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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Creel Cottage Ref: 28679

Creel Cottage is a cosy former fishermans cottage on three levels, full of character that typifies these houses; wonderful sea views and stone walls. Nestling at the foot of grass-covered cliffs with the seas just yards away in the village of Pennan, it is a stones-throw from the local tavern and famous phone box of Local Hero fame. An ideal seaside holiday retreat. There are many good cliff walks in the area, offering the chance to enjoy the spectacular scenery or you may wish to tour the surrounding area with its wealth of historic buildings and castles. Golf, fishing and bird watching available in abundance in this magical area. Beach 50 yards. Shop 3 miles, pub/restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with dining area/kitchen. Open tread, spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom with Velux.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Economy 7 central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-incoming calls only. On road parking. No smoking.

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£254-£440
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Mar House Ref: UWR

Nestling in a secluded, wooded position overlooking the River Dee valley, this superior stone house has been totally restored to offer the finest facilities and provide every comfort to ensure an enjoyable stay. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and fine views, and the drawing room has an open fire making the property ideal for all year round holidays. Herds of red deer, stags and hinds, graze by the river during the evenings giving a feeling of tranquillity amidst the beautiful Highland scenery. It is situated in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within the Cairngorm National Park and offers access to some of the best walking and climbing in Scotland, with the challenging Cairngorm mountains within easy reach. Fishing, stalking and shooting may be arranged through the estate. Winter sports are also catered for with skiing at Glenshee only a 20-minute drive.
For the less energetic a visit to the 16th-century Crathes Castle and Gardens at Banchory (40 miles) offers an exciting day out. The gardens provide a wonderful display at any time of the year with great yew hedges and a fascinating presentation of the art of topiary dating from 1702. There is also a children’s adventure playground. Closer to Mar House is Balmoral Castle – the Royal family’s Highland residence which offers the opportunity to pony trek and the chance to view various exhibitions, including one on the local wildlife. Golf is available at Braemar only 4 miles away and there are also excellent courses at Ballater and Aboyne.
Inverness is within easy reach and offers many attractions for all the family. Unusual places of interest include the Kiltmaker Centre, where a small visitor centre explains the whole process of making tartan, and the novel Balnain House, which explores the development of Highland music. Inverness Castle, perched above the river, offers the Castle Garrison Encounter, an entertaining interactive exhibition in which the visitor plays the role of a new recruit in the 18th-century Hanoverian army. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Drawing room with open fire. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast table. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Four bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet; two double (one with 5ft bed) and two twin.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Acres of grassed land surrounding the property
  • Parking (for 3 cars)

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£513-£1772
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Croiscrag Cottage Ref: W41610

Countryside views

This self contained holiday property, the wing of a cottage, has been furnished with style and flair to ensure a memorable relaxing break. Idyllically situated in an elevated position a short distance from Aboyne, it offers views over the gardens towards the River Dee, where salmon fishing can be arranged. There are extensive grounds with varied birdlife and squirrels which regularly visit. Within walking distance of a pub and restaurant, the house is not far from the village of Aboyne, which has shops and eateries, and in the summer has its own Highland Games – a feature throughout Deeside. Balmoral Castle is well worth a visit and in winter skiing at the Lecht or Glenshee are both easily accessed. Fishing, golf, hill walking, horse riding and even gliding at a nearby club.

All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Shared grounds with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£238-£539
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Woodside Ref: CC512063
Woodside is a spacious, detached single storey cottage situated in open countryside with lovely views across the sea. This modern bungalow is set in its own large gardens. With lawns, mature shrubs and patio areas it offers peace and seclusion in a pretty country setting. All the rooms are generously proportioned and have a warm, welcoming and homely feel. The main lounge has patio doors that open onto the gardens, with fields and sea views beyond. There is a separate dining room adjoining. The spacious kitchen is well equipped and looks out across the bay. There are two good sized bedrooms, one en suite and a large family sized bathroom. This is an ideal cottage for two couples or a family holiday.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has gas central heating and solar panels and comprises;
Lounge/Diner: With gas fire, satellite Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD and Wi-fi. Dining area. Patio doors lead to garden.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer
Utility: With washing machine, tumble dryer and sink
Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2: With king size bed
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. One well behaved dog welcome (Sorry  no cats)Garden grounds with patio area and outdoor dining furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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£285-£555
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0


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.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one 5ft with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, one with French doors and en-suite shower room with toilet, 2 twin, one with French doors and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating and gas included. Satellite TV. Gas hob. Two electric ovens. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher.Telephone-honesty box. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). NB: Sloping banks in garden.

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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£1175-£22999
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Breakers Ref: CC512060
Perched on the cliff side above the charming fishing village of Collieston, The Breakers is the ultimate seaside cottage. The large picture windows drink in the uninterrupted sea views across the harbour and down to the pretty horse shoe shaped beach and cove. This unspoilt seaside village seems untouched by time. Small fisherman’ s cottages straddle the hillside and look down onto the picturesque sand and shingle beach. Small craft bob in the bay and lobster pots line the shore side. The Breakers has a large lounge with recessed sun lounge area which looks out across the sea from every angle. The original open fireplace proffers a warm welcoming ambience. There are three attractive bedrooms, a bright, modern kitchen/dining room and a modern family bathroom. A door from the lounge leads out to an elevated decking area with uninterrupted views across the sea. Here puffins can be seen nesting on the rocks, seals play in the bay and on occasions whales and porpoises have been spotted close to shore. Simply idyllic!

Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, satellite Freeview, TV, DVD and radio/CD; sofa bed (for+ 2) with stunning views out to sea with harbour and pretty beach below
Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/ dryer. A good sized modern kitchen with fold out dining table and chairs.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
Steep narrow stairs lead to.....

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed
Bedroom 2: With double bed
Bedroom 3: With single bed
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of coal for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available.Enclosed elevated decking area with furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars. NB: There are significant drops within the grounds of the property.

WAS
NOW
£350-£725
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Sea Holly Cottage Ref: 30681


This gorgeous little semi-detached cottage has been lovingly and carefully restored by the owner to make a wonderful choice for a holiday by the sea. It retains many of its original features such as beams and wood panelling, which have been carefully incorporated into the individual style of the cottage. Situated just a few hundred yards from the shore of the Moray Firth, there are lovely sea views from the living room and the bedrooms, and there is a small, pretty garden to the front and side of the house, offering guests the chance to enjoy the sunshine after a day out. The immediate area has a wealth of attractions, including Macduff Marine Aquarium is just across the road, an award-winning attraction that is both informative and entertaining. Puffin cruises operate from the harbour, offering visitors the chance to see the gannets at Troup Head, the only land based gannet colony in the UK. Other marine life, such as dolphins and seals, can also be regularly seen. For golfers, there is a wealth of choice, with Royal Tarlair just up the road, which has wonderful sea views over the fairways, or Duff House Royal which is a couple of miles away in neighbouring Banff. There are good eating places here and lots of little interesting shops, as well as supermarkets. Further afield, explore the other quaint fishing villages and lovely beaches strung out along this magical coastline. Beach 200 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Some rooms with low sloping ceilings.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£351-£848
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

Overlooking the gentle meandering bends of the River Dee where wild red deer roam, this former taxidermist’s workshop and cottage has been completely rebuilt under the ‘Mar Estate Golden Jubilee Project’. After lapsing into dereliction, this magnificently appointed property has been restored to its original 1884 timber construction, taking into account every last detail. Further enhanced by the addition of modern day facilities, it stands as a real gem of a holiday home, amidst spectacular scenery. The village is home to the annual Highland Games, the Braemar Gathering. Games were first held here in the 11th century, when contests were set for the local clans in order to pick the bravest and strongest for Malcolm Canmore’s army. Perth is little over an hour’s drive away, as is the beautiful granite city of Aberdeen. Shops 3 miles.

Living room with superb views. Well-equipped modern fitted kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Natural grassed area overlooking River Dee

WAS
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£294-£681
Shortlist
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
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
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