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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
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
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
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Skellater Cottage Ref: CC512029
Situated in an elevated position with views of the surrounding farmland and hills, this delightful traditional stone cottage offers beautifully presented, comfortable accommodation.  Set in its own garden, Skellater Cottage offers the ideal place to relax on a summers evening and enjoy the peace of the countryside. During the winter months you have the welcome comfort of an wood burning stove to return to after a day out exploring this lovely area.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor with electric heating and comprises:
Lounge: With wood burning stove (fuel provided) free view TV and DVD with sofa bed (for + 2 with linen provided if required)
Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge (with ice box) and washing machine.
Bedroom : With double bed. A spacious room with built in wardrobes and a chest of drawers.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. High chair available.Garden with furniture and BBQ. Off road parking for 2 cars. Please note that should there be adverse weather conditions you will require a four wheel vehicle to be able to get directly to the property door, although of course you can park your car on the roadside and walk up to the property if necessary.  Access to the cottage (if no 4x4 vehicle) would still be available but parking right next to the cottage may not be. Assistance, in these unusual circumstrances, would be given.  The owner owns a stretch of local river from Luib Bridge to Ballater Bridge (20km), day/week/season permits are available, £20 per rod per day, discount given for weekly/season permits. Please ask the owners for details.

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£260-£425
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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, pub and restaurant 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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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ashlyn Ref: 15818

This cosy holiday cottage sits within the fishing village of Whitehills, on the Moray Firth, famous for its small fishing boats, dolphin colony and boating marina. Just a short stroll from the harbour, visitors can buy locally caught fish. Whitehalls is within an AONB, with its imposing cliffs of Troup Head in the east and the RSPB nature reserve to the sands of Banff Links. Inland follow the River Deveron through woodland to the historic Bridge of Alvah or visit Duff House in Banff. Cullen and Banff are just a short drive, for shops, beaches and sports centre. Fyvie Castle, Pitmedden Gardens and Haddo House, are a short drive through rolling Aberdeenshire countryside.

Ground floor: Living room/sun room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room, toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Large enclosed garden and furniture. Patio and gravel area. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£179-£543
Shortlist
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Boghead Cottage Ref: SDDF

Nestling in the heart of Royal Deeside, this detached holiday cottage has been converted from an old steading (built with the original stone) and enjoys magnificent views of Deeside and Mount Keen. Views of Lochnagar can also be admired after a short uphill walk. It is situated on a 36-acre farm with ponds, small burns and woodland - an area where many different species of birds can be found, along with many pathways for walking, relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquillity. Numerous outdoor activities are readily available, and Aberdeen is nearby with its many amenities. An ideal location for the Whisky, Castle and Victorian Heritage Trails. Balmoral, Castle Fraser, Drum and Bramar Castles within easy reach. Golf, fishing, walking, riding, gliding, cycling, skiing all available. Shop 11/2 miles.

Living room with wood-burning stove, laminate floor and French doors to patio. Compact well-equipped kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with 5ft bed.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large garden with patio and furniture
  • 36 acres of natural farmland and woodland
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Secure cycle store
  • Natural spring water supply
  • No smoking
  • NB: Step to patio. Pond and stream in woodland

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Pine Lodge East Ref: W40390

Views over Aberdeenshire farm lands

Situated on the Green Park Leisure Complex with open views over Aberdeenshire farm lands, this detached pine holiday lodge is set in a rural location, approximately 2 miles from the town of Banchory. The surrounding countryside is steeped in history and tradition. Visit Braemar, Royal Deeside and Balmoral Castle (the Queen’s private residence). Fishing and golfing are popular, skiing in winter at The Lecht, pony trekking, walking and cycling are also available. The Whisky Trail is also nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

Living/dining room with patio doors, cathedral ceiling and wooden floor/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (5ft zip and link), with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Cot. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: River close to property.

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£506-£506
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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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Greenacre Lodge Ref: W42373

Modern and very well equipped

Situated on the Green Park Leisure Complex, this is an exquisitely designed detached property, finished to a very good standard with state of the art underfloor heating, iPod docking in all rooms and all modern conveniences for a wonderfully stylish and restful holiday experience. Just 2 miles from the bustling town of Banchory, in the heart of Royal Deeside, guests can enjoy walking, cycling and golf. Banchory’s beautiful countryside, good climate and friendly tea rooms attract many visitors. Visit the Standing Stones and 17th century castles. Explore the region by following one of Scotland’s unique heritage trails, or by taking a short journey on the Royal Deeside Railway. Mountain biking, fishing, river canoeing, gliding and horse riding are all available, while ski slopes are only an hour away. For a relaxing adventure, visit the Falls of Feugh to watch the salmon leaping or explore local galleries and specialist shops.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor and patio door. Separate toilet. 1 double bedroom (5ft) with patio door and en-suite bathroom with spa/Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Galleried second living room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Oil central heating, underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Playstation 3. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Lawn. 1-acre lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Fenced stream adjacent to grounds.

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£1228-£1228
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Shoreline House Ref: CC512049
Shoreline House is a large detached modern cottage situated right on the edge of the sea in the charming fishing village of Rosehearty. With waves breaking on the rocks below there is an ever changing seascape to be seen from all the main rooms. The house is bright and exceptionally spacious with a large hall, galleried landing and high ceilings throughout. The generously proportioned lounge drinks in the amazing sea views. A telescope provided assists in spotting passing dolphins and the myriad of seabirds that frequent this coastline. There are four good sized bedrooms, a formal dining room and a large farmhouse - style kitchen/breakfast room. A raised terrace with outdoor dining table and chairs provides a wonderful vantage point from which to enjoy the superb sea views, with further lawned area below.

Ground Floor: Property has electric panel heaters and comprises:
Lounge: With satellite Free View TV, DVD and radio/CD; a large lounge with windows looking directly out to sea below with telescope provided for dolphin and bird watching
Dining Room: A formal dining room with polished wood table and six chairs
Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer; super sea views.

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed an en suite facilities with shower, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2: With double bed (to sleep one)
Bedroom 3: With two single beds
Bedroom 4: With two single beds
Bathroom: With large corner bath, WC and wash basin

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available Wi-fi availableTerrace with outdoor dining table and chairs. Further garden area laid to lawn, enclosed by low wall. Off road parking for 3 cars. NB: Situated right on the edge of the sea.

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£365-£780
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
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