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The Highlands of Scotland epitomises all that magnificent wild and natural Britain has to offer. It's the place to head for if you want to immerse yourself in wonderfully contrasting and every changing landscapes and tranquil locations devoid of mass tourism.

This region extends coast to coast taking in dramatic mountains, majestic lochs, heather clad moors and picturesque glens; quiet and unspoilt, nature as it was intended. It's the perfect location for relaxing breaks, activity holidays, family holidays and romantic get-aways.

Full of historic interest at every turn, with ancient monuments and castles that tell the tale of the Highland clans, and there are plenty of great day outs, places of interest and activities to keep visitors fully occupied in this most beautiful part of the British Isles.

The Highlands region consists of distinctive sub-regions each with their own characteristics and unique charms, extending from Fort William and Lochaber in the south to the Northern Highlands.

Fort William is considered by many as the 'outdoor capital' of Scotland, this bustling town situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe has lots of places to eat and drink, interesting shops and is a great base for a wide selection of outdoor activities. The town is handy for trips into the dramatic and brooding Glen Coe and is the 'road to the Isles' which takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. The town is also right next to the world famous Ben Nevis (and its glen), Scotland's highest mountain.

To the north is the iconic Loch Ness, some 23 miles long and 700 feet deep; in fact deep enough for a monster. Take a cruise to visit Urquhart Castle a once famous Great Glen fortress; there's a visitor centre both here and on shore at Drumnadrochit.

'The city of the Highlands' Inverness is today a modern thriving city on the banks of the River Ness. It has a rich historical and cultural history with plenty of attractions including a great castle. Close by is Fort George a well preserved 18th century fortification built in the terrible aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, facing out over the Moray Firth.

To the east are the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, dotted with traditional fishing villages, hidden bays and golden sandy beaches. It's a renowned dolphin watching area where you can see them quite close up from the shore if you're lucky.

Further north still is the awe inspiring Northern Highlands, with plenty of castles and ancient monuments, massive lochs, atmospheric mountains and glens and magnificent coastlines that stretch for miles. This is a sparsely populated region where you can really get away from everyday life and connect with nature.

If you're ready to begin your adventure take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in the Highlands today.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Torosay Ref: W40753

Elevated position close to town centre

This detached holiday property is situated in an elevated position with magnificent views over Loch Linnhe. A short walk from the centre of Fort William – the outdoor capital of the Highlands. This large spacious town house offers an exceptionally good standard of accommodation, whilst retaining many original features. There is a wealth of activities in the area including a golf course situated at the foot of Ben Nevis, fishing, walking, climbing, skiing and water sports. Fort William boasts some excellent restaurants, such as The Crannog, the specialist fish restaurant. The town offers a wide variety of shops, pubs and cafés. It provides easy access to Drumnadrochit (home of Nessie!), Inverness, Inverary and Oban. The isles of Skye, Mull, Iona and the Inner and Outer Hebrides are easily accessible. The Fort William to Mallaig steam train is a firm favourite with many visitors, especially as it passes over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which featured in the Harry Potter films. Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor, with gondolier lifts and mountain bike trails offer something for everyone. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet. Wooden floor throughout. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating included (£50per week October-March). Electricity included. Bed linen and towel hire. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Drops within grounds.

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£1809-£1809
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Shalom Ref: 29029

This very spacious, detached holiday property offers great family accommodation for larger groups, and is peacefully situated down a quiet lane on the outskirts of Buckie, with views towards the sea and village from the first floor living room. Extensive gardens surround the house, and the sunny patios to the side and rear are ideal for al-fresco entertaining. An ideal location for exploring the Moray Firth, with its wonderful beaches and coastline renowned for dolphin spotting (visit the Spey Bay Dolphin Centre – 8 miles), mild sunny climate and excellent golf courses. Buckie has a busy harbour where boat trips can be taken to observe the marine and bird life. Inland, follow the Whisky Trail amongst stunning scenery and treat yourself to a dram. Elgin, with its Cashmere Visitor Centre and historic cathedral, is well worth a visit and there are many castles to explore in the surrounding area. Further activities include indoor sports, pony trekking, swimming and sea angling. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Study. Utility room. Games room with patio doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Second living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with breakfast area. 3 double (one 5ft) bedrooms, two with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.
Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Games room. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Step in bathroom.

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£797-£1868
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
10
Pets
0

" In a land steeped in legends of the Bonnie Prince – close to Moidart’s sandy shores..."

Where a tree-lined glen opens out onto Loch Moidart and in countryside steeped with tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie, these fine properties stand upon the Kinlochmoidart Estate, within half a mile of the coast and 4 miles from the beach at Glenuig. The Scottish Baronial mansion of Kinlochmoidart House, occupies a marvellous position amidst some of Scotland’s most magnificent West Country scenery. It has been sensitively formed into three residences; two are careful conversions of an extensive service wing, while the main house (part of which is still the owners’ home) is a substantial property laid out over three floors and forming the middle portion of the building. The remaining three properties presented here are separately set in secluded locations within the vast grounds, comprising extensive shared gardens and the surrounding 2,000 acre estate grounds, which grant opportunities for excellent hill walking and fine varied fishing (fly fishing is available by arrangement). Very comfortably furnished, cosily heated and well-equipped throughout, each provides the perfect holiday retreat from which to enjoy an abundance of interests and scenic splendour with which this area is blessed at all times of the year.
Designed by William Leiper in 1884, Kinlochmoidart House is one of the finest examples of his work. It features a superb Art Movement interior – tilings, wallpapers, paint work, panelling and many other intricate architectural features have been painstakingly restored and represented, under strict architectural guidance, to return it to its former splendour. It occupies the site of a house which was once the resting place of Prince Charles Edward Stuart during the 1745 Jacobite Revolution – a connection commemorated in a nearby meadow, where seven beech trees symbolise the Seven Men of Moidart, the sum total of the army which he brought from France.
Just a short walk away from the house lies Loch Moidart, where vast expanses of sand are thrown up by the sea at low tide. At the seaward end of this beautiful inlet, sit the ancient ruins of 14th-century clan castle of Tioram (once the stronghold of the Lord of the Isles), providing a focal point for gloriously scenic views. Between nearby Loch Shiel and Loch Sunart, a trail leads through the Ariundle Oakwoods Nature Reserve – a haven for wildlife – whilst southwards, the coast is punctuated by bays of white sand excellent for fishing and shell-collecting, or admiring the views over hill, loch and sea from horse back. Fort William, gateway to Ben Nevis, is a scenic drive away, and the Western Isles, Skye and Ardnamurchan are all accessible. Sailing at Acharade, 6 miles. Golf 30 minutes’ drive. Inn at Glenuig, 4 miles. Shops 7 miles.

With spacious accommodation over three floors, this substantial property forms a self-contained wing of this Baronial mansion (middle portion of the house). Entrance via steps to main door, leading via the main staircase to the first, second and third floors. First floor: Spacious and elegant drawing room with open fire, friezed ceiling and rugs on wooden floor. Spacious dining room with open fire in coombed fireplace, long picture windows and rugs on wooden floor. Large, well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with two electric cookers. Utility. Billiard room with full-size table. Second floor: Four double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, one with wash basin and one with splendid Victorian panelled bath. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Two bathrooms with toilet. Third floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, one with wash basin. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom with 3ft 6in bed. Two bathrooms with toilet.

  • Electricity included
  • Full oil central heating £60 per week
  • Travel cot
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer

  • Bed linen included
  • TV
  • Shared gardens and grounds of 2,000 acres
  • Ample parking
  • Natural spring water supply
  • Fly fishing £30 per rod per day by arrangement
  • NB: Duck pond in grounds

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£2872-£4267
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Summer Cottage Ref: SXXD

Perfect for family holidays and relaxing short breaks, this exceptional property is situated just two minutes’ walk from a glorious sandy beach and links golf course in the charming seaside village of Brora. Beautifully furnished, and boasting a lovely, spacious interior, it stands within its own attractive, well tended and fully enclosed garden beside the Royal Marine Hotel, where Summer Cottage visitors enjoy full use of the leisure club’s superb facilities, including a heated indoor swimming pool, gym, steam room and services of a beautician. The hotel also has an excellent restaurant. Stunning coastal scenery and an unspoilt, rugged landscape provide a wonderful backdrop for wildlife spotting, bird watching, walking and fishing, and sea angling is available from the village harbour. The Clynelish Distillery (2 miles), Dunrobin Castle, Loch Fleet Nature Reserve, the Castle of Mey (the late Queen Mother’s home) and day trips to Orkney are all easily accessible. Shops ¼ mile, pubs and restaurants 400 yards.

Spacious open-plan living/dining room with central wood-burning stove, French doors to garden and well-equipped kitchen area with tiled floor. Utility. Sun room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet, with access to further double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed (for +2) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Landing with TV, DVD and games. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, separate en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet, and door to balcony. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom with sloping ceiling (for +2 children).

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, oil central heating (underfloor heating on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two plasma Freeview TVs
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed landscaped grounds with gravel terrace and furniture
  • Balcony with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Shared use of indoor, heated swimming pool at adjacent hotel, with sauna, gym, steam room and beautician services
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities

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£481-£1759
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Castle Hill Ref: W43030

Enjoying a peaceful location and stunning panoramic views across open countryside towards the River Brora and on to the Moray Firth, Castle Hill makes an ideal base for exploring the many delights of the Northern Highlands and Islands. This bright and spacious detached house has been equipped and furnished to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. On the doorstep is the local links golf course with many other superb courses within easy reach. There are miles of unspoilt beaches and rugged coastline where you could enjoy a large variety of water sports including kayaking, windsurfing and sailing, or for the mountain bike enthusiast there are numerous forest trails to test you. Travel north and visit John O’ Groats, Wick or Thurso, along with the lovely Orkney Isles which can be reached via ferries from Gills Bay or Stromness. For the less energetic, you could sit back, relax and enjoy the ever changing views from the comfort of Castle Hill. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. 2 steps down to dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double (two 5ft), one with en-suite shower room with bidet and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two digital TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£368-£1239
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Ravenswood Ref: W42839

Ravenswood occupies the upper two floors of the Victorian Villa Ravensdale House. Accessed by a private entrance stairwell, the spacious holiday apartment has retained many original features. Situated close to the shores of Loch Linnhe and the Caledonian Canal, it has views towards the loch, Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains. Lochaber, the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, is home to the World Championship UCI mountain bike course at Nevis Range and many other outdoor activities including skiing, snowboarding, hill walking, climbing, fishing, sailing, horse riding, golf and kayaking are all on the doorstep. The breathtaking scenery has been used as the backdrop for many well-known films including Rob Roy and Braveheart. The Jacobite steam train, which passes the bottom of the garden of Ravenswood daily in the summer months, takes you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct as depicted in the Harry Potter movies on its journey to Mallaig (described as one of the great railway journeys of the world). Enjoy a trip up Aonach Mor on the mountain gondola where, on a clear day, you can see for miles. Wildlife is in abundance and offers the chance to spot golden eagles, deer, red squirrels, otter, porpoises and dolphins. The area is steeped in history and there are many monuments, castles, museums, gardens and craft shops to visit. Mallaig and the Small Isles, Glencoe, Oban, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye and the Cairngorms are easily accessible. Fort William town centre, 4 miles, has a leisure centre, ten pin bowling, indoor children’s soft play, supermarket, shops, bars and restaurants. Two of the big supermarket chains deliver direct to the door. Village shop and pub 400 yards, restaurant 4 miles.

Stairs to first floor: Living room. Hall/second living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating (first floor), NSH (second floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and furniture. Balcony and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Books and games. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Steps to sloping garden.

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£429-£1416
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
Lobster Ponds Ref: W41585

Stunning sea views

Situated on its own, right on the shoreline, enjoying panoramic views of the seascape this unique detached house offers an exceptionally good standard of holiday accommodation throughout. The living room and large kitchen/dining room look out across the bay. A second living room upstairs is built in the form of an ’observatory’, complete with balcony from which to spot the wide variety of bird and sea-life. Miles of shoreline walks are accessed directly from the property. The unspoilt fishing village of Helmsdale has a harbour and restaurants and shops. The area is renowned for its unspoilt beaches, wild and rugged coastline and traditional villages. Fossils are regularly found along this particular stretch of coast. Travel north to visit the Castle of Mey, John O’ Groats and the Orkney Isles. Golf, fishing, cycling, hill-walking, surfing and pony trekking all available locally. Try panning for gold in the Helmsdale river and visit the fairytale castle of Dunrobin. Shops, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room/kitchen. 5 bedrooms: 3 double, one (5ft) with patio door and en-suite shower room with toilet, 2 twin. 2 bathrooms both with bath, shower cubicle and toilet (one with corner bath). Tiled floors throughout. First floor: Second living room. Games room.

Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with terrace and furniture. Ample parking. Games room with 45ft shuffleboard court. NB: The garden goes directly onto rocky beach and seashore.

WAS
NOW
£573-£1841
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
Leiper House Ref: SCD

" In a land steeped in legends of the Bonnie Prince – close to Moidart’s sandy shores..."

Where a tree-lined glen opens out onto Loch Moidart and in countryside steeped with tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie, these fine properties stand upon the Kinlochmoidart Estate, within half a mile of the coast and 4 miles from the beach at Glenuig. The Scottish Baronial mansion of Kinlochmoidart House, occupies a marvellous position amidst some of Scotland’s most magnificent West Country scenery. It has been sensitively formed into three residences; two are careful conversions of an extensive service wing, while the main house (part of which is still the owners’ home) is a substantial property laid out over three floors and forming the middle portion of the building. The remaining three properties presented here are separately set in secluded locations within the vast grounds, comprising extensive shared gardens and the surrounding 2,000 acre estate grounds, which grant opportunities for excellent hill walking and fine varied fishing (fly fishing is available by arrangement). Very comfortably furnished, cosily heated and well-equipped throughout, each provides the perfect holiday retreat from which to enjoy an abundance of interests and scenic splendour with which this area is blessed at all times of the year.
Designed by William Leiper in 1884, Kinlochmoidart House is one of the finest examples of his work. It features a superb Art Movement interior – tilings, wallpapers, paint work, panelling and many other intricate architectural features have been painstakingly restored and represented, under strict architectural guidance, to return it to its former splendour. It occupies the site of a house which was once the resting place of Prince Charles Edward Stuart during the 1745 Jacobite Revolution – a connection commemorated in a nearby meadow, where seven beech trees symbolise the Seven Men of Moidart, the sum total of the army which he brought from France.
Just a short walk away from the house lies Loch Moidart, where vast expanses of sand are thrown up by the sea at low tide. At the seaward end of this beautiful inlet, sit the ancient ruins of 14th-century clan castle of Tioram (once the stronghold of the Lord of the Isles), providing a focal point for gloriously scenic views. Between nearby Loch Shiel and Loch Sunart, a trail leads through the Ariundle Oakwoods Nature Reserve – a haven for wildlife – whilst southwards, the coast is punctuated by bays of white sand excellent for fishing and shell-collecting, or admiring the views over hill, loch and sea from horse back. Fort William, gateway to Ben Nevis, is a scenic drive away, and the Western Isles, Skye and Ardnamurchan are all accessible. Sailing at Acharade, 6 miles. Golf 30 minutes’ drive. Inn at Glenuig, 4 miles. Shops 7 miles.

Set next to Kinloichmoidart House, but completely self-contained, with its own front door, this elegant and spacious property boasts a wealth of period features. Large, farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with Aga. Single bedroom. Cloakroom with toilet. Utility. First floor: Spacious drawing room with open fire. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Open fire – fuel included
  • Electricity and full oil central heating by meter reading
  • Travel cot
  • Video (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Oil-fired Aga (for cooking) by meter reading
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer

  • Bed linen included
  • TV
  • Shared gardens and grounds of 2,000 acres
  • Ample parking
  • Natural spring water supply
  • Fly fishing £30 per rod per day by arrangement
  • NB: Duck pond in grounds

WAS
NOW
£432-£1567
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2

This detached former mill enjoys a unique and secluded position beside a stream, in a sheltered cove, with sweeping views across Loch Broom and down to the pretty town of Ullapool and is a perfect holiday retreat. Experience a boat trip around the Summer Isles, a cluster of uninhabited isles, view the seals and admire the wild, rugged scenery of Wester Ross. Visit the Arboretum at Leckmeln, dating back from the 1870s, which contains rare and unusual trees, hybrid rhododendrons, azaleas and a wide range of other shrubs. There are incredible limestone caves at Elphin which recently yielded a bear skeleton. Nearby attractions include Inverewe Gardens, Lael Forest Garden, the Benn Nighe National Nature Reserve and Gairloch, with its choice of beaches and watersports. There are golf courses at Ullapool (9 holes), Gairloch and Strathpeffer, plus fishing in many surrounding lochs for brown trout, and limited opportunities for salmon and sea trout in nearby rivers. Enjoy spectacular views of the Falls of Measach from the suspension bridge at the National Trust’s Corrieshalloch Gorge. There is a supermarket and a good selection of shops, pubs, restaurants and sports facilities in Ullapool, approximately 1 mile away, as well as sea-angling.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with open fire and well-equipped kitchen area with range (for cooking), granite worktops and wooden floor. Conservatory with wood-burning stove. Utility. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft zip and link bed, one with 5ft bed; one with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Family bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Second floor: Playroom. Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Open fire in dining room, wood-burning stove in conservatory - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Satellite TV (entertainment package)
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Falcon induction range
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large garden
  • Ample parking
  • Secure cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • NB: Sea 2 yards, 10 steps and sloping banks in garden

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£2632-£2632
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