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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
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17
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8
Pets
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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0
Preston Tower Ref: 30104

This impressive holiday apartment, reached by a spiral staircase, stretches across the Fyvie Castle’s Preston and Seton towers. It is decorated in a tastefully traditional style with turret rooms and cosy nooks for reading or just relaxing. The glorious silhouette of Fyvie Castle stands among hectares of landscaped parkland, steeped in centuries of history. Four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, and rooms packed with antique furniture, make a stay at Fyvie feel like stepping into the life of a true Scottish Laird. Fyvie is a fairytale castle with over 800 years of history. Its huge handsome structure is a prime example of Scottish baronial architecture. Inside, elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and tapestries symbolise the wealth and power of the castle’s succession of owners. The castle also contains an outstanding collection of art, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough. From this property, try to find the missing weeping stones in the grounds, said by ancient prophet Thamas the Rhymer to hold a curse on the castle until they are found. Pitmedden Garden is within easy travelling distance. Five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains and dripping orchards make this restoration-period restored garden a relaxing day out. Beach 25 miles. Shop and restaurant 100 yards, pub 1 mile.

Spiral stairs to entrance. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet. Spiral stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom. Spiral stairs to third floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Snug. Separate toilet. Spiral stairs to fourth floor: 1 twin bedroom. Spiral stairs to fifth floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. Spiral stairs to sixth floor: 1 single bedroom. Spiral stairs to seventh floor: 2 steps down to 1 twin bedroom.

Electricity NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared landscaped grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome tray. No smoking.

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£1470-£22999
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Historic accommodation, set in tranquil location

Delgatie Castle sits peacefully amid fields and forests, on a large country estate. It has a long and chequered history, dating back from 1050 and was once home to the late Captain Hay - a feudal baron. Now open to the public, the castle provides a wealth of interest for visitors, plus the opportunity to sample delicious home baking in the cosy tea room. The properties on offer here have been tastefully renovated and refurbished to provide spacious holiday accommodation; which still retains much individual character. Ashwood and Elmwood are two of the four cottages, which form The Coach House; whilst the elegant Symbister Suite, located in the north wing of the castle, has, as you would expect, all the style and ambience of a real stately home - master bedroom. The ground floor of Elmwood (B4272) has been adapted for guests with disabilities, and also has a classification for unassisted wheelchair access. Turriff (3 miles) is home to a host of activities and interests. River fishing, with brown trout and salmon both available at cost. You can play golf on any of the several 18-hole courses in the area, or enjoy some time on a boating lake or even a putting green. Alternatively, play tennis, bowls, or go riding or shooting. Try the indoor sports and swimming pool complex. Nearby there are stately homes and castles to explore, museums and heritage centres, picturesque coastal villages, nature reserves and colourful parks, as well as famous distilleries. Advance grocery service available on request.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.

All properties: Heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair on request. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared enclosed lawned area. Shared use of estate grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Visit Scotland 3 Star. NB: Pond in grounds.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Gordons Hall Ref: 27884

This stylish and contemporary upside down holiday apartment, adjacent to the owner’s home, benefits from extensive views over the harbour and out to sea. Ideally placed for touring the north east coast, there are numerous little villages to explore, each with its own charm. Macduff and neighbouring Banff straddle the River Deveron, with a beautiful and historic seven arched bridge providing the road access between the towns. Both have great shops, restaurants and attractions. Nearby golf courses include Duff House Royal in Banff and Royal Tarlair. Excellent walks along coastal paths, fishing and boat trips to spot the famous Moray Firth dolphins are all available. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double; one with en-suite shower room with toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with sloping ceiling and Velux.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Wii. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£244-£928
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Mill of Old Mains Ref: 19328

This beautifully restored watermill set in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, makes a very spacious and attractive holiday retreat, set within 4 acres of grounds with a small stream babbling through, and offering extensive views over bordering hills and pastureland of the surrounding countryside. Very comfortably furnished throughout, with all modern conveniences including satellite TV, open fire and oil fired central heating it offers complete privacy and being set on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park makes a superb base for exploring the surrounding area. Historic Kildrummy Castle is a 5 minute drive away and Balmoral Castle and Lecht Ski Centre are reached within 30 minutes. The village of Glenkindie is nearby, with a shop, post office and hotel serving good pub food, as well as restaurant cuisine. The town of Alford which is approximately 12 miles east, has further amenities, while local attractions and leisure pursuits include Castle and Whisky Trails, Stone Circle Trail, hill-walking, mountaineering/climbing, fishing, golf, ski-ing (wet and dry), Lonach highland games, and many historical points of interest. Shop and pub ¾ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio door. Kitchen with slate floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with French door, 3 twin, one with en-suite shower room and toilet (can be accessed by hall), all with sloping ceilings.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£50per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. 4 acres with large enclosed lawned garden, terrace, patio and furniture. Balconies. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Small, unfenced stream close to property.

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£376-£1195
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Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Strowan Ref: 30638

Situated close to the village centre and just a short walk to all of Ballater’s excellent amenities, this very attractive, comfortably furnished, end-terraced holiday property has been lovingly restored to a very good standard throughout. Great for families or couples who enjoy a varied holiday, there is a multitude of activities on the doorstep; Ballater is a popular area with walkers and cyclists, and is close to both Glenshee and the Lecht for skiing. There is a gliding airstrip near Aboyne within a 15-minute drive. Ballater golf course is a 5-minute walk away, and the area is renowned for its stunning scenery and fantastic walks and wildlife. A picturesque Victorian village in the heart of Royal Deeside, Ballater is surrounded by glorious countryside, including Craigendarroch Hill, the Dee River, and is located in the Cairngorms National Park. Ballater is 43 miles west of Aberdeen and 8 miles from Balmoral Castle. Renowned for its royal connections, the village has many shops and businesses displaying the Royal warrants of the Queen and Prince Charles. A short drive will take you to the slopes of the Lecht, a popular, seasonal destination for skiers and snowboarders. If you prefer a more sedate holiday, there are plenty of shops, cafes and eateries just a stroll from the house. An ideal destination at any time of year. Beach 43 miles. Shop, pubs and restaurants 300 yards.

Ground floor: 2 steps to living room/kitchen with laminate floor. Dining room with patio doors and laminate floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with sloping ceiling, 1 twin, 1 single with additional pull-out single and sloping ceiling. Separate toilet. Second staircase to first floor: Study/play room.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs (one Smart TV). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with decking, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£444-£1088
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