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Overlooking the beautiful Dornoch Firth lays the ancient Royal Burgh of Tain. With the sea on one side and the mountains behind, this Highland town is perfect for exploring both the east coast and the open, empty and beautiful north Highland countryside.

Tain is a thriving ancient town and is the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland, renowned for its striking architecture with many of its building designed by the celebrated Maitland family of architects. In town there are all the facilities you'll need during your cottage holiday with plenty of shops and restaurants serving up good local produce.

Two large events in the Tain diary is the week long gala in May / June, including a country show and Red Arrows display, together with the Tain Highland Gathering in August which attracts worldwide visitors to these traditional Highland Games.

Close by there are white sandy beaches and magnificent surrounding countryside, with endless walks for all abilities and of course the town's Tom Morris designed golf course, overlooking the Firth, is another opportunity to spoil a good walk!

For local arts and crafts, Scotland's largest ceramic manufactures are at the Tain Pottery using traditional craft techniques which can be viewed in their showrooms and shop. In addition the Glasstorm studios and shop, gives you the opportunity to try your hand at this skilful craft.

A visit to the Highlands would not be complete without a trip to the world famous Glenmorangie Distillery half a mile from Tain. Here you can take stroll to the Tarlogie Springs, the source of this fine whisky, and take a personal tour around the distillery followed by the visitors centre and finally the shop to purchase a wee dram!

To explore this delightful corner of the Scottish Highlands, search Tain Holiday Cottages.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Ramblers Rest Ref: W42702

Part of the Tarrel Farm Estate, on the Tarbet Peninsula, this holiday cottage enjoys a stunning location with sea views from both front and back of the property. Renovated to a very good standard, tastefully decorated and excellently equipped. A 15-minute walk to the beach with access to the coastal path. The village of Pothmahomack is 5 minutes’ drive and has beach, shop, pub and two restaurants, while Tain has good amenities. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor and step down to kitchen. Utility room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout first floor.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Xbox (in twin bedroom). Electric Aga. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden with terrace and furniture. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£248-£799
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

"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/dining room/sun room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study/TV room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, each with TV and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet; one double and one twin.

  • Full oil central heating included
  • Three satellite TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • Drying facilities on request
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Large enclosed lawned garden with furniture

  • 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

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£746-£1066
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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

If you are looking for a peaceful setting for a break, yet within easy distance of a wide variety of pursuits and amenities, then Upper Middoxgate Cottage is the place for you. Set amidst farmland and enjoying beautiful open views, this lovely holiday cottage is ideally placed for touring the scenic north and west Highlands. A short drive takes you to the Seaboard villages with lovely beaches, restaurants and pubs. Fishing, golf, birdwatching at the nearby RSPB reserve, dolphin watching and many forest trails for walking or mountain biking. Distilleries, castles and much, much more. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors. Conservatory. Kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£245-£556
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Red Roof Cottage Ref: CC511286
Red Roof Cottage is a traditional solid cottage set in its own expansive gardens offering peace and seclusion within an accessible location. Bordered by high hedges and rose bay willow herb, with mature shrubs and a massive lawned area, it oozes rural charm. There are superb views across open countryside to the sea in the distance. This comfortably furnished rustic cottage is ideal for couples and those seeking a base from which to explore the heart of Highland Scotland. The small lounge has a lovely original Victorian open fireplace. The kitchen/dining room is small but adequate and there is a  cottage bathroom adjoining. Very steep and narrow  cottage stairs lead up to the two steeply combed bedrooms.

Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, Freeview TV/DVD and radio/CD; small, cosy lounge with original Victorian fireplace
Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and hob,  fridge (with icebox) and washing machine, dining furniture for four; a rustic country cottage kitchen.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With 4’6" bed; steeply combed ceiling
Bedroom 2: With two single beds; steeply combed ceiling

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of coal for open fire provided.Large, secluded and enclosed gardens, mainly laid to lawn with picnic table and chairs. Off road parking for two cars. NB: Property not suitable for small children and those with mobility difficulties due to very steep and exceptionally narrow cottage stairs.

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£260-£450
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Rosscot Ref: 19986

Set in a quiet rural location, this cosy holiday cottage enjoys lovely views across open countryside towards Nigg Bay and the Cromarty Firth. An RSPB Reserve, sea trips, fishing, golf, castles and south, west and east facing beaches all within easy reach. Great for touring the scenic Highlands. Historic Cromarty is a short ferry trip (also accessed by road) with Inverness, the Highland Capital approx 45 minutes’ drive. Shops 41/2 miles, pubs 3 miles. Can be booked with property 19987 (which has adjoining garden) to sleep up to 12 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Step down to dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms with sloping ceilings.

Woodburner in living room included. Partial electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large enclosed garden with sitting area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: There are steps and sloping banks in the garden. Pets free of charge.

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£254-£659
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1
Failte Ref: CC511140
Failte is a superb conversion of two former fishermen’s cottages, which have been combined to form a beautiful and spacious house situated right on the edge of the sea.  The property enjoys wonderful panoramic views of the sweeping coastline, with a traditional Scottish golf links beyond.  It adjoins the beautiful sandy beach of Brora.  Continually owned by generations of MacRae fishermen since the 1820’s, the current owner (a direct descendent) has carried out a stunning refurbishment whilst integrating the adjoining cottage.  The main living area is on the upper floor, taking full advantage of the magnificent views.  The four large windows overlook the mouth of the River Brora, beach and North Sea with stunning uninterrupted views over 20 miles northwards to Berriedale Head. Exposed beams and a feature fireplace of Caithness flagstone and original decorative local sandstone add to its distinctive charm and ambience.   A generous dining room and attractive sun lounge on the ground floor overlooking the estuary, golf course and beach ensure there is plenty of living space.  Five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a downstairs cloakroom make this spacious property ideal for a two-family or extended family holiday.  There is a fully enclosed private garden to the rear and at the front of the house a parking area, further gardens both grassed and paved (ideal for barbeques), together with a summerhouse for visitor’s use.

Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and a large wood burning stove and comprises:
Snug: With large wood burning stove,  TV and views overlooking the sea
Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
Bedroom 1: With double bed
Bedroom 2: With single bed
Bedroom 3: With single bed
Bathroom:With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
Sun Room/Dining Room:  With views across enclosed garden and beyond to the Brora river, sea,sandy bay and mountains
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

First Floor: Lounge: With wood burning stove, Sky TV including sports, DVD and radio/CD with large windows overlooking the sea, river, sweeping sands and mountains
Bedroom 4: With king size bed
Bedroom 5: With two single beds
Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for stove provided. Wi-Fi available.Lawned garden. Front garden with picnic area, large summer house and lawns. Off road parking for 4 cars.

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£365-£780
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Bisgeos Cottage Ref: W41627

Stunning views

Bisgeos Cottage is situated in the quaint old fishing village of Shandwick. The property has been superbly renovated to provide excellent holiday accommodation. This holiday property enjoys fantastic views of the sweeping sands and the sea beyond and dolphins can be seen off-shore. Boat trips are available and are a great way of exploring the coastline. The small fishing village of Shandwick and Balintore offer a good variety of local amenities. Golf, mountain-biking, riding and surfing are all enjoyed in the area. Attractions nearby include Dunrobin Castle, the falls of Shin salmon leap, Skye, Isles, Orkney and Tain and Dornoch, with its championship golf course. Can be booked with W41626. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden, patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: The garden leads to the sea.

WAS
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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
The Cottage Ref: 19987

Set amidst Easter Ross countryside with views towards the water of Nigg Bay, this comfortable, well appointed, semi-detached holiday cottage is ideally situated for touring the northern Highlands. Within walking distance of an RSPB reserve. Golf, fishing and boat trips are close by. Beaches, and historical or archaeological sites make this a super destination. Shops 41/2 miles, pubs 3 miles. Can be booked with 19986 (which has adjoining garden) to sleep up to 12 guests.

Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Garden room. 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating and electricity included (£25per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large landscaped garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There are steps and sloping banks in the garden and an unfenced mill stream, 5 yards.

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£264-£680
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Stittenham House Ref: CC511384
Stittenham House is a spacious granite farmhouse situated in its own generous grounds with superb views across open countryside to the Cromarty Firth beyond. Originally a Georgian coaching inn, the house retains many original features, including high ceilings and in the main living room a large open fireplace. The dining room doubles as a second lounge with additional comfortable seating. There are four large bedrooms and a bright, modern farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast table.

The gardens and grounds are a real delight. Set in over one acre, with lawns and mature trees and shrubs, the gardens lead directly onto woodland. Stittenham House is ideal for nature lovers seeking a quiet location, yet within easy access of all the amenities and attractions in the Highlands. There are stunning beaches, golf, fishing, mountain biking, sailing and hill walking all within close proximity and Inverness, the capital of the Highlands is just 20 minutes’ drive away.

Ground Floor: The property has full oil fired central heating and comprises:
Living room: large with open fire, 47" Freeview TV and DVD player.
Dining room/second living room: large with easy chairs, gas fire and TV.
Kitchen: large farmhouse style with breakfast table, electric oven and hob, dishwasher and washing machine.
Utility room: with fridge/freezer and tumble dryer.
Shower room: with shower cubicle and WC.
Bedroom 1: with double bed.
Bedroom 2: with twin beds.
Bedroom 3: with single bed.

First Floor: Bedroom 4: with king size bed.

All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. First basket of logs for open fire provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Set in over one acre of gardens with mature trees and shrubs. Patio with furniture. Unrestricted access to woodland and Pictish Cist. Parking for four cars. One pet welcome.

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£395-£875
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Shandwick Cottage Ref: W41626

Adjoining stunning sandy beach with fantastic views

Shandwick Cottage backs onto a spectacular sandy beach and enjoys stunning views around the bay. This quaint fishing cottage has been thoughtfully and meticulously renovated, whilst retaining a wealth of traditional features, including solid wood flooring, exposed stone walls and cosy open fire. The second bedroom doubles as a second lounge upstairs, with panoramic views across the sea. The garden leads directly onto the broad sandy beach. The little fishing village of Shandwick offers a variety of local amenities, including restaurants, pub and local store. Visit Skye, Isles or Orkney for a day out. Can be booked with W41627. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single/second living room.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: The garden leads directly onto the beach.

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£259-£688
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Ballanriach Ref: CC511377
Ballanriach is situated in open countryside, approached via a quiet country lane and surrounded by farmland, fields and hills in the heart of the beautiful county of Sutherland. Set over two floors, the accommodation occupies a separate wing of a large modern country house. Accessed via its own front door and private gardens, it provides bright and spacious accommodation for up to six people with ease. The main lounge/dining room has deep leather sofas, a superb open fireplace and patio doors that lead out onto the enclosed gardens. The kitchen is fully fitted and well equipped. With three large bedrooms and two bathrooms it is ideal for families and larger groups.

Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
Lounge/diner: with open fire, satellite Freeview TV, DVD, Wi-Fi and radio/CD; large dining table and chairs for six, patio doors open onto private garden.
Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
Bedroom 1: with king-size bed and en-suite with double shower, WC and wash basin Access to shower room also from hallway.

First Floor: Bedroom 2: with double bed and sofa.
Bedroom 3: with two single beds.
Shower room: with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

All oil and electricity included. First supply of logs supplied. Bed linen provided. Wi-Fi. Fully enclosed garden area for visitor’s sole us. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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£295-£630
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