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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
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Gypsy Cottage Ref: W41967

Lovely views

Offering panoramic views in the unspoilt rolling farmland of Easter Ross, this unique and characterful detached cottage is perfectly placed for touring this scenic area. Gypsy Cottage offers bright and spacious accommodation and has been thoughtfully equipped. Features include exposed beams and a large stone open-fireplace. Only 2 miles to the beach at Balintore, where you can hopefully spot the bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth. Golf, fishing, mountain biking, forest trails, sea trips and much more, or just relax and unwind. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Wooden floors throughout. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with additional bunk. Beams throughout.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Lawned garden and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£214-£459
Shortlist
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 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
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
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.

WAS
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£259-£688
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 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
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 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

WAS
NOW
£640-£959
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
1 Shandwick Street Ref: W42957

Enjoying a quiet yet central location within the historic town of Tain, this traditional cottage, one of a row, is furnished and equipped to ensure a comfortable and relaxing holiday and makes the perfect base for exploring the Northern Highlands. The town, which is set near the shores of the Dornoch Firth, enjoys a variety of amenities including shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes which are all within easy walking distance. Try a round of golf on the renowned links course, horse riding, mountain biking or some of the many water sports available, or take a stroll along one of the many beaches, relax and unwind. Shop 200 yards, pub 500 yards, restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

WAS
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£247-£483
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Polgarrie House Ref: W43051

Enjoying a secluded, private location with country views, Polgarrie House has been furnished for a comfortable and relaxing holiday. Just over a mile outside the pretty village of Edderton and within easy reach of Tain and Dornoch, the detached house makes an ideal base for exploring. Local activities include golf, mountain biking, kayaking, river and sea fishing along with many wonderful hill or beach walks. Visit John O’Groats, the Orkney Islands or the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre. Shop and pub 1.5 miles, restaurant 6 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Second living room. Kitchen with wooden floor. Study with single bed (for alternative sleeping). 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Open fire in second living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Car port. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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£332-£688
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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
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