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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 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
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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£375-£780
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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

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£1279-£2133
Shortlist
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
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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