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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3

These two holiday properties stand near to each other in their own grounds, each with their own garden, and enjoy a convenient setting close to the heart of the delightful small market town of Ballater with good shops, hotels, restaurants and golf course near at hand. The Coyles (SOOJ) is a wonderful family house and perfect for larger gatherings, whether enjoying a special birthday or a relaxing get together with friends, with plenty of living space and very good amenities throughout to ensure a memorable and convivial holiday. On two levels, it offers a high standard of comfort throughout and is a great choice at any time of the year. The Coyles Cottage (SBH) is set in a delightful part of the garden and is well equipped throughout with a lovely sunny conservatory, and benefits from triple glazing and central heating throughout, affording year-round comfort. An excellent centre from which to discover the many places of interest nearby; Ballater itself is a lovely base with many links to the Royal family and historic castles nearby include Balmoral, Crathies and Craigievar. The Grampians offer wonderful hill walking and wildlife, and the surrounding area of Deeside is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Leisurely walks abound on the banks of the River Dee or alternatively tackle some of the Monros and other mountains in the Cairngorms - a short drive away via some majestic scenery. Skiing is 35 minutes’ drive going through parts of the Whisky Trail, and canoeing and mountain biking are also readily available throughout the region. Shops and pub 100 yards.

Living room. Well-equipped kitchen with dining area. Conservatory. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Travel cot
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Garden with furniture
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • DVD
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Parking

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£261-£769
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Mar House Ref: UWR

Nestling in a secluded, wooded position overlooking the River Dee valley, this superior stone house has been totally restored to offer the finest facilities and provide every comfort to ensure an enjoyable stay. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and fine views, and the drawing room has an open fire making the property ideal for all year round holidays. Herds of red deer, stags and hinds, graze by the river during the evenings giving a feeling of tranquillity amidst the beautiful Highland scenery. It is situated in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within the Cairngorm National Park and offers access to some of the best walking and climbing in Scotland, with the challenging Cairngorm mountains within easy reach. Fishing, stalking and shooting may be arranged through the estate. Winter sports are also catered for with skiing at Glenshee only a 20-minute drive.
For the less energetic a visit to the 16th-century Crathes Castle and Gardens at Banchory (40 miles) offers an exciting day out. The gardens provide a wonderful display at any time of the year with great yew hedges and a fascinating presentation of the art of topiary dating from 1702. There is also a children’s adventure playground. Closer to Mar House is Balmoral Castle – the Royal family’s Highland residence which offers the opportunity to pony trek and the chance to view various exhibitions, including one on the local wildlife. Golf is available at Braemar only 4 miles away and there are also excellent courses at Ballater and Aboyne.
Inverness is within easy reach and offers many attractions for all the family. Unusual places of interest include the Kiltmaker Centre, where a small visitor centre explains the whole process of making tartan, and the novel Balnain House, which explores the development of Highland music. Inverness Castle, perched above the river, offers the Castle Garrison Encounter, an entertaining interactive exhibition in which the visitor plays the role of a new recruit in the 18th-century Hanoverian army. Shop and pub 3 miles.

Drawing room with open fire. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast table. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Four bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet; two double (one with 5ft bed) and two twin.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Acres of grassed land surrounding the property
  • Parking (for 3 cars)

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£513-£1772
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
The Knock Ref: UWS

A spacious and very well-equipped traditional stone house, sitting in a woodland area on Mar Estate at Inverey. Offering magnificent views across the Upper Dee Valley to Ben Macdui, the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, here you will find mountain activities which have made this part of the Highlands a famous tourist area. It is an ideal area for those who simply wish to wander through idyllic scenery and perhaps see a glimpse of an osprey, golden eagle or capercailzie.
Braemar village nestling amongst heather covered hills, is the setting for the annual Highland Gathering, also Braemar Castle with its barrel-vaulted ceilings, underground prison and central tower with spiral staircase, has much historical interest. The area abounds with castles, including Balmoral, the Scottish baronial mansion which has been a royal residence since 1852. The Royal Family traditionally spend their summer holidays here, and the grounds are ideal for walking and pony trekking. Dunnottar Castle is one of Scotland’s finest ruined castles, a huge 9th-century fortress set on a three-sided sheer cliff jutting into the sea, with dramatic views out to the crashing sea.
For family entertainment, pay a visit to the Archaeolink Prehistory Park, which gives an insight into the area’s Pictish heritage. The park includes a reconstructed Iron Age Farm, a hillside archaeological site and lively audio-visual displays designed to bring prehistory to life. Also well worth a visit is the Cairngorm Whisky Centre in Tomintoul (1 hour), with its tasting room offering more than 1,000 brands of whisky.
There is extensive hill walking and challenging mountain climbing opportunities from the door and in the winter months if sufficient snow, good skiing at Glenshee (20 mins). For those who do not wish to climb the mountains but still want to see the awe inspiring views, take the chairlift at Glenshee to the observation point a short distance from the top of the Cairnwell mountain. Braemar golf course (18 holes) is a gem. Fishing on the River Dee (for information see caretaker). Roe and red deer are present and stalking can be arranged (in advance) through the Estate. Shop and pub 4 miles.

Living room with wood-burning stove. Spacious kitchen/dining room. Utility. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Three twin bedrooms, one with en-suite toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Parking

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£470-£1625
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Tall Pines Ref: 27369

Ideal touring base

This detached holiday bungalow is set in a quiet area of the village of Carrbridge, sheltered by mature trees, and ideally positioned for woodland walks which are close by and touring the Cairngorm National Park. All on one floor with good furnishings and fittings, the multi-fuel burner makes it a cosy property at any time of the year. Aviemore, 7 miles, is known for its good skiing as well as riding, watersports and golf. Inverness is 24 miles away where you can visit castles, museums, or take a walk along the river banks. There is golf locally, a half hour drive away is the championship course at Nairn, on the Moray Firth Coastline. Near to the property is a bowling green and Landmark Park, Scotland’s most exciting heritage park. Further south, in Kingussie, is the Highland Wildlife Park where wolves, Siberian tigers and a host of other animals can be seen. There are many historical houses and castles in the area to visit or follow the Whisky Trail to the numerous distilleries. Also nearby is the Cairngorm Whisky Centre, which has whisky-making presentations and a tasting room with over 100 brands of whisky. Great hillwalking, bird watching, off road cycling, mountain biking, climbing and skiing can be also found in the region (Storage is available for all outdoor sports equipment and a ski rack in utility room). Regular train service from Carrbridge. There is lots to see and do for all ages. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Two high chairs. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-incoming and emergency calls only. Enclosed garden with paved area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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£421-£938
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Coire Cas Ref: S4538

Set on the fringes of Aviemore village, a wonderful location for enjoying the great outdoors in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, these superbly appointed and beautifully furnished properties offer a very high degree of comfort. Sitting in a quiet cul de sac, they are ideal for family gatherings. All of the four properties (refs S4401, S4402, S4615 and S4538) enjoy their own private hot tub (each for 4 people) and three have a digital, infrared sauna with music and colour system. All four properties enjoy corporate membership for 2 adults and 2 children (under 16 years) to Dalfaber Country Club offering swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, gym and 9 hole golf course. At extra charge, badminton, squash court, indoor and outdoor tennis court, table tennis, snooker and carpet bowls.
Aviemore is a renowned centre for outdoor pursuits – excellent climbing and hill walking, competition standard mountain bike tracks, water sports on Lochs Morlich and Insch and, of course, skiing and snow boarding in season are just some of the activities on offer. The fishing and golf are similarly excellent. Sled dog rides, train trips to the resort at the top of the mountain, and the Strathspey steam railway are also found here and Britain’s only freely roaming reindeer herd can be spotted against the stunning backdrop of Glenmore. Shops, good restaurants, themed bars, live music are all within 0.5 miles. Other great attractions in the area are The Highland Wildlife Centre with Amur tigers, wolves and polar bear, The Landmark Centre, Tree Zone; an incredible aerial adventure and Aviemore Highland Resort Leisure Centre with its own wavepool, water slides and cinema.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining area/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Small sauna and fitness room. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single with additional Z bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil CH inc. Video. DVDs. Cycle store. Digital sauna with colour sound system. Friday to Friday.

All properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Satellite TV (full package). Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Tel – honesty box. Fenced garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Hot tub. No smoking.

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£558-£1464
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Tomintoul Cottage Ref: 28167

This delightful ground floor holiday property, completely self-contained with its own area of garden, is in a wing of the owners’ home. With lovely views of the hills beyond from the patio doors, it is a lovely base for exploring this wonderful area of mountains, rivers, forests and abundant wildlife. An ideal destination for walking, fishing, climbing and skiing (the Lecht and Cairngorm Range are a short drive), and just an hour from the sandy beaches of the beautiful Moray coast. Wildlife safaris and clay pigeon shooting are available on the Glenlivet Estate. Tomintoul offers shops, galleries, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with laminate floor/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with single step and toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Use of owner’s washing machine (by arrangement). Lawned area with patio and furniture (within owner’s garden). Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Ailnack Cottage Ref: 25224

This, cosy, single storey cottage is set in its own garden yet close to the centre of the village with good selection of shops, restaurants and cafes. It makes a great base for exploring this fascinating region. Near the Crown Estate of Glenlivet in the Cairngorm National Park there is pony trekking and walking. Further afield are the ski slopes of the Lecht and Cairngorm, cycle trails, fishing, adventure playground with flying fox and maze and the Whisky Trail. The majestic mountain scenery surrounds the village and the sandy beaches of the Moray Coast are an hour’s drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed, beams and Velux/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity included (£25per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Coin-operated tumble dryer. Small freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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£243-£664
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

Overlooking the gentle meandering bends of the River Dee where wild red deer roam, this former taxidermist’s workshop and cottage has been completely rebuilt under the ‘Mar Estate Golden Jubilee Project’. After lapsing into dereliction, this magnificently appointed property has been restored to its original 1884 timber construction, taking into account every last detail. Further enhanced by the addition of modern day facilities, it stands as a real gem of a holiday home, amidst spectacular scenery. The village is home to the annual Highland Games, the Braemar Gathering. Games were first held here in the 11th century, when contests were set for the local clans in order to pick the bravest and strongest for Malcolm Canmore’s army. Perth is little over an hour’s drive away, as is the beautiful granite city of Aberdeen. Shops 3 miles.

Living room with superb views. Well-equipped modern fitted kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Natural grassed area overlooking River Dee

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NOW
£294-£681
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Cruachan Ref: CC512046
Cruachan is an attractive, single-storey terraced cottage situated in the pretty Highland village of Newtonmore in the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains.  This lovely wee cottage has a warm and cosy ambience, with an original fireplace in the main lounge, thick stone walls and two pretty bedrooms. There is a bright modern bathroom and well-equipped kitchen.  The garden is mainly grassed with a small stone patio area.  Newtonmore is a peaceful, friendly village, just 12 miles south of Aviemore.  Known as ‘Monarch of the Glen country’ which was filmed close by, it has a real Highland flavour and some unusual and unique attractions. There is an excellent golf course just a short walk from the back of the cottage, and an interesting Highland Folk Park (free entry) a must for all visitors.  Newtonmore Highland Games on first Saturday of August which includes the Clan MacPherson rally and Mass Pipe Bands marching into the Eilan.  Free tennis courts (rackets and balls provided in cottage).  Wildcat Trail and Wildcat Experience has been enjoyed by previous guests to Cruachan.  Hogmanay in Newtonmore draws people from all around to enhoy the Torchlight Parade and firework display and a free dram to welcome in the New Year!  There is a good selection of small local shops, cafes and restaurants, all within a few yards of the property. The surrounding area is renowned for its wealth of outdoor activities.  There is a large riding centre which offers pony trekking in the surrounding hills and mountain-bike trails, canoeing, sailing, climbing and hill-walking are all available locally.  This area is also famed for its excellent fishing, with the mighty River Spey close to hand. For walkers, the Speyside Way provides over 100 miles of way-marked trails through stunning countryside.  Aviemore, the ‘capital’ of the Cairngorm National Park, is just 10 minutes drive away offers a wealth of sporting opportunities.  Although renowned for its skiing and snowboarding, Aviemore is a village for all seasons and there is a vast array of all year round activities and outdoor pursuits. For the less energetic there is a funicular railway that runs up the side of the Cairngorm mountain range, with incredible views from the top. Visit Britain’s only herd of free-ranging reindeer at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre or take a husky trail ride through the foothills of the mountains – a memorable and unique day out.  Cruachan provides a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival.  Tea/coffee/sugar also supplied.

Ground Floor: Property is at ground floor level, has electric storage heating and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, Free view TV and DVD and radio/CD
Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with a freezer compartment, dishwasher and washing machine
Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With smaller 2’6" single bed
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot and high chair supplied on request.Enclosed garden with grassed area leading out to woodland beyond. Small shed available for outdoor equipment storage. On street parking. Complimentary bottle of wine on arrival.

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£265-£450
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Erindearn Ref: SGGR

This charming and traditional granite house, set in enclosed mature gardens, has been professionally interior designed to a very high standard. The holiday property, set down a quiet lane in the lovely Highland village of Newtonmore (familiar as Monarch of the Glen country), just 14 miles from Aviemore and ideal for exploring Strathspey, Badenoch and the Cairngorm National Park. Newtonmore’s ‘Wildcat Trail’ is a 10km orbital walk taking in the River Spey, the Calder and the Monadhliath mountains. Enjoy golf, birdwatching or cycling. Shop ¼ mile, pub ½ mile.

Large living room with wood-burning stove, double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Spacious, well-equipped, shaker-style kitchen/dining room with range, ceramic tiled floor. First floor: Two double bedrooms with 5ft bed, TV; one with half-tester bed, en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-April £40per week)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Satellite TV
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Electricity Rangemaster included
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed garden with furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£477-£1222
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Failte Ref: CC512055
Failte is a traditional stone cottage situated in a quiet backwater close to the centre of Grantown-on-Spey, in the heart of Speyside. One of a pair of cottages, it is ideally located for exploring the whole of the HIghlands. The pretty cottage lounge has a superb exposed granite stone wall with inglenook fireplace housing the welcoming wood burning stove. There is a well equipped kitchen and a good sized modern family bathroom. The two bedrooms on the first floor are attractively presented. The main bedroom has a king sized bed and the second bedroom a 3’ divan with small bunk beds, ideal for children. The cottage garden opposite provides an ideal spot for a BBQ or quiet drink whilst planning the next day’s excursion.
For larger groups of friends or family, Failte may also be available to let with the adjoining cottage, Kangei, which sleeps 4/5

Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises;
Lounge: With wood burning stove, satellite Free view TV, DVD and radio/CD
Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge. freezer and washing machine; dining furniture

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed
Bedroom 2: With 2ft 6" bunk beds and 3ft single bed
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All bed linen included. Electricity allowance of £5 each day is included with additional usage by meter.  First supply of fuel for wood burning stove supplied. Cot and high chair available. Internet access availableLawn area with picnic table and chairs. Parking for 1 car.

WAS
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£275-£510
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Cairn View Ref: S4402

Set on the fringes of Aviemore village, a wonderful location for enjoying the great outdoors in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, these superbly appointed and beautifully furnished properties offer a very high degree of comfort. Sitting in a quiet cul de sac, they are ideal for family gatherings. All of the four properties (refs S4401, S4402, S4615 and S4538) enjoy their own private hot tub (each for 4 people) and three have a digital, infrared sauna with music and colour system. All four properties enjoy corporate membership for 2 adults and 2 children (under 16 years) to Dalfaber Country Club offering swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, gym and 9 hole golf course. At extra charge, badminton, squash court, indoor and outdoor tennis court, table tennis, snooker and carpet bowls.
Aviemore is a renowned centre for outdoor pursuits – excellent climbing and hill walking, competition standard mountain bike tracks, water sports on Lochs Morlich and Insch and, of course, skiing and snow boarding in season are just some of the activities on offer. The fishing and golf are similarly excellent. Sled dog rides, train trips to the resort at the top of the mountain, and the Strathspey steam railway are also found here and Britain’s only freely roaming reindeer herd can be spotted against the stunning backdrop of Glenmore. Shops, good restaurants, themed bars, live music are all within 0.5 miles. Other great attractions in the area are The Highland Wildlife Centre with Amur tigers, wolves and polar bear, The Landmark Centre, Tree Zone; an incredible aerial adventure and Aviemore Highland Resort Leisure Centre with its own wavepool, water slides and cinema.

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

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Underfloor oil CH inc. Video. DVDs. Games room with pool table, table tennis, table football and darts, digital sauna with colour and sound system. Wheelchair access.

All properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Satellite TV (full package). Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Tel – honesty box. Fenced garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Hot tub. No smoking.

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£558-£1464
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