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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
2
Pets
0
Bogairn Cottage Ref: 19740

This most attractive stone built holiday cottage is a great haven to enjoy a break in an area famous for its whisky, shortbread and castles. A lovely house, very well furnished and equipped with a conservatory taking in panoramic views of the countryside and hills. Aberlour village has some very good places to eat out, and lots of interesting shops. Walking on the Speyside Way, fishing or golf which are available in abundance throughout the region. The Moray Coast and some of Scotland’s best loved castles are but a short drive. This is a wonderful home to come back to after a day’s exploration. Shop and pub 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Conservatory. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned and gravelled garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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£212-£707
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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
The Knock Ref: UWS

A spacious and very well-equipped traditional stone house, sitting in a woodland area on Mar Estate at Inverey. Offering magnificent views across the Upper Dee Valley to Ben Macdui, the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, here you will find mountain activities which have made this part of the Highlands a famous tourist area. It is an ideal area for those who simply wish to wander through idyllic scenery and perhaps see a glimpse of an osprey, golden eagle or capercailzie.
Braemar village nestling amongst heather covered hills, is the setting for the annual Highland Gathering, also Braemar Castle with its barrel-vaulted ceilings, underground prison and central tower with spiral staircase, has much historical interest. The area abounds with castles, including Balmoral, the Scottish baronial mansion which has been a royal residence since 1852. The Royal Family traditionally spend their summer holidays here, and the grounds are ideal for walking and pony trekking. Dunnottar Castle is one of Scotland’s finest ruined castles, a huge 9th-century fortress set on a three-sided sheer cliff jutting into the sea, with dramatic views out to the crashing sea.
For family entertainment, pay a visit to the Archaeolink Prehistory Park, which gives an insight into the area’s Pictish heritage. The park includes a reconstructed Iron Age Farm, a hillside archaeological site and lively audio-visual displays designed to bring prehistory to life. Also well worth a visit is the Cairngorm Whisky Centre in Tomintoul (1 hour), with its tasting room offering more than 1,000 brands of whisky.
There is extensive hill walking and challenging mountain climbing opportunities from the door and in the winter months if sufficient snow, good skiing at Glenshee (20 mins). For those who do not wish to climb the mountains but still want to see the awe inspiring views, take the chairlift at Glenshee to the observation point a short distance from the top of the Cairnwell mountain. Braemar golf course (18 holes) is a gem. Fishing on the River Dee (for information see caretaker). Roe and red deer are present and stalking can be arranged (in advance) through the Estate. Shop and pub 4 miles.

Living room with wood-burning stove. Spacious kitchen/dining room. Utility. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Three twin bedrooms, one with en-suite toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Parking

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£470-£1625
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Thornton Cottage Ref: SPPR

This attractive, traditionally built, stone holiday cottage is ½ mile from Drumoak village in Royal Deeside. Within easy walking distance are the River Dee, Drum Castle with its 13th-century tower and the Drum Garden Centre. There are castle trails, malt whisky trails and the Cairngorm National Park close by. In the area are 70 golf courses and anglers have a choice of well-stocked fisheries. Aberdeen, 10 miles, has many facilities and a long sandy beach front. Shops ½ mile, pub 2 miles.

Spacious living room with multi-fuel stove, wooden floor and two sets of French doors to patio. Sitting room with wooden floor and French doors to patio. Large kitchen/dining room. Utility. Separate toilet with vaulted ceiling and Velux window. First floor: All rooms with Velux window. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Step down to large twin bedroom with TV and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with corner bath, walk-in shower and toilet.

  • Multi-fuel stove - fuel included
  • Full oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor, bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Two TVs
  • Two DVDs
  • CD
  • DAB radio
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small enclosed grassed area to side; small, enclosed patio area with furniture to rear
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£370-£956
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Langdale Ref: CC512047
Langdale is a delightful, late Victorian detached house set well back in its own garden grounds close to the centre of the Royal Deeside village of Ballater. Its generously proportioned rooms and high ceilings ensure a sense of space and light throughout. The house has been sympathetically modernised to provide all modern comforts whilst retaining the ambience of a Victorian family home. There is a large modern kitchen with breakfast table and chairs, a separate more formal dining room and an extremely spacious main lounge that looks out across the gardens. A small snug/library provides a quiet space for reading or poring over the local maps, planning the next day’s activities. The beautiful original curved wooden staircase splits into two dividing the four bedrooms across the first floor into two adjoining areas. All bedrooms are large and airy. With two en suite and two further bathrooms, this is an ideal property for a two family holiday or groups.

Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, Free view TV and DVD and radio/CD; large, airy room with views over garden.
Dining Room: With polished dining table and chairs; large, formal room with patio for visitors’ use
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob (Aga not in use), larder fridge and dishwasher; dining table and chairs; a light, bright spacious room with fitted units throughout
Utility: With microwave, table top freezer, tumble dryer and washing machine
Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2: With king size bed
Bedroom 3: With two single beds and en suite small shower, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 4: With single bed and occasional bed (for + 1 ) if required
Bathroom: With bath, shower, WC and wash basin

All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided.Enclosed (very low wall on one side) garden with dining table and chairs. Table tennis table and storage space for outdoor equipment available in garage. Off road parking for two cars.

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£395-£875
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
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: 5 steps down to living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Games room.

Central heating by air source heat pump included. Washing machine and tumble dryer in utility room. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Games room with table tennis and pool table. Friday to Friday. NB: 2 steps from French doors to patio.

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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£373-£1196
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 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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Old Mill Ref: 3526

This charming 18th century listed mill has been converted and renovated by its architect owner and featured in ’Traditional Homes’ magazine. The mill is in a large private garden accessed by a quiet country lane. The many interests of the Moray Firth include, the sandy beaches, picturesque fishing villages of the Moray and Buchan coastline. There are many historic castles and gardens to visit from the spectacular ruined Findlater Castle to Duff House in Banff. The River Devron is famous for its salmon fishing and the Spey has countless whisky distilleries to visit. The coastline provides many golf clubs all of which welcome visitors. An ideal holiday base. Shop and pub 2 miles.

Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Payphone. Garden and chairs. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars).

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£220-£778
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 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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Chalet Ref: B5765

This attractively furnished holiday chalet is situated in a quiet rural area, adjacent to a farm in expansive countryside. This chalet is light and airy with exposed wooden beams and a patio door opening onto a veranda. Extensive hill and woodland walks in the immediate vicinity. Aberdeen, Inverness and Aviemore are all 50 miles. An ideal centre for visiting whisky distilleries, castles and golf courses and exploring the beautiful Moray Firth coast with its dolphins. Keith itself is 2 miles and has shops and restaurants, swimming pool, tennis courts and bowling green.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio door. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Ladder stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. Beams throughout.

First £5 electric panel heaters and electricity included, remainder by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Verandah and chairs. Ample parking.

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£206-£470
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