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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Sand Dune Cottage Ref: W43308

Enjoying a wonderful beachside setting just a few steps from the waters of the Moray Firth, this spacious, detached holiday property makes a super base for exploring this lovely part of the Highlands. Enjoy watersports, fishing, golf and mountain biking. Visit Dunrobin Castle, Tain, Dornoch, the Falls of Shin salmon leap or take a day trip to the beautiful west coast, the Orkneys and the Isle of Skye. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Easy walking access. NB: Garden has direct access to sea, 10 yards.

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£537-£537
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Set above the shore and looking back to the harbour village of Helmsdale, this converted holiday home is very spacious and has it all, including a bar area in the living room. Very private with access to the adjacent rocky beaches below and with panoramic sea views complemented by a large decking area for al fresco dining. Sit in bed and watch the fantastic array of sea birds, dolphins and seals offshore. Carefully chosen marine colours enhance the decor and the large stone open fireplace adds to the comfortable ambience. Fresh fish can be purchased from the boats which still land in the harbour, but should guests wish to dine out, there are several good restaurants locally and it is just ashort walk to the village pub. Helmsdale has shops which provide local produce and fulfil most needs, with great golf and fishing nearby. Try a day trip to Orkney, go shopping in the lovely town of Dornoch, visit the Castle of Mey, climb Ben Hope, take a walk in the Geopark in nearby Assynt National Park or go whale watching on a local boat; just a few of the opportunities available from Helmsdale. With many beautiful sandy beaches on the doorstep, guests are spoilt for choice. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with stable door and beams. Kitchen. Utility room. Games room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (6ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Large decked area with furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Games room with table tennis and dart board. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: Open access and drops to sea, 5 yards.

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£414-£941
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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
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Tarrel Lodge Ref: 29675


Tarrel Lodge is single-storey, wooden, holiday lodge situated in open countryside just 2 miles from the charming seaside village of Portmahomack. Accessed via a private track amidst open fields it provides peace and tranquillity in a lovely setting. The main living area is open plan with the kitchen and dining area being well-equipped with plenty of room for up to 5 guests. The lounge area is warm and welcoming with fantastic features, such as electric fire and deep leather suites. There are three good-sized bedrooms and a shower room. The generously proportioned decking that surrounds the lodge provides an ideal spot to sit and drink in the uninterrupted views across open countryside. The village of Portmahomack has a superb sweeping sandy beach, with stunning views to the Sutherland Mountains beyond. The village also boasts an excellent seafood restaurant, pub, café and a lovely traditional links golf course which is open to visitors. The area is renowned for its archaeological sites and at the nearby Tarbat Discovery Centre there is a fascinating display of Pictish, Norse and Medieval artefacts. Within ten minutes’ drive lies the oldest Royal Burgh of Scotland. Predominantly built local mellow sandstone, Tain is a charming historic town and offers an excellent selection of small shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities, including tennis courts, public gardens, golf club and bowling club, all of which are available to visitors. It is ideally located for exploring the whole of the Highland region. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room. Electric heaters, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Decking with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 4 steps to decking.

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£196-£598
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Jocky’s View Ref: CC511161
Jocky’s View is a delightful, modernised fisherman’s cottage situated right on the edge of the sea with panoramic views across wide sweeping sands to the Sutherland hills beyond. Adjoining the renowned sandy beach of Brora with its traditional golf links above, it is ideally located for enjoying a seaside holiday with all the amenities of an attractive Highland village. The main superb open plan lounge / kitchen / dining area is on the upper floor, taking full advantage of the magnificent views across the sea, with the lovely river Brora in the foreground and the mountains of Sutherland forming a dramatic backdrop.  There are two bedrooms on the ground floor together with a bright modern shower room.
(Please note, this property adjoins Failte, ref number 511140, and may be available to let together to

Ground Floor: The property has electric storage heating and comprises:
Bedroom 1: with double bed
Bedroom 2: with single bed
Bathroom: with shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and washer / dryer.

First Floor: Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen:
Lounge area: with feature electric fire, Freeview TV and DVD boasting stunning views over the sea and sand-dunes with Brora River in the foreground and the Sutherland Mountains beyond
Kitchen area:  with electric cooker, microwave, washing machine/dryer and fridge.

All power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.Garden. On street parking. NB: Steep stairs.

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£265-£450
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Foxes Den Ref: W43230

Forming part of a sympathetically restored farm building, with central courtyard, these Visit Scotland graded 4* properties have been equipped and furnished to ensure as comfortable and relaxing holiday as possible. Set in the heart of the Easter Ross countryside, with lovely views across open fields, the cottages offer the best of both worlds - the peace and quiet of the countryside, yet only 3 miles from the bustling town of Invergordon, and only 25 miles from the Highland Capital of Inverness. On the doorstep there are 2 well-stocked lochs, with fishing by arrangement, 2 equestrian centres and numerous forest trails to test the abilities of the mountain biker. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and hopefully catch sight of the abundance of wildlife such as pine martens, woodpeckers and roe deer. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

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

Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small freezer. Large, shared courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small freezer. Large, shared courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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£469-£469
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
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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
6
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.

Swiss Cottage: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, over-bath shower, bidet and toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room with open fire. Large well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Adjacent Swiss chalet: Garage/storage area. Compact kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Sitting area with twin (zip & link) beds (for +2).

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity rad central heating included
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer
  • Sitting-out area 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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£640-£959
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
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 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
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