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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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3
Grieves Cottage Ref: SMMM

"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. Large dining room with wooden floor. Spacious well-equipped kitchen. Utility room. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and tiled floor. Two separate toilets. First floor: Double bedroom leading to sitting room. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom, large shower cubicle, bidet, toilet and tiled floor. Bathroom with over-bath shower, bidet and toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Full NSH included
  • Four satellite TVs
  • DVD
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer
  • Large lawned garden to front with furniture
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Sunday to Sunday

  • 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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Driftwood Cottage Ref: W42551

Seaside location

This terraced cottage is set in an enviable location, just a few steps from the seaside with an enclosed garden area where you can watch the wildlife. Sea trips, distilleries, mountain biking, kayaking and fishing, golf and dolphin spotting are some of the attractions this area has to offer, along with fantastic scenery, beaches and forest trails. Inverness, Loch Ness, and to the north, Dornoch and John O’ Groats all within easy reach. A visit to the lovely West Coast is also recommended. Shops, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet with tiled floor.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating (underfloor heating in bathroom) and electricity included (£30per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD/CD. Small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Steps in rear garden.

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£275-£630
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Foresters Cottage Ref: 23448

This attractive, single-storey holiday cottage was formerly the forester’s cottage on a Highland country estate. Situated close to a hamlet it is tastefully refurbished to provide attractive accommodation in a quiet setting. There are woodland and riverside walks leading down to the shores of the Cromary Firth, home of a large colony of seals. Easy access to the Black Isle with its pretty fishing villages and attractive coastline. Golf, fishing, hill walking, mountain biking and numerous watersports are all available in the area. Shop and pub 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Conservatory. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel) included. Oil central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, oil, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Oil Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£542-£542
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

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 toilet. First floor: 2 double (zip and link, can be twin) bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet.

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
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 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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Lum Hat House Ref: W41726

Sea side location

Lum Hat House, with its own access to foreshore and beach, is a detached holiday property, enjoying an enviable setting on the shore of the Cromarty Firth, with views across the waters to the mountains. From the living room and conservatory you can see a variety of birds and hopefully catch a glimpse of the bottlenose dolphins. Nearby is Udale Bay RSPB reserve with hide. Cromarty itself is close by and is the Highland’s best preserved village, with a lovely beach. The Isle of Skye, Ullapool and Inverness are within easy reach. Activities include sailing, fishing, mountain biking, or relaxing in a lovely quiet area. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Spiral open tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Air source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£242-£560
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
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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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£265-£450
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Rockview Ref: CC511209
Rockview is the epitome of the traditional seaside cottage. With pretty gardens leading onto the shore and stunning views of the sea from its attractive deep-silled windows, this sympathetically renovated and restored cottage offers quiet charm right on the edge of the sea. Built during the early 19th century to accommodate the salmon and herring fishing boom, Rockview is typical of the period, built of local stone with combed ceilings upstairs and an attractive ‘fisherman’s landing’.  There is a cosy lounge with original open fireplace, a good-sized double bedroom downstairs, bright modern bathroom and an attractive upstairs bedroom with traditional sloping ceilings.  The garden is a real delight. Approached via a set of stone steps across the access lane, it is mainly laid to lawn, with seaside shrubs and plants. A small gate opens onto the shoreline leading down to the sea.

Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
Lounge/Diner: With original open fire, Free View TV and DVD and radio/CD; pretty cottage style main living space with views over garden to sea beyond
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge (with ice box) and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With double bed
Shower Room: With shower, WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 2: With single bed; and occasional bed (for + 1) some restricted headroom due to sloping ceilings.

All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of coal only for open fire provided. Travel cot and high chair available.Gardens opposite cottage (over quiet access road); fully enclosed with picnic table, shed for outdoor equipment storage, gate leading directly down to shoreline. Private off street parking for one car.

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£275-£510
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Owl Cottage Ref: W42361

Uninterrupted views, peaceful location

Enjoying views across the fields and the waters of the Moray Firth. Within walking distance of a sandy beach, this extended former croft house makes the perfect holiday base for touring this part of the Highlands. Situated between Golspie and Helmsdale. Travel north and visit John O’Groats, the Castle of Mey and the Orkney Isles and south to the Black Isle and Inverness, the Highland capital. Golf, fishing, mountain biking, hill walking and surfing are just a few of the activities available. Shops, pubs and restaurants 5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors/kitchen. Utility room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms.

Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Use of natural woodland. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced drops in grounds.

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£292-£751
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Number 7 Ref: CC511333
Number 7 is a traditional seaside cottage situated in the charming seaboard village of Balintore just 35 minutes from Inverness. Situated in a quiet lane just a stone’s throw from the pretty fishing harbour and beach, it oozes warmth and charm whilst offering a bright, modern lifestyle. The accommodation is single storey. The lounge/dining room is generously proportioned, with large sofa, easy chairs and a good sized dining table. The kitchen is modern with built in units throughout. It looks out across the cottage garden, mainly laid to lawn, with private and secluded patio area with picnic table and chairs. The main double bedroom is beautifully presented with colour coordinated furnishings and a king size bed. The second single bedroom is very prettily decorated, following the seaside theme of the cottage. The cottage has a large family sized modern bathroom. The village of Balintore is one of several pretty ’seaboard’ villages that straddle this lovely Ross-shire coastline. They all possess attractive sea fronts and little harbours, with rocky outcrops interspersed with stunning sandy beaches.

Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has electric storage heaters and comprises;
Lounge/Diner: With feature electric fire, satellite Free view with TV, DVD and radio/CD
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge (with ice box) and dishwasher
Bedroom 1: With Queen size bed
Bedroom 2: With single bed
Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Lawned area and secluded patio area with picnic table and chairs, enclosed by very low fence. Off road private parking space for 1 car on grass area opposite the cottage. Please note that the property is unsuitable for children under the age of 12.

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£275-£475
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