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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
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

WAS
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£260-£831
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

The River Clunie is at the rear

This is one of a delightful group of four houses set on the fringe of this Royal village with the River Clunie gently flowing past at the rear. Very well furnished and equipped to a good standard offering a pleasant, comfortable holiday break. Braemar has easy walking, climbing for the ambitious, golf, salmon and trout fishing or just peace and tranquillity to enjoy the majestic scenery. Braemar is famous for its celebrated Highland Gathering and the breathtaking Linn of Dee. Ballater 17 miles, Aberdeen approximately 50 miles. Shop and pub 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin.

NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Video. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). NB: The garden overlooks the river.

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£308-£1044
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

These lovely detached holiday lodges are set in an elevated position with marvellous views towards Cairn O’Mount. Situated in 8 acres of natural woodland, all the properties are very stylishly furnished with good attention to detail. Mountshade (ref 30297) has been constructed to make the most of its surroundings with its concertina doors from the living room, relax and enjoy the views from the decking area after a busy day out exploring. Park Lodge (ref 17329) has an open-plan living room with a cathedral ceiling, opening on to a well-equipped kitchen. Cairn View (ref 30456), as its name suggests, boasts a wonderful view towards Cairn O’Mount and sleeps 6 in comfort, ideal for families or couples. All three lodges have plenty of space between them, ensuring good levels of privacy. Visit Balmoral Castle or tour Royal Deeside, which begs to be explored, with fantastic walks on moor and mountain, river and loch fishing, cycle trails and pony trekking, or take in the scenic majesty of Lochnagar. The popular town of Banchory is just 5 miles away with interesting shops and restaurants, and the area is renowned for its Highland Games in summer. Aberdeen is approximately 30 minutes’ drive with its theatres, bars, gardens and shopping centre. Shop 5 miles and pub 4 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating (underfloor in shower rooms) included. Travel cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. Friday to Friday.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. No smoking.

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£252-£761
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Owl Cottage Ref: 26021

This holiday property is a delightful fisherman’s cottage, set in a wonderful location just 60 yards up steps from the sea. Tastefully modernised with paved patio, ideal for BBQs, in a charming scenic village with harbour and sandy beach, it is ideal for sea and river fishing, walking, golf, shooting, bird watching and observing dolphins and seals. Easy driving distance to follow the Whisky and Castle Trails. Visit Duff House with exhibitions, tea rooms and gardens in Banff. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with wooden floor. Shower room and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Solid fuel central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-honesty box. Patio with furniture. No smoking.

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£187-£556
Shortlist
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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Crovie Ref: 26036

This lovely holiday cottage is infused with the character of this delightful conservation village, strung out along the base of the rugged cliffs at Crovie. Formerly a fishermans cottage, the rooms are tastefully furnished in a traditional style. Situated almost at the end of the village, it has a private, secluded feel with spectacular views out to sea and the headlands beyond from the rear garden, may reward you with glimpses of dolphins and other marine life, ever present in the area. Golf, fishing, swimming, a gallery and quaint harbours are all within a short drive. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room with stone floor. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with Velux, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings.

Open fire in living room and dining room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher.Telephone-incoming and emergency calls only. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Public car 400 yards. No smoking. NB: Garden is raised and set over 2 levels.

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£327-£643
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Woodside Bothy Ref: 29274

Perfect for a peaceful break, this beautifully presented detached stone cottage has been converted from a bothy into inviting holiday accommodation. Its isolated, rural setting on a dairy farm offers lovely pastoral views over farmland and woodland, with cows grazing in the field. There is a stocked trout fishing lake within 2 miles, whilst the north-east coastline offers miles of spectacular coastal path walking. Duff House, with its collections of paintings and furniture, is well worth a visit, as is the charming coastal village of Pennan. Aberdeen’s shopping and nightlife are 33 miles. Shop and pub serving food 4½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 10, except babies under 12 months.

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£310-£561
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The White Ship Ref: SWWK

This 300-year old, detached holiday home has magnificent views over Portsoy harbour and out to the sea. Portsoy is renowned for its boat festival in summer and is a great base to explore this rugged coastline which is home to dolphins, minke whales and birds. The Whisky and Castle Trails are easily accessed and the Cairngorm National Park is an hour away. Shop 300 yards, pub 200 yards.

Living room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen/dining room with breakfast bar, Aga and harbour view. Utility. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with laminate floor and harbour view. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Second floor: Beamed sitting room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Double bedroom (bed only accessed from one side, for 1+1).

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Three Freeview TVs
  • Three DVDs
  • Video
  • Aga
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Terraced garden, patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: Steep bank and steps in garden, harbour across road

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£313-£748
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Harbour View Ref: CC512014
Harbour View is a sea view apartment in the idyllic and picturesque fishing village of Gardenstown. Occupying an elevated position above the pretty harbour the accommodation is on three levels, maximising the breathtaking views across Gamrie Bay. The property has been renovated to an exceptionally high standard. The bright open plan living area with large windows overlooking the harbour and sea beyond is a real feature of the property. A  beautiful bathroom with deep Jacuzzi bath and three lovely bedrooms on the various levels complete the picture. Outside there is large decking area built into the hillside. A wonderful place to eat, drink and savour the incredible views and amazing sunsets across the bay below. Gardenstown oozes charm and tranquillity. The small winding streets, picturesque harbour and old stone fisherman’s cottages seem untouched by time. It truly is the quintessential fishing village.

Ground Floor: Accommodation is split over three levels, has electric heating and comprises:
Lower Level
Lounge Area: With 42" TV with BT sports, DVD, radio/CD and sofa bed (for + 1 at £25)
Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washing machine. A lovely modern kitchen with built in appliances throughout. Large deep-silled windows look out across stunning seascape with harbour, rock island and surrounding hills straight down to the sea.
Bedroom: With double bed .
Bathroom: With shower over Jacuzzi bath, WC and wash basin.
Ground Floor
Bedroom: With  two single beds

First Floor: Bedroom: With double bed. This lovely bedroom is accessed via its own staircase and enjoys amazing sea views. Please note, some restricted height space due to sloping ceilings.

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Wifi internet access. An additional put me up bed may be made available (at additional charge) to accommodate 8 in total - please request on booking.This property is accessed by 10 steps from the side and 25 steps leading from Harbour Road below. Large decking area. There is also a fenced grassed area beyond. On street parking.

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£285-£555
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Seatown Ref: 27122

Set just a few yards from the seafront this cosy, detached, holiday cottage is an ideal retreat for visitors to this charming village, set at the foot of the cliffs. Gardenstown has a long history of sea fishing with a lovely harbour, hotel and interesting shops. Soak up the atmosphere whilst on the lookout for dolphins which often pass by in these waters. Outside the village there is much to do including visiting the award winning Macduff Aquarium, or explore the Castle Trail. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room/dining area. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceiling, 1 twin with sloping ceiling.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity, first £25 included, remainder by keycard. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher.Telephone-honesty box. Sitting-out area with furniture (April-September). On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced sea, 10 yards.

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NOW
£169-£524
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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