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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
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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Cranna-by-the-Sea Ref: 27499

With uninterrupted sea views from every window, this semi-detached holiday cottage, is only 30 metres from the seashore. Enjoy the most beautiful sunsets or look out for dolphins in the bay. Climb up to the old ruined churchyard of St John’s on the headland, or take the stone steps around the cliff at low tide for an interesting walk to the pretty hamlet of Crovie. A further selection of larger shops and eateries can be found in the historic town of Banff just 9 miles away. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

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

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. On road parking (30 yards). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. NB: Significant drops at side and rear of house.

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£298-£684
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Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Boghead Cottage Ref: CC512003
Nestling in the heart of Royal Deeside, this detached cottage has been converted, using the original stone, from an old steading and enjoys magnificent views of Deeside and Mount Keen.  Views of Lochnagar (one of Scotland’s 284 munros - mountains over 3,000ft) can also be admired after a short uphill walk.  Boghead Cottage is situated on a 36 acre farm with ponds, small burns and woodland - an area where many different species of bird can be found, along with pathways for walking, relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquillity. 

Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and hot water and heating is powered by solar panels and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With wood-burning stove, freeview TV and DVD
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, radio, dishwasher and washing machine
Shower Room: With WC and basin

First Floor: Galleried Bedroom: With king-size bed

All fuel and power included.  (Initial supply of fuel provided for wood-burning stove).  Bed linen and towels provided.Off road parking for 3 cars. Patio area with furniture, BBQ and pond. Boules area. Cycle store. No children under 16 years.

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£300-£630
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Cottage Ref: 23105

A very characterful holiday cottage, situated in an elevated position on a working organic farm with views over the countryside. Set close to farm buildings, in the heart of the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside with an abundance of walks, golf courses, stately homes and castles and access to the Whisky Trail. An easy drive takes you to the coastline around Banff. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Kitchen. Bathroom with bath, wet room shower and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (4ft) with additional single (2ft 6in for child), both with sloping ceilings and Velux, both rooms separated by a door, screened off from stairs by curtain (no door). Stairs divide into 2 for direct access to each bedroom.

Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Range. Combi microwave/oven. Washing machine. Large shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of 130-acre grounds. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: There is a pond 280 yards from the property.

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£0-£0
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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.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Galleried double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Parking (3 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
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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
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
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating included. Freeview TV. Microwave. Wi-fi.

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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£171-£527
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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
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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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£169-£524
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Westerpark Ref: UYN

"Beautiful surroundings with forests, river and countryside walks all waiting to be discovered and savoured..."

These three charming holiday cottages (refs SGD, SAAF and UYN) are located within the extensive grounds of Aswanley, in the River Deveron Valley. All are peacefully set in secluded locations, enjoying uninterrupted views across beautiful scenery and each has a large LCD TV and its own private garden. Visitors are welcome to explore the Aswanley grounds, where there is an abundance of wildlife, with fishing, rough shooting and deer stalking available by arrangement. The proximity to the River Deveron makes the cottages ideal for fly fishing holidays, especially for those trying trout or salmon fly fishing for the first time, and there are deep pools for swimming. Visitors can explore the area on foot or on mountain bikes - the Moray Monster Trails are 20 miles away. The famous Whisky Trail is nearby and many of the distilleries offer guided tours and the chance to sample the local malts - the local inn has a collection of over 700 bottles of finest whisky! Shops 6 miles.

Spacious lodge, ideal for groups, with all bedrooms en suite. Living room with open fire and wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen/dining area with Aga and tiled floor. Utility. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity included
  • Oil-fired central heating by flow meter
  • Electricity blankets
  • Oil Aga included
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer
  • Lockable cycle storage
  • Sunday to Sunday
  • NB: Unfenced burn and sloping bank in garden

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD with iPod/MP3 aux input
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Natural water supply from spring

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£295-£882
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Bearberry Cottage Ref: W43359

Fully refurbished for 2014, this lovely detached bungalow is situated in a quiet area of Ballater, in the heart of Royal Deeside within the Cairngorms National Park. Surrounded by mature gardens backing onto woodland, it is warm and bright, offering all conveniences for your comfort with parking for approximately 3 cars on the driveway. The property further benefits from an enclosed and secluded rear garden with an excellent view of Craigendarroch Hill and a patio to enjoy al fresco entertaining on sunny days. Ballater’s shops, restaurants and pubs are just a short stroll. Ballater is renowned for its Royal connections, with several shops displaying Royal patronage whose variety will suit all tastes. This delightful village is an excellent choice for exploring Royal Deeside’s rich heritage including the Balmoral Estate (8 miles) and a number of other historic castles in the area. Ballater and the surrounding area offer a wide range of summer and winter activities to suit all ages including hillwalking, cycling, climbing in the Cairngorm Mountains, wildlife watching, gliding at nearby Aboyne and skiing at Glenshee and The Lecht. Go fishing in the Dee or visit the numerous golf courses which pepper the area, including Ballater’s own 18 hole course in its beautiful setting on the banks of the Dee. The city of Aberdeen with all its facilities is just 40 miles. Alternatively, enjoy some scenic touring through Glen Muick, Braemar, Linn of Dee and Strathdon. Shop, pub and restaurant, 0.25 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs and library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only.

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£343-£883
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