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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
2
The Buttery Ref: 27925

The former servants wing of this B-listed 18th century house attached to the owner’s home, now forms a holiday cottage with its own sitting-out area. Guests are welcome to use the main garden with free range chickens. Ideal for touring the Moray Firth and Scotch Whisky Trail. There is an all weather golf driving range nearby, with two courses, 4 miles. Visit Duff House, one of Britain’s finest Georgian houses, or the many castles within driving distance. Banff is an historic Royal Burgh with many historic buildings. Fishing, sailing, bird and dolphin watching locally. Shops, pubs and restaurants within 5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: low step to 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD (small library). CD. iPod dock. USB player. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available . Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Use of ½-acre garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£170-£523
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Woodside Bothy Ref: 29274

Perfect for a peaceful break, this beautifully presented detached stone cottage has been converted from a bothy into inviting holiday accommodation. Its isolated, rural setting on a dairy farm offers lovely pastoral views over farmland and woodland, with cows grazing in the field. There is a stocked trout fishing lake within 2 miles, whilst the north-east coastline offers miles of spectacular coastal path walking. Duff House, with its collections of paintings and furniture, is well worth a visit, as is the charming coastal village of Pennan. Aberdeen’s shopping and nightlife are 33 miles. Shop and pub serving food 4½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 10, except babies under 12 months.

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£310-£561
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Viewington Cottage Ref: CC512050
Viewington Cottage is a charming Victorian terraced cottage situated close to the centre of Ballater in the heart of Royal Deeside. This delightful self catering cottage has undergone complete refurbishment by its current owners and now provides bright, modern accommodation for four, whilst retaining many of its attractive original features. The main living area is open plan and runs the length of the cottage. The lounge area has deep leather sofas and a feature wood burning stove. The kitchen and dining areas at the far end of the room are modern and well equipped. A small French window door opens out onto the cottage garden for visitor’s sloe use. There are two pretty bedrooms upstairs and family sized shower room which is immaculately presented. Ballater is a picturesque and historic Victorian village situated on the banks of the famous river Dee.

Ground Floor: Property has electric storage and panel heaters and comprises:
Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
Lounge Area:With feature wood burning stove, Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD, Wi-fi
Dining Area: With table and chairs for four to dine; glass panelled door leads out to garden
Kitchen Area:With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With 3ft bunk beds
Shower Room:With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Wi-fi facilityGarden area accessed through French window to lawned area (not fully enclosed). On street parking opposite property.

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£350-£510
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Chaumer Ref: 27371

Set in the Banffshire countryside, with views across open farmland, this converted semi-detached chaumer and dairy makes a secluded holiday hideaway, yet is only 2½ miles from Portsoy, renowned for its summer boat festival and 17th century harbour. The coastline is home to many fishing villages where boat trips are available. Dolphins, seals, puffins, gannets and other marine and birdlife can be seen. Inland, tours are available in many of the fine distilleries on the Whisky Trail. Photography or art lessons are available by arrangement with the owner. Golf, cycling, kite surfing, touring and walks are available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with tiled floor/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with step up to bed area. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Playstation and small library. Electricity 2-ring hob/oven. Shared orchard. Lawned area with sitting-out area and furniture. Summerhouse. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Indoor motorcycle parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Aul’ Bank Ref: S26

This unusual holiday property has been imaginatively converted from the local bank to extremely good effect. It features a wonderful spiral staircase which ascends from the bright, airy living room to the master bedroom. Set in the heart of the quiet traditional fishing village of Whitehills, visitors can easily walk down to the quaint harbour and marina, where locally caught fish can be bought. A walk along the rocky shoreline towards Boyndie Bay with views towards Banff makes an enjoyable afternoon, or visit the villages of Crovie and Pennan (of Local Hero fame), which cling to the rocky coastline further to the east. The Moray Firth is known for its mild climate, lovely sandy beaches and dolphin sightings. Shop 10 yards.

Living room/dining room with electric woodburner, rugs on wooden floor and spiral staircase. Modern, galley-style kitchen with wooden floor. Utility. Double bedroom. Shower room with double power shower and toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: Double bedroom.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Electricity blankets
  • Two TVs
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • No garden
  • Roadside parking
  • No children under 6 yrs

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£289-£648
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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
Shortlist
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
10
Bedrooms
5
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: 2 steps down to living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin with Velux, 1 twin, all with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Underfloor central heating by air source heat pump included. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 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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£532-£1564
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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
Shortlist
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
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, these three delightful properties are 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. It’s little wonder travel author Pete Irvine named Mar Lodge the best place in Scotland to have a house party. Royal Deeside weaves along the River Dee, overlapping the Cairngorms National Park and Aberdeenshire. Best known for its majestic scenery, it is also an area rich in wildlife from alpine flora to Scottish wildcats. Deeside’s most famous admirer, Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate in 1848, and the royal connections continue to this day, with Princes William and Harry being regular visitors to the area. The nearest town to Mar Lodge Estate is Braemar where you’ll find local amenities as well as bases for hiking and skiing. Adventure-lovers can test themselves with challenging mountain hikes, while gentler walks can be enjoyed along lowland paths through magnificent countryside. Summertime is perfect for mountain-biking, and in winter downhill and cross-country skiing at Glenshee are only a short drive away. The following activities are available on the estate by prior arrangement, ‘Live like a laird’- journey out as dawn breaks to see the waking of the black grouse, then return to the lodge for a hearty, full Scottish breakfast, ‘Shoot with a camera’- accompany the estate’s stalkers into the hills to see stags roaming as the mist lifts or try traditional field sports which include stag stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. These lodges are a popular base for weddings, large events or corporate gatherings. Claybokie’s dining room seats 18 people and properties 30187, 30188 and 30458 can be booked together to accommodate up to 35 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 4 twin, one with sloping ceiling, one zip and link can be 6ft double, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating and gas included. Freeview TV. Gas Aga. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher.Telephone-honesty box. Large landscaped garden with terrace, siting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Piano.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. DVD. Fridge/freezer. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome tray. No smoking. NB: River and drop in grounds.

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£1470-£22999
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Grade 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-£811
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