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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
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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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Glenfern Ref: SNNP

Set within ¾ of an acre of private land, this stunning Victorian villa has been renovated to a very high standard offering a boutique experience in a quiet rural location. Ideally located in the village of Kingussie, the capital of Badenoch, and right in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, there are numerous activities to keep you busy. The Cairngorm Funicular Railway transports visitors to the Ptarmaigan Top Station, situated just below the Cairngorm summit. The Highland Wildlife Park is home to wildlife from around Scotland as well as many endangered animals from international mountains and tundra. Waltzing Waters offers the world’s most elaborate water, light and music production, and there are a variety of castles, garden and distilleries to visit. Stunning scenic walks, horse riding, cycling, mountain climbing, golf, shooting, fishing, watersports and skiing are available locally. Inverness (the highland capital), Loch Ness and Fort William are also easily reached. Shops 300 yards, pub 400 yards.

Large drawing room with open fire. Dining room with wooden floor. Well-equipped breakfast kitchen with patio doors to garden and wooden floor. Conservatory. Utility/drying cupboard. Billiard room with bar and TV. Master suite double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Sauna. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with TV and en-suite bathroom and toilet; one with over-bath shower and one with separate shower cubicle.

  • Open fire - logs included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Eight flatscreen satellite TVs
  • Eight DVDs (small library)
  • CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Large, enclosed garden with courtyard, patio and furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Hot tub
  • Children’s climbing frame with swings and slide
  • No smoking
  • NB: 5 steps in garden. Significant drops within boundaries of property

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£1956-£3535
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
3
Marybank Lodge Ref: SMMJ

"A true jewel in the crown..stretching north from the shores of the Cromarty Firth"

Set in the Northern Highlands where the lochs are deep, the air clear and the long beaches perfect for meandering along, there is space and time to refresh the mind, indulge in passions and revive the spirits at Balnagown.
Set amidst the natural splendour of Easter Ross, Balnagown Estate - historic seat of the Clan Ross - is a rich blend of farmland, woodland and heather-clad hills and is just a mere 30 minutes’ drive from Inverness, the Highland Capital and just north of the Cromarty and Moray Firths. Steeped in a history that spans generations, the Estate has been transformed into a breathtaking holiday retreat and offers a bespoke and professional service in the STB ‘5 Star’ properties: each property being exclusively furnished and equipped with every need. A superb base for touring this beautiful and unspoilt part of Scotland with easy access to many areas and attractions – so much to see and do for all ages. On the way to visit the nearby town of Dornoch, guests can stop at the Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Centre to discover the delights of their whisky. In Dornoch a visit to the History Links Museum is recommended or a game of golf can be enjoyed on the famous links world championship course or a stroll along the award-winning sandy beach. Shin Falls Visitor Centre, Dunrobin Castle (hunting seat of the Countess of Sutherland), the Timespan Heritage Centre, Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve and John O’Groats are all within easy reach. From the north coast a ferry can be taken over to the Orkney Islands which offer beautiful, rugged scenery with an abundance of wildlife and many archaeological sites. A trip to the stunning and dramatic west coast is recommended – Eilean Donan Castle, the lovely villages of Plockton, Glenelg, Gairloch and Ullapool or travel over the bridge to the enigmatic Isle of Skye with the Cuillin mountain range, the popular town of Portree with its colourful cottages which line the harbour, or sample the produce at the Talisker Distillery. To the north west and north of Ullapool, a trip up the coastline with the many rocky inlets and deserted beaches leads to Cape Wrath, the most northwesterly point of Great Britain. In addition to the many activities which are available on the estate, there are many more in the area – golf, mountain biking on the many forest trails, sea and loch fishing, kayaking, bird-watching and horse riding to name but a few. Shop 6 miles, pubs 1 mile.

Spacious living room with open fire and wooden floor. Sitting room. Large dining room with open fire and wooden floor. Large well-equipped kitchen with wooden floor. Utility room. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two separate toilets. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed. Four twin bedrooms. All bedrooms with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet. Second floor: Shower room with toilet.

  • Open fires - fuel included
  • Full oil central heating included
  • Seven TVs (one satellite)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Gravelled area with furniture and large natural/wooded grounds
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£1279-£2133
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
7
Pets
1

"River views and a wealth of glorious countryside combine to make this a wonderful setting for lovers of the great outdoors..."

Perfect for a relaxing break, Ness Castle Estate lies in the heart of magnificent game fishing and golfing country, and with lovely walking on the doorstep, it is an ideal location for nature lovers and sporting enthusiasts alike. River Lodge (ref SYYA) is a magnificent, detached, ‘Colorado’-style lodge providing complete relaxation and seclusion for larger parties. For smaller parties, Weir Cottage (ref SXXS) and Red Squirrel Lodge (ref SYYB) are single storey and adjoin one another, whilst spacious Ghillie’s Lodge (ref SYYC) and Benula Lodge (ref SYYM) stand detached. All have river views and are just minutes away from the city of Inverness. Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness cruises and dolphin spotting on the Moray Firth are among the myriad of delights within easy reach. For those wishing to explore a little further afield the magical Isle of Skye, visiting the beautiful, romantic Eilean Donan Castle on the way, or a leisurely boat trip to the Orkney Isles which offer beautiful, rugged scenery with an abundance of wildlife and many archaeological sites make great days out. Whisky lovers can visit one of the many distilleries on the famous Strathspey Whisky Trail, sampling some of the finest whiskies in Scotland. At nearby Inverness, visitors will find a wealth of historic and cultural attractions as well as good shopping, bars and restaurants. Salmon fishing, by arrangement is 1 mile. The Bothy lies on the estate where guests can dine; it is also licensed for weddings. By arrangement, guests also have the use of the shared hot tub, steam room and small gym, all located at The Bothy. For those wishing to explore a little further, day trips to the Orkney Isles, Isle of Skye and Glencoe are possible. Shop and pub 1 mile.

With a magnificent entrance, vaulted cathedral ceilings and double height window overlooking the river, this lodge is stunningly furnished in multicultural fashion. Large entrance hall. Spacious beamed living/dining room with open fire. Well-equipped kitchen with wooden floor. Library with 42" TV. Twin bedroom with TV, en-suite shower room with double cubicle, toilet and tiled floor. Cloakroom with two toilets and twin wash basin. First floor: Utility. Six double bedrooms, each with 6ft zip & link bed (can be twin) and TV; two with patio doors to balcony, and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, two with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, and two with en-suite shower room with double cubicle and toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Full oil central heating included
  • Eight TVs (42" Sky full package in living room)
  • Radio/CD/iPod dock
  • 6-ring gas hob and electric double oven
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Two dishwashers
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Large, lawned garden with decked area
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Meals delivered or cooked in the lodge by arrangement at cost
  • Wheelchair access

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden furniture
  • Shared 30-acre landscaped and woodland grounds with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Shared hot tub, steam room and small gym by arrangement
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced river in grounds, 100 yards

WAS
NOW
£3249-£4030
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