail is just ½ an hour away. Shops and pubs 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link) with additional single. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity included (£30per week winter). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Playstation. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Payphone. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. 1200 acres of farmland. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. Pets welcome (working farm). NB: There is a fenced pond ½ mile away.

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£292-£865
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Seaside Hoose Ref: 30457


This charming cottage is centrally situated in the quaint village of Gardenstown. Fully renovated with a cosy atmosphere and a mix of contemporary and French style furnishings, it is a superb base to spend a holiday in this lovely area. Ideally positioned to take in lovely views of the sea from the living rooms and bedrooms, it is within a short walk of the quaint harbour and beach beyond. Sample the delights of the owner’s teashop next door which serves a selection of light refreshments though the day or enjoy a drink or evening meal in the local hotel nearby. Gardenstown is on the Coastal Trail, one of several delightful fishing villages strung out along this rugged coastline where dolphins and seals are often spotted. Macduff Marine Aquarium features the diverse marine life of the Moray Firth, while a few miles past Macduff is historic Portsoy, known for its annual boat festival. Discover pretty churches and cottages, castles and cliff top walks, seabirds and quiet beaches all along the coast, from Aberdeen to Inverness. For the birdwatchers, RSPB Troup Head is just 1½ miles, or an hours walk, from the property. Shop ¼ mile, pub and rstaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: 1 small step to living/dining room/kitchen with slate floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Internet connection. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£310-£815
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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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 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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Kelpie Ref: 15552

Spectacular scenery

Banchory is a large village set on the River Dee amidst spectacular hill and mountain scenery much loved by tourists. Royal Deeside with its Crathes and Balmoral Castles and gardens never cease to intrigue. Aberdeen with all amenities 16 miles. Golf course (18 holes) and bowling green ½ mile. Excellent rambling and hill walking. An ideal holiday base. Shops, pubs and restaurants 400 yards.

Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Small garden. Garage (1 car). Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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£227-£584
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