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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
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
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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 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.

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£350-£725
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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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Scobach Lodge Ref: 15819

This charming holiday home (with the owner’s seldom used apartment above) is bright and attractive, tucked away amongst trees in a natural unspoilt secluded spot, 3 miles out of Turriff. A quiet relaxing setting, well placed to visit the various shops, golf course, swimming pool and leisure centre in the town. National Trust properties, Duff House and Galleries are 10 miles. Country sports readily available locally.

All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room with bidet and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. 1 acre of natural rough grounds with patio area. Ample parking. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£188-£578
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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
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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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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
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
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Totally renovated, traditionally spacious, detached holiday cottage set in the small hamlet of Inverey, 4 miles out of Braemar on the road to the Linn of Dee. Wide open expansive views to the rear of the heather clad hills and mountains and attractive mature woodland with wonderful walks from the front door. Tracks lead to Derry Lodge and on into the Grampian Mountains. Golf, restaurants and shops in the village. Shop and pub 4 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single (accessed via double).

Open fire in living room included. Electricity heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars).

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£260-£712
Shortlist
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
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
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