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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 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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
3
Seaview Cottage Ref: SMMY

Set against a stunning backdrop of mountains, on the shore of Loch Linnhe, this beautifully renovated, traditional, detached Highland holiday cottage occupies a secluded setting amidst 14,000 acres of the remote highland sporting estate of Kingairloch. Its remote location is reached by foot along a 1-mile walk which includes crossing a river, or by guest’s own high ground clearance 4x4 vehicle. The owner will deliver food and luggage if required. Guests may enjoy the Boathouse Restaurant. The area is unspoilt and known for its mountains, lochs and wildlife. Shop 14-15 miles.

Living/dining room with wood-burning stove, wooden floor and kitchen area. Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full ‘Econ 7’ NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD (small library in estate office)
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Microwave
  • Freezer
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Shared grounds of 14,000 acres
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (½ mile)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Fishing, camera shooting and boat trips by arrangement
  • Natural filtered spring water supply
  • No smoking
  • No children under 16 years
  • NB: Sitting-out area leads to loch

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£0-£0
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Rubha Lodge Ref: S17

Spectacularly set close to a secluded shingle beach and private mooring, this detached property has an enviable location and is perfect for those looking for peace and quiet. The property is beautifully furnished and commands stunning sea views over Loch Shieldaig and the sea. Seals and otters are a common sight from the house, which is guaranteed to keep the whole family fascinated for hours. Dramatic mountain views can be enjoyed and for keen walkers there are plenty of interesting walks to be found, including climbing in the Torridon Mountain Range. The cottage is reached via a short rough road from the village where a pub, two shops and a restaurant can be found. Boat trips from Shieldaig and Torridon to the Inner Hebrides on a newly built catamaran.
Trips to the beautiful city of Inverness are easily accessible and the village of Plockton, home to the popular television series Hamish Macbeth is just a short drive. The Isle of Skye is well worth the visit and is accessed via a bridge over the Kyle of Lochalsh. Applecross is another village not be missed, it is an idyllic place where visitors can wander along lanes banked with wild iris and orchids, and explore beaches and rock pools on the shore. It is also an adventure travelling to Applecross, where some of the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland can be seen with panoramic views across the Minch to Raasay and Skye. The nearby Countryside Centre is the gateway to a massive mountain nature reserve. Excellent restaurant 15-minutes drive. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

Step to entrance. Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove and sea views. Two steps up to spacious modern fitted kitchen with breakfast bar area and ceramic tiled floor. Utility. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms; both with 5ft bed and one with additional single bed (for +1), each with TV, coombed ceiling and loch views.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Three TVs
  • Video (large library)
  • Three DVDs (large library)
  • Stereo/CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden within 6 acres with furniture, small wood, private shingle beach and mooring
  • Golf clubs, croquet and picnic blankets available
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle storage
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • NB: Drops in grounds and unfenced shoreline

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£485-£1341
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
MacNeils Croft Ref: SXXV

This detached holiday cottage is situated in an enviable lochside location, with breathtaking views across Arivegaig Bay, Kentra Bay and towards the islands of Eigg and Rhum. Set amidst some of the finest scenery in Scotland and surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, MacNeils Croft is a perfect base for those wishing to explore the west coast, especially the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. There are plenty of historic sites, castles and gardens to visit. Walk to the famous Singing Sands, take a short boat trip to one of the Inner Isles, visit Glenborrodale Visitor Centre or climb the Glenfinnan monument. The area is an ideal location for mountain biking, fishing, climbing, kayaking and birdwatching. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Living room with wood-burning stove/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Sun room. Utility. Twin bedroom with TV. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with TV. Twin bedroom with TV. Wet room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Gas, electricity, underfloor electric central heating (ground floor), electric rads (first floor), bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • Freesat TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • NB: Pond in garden, 20 yards. Lochside location

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£487-£1609
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Otterburn Ref: SXXW

Ideally situated on the edge of Loch Sunart, this property has 4 en-suite bathrooms and wonderful loch views. It is a large, comfortable, detached holiday property and is situated in a wonderful location. Set in its own grounds, it offers peaceful country living yet is only a short 5-minute walk from the nearest shop/post office and local pub/restaurant. This location makes an excellent base for exploring the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Mull, Skye and the Small Isles. There are fabulous walks on offer and an abundance of wildlife. Otterburn gets its name from the numerous sightings of otters that can be viewed from the property’s windows! The house is south-facing and has beautiful loch views from almost every window. Strontian is a little Highland village about 20 miles southwest of Fort William via the Ardgour ferry (a short 3-minute crossing). Loch Sunart offers good sea fishing and a charter boat is available, along with small self-drive hire boats. Strontian and the surrounding areas offer a good selection of hotels/restaurants which serve a wide variety of cuisine, including local sea food and venison. There are numerous walks and cycle routes, and it is one of the best places in Scotland to view the native wildlife, including pine martens, otters, eagles, red squirrels, deer, seals, wading birds, buzzards and rare butterflies. After leaving Strontian, the road heads west through a spectacular landscape, which alternates between the lochside and the famous Sunart Oakwoods. Visit the Stevenson lighthouse, the most westerly point on the British mainland, where there is a visitor centre and café. Visit the lovely beach at Sanna and go on a day trip to Tobermory on Mull. There are also beaches at Morar, Arisaig and Mallaig, where guests can also get a ferry to Skye and the Small Isles. Fort William can be reached in under an hour and has a leisure centre, golf course and a boat trip on Loch Linnhe. The town is dominated by Ben Nevis, Britain’s largest mountain, and just beyond that is Aonach Mor, with world-class mountain biking trails and excellent skiing in winter. The gondola runs all year round. Shop 500 yards, pub 600 yards.

Living room. Dining room. Well-equipped kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Utility. Study/snug. Double bedroom with large en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with large en-suite shower room and toilet. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with large en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with large en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • Satellite TV
  • DVDs
  • Radio/CD
  • iPhone 5 dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Additional fridge
  • Freezer
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking

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NOW
£583-£1618
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Set just a few steps from the shores of Loch Fleet, this detached holiday property enjoys panoramic views across the water and over the surrounding countryside. Loch Fleet is a natural nature reserve where you can see a large variety of birdlife and perhaps catch a glimpse of otters and seals. Mountain biking, walking, kayaking, fishing and golf are just some of the many local activities. Take a visit to Dunrobin Castle and Gardens for a wonderful day out or stroll along one of the many beaches this area is renowned for. Beach 10 yards. Shop 2 miles, pub/restaurant ½ mile.

Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove and well-equipped kitchen area. Utility. Conservatory. Drying room. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with free-standing roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - intial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Large, lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: Unfenced access to sea. Steep drop to front of property.

WAS
NOW
£280-£885
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Tourie Lum Ref: SXXX

Enjoying wonderful panoramic views over surrounding farmland and on towards the waters of the inner Moray Firth, this interesting detached holiday property (adjacent to another holiday property) has been equipped and furnished to a very good standard to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. The house dates from the 1860s and was originally a gamekeeper’s lodge to the Rosehaugh Estate and architectural features include whitewashed walls with exposed sandstone surrounds and crow-stepped gables, typical of Scots Baronial style. Tourie Lum, which means ‘towering chimney’ in Old Scots, is accessed by a single track and is located on the edge of the Black Isle fishing village of Avoch, overlooking the site of the historic Ormond Castle which is believed to have been a stronghold of William the Lion, King of the Scots from 1165 to 1214. The Black Isle makes a perfect base for exploring the many delights of the Northern Highlands. Visit the lovely villages along the Moray Coast or take a distillery tour along the Moray Whisky Trail. Inverness, the Highland capital, Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield are just a short drive with the stunning west coast being an easy day out. The many activities available in the area include golf, mountain biking, water sports and boat trips, fishing, quad biking, walking and climbing to name just a few. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever-changing scenery. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Spacious dining conservatory with wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen with breakfast area and wooden floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared lawned garden with furniture and children’s play area with slide and swings
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£427-£1126
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Carness West Ref: SEEF

Situated close to Loch Leven, Carness West was built to take full advantage of the breathtaking mountain views, with first floor panoramic windows and doors leading to two spacious balconies. Despite its seclusion, the house is ideally located for all outdoor activities including hill walking, climbing, golf, horse riding, mountain biking, skiing, fishing and kayaking. There is an abundance of wildlife to be seen in this stunning location. Locally there are craft shops, tea rooms and a visitor centre. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Laundry room. First floor: Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove and oak floor. TV snug with French doors to balcony. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with cooking island and French doors to large balcony with table and benches.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full ground source central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV (Freeview)
  • Video
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Set within natural grounds
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£448-£1191
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