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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 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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3

Ideal touring base

These three holiday cottages (W42841, W43174 and W43309), set on a working beef farm, offer a relaxing base in a beautiful area of Deeside and are only a half hour drive from Aberdeen. With panoramic views of the countryside these cottages provide everything you could need for a holiday. The owners own the Deeside Activity Park, 1 mile, and guests have use of all the amenities which makes it an ’all weather’ entertainment option for the family. A premier outdoor playground for lovers of adventure sports, Deeside also boasts several castles and stately homes including Balmoral. There are an abundance of scenic walks and cycle trails to suit all levels and many picturesque towns and villages to explore. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link) with tiled floor. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 twin (one zip and link), one with Velux, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Biomass underfloor central heating included. Cot on request. Private sitting-out area with furniture at rear. Cycle store. Wheelchair access.

All properties: Woodburner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets welcome (to be kept on lead at all times, working farm). No smoking.

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£0-£0
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Mill of Old Mains Ref: 19328

This beautifully restored watermill set in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, makes a very spacious and attractive holiday retreat, set within 4 acres of grounds with a small stream babbling through, and offering extensive views over bordering hills and pastureland of the surrounding countryside. Very comfortably furnished throughout, with all modern conveniences including satellite TV, open fire and oil fired central heating it offers complete privacy and being set on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park makes a superb base for exploring the surrounding area. Historic Kildrummy Castle is a 5 minute drive away and Balmoral Castle and Lecht Ski Centre are reached within 30 minutes. The village of Glenkindie is nearby, with a shop, post office and hotel serving good pub food, as well as restaurant cuisine. The town of Alford which is approximately 12 miles east, has further amenities, while local attractions and leisure pursuits include Castle and Whisky Trails, Stone Circle Trail, hill-walking, mountaineering/climbing, fishing, golf, ski-ing (wet and dry), Lonach highland games, and many historical points of interest. Shop and pub ¾ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio door. Kitchen with slate floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with French door, 3 twin, one with en-suite shower room and toilet (can be accessed by hall), all with sloping ceilings.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£50per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. 4 acres with large enclosed lawned garden, terrace, patio and furniture. Balconies. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Small, unfenced stream close to property.

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£376-£1195
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
St Magnus Haven Ref: CC512037
St Magnus Haven is a quintessential seafront cottage situated in a prime position in the picture-postcard village of Pennan. Named after the Nordic Saint of Orkney fame, this pretty detached cottage, oozing charm and character, provides a wonderful haven for couples wishing to explore this totally unspoilt and scenic coastline.  The beautifully presented lounge and double bedroom both look out across the bay, with magnificent seascapes bounded by cliffs and rocky outcrops.  A small, sheltered shingle and sandy beach runs the length of the foreshore, with a lovely natural harbour at the far end.   Passing seals and dolphins are often spotted close to shore. The secluded, fully enclosed walled garden at the rear is an absolute delight. Roses ramble around the courtyard, tubs and pots are filled with brightly coloured flowers and the grass-covered cliffs behind provide a natural backdrop.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, satellite Free View TV and radio/CD with superb views across the bay.
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
Sun Room: Leading from the kitchen serves as a delightful dining area with door opening onto lovely walled garden area.
Bedroom: With double bed
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided.Enclosed walled rear garden with furniture. On street parking.

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£290-£555
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
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.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with double sofa bed, French doors, beams and laminate floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Underfloor central heating by air source heat pump included. Freeview TV. Washer/dryer. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Friday to Friday.

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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£201-£603
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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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Situated within the grounds of Craigievar Castle, these picture perfect holiday cottages are surrounded by 90-acres of parkland. The castle is a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture and has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower looks just as it did when it was completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture. Stroll around the castles kitchen garden, or enjoy waymarked trails through the surrounding parkland, where swallows, fieldfares and redwings can be spotted. Alford, with its butchers, bakers, pubs and restaurants can be reached in an easy 15 minutes by car. Visit Alford Heritage Centre, which contains displays on village and farm life from the past. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen. Crathes Castle is less than 20 miles away and Aberdeen can be reached in 40 minutes’ drive. Care has been taken to furnish the properties as they would have been when they accommodated the workers who kept the castle looking splendid. Shop and restaurant 7 miles, pub 2½ miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided), Electric heaters. Washing machine. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. NB: Sloping bank in garden.

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Shared landscaped and woodland grounds with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£247-£514
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

"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.

This secluded cottage sits on the edge of a forest, commanding marvellous elevated views over the River Deveron valley - perfect for a romantic highland break. Totally refurbished throughout, it provides very comfortable and spacious accommodation for couples. Beamed living room with wood-burning stove. Well-equipped modern kitchen. Ladder-style stairs to galleried area with single sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading
  • Washer/dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Extensive grounds
  • Massage therapist by arrangement at cost
  • Flowers, champagne, chocolates and breakfast basket on arrival by arrangement at cost

  • 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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£266-£742
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Cornmill Ref: CC512042
Originally built over 150 years ago, The Cornmill is a beautiful old stone mill that has been lovingly and sympathetically converted to make a cottage style house in a rural location.  The property provides an exceptionally high standard of accommodation whilst retaining a wealth of original features. Situated in its own natural grounds amidst open farmland it offers the height of modern living inside and the romance of an old stone cornmill outside - even the remains of the old mill wheel has been retained. The main accommodation is open plan. The superb reception room has high vaulted ceilings and large French windows and glass panelled walls that drink in the light. It has been superbly furnished and decorated by its artist/ owner. Many of her wonderful vibrant paintings adorn the walls and the good sized bedrooms also have an artistic theme, such as Rococco in the main double bedroom on the first floor. There are two modern bathrooms and a well equipped modern kitchen area. The garden grounds lead out onto unspoilt open farmland and, whilst quiet and secluded, it is just a short walk to the pub and restaurant in the charming small village of Auchleven in the Aberdeenshire countryside.

Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
Lounge Area: With Free view TV, DVD and radio/CD and French windows opening onto the garden area.
Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
Bedroom 1: With king size bed and wash basin
Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin
Second Lounge: With French windows opening onto the garden area.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and wash basin
Bedroom 3: With two single beds
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Enclosed garden with rockery area and original mill wheel on the side. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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£350-£725
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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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